The October 2006 edition of Megami Magazine hit the racks yesterday. HD takes a look inside, bringing the hard-hitting, incisive coverage the topic so richly deserves. SOS-dan: hold on to your pants.

cover image: Nanoha StrikerS

Zero no Tsukaima

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri-iro na

Nanoha StrikerS

Tsuyokisu

Tonagura

Inukami

Strawberry Panic

Ah! My Goddess

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Shakugan no Shana

Haruhi “kira-kira portrait card”

Haruhi “kira-kira portrait card”

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuu-utsu

Chocotto Sister

Simoun

Binbou Shimai Monogatari

Kanon

Galaxy Angel ~Run

Queen’s Blade

Girl’s Avenue Nana Kusa

Itou Noizi Character Book (extra)

A decent installment overall, I’d say. The shiny Haruhi A4-size portrait card was a pleasant surprise, as was the Itou Noizi character book and the inclusion of a Queen’s Blade poster (penned by the original designer, no less). Next season seems headed for bland designs in the bishoujo department unfortunately, if Yoake and Nanoha are anything to go by… here’s hoping some of the hotness from the past two seasons manages to hang on into the fall and winter so we can avoid the Da Capo / Tenshi no Shippo effect.

A technical note: this post would have gone online last night if I hadn’t ruined the original pictures with a white balance batch process gone horribly, horribly wrong. The arcane elemental forces of Photoshop are as yet beyond my control…