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Editor’s Desk: Doujin’s Commercial Evolution

Doujinshi have evolved incredibly since their emergence as amateur “literary coterie magazines” in the 1970s. What was once a near equivalent to the English term fanzine has now become, in many cases, a word that describes product distribution methods more than the nature of the product itself. Read on for a brief overview of the current doujin environment, followed by a look at a few specific cases at work in the brave new world of professional doujinshi.

Figure News: Max Factory presents Feena Fam Earthlight, Comic Gum does black and white Cerberus Project Kanu

Goodsmile updated their official site today with news of two new figures coming in March of 2008! First up is a Max Factory rendition of Feena Fam Earthlight from August’s eroge Yoake Mae Yori Ruri-Iro na, who clocks in at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 6,300 yen retail. More exciting (to me) is the news that the the third and final of this summer’s limited edition Cerberus Project Ikkitousen figures released by Comic Gum is seeing wide release: their French Doll sculpted [ERO] Kanu Unchou (black and white ver.) PVC is due out at 7,800 yen and 1/7 scale (28 cm tall) in March as well. In a third bit of news from Goodsmile today, FREEing’s 1/4 scale Kyon’s sister PVC from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu has been announced for a February ’08 reissue. Update: Preorders for all three are now up at Amiami! [ERO] Castoff Kanu shot below:

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[ERO] Figure News: Art Storm’s Nakoruru a possible castoff candidate?

First scooped here back in May, word came in from Goodsmile recently that Art Storm‘s Samurai Spirits Nakoruru PVC has been delayed from November to a December ’07 release. Rumors have surfaced this morning that a possible reason for the delay involves her castoffability (or lack thereof); the original G.O-sculpted Cerberus Project resin kit was an upper body castoff, and if Art Storm decides to preserve the original kit design (as has been the case with every other Cerberus Project resin-PVC conversion of which I am aware) this will be the first ever SNK game character to officially receive the PVC castoff treatment (again, to my knowledge; please correct me if I’m wrong). A sign of things to come? Color images of the Nakoruru castoff kit below:

[ERO] Figure News: Vispo sculpted, Sano Toshihide designed Shiratori Amane PVC up at Questioners’ website, sample on display (kind of)

The Vispo-sculpted, Sano Toshihide-designed Shiratori Amane PVC from G.J?’s [ERO] Anata no Shiranai Kangofu that we’ve been tracking since she was first announced in September now has an official online presence at rookie figure brand Questioners‘ website! Word is in from ASCII as well yesterday that a sample of the kit is currently on display in Akihabara… though it’s actually just the chair, the bastards (an intrepid 2channer found the original, too). The highest resolution image of the kit that’s currently available can be found here, and according to the Questioners website she’s scheduled for PVC release in the spring of 2008. (no more)

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