The extravagant ladies of the Genroku era, Kongiku and Momohime, do have a few things in common. They both originate from the same fictional world and in this case they also share the same manufacturer in Alter and sculptor in Noritaka Fukumoto.
With the two figures’ release dates being reasonably close (January and February) I decided to shoot them in the same setting. Alas they are both sold separately.
“Kongiku” could be interpreted as “navy blue chrysanthemum”; a beautiful flower matching its beautiful owner holding a lantern that will hopefully guide her on her path.
With a well-endowned woman having an obi tightly wrapped around her waist things are bound to take flight. The generous bosom never bothered me, I think it adds to an already elegant character. Whether you look at the graceful face, the stylish hairdo or the orange and leaf-covered kimono your eyes will not be instantly drawn to other areas of the figure.
Being a fox diety does explain the addition of a tail as well as animal years, which are both beautifully sculpted with great attention to detail. Another thing I’m fond of is the use of a distinct yet minimalistic base. If not going all out with the base, why not keep things simple. A dull platter for a base is not only bothersome when shooting a figure but also makes for an unimpressive display altogether. Additional praise to Alter for using a similar kind of base for Momohime as well.
A final mention when it comes to Kongiku is the option to light the lantern she’s holding (two LR41 batteries are required but not included), which then shimmers with a soft blue light.
Momohime is by many described as one of the greatest figures ever made. Certainly a bold claim but also one that may just live up to its acclaim. Having longed for this figure since the end of 2010 Alter announced a re-release eventually scheduled for January of 2013, which initially caused the figure’s price to skyrocket on auction and used item sites.
The character, alongside the aforementioned fox lady, was originally and visually admired in the Nintendo Wii game Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Oboro Muramasa in Japanese) which was released back in 2009. Roughly a year after its release Alter decided to bring Momohime to the physical world, a choice that was to be embraced by the masses.
With the reception of the figure one would almost expect Alter to unleash the entire cast of Muramasa and seeing as how Kongiku was just released I sincerely hope that we will eventually see both Torahime and Yuzuruha as their artworks are equally impressive to the already molded ladies before them.
Bottom line is, Alter have made two exquisite character portrayals which are easily on par with some of the best figures I have ever laid my eyes upon.