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Editor’s Desk: A/D/V and the ABA

Some HD readers may be aware that for the past few months a competition has been going on with the goal of providing recognition to meritorious anime blogs in a variety of categories. Setting aside the inevitable problems associated with classification of sites as “blogs” related to “anime” and then further arbitrarily dividing them based on content, for a first time effort the project seems to have gone off rather well and as of today has born fruit, with the winners being officially announced.

This post is not about them.

Mainichi Junk: June 5th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for a bunch more figure news, including Orchid Seed’s Kai Harn in color, Volks’s Kagamine Rin and Len, and arguably the two cutest trading figure releases of the year. A note at the bottom of the post for doujin fans as well:

Toy’sworks reveals Nogizaka Haruka’s secret

GA Graphic updated this evening with the news that figure maker Toy’sworks will be producing a PVC rendition of Nogizaka Haruka, heroine of light novel series Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu (an anime version was recently announced as well). The figure depicts Haruka in her cosplay uniform and is scheduled for release “this fall”, at 1/8 scale (19 cm tall) and 6,800 yen retail. The sculptor is currently uncredited and castoffability uncertain, though skirt removal seems likely. An alternate color “honey lemon” version is being planned as well; more pictures are available at GA Graphic’s post. We’ll keep an eye out for preorder listings, which are expected within the next week or so. (no more)

Goodsmile’s Princess Resurrection Hime preorder open

Figure maker Goodsmile updated their official page this afternoon with a listing for Kaibutsu Oujo‘s (Princess Resurrection) Hime and Petit Nendoroid Flandre PVC set. The listing confirms our earlier report on the set, with the news that she’s due out in October at 7,200 yen retail and 1/7 scale (23 cm tall) with a sculpt from Nanashi and cooperation from Nendoron. No castoffability is evident. Images below:

Kotobukiya announces gothic lolita Ayanami Rei

Figure maker Kotobukiya updated this afternoon with a vendor listing for a new Ayanami Rei (gothic lolita “noir” version) PVC figure from Neon Genesis Evangelion. She’s set for release in October at 7,140 yen and 1/7 scale (height unspecified), with a sculpt from Nishimura Naoki (Pilot). She’s designed to match Kotobukiya’s earlier released gothic lolita Asuka, and her hat is removable. Images below:

Alter does Evangelion Rei, P3 Elizabeth, Onee Chanbara Aya

Figure maker Alter updated their official site this morning with listings for three new figures scheduled to appear in their October ’08 release lineup! The first is Ayanami Rei, heroine of the Eva franchise (here credited as being from the new movie, though it’s hard to tell). Her sculpt is from Numakura Toshiaki, and she’s set for release at 1/8 scale (17 cm long) and 6,090 yen retail. Next up is Elizabeth from Persona 3 FES, with a sculpt from Saitou Fumiki. She’s also due out at 6,090 yen and 1/8 scale (22 cm tall). Finally there’s Aya, from Onee-Chanbara VorteX. She’s due out at 1/7 scale (25 cm tall) and 8,190 yen, with a sculpt from Takeuchi Goutarou (Atelier Bamboo). None of the three appear to be significantly castoffable. Images below:

Mainichi Junk: June 3rd-4th, 2008

Two Days’ Updates

See below for additional figure news and miscellany from the past two days:

Sekirei Musubi, Tsukiumi hug pillow announced

A preorder listing went up at Chara-Ani yesterday for a Musubi and Tsukiumi dakimakura from the anime version of Sekirei. Images of the product weren’t initially available, but today the listing was updated and we now have a look at what’s being offered. The pillow features images of Musubi and Tsukiumi that appear here for the first time, but also on other items as well (oppai mousepads and telephone cards); pillow dimensions are unknown, but appear to be different from standard dakimakura size. Preorders are open until June 14th for the pillowcase, which retails on July 17th at 7,140 yen. Images below:

