The dry leader of the investigation team Yu Narukami is a character whom I did not honestly think I would end up enjoying anywhere near as much as I have. That enjoyment was nearly doubled when I got a 1/8 scale Yu as part of my birthday present.
I can start by saying his face is perfect. I personally am certain he was born with this look on his face. His eyes are dead serious as he stares straight ahead, his mouth is set in a firm line, his lips are full and I appreciate that they aren’t glossed or painted in any way. I also like how true to form his bangs fall into his eyes.
My god I’ll never get over this shirt, the ridiculous popped collar still makes me laugh. His shirt has an ample amount of wrinkles. He also has a nicely defined collarbone. His jacket is blown back by a wind that clearly can’t penetrate his bangs. He has a scuff on his jackets lining, it breaks my heart, but it’s there. The buttons are well painted and the white stitches are clear and crisp.
So Yu unlike Nao-Chan (ext: https://somewhereinthemidstofnowhere.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/naoto-shirogane-sunny-side-up/ ) has no idea how to dress himself properly. His shirt looks positively silly untucked like that. I do have to give credit where it’s due though, Yu’s wearing a belt, you can see the belt buckle through the opening at the bottom of his shirt. His pants have a lot of well placed wrinkles around the crotch and thighs.
His pants cling to his legs nicely umm….I’m guessing that he doesn’t believe in fabric softener. Well at least it isn’t Kotetsu’s pants. (Ext: https://somewhereinthemidstofnowhere.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/kotetsu-t-kaburagi-ichiban-kuji/) Its not bad but it definitely qualifies as cling. As is standard for sensei he’s wearing his standard black loafers with the X stitching on them. The look really good.
Mr. Narukami has one arm outstretched, he’s ready to summon his Persona. Yu’s hand is really awesome, if you look really close his palm actually has lines on it. His fingers are clenched ever so slightly and give off a slightly tense appearance. His hair looks great from the side and his glasses go just slightly over his ears. The rainbow design on them (his glasses not his ears) looks nice. His collar has his school year buttoned on it.
His jacket has some nice wrinkles underneath his arm, that looks really good, however his arms weren’t pushed together well so it looks like a seam split at his armpit. There is also a small injection mark at the bottom of his coat. He also has button holes along his jacket.
It kind of bothers me a little bit that I even noticed it, but the wrinkles down by Yu’s bum look great. He actually has a great butt in general.
His hair looks a little bit blobbish in back, but I get the distinctive feeling that might have been done on purpose. Yu’s never had the most defined character design and I think this is honestly perfect for that. His shoulder blades however are clearly defined through the back of his blazer. From this angle it makes him seem strong and in control.
The buttons on the back of his jacket are well painted and the stitches are still crisp and clear. In a manner consistent with the front of the figure his jacket is blowing upwards. I really like how it makes the opening on the back of the jacket look a little strained.
His pants have great crinkles at the knees and the bottom of the legs.
Yu’s button down shirt is a truly ludicrous shirt. Not only is that collar atrocious but when you add in how it kind of bells out at the bottom as well as his evident hatred of buttons….what convinces me he hates them? Well between kings game, the open jacket, and the popped open cuffs it was pretty obvious. This makes the cuffs look ridiculously large. His fist is clenched down at his side adding to the tense look of Yu. His knuckles are clearly defined, this is how a fist should look.
I like how his legs are defined through his pant legs, though I still question his fabric softener I do like his legs.
His base is black with a white grid on it, it has the name of the show emblazoned on it in an east to read white font. It’s a pain to get him to stand on the thing though. The pegs move which makes it very difficult to work with.
The sides of the box show Yu both with and without glasses. The color theme for him is a lighter shade of blue than Nao-chan.
The back shows the figure in all its spectacular glory.
Overall presuming you can get past sensei’s horrible fashion sense this is a really great figure of him to own.