Anyway, the biggest draw of Busou Renkin is Tsumura Tokiko, the fierce amazonian tsundere babe armed with four wicked extendable blades on her thighs. Man, I liked her in the manga already and the anime just adds a whole new level, with that low, violently sexy voice, gracefully deadly actions and girlishly elegant gestures. I would like to point out that with Nobuhiro Watsuki (Kenshin’s author btw) stance against blatant fanservice (he claims to be embarrassed just drawing Tokiko’s bare tummy), she doesn’t have get panty shot or whatever indecent exposure through the manga. Even when landing after a high jump, her hands’ll be holding down her skirt (that’s why having four extra limbs are great).
This figure of Tokiko was released in December last year, with a price tag of 4800 yen by Megahouse. She’s 1/8 scale and from the Excellent Model Series.
Name: Tsumura Tokiko
Height: 154 cm
Weight: 39 kg
Birthday: August 7th
Blood Type: A
Favourites: Onigiri, Purple, Places close to the sky
Dislikes: Homunculus, unnecessary sacrifice
Skills: Super-quick changing (she can put on her uniform in a flash)
Organisation: Renkin Warriors Syndicate
I wanted to make a video at first but it proved too difficult so screw that. Tokiko is a rather unusual figurine, for she comes with her trademark Valkyrie Skirt all poseable and extendable. But first, let’s see the three best (or least worst) pictures. I thought of photoshopping these to make them better, with minor tweaks like contrast and saturation etc but decided against it for the time being. Ok mainly because this batch of pics sucked.
It’s not really possible to fit everything inside the frame, but this picture fills it up reasonably. A bit too dark though.
I tried to add a more actiony feel, with Tokiko pointing her blade at the camera. The foreground has her blade looking menacing. I wanted to straighten it a bit more so it’ll have a greater sense of lead-in to her body but the blades couldn’t take their own weight. The background turned out pretty sucky too.
Here we have a low angle shot with two arms framing her. This angle makes her face pretty good, unlike other straight shots where the ugliness is pretty apparent. A bit too dark thanks to the sky meddling with the metering.
Yup, not that great pictures. The sheer width of the figure makes it hard for my little digicam to capture everything and photography was difficult. I’ve come to the conclusion that direct sunlight is bad for figurine photography. The harsh lighting creates way too many shadows, messes up the exposure etc and a cool overcast sun does better by bringing out the details more.
Tokiko comes with four detachable parts plus a base. The former have three points of articulation each capable of about 340 degree rotation. They are moulded very sharp and can pierce skin if you press hard enough. These are great and innovative but the application left a lot to be desired. While the actual moulding is good as I said, the choice of material was totally wrong and the method of attachment to Tokiko is just horrendous. The blades and arms are made of PVC and such thin rods cannot support the weight of the huge blades at all. So you’ll have to either let them stay on the ground like a spider’s legs, or risk them warping like a banana (which I did for a couple of months). The rods are attached to her thigh plates via a ball-and-socket joint, 4 to be exact. But these get very loose and the rods are dislodged too easily for my liking. I’m pretty sure if Tokiko had been made recently instead of a year ago, she would’ve gotten a much better design thanks to improving general quality of figurines these days.
Perhaps too much attention was diverted by the Valkyrie Skirt, because the actual figurine is bloody ugly face-wise. This was based on the manga design and we all know Watsuki favours a pseudo-Western art style heavily influenced by Marvel (not apparent here at all though). The manga had her with very angular features which the anime rectified and improved on. Tokiko’s eyes are are too big, too square and the decals used are really ugly. Her eyebrows are bloody thick too and we all know girls with thick eyebrows ought to have their plucked. Her unique scar, such a defining feature on print and animated media, sticks out like a sore thumb, especially because it’s the same shape as her mouth.
Tokiko’s hair sucks too. The sculpting could’ve been more detailed, it looks like a round ball from some angles. Her fringe is too stubby for my liking.
While I never was that into her school uniform, the slightly goth style of it suits her, with all those cross and dark colours. The paintjob is not good. The colours are very flat and monotone. Despite the lack of obvious manufacturing flaws, I cannot say good things about the paint quality. Mediocre.
Takiko takes a rather stoic pose, with hands by her side and feet spaced apart – the pose of power. It’s only natural that with her skirt, her arms don’t really move all that much. Her left closed fist creates an impression of power while her right openly-stretched fingers show the attribute of control. Her hips are slightly leaning to the left and I don’t like this. I would’ve preferred a symmetrical foot placing. Anyway, she’s stable enough to stand without her base, especially with her weapons supporting.
Her base is an enlarged version of her kakugane (core metal), the origin of her power. I don’t like it because the cheap gray finish and ugly hexagon design (Watsuki’s fault) is so gaudy. The base has two plugs, one for each of her feet.
Megahouse betrayed Watsuki anyway by having her skirt removable lol. So fanservice for us. Those are some ugly panties unfortunately.
I like Megahouse because they do figurines of interesting characters and not just blindly follow the trend of making multiple versions of the same Ms Popular (OMG 241st Saber!) This figurine may have a truckload of areas where improvement is needed, I still think it’s worth the money. Major credit goes to the rather cool Valkyrie Skirt and the choice of character to figurise.