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Daiki Kougyou launches hug pillow line

The official site of (heretofore exclusively) figure maker Daiki Kougyou was updated today with a listing for an item that breaks new ground for the company: a Kanu Unchou dakimakura cover from Ikkitousen Great Guardians. The case is scheduled to retail in November at 10,500 yen (case only), is sized 160 x 50 cm and features two original illustrations from animator Miyazawa Tsutomu, printed on suede fabric. According to the listing the case is available exclusively via Daiki’s online shop, so international customers may have to use a proxy. Pillow images below:

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:

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:

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:

Great Guardians Kanu Unchou hug pillow

With the new “Great Guardians” season of Ikkitousen coming up this summer, items from the franchise have started switching from season 2’s “Dragon Destiny” subtitle to the new one (Max Factory’s Figma Kanu Unchou was perhaps the first). Another new item announced tonight is nominally under the Great Guardians banner: this Kanu Unchou hug pillow from goods maker Chara-Hai.

The pillow is scheduled to retail on July 25th (preorders close on July 4th), with dimensions of 150 x 50 cm, zipper attached, double-sided with an original illustration on each side. It retails at a variety of prices depending on configuration: the cheapest is 9,450 yen for the smooth-knit fabric version, case only, while two-way tricot is 1,050 more. Fabric explanations and pillow images below:

Tamaki pillow, Chizuru bedsheet preorders open

Word is in this evening on two goods items of interest: first, the Kawazoe Tamaki pillowcase from Bamboo Blade that we scooped back on May 3rd is now available for preorder! It’s due out from Brain Police on July 20th at 150 cm x 55 cm in dimensions and features two original illustrations (kendo uniform and school swimsuit) created for the cover. Retail price is 9,240 yen.

Second, a newly announced item from the Kanokon franchise is this Chizuru bed sheet coming from Chara-Ani. It’s made of polyester suede and is sized 140×210 cm, is single-sided featuring an illustration of Chizuru topless (and mostly bottomless) bent over a desk, and is scheduled to retail in July at 8,400 yen retail. Images of both items below:

Asougi Rin, Yatsuhiro Nanaka hug pillows

Online shop Getchu updated this evening with preorder listings for two new hug pillowcases from goods maker Matching World / Machi Chara: Asougi Rin from Mnemosyne, and Yatsuhiro Nanaka from Myself; Yourself. Both pillowcases are double-sided and feature original character illustrations, are 150 x 50 cm in size and printed on “smooth knit” cotton/spandex blend fabric, with zipper fasteners attached. They both retail at 10,500 yen (case only) and are scheduled for release on June 27th. Images below:

Bamboo Blade Tamaki, Kanokon Chizuru hug pillows

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Center: Listings went online yesterday for a pair of dakimakura hug pillowcases from two recently popular anime franchises. First is the Brain Police announcement of a Kawazoe Tamaki pillowcase from Bamboo Blade. The case is 150 cm x 55 cm in dimensions and features two original illustrations (kendo uniform and school swimsuit) created for the cover. It’s expected to retail in mid-July at 9,240 yen (case only), with preorders opening in early May. The second dakimakura announcement is of Kanokon‘s Minamoto Chizuru, with a case coming from Chara High. It’s expected for release on June 25th at 10,500 yen (case only; preorder by June 5th for 1,000 yen off) and is available for preorder now. Pillowcase dimensions are 150 x 50 cm, featuring two original illustrations of Chizuru in various states of undress. Neither item is expected to appear via standard international retail channels, so it seems that proxy buying may be the only option for those outside Japan. Pillow images below:

New hug pillows from Machi Chara

Character goods maker Machi Chara updated their official site yesterday with preorder listings for three new dakimakura pillowcases from two anime franchises: Fel from Prism Ark, and Akabane Kureha and Himuro Akari from Night Wizard. All three items are scheduled for release on May 30th at 10,500 yen (case only), with standard dimensions of 150 cm x 50 cm. Because Machi Chara distributes their items wholesale, listings for all three should begin to appear shortly at other online retail outlets including Hobby Search. Pillow images below:

[ERO] Goods News: Tony-illustrated C73 dakimakura gets mail order release from Toranoana

In a reprise of past events, Toranoana will once again be carrying the Taka Tony-designed hug pillow that he released at Comiket 73. It features a unique (to my knowlege) four-character design layout, two per side, with all original art from the famous doujin artist and designer of Shining Wind, Shining Tears, and several Ciel games. Preorders for the pillowcase will be open from January 25th through February 11th, with the item scheduled to ship in mid-March; it’s 160 x 45 cm in size and retails at 6,300 yen (case only), a good deal cheaper than many similar items, though those looking to purchase from outside Japan will need to use a proxy. Dakimakura images below:

