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Mainichi Junk: May 26th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for additional figure news and miscellany. If you are an artist who admires the work of Mogudan, see the bottom of this post for a message that may pertain to you:

Aoshima’s Kuuchuu Yousai Shinobu-chan preorder (updated)

Online shop Rakuten Be-J posted a listing over the noon hour today for a limited edition version of Aoshima‘s Funny Knights Masterpiece of Kuuchuu Yousai Ninja no Shinobu-chan that we first scooped following the recent Shizuoka Hobby Show. Details and images below: Update: further info from Amiami’s listing below:

Mainichi Junk: May 24th-25th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for a roundup of totally awesome figure and ero news, including more from Hobby Japan (squishy Xecty!), updates on Daiki figures, Volks’s Haruka, Eye Up and others, Pixy’s eroanime release schedule, and a look at the big game releases coming next weekend:

Daiki’s Bakuten Sei, Asu no Yoichi Ibuki preorders open

Amiami’s evening update tonight included a couple of figures we’ve reported on here in past weeks: Daiki Kougyou’s Sei PVC bust from Bakuretsu Tenshi and Movic’s Hankyuu Ibuki from Asu no Yoichi!. Tackling Ibuki first: we reported on her preorder listing at Movic back on May 13th, and it wouldn’t bear repeating here but for the revelation of a surprise upper castoff (images below). As previously reported her sculpt is from Saitou Heel and she’s set for release in August at…. Movic says 1/8 scale and 19 cm, Amiami says 1/7 scale and 21 cm. Both report a retail price of 5,880 yen.

Daiki’s Sei bust was also the subject of earlier reporting when her official page went online, and details on this release have changed as well. The sculpt is still credited to Shiragami Takayuki (Yukishiro) and she’s still scheduled for release in October at 28 cm tall; the retail price however has been lowered from the initially reported 11,550 yen to 9,975 yen. That doesn’t happen too often… Pictures of both figures can be found below:

Ikkitousen news roundup

Monthly Comic Gum magazine is the home of the Ikkitousen manga, and yesterday its official site updated with a mountain of news covering virtually all aspects of the franchise – the upcoming Great Guardians anime, a new PSP game, and a crazy awesome new figure concept. Details below:

Griffon’s Uesugi Kenshin preorder open (updated)

Griffon’s epic Uesugi Kenshin kit from Sengoku Rance that got me all hot and bothered when she was first revealed at WHF Ariake 18 is as of Amiami’s evening update today available for preorder! She’s scheduled for release from Griffon’s ecchi R-Line brand in August, at 1/7 scale (31 cm tall), castoffable, in completed PVC form, with a sculpt from Ikeda Ryouichi. Along with the August release date the big news in tonight’s listing is the price: 10,290 yen retail. This is about what I was expecting, and well worth paying for the glorious bounty at hand: Update: color images now online and reproduced below:

May 23rd eroge download release roundup

We complete our roundup of the weekend’s eroge releases with a look at games made available today for purchase via download. The majority are newly released budget titles, though a few full price games that now appear for the first time via download at reduced prices (the Sei Shoujo-designed Cleavage and Mink’s Nymphomania) are included as well. A total of nine new titles are profiled below:

May 23rd eroge package release roundup

This weekend brings us a swell in eroge releases approaching the explosion coming next week on the 30th, so I’ve divided this post in half based on whether the titles were released via download or not. This post presents the eight new titles not released via download, and is split down the middle with four sequels/fan discs (including Chrono Belt, the Bullet Butlers/Ayakashibito sequel) and four brand new titles, including Yuzu Soft’s Natsuzora Kanata and Blue Gale spinoff brand LAPIS BLUe.’s maiden release, the horror-themed Bifronte. Read on for details:

Black hair Chichinoe+ reissue announced

Figure maker Orchid Seed updated their official site today with a listing for a black hair version reissue of their Chichinoe+ figure. Her specifications are identical to the original blond version released last year, with a sculpt from Ishiyama Satoshi, 1/6 scale (actually closer to 1/8 at 21 cm long), 6,800 yen retail, with release planned for August (expected in January or February of next year). The design is from the cover of Inoue Takuya’s Chichinoe+ artbook; further details are available at our review of the original release. Images below:

Limited edition Shizuka now in stock

Otherwise only available via mail order from Hobby Japan magazine, Alpha Omega’s Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Blade Shizuka (limited edition) is now in stock at Play-Asia. This is likely one of the few opportunities to obtain the figure without paying obscene markups at auction, so those interested who weren’t able to place preorders earlier have another chance now. She’s likely only available in very limited quantity, so quick action is advised if you don’t want to miss out.

Our review of the regular edition Shizuka can be found here. (no more)

Mainichi Junk: May 21st, 2008

Today’s Update

Below you will find a post with several bits of figure news (from a new Petit Nendoroid Haruhi to an official site for Volks’s PVC lineup), and a couple bits of ero news (Crowd’s XCA2 is going to be way longer than expected):

Mainichi Junk: May 20th, 2008

Today’s Updates

More news of interest below, including the latest word on Volks’s Rance figure project, an official blog for Macross F’s Ranka Lee, a new gender-swapping eroge from TinkerBell, and more:

Eromanga Toshokan vol. 011: B-Chiku

Our Eromanga Toshokan review series returns with a look at the latest offering from veteran mangaka DISTANCE, who according to his Mangaoh product search has been in the business for at least ten years now. As I’ve seen his books come out over the years I’ve typically picked them up, thumbed through them with serious consideration, and ultimately put them back down unpurchased; this is the first to make it into my collection, for reasons I hope will become clear below. Note: this is a hardcore [ERO] book. If you’re under 18 or not interested in hardcore content this post is not for you.

