Review: Muv-Luv Alternative - Sumika Kagami 1/7 Complete Figure by Kotobukiya

---Translated from our Japanese blog---
The visual novel Muv-Luv has been gradually expanding into other media during its 10 year history. Now Kotobukiya brings us the franchise's key heroine, Sumika Kagami, in a skin-tight bodysuit ready for battle!

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This is Ginpatsuski, reporting for duty. Up until recently I had only played through Extra so the series still feels like a slapstick high school romance to me. But then I plowed through Unlimited and Alternative and my head’s still spinning from the crazy turns the story takes!  

The new offering from Kotobukiya keeps the shocking reveals coming!

Muv-Luv Alternative - Sumika Kagami 1/7 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

Take a gander at the heroine of Muv-Luv Alternative, Sumika Kagami. She's slotted into the 00 Unit and dressed in her flight suit to sortie into the XG-70d Susanoo IV at first sign of BETA attack. The figure faithfully recreates her trademark ahoge and long hair tied off with a yellow ribbon, while her innocent smile beguiles the apocalyptic despair symbolized by the rusted H beam she’s sitting on.

Before we get hands on with the heroine, let’s look at the props.

The H beam features realistic layers of rust, when some peeling off and others just starting to oxidize. The jagged edge at her back implies that the beam was ripped out of place by some monstrous force, a silent reminder of the horror or war.

Couple this with the concrete rubble that doubles as her foot base and it’s easy to imagine a decimated cityscape stretching out behind her. There's something poetic about the fragile female warrior resting alone amongst the ruins of humanity.

Let’s move onto something a little more hopeful. Sumika's face matches the recent style of series character designer Bou. I'd say that her eyes are even rounder than in the games themselves. Being able to date a drawing by the way the artist did the eyes is a necessary skill for any moe aficionado.

Sitting holding her leg to her chest creates a closed pose that hides some essential bits, but never underestimate human ingenuity. If you can’t get a good look from the front, move around to the side

We took reconnaissance shots from both sides and above. Her outstretched arms pushes her chest together into a welcome landing pad held firm by the skintight flight suit. 

She's sitting on an angle with her legs curved slightly inward and the color-coded bodysuit makes it easy to find what you’re looking. Show some restraint, soldier--this is the battlefield!

Also notice the United Nations Force and Isumi's Valkyries emblems on her shoulders. The attention to detail should please any Muv-Luv fan.

Speaking of "attention to detail," it’s easy to overlook this cheeky view. Being hidden is part of the mystique, and all the more reason to seek it out.

Like skinsuits or girls in shiny latex? Then bring Sumika from the war zone to someplace safer. (Like your figure shelf!) 

Muv-Luv Alternative - Sumika Kagami 1/7 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

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*Photos are of a sample and the actual product may differ.