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Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six

Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six

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Q-six’s Kanoko Kikuchiya is one of those figures I’d never have gotten unless I knew the history behind the character. An almost in the buff female sitting on a bed looking completely uninterested is not that intriguing for any photographer. What did grab my attention was when picking up the Velvet Kiss manga a year or so ago to learn of a troubled daughter born into wealth.

Far from being daddy’s little defect Kanoko goes through emotional hardships resulting in sex addiction which occupies most pages in the manga. This behaviour is demonstrated in the figure who seeks emotionless sex to pass time. Having this backstory at hand my intention was to tone it down and attempt to highlight a sense of loneliness.

Kanoko is labeled as a 1/7 scale but she feels tiny enough to be a 1/8. The figure is crafted in Polystone rather than PVC plastic and feels more like porcelain to the touch which also makes it more fragile. Just like with Kurushima’s Mie Kanoko comes tighly sealed in a styrofoam package and luckily there was no sustained damage to the contents when unboxed.

Similar to Mie the paint finish, especially that of the skin, shows different tones compared to the other figures in PVC than I own. Quality wise and curious to know is that Kanoko and Native’s Gamer Girl do share the same sculptor which one probably wouldn’t guess if you compared the two up close. Gamer Girl is far more detailed and while Kanoko is no slouch the difference is noticeable in several areas, the hair in particular. I also don’t think Native would’ve gotten away with crafting a tenth of a bed either.
If blondes aren’t your thing there’s also an alternative version of this figure with brown hair, black shirt and red boots.

Q-six was a first experience for me and I’d say it was an overall positive one. The finished product does in my mind excel the illustration which doesn’t quite manage to capture the character’s personality. There’s a few paint hiccups here and there but none that would annoy the eyes of the owner.

SCALE

1/7

ART DIRECTION

Indifference

PHOTOGRAPHY SETUP

Flash, diorama

Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six
Kanoko Kikuchiya by Q-six

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    Probably Not My Real Name
    June 6, 2014

    I would love more photos of this and I am curious how much detail they gave her…(which can be difficult to find on Japanese review sites thanks to Japanese censorship laws)

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    Haruna Ren
    September 8, 2014

    I absolutely love this post. I love Kanoko, and I actually was observing the pictures, before I read the review, as I want to get into figure photography as well and I felt lonely, exactly the feeling you were trying to go for. This is beautiful photography. Thanks for this.

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