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Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka Katagiri Yuuhi preorder

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:

Kurogane no Linebarrels Kizaki Emi PVC now in color

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:

Ikkitousen trading figures preorder open

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:

Figma Tousaka Rin preorder open

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:

Yamashita Shunya “nose art girl” PVC announced

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:

Wave presents Xecty, space Yoko, Aizawa Tomomi

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.

Tomomi is scheduled for release in October, at a whopping 1/5 scale (height unspecified) and 10,290 yen retail. Her sculpt is from Misumaru Mashii (homepage), unsurprising given his portfolio.

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Zero no Tsukaima Tifania dakimakura announced

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:

Artbook Review: Yamashita Shunya’s Wild Flower

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:

Griffon does PVC plainclothes Ryofu, in red

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:

Ikkitousen, Lucky Star itasha models announced

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:

Chara-Ani’s Ryuubi Gentoku features “soft toes”

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:

Organic does Dragonaut’s Garnet, Melmo preorder

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:

Orchid Seed’s Shiori to ship with soft chest part

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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Shining figure update

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)

Daiki Kougyou launches “Real Arrange” line

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:

Sugar Mint Complex Kanu castoffable?

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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Kai Harn resin kit preorder open

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:

June 6th eroge download release lineup

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:

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.

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:

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)

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):