Wood Guardian Kureha
Every forest is full of mysteries, secrets, and has its own legends. And there is a wood which is told to be guarded by an wonderful fairy, who got an evasive and melancholy gaze. She is also said to have gorgeous yellow orangey clothes from which a sweet heat emanates, amplified by some sumptuous wings her large sleeves draw. Some even pretend that she always carries a long bow finely sculpted into a strong wood.
This keeper would be named Kureha, and the legend says she likes to blend in the shades naturally created by plays of light between the sun and leafages.
Each legend has its share of stories and other testimonies, reporting some encounters with this shy fairy. Here is an abstract of one of them.
“[...] While I had already lost every single hope to find my way back home before the night arrives, a glimmer arose amid the thick darkness of the forest. The light decreased slowly, revealing a young and beautiful girl whose warmly colored clothes were twinkling intensively under the few sun rays which broke through the leaves. [...]“
“[...] then she suddenly disapeared, to reappear few steps farther, still enlightened by the piercing beams of the sun. She seemed to want me to follow her [...]”
“[...] I was starting to be exhausted by the little hide-and-seek game, but finally that strange pursuit ended when, before I even realised it, I arrived at the entrance of a vast glade. The girl was here, contemplating the amazing view expanding in front of us. [...]“
“[...] She faced me then, and while she was trying to avoid my look, she pointed to a direction with her finger. There was a little path through another wood, that allowed me latter to back home. But during that brief moment I was looking at the way out, my pretty saviour vanished one more, and last time. [...]“
Hard to describe with precision the part this spirit with human appearances plays in this forest. Is she aimed to guard the woods from visitors, or guide lost souls through this maze? Nobody can tell it yet, since afterall, this is just a legend.
However, I want to believe that one day, I will have that chance too meet her too, in this magic forest.
Hehe did you enjoyed my little story? I had a lot of fun taking pictures of this great figure in such a lovely place, and imagine that little scene.
Moreover, those first photos are in my opinion the best I ever done outside. So I hope you like them as much as I do.
Most of us already relished super rats‘ and Danny Choo‘s amazing pictures, so I also hope that none would be fed up with those pics of mines. The fact is, this Kureha figure is such a pretty model, it would have been a crime if I didn’t took pictures of her. I have some more pictures, not published here but on my Flickr galery, but I guess they are less interresting, and maybe not visible for everyone due to Flickr restrictions… well, nevermind.
Like Danny said, pictures speak for themselves. There are of course few failings due to mass production, but only scrupulous eyes would notice them. The only things that disturb me a bit are the bow’s string which seems very fragile, and the hazardous way she stands on here base. But I guess it’s just me who is a bit too affraid of breaking something each time I have a figure between my hands.
As additional but well-known informations, Kureha is from the game/anime Shining Wind, and has nothing to do with the little fictive story I invented. The figure kit, based on an illustration of maestro Tony “T2″ Taka, was sculpted by Hagii Shunji, who also created Shenhua‘s model.
Ho and I’ve just realised that with Ayu Tsukimiya, that makes two Max Factory figures of characters voiced by Yui Horie I grabbed at the same time. Must be a sign ^^
- Manufactured by Max Factory
- 1/7 scale completed pvc/abs figure
- First released in October 2007 in Japan
- List Price of 7,200 JPY