Her main power, and what makes her famous, is her ability to manipulate borders, also called gaps. The most convention use of her power is just to use those gaps as portals, so she's often seen zipping in and out of scenes in the most improbable ways. However the border manipulation also extends to abstract concepts, like the bordered between life and death, or maybe the border betwe-
Yukari is the hidden boss after the hidden boss, so her stage goes beyond the normally hidden “extra” mode and is classified as “phantasm”. All of this makes you think that she’s quite strong, and well I believe she is. I tried many times to get for her stage in preparation for this review, however I have yet to get there. I however watched a lets play of her level so it’s as if I had played it... right?
It’s hard to really grasp the personality of a touhou because half of it is taken from random lines from the games and half of it is made up. So you end up getting your own interpretation of how the character is. Yukari is one of the characters whose interpretation varies widely, from very cutesy demeanor to dark and twisted witch.
But to me, because of her relationship with her minions/family, she seems a bit more like a gang boss... that’s really bored and sleeps all day... Well maybe she’s more like spoiled brat that does whatever she wants, maybe this is one of the reasons I like her so much. She may threaten to unbalance the nature of the world in itself (like she did in Touhou 7), but i believe that her intentions were in good spirits!
Anyway on to the figure! Yukari is made by quesQ, they are a company i had no previous experience before getting Yukari so I decided to give them a try.
Her hat is removable. But don't do that, everyone knows that touhous die when they are killed- I mean touhous die when if you take their hat off.
One of the better aspects of the figure is the shading, here you can see a slight brownish shade on her hair that really gives it volume. On the downside the ends of the hair a rough and you can see a molding line on the right side near her head.
Another great thing about this figure is that it's sculpted in such a way that her outfit hugs her, ahem, body really well emphasizing her figure which really brings out her perky personality.
Yukari comes with her signature umbrella. It's quite simple. Her hands lack detail aswell, though it's nothing major. The umbrella fits into a little hole in the base that at first glance seems to be chip damage but is actually a feature!
Rather shameless mold line on her other hand, tough this is rarely visible when displayed. You can also see Yukari's other signature item, her fan. This one is rather nicely made with pretty nice details. It's a little scary to pu on since you have to kinda shove it in stretching Yukari a bit in the process.
Yukari's base is a gap. It's kinda roughly made and one of the pegs scarcely helps to hold her in place since it's not tight at all. Think they could have done a better job on this. Yukari is able to stand without her base if needed.
On to more fun suff. She comes with an alternate hairstyle with her air picked up. She looks a bit more conservative but extremely cute this way. To change hairstyle you take her face off and put it on the new hair. They share the fringe though. The picked up hairstyle has its own hat to accommodate the large bun that results from picking up hair.
One of the wonder of a picked up hair is that you are able to peek into one of the forgotten points of female beauty, the nape, or the back of the neck for the uninitiated.
More fun stuff. Her skirt actually is able to come off in pieces. First off, if you cast off the bottom most piece, her outfit turns into a bit more modern skirt that goes slightly above the knees.
This is as naked as Yukari gets, no hat, miniskirt.
Taking off the final skirt peace leaves her in miniskirt mode. You can see her garter belt and everything! I think it looks very nice. Also notice the slight fold in her stockings around the knee area, aswell as the shading there, pretty good.
Miniskirt mode results in some pretty sexy shots.
I'm conflicted with what's under the curtains. On the one had details like the painted garter belt and the little dimples that result from pulling on the stockings along with he little indentations done on the flesh by the tightening of the clothes are really nice. However there's very noticeable mold lines and the panties are pretty rough in comparison with the rest of the undergarments.
Overall I wish Yukari was of slightly better quality, she has a lot of very nice features like the hair and the nice sculpt, but the lack luster quality really ends up making me wanting more for a character that I like so much.
While I don’t want to make my writing longer without a good reason, I do believe that I can make these reviews a bit more clear and give them a sort of structure. So I plan to add the following section after the regular pictures and random incoherent banter.
- Two different hairstyles, three different length of the skirt and the accessories give you a wide variety of ways to pose Yukari.
- Good sculpting, sexy body / underwear.
- Nice shading.
- Molding has many rough edges and mold lines.
- Butt’s a little small and flat, seems disproportionate to the rest of the body.
- price is a little too much at 10,500 yen, and that’s with the amiami discount!!
- She comes with an extra faceplate that's exactly the same for some reason.
Who should buy this?
I’d recommend you buy her only if you’re a really hardcore Touhou or Yukari fan. Anyone else might want to pass on her given the price. Perhaps consider Phat’s Yukari as an alternative, tough even that one isn't completely to my liking. I don’t think there’s been a Yukari figure that I really liked but this one and the Phat one are the ones that come the closest. I’ll continue to hope some other company steps up to make more Touhou figures, because so far it’s been somewhat underwhelming. Till next time~