Asuka Langley Soryu by Yamato
Neon Genesis Evangelion, or Eva, has been around for nearly 15 years now and is undeniably one of the most popular anime ever. With that being said, it’s only natural that Eva would spawn a huge lineup of merchandise ranging from trading cards and cell phone straps to pillow cases and life-size dolls. While there appeared to be a drop in the amount of Eva merchandise moving into the early 2000s, that all changed with the release of the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie in 2007. Since then, there has been a dramatic increase in Eva merchandise, and the release of the 2nd movie in 2009 helped increase demand for even more Eva goods.
Many companies have taken the opportunity to cash in on the recent Eva craze, one of them being Yamato, a figure production company. Earlier this year, they announced that they would be employing the skills of Shunya Yamashita and Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (a.k.a. Reflect) to produce a figure of Asuka Langley Soryu, one of the main heroines of Eva. For those of you not familiar with the anime art and figure scenes, Shunya Yamashita is a well-known artist that has worked on the Final Fantasy series, Valkyrie Profile 2, and produced a number of anime-styled artwork. Reflect is a figure sculptor who worked on the Capcom Girls Collection lineup of figures and has sculpted figures based on Shunya Yamashita’s art before.
I’m sure many Asuka fans were delighted to hear the news, and from the images posted on Reflect’s Blog recently, they won’t be disappointed. I’ve seen a lot of Asuka figures over the years and I can tell you that you won’t find many that are as impressive as this one. Yamashita has designed Asuka with his own take on the plugsuit, making it more revealing than the original one and adding high-heels, giving her a more mature and sexy look. As for as I can tell from the angles shown, Reflect has also managed to keep her proportions and small details true to Yamashita’s original illustration. Asuka’s face was also done to look more realistic, rather than keeping with the large anime eyes and pointy nose that most figures tend to stick to. If you are planning to get her, you might want to start saving up early. This figure will only be available from Yamato’s online shop and will retail for ¥12,000 (~$120), which is definitely on the high-end as far as figure prices go.