I fell in love with the art of Natsume Yujincho at first sight, the pictures I saw were gorgeous pastels, beautiful in their simplicity like something out of Aesop’s fables. Due to the popularity of the franchise a few years ago Altair made a statue of the leading man Natsume Takashi. Today we’re going to take a clear look at this bishonen.
Based off one of the franchises most popular images Natsume rests on a fallen log, it sticks out of the water and creates a nice atmosphere for the figure.
Natsume’s face looks good, his eyes have very nice detail and his expression is very peaceful, so peaceful that it looks almost laconic. Like he’s entered screen saver mode or something. Regardless though his hair does a nice a nice job of framing his face. I especially like the strands that fall right by his eyes, it makes him look a little less ‘neat’. His hair has a little bit of darker shading at the tips and the part of his hair, this does make it look like it has a bit more body to it.
Natsume’s neck and chest make me laugh a little bit. His neckline is extremely feminine, you can tell this is Alter’s first attempt at this. It’s kind of funny that with the top button or two undone but he has no chest definition at all. As in zero. On another note though his collar looks fantastic. The haori that rests over his shoulders is an optional piece, however the beautiful design on it makes it well worth keeping it on him. Natsume’s shirt looks nice, the wrinkles are well placed and the addition of a breast pocket is a nice touch. However for every plus this toy has it has a negative too, buttons being the case this time. Natsume’s shirt has no buttons, that is really awkward.
His arms are folded to rest over his raised knee. There is no definition on his arms, no indentation at the elbow, no raised bone at the wrist. If your going to have scrawny arms they should have this little bit of added detail. His hands have no knuckle definition and his fingernails are barely visible, his fingers are short and kind of stubby. Blessedly you can’t see how awkward his hands look from the display angle. The book of friends is held loosely in his hand, casually not like you’d hold something that your grandmother spent her entire life putting together.The book itself looks nice, I like the way the rope looks going through the top of the books. The writing on the cover looks crisp and clear as well. It’s very nice.
Then there’s this foot. I have so many issues with this foot that it’s nearly criminal. We can start though with the ankles again, no definition. Thus we can conclude that Natsume does not in fact actually have bones. Then there’s the way his foot conforms to the tree, or is the tree conforming to his foot….well it’s strange to say the very least. The arch of his foot is perfectly in sync with the tree. The tree itself looks pretty good, it’s got a couple big old knots on it and some great texture to it, but a mossy look would have been better. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a fallen waterlogged tree that looked this clean.
Natsume’s other leg dangles down so his foot is just above the water. There’s another thing off about this honestly, in the original picture his foot is touching the water, thus making the ripple effect on the water make sense. Here though it doesn’t beacuse his foot isn’t touching the base. To anyone who has this figure, or is thinking about buying him you should try shining a light on the reeds, the transparency of them leads to a really nice effect in the right lighting.
He’s got a pretty nice profile, and I really like the way his hair falls. His ears have great detail to them as well. The haori drapes over his shoulders in a manner that seems nice and natural. It leaves a really peaceful feel.
I don’t like the way the back of the haori falls over the branch, there should be more fabric bunched up on the branch. Instead it looks kind of like there’s a hole in back of it. Weird.
Madara’s face looks great, he looks mega mischievous. The paint job on him looks mostly nice, there’s a small spot on the middle of his forehead where the paint job doesn’t match up quite right.
The paint job on his back looks pretty good too, but there are some kind of bad seam lines on his tail.
The bottom of his foot looks great, I mean really great and I genuinely believe that the back bottom of the tree branch looks better than the rest of the tree. the detail on it is fantastic.
The back of his hair looks gorgeous, I really like the layering on it. The design on the haori is splendid, I’m pleased by the fact that it doesn’t look overly crowded. It just looks elegant.
He looks great from the sides, better than he does from the front at the very least. I know I’m being repetitive but I really love the serene feel of this toy.
There are small wrinkles at his knee which is a nice touch. And his foot does look a lot better from this angle because you can’t see how it connects to the tree itself.
The bottom of the reeds are perfectly black they fade upwards into a grey though and then into the greens. The tips are a super light green that are beautifully transparent.
The wrinkles on the sleeves and the side of the shirt are almost nice enough to make you want to take off the haori. It looks very nice, I especially like the way the shirt clings to his sides.
Compared to rest of the shirt however the back lacks significantly in wrinkles. If you look closely though you can see the slight curvature of his spine and the definition of his shoulder blades. It’s a little bit sad that they finally decided to give him bones for the part of his body that’s completely covered by an optional piece.
The water looks magnificent, truly gorgeous. The ripple effect is beautiful, but his foot not touching the water is a little bit of a let down. You actually see where the tree sinks down into the water which is a nice touch. It’s a beautiful base.
Overall it’s a beautiful figure best displayed on a mirrored shelf so that you can see the truly beautiful detail that was put into it. I do have a lot of issues with this one, especially that foot, but he isn’t a piece I regret having in my collection.