- Minatogawa Amaha original Battle Girl Mil Alpha PVC announced from Beat
- Wonder Festival 2008 Summer Goodsmile / Max Factory event limited PVC releases announced – alternate version Melissa Serafi and Hatsune Miku Nendoroids, Suzaku Figma
The two latest Queen’s Blade combat artbooks hit store shelves yesterday (Allean and Ardra), and with them the news that the Queen’s Blade franchise is scheduled for TV anime adaptation! Other than the bare fact that it’s in the works little is known about the project, but based on Hobby Channel’s official announcement it’s hinted that Reina will be the protagonist. This in turn leads to all sorts of wild speculation – with the shared character designer, can we expect animation from the My-HiME team? Hobby Japan is a Bandai property, Sunrise is a Bandai property, it’s not entirely out of the question… we’ll follow up on this as soon as further information is made known. (no more)
Figure and goods maker Jun Planning updated their official site yesterday evening with a listing for a new Sanzenin Nagi figure from comedy manga and anime Hayate no Gotoku!. Seated holding a removable game controller and flashing a “V” sign, she’s scheduled for release in August at 1/8 scale (10 cm tall) and a very reasonable 4,179 yen retail. The sculpt is from Kiyama Naotake of Hyper Space. Figure images below:
You may have noticed that there haven’t been any Mainichi updates for about a week. There’s no serious reason for the lapse, but motivation is at a bit of an ebb right now and to avoid a more serious case of burnout I’m deliberately pulling back from a super-intense update schedule for a little while. I’ll still be posting daily with news items of interest, but for the time being they’ll be displayed in the center column in the place of Mainichi posts until I can get back on the daily summary schedule. More below:
Griffon’s ero figure sub-brand R-Line put up an official page this morning for a Sonsaku Hakufu (school swimsuit ver.) PVC figure from Ikkitousen. If the pose looks familiar that’s because she’s a variant of the earlier released gym uniform version; unlike her predecessor this new version does not appear significantly castoffable, though the school swimsuit does have a certain appeal all its own. She’s scheduled to retail at 6,500 yen in August, at 1/6 scale (closer to 1/7) and 13 cm tall with a sculpt from Yamamoto Masahiro. Figure images below:
Following the announcement last week of a similar item from Chara Hai, preorders went online yesterday for a Tifania hug pillow from Cospa and Zero no Tsukaima 3. Like other pillowcases in Cospa’s lineup this one retails at 9,450 yen and 150 x 50 cm in size, double-sided with original illustrations on both sides. Release is expected in late August.
Listings also went up for reissues of a few other Zero no Tsukaima items from Cospa, as well as a new lineup of Kanokon goods including a Chizuru towel (bikini ver.), Nozomu towel (white shirt/bloomers ver.), and Chizuru cushion cover. All three are due out in late July. Images below:
A preorder listing went up this afternoon at Amiami for Organic’s Kawazoe Tamaki PVC figure from Bamboo Blade. We got our first look at her back at Wonder Festival, but with little fanfare leading up to the listing this is the first decent look we have at her color prototype. The sculpt is from Hatsuda Kouichirou, and she’s scheduled for release on August 25th at 1/8 scale (17 cm tall) and 7,140 yen retail. Figure images below:
Release details and color images went online at Sega’s official Shining World site this evening for the coming release of President Japan’s “doll eye” Kureha PVC figure from Shining Wind that we originally scooped back on April 5th. Like Houmei and Seena preceding her she’s scheduled to ship in September with the high gloss doll-style eyes that are the signature of the series, at 1/8 scale (measurements unspecified) and 8,190 yen retail. The sculptor is currently uncredited. Figure images below:
Despite lacking a major game release since Discipline in 2002, troubled eroge brand Active has managed to limp on thanks to the enduring strength of its turn-of-the-century Sei Shoujo creations. Today Getchu put up a product listing for yet another extension of one of his storied franchises, dubbed Bible Black -The Infection-. It’s known history that Sei Shoujo left the maker several years ago (to form Empress) so his lack of involvement here is evident; the Getchu listing does not credit whatever artist and scenario writer(s) they have on duty. Game description, further details and sample CG below:
Being unfamiliar with her work this is a rather dense scoop to parse, but bear with me as I try to sort things out: goods maker President Japan announced on their Eye Ball production blog yesterday that they’ll be producing a series of figures based on the original illustrations of mangaka and artist Ouse Kohime (official site). A post on her blog provides further details and additional pictures of the first figure in the series, “BLACK BAT”, who is from the Time Keeper series (apparently a series of original illustrations; I can’t source these for the life of me). Future figures in the series will include an “angel” and a “fallen angel”. The initial batgirl figure is scheduled for release in July as a prepainted and assembled polyresin statue. Price and other details are not yet announced, but this is bound to be an expensive item… we’ll keep a lookout for more details. If anyone has copies of Ouse’s artbooks on hand and could possibly find the original image of this it would be much appreciated! (no more)
First scooped back at Wonder Festival, preorders opened yesterday for a new bishoujo figure from fledgeling brand First Class, Katagiri Yuuhi from Feng’s visual novel Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka. She’s scheduled for release in September at 7,140 yen and 20 cm tall (non-scale), with a castoffable bra part. An alternate color Olive limited edition is also planned. The sculptor is currently uncredited. Figure images below:
We first saw her announced back at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, and today Kotobukiya updated with color images of their Kizaki Emi PVC figure from manga and upcoming TV anime Kurogane no Linebarrels. She’s scheduled for release in October at an undisclosed retail price (previously reported at 6,090 yen), and 1/8 scale (21 cm tall). The sculptor is currently uncredited. Figure images below:
A page went up at Goodsmile’s official site yesterday evening for the wide release, alternate color version of the Shiragami Takayuki (Yukishiro) sculpted Ikkitousen trading figure set that we first scooped back in May. The set is scheduled for release in September from Wani Books and will ship in boxes of eight for 6,400 yen (or 800 yen per unit). There are a total of six unique figures in the set (Chouun Shiryuu, Kanu Unchou, Sonsaku Hakufu, Ryomou Shimei, Ryuubi Gentoku, and Kakouen Myousai) with two color versions (regular and limited) of each figure; colors on the limited versions have not been revealed. Preorders for the set were up at Getchu last night and should be up elsewhere soon as well. Images below:
Preorders opened over the noon hour today for the latest installment in Max Factory’s Figma action figure line, Tousaka Rin from Fate/stay night. She’s scheduled for release in August at 2,500 yen retail and stands 13.5 cm tall (non-scale) with a sculpt credited to Masaki Apsy and Max Factory. Notable features include jointed clothing elements in the skirt and shirt for additional freedom of movement, optional face and magic-using arm parts, and the dagger of Azoth. Figure images below:
I did a double take when I first read the title of the listing for Yamashita Shunya’s Nose Art girl figure at Getchu this morning, but a look at the source image makes it clear that the “nose” in question isn’t that of a creatively adorned human but rather a creatively adorned fighter plane. She originally appeared as a pinup poster in volume 4 of Ikaros Publishing’s MC Akushizu quarterly moe mecha/military magazine (she also appears in the recently released Wild Flower artbook).
The figure is 1/7 scale (22 cm tall) with production from goods maker Runa (Amiami search), and scheduled to retail at 7,140 yen in late September. Sample images reveal that she’s an upper body castoff, and she wields an optional 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun. The sculptor is uncredited in Getchu’s listing. Figure images below:
As we reported on Saturday, official pages went online today for Wave’s soft-body Xecty from Shining Wind as well as two other figures we weren’t anticipating: Yoko “space look” version from Gurren Lagann and Aizawa Tomomi (maid type) from Pia Carrot he Youkoso!! 2.
Xecty is scheduled for release in September at 1/8 scale (18 cm long) and 6,825 yen retail, with a sculpt from Clumsy Craft Rei (homepage). Her body is composed of a soft, pliant material, and she comes with an extra exchangeable face part. Her shirt is castoffable. A Miyazawa limited pink version (500 units, 6,825 yen) and a DX version with telephone card (7,875 yen) will also be sold.
