A look at Good Smile Company’s Tenshi

Alright, who is up for some scaled figure pictures? Let’s take a look at GSC’s Tenshi shall we.

This year I haven’t been very good with doing photo shoots of scaled figures even though I gotten more scaled figures than ever before.

I must say last year was more prolific in that regard if you look at past scaled photo shoots. I essentially did one a month mostly because I didn’t own or planed to buy that many scaled figures.

If you look at this year’s track record I ended up doing 3, really far apart from each too. Plus, I was some in sort of slump and ended up forcing myself, which in my opinion made them end up pretty meh.

I have to thank exilehero acquiring a DSLR and joining as a co-author, having someone also take figure pictures is quite motivational for me.












So, what better way to amend that issue? Well, go out and take pictures. I’ve been wanting to do more photo shoots outside and Tenshi was perfect for it as I had this idea for a photo for ages.

Plus combined with that I recently bought a new lens, a Macro lens that allows me take pictures I couldn’t before.

I must say, unlike the standard 18-55mm lens this one takes more conscious effort on my part to take the pictures I want.

In case you are wondering I got, a Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR Lens for my Nikon D3000. Nothing too fancy, but quite affordable and it does allow me to take closer pictures than I could before.

Thanks to this new lens, I can take pictures that take a closer look at the details of figures in general, I can get closer and fill up the frame with figures in way I couldn’t before.

Although, I must say, the depth of field I get with this lens is pretty shallow most of the time. Should really get around to learning how to use this lens properly and all that silly technical photography stuff.

About the figure itself, we get Tachibana Kanade aka Tenshi from Angel Beats. Tenshi along with Yuri were the first figures to be produced based on 3D digital models instead of the traditional approach.

You can have a nice read about using such method by reading a recent article on Mikatan’s blog regarding Millhi from Dog Day’s that uses the same method.

I don’t remember many people talking about this figure. Was it not popular or was I just not looking in the right place? I only remember Fabrice talking about it from the top of my head.

The figure itself is what we all expect from GSC, no major problems with painting, sculpting or quality. There is one big problem I have with the figure though, I did hear some people talk about it on MFC as well.

That would have to be the wings, there is something wrong with the pegs if you ask me. They don’t quite fit into the appropriate holes in Tenshi’s back. Because of that they are quite flimsy and can easily fall off, as both me and exilehero discovered.

Apart from that I’m quite happy to own my favorite Angel Beats girl in figure form. I do wish her wingspan covered less area, got some really big space problems for my hobbies lately.

I mentioned earlier how I wanted to do more outdoor shoots right? One of the reasons is because the sun allows me to try out stuff I simply can’t do in my inside environment.

As such I tried a bunch of stuff, playing with all the usual settings but also with the way I block or reflected the sunlight.

Plus as time went on and the sun started to sink lower into the sky it led to some rather interesting effects in my opinion. Taking pictures outside is quite fun, should do it more often.

I don’t think I had this much fun doing a scaled shoot since I did that Biri Biri one outside about a year ago.

I also mentioned how there was this one idea I had in mind for Tenshi, it was this picture.

I quite enjoyed myself taking these photos as you can probably tell by the lengthy post showing so many of them. They are not even close to being the full list, you can take a look in flickr for the almost hundred photos I took.

Still, I hope you all like scaled photo shoots ;D…


  1. Wow nice crisp n clear photos and like them especially the two sunset as background.
    So, do you recommend us to have the 40mm micro lens?
    Did you take all of the tenshi photos above just using the said lens?

    • The sun is magical in my opinion when it comes to taking pictures.

      It works quite well, my only complaint is the fixed width, having to physically move is a bit odd to me. Yes, I did take all the photos with the 40mm lens.

      • Nice. Well.. I’ve already got used to prime lens – in fact, I often use my 35mm or 50mm than my 18-55mm lens. They(prime) give really sharp quality so maybe I’ll be getting that 40mm micro lens someday since I’ve been looking out for that lens ever since it was announced earlier this year.

  2. Your pictures compliment this figure a lot, she looks very pretty in this scenery, I will place a few favs via flickr later ^^
    Tenshi is not my favorite character and this figure is a little on the plain side, I have to say, but anyway she looks cute with this pose and her wings.

    Something like a little widescreen macro lens? I like the dof it creates.
    It is quite difficult to get everthing sharp what you want to be sharp, I always fail to be precise in that regard with my shots :(

    • Glad to see you liked some of my pictures enough to favorite them.

      I wonder if she is a bit plain due to the way the figure was produced? Although plain nowadays is sometimes a good thing since it means a cheaper price. I do like the pose, quite serene and simple fitting of the character in my opinion.

      Yes, the DoF is pretty cool for the bigger photos. For the actual macro photos, such as a full frame of the face, I have a hard time keeping everything I want looking sharp.

  3. She should be talked about.. shes a beautiful figure more so than Yuri imo.

    Awesome photoshoot, love the background used.

    The last one gives all the positives!

    • Yes, she is great, so happy I didn’t pass on her.

      Yes, I was happy to be able to find a backdrop just as I imagined for the ideas I had.

      That photo has to be my favorite of the bunch.

    • Indeed she is gorgeous, going out to take these pictures made me like Tenshi even more.

      I would assume it would be control, easier to control what they want to show and not show in an indoor set up.

    • So, did you ever get it? Quite a nice figure and too expensive either.

      Oh yes, that’s one little tidbit I discovered after I was out taking pictures, pretty happy to see how that worked well with the sun.

  4. This is a masterpiece figure, I should say.
    I would do be thrifty for now to be able to get this. (Kanade//Tenshi is love…)

    Yes… she was one of my favorites in Angel Beats, due to her somewhat silent and eerie character (well for parts of the story, yeah…)

    Like the others already said, the part where you had took a shot with Kanade and the sunset was EPIC and beautiful.

    Now to suggest Miette-chan some figma stories to make with Tenshi as one of the characters… Whoops, I spilled about it too much. Well then?

    • She is pretty neat, simple and elegant quite befitting of the character. Yes, Kanade’s character is one of the things I liked the most about the show, her somber and mysterious character was nice.

      Heh, that’s the first time anyone called any of my photos epic, for being pretty much half intent on my part half luck.

  5. Wow, those sunset pics are great. You have a lot more here than you showed on figure.fm ;p
    Hope you continue to take outdoor scaled figure pics – especially with your nice new lens :)

    • Indeed, good ol’ bait and switch. Although I do like the nicer bigger pictures you can display on figure.fm.
      That’s the plan, just need to find more nice locations to do so.

  6. You guys really thought this over didn’t you? Awesome shots and awesome article. I like the surprise of how the text was layoutted with the text on the side of the pictures.

    As for your lens. you can set it up on a higher aperture for better details. The trade off is that the amount of light that will go in will be smaller, so you have a choice of either using a tripod or making use of some lighting device or technique.

    Loose parts are scary. When they fall they could break and rargh ruined figure DX

    • Hmm… yeah, most shoots we do are more or less improvised with a vague idea, for this one I had an image of exactly what I wanted.

      Ah yes, aperture is something I tend to ignore putting my attention on shutter speed, perhaps I should try out the other way.

      Ah yes, the few times I come home to find broken parts laying on the floor are quite sad.

      • Slow shutter speed + tripod = better lighting hahaha XD

        Argh those parts! You should try buying a styrofoam board. It makes a good ghetto reflector of sorts =D

  7. I never managed to finish Angel Beats but I do have a few fond memories of Tenshi as a character. It’s somewhat regrettable passing on the figure because she does look great from various angles. The pose, while simple, fits her well and the wings make her appearance even that more impressive.

    I like the use of horizon color shifting and when the light fills the transparent segment of her wings. It shows in your shots that you had a good time shooting this figure.

    • Yes, at first I didn’t think much of the figure, mostly because it was so simple. Once I started taking pictures I became more enamored with it. The simple elegant depiction this figure really fits Tenshi best.

      The whole light play with the wings was a pleasant surprise for me as I took the pictures. Quite a bit of fun playing around with all the different lighting as the sun went down.

  8. Glad to hear that you’re getting back into scaled figure shoots. I’ve taken a break myself from figure reviews since I got my DSLR. The main reason is I’m still trying to figure out how to use it to get the kind of shots I want.

    I love the pictures with Tenshi’s wings attached and the sunset in the background, it’s just like an angel :)

    • Yeah, I have neglected scaled photography long enough. Time to mess with it again.

      Happy to see my pictures made Tenshi live up to her name sake.

  9. Beautiful shots, especially with the sunset! I love taking outdoor photos as well, but with scaled figures I don’t get to do so all that often, then again I don’t own a whole lot of them either. Tenshi was my favorite Angel Beats character as well, recently started watching it again since the dub is on netflix.

    • I don’t own that many either but I really been lazy about taking photos of them. I do want to more outdoor stuff, works quite well, can do stuff I can’t inside, quite interesting.

      Oh, I didn’t know Angel Beats had gotten a dub. I’m kinda curious, whenever I buy the blu ray I will give it a spin.

    • Oh I never noticed, but that Ayu figure and this one are quite similar now that I think about it. Both the pose and wings.