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Yuzuriha Inori - GSC 1/8Yuzuriha Inori - GSC 1/8

PlumePlumehace 6 añosReview
Hey guys!

I received my GSC Inori last week and since she's such a controversial figure, I thought I'd write a review for her... I initially wrote this novel-long comment to post on her MFC page but then I thought "Meh, I might as well add the title "review" and actually post it as such" - since that's mainly what I'd written. I'm sorry for the bad picture quality - I used a 2003 old Canon that's breathing its last breaths, and I'm not much of a photographer anyway. Add to that the fact that I chose 1.00 AM to take the photos with no proper setup, and what we have is a series of more or less blurry images, in dubious lighting. The "review" ones are taken in front of my monitor (yes, the nebulae you see behind her is my actual desktop) and the "scale" comparison ones posted toward the end are a 10-minute job done for exactly that: scale comparison.

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So here are my thoughts as I was unwrapping the figure, and then inspecting it.

*receives huge box*
Well... she might not be as small as some say she is.

*takes figure's box out of shipping cardboard box and bubble-wrap*
Okay this is small.

*sees tiny tiny head through window-box*
I... paid 100$ for a Happy Meal?

*picks up box to look better*
No, actually, scrap that. She's exactly the size I was expecting: not smaller and not larger (sadly).

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*concentrates on the face*
I LOVE her face. Considering how small it all is, it's pretty awesome that it manages to be so accurate and look so good close up. I initially came up with the "genius" idea that I was gonna use some reddish acrylic for her lips, since everyone was complaining about them - and even I thought they looked a bit "dead" in the photos posted here. But seeing her in real life, her lips are just fine. Also, I was afraid that the inside of her mouth wouldn't be detailed like the prototype. And I have to say, apart from the now-obvious level-control they did to the prototype in good ol' Photoshop, it's pretty much the same. The inside of her mouth IS painted, as are her teeth. And since her mouth is no more than 2mm in length (yeah, I measured it), I'd say that's pretty cool. Also, I really like her eyes. I liked them in the prototype too, but it's only when seeing her in front of you that you really grasp the detail that went into that tiny little face of hers.

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*looks at prototype picture on the box and then back at Inori - repeatedly*
I don't think I can stress on her size enough. That, I think, is where most of her problems stem from. Looking at the picture on the box and then at the figure itself, it becomes clear to me that if the actual product looked as PERFECT as the prototype, it'd be one of the best figures ever made. It wouldn't be impossible, of course, but there's a lot of shading needed to reach the same result, and mostly in very tiny, hard to reach spots: places that Photoshop CAN reach, but technology meant to mass-produce a few thousand of these figures, will NOT. A very good example would be under her bangs. The promo shots included a very dark shadow under her bangs, thus creating the illusion of "volume". But then when you receive the end product and notice that her hair is practically glued to her forehead and that there's no deep shadows there... it's a bit of a shock.

*takes Inori out of box; looks at skin tone*

Okay, she's yellow. Not as yellow as I feared, but I WOULD have preferred a "fair" complexion for her. Her hair is a very light color and also soft, rosy. It would be far more realistic if her skin was also rosier. I don't mind it much but I can see why it might be a problem for other people. Especially if those "other people" wanted to try out some badass photography with this lady.

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*turns her round and round*
Woah, giraffe neck! =)) She's very anatomically correct and well proportioned, especially for an anime figure... and then you turn her to the right and look at her head from a lower angle and you realize what a long neck she has. I understand why they did it: sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit of anatomy for the graceful pose. And with Inori you can't really tell they used a small "trick" unless you look at her from that precise angle. It looks good and natural from all other angles.

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*compares to same-scale Alter Mercedes*
I'm comparing these two ladies because they're both small and graceful 1/8 scale figures. When looking at the legs and body, they're both in almost the same scale. But then you compare their heads and ESPECIALLY their eyes, and the second reason why Inori seems so feeble becomes obvious: her proportions. She doesn't have the big anime head/eyes combo that Mercedes has. Her head is about 1/7 of her entire body height, which is a very realistic proportion (well, the ideal would be 1/8 but if you look at most cartoon/anime characters and compare the size of their heads to their bodies, you'll understand why 1/7 is SUCH a nice proportion). I also have this "problem" with Bishoujo Harley Quinn: she looks small next to my other figures, because her head is small compared to her body. Or rather, natural/realistic. I guess the mistake was on GSC's side: I would NOT make a figure in the smallest scale possible for a decent release, if I knew my sculpt would look so tiny because of its proportions. They make these things using computer software nowadays, it would've been very easy to just change the scale to something like 1/7 or 1/6 and then be able to actually add more detail and make her an even better figure. But hey, what's done is done. She came out beautifully, but it's obvious to me that GSC chose the wrong scale for her. That was the only big problem they had - and what led to all the others. In my opinion, of course.

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*studies hair*
Well... Even if it's probably not as "sharp" as it is in the photos... for her size it's very well done and doesn't bother at all. Also the gradient in her hair is nicely painted, especially 'round the back. If you don't try macro shots on her and you actually look at her in her real "scale", then the hair is very clean and the movement is beautifully rendered in the sculpt. The detail in the hair is the same sharpness as any other figures I own. It's just as sharp as Madoka's and Hitagi's, for example (maybe even sharper than Hitagi's, actually). But it's so damn small that when you take close-up photos it seems "off". Looks okay staring at her in real life, though. Just... you know, don't try photographing her in a setting that'll make her look like a life-size human being :P

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*pushes the flaps of fabric to one side and the other and up and down*
One thing's for certain: if I ever drop this Inori, or if her base stops supporting her for whatever reason... these things will break. I honestly hope that day never comes. And this is one box I'm sure to be keeping even if I decide to throw out all of the others. Can't imagine these things making it through a full-blown "move" without help from the box. Also, if you have her or decide to get her, make sure to keep Inori in a spot where you won't be touching her much, and around which you won't be moving a lot. As I was turning her to take one of my very bad photos, I lightly hit those flaps. Repeatedly. They're not at all rubbery and I'm afraid that if you apply enough force or move with too much energy, they might just snap off or break at some more fragile point along their length. They look brilliant. But I'm a bit paranoid about how fragile they seem.

And since we're on the topic of those flaps of fabric... allow me to say that the paint job on them is absolutely flawless. Beautiful gradients, and I love that they used a purple-ish colour on the underside. I feel that the purple really completes the colour palette of red and orange: it looks deep. And beautiful (I'm a sucker for the colour combination, bear with me guys). In fact, the paint-job is flawless on most of the figure, not only her bathing-suit-dress thingy. And as a cute sidenote, you'll notice that she even has her nails sculpted and some light pink paint applied to them. For a figure this SMALL, such details are impressive. Or so they seem to me.

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*finally installs her into the base*
Well, I like the base. And liked it when I first saw it too... after the shock wore off, that is :)). I'd've preferred something more dynamic, maybe something with crystals. Or something to fit her movement. But it's pretty decent for what it is: a disc. Teal-blue always works nice with orange, and in this case it's like water for a goldfish. And there is a little bit of red on it - just a few small marks, to help it work better. I also hope that it's stable enough, for a long time. Appreciate the metallic peg keeping Inori in place; but it wasn't very easy snapping her on the base perfectly. At first the pegs didn't go in all the way and I decided not to force it. But then I later picked her up again and tried a second time, now with a bit more force. It worked, and now I feel better knowing that she went in all the way and the chances of her falling over have minimized. I REALLY wouldn't want her spontaneously snapping off the base - I'm pretty sure no amount of glue would be able to return those flaps to their initial look. But yeah; it's a base and it does its job well: it supports. For now, at least. I just hope there won't be any leaning issues later on.

*looks at that damn collar*
Yes, the collar is asymmetrical. If you look at it to compare the two sides, it's pretty obvious. I... Okay, I really have no idea how that happened and why they let it slide. It's not a huge problem, but since she's got her NAILS DONE; you'd think they'd notice something like this. It doesn't detract from my love of the figure but again, I can see why others might be bothered beyond repair. Come on GSC, surely if you had time to check that each of her nails was done, you could've seen how her collar was asymmetrical!

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*conclusions and enjoyment*
Well... I like the figure. Would I buy her again? Yes. Would I pay the same amount for her? No. I got her from a shop that I only later noticed has the tendency to sell at very high prices. I feel a bit cheated, especially since she's so small and now I see that I could've bought her at a bargain price. But that's not the figure's fault; it's my own lack of experience on the figure market. I've learned quite a bit about online stores since pre-ordering Inori back in April this year. And I've also learned not to expect miracles from GSC. If that may sound a bit melodramatic to you guys, then I'm sorry. But note that I also own their Yozora, whose facial expression magically changed from prototype to final product (that's also probably the reason I was able to buy her at a very good price post-release :D), and have read about the Snow Miku fiasco... and have also seen that some people are not 100% happy with their Racing Miku (even though her problems don't seem that big of a deal to me - but again, you pay a lot of money and expect perfection and then even the smallest detail can let you down).