Nendoroid Kagamine Rin, Len preorders tomorrow

The official Goodsmile blog brought the news earlier today that their Nendoroid action figure Kagamine Rin and Len (of Vocaloid virtual idol fame) will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, June 4th. We’ve witnessed the development of their configuration from the first announcement of calls for fans to submit alternate face part designs, and today a final bit of news has emerged regarding the release – see below for details and images:

Bon Festival Petit Haruhi Nendoroids

Goodsmile’s official Nendoroid site updated today with the news that a set of Petit Nendoroids is being produced called “Nendoroid Petit Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Ochuugen Set”. Chuugen (中元) is the name of gifts given at the Bon Festival in July or August in Japan, and the set is specially packaged as a gift to be given this summer (either to someone who you’re indebted to or to yourself). The set retails for 3,000 yen and contains five Petit Nendoroid figures: Tsuruya-san, Nagato Yuki, Suzumiya Haruhi, Asahina Mikuru, and Asakura Ryouko. All are school swimsuit versions, holding inflatable rings and standing 8 cm in total height on swimmer’s starting blocks. Sculpting work is from Ageta Yukio and Yamada Tetsuya with cooperation from Nendoron.

Preorders for the set open on June 9th, but are only available from the Tokimeki Mall online shop or Circle K / Sankus convenience store locations, so a proxy will likely be required for those outside Japan. Production is limited to 5,000 sets. Figure images below:

Gigapulse does Ryoujoku Guerrilla Kari 3 series

Ero figure maker Gigapulse updated their official site earlier today with product descriptions for their “Gigakore #13” set: three new figures from Liquid eroge Ryoujoku Guerrilla Kari 3. Amiami followed with listings this evening for Shizel Beltier, Sandy Gregoire, and Nora Stewart. All three are scheduled to retail in fall 2008 at 6,825 yen retail and 1/8 scale. The Shizel and Sandy kits also come in alternate color DX versions (Shizel, Sandy) that include male torsos and retail at 8,925 yen, while Nora comes in a “B type” configuration at 6,825 yen. Nora is the only one credited with a sculptor: Uroyasu Kanchi (洞安勘智). Images below:

Nendoroid Asakura Ryouko & Expansion Parts Set

We got our first look at this set in Hobby Japan last month, and now the Asakura Ryouko & Expansion Parts Nendoroid action figure set from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu is available for preorder! The Ryouko Nendoroid comes with two faces, two arm sets, several hands, a knife, and a school bag. The expansion set includes a ponytail hair part and summer uniform arms for Haruhi, a witch’s hat, cloak, Shamisen, and Starling (Sterling) Inferno for Yuki, and finally bangs, hair, and legs (with white socks) for Mikuru. The set retails in September at 5,000 yen, with a sculpt from Nendoron (Kodama Youhei). Images below:

Shuraki vol. 6 confirmed

HD reader Kent posted a comment to our Shuraki Rize review this evening with a link to an image at Akiba Hobby that confirms what we’d suspected: The next entry in the Shuraki figure multimedia series will be Monica Dread Olivier, the White Raven companion of Nida and Rize. No release date or other information is listed, though it’s noteworthy to see that according to the promotional poster in the Akiba Hobby photo the character designer may have changed (the illustration is from Jun・K/Sumi Keiichi, not Igarashi Aki as per the original). We’ll keep an eye out for further details (and I’ll try to remember what event that photo is from…). (no more)

Mainichi Junk: June 1st, 2008

Today’s Update

See below for an uncensored look at Goodsmile’s Chu Chu Astram, a selection of recent news, and the day’s recommendations:

Figure Review: Shuraki vol. 5 – Rizfis (Rize) Luttiva Mente

The first round of the explosively popular Shuraki multimedia figure series concludes with the appearance of Rize, Italian Shuraki and member of the mysterious White Raven organization. Armed with a massive halberd and clad in a diaphanous blue gown, her design is surely a match for any of her predecessors – but how does she compare in figure form? Read on for the final installment in our Shuraki review series (until the second batch is announced):

Mainichi Junk: May 31st, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for first impressions of Happoubi Jin’s Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo, as well a preview the fifth Shuraki figure, Rize: