June 14, 2012

Nina Williams getting Kotobukiya's Bishoujo treatment by Shunya Yamashita?

Bishoujo Shunya Yamashita Kotobukiya

Tekken Yamashita Nina Anna
Katsuhiro Harada revealed a Tekken T-Shirt design for the 2012 Japan Expo in Paris (July 5 - 8) via his Twitter (Harada_TEKKEN). What has me excited is the fact that the print was done by famed Japanese illustrator Shunya Yamashita, the artist behind Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Statues.
What's so exciting about this you might ask?

Tekken Nina Bishoujo Kotobukiya
Well, Kotobukiya launched a line of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 statues under the Bishoujo label in 2011 (with Christie and Alisa already available, Asuka up for pre-order and Lili likely to be next in the line) while Mr Bishoujo himself was one of the 3 artists hired by Namco to do additional character art for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, one of which you can see above.
That's the really exciting part. Even though there's no word of Nina getting the Bishoujo Statue treatment (!yet!), she has already gotten it on paper.

In Yamashita's design of Nina for Tekken Tag 2 you can see she's one of the few characters who got their default outfit altered by Yamashita, which is a signature feature in his Bishoujo Statue designs. 
Better yet: Even though his costume editing usually means less fabric/more skin, Nina is depicted wearing a really nice ultra sci-fi looking all-over suit of armor, inspired by her default Tekken costume of recent years, only 10 times as bad-ass.
A very sophisticated detail-rich design that would probably not only make her the least revealingly dressed Bishoujo figure to date, but also the one with the most drastic costume overhaul.

Here's hoping that the amount of thought Mr Yamashita put into this design and his continuing portrayal of the character means we'll see a Nina Williams Bishoujo Statue in the not too distant future.

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