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Magazine Review: Megami vol. 98 (July 2008)

With yesterday’s release of the July ’08 issue of Megami Magazine things are officially heating up in the countdown to issue 100! The sticker price was raised to reflect the presence of additional extras, and unlike last issue there are no Nanoha filler posters to be found – just pure original poster goodness, and a lot of nice ones at that. Read on for a look at one of the best Megami issues to appear in recent months:

May 30th eroge download release roundup

This weekend’s list of download releases includes several of the new budget titles that we introduced on Thursday, as well as a wide range of reduced-price reissues including Clockup’s sci-fi epic ZWEI WORTER,, M no Violet’s tale of hospital love and deception Swindle, and a pair of classic releases from the Ail catalog (including the original Ryoujoku, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year). Details below:

Mainichi Junk: May 30th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for first impressions of the weekend’s eroge haul, including a look at the Sano Toshihide-designed Majodou:

Revoltech Yotsuba Summer DX, bandage Rei preorders

As reported last night, preorders opened today at 1:00 PM for Kaiyodo’s Revoltech action figure series Yotsubato! summer vacation DX set and Fraeulein Ayanami Rei (bandage version). Both are sculpted by Enoki Tomohide (Eyewater), as variants of previous Revoltech releases (the original Yotsuba and Fraeulein Ayanami). They’re both scheduled for release on August 1st, with Yotsuba accompanied by three face parts, seven hand parts and a cicada, a hat, a bag, an ice cream, a bug-catching net, a bug box, a base, and an extra joint. Rei comes wtih the Lance of Longinus, an extra head, three hands, and a base. Yotsuba retails for 2,600 yen at 12 cm tall, while Rei comes in at 2,200 yen and 15 cm tall.

In related news, Kaiyodo’s Yotsubato! Fuuka PVC is also scheduled for reissue on August first, as is their original Fraeulein #1 Ayanami Rei. Images of the new Yotsuba and bandage Rei below:

Eye Up Kamina, Yoko preorders open

Amiami’s noon update today included the two new figures from rookie maker Eye Up that we reported last week: Kamina and Yoko from Gainax robot anime Gurren Lagann. As previously reported, Kamina is scheduled for release in late August at 8,190 yen retail, 1/8 scale (26 cm tall), and comes with detachable cape and shades and a sculpt from Black Sabbath. Yoko is likewise 1/8 scale and 8,190 yen retail, 21 cm tall with release coming in September and a sculpt from Mesuka / Ani. Both are finished PVC models. Images below:

Figma Izumi Konata, Fate T. Harlaown preorders open

As we reported last night, preorders were unsealed today at noon for the two latest entries in Max Factory’s Figma action figure lineup: Izumi Konata (winter uniform ver.) from Lucky Star and Fate T. Harlaown (barrier jacket ver.) from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Both are scheduled for release in July, non-scale (~13 cm tall), with Konata coming at 2,500 yen and Fate at 2,800 yen. Both sculpts are credited to Masaki Apsy and Max Factory. Figure images below:

May 29th-30th eroge package release roundup

We scoop one of the biggest eroge release weekends of 2008 tonight, presenting a mix of 25 new package releases that range from budget titles to heavy hitters like the new ef sequel from minori and G-Senjou no Maou from Akabee Soft. This weekend also sees the release of games from two of my favorite artists: Majodou from Sano Toshihide (G.J?), and Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo from Happoubi Jin (ωstar). We’ll bring sustained coverage of several of these titles through the coming weekend, but for now here’s the lot of them at a glance:

FREEing’s Kimidori Emiri preorder open

Goodsmile updated their official site this morning with a product listing for FREEing‘s Kimidori Emiri bunny girl PVC figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (earlier HD coverage here). She’s scheduled for release in August at 11,800 yen retail, and along with the other releases in FREEing’s Haruhi bunny series she’s 1/4 scale (25 cm tall). As is also typical of the series the sculptor goes uncredited. Along with her listing at Goodsmile she’s now up for preorder at Amiami as well, so listings at other retailers should follow soon. Images below:

July ’08 figure magazine postscript

Scans from Dengeki Hobby retrieved from 2chan’s mokeiura board yesterday evening report a few new interesting figure announcements: Goodsmile will be producing Unity Yuuno from Unisonshift Accent’s latest eroge project Unity Marriage. The sculpt is from Tokunaga Hironori, and she’s due out in “winter 2008” at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall), no price yet specified. The second item of note is a Diedrich Schultz (ディードリッヒ・シュルツ) figure from Eulenspiegel (オイレンシュピーゲル), a visual novel series illustrated by Hakua Ugetsu. Production is from Organic and the figure is due out in August at 1/8 scale; no further information is currently available. A Bulma (Dragonball) prize figure is also shown from Banpresto (out in June), along with a Nanoha Signum that can only be assumed to come from Atelier-Sai. The Bubba Yuki on the right is a mail-order kit promotion from Figure Maniax Otome-gumi, on sale June 10th. Images below:

12th Prize Fair shows Yoruichi, Miku, Petit Eva

The “12th Prize Fair” (sources aren’t saying whether it’s 12th annual or on some other timespan, we’ll look into this) was held today at the TOC Ariake convention facility in Tokyo. It showcased fall ’08 (October-December) prize releases from six manufacturers, among whom Banpresto and Sega each brought items of interest to the table: Banpresto showed a Yoruichi/Soifon pair from Bleach that I’m already coveting, a couple of new Pretty Cures, a Petit Eva series, a chibi SEED heroines set, and several others. Sega showed a Vocaloid lineup including Miku and Kagamine Rin, an SD Miku pair with music boxes that play Hoshi no Kakera and Ievan Polkka, some POP Alice in Wonderland vignettes, catgirl Rei and Asuka, and various others. Further details below:

Figure Review: Shuraki vol. 4 – Nida (Needa) Schuetlich

Volume four in the wildly popular series of Shuraki multimedia figures is in some respects a return to more familiar territory, as design duty for Nida was entrusted to the ubiquitous Yamashita Shunya. His designs have been adapted in figure form by just about every major PVC manufacturer in the past few years, but as the first Yamashita offering from Goodsmile there was curiosity regarding how the maker would handle the adaptation compared to those with longer track records. As we’ve come to expect with this series the result is very favorable indeed:

Mainichi Junk: May 27th, 2008

Today’s Update

See below for a bunch of random news and other stuff:

FREEing’s Tenko Kuugen preorder open

We first reported on the production of this androgynous fox spirit back in April, and saw our first color images last week – and now here she is (we’ll call her a she…) FREEing’s Tenko Kuugen from Wagaya no Oinari-sama. is now officially listed at Goodsmile, with a preorder open at Amiami as well.

Recapping our previous coverage, Kuugen is scheduled for release in September at 1/8 scale (21 cm tall) and 8,800 yen. She comes with a replaceable fox mask (other castoffability uncertain) and a sculpt from Murayama Kunsou (村山薫将) of Asuka Craft. Figure images below:

Mainichi Junk: May 26th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for additional figure news and miscellany. If you are an artist who admires the work of Mogudan, see the bottom of this post for a message that may pertain to you:

Editor’s Desk: The Pizza Frontier

When word came out that Pizza Hut Japan would be doing a time-limited cross promotion with Macross F, I knew that I had to get in on the action. I’d missed the Marimite crossover, I’d missed the Geass crossover, but I’d be damned if I was going to let a box adorned with Ranka and Sheryl pass un-greasespotted by pizza that was meant for my stomach! What follows is the tale of a surprisingly short journey to the final frontier – not of space, but of arterial blockage:

Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan, Nanako preorders open

Kotobukiya updated their vendor page this afternoon with listings for the pair, and Amiami soon followed with preorder pages up for Shining Wind‘s Clalaclan Noire (Noir) and a newly announced Nanako PVC figure from To Heart 2: Another Days. Both are scheduled for release in September, with Clalaclan coming at 6,090 yen retail with a sculpt from Otoyama Houjun (other details available in our earlier coverage) and Nanako to retail at 4,725 yen, 1/8 scale (16 cm tall), with a sculpt from Nisshii. Figure images below:

Aoshima’s Kuuchuu Yousai Shinobu-chan preorder (updated)

Online shop Rakuten Be-J posted a listing over the noon hour today for a limited edition version of Aoshima‘s Funny Knights Masterpiece of Kuuchuu Yousai Ninja no Shinobu-chan that we first scooped following the recent Shizuoka Hobby Show. Details and images below: Update: further info from Amiami’s listing below:

Kotobukiya announces Clalaclan Noire

The Shining series figure blog updated this evening with the surprise announcement of a new color version of one of the greatest PVC figures Kotobukiya has ever produced, Shining Wind‘s Clalaclan. This alternate color version was designed and supervised by Tony himself, and is still a work in progress – the skin and hair color will be changed from the sample seen below, as will the base (whiter skin, darker base). Starting with Kureha the plastic they’re using for character skin is changing as well to be more transparent, so that will be a change from the previous version as well. According to the post, preorders for Clalaclan Noire will begin “very soon”. Sample images below:

Mainichi Junk: May 24th-25th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for a roundup of totally awesome figure and ero news, including more from Hobby Japan (squishy Xecty!), updates on Daiki figures, Volks’s Haruka, Eye Up and others, Pixy’s eroanime release schedule, and a look at the big game releases coming next weekend:

Daiki’s Bakuten Sei, Asu no Yoichi Ibuki preorders open

Amiami’s evening update tonight included a couple of figures we’ve reported on here in past weeks: Daiki Kougyou’s Sei PVC bust from Bakuretsu Tenshi and Movic’s Hankyuu Ibuki from Asu no Yoichi!. Tackling Ibuki first: we reported on her preorder listing at Movic back on May 13th, and it wouldn’t bear repeating here but for the revelation of a surprise upper castoff (images below). As previously reported her sculpt is from Saitou Heel and she’s set for release in August at…. Movic says 1/8 scale and 19 cm, Amiami says 1/7 scale and 21 cm. Both report a retail price of 5,880 yen.

Daiki’s Sei bust was also the subject of earlier reporting when her official page went online, and details on this release have changed as well. The sculpt is still credited to Shiragami Takayuki (Yukishiro) and she’s still scheduled for release in October at 28 cm tall; the retail price however has been lowered from the initially reported 11,550 yen to 9,975 yen. That doesn’t happen too often… Pictures of both figures can be found below:

Ikkitousen news roundup

Monthly Comic Gum magazine is the home of the Ikkitousen manga, and yesterday its official site updated with a mountain of news covering virtually all aspects of the franchise – the upcoming Great Guardians anime, a new PSP game, and a crazy awesome new figure concept. Details below:

Great Guardians Kanu Unchou hug pillow

With the new “Great Guardians” season of Ikkitousen coming up this summer, items from the franchise have started switching from season 2’s “Dragon Destiny” subtitle to the new one (Max Factory’s Figma Kanu Unchou was perhaps the first). Another new item announced tonight is nominally under the Great Guardians banner: this Kanu Unchou hug pillow from goods maker Chara-Hai.

The pillow is scheduled to retail on July 25th (preorders close on July 4th), with dimensions of 150 x 50 cm, zipper attached, double-sided with an original illustration on each side. It retails at a variety of prices depending on configuration: the cheapest is 9,450 yen for the smooth-knit fabric version, case only, while two-way tricot is 1,050 more. Fabric explanations and pillow images below:

Griffon’s Uesugi Kenshin preorder open (updated)

Griffon’s epic Uesugi Kenshin kit from Sengoku Rance that got me all hot and bothered when she was first revealed at WHF Ariake 18 is as of Amiami’s evening update today available for preorder! She’s scheduled for release from Griffon’s ecchi R-Line brand in August, at 1/7 scale (31 cm tall), castoffable, in completed PVC form, with a sculpt from Ikeda Ryouichi. Along with the August release date the big news in tonight’s listing is the price: 10,290 yen retail. This is about what I was expecting, and well worth paying for the glorious bounty at hand: Update: color images now online and reproduced below:

May 23rd eroge download release roundup

We complete our roundup of the weekend’s eroge releases with a look at games made available today for purchase via download. The majority are newly released budget titles, though a few full price games that now appear for the first time via download at reduced prices (the Sei Shoujo-designed Cleavage and Mink’s Nymphomania) are included as well. A total of nine new titles are profiled below:

May 23rd eroge package release roundup

This weekend brings us a swell in eroge releases approaching the explosion coming next week on the 30th, so I’ve divided this post in half based on whether the titles were released via download or not. This post presents the eight new titles not released via download, and is split down the middle with four sequels/fan discs (including Chrono Belt, the Bullet Butlers/Ayakashibito sequel) and four brand new titles, including Yuzu Soft’s Natsuzora Kanata and Blue Gale spinoff brand LAPIS BLUe.’s maiden release, the horror-themed Bifronte. Read on for details:

Figma Kanu Unchou preorder begins

Amiami updated at five o’clock sharp this evening with a preorder listing for Max Factory’s Kanu Unchou Figma action figure from Ikkitousen! As we reported in our Hobby Japan coverage yesterday she’s scheduled for release in July at 2,800 yen retail, 14.5 cm tall (non-scale) with a sculpt from Masaki Apsy / Max Factory. She comes complete with several exchangeable parts, including three sets of faces and hands, her Reienkyo weapon, and “damaged clothing” parts. Figure images below: