- Series/Origin: Amagi Brilliant Park
- Manufacturer: Stronger (sculpt by Tokunaga Hironori)
- Distributor: Animaru! (exclusive)
- Classification: Scale
- Character: Sento Isuzu
- Size: 1/8 scale, 21 cm
- Release Date: July 9th, 2015
- Source: Figuya (review sample)
“Amagi Brilliant Park” Sento Isuzu figure by Stronger was the first 3D production announced for the beautiful and stoic “Amaburi” main heroine, which was then followed by quite a lot of other announcements from different companies. Mapleland’s First Royal Guard surely is an interesting character, and she became even more captivating once adapted into a figure by Stronger.
As a quite young manufacturer, with a little more than twenty figures between those released and those still awaiting to hit stores, Stronger surely looks like a really promising brand and certainly did an amazing job on this particular figure. Sento Isuzu comes in a relatively small box, which looks stylish and has a very delicate look to it.
There isn’t any artwork on the box, but there are various photos of the figure on each side. Stronger and Tokunaga Hironori’s (sculptor) names are printed on each side of the box along with the series title and character’s name as usual. While the overall look of the box is almost charming, there are two silly yet a bit bothersome misspells on the English text, where it reads “Scupted” instead of “Sculpted”, and where “Painted” is spelled “Paninted”.
The figure is very well packaged, with particular attention to her thinnest parts like her floating hair strands or her weapon. Sento comes with a beautiful and original base resembling tiles and which has the “Amagi Brilliant Park” text on it like if it was some kind of iron emblem; it actually is made that way to resemble the sign on the park entrance on the series, and it surely was a smart move from Stronger to go with a base like that as it completes the figure and suits it just right.
The assembly process, although it’s not even the case to call it that, is very simple. Sento comes detached from her base and all is needed to have the figure ready for display is to remove all the protective plastic and place Sento on the base, to which she’s connected thanks to three pegs.
Sento’s sculpt is quite impressive. She’s of a standard, yet of course smaller, scale but details all are amazingly done. Starting from the hair, of which each single strand is perfectly sculpted, to continue with Sento’s uniform. Her blazer, which is of a bright red color, really looks like it’s very tight on the girl’s waist and generous chest just like it is in the original illustration.
The frilly, black skirt Sento wears is quite stunning; it alone is able to capture the character’s true essence. In the series Sento makes Steinberger, her magical muzzleloader, “appear” from under her skirt, and the sculpt of this piece of her outfit really does justice to that particular action of the “Amaburi” heroine, as the skirt is slightly lifted up on the back.
Small details of Sento’s outfit, like the gold parts on her blazer, the strings of her boots and thigh highs, as well as the white ribbon she wears on her neck and Steinberger itself, are all the result of a sublime and attentive sculpt. The paintwork of the figure also reaches very high standards.
Colors are vibrant and faithful to the original illustration, shading is practically perfect, and there’s no sign of smears or extra paint anywhere if not a little on the buttons of Sento’s blazer and on her socks. This isn’t actually noticeable unless looking at some high resolution photos, though.
The main differences between the prototype and the actual figure are two in my copy; the first one consists in the addition of that tiny red part on Sento’s magical muzzleloader, which wasn’t there in the prototype but was supposed to be added according to the original illustration.
The second difference is what I can consider a production error, something that completely went unnoticed during quality control; one of the two gold laces on Sento’s blazer is placed wrong in my copy as it looks like it’s floating when it was supposed to be subject to gravity as well since it isn’t something easily moved, just like the other one which is perfect and in its right place.
This figure is on overall gorgeous not only because of its quality, but also thanks to the whole feeling it is able to transmit. Sento is proposed in a quite standard and rather static pose, but the figure actually looks more dynamic that she actually is thanks to the way her uniform and hair, as well as smaller details, are sculpted. Her expression is meaningful and is the perfect mix between annoyed and embarrassed, precisely catching the character’s personality from the series.
“Amagi Brilliant Park” Sento Isuzu figure by Animaru! and Stronger is on overall a sublime piece of art, both quality wise and also because of how well the character’s personality and distinguishing features have been kept pristine and were very well recreated in the figure.
I can define this figure a flawed beauty and not 100% perfect only because of that previously mentioned production error concerning the gold lace, but it certainly remains a well done item and surely something worth having in any collection.
- Paintwork and sculpt are very well done
- Very detailed and faithful to the original illustration
- Meaningful expression which suits the character’s personality
- Even the smallest details have been sculpted with extreme care and attention
- Vibrant and high contrast colors make the figure stand out
- Glossy finish on the boots adds a more realistic feeling
- Original and very detailed base
- Production error on one of the gold strings on Sento’s blazer (wrongly placed)
Figuya provided us with this Sento Isuzu figure for review. The figure was perfectly packaged, probably making this the best packaging I’ve seen so far. Figuya is a store based in Germany which sells anime, manga, and games original licensed figures and merchandise.