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If you're on the fence about getting her... are a fan of the character or the anime or just like her sculpt / paint-job; then I say you should go for it - while she's still being sold for bargain prices. It's not 100% perfect but I for one, love it. And I think that if you get her while fully knowing what her "bad" parts are, you won't suffer any disappointment.

Pros:
- pose
- sculpt
- paint-job
- detailing
- stable on base

Cons:
- small
- fragile flaps
- collar
- skin-tone


I hope this was helpful and that you enjoyed the long read. I leave you now with some godawful shots I made for scale comparison with some very random figures that I own. Enjoy! :D

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Thank you for your review! ^^ It made me wish for her more than I'm wishing now *-*
hace 6 años
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I really, really appreciate your beautifully-detailed review of Inori...you told me things about this figure that I would have never realized just by simply looking at pictures or listening to all of the recent complaints about her. I love the pose and the way her body and outfit looks...the lips do look very pale to me, but I'm a makeup-free gal myself, so a pale lip doesn't bother me at all. Good catch on that collar...it annoys me now that I know about it (probably wouldn't have realized it on my own). I think the only thing that really disturbs me is her size...I *may* get her as one of the shops has her for $50, but I couldn't put her next to anyone...she'd just have to have her own shelf...a very small, tiny shelf. :D Great images, especially the ones that compare height.
hace 6 años
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neptunecadet (hace 6 años) #1247711It's very interesting that you mentioned her neck and how it looked longer than what it should be. In my art classes, we learned that famous sculptors throughout history actually did similar things with their sculptures. There's some famous artist who was commissioned to do a sculpture, and it was supposed to be placed almost at the top of the church, so the artist manipulated the proportions so that it would seem in normal proportions to the viewers down below. However, the sculpture was so beautiful, that the commissioners decided to set it on the ground so everyone can see it at ground level. The proportions seemed off because of this, because it was meant to be seen at a different angle, but the sculpture was beautiful nonetheless...
Anyway...after that rant...how you mentioned her neck reminded me of that story. She's probably meant to be seen from a certain angle!


Oh, I really like that! I've never heard the story before but it reminds me a bit of some "tricks" used in architecture. Like Greek temples which had the columns going more and more at an angle, as they were located further away from the center of the facade. This way, the sensation of "overwhelming" size was minimized because the eye did not perceive that upward perspective anymore and the whole building seemed to be at much more of a "human" scale. Also the columns were sometimes sculpted to be thicker on their upper side and thinner down at the base (same reasoning: to fool the eye into not perceiving that upward perspective so harshly). Then when the Romans continued where the Greeks left off, they stopped using that trick: they had a more violent nature and didn't mind if a building seemed imposing and intimidating to common men. There's also a well-known staircase (it's so well-known that this Architecture student shamefully forgot who it was designed by *blush*) that, very much like Piazza San Marco, is not regular in its plan - but it's instead trapezoidal. Here is the plan to San Marco, so show what I mean: www.learn.colum... Because the buildings on either side of the square are NOT parallel with each other, to the visitor it feels like the whole space is deeper and the distance to St. Mark's basilica is longer. Also, the basilica itself looks taller when entering the square, because that's how the eye estimates its size according to the distance it THINKS it has to travel 'till it gets there. When the same trick was used at an interior staircase, the person climbing thought he had a lot more distance to cover than he really did. My teacher said that made the climb "more inviting" - I however, do not agree with that statement because I'm a lazy-@$$ and if I saw this imposing flight of stairs beckoning me... I'd just take the elevator :P.

See? Don't worry, I can rant too :D. You have no idea HOW MUCH I can rant! :))
hace 6 años
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I enjoyed reading your review. You addressed the more common concerns about the figure pretty objectively without heavy bias. I agree with your observations and your ultimate conclusion about her worth. I would never pay for her near retail price, but at the recent prices she's been going for (~4000Y), I think she is well worth it. :]
hace 6 años
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Plume (hace 6 años) #1247683Thank you very much :D. You really are too kind, though :)). What bothers me most about the photos is that neither of the ones I took managed to capture the figure's colors properly. If you look at the reds they all either came out too purple, or too yellow. The lighting in my room is horrid though, so it shouldn't surprise me. Plus, as I said, I'm an amateur when it comes to handling cameras.
And yeah, Inori was a figure that everyone was expecting (even the MFC statistics are impressive: 622 owned, 322 ordered and 657 wished) but which didn't come out as perfect as we were all hoping for. She also received some unnecessarily harsh comments after release, people saying she's like a bootleg, for example. But I don't know, looking back it just seems like a lot of it was nothing more than meaningless drama.
I usually like to try and stay objective even about the things I like/love, and recognize their faults. And yes, Inori does have faults. But from a weird collar to saying that she's like a bootleg and that she looks awful... come on :P
Anywho. Thanks for taking the time to read :)


No problem! Reviews are always an interesting read~
I can see what you mean about the lighting and colors. From the looks of it, your "normal light-bulb light" looks like a warm yellow, which could explain the extra yellow tints. Still I dunno, at least you have a proper camera to take pictures with. I'm just using my phone. (omo); Then again, as long as the camera being used is decent, usually the lighting is what matters the most I think.

Calling her a bootleg is a bit much. Sure she might be a bit small and there are small sculpt faults, but its not like her paint job is all over the place, or her eye decals are off the sockets or something. I guess the more hyped a figure is, the more disappointment there will be if it's not up to expectations? But anyway, good job trying to stay objective! I'll try to take note and be more objective in my own reviews in the future too. I often get rather biased in my opinions since I tend to get figures I really really like in the first place.
hace 6 años
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neptunecadet ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~
I really like your reviewing style! You're a very good writer!

It's very interesting that you mentioned her neck and how it looked longer than what it should be. In my art classes, we learned that famous sculptors throughout history actually did similar things with their sculptures. There's some famous artist who was commissioned to do a sculpture, and it was supposed to be placed almost at the top of the church, so the artist manipulated the proportions so that it would seem in normal proportions to the viewers down below. However, the sculpture was so beautiful, that the commissioners decided to set it on the ground so everyone can see it at ground level. The proportions seemed off because of this, because it was meant to be seen at a different angle, but the sculpture was beautiful nonetheless...

Anyway...after that rant...how you mentioned her neck reminded me of that story. She's probably meant to be seen from a certain angle!
hace 6 años
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Kousei (hace 6 años) #1247693especially since it looks like she was under different types of lighting between the review shots and the comparison shots (variety~).
I was also afraid of shoving her foot into the base, too. )x I'm glad that someone else seemed to enjoy her as much as I do. (: I think she is one of my favorite figures, despite her being small.

Yep, she was :D. The "review" photos are shot in front of my monitor where I also have a blue-ish lamp... So there's a lot of very very cold light there. And the comparison ones are shot on the other side of the room, in normal light-bulb light (that sounds silly but dunno how to word it better).

And you are not alone in loving the figure, I assure you :). Best to form your own opinion and not let the hype (or anti-hype?) get to you too bad.
hace 6 años
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Kousei ☆ ★ ☆
I like the way you reviewed her. (: Also, your photos were fine, especially since it looks like she was under different types of lighting between the review shots and the comparison shots (variety~).

I was also afraid of shoving her foot into the base, too. )x I'm glad that someone else seemed to enjoy her as much as I do. (: I think she is one of my favorite figures, despite her being small.
hace 6 años
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Ferdverel (hace 6 años) #1247617Nice review! I think the photos are fine, they look a ton better than the ones I take. (*m*) I'm not into photography either, so kudos to your skills. (^-^) It's also very detailed and thorough~
I remember seeing this figure in official photos online, and being impressed with the overall look of it, especially the clothes. Never really realized there were so many issues people had with her. And yeah, she does look relatively small. But if you like the character, it doesn't seem that bad.

Thank you very much :D. You really are too kind, though :)). What bothers me most about the photos is that neither of the ones I took managed to capture the figure's colors properly. If you look at the reds they all either came out too purple, or too yellow. The lighting in my room is horrid though, so it shouldn't surprise me. Plus, as I said, I'm an amateur when it comes to handling cameras.

And yeah, Inori was a figure that everyone was expecting (even the MFC statistics are impressive: 622 owned, 322 ordered and 657 wished) but which didn't come out as perfect as we were all hoping for. She also received some unnecessarily harsh comments after release, people saying she's like a bootleg, for example. But I don't know, looking back it just seems like a lot of it was nothing more than meaningless drama.

I usually like to try and stay objective even about the things I like/love, and recognize their faults. And yes, Inori does have faults. But from a weird collar to saying that she's like a bootleg and that she looks awful... come on :P

Anywho. Thanks for taking the time to read :)
hace 6 años
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Nice review! I think the photos are fine, they look a ton better than the ones I take. (*m*) I'm not into photography either, so kudos to your skills. (^-^) It's also very detailed and thorough~

I remember seeing this figure in official photos online, and being impressed with the overall look of it, especially the clothes. Never really realized there were so many issues people had with her. And yeah, she does look relatively small. But if you like the character, it doesn't seem that bad.
hace 6 años
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