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Mainichi Junk: January 24th, 2008

Return of the Mainichi Junk

Yes, the Mainichi Junk is back. It’s coming back today in preparation for a site renewal in which daily longform posts will reclaim some of their former glory, and other posts will be organized into easily viewable, easily accessible at-a-glance categories, with the intent of making the HD experience more user-friendly and generally useful than ever before.

Heisei Democracy site renewal design mockup teaser

To that end, starting today I’ll be posting with the goal of making the eventual layout change as smooth as possible. This may mean that some of the stuff that shows up here (like this post) might look a bit odd, but I ask in advance that you bear with me as we make this transition. It might not be pretty in the interim, but the end result should hopefully be worth it. A preview of what the new layout will look like (minus the big blue blob in the middle) can be found at left.

Shifting gears, among the new things I want to do with the return of this daily post is to go a bit off the beaten path mandated by endless strings of “figure news” posts, into some of the other stuff that occupies the interest of people here at HD (that would be me) on a daily basis. “Ye gods, does this mean he’s actually going to blog?” I can hear you saying – and the answer is yes, maybe, if I can think of things to talk about. So, on with it!

Dragonaut ED 2 features Kaneko Hiraku illustrations

I stopped watching Dragonaut after the masterpiece of animation that was episode five, figuring that unless Kaneko Hiraku (designer of Queen’s Blade Cattleya, among other things) was brought on board to supervise the animation for another episode this was the best the series was going to get. He hasn’t come back yet (I’ve been checking his sakuga wiki page every week, just in case), but this week’s check revealed that he’s responsible for a few cuts in the new ED animation, the choicest of which are reproduced here:

screencap from the Dragonaut second ending animation screencap from the Dragonaut second ending animation

Proving once again that Uno Makoto and Kaneko Hiraku are two of the mightiest forces in the known universe.

Anime Rumors: Pretty Menma, Sekirei

Moon Phase Diary notes in a post today that Ramen Tenshi Pretty Menma, the game created to populate the Genshikenverse for the show’s second season, is presented in the upcoming issue of Comp H’s magazine as being an anime “in production”, but details are completely unconfirmed. If this turns out to be the case it could provide a scenario for a second Genshiken OVA to be released along with the Menma DVDs, though with the amount of plot remaining I doubt three OVA episodes would suffice.

a Sekirei anime in the works from ARMS?

In very tangentially related news, Moon Phase speculated back on the 18th that a Sekirei anime would be produced by Arms (the same studio that animated Genshiken season 2), and specifically the unit that worked on Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny. Thematically this would be a good fit in my opinion, though I’d like to see a bit higher quality than they managed to pull off for DD… this is pure speculation based on a single line of Moon Phase text and shouldn’t be given any credence, but it’s fun to dream – I’d bet dollars to donuts that a Sekirei anime is coming sooner or later.

Gundam Watch

mistakes of youth

Thanks to a hookup from wildarmsheero I am now watching the original Gundam movie trilogy for the first time. It’s largely been a pleasant experience thus far, though an odd one – like I’m fitting one of the few remaining pieces into the jigsaw puzzle of my anime vocabulary, and I already intuitively know where it goes. Being finally able to put faces to names like Zaku, Gouf, Char, Ramba Ral, Hamon, Amuro, and others is a lot of fun.

I’m not sure if there’s enough here to convince me the franchise was worth continuing for 25+ years beyond its initial conception, or enough to inspire me to watch more, but I’m feeling far less antipathy toward the show than I used to (based purely on the hellish experience of suffering through the first 15 episodes of SEED a few years back). Two thirds of the way through the second movie and the Amuro angst factor is getting a bit high, and it’s a bit silly how charismatic women inevitably die by falling out of their vehicles, but it’s still a fun watch and I look forward to seeing how things end.

As a side note, the knowledge that Char will go on to voice Sid Fortenmayer is a source of endless mirth.

Eroge Limiter Release

This makes a nice segue to note that tomorrow, January 25th, is the biggest eroge release day of the year thus far. 37 new and reissued titles will go on sale (by Galge’s reckoning), chief among them August’s long-awaited Fortune Arterial. The game has half a dozen figures and dozens of accessories in production as I type this, and is a virtual shoe-in for a TV anime at some point in the next year or two. I’m not sure if it will be able to stack up to the notoriety of its predecessor, however…

the cabbage of DOOM

Other games on sale tomorrow (don’t click these links at work) include an ero-ero Prism Ark expansion, a game featuring a time-slipping heroine at multiple ages, a Shimai Tsuma expansion that essentially finishes the original game, a beautifully illustrated offering from Atelier Kaguya, and a bunch of other promising titles. I’ll be getting a shipment of games in tomorrow and will report on them when time allows.

