Apparently everyone was off protoculturing yesterday, as the news haul this morning is rather thin. A couple of interesting bits and pieces did emerge, though: Leading today’s news is an unprecedented glimpse into the PVC figure production process. Polygonia has updated with a review of the “first sample” he’s just recieved of Wafudo Ganguten’s upcoming […]

Apparently everyone was off protoculturing yesterday, as the news haul this morning is rather thin. A couple of interesting bits and pieces did emerge, though:

  • Leading today’s news is an unprecedented glimpse into the PVC figure production process. Polygonia has updated with a review of the “first sample” he’s just recieved of Wafudo Ganguten’s upcoming Yayoi kit, and his initial impression is positive; I agree with his assessment that it has no major problems at this stage, but he goes on to point out several minor flaws that he’d like to see corrected in the next sample version. Apparently this is the first in a three-step correction process that occurs before the kit goes into actual production, which goes a long way toward explaining the seemingly excessive turnaround time from announcement to release of a typical PVC figure. I also find it enlightening that the original sculptor is involved every step of the way – production oversight isn’t handed off to a team at the company slated to release the figure.

    What this implies is that, as we’ve seen in the release of “doujin” PVC figures, the only thing a company like Goodsmile, Max Factory, Alter, Clayz, or Yujin provides is the capital and a brick and mortar front for a bunch of small-time artists who otherwise operate with near autonomy (this is especially clear in the case of Clayz, which was founded by T’s System and produces his figures almost exclusively). Polygonia’s preview is the first time I’ve seen this process unmasked, but promises not to be the last: he concludes his report by saying that he’ll update again when the next revised sample edition comes his way.

  • Kadokawa Shoten has a new wallpaper online for its January 19th release of the mystery / romance ADV Fragments Blue.
  • Light has a November wallpaper online, featuring a character from their upcoming [ERO] Imitation Lover.
  • [ERO] FlyingShine announces that its Kurai Mirai series of games is set to be animated at some point in the future.
  • [ERO] This week’s Galkko feature is Xanadu’s Himesho!, for fans of androgynous male princesses. [sample CG] [official site]
  • [UPDATE] On Sale Today: Atelier-Sai’s Tessa PVC from Full Metal Panic, Aizu’s Rei swimsuit cold cast (sky blue and white) from Eva, and B Club’s Crowley Hamon cold cast from the original Gundam TV series.

Short and sweet. Tomorrow’s update promises to be much more substantial… [forums]