For a series that I’ve grown rather lackluster with I have a massive amount of Natsume Takashi figures. I reviewed the Alter one a few monthes ago, next up is a Banpresto prize figure.
Natsume has a great head of hair. It’s very detailed, with individual strands falling into his face rather nicely. His expression however is bland beyond all reason. His eyes look flat and emotionless, or in one word ‘dead’. His mouth is a straight flat line, not really a whole lot of expression going on here.
His yukata looks pretty good, the seam in particular is pretty nice. However the front of his outfit is lacking pretty heavily in the detail category, but doesn’t really look bad, just under detailed.
His over kimono lacks in details too, it does not in any way, shape, size, or form fall against his body in a matter that makes sense. Kimonos are usually made out of a heavy enough material that it would weigh it down a bit against his body. They did do the sewing line on his sleeve though which is a really nice touch.
The lower part of the yukata is a little bit better, the lines do pull quite nicely against his body, however as tight as it is against him there’s no indication of there being a body in there. Cause that isn’t just a little bit awkward. Held in his hand is the infamous “Book of Friends” I know it’s a little bit sad but I really think this one looks better then the Altair one. The detailing and paint on it are both spectacular.
The kimono has a beautiful design on it, dark pink and white cherry blossoms intermingling into a fabulous design. I also love how dark it gets down near the bottom, it’s overall a very gorgeous design, that looks way prettier then this figure deserves.
His hair is really well sculpted, I really like the way it falls into his face and how it covers most of his ear. It’s kind of cute in that boyishly messy kind of way.
The sides of the kimono fall a lot better then the front, especially the sleeves themselves. They’re big and fall in nice folds down his sides. The cherry blossoms trailing up the sleeve cuff is really nice too, I love that it gets progressively larger as it oes down.
Here we get to see how the sakura trail off towards the back of the fabric. From a strictly decorative stand point it’s hella pretty.
Little bits of his hair cross in the back, it looks nice. I like the fact that the sleeves are slightly blown back behind him. The seam running down the back of the kimono also looks really nice.
In this one you can clearly see the pink gradient that they used to darken the bottom half of the kimono.
You can also see that the cherry blossom pattern just barely touches the back of the kimono.
Madara’s face was placed on very well. His expression speaks of mischief, it’s almost like he sucked all the personality directly out of Natsume himself. Then again though that’s kind of the way it is in the manga too. One thing that I do really dig though is that Madara’s paws left crinkles in Natsume’s Yukata. That’s a very nice touch.
The paint job on Madara loos great, the gray and brown fit together nicely and don’t cross at any point, the collar looks good too.
Natsume has one arm raised holding the edge of his kimono up and thus effectively keeping it draped over his shoulders. The folds match perfectly with his hand. His hand is actually really well sculpted the fingers are beautifully done.
He’s clutching the book tightly in his other hand holding it close to his side. The detail on this hand isn’t as stellar as the other one, but it’s far from bad.
I find this shot hilarious because it shows just how ridiculously thin his legs are. This is pretty pathetic, I really hate how this figure looks from the side. His feet however looks really nice, the sandals in particular look really good.
His base is round with the same sakura pattern spread across it that the kimono has. The dark blue plastic it’s made of is also slightly transparent. It’s really gorgeous.
His box is light pink with cherry blossoms spread across it in various different colours. White, purple, and pink flowers decorate it, which is also the color scheme of Natsume himself. Very pretty and very nice.
Overall Natsume has better figures. Unless your a completionist then there really is no purpose to buying this figure when you could just buy one of the better ones.