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Magazine Review: Megami vol. 76

The scans have already made the rounds of 4chan and danbooru, but for the curious HD presents a sequential rundown of this month’s two-dimensional swimsuit issue. A midsummer night’s dream indeed – SOS-dan take note!

Trip Report: Travellers of Moe, Burger, and Porn

In which three men embark on an existential journey to the darkest heart of Akiba and come away laden with goods, yet unable to answer the question burning in their minds: where is the moe in Moe Burger?

Mainichi Junk: Odoru Aka-chan Ningen

In today’s update: we rock in summer vacation with a whirlwind tour of random media newsbits from the past few days, and a roundup of figure news. The least moe thumbnail image ever? You decide.

Mainichi Junk: Moepalooza

In today’s (first) update: A good batch of figure news in from Hobbynet, including the first scheduled releases of the 2007 calendar year in the form of various Figure Mate sets from Konami (Haruhi and Mechamusume represent!). Also on the plate are December releases in the Busou Shinki lineup that help us understand where the figure/game hybrid may be going, Kaiyodo’s Revoltec King Gainer (I need a King Gainaaaa~), a bunch of hot resin kits, a couple of miscellaneous PVCs, and a better look at Yujin’s Suigintou.

Mainichi Junk: Busou Shinki, Comiket Special, Figure Fiesta

In today’s update: as Comiket 70 approaches we take the day to round up some recent newsbits on the subject. Also: 1978 in Comiket history, a promising multimedia mechamusume project from Konami, and some miscellaneous figure and ero news. Note that this excerpt, while essentially accurate, is rather topsy-turvy in its reflection of actual post content (read: lots of surprising awesomeness). It’s one of those days…

An Open Letter to Jun Hongo

In which HD takes issue with an article recently published in the News section of the Japan Times, under the title “Porn ‘anime’ boasts a big US beachhead”.

Mainichi Junk: Hobbynet Figure Roundup

In today’s update: we catch up on figure release announcements, leading with (old) news from Kotobukiya that their venerable Yomiko Readman kit will finally be seeing the light of day as a PVC. Also: Toranoana does the Re2200 mechamusume, we get updated pictures of several previously announced kits, and a tasty Masane from Orchid Seed (resin only at this point, alas).

Anime Review: Welcome to the NHK ep. 1

Irrational exhuberance and snap judgements regarding new (anime, game, manga) titles are a HD hallmark, but in this post we break down the initial spasm of NHK-induced glee into a more nuanced position. Is the show really a worthy successor to Haruhi’s time slot?

Magazine Review: Megami 75 vs. Comp H’s 1

Kadokawa Shoten weighed in on June 30th with the pilot issue of Comp H’s (the “H” is for “heroine”), a new poster magazine in the mold of the venerable Megami. Being the imprint of choice for titles such as Haruhi and NHK ni Youkoso (not to mention Evangelion, Keroro Gunsou, etc.), will the upstart be able to grab significant market share – and more importantly, how do its contents stack up against its only rival (now that Dengeki Animaga appears defunct)? It’s Haruhi cover vs. Haruhi cover in a battle to the pain (of your wallet)!

Mainichi Junk: Ultra Relax

In today’s update: Higurashi gets a PS2(?) game with stunningly boring designs, Soukou no Strain is a new anime sure to inspire PURE RAGE, a Happiness! anime announcement tries to tone things down, game news from GUST, Kogado and Idea Factory, the definition of “Miko” (a must read!), hot hot kimono-clad action in Lilith’s Ayame, the week’s eroge roundup (27 titles, oof), a treat for the bakunyuu fans, and some spicy, spicy love from Habanero-tan.

Mainichi Junk: Facts and Figures Redux

In today’s update: several fresh and not-quite-so-fresh figure scoops, including more representation from Fate than is strictly necessary and a surprise PVC release of Cobra-kai’s massive and scantily-clothed Koyori from Sengoku Blade (yes, that Koyori). Also, scans from the August edition of Hobby Japan.

Akihabara: The Musical

A pictoral journey into the heart of Akiba in search of the elusive Moe Burger.

Mainichi Junk: PVC + ABS = love^2

In today’s update: we catch up with the week’s figure news with several blockbuster release notes, including a new round of items from Megahouse (Air Gear’s Shimuka and Ringo, and Mizuki, a Tsukasa Jun-designed character that’s the spiritual successor to the infamous Sengoku Cannon Koyori), an all-Yukino trading figure set from Yakitate Japan, Haibane Renmei’s Rakka in PVC form (at long last), some nekkidness from Ikkitousen, and nekomimi from Toranoana in the misty far-off future.

NEWS FLASH: Kujibiki Unbalance Site Renewal, Trailer Online

The post title says it all. Go forth and view for the good of humanity!

Akihabara Wars: The Maid-dom Menace

In which HD ponders the merits of meidoculture, delves a bit into Akiba history, and comes up gasping and sputtering for breath. Maids in Akihabara: can there be too much of a good thing?

Mainichi Junk: Puchi Figure Update Edition

In today’s update: The latest from Yujin (an original “Natsuki” figure that looks a bit like My HiME’s Natsuki, only all growed up), Kaiyodo (Bome does DOA’s Kasumi, twice), Gigapulse (more crappy ero Nagisa figures, yay), and the not-so-latest from Goodsmile and Max Factory (Hetare Saber, Fate Testarossa, Ryougi Shiki, Kotona Elegance, Elwin). This post brought to you by the society for the promotion of the word “puchi” in post titles!