Goods News: Ikkitousen’s Sonsaku Hakufu dakimakura coming from Chara Hai

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: recently established character goods shop Chara Hai put up a listing yesterday for a Sonsaku Hakufu hug pillow cover from Ikkitousen. The pillow is up for preorder through February 15th with release expected on March 15th, at a 9,450 yen preorder price point (case only). It weighs in at 150 x 50 cm, with original art on both sides;
not much is known about Chara Hai at this point so it’s hard to say whether international retailers will be able to stock this item, but given that the shop seems to otherwise stock items exclusively from Machi Chara it seems there may be an arrangement between the two that might allow for the use of similar distribution channels. 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: Doujin Work Tsuyuri, Sora dakimakura coming from Machi Chara

Word is in from Comptiq, Dengeki, and the official Machi Chara website tonight that two of the heroines of anime and manga Doujin Work are headed for hug pillowization! Tsururi and Sora both feature double sided original illustrations at 150 x 50 cm and 10,500 yen retail (case only), and are set for release on February 29th. As with other Machi Chara (Matching World) items these will be available internationally via Hobby Search and other retailers within the next few days. 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: School Days’ Kotonoha and Sekai, Prism Ark’s Sister Hell dakimakura coming from Machi Chara

Character goods maker Machi Chara updated their official site last night with the news of three new hug pillows coming in their production lineup: first are the ever-popular Sekai and Kotonoha-sama from School Days, both of whom will go on sale January 31st with double-sided original illustrations, 150 x 50 cm and a retail price of 10,500 yen (pillowcase only). Prism Ark‘s Sister Hell dakimakura has similar specifications, with release scheduled for February 29th (oh hay, next year is a leap year isn’t it). Like all other Machi Chara pillows these three should be available for preorder internationally at Hobby Search, and I’m guessing J-List may stock them as well. Pillow images below:

[ERO] Goods Review: Toranoana’s Purichichi “enhanced chest” dakimakura #01 Shiratori Amane

Ever since she was first announced at the tail end of May I’ve been following Toranoana’s maiden voyage into the world of augmented hug pillows with an all-consuming curiosity that is certainly not the mark of a completely sound mind. We tracked her from the introduction of her first color sample through her preorder, to her sale date and shipment, and ultimately to her final destination on my doorstep this evening. Read on for the details of an item that marks a milepost in the development of Japan’s maniac 2D culture!

Goods News: Hatsune Miku dakimakura up for preorder

No one can resist the temptation to make a quick buck off of virtual idol sensation Hatsune Miku these days, and goods maker Frontier Works is the latest to jump on the pile with the announcement of their Hatsune Miku hug pillow cover now up for preorder from Animate’s online shop. She’s scheduled for release in mid-January at 10,000 yen (case only) and the rather large size of 170 x 60 cm, with both sides featuring original illustrations by Miku character designer KEI. Not a particularly ero item, but given Miku’s cult status these days I’m guessing this will sell like hotcakes… Animate’s shop does not accept international orders, so a proxy service is likely your best option should you wish to procure her. Cover images 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:

[ERO] Goods News: Muv Luv’s Mitsurugi Meiya dakimakura coming from Chara-Ani

Word came in last night via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute that Chara-Ani is producing a hug pillow featuring popular Muv Luv heroine Mitsurugi Meiya. The pillow (both case and pillow included) is scheduled for release on December 16th (Meiya’s birthday!) at 15,000 yen, with dimensions 160 x 50 cm, and featuring original illustrations from Muv Luv character designer Bou. Preorders are open through next March, but to get in on the first batch orders should be placed by November 11th. Pillow cover image 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)

[ERO] Goods News: voice-equipped dakimakura hug pillow up for preorder from Toranoana

From today (October 5th) Toranoana has preorders open for an [ERO] voice-equipped Amami Karin hug pillow from FlyingShine’s Kurai Mirai 4. The pillow features the voice of Kanzaki Kanari (Erogamescape) (Wikipedia) as the game’s heroine, with four different pre-recorded sound clips in a detachable voice box inserted in the case; the case itself is double-sided, 145 cm x 45 cm, and retails at 9,240 yen (case only). Preorders are open through the 14th of this month, with the item expected to ship in mid to late November. Pictures and sample voice clips below:

Goods News: Shining Wind, Shining Force EXA hug pillows coming from Machi Chara

Shining Wind‘s Xecty Ein and Cyrille from Shining Force EXA are to recieve hug pillows featuring their illustrations, according to the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute. Xecty is 140 x 60 cm while Cyrille is 140 x 45 cm, both are double-sided and expected to retail on November 30th at 10,500 yen. Preorders open at Machi Chara on October 11th, and will probably appear at Hobby Search and other locations shortly thereafter. Most of the illustrations here seem recycled and not particularly fit for pillow use, though the reverse side of Cyrille’s offering certainly has some redeeming qualities… Pictures below:

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