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Anime News: official Zero no Tsukaima site updated with season two images, info

This just in, courtesy of Moon Phase: while announced a few months ago and confirmed at last month’s Tokyo International Anime Fair, the official Zero no Tsukaima anime site has been updated today with further information and visuals from the show’s second season, scheduled to air this summer. Everyone’s favorite Kugimiya Rie-voiced tsundere character Louise returns with two older sisters in tow, one who seems deredere nee-san to the max and the other some sort of uber meta extreme ultra god-tsundere. I wonder if she obliterates civilizations only to resurrect them and coddle them angrily to her voluptuous bosom… (stolen site image below)

Figure News: Yakitate Japan’s Tsukino (bikini version) PVC coming from Aniplex, Alter in late August

While I can’t quite tell whether she’s sneering or just baring her teeth in a becoming way, this bikini-clad Tsukino PVC from Yakitate Japan, Alter / Aniplex, and sculptor Saitou Fumiki (large gallery of the original kit here) seems to be just what the doctor ordered for the hot summer months ahead, especially if she’s on time for her scheduled August release. Not being much of a Tsukino fan I’ll be giving this one a miss, but it doesn’t seem like too hard a sell – especially with the track record of the recently released Tsukino (Pantasia ver.) PVC from the same production team. That one sold out with such speed that I regret not picking one up to see what all the fuss was about when I had the chance… I’d recommend hopping on the preorder for this if you’re interested, lest she slip through your fingers. (no more)

Figure News: Atelier-Sai’s KOS-MOS (Xenosaga Episode III version) PVC up for preorder

Fans of androids and underboobs rejoice today with the announcement of a new PVC incarnation of KOS-MOS, produced by a joint venture between Atelier-Sai and Happinet dubbed Chord-G7. While the pose is hardly dynamic the balance and color composition of the kit strike me as quite pleasing… did I mention underboob? I’m not sure if there’s a more clinical term for that. No sculptor information is given beyond the generic Atelier-Sai credit so there’s little precedent to go on in terms of judging final production quality, but she looks to be a must-have item for devotees of the Xenosaga franchise when she debuts in late July. Underboob! (pictures below)

Figure News: Slightly Scary Tama-nee PVC up for preorder from Daiki Kougyou

In June of this year a giant will walk among us in the form of this 37 centimeter-tall Kousaka Tamaki PVC kit from To Heart 2 and maker Daiki Kougyou. I have to say this isn’t the best effort I’ve seen from Toushirou of modeler’s circle Cobra-Kai, who also sculpted Daiki Kougyou’s Sengoku Blade Koyori (other recent kits in the gallery here); what I’d really like to see would be a PVC release of his recently completed Shiranui Mai (the best things come in threes, after all). Despite the somewhat terrifying aspects of the Tama-nee kit in question I went ahead and placed a preorder anyway; I, for one, welcome our gargantuan, oddly-proportioned, naughtily-costumed overlordsladies. (picture below)

Creator Spotlight: Happoubi Jin

It takes time and effort to contact creators, correspond with them and eventually pin them down for an interview, which is why this column has languished in the sorry state it’s in. I’ve decided therefore to ditch the high production value in favor of making this an “appreciation” corner of sorts, where I gush about arbitrarily chosen artists and hope they don’t find out and get mad at me. The first target for this dubious affection is Happobi Jin, an illustrator and character designer perhaps best known for his recent series of Boin games from Crossnet Pie. What else has he done, and why should you care? I can’t answer the second question, but for the first, read on:

Eroge News: Muv Luv Alternative fan disc coming “this summer”

Following in the wake of one of the most delayed eroge titles in history I hesitate to give any credence to “this summer” as a release date, but there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: Muv Luv Altered Fable is the name, and fan discing is the game. Despite the undeniable hotness of Mitsurugi Meiya, Kouzuki Yuuko, Tsukuyomi Mana and the Muv Luv semi-transparent plug suit design, I can’t work up much interest in a title reportedly overburdened by drama and the “everybody dies” syndrome. Perhaps the fan disc will remedy these flaws. (no more)