It’s been a long time since our last Megami review, but it seems they keep churning them out regardless… The magazine’s quality slumped after last summer’s Haruhi & Co. festorama, but now that a new season of shows with a whole new cast of bishoujo legends in the making is upon us, how will the hallowed (one might say posterized) pages of Megami fare? Not so well, it seems, but this issue is likely to have one or two redeeming points that would justify the purchase for the more forgiving among us. Which ones those would be is up to you:

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Several of the posters in this month’s installment strike me as serviceable, if not inspired; what made it a reflex purchase for me personally was the notice on the magazine’s official site that this month’s Girl’s Avenue was to feature none other than one of my favorite eroge character designers, Ino. I was hoping that his homepage address being published in the magazine would prompt him to update; alas this does not seem to be the case.

Among the other winners this issue are the erokawaii Shaft Negima renditions, decent offerings from To Heart 2 and Zero no Tsukaima (both ostensibly from their animated sequels, though without showing new characters they might as well not be). The Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny entry gets honorable mention for its concept, though I find the illustration work itself somewhat lacking; conversely the Gigantic Formula offering has some great line work but the swimsuits and poses are boring as hell. If I liked Nanoha more I’d probably be happy with the twosided large poster that was the only real extra with this issue (the Geass “book in book” doesn’t really count as it’s not easily removable and is just a bunch of recycled screenshots anyway).

We’re scheduled to see the release of another volume of Comp H’s at the end of next month, so perhaps Megami will try to shape up to the challenge of Kadokawa’s Kyoani-fueled moe insurgency and release a truly exceptional issue. It could happen, right?