After giving the first two incarnations of Orchid’s gothic lolita Kanu a miss I wasn’t originally planning to pick this one up, but an unexpectedly good deal called out to me and I couldn’t pass up on the chance to pick up another castoffable Kanu (I think I may be diseased in this regard). Here we are then with the third color variation of what is a decent sculpt, but one with a few production issues that Orchid has hopefully ironed out in their releases scheduled for the near future.

Original Design: Shiozaki Yuuji
Sculptor: Ishiyama Satoshi (WFS, Amiami)
Source: Ikkitousen (manga, anime)
Scale: 1/7 (12 cm tall)
Materials: PVC
Release Date: August 2007
Production: Orchid Seed
Price: 6,800 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL]
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Heisei Democracy figure review: Orchid Seed's Kanu Unchou (strawberry milk ver.) PVC from Ikkitousen

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Heisei Democracy figure review: Orchid Seed's Kanu Unchou (strawberry milk ver.) PVC from Ikkitousen

Heisei Democracy figure review: Orchid Seed's Kanu Unchou (strawberry milk ver.) PVC from Ikkitousen

Anyone who collects figures and doesn’t know who Kanu Unchou is has probably been living under a rock for the past few years. No offense to the sub-rock dwellers, but you guys are seriously missing out; a ninety-second Kanu education can be obtained here for those needing a refresher course (or those looking for an excuse to watch some exquisite Satoshi Urushihara fanservice).

Those familiar with Kanu are also no doubt aware that she never wore anything remotely resembling the outfit depicted here in either the Ikkitousen manga or the anime. I’m generally a stickler for this sort of thing, preferring original color versions of figures as well as those that accurately reflect the character in their original context; in the case of this figure however I found my will crumbling. The color composition and balance is in my opinion superior to the first two versions, and she just sort of leaped out at me in all her delicious strawberry milkiness.

Despite a bit of oddness in the face the sculpt is generally solid, and I don’t have it in me to dislike anything that Ishiyama Satoshi touches – the breasts hang quite nicely when the front of her dress is cast off, a pleasant asymmetry that’s a nice change of pace from most similar sculpts. The pose is also decent, with lines accentuated by the solid red and white bands and the dark hair falling to frame the front of the kit.

Though the choice of colors and the sculpt itself pass inspection without much comment, the overall production quality does raise a few warning flags. First: “Vaseline” is not a skin color, people. I mention this because I fear Orchid is in danger of adopting it as part of their official color palette; Chichinoe +2 looks similar, and has me worried. Most of the body is fine, with the thighs and chest area shaded quite nicely, but all color seems leeched out of the face and the lips stand out too starkly against a sallow background and ill-defined nose.

Paint-wise, shading over the red part of the dress is generally nice but the trim could use a bit of work (on the stocking straps, corset lace and shoe and sleeve buckles especially). The use of a gloss finish on the corset is well-intentioned but is a bit stark in contrast to the matte red dress, and I would have preferred a consistent shading scheme throughout.

When all is said and done, though, this is a pretty solid kit that I don’t mind recommending to any Kanu fan or any fan of cute castoff figures in general. Hopefully it’s a stepping stone on the road to more solid production for Orchid in the future, but she stands kneels well enough on her own two four legs limbs for me to be happy with the purchase.

Overall Score: 7/10

+ nice sculpt
+ pleasing color balance and composition
+ well executed castoff

o pose is best enjoyed from limited angles
o questionable choice of gloss vs. matte finish
o inconsistent shading across adjacent surfaces

– Vaseline complexion
– some shoddy trim work

Your daily recommended allowance of strawberry milk can be acquired at Play Asia should you desire to support HD; otherwise the best price with her in stock seems to be Kid Nemo.