IKKI TOUSEN is such a lucrative licence for figurines. But there are mostly only four characters represented : Kanu, Ryofu, Ryomou and Sonsaku. Though, recently, and thanks to the anime's second season, new faces have started to burst out, like Chou'un Shiryuu.
And more over, some weeks ago, while introducing ALTER's latest Kanu Unchou figurine, I mentioned I was looking forward their second IKKI TOUSEN character turned into 3D plastic kit, which is precisely Chou'un Shiryuu. Well, it is finally her turn to be on stage now. So let me introduce you this great toushi.
Shiryuu is definitely a super A-rank toushi. She indeed wields her sword with extreme efficiency, and she is also said to be Seito Gakuen's "secret weapon".
There is no way to tell her true potential, because of her limited fights and her lack of seriousness in the anime versions (I have stopped Great Guardians at episode 2 because not enough time; maybe it has became more serious now?)
But she seems nearly invincible. Well, actually, she is! As a matter of fact, in the Ryuubi assassination attempt, she single-handedly defeated Kakouen Myosai, supposedly one of the more powerful A-ranks characters in the series, literally with her eyes closed while defending Ryuubi from henchmen. Chou'un is so far the greatest warrior… or should I say, guardian.
By the way, Chou'un presents herself with her eyes closed most of the time. Maybe because those eyes of hers are cat-like when open, very similar to those who harbour their dragons with control. Though it is not clearly pointed out whether she harbours one or not.
Another distinctive sign is that she is the only girl in Seito that does not wear the standard Seito Gakuen school girl uniform, while Kanu, Ryuubi and Chouhi wear the famous blue/white seifuku.
Some words about the figure itself. Well, a kit which is in the continuity of what has already been done for Kanu. As expected from ALTER, and it lives up to my expectations.
It is not as much impressive as her colleague, and mostly because Kanu has amazing long hair rolling around her body, and wields a legendary blade. But that’s more because of the original character design. So I am sure it will not have much success among anime figurine collectors. Besides I have not seen her much around the blogosphere.
However, this figure of Chou'un definitely honours its 2D representation, emitting how calm she is, but also how it can be dangerous to challenge her.
Another great kit from Takahashi Tuyoshi, whose Revy still get talked about!
Chou'un seems to have deep respect for Kanu whose strength may rival hers. They both share the same aim : the rise of Ryuubi Gentoku. The two most powerful toushi are sure great guardians ^^
At last, and because it is a bit an obligatory pass when dealing with IKKI TOUSEN girls, some "after fighting" shots. Just notice that only skirts have been damaged to the point of being disintegrated ^^;
- Manufactured by ALTER
- 1/8 scale completed pvc/abs figure
- First released in July 2008 in Japan
- List Price of 6,800 JPY