For the revolution of the world!
I’m excited for the announced Volks DD Utena and Anthy release, which reminded me that I never did a proper photoshoot for my Azone Utena I acquired years ago. She’s the only 1/3 doll in my collection that’s stayed in her default outfit and look since I got her, standing guard over my Utena shrine. Although I’ve previously made my own custom Anthy DD I never completed my DD Utena.
I did start out with the idea to make a DD Utena. My very first DD head – just the head, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to commit to a body yet- got a faceup, wig and eyes done up in Utena style. But I realized my faceup skills weren’t up to the task, and moved on to other projects.
Her outfit uses velcro attachments so you can remove the epaulets and sleeves to give her the normal school uniform look. Her eyes and wig are both removable- she has a soft vinyl headcap like a DD.
Despite being dressed and displayed since 2014, she’s still in pretty good condition. The worst damage is that paint from the sword hilt has transferred to her hand. She also has a bit of color transfer from the red ribbon trim on her sleeves.
The shoes are starting to show their age a bit with yellowing glue, but seem to be holding up well otherwise.
Azone Utena is one of the nicest pieces of Utena merchandise available- at least until we see the quality of the Volks dolls. Honestly, I’m surprised they got a release since the Azone Utena wasn’t exactly flying off the shelves. But folks are very excited for the DDs, especially with Anthy in the Tawny skin tone, so fingers crossed I’m able to snag them both!