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Catching Up: Dakimakura

The process of filling in the gaps from the past two months has to start somewhere, and there could be much worse places to start than the esoteric world of the hug pillow. In addition to standard retail releases this summer’s Comiket once again brought a bumper crop of doujin works to the field, so many that it would be impossible to cover them all here – so I’ll content myself with hitting a few of the more awesome highlights:

Cospa does Tifania dakimakura, Kanokon towels

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:

Beat Blades Haruka hug pillow from Cospa

Haven’t had enough news from the franchise of Alice Soft’s latest eroge tour de force? Then you’re in luck, as character goods maker Nijigen Cospa last night announced the preorder availability of a Takamori Haruka dakimakura cover from Beat Blades Haruka / Choukou Sennin Haruka. The pillowcase is scheduled for release at the end of May at 9,450 yen retail (case only), with dimensions of 150 cm x 50 cm and double-sided illustrations. The art featured on the pillow is not original (it’s take from in-game images), though according to the Cospa listing the combat uniform side has been “revised for greater sexiness”. With her up for preorder at Cospa’s official site preorders should be open at other Cospa distributors such as CDJapan
and Hobby Search soon. Pillow images below:

Goods News: Zero no Tsukaima Tabitha dakimakura coming from Nijigen Cospa

This in for the 0nT fans: Nijigen Cospa updated over the weekend with a product listing for a Tabitha hug pillow from Zero no Tsukaima. The dakimakura features double-sided original illustrations and is due out in March at 150 x 50 cm and 9,450 yen (case only); in addition to the Cospa listing preorders are up at Amiami, and should be up at Hobby Search and other international dealers soon. Pillow images below:

Goods News: Donne Anonime (Namae no Nai Onna) dakimakura coming from Nijigen Cospa (updated)

Props to savage for alerting me to this in comments to the recent Mainichi post: according to this Akiba Blog post from last Saturday, eroge maker Nitro+ is collaborating with goods maker Nijigen Cospa to produce a hug pillow featuring Donne Anonime (“Namae no Nai Onna”) from the July-released Zoku: Satsuriku no Jango. Illustrator Niθ is on design duty, and the pillow clocks in with specs similar to other recent Cospa releases: double-sided, 150 x 50 cm, and (presumably) 9,450 yen retail. Release is scheduled for Comiket 73 at the end of December, and while there’s no word regarding a general release I presume one will be forthcoming; we’ll keep an eye out for further news. Update: she’s now up for preorder at Cospa’s official online shop, with a release date set for early March of next year. Updated pictures below:

Goods News: Yoko (Space Look x Yomako ver.) dakimakura cover coming from Cospa

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: Word is in from 2D goods maker Nijigen Cospa that they’ll be producing a second hug pillowcase featuring Yoko, heroine of Gainax’s Gurren Lagann TV anime (we scooped the first one back in July). This new version features images of her as she appears later in the show, in what Cospa calls her “space look” and her “Yomako” look respectively (wonder where they got the idea for Yomako?). The case is now available for preorder at Cospa, with release scheduled for late January at 150×50 cm and 9,450 yen retail (case only). Picture below:

Goods News: Gurren Lagann Nia hug pillow coming from Cospa

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: Nijigen Cospa announced over the weekend plans for the production of a Nia pillowcase featuring the heroine of Gainax’s recent giant robot anime Gurren Lagann. It’s double sided, features a pair of original illustrations of Nia (young and old versions), and clocks in at 150 x 50 cm and 9,000 yen retail (cover only). It’s due out in early January of next year, and should be up for preorder at the usual suspects soon. Pillow illustrations below:

Goods News: new dakimakura pillowcases from Hoshiful, Idolmaster, Nagasarete Airantou

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: as of yesterday character goods shop Cospa has product pages up for three new hug pillowcases – [ERO] Takatsuka Mizuki from Hoshiful, Amami Haruka from Idolmaster Xenoglossia, and Machi from Nagasarete Airantou. All are 150 x 50 cm, double sided, and retail for 9,000 yen (without pillow); Mizuki and Haruka are set for January ’08 release, while Machi is due out this December. They should be available soon via Hobby Search and other Cospa retailers soon. In other dakimakura news, if you missed the chance to pick up the [ERO] Fujino pillowcase at Comiket (from Inu‘s Hatsuinu manga and eroanime) it’s now available for a limited time via mail order. If you’re outside Japan you’ll probably need a proxy service to handle the transaction for you. (no more)

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