Al Azif, the coolest book in anime transforms into a really cute toy!
So Al Azif, the first thing to talk about here is her hair, it frames her face perfectly and fits nice against her cheeks. There aren’t any unseemly gaps like some nendos have when changing their faceplates. The added fringe by her eyes makes her just that much cuter. Her eyes are mischievous and so is that little catty mouth of hers.
Her dress is precious, although it does have minor paint flaws and the red ribbons on the front of her dress are a little lame…The large white one on her chest is much nicer in the detail department, but it does have some obvious glue stains on the bottom right side of it. The blue tint under the bow and at the bottom of the dress do a marvelous job of showing off the layering of her outfit. Her arms are simple with their little arm warmers. The paint job on these is perfect.
Her legs are almost as simplistic as her arms, they don’t have anywhere near as good a paint job though. The red ribbons around her socks are horrible and for the most part nowhere near the guidelines for the paint. Her shoes suffer much of the same problem, there are little black spots all over by her shoes. Maybe her socks are dirty?
Fortunately the more obvious ribbons in her hair don’t suffer the same paint problems as her legs. The large bows on the side of her head are removable for the purpose of another accessory. I would personally recommend being very careful when repackaging her bows, they are fairly delicate.
The black and white hair pieces (I don’t know what to call those O_O) are removable and held in place by a small clear peg. Honestly though there’s no point in removing these, there aren’t any extra pieces that go here so really all you’d be doing is displaying her with holes in her hair which seems rather fruitless. From the side view you can actually see how long her hair actually is it almost touches the base!
The top of her head is perfectly rounded, but almost all the way down at the base of her skull the ribbons cut across and into her hair…or at least they’re supposed to. They kind of look they just lay against the back of her head though and it looks kind of awkward.
Her ribbons do wrap appropriately around the rest of her hair though. The seam lines on the bottom piece of ribbon are rather ridiculous.
Her hair has a few horrible seam lines running down each of the two sectioned off pieces. That looks pretty foul, fortunately it’s mostly covered by her body and hard to see from a lot of the angles you’d be likely to display her at.
Al Azif does come with an alternate face for shouting at you…or at least I think that’s what they were going for, she more so looks like she’s calling out though. Hmmm… I think it’s because of the tilt of her eyebrows, she doesn’t look angry enough.
Personally I kind of like this face, it looks confused to me. You don’t get faces like that very often. Regardless though it is a cute face.
For reasons above and beyond my comprehension (if anyone knows why please let me know) she comes this black and white cat helmet. It’s a very cute alternative to her ribbons. The helmet does have two little pegs, one on each side of her head (ie: where the ribbons were) that hold it steadily in place. That’s a bonus for her, but not a bonus for giving her helmet to another nendo.
The helmets design is nice it’s got a very sci fi crossed with moe appeal to it. I’ll call it Moe-Fi. It fits very snugly on her head.
She also comes with this slime. He’s not a very happy looking guy is he? His little bit of paint looks fine. I would only recommend having her hold him though if you have it somewhere stable, he does not stay in her hands very well.
Her box is standard for a nendo, it has a large picture window. I think the red is a good choice of colors for her.
Clearly they realized they gave you next to no options with her, it shows on her box. They didn’t even try to pose her.
And for some random fun:
Miku’s delicate senses are clearly offended.
Yukimura on the other hand is excited, he really wants to kill it.
All in all she’s cute, but lacking severely in accessories. Not my favorite nendo but not my least favorite ever.