Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: Word is in from character goods shop Machi Chara that they are producing a pair of hug pillows based on characters from the Sky Girls anime: Sakurano Otoha and Ichijou Eika. Original designs are from Shimada Fumikane, though the pillow artwork is not (possibly from anime character designer Iwakura Kazunori?). Both pillows are double-sided, zipper equipped and made from standard “smooth knit” polyester, and are scheduled for release on January 31st, 2008 at 150 x 50 cm and 10,500 yen retail (pillowcase only). Machi Chara pillows are stocked by several international retailers including Hobby Search, and these should be up for preorder soon; pillow images below:


Heisei Democracy Goods News: Sky Girls dakimakura hug pillows coming from Machi Chara

Heisei Democracy Goods News: Sky Girls dakimakura hug pillows coming from Machi Chara

The Dakimakura Research Institute notes that beginning in 2008 150 x 50 cm is being adopted as the new standard size for Machi Chara pillowcases, bringing them into line with many other major dakimakura cover manufacturers (Nijigen Cospa chief among them). I hope they decide to stick with this standard as it will make pillow collection much more convenient for fans.