May 032012
 
Akali, the Fist of Shadow
Akali, the Fist of Shadow

Akali, the Fist of Shadow has a wardrobe that enables her to show the many facets of a kunoichi. From the traditional Japanese Noh theatre to present-day stealthy assassins, Akali shows quite some versatility in both looks and even profession. To know more about Akali and her wardrobe, read further on this skins’ review.

Stinger Akali
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Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Akali dressed in a yellow suit.
Model: New textures for Akali’s suit and kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art seems made from an image with a more modest intent. While the art isn’t bad both the background and Akali stay on the right while the left of the piece is simply black. Besides, the frame of the action could’ve been better, it’s a nice touch that Akali’s right kama is dripping blood, while her right boot and thigh are splattered, but there’s no sign or even hint of that previous engagement. In addition to this, the openness of a cliff seems a bad spot for a character that is supposed to work in secrecy; regardless of how well the lightning reinforces her image. As a result, it’s not a bad piece but it does disappoint.
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Conclusion: Stinger Akali is a simple skin: Akali’s suit changes to yellow, her hair becomes blonde, plus a few little extra changes to her clothes and kamas’ colour. It’s nothing more than a re-texture and it could be said that it’s all right as it is. Ultimately, that’s exactly the problem with this skin: it’s neither interesting nor exciting. So unless you are particularly drawn by a yellow kunoichi, there isn’t much to get from Stinger Akali.
Crimson Akali
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP (Legacy Skin Sale)
Concept: Akali dressed in a red suit.
Model: New textures for Akali’s suit and kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a great representation of Akali over a background that provides an apt setting to disrupt with her fiery presence. In particular, there’s a nice contrast between her flaming body and the dimly lit corridor. Akali’s depiction is excellent: her clothes show folds, the armour has reflections, her hair is impeccably drawn and the posture is dynamic and believable. Unfortunately, Akali looks too good in comparison with her in-game model because her clothes don’t match; nor does the kamas’ colour. She does look great but as a spotlight of Crimson Akali it’s deceiving. Therefore, as a piece it’s wonderful but as a splash art it’s a bit misleading though very pleasing.
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Conclusion: Crimson Akali shares the same problem with Stinger Akali: it’s an all right re-texture but nothing more. Moreover, the changes are less obvious as the colours don’t contrast so much with her classic look. Therefore, only devoted Akali fans or collectors may have any interest in Crimson Akali. It’s not terrible but it doesn’t offer or try much either.
All-Star Akali
All-Star Akali Splash Art All-Star Akali Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Akali dressed as an association football player.
Model: New model for Akali and new texture for her kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a very nice piece that uses both setting and posture to strengthen the football theme. The background is simple but adequate despite the blurriness; though it serves to magnify Akali’s speed. As a football player Akali is suitably dressed and while her clothes colours are too saturated they look good. Her stance is dynamic and reinforces not only the theme but also her kunoichi agility. Moreover, her hair flowing in the wind is nicely depicted and illuminated. It’s worth noting that her kamas are missing from the piece but their inclusion wouldn’t be sensible anyway. Consequently, this is a very good splash art that provides an appropriate portrayal of All-Star Akali.
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Conclusion: As a limited skin All-Star Akali shows two interesting facets: first, it’s an interestingly unusual look for Akali; second, it’s a simple change that relies on its rarity more than on its design to stand out. To put it another way, Akali does look nice in her football player apparel but the skin does little to set it apart from other skins, except being limited. If you got All-Star Akali, you have a quite rare skin; however, if you didn’t get it you didn’t miss much.
Nurse Akali
Nurse Akali Splash Art Nurse Akali Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Akali dressed as a nurse.
Model: New model for Akali and new texture for her kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art looks quite good but its composition doesn’t soar as high. While the situation between Amumu and Akali is somewhat funny it isn’t exactly humorous: it seems more routine than unusual actually. Moving onto the depiction, the background is very complete thanks to the relevant medical pictures. Furthermore, Shen’s portrait as a surgeon is a nice reference. Special mentions deserve the shadows which are exquisitely and accurately placed over the walls and bed. Sadly, the left of the picture is quite dull as it solely consists of a plain curtain. Amumu is well drawn with extensive work devoted to the design and shading of his bandages. Akali is very well portrayed: she looks attractive and efficient with fitting nurse clothing plus syringe. However, her intense attention to her work, while logical, makes her look cold. All things considered, this is a notable splash art that doesn’t reach excellence due to a few unfortunate flaws.
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Conclusion: Nurse Akali seems like a skin that stopped short of being great because this was enough. This is quite noticeable when compared with the other skins from the medical theme: Kennen M.D. and Surgeon Shen; which are quite consistent in their looks. Unfortunately, while Akali looks quite nice in her nurse uniform the kamas stand out for being completely out of place in a nurse. Both Kennen and Shen solved the problem switching their weapons for scalpels, jokingly huge ones though they do the job, but Akali was left with her classic weapons. It’s not that she needs new weapons to look good, because she definitely does, it’s that the kamas don’t suit a nurse unless she were of the assassin variety; in which case the concept, as portrayed, is quite poorly executed. In conclusion, Nurse Akali is a very nice looking fetishism but undeserving of its price.
Blood Moon Akali
Blood Moon Akali Splash Art Blood Moon Akali Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Akali playing the role of an ancient warrior in the Ionian Festival of Fire play, which resembles a Japanese Noh threatre play.
Model: New model for Akali and her kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art takes Akali dressed as an ancient warrior from the Festival of Fire play and places her among bamboo woods. While the general composition is nice it takes all meaning from her clothes except that she’s a warrior. The background is unusually light and inexplicably black and white; only the actual ground has a coloured patch around her. Akali looks great: crouching with her kamas over her left shoulder she seems to be tracking somebody or something. Her kamas show a complex design but the drawing appears simplistic plus the blades are bronze for some reason. Her clothes are very well coloured and shaded, while her mask is lavishly decorated. Nevertheless, in comparison with her in-game look her robe is longer with broader sleeves and her mask shows more complex decoration in this piece. In addition to this, she wears protective pads on her hands and open boots in the piece though in-game her hands are uncovered and her legs wear jika-tabi instead. On the whole, this is a great looking splash art with a distinctive aesthetic that works out despite some curious decisions.
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Conclusion: Blood Moon Akali is a great skin and a perfect fit for Akali as the Noh theatre reference goes hand in hand with Ionian culture. Moreover, her clothes and mask are well designed without unnecessarily brightening the colour palette. Furthermore, her classic kamas would’ve looked appropriate as they are but instead the skin provides Akali with new kamas. Their smartly thought design places them between deadly weapons and harmless theatre props; not to mention that they modify her Mark of the Assassin. Therefore, a good concept that is a perfect match for Akali and is well executed. No one interested in playing Akali should miss Blood Moon Akali.
Silverfang Akali
Silverfang Akali Splash Art Silverfang Akali Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Akali dressed as a modern day kunoichi.
Model: New model for Akali and her kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece puts the background to good use, providing a very clear frame to the action: Akali infiltrates a highly secured facility. The colours are appropriate but maybe too bright for the situation. Indeed, everything seems a bit too bright, as if darkness was something used only by ninjas of old times. The quality of the drawing isn’t bad but there are a few problems: the perspective on Akali’s right foot looks awkward, her arms seem disproportionally short and her legs’ length appears wrong. Regardless, it’s not a bad piece that makes good use of the setting but the quality is a bit inconsistent and ends up being unconvincing.
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Conclusion: Silverfang Akali provides a modern look that may be a bit unsuitable to fantasy and a little too exaggerated. Akali looks nice in her suit and while contemporary in design it could fit as advanced fantasy armour. What is a bit of a stretch is the oversized and probably cumbersome kamas that she was given. It’s difficult to think that they wouldn’t be heavy and difficult to wield so they don’t match Akali’s natural agility very well; in spite of the fact that they change Mark of the Assassin. Even if the intent was on going beyond the usual the design seems to have gone a step too far. More sensible looking, and sized, kamas would’ve been more consistent and appropriate. They could’ve even integrated a technological style that would’ve delivered the point of technologically based stealth better. Overall, a nice concept with an inconsistent and not that good execution.

Conclusion

Certainly, Akali is quite eclectic as far as clothes are concerned. Blood Moon Akali is without a shadow of a doubt the best option for anyone interested in getting a skin for her. Silverfang Akali brings a good idea to the mix but doesn’t deliver the point that well. Regardless, it’s still a nice skin as long as you don’t expect more than it can actually deliver. Nurse Akali, like the re-textures Stinger Akali and Crimson Akali, are better left for Akali fans and collectors. Both re-textures don’t add or change much Akali and Nurse Akali is an overpriced fetish that isn’t worth its price.

Rating Criteria

Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: horrible skin, do not buy.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: not very good, buy only if you really like it.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: all right skin, not bad but there’s much better.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: very good skin, could’ve been better but it’s still worth it.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: excellent skin, recommended purchase, don’t miss it.

  2 Responses to “League of Legends: Akali Skins’ Review”

  1. How so is Mark of the Assassin changed in Silverfang Akali?

    • As with Blood Moon Akali, Silverfang Akali has a new model for her kamas which means that when she throws one in Mark of the Assassin it looks different than her classic kamas. It’s something to be expected but still worth mentioning as such a natural change isn’t always implemented.

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