Mainichi Junk: May 17th, 2008

Today’s Updates

Bit of a light news day today, so just some recommendations below if you’d like to support the site – including a run down of many of the figures we’ve reviewed recently that are still available for sale, as well as the pick of today’s batch of DLsite items:

Mogudan to release new Ayanami doujinshi

Master illustrator and character designer of questionably proportioned heroines Mogudan is at it again! Having not produced a new doujinshi under his own name since Ayanami Dai Ikkai in the summer of 2006 it was thought that he may have vacated the scene entirely, but a homepage update today brings the news that after almost two years he’s back with another installment of his increasingly fantastically depicted Ayanami Rei series: Omake Hon Soushuuhen Sono 1. The book contains a compilation of work previously released as event-limited extras or in other limited edition formats, revised and edited from the original rough material, as well as several pages of all new original work. The total page count is unknown, but the book is scheduled for release on May 27th so we’ll look for more comprehensive information to appear in preorder listings soon.

As with similar doujin items this book will likely only be available internationally via proxy. Thanks to Faust for the tipoff on this! (no more)

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Mainichi Junk: May 16th, 2008

Today’s Updates

It seems Moon Phase found some time this evening to make a short update, which yielded some great news you’ll find below along some other random items scavenged from the depths:

May 16th eroge release roundup

A light showing on the eroge front this weekend after last week’s complete lack of releases. The four games on the table today are all budget titles, with heroines ranging from kimono-clad katana wielding girls to housewives in bondage, to android maids and futanari cheerleaders – a surprisingly broad range for just four titles, and we’ve got the details below:

Figure Review: Food Girls Strawberry-chan

What are girls made of? If you said “sugar and spice and everything nice”, you wouldn’t be far off. If you said “food”, you’d be closer still. If you said “polyvinyl chloride, paint, artificial strawberry fragrance, and carcinogens”, you’d be talking about Cafe Reo’s Strawberry-chan, the first figure to be released based on designs from Okama’s Food Girls artbook and the first I’m aware of to use scent as a gimmick. Who could pass up a figure with such curious credentials? Certainly not me, resulting in the review you’re about to see:

Tonko follows Menma to the Taki chopping block

Amiami’s evening update today included a preorder listing for a Cutey Tonko PVC figure from Ramen Tenshi Pretty Menma, the fictional eroge created to inhabit the second season of the Genshiken anime. She’s due out in late June at 23 cm tall (no scale specified, presumably 1/7) and 9,240 yen retail; as is usual for Taki no sculptor is specified either. From the gallery provided it seems she’s a full castoff. Tonko is one of the angels vying for the protagonist’s affections in Pretty Menma, and this listing follow’s Taki’s earlier announcement of Menma herself, also scheduled for June release. Gallery below:

Mainichi Junk: May 14th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for several other bits of news that didn’t quite make post status, including the Sekirei anime cast list, an eromanga to watch out for, and a figure that may have you washing your eyes out with soap:

The story behind Himajin’s disappearance

June 30th, 2007 was a black day for eroanime fans, the day that studio Himajin closed its doors forever… or was it? When brands Amour and Suzuki Mirano appeared it seemed that the collapse of Himajin was short-lived, and that its reincarnated forms would carry on development of old Himajin properties uninterrupted. The actual story is a bit more complex, and required some digging around in Japanese Wikipedia to unearth; read on for a look at the tangled web of brand shuffling that led to the current state of affairs in one corner of the eroanime industry:

Figure Review: UArt’s Cerberus Project Kanu Unchou

This French Doll (Cerberus Project) Kanu figure has a long history, starting life as a resin kit before moving last year to mail order limited PVC release and finally to full distribution in this alternate black and white color scheme. Like the Pearl Black Ryomou before her this kit is a glimpse back in time at French Doll’s craft before he fully matured as a sculptor, but nonetheless has so many charm points that I couldn’t pass her up – not to mention being the only castoffable entry in the Cerberus Ikkitousen lineup thus far. Read on for a look at how UArt managed with their latest PVC conversion:

Resinya’s Louise castoff revealed

Moeyo! Akibajin Blog posted a review of Resinya’s camisole-clad Louise from Zero no Tsukaima today, and along with it the surprising revelation that she is castoffable (albeit unofficially so). According to Moeyo’s documentation the castoff procedure isn’t exactly easy, but her dress is removable without irreparable damage; the censorship in the post makes it impossible to tell for sure, but he says that her upper half (while contoured) is not painted to indicate deliberate castoff readiness. The figure was originally released in late April at 6,980 yen with a sculpt from Kazuki and is now available through standard distribution channels such as Play-Asia. (no more)

Miyabiya’s Bible Black Minase Yukiko preorder open (updated)

Online shop Web Omocha brings the surprise announcement this evening that the next figure in rookie maker Miyabiya‘s lineup will be Bible Black‘s Minase Yukiko. Like Imari Kurumi and Takashiro-sensei before her she’s sculpted by Souden Sonamae, and is scheduled for release in September at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 5,670 yen retail. Her halter top and skirt are both castoffable. Update: full image gallery below:

Mainichi Junk: May 12th, 2008

Today’s Updates

See below for a quick look at last weekend’s Futaket, as well as other assorted hijinks: