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Mainichi Junk: May 14th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for several other bits of news that didn’t quite make post status, including the Sekirei anime cast list, an eromanga to watch out for, and a figure that may have you washing your eyes out with soap:

Yamashita Shunya 2nd artbook announced

Online shop Getchu updated this evening with a product listing for an item that’s sure to turn a lot of heads: Yamashita Shunya’s newly announced second artbook, WILD FLOWER. This is the first visual collection of his work following the release of Sweet Dreams almost three years ago, and Getchu’s listing provides some tantalizing details: the book is the first print publication ever credited to figure maker Kotobukiya, with production from publisher Shinkigensha (know otherwise for their role playing sourcebooks and other geeky material). It’s scheduled for release on June 10th at 2,900 yen retail, A4 size, 128 pages and includes over 100 illustrations ranging from original work to figure designs and card game illustrations. Several sample images are presented, which are duplicated below:

The story behind Himajin’s disappearance

June 30th, 2007 was a black day for eroanime fans, the day that studio Himajin closed its doors forever… or was it? When brands Amour and Suzuki Mirano appeared it seemed that the collapse of Himajin was short-lived, and that its reincarnated forms would carry on development of old Himajin properties uninterrupted. The actual story is a bit more complex, and required some digging around in Japanese Wikipedia to unearth; read on for a look at the tangled web of brand shuffling that led to the current state of affairs in one corner of the eroanime industry:

Figma Fate to include Zamber form

Max Factory’s action figure brand Figma updated their official blog over the noon hour today with the news that their Fate Testarossa action figure from Nanoha StrikerS will include her weapon Bardiche Assault’s (very, very large) Zamber form. Having not seen more than a couple of Nanoha episodes I can’t claim to understand the full significance of this, but it looks… like a really big sword (yeah, I’m clueless here). We’ll look for more production shots of this new Figma offering as her preorder nears. The blog post also confirms that we can expect Figma Nanoha and Figma Kyon to ship on May 24th. We’ll bring further news on the lineup as it comes in. (no more)

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