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Site News: WordPress 2.3 upgrade

We’ve just upgraded HD to version 2.3 of the Wordpress blogging software, and as a result some site features are temporarily down (site search and polls the most visible of these). We’re working to get everything compatible with the new version, but in the meantime if you spot something amiss please let us know! Edit: I’ll bump this as an FYI until most parts of the site are fixed. Should be soon…

Figure Review: Kaiyodo’s Yotsuba Revoltech action figure from Yotsubato!

Yotsuba is the vivacious, green-haired heroine of Azuma Kiyohiko’s Yotsubato! manga (dubbed Yotsuba&! in its English edition). With very few exceptions the author has refused to condone derivative products based on his designs, until now; his production team has formed a very deliberate aesthetic around the franchise, and they no doubt wanted to be sure any figure version would stay true to that vision. They seem to believe Kaiyodo is the company that can deliver with a standard of quality in their Revoltech action figure line to match, and with Enoki Tomohide on sculpting duty there was little doubt this would be a solid item. But is Yotsuba: THE ACTION FIGURE fun? You damn well better believe it. :D

Magazine Review: Comp Heroines vol. 6

Volume six of the bimonthly Comptiq supplementary bishoujo poster magazine is here! Once again it’s heavy on the Lucky Star (not surprising coming from a Kadokawa publication); there’s also plenty of poster material from other (mostly summer) shows, and a couple of nice extras.

Protoculture News: Ayanami Rei on the cover of Rolling Stone

A bit late on this one, but as I was browsing at Melon Books after taking care of visa business in Takasaki today I noticed that they had the September 2007 issue of Rolling Stone magazine (Japan edition) on their magazine rack. It was plain to see why; along with an Al Gore interview (“ROCK MEETS ECO”) the new Evangelion movie was featured prominently in the issue. Rei with the world floating above her hand was probably meant to evoke the synthesis of the ecological theme with that of the Eva movie, but intentionally or not I’d say it serves the far more effective purpose of symbolizing the global hegemony Gainax is plotting to achieve via the Eva franchise (and Rei in particular). A full image of the magazine cover is below:

Figure News: odds and ends

Yamato’s recently released Kunugi Ayano PVC from Pia Carrot he Youkoso G.O. is [ERO] castoffable, [ERO] Daiki Kougyou’s Shokunyuu 2 Sanae‘s pliant bosoms are incredibly malleable, a rather underwhelming Subaru PVC from Nanoha StrikerS is now up for preorder from Movic, a red jacket + tan lines Tecmo shop limited version of Orchid Seed’s Super Black Jack Rio PVC is up for preorder, new pictures are up at Amiami for Daiki Kougyou’s Kenshi-san PVC, Hobby Channel scoops their Hobby Japan limited edition Jingai Makyou Didii PVC complete with [ERO] shots. (no more)

Figure News: Goodsmile presents Comic Gum Figure Collection Sonsaku Hakufu (Cerberus Project black china dress ver.) PVC from Ikkitousen

This Cerberus Project sculpted Sonsaku Hakufu PVC figure was originally released earlier this year in a limited edition available for mail order via Comic Gum (the magazine in which the Ikkitousen manga is serialized). Word today from Goodsmile reveals that she’s to see a general release as well, this time in a black dress version; she’s 1/7 scale (28 cm tall with weapon equipped) and scheduled to retail in December at a price of 7,800 yen. I’m not incredibly interested in this Hakufu, but the fact that we’re seeing her in wide release gives me hope that the other two figures in this summer’s Comic Gum limited edition set will also see wide PVC release in some form – the Ryomou and Kanu look really nice. (no more)