iNatsume Yuujinchou - Madara (Nyanko-sensei) - Natsume Takashi -9/10

Hello, my name is drowranger (although I am more commonly known online as keelerleah) and today I will be reviewing Alters Natsume Takashi/Madara figure. This is my first review as well, so while I'm new at this, I still hope this will be useful to some.

Well then, lets get started. Natsume Yuujinchou (also known as The Natsume Book of Friends) is an ongoing manga series (that has been also made into an anime) that was created by Midorikawa Yuki. It tells the story of a young boy who has the ability to see spirits, as his grandma, Reiko, could before him. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the "Book of Friends". Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. With the help of a spirit "cat" (who really just wants Natsume to die so he can have the book), Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits and trying not to get killed. (Credit: [ext link ])

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/natsumeanime.jpg

Packaging: Well then lets start with the box. So far, in my collecting, I have come across a few mildly interesting boxes, but nothing compared to this one so far. The first thing that, in all honesty, amazed me was the magnetic (yes there are actually magnets in it) flap covering the clear 'window'. When opened it displays a lovely blue and white colored vine and grass design (which goes well with the figure) as well as a painted scene from the anime on underside of the flap.

The outsides are also sparingly yet elegantly decorated and the back is complete with a little round window that allows you to view Madara (the cat) from within. One side also features the same painting as within the flap, only this time Natsume is also included in the work.

Over all this is one of the nicest and prettiest boxes I have seen yet.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/box.jpg

Inside the box is the usual clear packing along with those clear plastic sheets for protection. Also included is a little diagram for correct removal of the kimono.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review1.jpg

Sculpting/ Painting/ Posing :Moving on to the figure itself. We can now clearly see that this is a special and very unique figure. Here are a few more angles:

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review2.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/reveiw3.jpg

And some close ups of their faces.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review6.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review7.jpg

I have heard numerous people comment on the lack of detail on Natsume himself (the face, hair, and shirt especially) and while I would have liked to see a bit more detail in these areas, I feel that to much more would have taken away from the figure and character. The outfit design is pretty much exact as the one in the manga and anime and any alterations would have taken away from the idea and over all feel of the theme.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review8.jpg

Here we can see the close up details of Madara. They did a lovely job of painting his face and he's pretty much spot on with the original design of the character.

As I mentioned above, one also has the options of removing the gorgeously painted kimono. The kimono was a great way to add more details to an otherwise rather ordinary looking outfit. The painting is excellently done and adds a lovely splash of color. Here we can see Natsume without it.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review9.jpg

And from the back:

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review10.jpg

The posing for this figure is actually rater plain but it seems to work well nonetheless. The pose was based upon the drawing I posted above (which is also featured on the box) and honestly, even if its a bit plain, it still looks lovely and doesn't take away from the over all appeal of the figure.

The sculpting for this figure was also quite well done. Some have complained about the look of the hair and the blandness of the face but I like it and again it holds true to the character.

Base: The base was the first thing that attracted me to this figure. Its simply stunning! With semi transparent (and shiny) plastic for the water and grass to the wonderfully detailed log, they didn't go wrong in any way. The painting too is actually quite lovely, although there aren't to many specific details painted, it still looks quite realistic and, lets be honest, this figure is all about the base.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/base.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/base2.jpg

Natsume and Madara don't actually come off of the base, as most figures do, but it really doesn't bother me as, after all, with the pose he's in, it would be really difficult to display him any other way without it.

Other:
One more thing that I feel needs mentioning though is his size. The only thing that does bug me slightly about this figure, is his over all size. It is meant to be 1/8 scale but when placed by other figures of the same scale he looks fairly small.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review.jpg

Above is a shot of him sitting by some of my other figures. All (except the 2 Hatsune Mikus -the big one is 1/6 scale) are 1/8 and as you can see he does look smaller then them.

Enjoyment: Over all I was very pleased with this figure (despite the size issue). For someone who has read the manga (and who greatly enjoyed it) I was really pleased with the outcome of this figure. Plus, I was absolutely thrilled that a male figure was given such wonderful treatment and I dearly hope ALTER will come out with more in the future.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m220/keelerleah/review11.jpg

Well thank you for taking the time to look over my review. I dearly hope there aren't to many spelling issues (since no matter what I do I still suck at it)and I hope my awful photography didn't scare you away. So anyways thanks again for reading!

Oh, and one last thing. If you haven't read or watched Natsume Yuujinchou I greatly suggest that you do. Its a wonderfully heartwarming and lovely story that greatly deserves more viewers.

Thanks again,
-Keelerleah (drowranger)

Ver más // Comentarios (18)

0hace 6 añosTabbykitTabbykit
I would love to have this guy-- I've never seen the anime he's from, but, the more I see of it the more I want to watch! Loving the little calico cat climbing next to him, too. *_*
0hace 6 añossyunriisyunrii
Oh wow, this figure is absolutely breathtaking! Especially the base! And gosh, even the box is amazing. Even though I don't have any particular attachment to the series or the character, I'm definitely impressed with Alter's new male line so far! I can't wait for more :)

Thank you for the great review!
0hace 6 añosTronBonneTronBonne
Thanks for the review, it was really helpful and convinced me to order him. :)
0hace 6 añosPurplenhuPurplenhu
Thanks for the review. And those close up picture of yours did help us to see the figure even more. :)
0hace 6 añosCashCash
Thank you for the super helpful review! = D it was really thorough, and I'm more excited than ever to receive mine.
0hace 6 añosanabianabi
Great review! You just convinced me to get this figure!
0hace 6 añosMelodyMelody
An amazing review! I agree! The anime is amazing and you'll love Natsume even more than before if you watch it. :3
0hace 6 años (hace 6 años)poonkpoonk
Great review, though I admit I'm hardly unbiased as this is my favorite anime (see my avatar) and the very first figure I'd ever preordered for my young collection. I agree that this sculpt/pose is "true to the character," as you mentioned. Natsume's not a fighter-- he's a gentle soul, more thoughtful than brash-- and it seems to me like dangling his bare toes (love them!) in a pond is exactly a Natsume-like thing to do.

P.S. I was also quite impressed by that box (and yes, the magnets).
0hace 6 añosdrowrangerdrowranger ☆keelerleah☆
ShiddoNice review!

btw: Is he stable? Well balanced? But guess they done base heavy enough to prevent some overbalance of tree with chubby Madara xD


Thanks glad you like the review. ^^

Yes, he is fairly stable. Its not an overly heavy figure and the base is large enough (in comparison to the figure and tree) so there is pretty much no chance of it falling over.
0hace 6 añosShiddoShiddo 一匹狼
Nice review!

Love that base as well ^^ Whole idea of sculpture to reproduce Natsume sitting on that trunk at lake is awesome ^^
Also shame on Alter to spoil/pamper only "girls" line =P
Magnetic flaps for bishoujo as well!!! ^^

btw: Is he stable? Well balanced? But guess they done base heavy enough to prevent some overbalance of tree with chubby Madara xD

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