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Figure News: Kaiyodo presents Yatake Yoshinori’s original character el. in PVC

A master painter who in recent years has emerged as a budding sculptor in his own right, Yatake Yoshinori of circle Accel is responsible for some of the most evocative kits to appear at recent figure events such as Wonder Festival and WHF. News comes today from a Getchu listing that for the first time one of his kits will be reproduced in PVC: his el. kit will be reduced in scale from 1/6 (28 cm) to 21 cm in height, reduced in price by 75%, and hopefully the result will be nearly as awesome as the original when it debuts in July. Fans of retro sci-fi and steampunk designs will definitely want to check this out. Pictures below:

Figure News: Max Factory announces Haruhi’s Asakura Ryouko for September release

An entry went up at Goodsmile HQ today for the latest PVC figure to be announced in Max Factory’s Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu series, Asakura Ryouko. While it’s looking like a quality figure on par with other offerings from sculptor Koshinuma Shinji (Amiami page), I think I speak for many when I say: where’s the Tsuruya?! After the main trio she’s definitely the most popular character from the show, and she’s got a Nendoroid option built in. The only reason I could see for a delay is that they may be negotiating such an option even now…

At least Asakura comes with a knife. (no more)

[ERO] Game News: bishoujo games online, eroge get interactive

While various forms of adult play have been happening online since the murky beginnings of the internet, Japan’s eroge industry is only beginning to awaken to the possibilities of interactive media. Today we take a look at two examples of the first tentative steps into the online eroge arena that have come to light recently: Bishoujo Game Online Partners and Ero-Cha.

[ERO] Game News: G.J?s newest title unveiled

And that title is Anata no Shiranai Kangofu ~Seiteki Byoutou 24-Ji~ (the nurses you don’t know ~midnight sexual ward~). Looks like we’re in for a standard hospital game; not a genre that particularly excites me, but the amazing quality of Sano Toshihide‘s designs never fails to work its magic (lots of sample CG teasers on the index page, official CG page here). With a scenario by Koko it seems we can’t expect anything special from the story, but playing G.J? games for the story is like reading Higurashi novels for the art. :3

In related news, G.J? is running a promotional gimmick for the game until May 28th where you fill out responses to a survey regarding how you’d like to be treated in their fictional hospital, and you have the chance of becoming one of its patients when the game comes out this summer. I wonder if they take gaijin… (no more)

Figure News: Toys Works announces Vispo-sculpted “Gaku-ran” Haruhi PVC

This one has me pretty excited: Getchu posted a listing last night for what Toys Works is calling a Gaku-ran version Haruhi PVC figure (from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, of course). Running down the specs it seems she’s 1/8 scale, 19 cm tall and comes with removable jacket (and skirt?). While by and large I haven’t bought into Haruhi figure mania I was immediately attracted by this kit due to the great dynamic balance of the sculpt and original take on Itou Noiji‘s design; the reason for this was revealed when I noticed sculpting duty is being handled by Katagiri Katsuhiro of Vispo, one of my all time favorite sculptors. This will be a definite purchase for me when she comes out in September, though I’m sure opinions will differ; definition of “gaku-ran” and kit pictures follow:

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