The fox spirit Yuzuruha of Muramasa: The Demon Blade will get her own collectible statue expected to release this Fall.
Long before a wizard, knight, elf and sorceress embarked on a fantastical quest to slay a dragon, Vanillaware used its iconic visual talents to craft Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii. Released in 2009, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a hand-drawn side-scrolling action game set within Japan’s Edo period, revolving around two characters swept into the conflict of shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and his quest to obtain the cursed samurai swords, the Demon Blades. Muramasa was eventually ported to the PlayStation Vita in 2013 as Muramasa: Rebirth; the handheld version featured an extended self-contained DLC expansion with four additional characters titled “Genroku Legends”.
Though she hardly appears in her animal form, Yuzuruha is a Kitsune (“fox spirit” or deity) serving under the deity Inari in Muramasa: The Demon Blade. She first appears during Kisuke’s story shortly after he loses his memory; Yuzuruha bestows Kisuke with a mask that will allow him to craft and use the Demon Blades, so long as he uses them to slay his enemies and deliver their souls to Inari. Apart from being a general guide to the gameplay and Kisuke’s story, Yuzuruha appears at the Inarigumi Shrines- Muramasa‘s version of a save station.
From Japanese collectible manufacturer Alter, Yuzuruha will be immortalized as a collectible statue later this year. Designed after concept art from Vanillaware’s George Kamitani, the 1/8th scale PVC statue stands at 28cm/11in from the base to the peak of her wooden parasol.
The Muramasa: The Demon Blade Yuzuruha statue from Alter can be pre-ordered through Play-Asia and other Japanese collectible outlets for $152.99. The statue currently has a tentative release date of 10/31.