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Mainichi Junk: February 14th, 2008

A Valentine Visual Novel, in English

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means – a new visual novel release from Insani! I’m pretty sure that’s not what it means, actually, but one hardly needs an excuse to scoop the bounty that is True Remembrance. The game is a free (non-ero) download, fully translated into English, and produced in cooperation with its original creator, Shiba Satomi. If you like beautiful stories of the visual novel variety and are looking for something to keep you company on this confectioners’ holiday, why not check it out?

In other English language visual novel localization news, a new site called encubed recently opened to fill the reportage vacuum left by the demise of VisualNews (though the forum still remains). Those eager for information regarding the English language VN scene, by all means peruse their fine wares!

HD Revision Continues

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We’ve been busy working for the past several days behind the scenes (and sometimes in front of the scenes, resulting in occasional site scrambling) on a renovation of the HD site layout, and I’m happy to report that work is proceeding well! Thanks to the tireless efforts of Jetfuel we’re shooting to have the revision complete and online by Wonder Festival, on Sunday the 24th.

Queen’s Blade Festival

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The long delayed, long-awaited Queen’s Blade Yuumil combat artbook finally hit store shelves today, as did the second Bitoshi Gaiden volume (full color side story book / drama CD combo) Kodai Oujo no Sho, featuring the popular Menace as drawn by F.S and voiced by Gotou Yuuko. Akiba Blog has a preview of both books up, as does Moeyo (Bitoshi Gaiden, Yuumil). J-List is now stocking Queen’s Blade items, and while these two books aren’t in stock yet I’d recommend them for all your QB needs.

Druaga Anime Preview

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Our first new look in awhile at the Druaga anime comes courtesy of the Tokyo Anime Center, who published an article last week with further information and a few new images, along with an official site update featuring sketches of the show’s Ugetsu Hakua-designed characters. Despite the Gonzo production credit this is one of the shows I’m most anticipating this spring, both for the Hakua designs and direction from Chigira Kouichi, who has directed most of what the studio can claim was anything decent, and writing from Gatou Shouji, of Full Metal Panic fame.

Valentine’s Day Eroge Updates

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In honor of one of the calendar’s more dubious holidays J-List is running a special two-day promotional discount on Bazooka Cafe, the recently released chesty waitress-themed eroge from G-Collections and Trabulance! The discount applies to both download and package versions, applied at checkout. It’s a great chance to pick up the game, and with the free included Valentine Special scenario it’s never been timelier! :3 This is a game I’d heartily recommend to fans of Sumeragi Kohaku‘s voluptuous art, and well-endowed heroines in general.

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Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, animated doujin game maker Tinkle Bell has provided Toranoana with a demo video for its new magnum opus, Tsukiakari no Raspberry. The video is available for download on Tora’s feature page via the button marked “Free”, and I’d recommend taking a look – the character designs won’t be for everyone, but the animation is almost freakishly fluid in a style that seems to meld genuine 3D work with AfterEffects wizardry in a truly unsettling way – it leaves me with a Disney aftertaste, though I think that’s the exaggeratedly animated facial expressions more than anything. The game boasts 4.7 GB of animation data, and will be available for purchase via download both at Tora and DLsite on March 1st. Oh – did I mention it’s a futanari game, and the sequel to Tsun-Dere?

Other Valentine eroge site updates include:

Year of the Rat Bargain Sale

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Finally, there’s a “Year of the Rat” sale going on over at Play-Asia, and they’ve got a lot of great figure deals on offer – many for items we’ve reviewed at HD in the past. The full list of discounted figures can be found here:

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Some of the more noteworthy discount items include:


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[ERO] Figure Review: Daiki Kougyou’s Shiranui Mai from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury)

One of the highly anticipated figures of the latter half of 2007, Daiki Kougyou’s Toushirou-sculpted Mai finally arrived on store shelves in late December. Fans of large scale figures had a lot to look forward here, but questions remained regarding production quality and precise specifications – the castoff issue was resolved awhile ago, but today we take a more intimate look at what Mai has to offer.

Figure News: February 12-14

Yet another roundup of figure news from the past three days, including an uncensored look at Griffon’s new Queen’s Blade Reina PVC, a Revoltech Fraeulein Hatsune Miku hack, the progress of Brilliant Cut’s Spica PVC (successor to Uran), news of a special color version of Yamato’s Dynamite Keikaku Kanu Unchou, a Fauna reissue from Alter, a castoff look at Hobby Japan’s Ninjihara Ink (cosplay ver.), and a Wonder Festival news roundup – the catalog is now on sale!

[ERO] Figure News: Megahouse Queen’s Blade Cattleya figure castoff on display (updated)

Akiba Hobby and Ascii.jp are both reporting tonight on the castoff status of Megahouse’s Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Blade Cattleya figure that was much hyped here last fall. Both scoops are censored to a certain degree, but leave little to the imagination – for good or ill both Cattleya and her son are fully castoff ready, and to my admittedly warped sensibilities she’s looking really good. :3 With the recent round of PVC samples on display we can expect her to ship in the very near future. Update: Senaka Blog represents with a completely uncensored look at Cattleya (though still no full frontal shot). My one gripe would be that her neck looks oddly elongated with the collar off, I’m guessing most will opt to leave it in place… (no more)

Anime News: Macross Frontier official site grand open

The official site for spring ’08 TV anime Macross Frontier (Wikipedia) staged a full renovation today, with sections open detailing the story, mechanics, characters, music, and staff credits for the show. In addition, the information section was updated with the news that spinoff manga will be serialized in both Shounen Ace (starting in the February ’08 issue, already on sale) and Comp Ace (starting in the April issue, out on 2/26) magazines, and that a “25th Anniversary MACROSS MUSEUM” will be on display at Wonder Festival 2008 Winter. The exhibit will include new promotional footage from Macross F as well as a history of Valkyrie models on display, a talk show featuring artist Tenjin Hidetaka and modeler Yamazaki Gunsou, a karaoke contest, and more. We’ll stay on top of this as more details come to light! (no more)

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