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ホームブログ記事 #26510

Sega Rise Kujikawa "Dancing All Night"Sega Rise Kujikawa "Dancing All Night"

Today we'll be reviewing a Sega Prize figure of one of my favorite game characters, Rise Kujikawa.

About the character: Rise Kujikawa is a main character from the Persona 4 series of games. Rise is an emerging idol who, burned out from the demands of that career path, decides to move back to her hometown of Inaba. In-game, Rise serves in a support capacity, helping the team locate people who go missing in the mysterious TV world and assisting with the navigation of the various dungeons in the game.

Like all the characters in Persona 4, Rise is associated with one of the major arcana of the tarot. She represents the Lovers arcana; a common interpretation of Lovers is that a major life change, usually related to a new relationship, is imminent. This alludes to her re-evaluation of her decision to become an idol, and the fact that she is openly attracted to the main character.

Now to the review.

Packaging----------8/10

This figure features Rise as she appears in the Persona 4 rhythm game sequel Dancing All Night, hence the logo in the upper right corner. I always liked that logo with the disco ball Teddie :).

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Each of the side panels features this large illustration of Rise.

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Since the box is windowless, I expected to find Rise wrapped in bubble wrap or a slab of cardboard, but in fact Sega uses a plastic blister.

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The blister is a little unorthodox, as you can see that the front piece is only about 1/3 as large as the back. I also opted to keep that piece partially taped in place, should I ever need to rebox the figure.

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In any event, the packaging is fine, and the unconventional design of the blister shaves a few grams off the shipping weight of the figure.

Posing----------9/10

In Persona 4, Rise is a support character in the purest sense, as she simply helps the rest of the team navigate the various dungeons, and she keeps track of the weaknesses of the enemies, but she does not directly participate in battle. However, in Dancing All Night, she does get to strut her stuff in battle/dance, and this figure would seem to depict Rise in dancing mode.

Let's have a look at her.

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Overall the pose is fine. Dancing All Night is a fantastically energetic game, and perhaps Rise's pose doesn't quite capture the frantic energy of the game, but it's hard to complain too much on that front.

Sculpting----------7.5/10*
Painting----------7.5/10*


*---these ratings take into account the fact this is an inexpensive prize figure and represent ratings relative to other prize figures.


For 1500 yen, this is quite a nice figure. As a prize figure, there are some flaws to be sure, but Sega should get credit for including some fairly ambitious features. On the sculpting front, there are one or two particularly distracting flaws as we'll see, one which I could see as being a potential deal-breaker, so be advised of that.

I like how Rise is quite expressive (her eyes in particular give off a lot of character), but the two biggest flaws with this figure are on full display in the shot below. I can't bring myself to ignore Rise's pointy chin, and her hand seems quite large relative to her head.

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Rise has a pretty high hair to body weight ratio, and those ponytails look pretty solid, but on a 1500 yen figure, that's the sort of thing that I can let slide. Some key features of Dancing All Night Rise are her yellow headphones and that huge ribbon in her hair, both of which are decently executed.

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Again, those are some weighty looking ponytails! If you compare this shot with the ponytails on Phat's upcoming Rise figure PICTURE #1355691, you can see the difference between a 1500 yen prize figure and a 10000 yen figure. In a perfect world, I'd like to see Rise's hair look a little wispier, but the overall finish of her hair, heaviness aside, is fine.

Additionally, the monster face on the back flap of Rise's seifuku top is the kind of quirky fashion flourish that I've come to expect in a Persona game.

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This figure depicts Rise in her default costume, and her costume has all kinds of silver accents. The triangular ribbing on the silver parts as well as the little pulls are nice little details. The ribbon she wears on her wrist presumably channels the fact that yellow was the dominant color from the first Persona 4 game. Note that my Rise had a big smudge of black paint on her arm.

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The paintwork on this figure is really quite ambitious for a prize figure, and all those stripes if not done well could be a real disaster. Generally, Sega does a good job here, but a painting errors or two is inevitable; that overpainting around the bottom of her sleeve was about the worst offender I could find on this front. Note the very visible seam running down the side of her torso, and once I started looking closely at these photos, the sharp angle of her elbow started to bother me just a little, too...

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Other key features of Rise's outfit are the black bra and the suspenders which attach to her skirt.

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The round knobs on the front of Rise's skirt presumably are meant to break up that busy pink pattern, although there's some excess material lurking on each of them. You can also see a little bit of messy painting where her suspenders meet her body and the pink pattern on the skirt does not extend down into its various creases.

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Some smudgy painting on the pack of the skirt.

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The pink pattern on the skirt, strangely, does not appear on the inside of the skirt. This (and a pantsu check) is behind the spoiler tag, so you could skip this if you like...

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Not surprisingly, Rise wears black panties to match her black bra.

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Like many Sega prizes, this figure has a noticeable mold/seam line running up the leg. The stocking to skin transition is a little rough, too.

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Sega gave Rise some shapely calves, and the pink and silver accents on her thighhighs draw attention to them.

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I wonder how those shoes manage to stay on during a vigorous dance session? Note the messy painting around the edges of the shoes.

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Base----------8/10

The base is not fancy by any means, but I do like it. The discoball Teddie is an interesting feature, and if nothing else, the base is not just bland and boring.

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The base is fairly large (it's an ellipse with major/minor axes of 6 and 4 inches [15 and 10 cm] respectively, but given Rise's stance, I don't really see how it could be too much smaller.

Scale Comparison

From the bottom of the base to the highest point in her hair, Rise stands just over 9 inches (23 cm), and Rise herself is just shy of 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Rise's canonical height is 5'1" (155 cm), so this figure is approximately 1/8 scale.

