While I might say that I like Ikkitousen as a solid cheesecake franchise, I would not be overstating my affection for Kanu Unchou as more akin to love – not quite obsession, but more than enough aesthetic appreciation of her general hotness to go around. Therefore it was with considerable glee that I preordered this item, confident that her appearance on a Goodsmile page would assure at least a basic standard of quality, and figuring that the eminently reasonable price point was a bargain regardless. In the end, how Kanulicious is this Kanu? Very.

Original Design: Shiozaki Yuuji
Sculptor: Uchijima Yasuhiro
Source: Ikkitousen (manga, anime)
Scale: 1/7 (24 cm tall with weapon equipped)
Materials: PVC
Release Date: August 23, 2007
Production: UART / Wani Books
Price: 5,000 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL] [AAA]
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Heisei Democracy figure review: UART / Wani Books' Kanu Unchou (white gosurori ver.) PVC from Ikkitousen

While I’m terminally addicted to Kanu’s midriff-baring school uniform, as a fan I find a lot to like in this alternate interpretation of her character. I’m of the opinion that gosurori fashion makes just about any character look good, and combined with the Ikkitousen milieu it lends the girls a bit of refinement they might otherwise lack (perish the thought!). It was certainly effective in the case of Orchid Seed’s amaloli Ryomou, and I’d say it’s nearly as well done here (if only they’d made a few more bits castoffable…).

The restrained yet energetic sculpt paired with an austere, subtly-highlighted paint job presents a unified front of solid professionalism that practically dictates that the customer be satisfied. The look on Kanu’s face says it too, as if she had supervised the production herself and is looking at you sternly in a DON’T QUESTION MY AUTHORITY kind of way. That’s the sort of figure this is – not a work of genius, but a work of professional craftsmen who know exactly what they’re doing, and how to show it.

Overall Score: 8/10

+ solid detail work on the trim, buttons and buttonholes
+ effective use of gloss and matte paints to distinguish clothing materials
+ stiff PVC blend used for hair to retain dynamic position
+ effective use of skin shading

o somewhat bland pose
o lack of upper half castoffability

– if you said anything bad about this kit Kanu would cut you a new one

Those seeking a copy of the kit can find her cheapest at HLJ, where she is currently still in stock. We’ve got another Kanu review coming in the relatively near future as well, as Taki Corporation’s offering should be coming out this month. Stay tuned!