Yoko is due out in September as well, at 5,880 yen. She is 1/8 scale (17.5 cm tall) and was sculpted by Katsushima Kouichi (homepage). A Miyazawa limited special color version (6,930 yen) and a resin kit version (10,500 yen, June release) are also being produced.
Figure images below:
Three Days’ Updates
See below for further news from the past few of days – there’s a lot of it, so pull up a chair:
Character goods maker Chara Hai updated this evening with listings for a Tifania hug pillowcase from Zero no Tsukaima (officially from this summer’s third season, Princesse no Rondo). The case is scheduled for release on August 25th with preorders open until August 4th, and is double-sided with two pieces of original art and standard dakimakura dimensions of 150×50 cm. Like previous Chara Hai releases Tifania is available in two choices of cloth: smooth knit (9,500 yen retail) and two-way tricot (10,500 yen retail). Explanations of the differences in pillow fabric can be found here. Tifania pillow images below:
Last month we were delighted to bring the announcement of Wild Flower, the second artbook collection of Yamashita Shunya’s illustration works (following Sweet Dreams, released almost three years ago). It arrived on store shelves today, and we managed to track down a copy before it disappeared and bring you this look inside. Needless to say, this is something Shunya fans aren’t going to want to miss:
Amiami’s evening update yesterday included a listing from Griffon’s ero R-Line brand for a new Ryofu Housen (plainclothes battle version) PVC from Ikkitousen. The kit was originally released in October of 2005 as an unpainted, unassembled resin figure (Amiami listing), but is being revived here in a new “red version” just in time for Ryofu’s resurrection in the new Great Guardians season of the Ikkitousen anime. She’s scheduled for release in late August at 1/6 scale (23 cm tall) and 6,825 yen retail, with a sculpt from Ikeda Ryouichi, and comes with a replaceable bare chest “damage version” part. Figure images below:
The moe car decal boom known as itasha (痛車 = “hurt car”, pun on “Italian car”) has been sweeping Japan for the past few years, and thanks to Aoshima recently began to appear in model form as well (Haruhi and To Heart 2 featured on their first two releases). Aoshima augmented their lineup yesterday with the announcement of a Lucky Star itasha based on the Mazda Roadster 1800RS convertible, which will retail in late June at 3,570 yen retail and 1/24 scale.
A new entry into the itasha model maker’s arena appeared yesterday as well, with Aizu Project’s announcement of a 1/43 scale Mini Car Toyota Hi-Ace (Ikkitousen version). Based on the popular Hi-Ace 200 van from Toyota, it’s scheduled to retail in September at 3,990 yen retail. Unlike Aoshima’s offering which is an unpainted/unassembled plastic model, this Aizu van is a die-cast model and presumably can be displayed out of the box. Images of both are below:
In our most recent Mainichi update we mentioned a new figure in the works from Chara-Ani and Alter of Ikkitousen‘s Ryuubi Gentoku, and Milestone updated last night with a product listing that provides pictures and further information. She’s scheduled for release in late September at 7,140 yen and 1/8 scale (8 cm high, 17 cm long), comes with a castoffable “Y-shirt”, and in a first in the PVC figure world her feet are made from the soft, pliant material that has graced the chests of other figures in the recent past. The sculpt is from RINRIN of Dragon Craft. The currently available images are reproduced below:
A late addendum to Amiami’s noon update today brings two new figure preorders from maker Organic, one which we were anticipating and one which is a complete surprise. Taking the second one first, Amiami’s listing marks the debut of the industry’s first Garnet MacLaine PVC figure from Dragonaut -The Resonance-, and in fact the first figure from the series to be announced. She’s scheduled for release in August at an unspecified scale (16 cm tall) and 6,090 yen retail, with a sculpt from Saitou Heel (Love Love Garden) and cooperation from Beagle. Production is officially credited to GDH, but strong evidence points to Organic as the actual producer.
The second new Organic preorder is the Tezuka Osamu / Yoshizaki Mine collaboration Fushigi na Merumo PVC set from Marvelous Melmo that we reported on a month ago. It’s scheduled for release in September at 7,350 yen, with adult Melmo standing at 15.5 cm tall and child Melmo standing at 10 cm. The sculpt is from Kobayashi Makoto (longlong-lab). Images of both figures below:
A potential reason for the long production delay on Orchid Seed’s Witchblade Tsuzuki Shiori figure was revealed today in an Akiba Hobby review of her finished PVC sample. According to visual evidence and accompanying text she’ll be shipping with an exchangeable “soft chest part”, presumably similar to Chichinoe+ 2 Young Hip Cover Gal (which was also delayed in a similar fashion). This is potentially both a plus and a minus, as it means her upper body is not cast from a single piece – resulting in seams such as the one visible here. Still, based on this review I’m happy with her presentation overall and can’t wait to see her in person later this month! (no more)
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Two Days’ Updates
See below for further figure and ero news from the past couple of days, including Miku prize figure closeups, a Ryuubi Gentoku figure from Alter, the launch of a new eroanime brand, and more:
The official Shining Series figure blog updated with news this evening that following Clalaclan Noir Kotobukiya will be releasing Shining Wind’s Ryuuna in PVC form, and the post includes a teaser shot of her prototype from behind as evidence. This will be the 9th figure in Kotobukiya’s Shining lineup, and tonight’s blog post indicates that at least three more are planned from the maker. In other Shining news, the “soft body” Xecty from Wave that we’ve been watching for the past several months will be unveiled at their official site at 11:00 AM on the morning of June 11th, according to very strong hints in this post. We’ll keep an eye out for preorders to appear over the noon hour on Wednesday. (no more)
Moeyo! Akibajin Blog brings the news today that figure maker Daiki Kougyou is beginning a new line of fixed-pose completed PVC models they’re calling Real Arrange, based on the theme of more photo-realistic takes on 2D characters. The first entry in the lineup is a figure we’ve had our eye on since it debuted at WHF Ariake 17 last winter, sculptor D-Kura’s (diskvision) Kanu Unchou.
The kit generated some criticism back it was initially posted, and Moeyo’s review of the prototype is likely only to fan the flames (it looks like they crossed her face with a really heavily made-up Johnny Depp), but I for one am excited about the prospect of seeing yet another hot (to my eyes) Kanu from a significant newcomer to the PVC scene. She’s scheduled for release in October at 1/6 scale (21 cm from head to toe, 25 cm to her fingertips), and will retail at 13,440 yen. Images of the garage kit version can be found below:
We’ve been tracking the release of Happinet’s Sugar Mint Complex Kanu Unchou (armored version) figure since her initial announcement back at Wonder Festival, and further developments today heightened interest in what was already a highly anticipated kit. Moeyo! Akibajin Blog reports on a display found yesterday at Kotobukiya’s Radio Kaikan store in Akihabara, where a piece of her armor was removed from a resin cast sample of the kit. According to his report the area beneath the armor was contoured, but unpainted; Moeyo also notes that this is not the final PVC version, so her ultimate castoff status is still not certain. Definitely food for thought regardless, and another potential reason to pick up what looks from the samples to be a promising offering. (no more)
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We’ve had an eye on Orchid Seed’s Kai Harn from Bastard!! since she was announced in PVC at WHF Ariake 18, and then confirmed for a limited edition resin reissue this month exclusively via Amiami. Preorders for the kit version are now open, and photos in the listing hint strongly at some delicious castoff possibilities… if you’re in the market for this kit and don’t mind incurring additional proxy fees it will ship later in June at 9,500 yen retail, 1/6 scale (24 cm tall), with 26 unpainted resin parts and a sculpt from Ishiyama Satoshi. Figure images below:
We take a look today at the batch of eroge made newly available for purchase via download over the weekend of June 6th. The eight games present a decent range of titles, from brand new budget price releases (a great week for chikan fans, of both male and female varieties) to reissues of older classics, including Mink’s erotic mystery Tokineiro and 13cm’s sexfest Hatsujou Joshikousei (perhaps not a classic, but close enough). Read on for the full list: