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Figure News: Max Factory’s Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Tsuruya-san PVC up at Goodsmile

First unveiled at Wonder Festival this summer, Max Factory’s Tsuruya-san PVC figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu has finally arrived! According to Goodsmile’s page she’s set for a January ’08 release, at 5,800 yen retail and 1/8 scale (20 cm tall), with a sculpt from Max veteran Chieri. Now that she’s up at Goodsmile preorders should start appearing any time now… (no more)

Figure News: Nakayama Eiji’s La Pucelle Prier coming in PVC from Wafuudou Ganguten

It’s a scoop! Veteran sculptor Nakayama Eiji of sculpting circle Tekkoryuu (whose Iroha will be released from Goodsmile shortly) will be unleashing his godly La Pucelle: Tactics Prier garage kit upon the PVC world under the auspices of Wafuudou Ganguten, according to this [ERO] news entry. This legendary figure was nigh impossible to obtain in garage kit form, so it’s great news for fans of the pleasantly plump sculpt… she’s 1/6 scale (25 cm tall), and will retail in December at 8,980 yen (ouch). Pictures below:

Anime News: this year in anime abortions

Moon Phase Diary today compiled a list of the unfortunate happenings that have plagued broadcast anime in 2007, from the resignation of a Gainax producer following some misplaced Mixi comments to the recently cancelled final episode of School Days. The full list (09/21 update) is below:

Anime News: Higurashi 2 TV run suspended

Canned Dogs reports, and follows up. Japan has a history of delaying or canceling anime broadcasts due to sensitive political events; the most notable I can think of off hand being the roadshow delay of the Cowboy Bebop movie and the delay of the broadcast of the original Full Metal Panic TV series (by a whole season) due to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. While one might not think that the isolated case of a psychopathic girl murdering her father with an axe quite rises to the level of an international terrorist conspiracy, this is Japan, where all news is local and tabloid sensationalism is the journalistic norm. We’ll be lucky if Higurashi and School Days’ broadcast schedules are the only two casualties of this blossoming 2D culture witch hunt. (no more)

Figure News: Max Factory’s Ar Tonelico 2 Luca on display at TGS, in color

Reports are starting to roll in from this weekend’s Tokyo Game Show (alas, HD will not be in attendance). First up is news from GA Graphic that Max Factory, via Bandai/Namco’s Banpresto corner, was showing off a colored version of their Luca (Ruka) PVC figure from Ar Tonelico 2 (first scooped uncolored at Wonder Festival)! The sculpt is from Max’s Kuroda Masanori, and she’s scheduled to go on sale in February ’08 at 1/8 scale and an as-yet undisclosed price. We’ll be keeping close tabs on this figure along with all the other Ar Tonelico fans out there. (no more)

Figure News: Megahouse Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Blade Airi and Nix up for preorder

First announced at Wonder Festival Summer 2007, today’s noon Amiami update brought the listing of Megahouse‘s Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Blade Airi and Nix PVC figures up for preorder. Both are set to retail in December at 5,250 yen and (presumably) the same 1/8 scale and extreme castoffability as their predecessors. We’ll keep you updated as more comes to light on this pair, they’re looking really nice… :3 Update: Preorders have closed at Amiami for both Nix and Airi. According to hobby shop Digitamin’s store blog the two are being produced in relatively small lots compared to other recent Megahouse QB figures, so preorders are advised ASAP for those looking to pick them up. (no more)