Rise with Maryan ITEM #61395 who is a dancer herself, albeit a slightly more traditional RPG dancer. Maryan is 1/8 scale, and you can see how Rise compares. Do note that Rise's head-to-body ratio is a little bit more like that of an actual human as opposed to an anime character.

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Pochaco ITEM #222557 showing off her moves along with Rise. Pochaco is also 1/8-ish in size.

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In reality, Katsuragi ITEM #144273 is probably getting ready to punt someone into oblivion, but you could also imagine she's burning up the dance floor along with Rise :). Katsuragi is also 1/8 scale.

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Rise with another Rise prize figure ITEM #99616 . I like the fact that Dancing all Night Rise is 1/8 scale, but a lot of the Persona 4 prize figures out there are smaller in scale, like this other Rise here.

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I always thought Rise and Kanji ITEM #131136 here played off one another well.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8/10

Arguments for: Some very ambitious features for a prize figure (the pattern on Rise's skirt, the various accents on her outfit), overall good quality for a prize figure.

Arguments against: Some issues in paint and sculpt which are to be expected on any prize figure, heavy hair, and this figure makes me wish we had more figures of the P4 cast in Dancing all Night mode.

This figure actually put me in an interesting position. I was kicking around whether to preorder Phat's Rise ITEM #287772 which features the same outfit and a similar pose when I discovered this figure. I ultimately decided to forego the Phat figure in favor of this one simply because I already had a fair number of preorders for February and March and hence the decision to roll the dice on the 1500 yen prize Rise. It's quite obvious that this figure won't be comparable in quality to the Phat Rise, but for 1500 yen I'm plenty happy with my purchase, as I can always hunt the Phat figure preowned, and what looks to be the mother of all Rises ITEM #396941 will be coming soon!

Availability (as of this writing)

Not too hard too find.

I doubt you'll have too much trouble hunting this figure, and at a price of 1500-2000 yen, I can think of no reason that a Rise fan would not have this figure in their collection.

THANKS FOR READING!

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:

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Sega Tomoyo Daidouji (Card Captor Sakura) BLOG #19864
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スコア7/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

コメント7

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victorviper (2年前) #7740303If you've never played 3 or 4, I'd actually recommend playing 4 first. In some ways, it's an easier game (in both games, you have a time constraint but P4 is a lot more forgiving in that area), and I found P3 to be kind of claustrophobic compared to Persona 4 (in P4, there are more places to explore outside the dungeons). I also liked the characters in P4 more, but that's a matter of taste.
In principle, you could play Dancing All Night without playing Persona 4, but the story would be really confusing. Plus, most of the songs are from Persona 4.
I didn't get into the franchise until Persona 3, and I've tried to go back and play Persona 2 a couple of times but at this point PS1 games are really starting to look primitive...


Thanks for the tip! I will keep that in mind! :) I still have a big bunch of unplayed games at home, so I don't think I'll be starting on it soon tbh. >.<

And haha, that is the exact reason why with game-franchises I always want to start with the first one and go up from there. Some older games may not be enjoyable if you're used to the newer ones (even though the "old" ones aren't that bad!). As for Persona 1 & 2, I played the remake for both of them on my PSP. It looked pretty okay with the graphics there. The game had a very nice fighting-system, but I wasn't much of a fan of the exploring system, the camera movements gave me a bit of a headache. :P
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Maakie (2年前) #7566870I'll tell you something worse: I only played the 1st and 2nd Persona games, so I don't even understand the rage/hype/discussion about 3 and 4. :') Dancing All Night looks really interesting to me, as I really really like rhythm games, but I first want to play 3 and 4 before I buy that one.

If you've never played 3 or 4, I'd actually recommend playing 4 first. In some ways, it's an easier game (in both games, you have a time constraint but P4 is a lot more forgiving in that area), and I found P3 to be kind of claustrophobic compared to Persona 4 (in P4, there are more places to explore outside the dungeons). I also liked the characters in P4 more, but that's a matter of taste.

In principle, you could play Dancing All Night without playing Persona 4, but the story would be really confusing. Plus, most of the songs are from Persona 4.

I didn't get into the franchise until Persona 3, and I've tried to go back and play Persona 2 a couple of times but at this point PS1 games are really starting to look primitive...
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victorviper (2年前) #7476784Persona 3 vs. Persona 4 is a pretty contentious topic (some say that Persona 4 made the franchise too mainstream), but Persona 4 is certainly worth playing; it was the last great PS2 game!
The demon face on her seifuku collar is definitely one of the best features of Rise's outfit :).


I'll tell you something worse: I only played the 1st and 2nd Persona games, so I don't even understand the rage/hype/discussion about 3 and 4. :') Dancing All Night looks really interesting to me, as I really really like rhythm games, but I first want to play 3 and 4 before I buy that one.
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Maakie (2年前) #7458051Really amazing for a prize figure! She's very tempting to buy even though I'm not up-to-date with the Persona games! I really like the design on the back of her seifuku collar, hehe. :)

Persona 3 vs. Persona 4 is a pretty contentious topic (some say that Persona 4 made the franchise too mainstream), but Persona 4 is certainly worth playing; it was the last great PS2 game!

The demon face on her seifuku collar is definitely one of the best features of Rise's outfit :).
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Really amazing for a prize figure! She's very tempting to buy even though I'm not up-to-date with the Persona games! I really like the design on the back of her seifuku collar, hehe. :)
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solluxcaptor (2年前) #7440020She's so cute! Makes me want to pick her up too, but I'll have to check out the Dancing All Night game first.

It has some definite similarities with the Project Diva games. If you like Persona and you also like rhythm games, it's a fun, fluffy little game.
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She's so cute! Makes me want to pick her up too, but I'll have to check out the Dancing All Night game first.
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