Brilliant Stage iDOLM@STER Azusa Miura Sunshine Yellow Ver.

Azusa Miura is the 7th idol to receive the figure treatment in MegaHouse’s Brilliant Stage Idolm@ster line of figures. To my disappointment, Azusa wasn’t released as a pair with another idol like her predecessors. Instead, MegaHouse released her in two colour variants — the one you see here and a purple version with bat motifs on her outfit. I opted for the sunshine yellow version because it fits in with the rest of the set.

Name: Azusa Miura -Sunshine Yellow Version-
Scale: 1/7
Released: 03/2010
Price: ¥7,800
Sculptor: Nekomaru (Nekohouse)
Manufacturer: MegaHouse

To be honest, the figure lacks in many of the qualities that made MegaHouse’s earlier releases from the Idolm@ster series great. The only saving grace for this figure is the familiar quality of its paint job and the lovely details that is displayed, two areas that MegaHouse continues to excel in.

Overall, MegaHouse’s Azusa is still a dazzling show piece when she’s displayed alongside the other idols. However, she isn’t as stunning as the other girls as a standalone figure. Her pose is inspiring, her character is charming and equally beautiful, but sadly, they failed to capture any of it in the final product.

What I dislike the most about this figure is how her head is sculpted. Her face looks too flat, and they gave her hair way too much volume. Maybe it’s how they sculpted her bangs to give it a combed up look, but whatever it is, I disapprove. Another area that MegaHouse could’ve improved on is how they did her stockings. I would have much preferred real stockings like FREEing’s bunny girls instead of this cheap painted on look. You might argue that the FREEing’s girls were of larger scale and costs more than Azusa, but I mind you that Azusa costs ¥1,000 more than the rest of the set.

This brings me to why this figure costs ¥1,000 more than the other idols in the series. Azusa came with a crown accessory that you can amuse yourself with by putting it on Chihaya because Chihaya looks much better with it than Azusa. Go figure.

The good:

  • A familiar look
  • Great paint job
  • Lovely details

The ugly:

  • Increased price tag
  • Too much volume on her hair

MegaHouse brings us a beautiful figure of Azusa Miura with a familiar look that I’ve grown accustomed to in the Brilliant Stage Idolm@ster series. The paint job is beautiful as usual, the outfit never looked shinier, and the attention to detail is still top notch. While Azusa doesn’t have the luxury of looking gorgeous in every angle, she does fit in very well with the rest of the set with a very nice pose. Aside from the extra volume on her hair that makes her awkward to look at in some angles, she is definitely a figure for the fans. After all, you won’t be buying her if you weren’t a fan. Right?

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6 Responses to “Brilliant Stage iDOLM@STER Azusa Miura Sunshine Yellow Ver.”

  1. 1 anonymous_object 07/06/2010 at 09:57

    Ah, I love looking at the IdolM@ster figures. They’re all so pretty ^^. Even though I don’t own any of them, know their names, or have played the game, I still like them. I almost ordered this figure but then I would have wanted the others and would have spent a fortune… Financial crisis averted xD

    • 2 Tommy 07/07/2010 at 00:14

      Yes, once you buy one, you’d want the set. Luckily, they haven’t released any BJDs for the idols…or have I spoken too soon. Now that would be a financial crisis.

      I see that you’re not doing too good with all those K-On! figures out there. :P

  2. 3 Tier 07/06/2010 at 22:38

    I think I see what you mean about the flatness of her face; it seems a bit more apparent since her mouth looks kinda flat, too. It looks like maybe they should’ve just gone with tights instead of fishnets, since close up, they look a bit more like tattoos than clothing. I love the hot pants though.

    I watched a promo video for The Idolmaster 2 and I’m kinda hoping that this game gets a Western release. I have zero familiarity with any of the characters but the black-haired girl with the big ponytails is pretty cute. (Knowing these sorts of games, it would not surprise me one bit if she turned out to not be a she at all.)

    • 4 Tommy 07/07/2010 at 00:21

      That black haired girl with the big pony tail is Hibiki Gahana. Lucky for us, Namco/Bandai didn’t play such a cruel joke on us. I too would like to see a Western release of the series, but I don’t think this kinda game is popular enough in Western countries to warrant a release.

      Personally, I think she would look better with just the hot pants and boots rather than having the fishnets or tights. It would show off her legs more and she’ll look hotter in those hot pants.

  3. 5 Miette-chan 07/06/2010 at 22:45

    There we go, hadn’t gotten my dose of Idol Master in a while.

    Such a shame that she can’t compare to the previous figures in the series you reviewed before. At the very least she does go well with the rest of the group when displayed together.

    • 6 Tommy 07/07/2010 at 00:24

      It would be a disaster if they didn’t release this version and I was stuck with the purple one with those bat motifs. But to my delight, they did release one without the motifs and disaster was averted.

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