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Figure News: Goodsmile updates Shuraki site, a second round of Max’s Mai, and April release dates

Goodsmile’s recently launched Shuraki multimedia figure project is a collaboration with Red Entertainment to produce a line of original “character units” (my arbitrary description), each containing a figure, a 24-page booklet filled with design art, and a drama CD. The official site was updated yesterday with art for each of the five characters in the production lineup thus far, along with news that photographs of the figure for the first character Mishiro Akatsuki will be uploaded on April 19th (pictures of the unpainted cast kit available here), and that she’s scheduled to go on sale in August. In the near future we’ll be bringing you a more detailed look at what seems to be an instant Queen’s Blade phenomenon in the making.

In other news from the overlords at Goodsmile, Max Factory’s Shiranui Mai PVC is scheduled to see a second batch out in November following its initial August release. Very good news indeed for those who couldn’t sneak in a preorder last week. Also, the release lineup for figures coming out under the Goodsmile umbra in the month of April has been updated with precise dates spanning the next few weeks. Only two items made my preorder list from them this month, though several others are still very tempting… (no more)

Figure News: Aizu Project Shiranui Mai cold cast up for preorder

Aizu Project represents today with preorders open at Amiami and Hobby Stock for their Shiranui Mai cold cast, first unveiled on February 25th at Wonder Festival 2007 Winter (Moeyo was there, and comes through with a few decent shots of the kit at the bottom of this post). Sculpted by Aizu veteran Shiragami Takayuki, does the exuberantly dynamic pose of this kit have what it takes to face off against the coyness, soft curves, and better paint job of Max Factory’s recent offering? Aizu’s entry debuts in July, so the sages will have a month to ponder the outcome of this most glorious battle. Who knew figure watching could be a spectator sport? (pictures below)

Ero Odds and Ends, Hanami Edition

A roundup of various ero items that have crossed the newsdesk recently, including the unexpected reincarnation of Comic Revolution, a Linda hug pillow, more Djibril anime, site updates of several of the games we’re tracking, a major maker’s first move into the doujin download price bracket, speculation on Hadashi Shoujo’s upcoming title, and a plush Haniwa from Sengoku Rance. Haniiiiiiii!