Dec 112015
 

Tokisaki Kurumi logoOk, enough technology and storage stuff already, time for more Anime nonsense! Soon I will seriously need to call myself a figure collector if this keeps going on. So here’s a new one, Miss Tokisaki Kurumi from the Harem Anime [Date A Live]. While I was growing increasingly bored with the formulaic nature of such shows (it’s always a flock of girls swarming around a male center character and falling for him in the end after all), they’re usually fun enough to watch now and then. The same is pretty much true for Date A Live – if it wasn’t for the psychotic, strong-willed Kurumi, which always follows her own agenda and never actually falls for our stereotypical male center character. Not even in the very end of the series.

I kind of liked that, because I never encountered such a character in such a type of Anime before – intelligent, highly manipulative, psychotic and insane, and definitely superior to the center character in almost every sense, be it willpower, intellect or raw force. Nice breeze of change. Also, when she shows up, the series changes from sugary sweetness to a literal bloody mess, which was quite intense! In essence – she makes the series.

Tokisaki Kurumi banner

[1] An interpretation of Kurumi – the clock dial in her eye shows her remaining life time. It can be rewound though – at the price of life force of those surrounding her, potentially all the way to their demise.

Besides all the slightly lewd subplots, the rest of the Anime is basically supernatural action with lots of nonsensical battles and destruction, where our male character – Itsuka Shidō – “disables” newly arrived “spirits” (=the girls) by sealing their highly dangerous and uncontrollable powers so that they can’t cause their accidental spatial anomalies anymore. Those could otherwise annihilate entire cities or even countries. He seals those powers via romancing/kissing them. Sometimes mid-battle. Yeah, it’s about as stupid as it sounds, at least until Kurumi hits the stage and blood starts spilling.

In any case, I’ve been thinking about getting the [AlphaMax] 1/7 scale figure of her for some time, but it’s expensive and I wasn’t quite sure whether I should get her. Did she impress me enough for that? But now, months after watching the show, I’ve still been eyeballing the figure, so yeah.

Recently, I saw something called the [clear dress] version on eBay, which is a 130pcs limited edition made for the [Wonder Festival 2015] only. Not knowing about its existence prior to that, I asked whether this was the “AlphaMax preorder limited” edition I had recently learned about. Well, it wasn’t, but to my great surprise the Japanese seller – a guy who specializes in rare items – looked for and managed to find one for me after my inquiry, here it is:

Tokisaki Kurumi box

Sculpted by MOON for AlphaMax – from the outside it looks just like the regular version – for a moment I thought I was duped… but nah, it’s the exclusive limited edition alright!

Now this limited version doesn’t feature the weird clear dress which creates that contrast between upper and lower part of her garments that I don’t like – also, it doesn’t have the golden guns as bonus parts. I don’t really like them that much either. Instead you get a different version of the clockwork base plate, which is rather iconic for Kurumi and really makes the whole figure much more flashy!

So, the normal base plate looks like this:

The normal clockwork base plate

[2] The regular version comes with this stand.

The clockwork can also be seen appearing in the series whenever Kurumi unleashes her time manipulation powers, so this is really fitting. However, the one I got with this 200-pieces limited edition – which was exclusively sold only by the manufacturer AlphaMax on their own webshop and only within Japan – is this one:

Tokisaki Kurumi golden/metallic base plate

The metallic/golden base plate of the AlphaMax preorder limited edition, I should’ve probably hidden the paper support better, but meh…

So as you can see, that’s quite the eye-catcher! It’s still made of cheap plastic, but the metallic finish makes it reflect light in really nice ways when illuminated. The next part are her guns, a vintage pistol and rifle:

Tokisaki Kurumis weapons

Those guns can shoot normal bullets just fine – but when infused with Kurumis supernatural powers they can do a lot more damage.

Ok, time for showing her off in her full glory, gothic lolita “battle dress” and all:

Her garments do look awesome alright. The whole dynamic feeling comes across really well in her pose, with the dress flowing around like that. And it’s hard to beat a red/orange+black gothic lolita dress in the first place. ;) Let’s get a bit closer, so you can see some of the details better:

Tokisaki Kurumi gothloli front

Her ribbon’s well done as well. The chains could’ve looked better with some more love to detail, but they’re still ok.

And the back:

Tokisaki Kurumis' back

The laces across her otherwise exposed back and the black apron flowing with her implied movement all look awesome. The sculpting is perfect here, just look at the shoulder blades!

And more gunnery:

And now to her face, which is important because of the clock dial eye:

One interesting part is the actual scale; that 1/7 Kurumi should be quite a bit larger than the [1/8 Ho-kago Tea Time figures] made by Alter. The dimensions are almost the same however, with Kurumis’ features being only insignificantly larger. Given that Wave/Dreamtechs 1/8 Elfen Lied scale figures are smaller than Ho-kago Tea Time, this may indicate that Alter is slightly oversizing their figures? Or is it just that nobody’s staying 100% true to the scale factor to begin with?!

Ah, in any case, time to move in:

Tokisaki Kurumi in her new home

She’s living here now. Just give her a wide berth if you’re feeling unlucky today. ;)

Besides the [supersized Kirino], which simply can’t be beaten in how she dominates the whole cabinet due to sheer size (and by being awesome), Kurumi is definitely the most flashy figure I own now. The gothloli dress and her very dynamic pose alone make sure of that, but the limited editions’ golden base plate really uplifts the whole figure to a different level. An eyecatcher and a beauty to look at!

I’d almost feel sad for the other girls from the show for not even considering them for a second, but sorry; you simply can’t even hold a candle to Kurumi! 8-)

Let’s hope I’ll stop buying more for some while. There are two more scales and at least one Nendoroid on my wishlist, but I’ll have to think about the space issues here. That cabinet may be full height, but it’s starting to get a bit crowded in there… ;) At least the Nendoroids don’t need to stand in the cabinet. The two I own for now – I haven’t posted them here yet, [Miyauchi Renge] from Non Non Biyori and [Nee-san] from Plastic Nee-san – are happily standing around elsewhere.

Ah well, we’ll see, we’ll see…

Tokisaki Kurumi's insane

Kurumi says bye bye to you!

[1] The original creator of this image is unknown to me. If you are the creator and wish to object to the publication of this image here, please post in the comment section!

[2] Original image is © 2014 橘公司・つなこ/KADOKAWA 富士見書房刊/「デート・ア・ライブⅡ」製作委員会, published by AlphaMax.