Preview: Sword Art Online - Asuna -Fairy Dance- 1/8 Complete Figure by Kotobukiya

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

This is Meshi, here with another heaping helping of figure previews.

I've lived my entire life having people tell me, "But your princess is in another castle." No more! With this new figure of Asuna from the Fairy Dance arc I can finally get the girl and play the hero. Suit up, we're raiding the World Tree!

Sword Art Online - Asuna -Fairy Dance- 1/8 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

Scale figures strive to tell a story through their posing, but in this case the base itself is worth a hundred words. The digital bars of Titania's cage dematerialize to set her free, but the adventure has only just begun. 

Upon closer inspection we can see that the fabric of her uniquely shaped dress is slightly translucent. What sort of secrets could be hidden behind the veil?

Well, a surprisingly ample bust, for starters. Her exposed shoulders, armpit, tummy and thighs make this one queen that I'm happy to serve.

A virtual world needs to hit a certain degree of reality to be truly immersive and there's nothing I'd rather immerse myself in than the folds of her dress. I wonder what kind of physics engine ALFheim Online uses to make the fabric flutter like that? Whatever it is, it can sure support a high polygon count. Look at the stunning details in the wrinkles and red ribbon!

This is the sexiest back of any figure that I've ever seen! The gradient in the hair along with the way the long locks and flowing dress slip through the bars of the cage as it dissolves into digital ether make this a cinematic moment that out classes any AAA-RPG.

Asuna's loosely hanging dress offers all sorts of stat boosts, especially to her bust. Her come hither stare and outstretched hand have doomed many a would-be hero. I'd suffer a thousand party wipes if I got to open her treasure chest at the end of the dungeon. 

The best part about groveling at a pretty girl's feet is the view. Note that I'm also paying my respects to the sculptor while I'm down here. The figure holds up from any angle with no obvious breaks or imperfections. Thank you for bringing my fantasy to life!

The translucent fabric does more than tease the curves of her body--it also begs for a dynamic lighting setup! Check out the subsurface scattering on her dress and hair. How many more console generations do we need to wait for graphics like this?!

Asuna invites you to a distant world of fantasy role-playing. Just don't forget your safe word or you may never make it back to reality!

Sword Art Online - Asuna -Fairy Dance- 1/8 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]
(C)川原 礫/アスキー・メディアワークス/SAO Project
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.