Not many categories within the figure industry beat the rarity of male figures but one of these may very well be dark-skinned females. One worthy representation of these ladies and the only one that comes to mind right now is Villetta Nu from Code Geass,
released by Alpha x Omega back in 2009. A little under three years later and something reminiscently exotic caught my eye, exquisitely dressed in black and white.
Supposedly, Muramasa (III) is the human form av a soul-infused armor called Tsurugi, aiding main character Kageaki in the visual novel Full Metal Daemon: Muramasa. The novel was released for the PC in late 2009 and developed by Nitroplus, the very same company responsible for casting miss Anderson in Brainwatch back in the day.
Muramasa's origin played a very small part, if any at all, when selecting this 1/7 figure. Rather, the combination of elegance and uneasiness sealed the deal in the end.
Much like the recently released iPad, Muramasa is also a third generation and visually stunning. Even better, the shimmer like glitter found in her hair makes up for the lack of a Retina
display. Trying to hide the embarrassment from wearing a somewhat daring yet dazzling frilly maid outfit, the viewer is greeted with an almost serene discomfort.
The oval-shaped base sports a chestnut finish covered by a smooth red felt, making this mostly colorless figure pop. Additional accessories include a beautifully crafted table with an accompanying tea-set. I did notice the teapot easily sliding around on the serving tray while adjusting the figure, perhaps Max Factory were dead serious in recreating the character's clumsiness seen in the visual novel.
There's also a lesser cast-off option provided, enabling you to remove the lower part of the dress, exposing black lingerie. Kudos to Max Factory for ensuring that
all the loose body parts were given the Lego treatment as they all fit perfectly together when assembling the appearance of choice.
Many potential buyers seemed outraged over this unattractive offering. How could long legs, curves only obtainable by the hands of a sculptor and a pair of spiffy panties ever be considered sexy. The shame the manufacturers must have felt during the creation process.
Muramasa would make an adorable praying mantis.
An impressive display by Max Factory.
Denmark may disapprove of flipping the skirt around despite the bold outcome.
The hat's off to Max Factory for basing a figure off a great illustration and turning it into an impressive looking figure. There are no obvious visual flaws but if I had to pick something it would be a request for a slightly shorter skirt, revealing just a little more posterior. The cast-off doesn't add anything unique although it enhances the reasons behind Muramasa's blushed cheeks and I'm guessing that's the way most will want to display her. Regardless of choice, she's charming and delightful to behold, skirtless or otherwise.