Sunshine in the Rain

In which HD attends his first doujin event in several months, gets very wet, meets some people, applies to participate as a circle himself, picks up the second volume of Maritan’s drills (at a very girlish Toranoana), eats a Cinnabon, and gets home late. Why sleep when there is caffeine? *twitch* EDIT THIS POST HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY THE SOS-DAN. LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPONS AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT.

Mainichi Junk: Nothing Too Fancy

In today’s update: get your hikky on with the official site launch of the NHK ni Youkoso anime, watch a Binbou Shimai Monogatari trailer, take a gander at some Tsuyokisu anime screenshots, preview the latest from Makoto Shinkai’s Comix Wave, ogle a bevy of new Taraku Uon character designs, discreetly peruse a week’s-worth of ero scoops, marvel at Wild West mizugi Navy-san, lose your wallet to Natsumi’s swimsuit cold-cast, and check out them band-aids!

Mainichi Junk: Akiba Dive in Detail

In today’s update: as per the title, pictures and explanations thereof surrounding last night’s jaunt into Akihabara. Haruhi fans will want to check this out, as will those interested in the G.J? artbook and/or Queen’s Blade. Today’s post is work-safe, barely. If your office is in your basement.

Akiba Dive and Retrieval

A few quick notes from the trenches.

The Eroero Code

In which HD proposes a rudimentary system for tagging eroge content, and requests input on same.

Mainichi Junk: Flight of the Navigator

In today’s update: the SOS-dan represents, crossdressing anime gets a new name (and it’s not Princess Princess), Red Garden gets a teaser trailer, Binbou Shimai Monogatari gets a flash slideshow, Top / Top2 get movies (of a sort), the Chocotto Sister anime site gets (slightly) less pedo, hype ramps up for Fate on the PS2, SOD’s Kazama Mana eroanime gets a trailer, we experiment with eroge tags (further post on this forthcoming), Queen’s Blade 5 and 6 verily THRUST themselves onto a hapless otaku market, Organic’s Witchblade PVC is unveiled in all its colorful (bootyful) glory, and there are more moustaches than every prior HD post COMBINED – truly a landmark occasion.

Mainichi Junk: Memo Memo

New acquisitions, and a shameless plug for free stuff from Akiba Angels! Fuller-figured post coming tomorrow morning.

NEWS FLASH: Strike Witches Anime Site Online, Gundam SEED Stargazer trailer, etc.

A must-browse for mechamusume fans everywhere, Shimada Fumikane’s military vehicle x moe girl designs finally get the full-length TV anime another OVA treatment they deserve (albeit from Gonzo). Gundam enthusiasts will want to check out the Stargazer trailer now streaming at Bandai Channel, and those interested in all things new and anime should check in as well for new offerings from Clamp, Bandai Visual, etc. It’s an anime news explosion!!1

Mainichi Junk: Contractual Obligation

In today’s update: the precursor (and post-cursor) to Shinobuden gets a drama CD, Melty Blood: Act Cadenza streets August 10th for the PS2, Ar Tonelico rises from the grave, Gainax dumps another layer of embalming fluid on Eva – for the next fifteen months, Galkko previews the big upcoming ota-love title of fall ’06, and “Nard” becomes “Nerd”. Sieg Zeon!

Mainichi Junk: Kiss Kiss Fall in Love

In today’s update: new anime are announced from Gonzo and the Dengeki Bunko serial novel line, Joshikousei and Strawberry Panic get PS2 games, Top wo Nerae! 2 and Witchblade get DVD street dates, Hachukano gets an OP movie (with delicious MOSAIC.WAV accompaniment), the Kazama Mana eroanime OAV gets a JAV spinoff, a new yaruge brand is launched, the week’s eroge releases are scooped, and the usual assortment of odds and ends.

Mainichi Junk: Figure Addendum II

In tonight’s update: we lead with August’s edition of Dengeki Daioh (scheduled to include a Shana PVC figure munching on her favorite snack), and continue through a flock of recent releases to several new and confirmed entries in the coming months. Of greatest note is a very thorough survey of Megahouse’s bishoujo offerings through August, along with the full September lineup from Alter; Konami represents as well, bringing up the rear with Ichigo Mashimaro’s Miyu in October. Ritualistic flogging of the wallet commences…

Mainichi Junk: Figure Addendum

In today’s update: Catching up on figure news from Hobbynet today, leading the pile of scoops with a Rozen Maiden manga special edition figure and a new Gundam bishoujo offering from Yoshizaki Mine. Other items of note include a release date for Solid Theater’s Nukenin collection, the third set of Tetsudou Musume figures from Tomy, a Hazuki doll from Megahouse, and June restocks of Kaiyodo’s Himekuri Image Girl.

Mainichi Junk: Bucketful of Thoughts

In today’s update: the SOS-dan represents with various news from the Haruhi front, Seirei no Moribito broadcast details (a full 26 episodes!), studio ufotable gets an in-house cafe and a Manabi Straight anime, Dragon Age Pure gets a second volume, Media Factory launches a new manga serial, several bits of eroanime news (including “the world’s first shota” and a new Yakin Byoutou spinoff), Harthnir enters the eroge market, Alter’s Ignis PVC goes color, we hear Maritan’s voice for the first time, and more. Is HD finally back in action?!

Mainichi Junk: Total (ero) Recall

In tonight’s update: A list of links to recent eroge site launches, demo movies, and sample CG updates… that’s about it.