Review: Griffon Enterprises 1/7 Ryomou Shimei ~DVD Back Jacket ver.~ *NSFW*

The purge has been moving slower than I had hoped, but one of the early victims was this nude resin rendition of Ryomou Shimei from Ikki Tousen.

(This post contains artistic nudity. Reader discretion is advised.)

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Review

This figure was among my earliest purchases after I started collecting and a symptom of my early affinity for Ryomou Shimei–I built up a set of three Ryomou figures long before I had that many of any other character. It was also one of the sauciest figures in my collection for a good many years. I believe the figure officially carries an 18+ rating, but voyeurs will be disappointed to note that there’s no explicit nudity to be found here, despite the fact that Ryomou is wearing little more than socks and shoes.

It’s a resin figure, one of only three non-PVC figures I have owned. At ¥12,540 after HLJ’s early bird discount, the asking price was substantial, and this was long before pricing north of the ¥10K mark was the norm. Ryomou does come with a wooden base, which is a bit of a nice touch and something you don’t see with PVC figures. Otherwise, there’s not much that would make me see resin as preferable or a premium option as compared to PVC.

The paint and sculpt quality is quite crude by current standards. I don’t know if that’s a symptom of the age of the figure, the fact that it was manufactured by Griffon, or a bit of both. She’s officially 1/7 scale, but I’d place her closer to 1/8 scale compared to other figures. One oddity with the sculpt is that Ryomou’s lower back/butt area is flat, rather than sculpted, where it meets the surface she rests on. It’s a detail that isn’t overly noticeable until you get creative with posing, but it feels a bit like a cheap shortcut and not something I would expect to see in a modern figure. For example, Alter’s cheongsam-clad Kasugano Sora has a chair with imprints to fit Sora’s butt; not the other way around.

Griffon actually did a PVC reissue of sorts for this figure back in 2012. It features several changes, including different socks, new handcuffs, and a notably softer facial expression. Judging from photos it actually looks a good bit worse than the resin version you see here, which is a pretty disappointing result when Griffon should have had a good five year’s worth of process improvements going for them.

I parted with Ryomou earlier this year as part of my space-reduction initiative. Despite the flaws, I didn’t hate the figure or really even consider it a disappointment at the time I bought it. It’s not a figure I would recommend that anyone rush out and buy, but if you really were determined to buy it, you’d be happy to note that the figure’s value has dropped a good bit since its release in 2006. For everyone else, there are better Mou-chan options out there, even from Griffon.

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