Play-Asia Whoredom

A quick glance through Play-Asia today turned up some stuff that might be of interest, so if you’d like to support the site and something catches your eye I’d be happy if you choose to purchase through the affiliate links below.

Now On Sale

Max Factory POLO System Wendy PVC figure from Gun x Sword Wave's Tsuruya-san and Kyon's sister PVC figure set from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Griffon's Kanu Unchou (china dress ver.) PVC figure from Ikkitousen

New Preorders

That’s a wrap for today’s edition of Mainichi Junk!

I’m not sure if future posts will be quite this highly produced, but might as well aim high from the start. Things will be changing for the better in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Figure News: Alter’s June linup unveiled, includes Siesta and Kirijou Mitsuru

Alter updated their official site this afternoon with product entries for two new PVC figures slated for June release. The first is Siesta, clad in her maid uniform from Zero no Tsukaima; sculpt is from JUN, and she’s 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) with a retail price of 5,775 yen. The second is Kirijou Mitsuru from Persona 3, who comes with two alternate arm configurations (handgun and rapier). She stands at 21 cm tall (1/8 scale), and retails at 6,090 yen. Sculpt is from Saitou Fumiki (Ingaouhou). Preorders are already open at Moe Soul for both Siesta and Mitsuru, and should be up elsewhere soon. (no more)

Goods News: Dengeki G’s Festival Deluxe vol. 2 comes with TH2 pillowcase, contoured mousepad

According to the product entry recently created for it at Mangaoh, Dengeki G’s Festival Deluxe vol. 2 will come with some awesome extras: first is a Kouno Harumi dakimakura cover, one of the heroines of To Heart 2: Another Days. It’s single-sided, features an original illustration, and is 50 x 155 cm in size. Second is a Kousaka Tamaki “contoured breast” (oppai) mousepad, featuring another original illustration; and finally a Yamada Michiru / Yoshioka Chie cellphone cleaner and strap. All this (along with the magazine itself) comes at a mere 3,500 yen, to be released on February 21st – this is sure to be a highly prized item, so order while you can! Mangaoh accepts international orders, and it should be listed at soon as well. Images below:

[ERO] Figure News: Goodsmile’s Chu Chu Astram official page online

Buzz has been circulating through the figure blogs over the past few weeks regarding Goodsmile’s [ERO] Chu Chu Astram PVC figure from Unisonshift’s eroge Chu Chu Idol, and as of this morning her product page is online at Goodsmile’s official site! Featuring more castoff gimmicks than you can shake a stick at, she’s coming in at 1/8 scale (21.5 cm tall) and 6,800 yen retail, with release expected in May and a sculpt from Kaiya Hajime of Acetone. With her up at Goodsmile’s official site we can expect preorder listings soon. It’s likely this will be a very popular item indeed, so ordering ASAP is advised for those looking to secure their own copies. (no more)

Figure News: Etrian Odyssey Paladin, Buster Machine #7 coming from Wave

Figure maker Wave posted listings yesterday for two new PVC items: the first is the Female Paladin from Sekaiju no Meikyuu (Etrian Odyssey), with a sculpt from Eye Up. She’s due out in May at 4,935 yen, non-scale (16 cm tall). Next up is Buster Machine #7 (aka. Nono) from Top wo Nerae! 2, with a sculpt from Sakurazaka Miki of Cherry Blossom. She’s due out in June at 4,830 yen, and 1/10 scale (20 cm from head to toe). Preorders are online for both at Amiami, and should be up elsewhere soon. (no more)

Figure News: March ’08 Hobby Japan preview

The March 2008 issue of Hobby Japan magazine will be on store shelves tomorrow (January 25th), but we’ve got an early look at it today courtesy of 2chan’s hobby board. Several interesting items to scoop today, including a castoffable Queen’s Gate Nijihara Ink (of Moetan fame), a look at the next Queen’s Blade character, a Volks PVC series featuring characters from Alice Soft’s upcoming Choukou Sennin Haruka (Beat Blades Haruka), several new PVC items from Griffon, and a bunch of Wonder Festival preview news. And more! Details below: