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Daiki Kougyou does Kanu Unchou, Vol. 13-style

Daiki Kougyou updated their official site today with a listing for a new figure of Ikkitousen’s Kanu Unchou, based on the cover illustration of the manga’s 13th volume. The sculpt is from Hagii Shunji (Studio Saru Bunshitsu), and the figure is scheduled to retail in December at 1/6 scale (28 cm tall) and 16,591 yen. The kit is castoffable, coming with both a removable robe (carried in the hand) and skirt, as well as a replaceable un-bandaged chest part. Preorders were open at Daiki’s site but have since been temporarily retracted; international preorder listings are expected to appear shortly. Full gallery below:

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:

Xenon maid Ryomou PVC preorder open

Amiami’s evening update yesterday included a listing for Ikkitousen’s Ryomou Shimei (maid ver.), a new figure from rookie maker Xenon. This is their first foray into the PVC market, following their unconventional entry into the figure arena last year with a soft vinyl version of Ryomou; as such it’s hard to estimate final production quality, but for a 1/6 scale figure the price seems on par with other similar releases (7,329 yen retail). She comes with detachable handcuffs, and is scheduled for release on October 24th of this year. Figure images below:

Griffon’s R-Line announces school swimsuit Hakufu

Griffon’s ero figure sub-brand R-Line put up an official page this morning for a Sonsaku Hakufu (school swimsuit ver.) PVC figure from Ikkitousen. If the pose looks familiar that’s because she’s a variant of the earlier released gym uniform version; unlike her predecessor this new version does not appear significantly castoffable, though the school swimsuit does have a certain appeal all its own. She’s scheduled to retail at 6,500 yen in August, at 1/6 scale (closer to 1/7) and 13 cm tall with a sculpt from Yamamoto Masahiro. 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:

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:

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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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:

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:

Figma Kanu Unchou preorder begins

Amiami updated at five o’clock sharp this evening with a preorder listing for Max Factory’s Kanu Unchou Figma action figure from Ikkitousen! As we reported in our Hobby Japan coverage yesterday she’s scheduled for release in July at 2,800 yen retail, 14.5 cm tall (non-scale) with a sculpt from Masaki Apsy / Max Factory. She comes complete with several exchangeable parts, including three sets of faces and hands, her Reienkyo weapon, and “damaged clothing” parts. Figure images below:

SMC Kanu Unchou (armored ver.) preorder open

One of the most anticipated figures to be unveiled at Wonder Festival last February is finally here! Happinet’s online shop Moe Soul updated at midnight last night with a listing for their Happinet/Toy’sworks collaboration brand Sugar Mint Complex Kanu Unchou (armored version) PVC figure from Ikkitousen. She’s scheduled for release in August at 7,329 yen retail, scale unspecified (21 cm tall); castoff status and sculptor information have still not been officially revealed. With her up at Moe Soul preorders at other locations should follow shortly. Figure images below:

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:

Griffon’s catgirl Kanu Unchou PVC preorder open

We speculated on the fate of Griffon’s catgirl Kanu Unchou (nominally from Ikkitousen) back when she was announced in resin just prior to WHF Ariake 18, but I didn’t expect a PVC incarnation to be announced nearly so fast. Griffon updated their official site today with precisely that: a listing complete with preorder for their Kanu Unchou (nekomimi ver.) PVC. She’s due out in August at 1/7 scale (11.5 cm tall), with a sculpt from Akiyama Akio and an 8,925 yen price tag. She’s accompanied by chibi Chouhi and Ryuubi mascots, and her skirt is almost definitely castoffable. Figure images below:

Yamato lists VMF Ryomou Shimei action figure

Figure maker Yamato updated their official site yesterday evening with a listing for their upcoming Ryomou Shimei action figure from Ikkitousen. Part of their new VMF (“Variable Motion Figure”) series, she stands 23 cm tall at 1/7 scale, with 19 points of articulation, two pairs of exchangeable wrist/hand parts and a removable skirt. She’s scheduled to retail in August at 8,190 yen (tax included). The sculptor is not currently credited in Yamato’s listing. With her up at their official site preorders should begin shortly! High resolution image gallery below:

Griffon goes nekomimi Kanu at WHF Ariake 18

I thought Griffon’s WHF Ariake 18 lineup was complete with their listing a few days back, but it seems such musings were premature – last night they unveiled a nekomimi-clad Kanu Unchou resin kit from Ikkitousen that will be making its sales debut at the event. The kit is an unpainted/unassembled resin cast kit with a total of 42 parts, 1/7 scale (11.5 cm tall), with a sculpt from Akiyama Akio (previous work includes this Hakufu cold cast from Griffon’s R-Line brand). The kit includes chibi versions of Chouhi Ekitoku and Ryuubi Gentoku, and it seems clear that the skirt part (at least) is removable. Griffon will be bringing 70 copies of the kit to the event, where it will retail for 8,800 yen; no word of mass production as a finished kit has been announced, but this is one we’ll be keeping a sharp eye out with the hope of seeing a cold cast or PVC version announced soon. Image below:

Taki Corp. does nekomimi mode Ryomou Shimei

Figure maker Taki Corporation, king of the Ikkitousen figure conveyor belt, is at it again – this time with a new catgirl maid rendition of Ryomou Shimei. She’s due out in PVC in June, at full Taki price of 9,240 yen, 25 cm tall (scale unspecified), fully castoffable with a choice of two costumes and matching arm and leg configurations (nekomimi maid, and standard blue French maid). Additional gimmicks include an exhcangeable face part, handcuff accessories, and her maid apron removable to reveal a heart-shaped cutout that exposes her breasts. While they still don’t go to the trouble of crediting their sculptors the face on this one looks decent, and with the few design innovations present this is a somewhat tempting kit despite the poor paint job… images below:

Goods Review: Ikkitousen Limited Treasure Box

When we first reported on this item back in November I was a bit skeptical as to how it would turn out; it seemed like a bunch of expensive knick-knacks worth less than the sum of its parts, little more than an attempt to sucker Ikkitousen fans like myself into parting with our hard-earned cash without providing much in return. After having the chance to peruse my copy in person my opinion has not changed, but as both a sucker and an Ikkitousen fan I have to say I’m happy with the result, and would appreciate being pandered to in a similar fashion by other shows in the future (Sekirei, I’m looking at you). Read on for a textbook primer on how to be swindled in style:

Magazine limited Kanu, Kanokon figure series unveiled

Official site updates for Comic Gum and Comic Alive today provide us with a couple of rare Sunday figure scoops: first is news that the UArt Bladeworx Mogudan Kanu Unchou we’ve been following for the past month or so will be coming in a limited clear pink version exclusively via mail order from Comic Gum. Details such as price and release date don’t appear in this online listing, but they can be assumed to be comparable to her unlimited counterpart.

In other news, Comic Alive has announced a Kanokon heroine figure project that will be rolled out with preorders opening one per issue over the next four months. The first one will be a 1/10 scale version of Chizuru, and is available for preorder in the magazine’s current issue. This is similar to the promotion they ran last year for Zero no Tsukaima, which produced the only Henrietta and Kirche figures I’m aware of to date; here’s hoping this announcement doesn’t similarly doom Kanokon’s cast to figure obscurity. Images of both newly announced items below:

Taki Corp. announces Kanu Unchou (swimsuit ver.)

Online shop Web Omocha posted a listing this evening for yet another PVC incarnation of Ikkitousen‘s Kanu Unchou, a castoffable swimsuit version from infamous maker Taki Corporation. This new figure is a measurable departure from earlier entries in their Kanu lineup, firstly due to the price – a relatively modest 7,140 yen retail. Unlike previous versions she only comes with a single costume and is very slightly smaller roughly the same size at 25 cm tall (no scale specified Amiami’s listing pegs her at 1/7 scale); from the images available it seems the face sculpt may be a significant improvement over former attempts as well, though no sculptor information is specified. She’s set for release in June, so we’ll see then if this is the turning of a new leaf for Taki or merely another page in their sordid history of unfortunate figure creations. Images below:

Taki Corp. announces Ikkitousen nurse trio

Online hobby shop Digitamin put up preorder listings today for three new PVC offerings from figure maker Taki Corporation, all from Ikkitousen and all scheduled for release in late May at 5,040 yen. First is a Kanu Unchou (nurse ver.), who clocks in at 1/9 scale and comes with a set of extra dark-stockinged legs. Second is a Sonsaku Hakufu (nurse ver.), at 1/8 scale and also with an extra set of leg parts (with different color underwear); finally there’s a Ryomou Shimei (nurse ver.), who is 1/8 scale and the front of her blouse is apparently castoffable. Sculptor information for all three figures is currently unavailable. With preorders up at Digitamin they should appear elsewhere shortly; currently available images can be found below: Update: image gallery updated:

U-Art’s “Mogudan Kanu” preorder open

We reported last month on the production of a PVC incarnation of a Mogudan-inspired Kanu Unchou resin kit we first saw at Wonder Festival, and this evening the rumors have solidified with a preorder listing up at Amiami for U-Art’s Ikkitousen Kanu Unchou (normal color Mogudan ver.). The kit will be produced by the U-Art brand, not Beagle as earlier reported; I’m only familiar with the maker in the context of their collaboration on earlier Ikkitousen kits so I’m not sure what to expect in terms of quality. The sculpt is from Satou Hisanori (?) of Daikokuya Koubou, and she’s scheduled for release in June at 1/7 scale (height unlisted) and 7,800 yen retail. Her skirt and blouse are fully castoffable.

My initial thought was that this design was very loosely lifted from Mogudan’s illustration in the official Ikkitousen DD fanbook issued by Toranoana last year, but subsequent perusal of 2chan’s mokeura board turned up a different image that much more closely matched the figure’s pose. It seems I neglected to save it then, but I’ll post it when I manage to track it down again. Figure images below:

Figure Review: Taki Corporation’s Kanu Unchou (China dress / school swimsuit ver.)

I swore off Taki figures shortly after reviewing their first Kanu last fall, yet here we are with a review of the recently released china dress version. Am I an idiot? Maybe (probably, yes), but at least I’ll acknowledge my addiction… Read on for a look at just what a weakness for marginally sexy castoff sculpts will get you:

Orchid’s “Summer Vacation” Kanu preorder opens

Orchid Seed updated their official site today with word that their Kanu Unchou (summer vacation ver.) PVC figure from Ikkitousen is now available for preorder. While Orchid’s official statistics are often somewhat at odds with the facts, she’s officially described as 1/6 scale (17 cm tall) with a sculpt from Ishiyama Satoshi, and is scheduled for release in July at 7,400 yen with a variety of option parts newly revealed in her updated description page: the standard bikini from the original illustration upon which she’s based, a “hot pants” clothing set, and a “race queen” clothing set. With her available for order from Orchid’s official site other preorder listings should follow shortly. Images below:

Figure Review: Ryomou Shimei (Cerberus Project pearl black ver.)

When French Doll’s Ryomou was first announced for PVC conversion last year I was psyched to have the chance to own a classic Cerberus Project kit without going to the trouble of painting it myself. I missed the deadline for the Comic Gum mail order edition though, and was thus even happier to hear that she would be reissued in this alternate “pearl black” color scheme. While I would’ve prefered the original colors, the chance to own a kit like this could not be passed up, so I bit the bullet and put in an order. Was she worth the trouble? You make the call:

Beagle does Mogudan’s Kanu Unchou

I speculated yesterday about the nature of the curvaceous posterior in Moeyo’s teaser coverage of the recently held Miyazawa Mokei dealer’s exhibition, and according to a new Moeyo update today it turns out my suspicion was correct – it does in fact belong to the kit we saw on display at Wonder Festival. Further details from Moeyo’s post reveal that the kit is (very loosely) based on this Mogudan illustration of Kanu Unchou from Toranoana’s official Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny fanbook, and that she’ll be coming as a pre-painted PVC from Beagle in July at 1/8 scale. Sculptor info is not immediately at hand, but we’ll bring it when we get it; I’m a bit nonplussed by the execution here of what could’ve been a truly epic sculpt, but I’m hoping the final product will more closely resemble what we saw at WF than what’s on display in Moeyo’s pictures. Our WF photos reproduced below:

Orchid’s bikini Kanu PVC announced

Following last week’s announcement of a PVC version of the resin Kazami Mizuho debuted by Orchid Seed at Wonder Festival, it comes as no surprise that the similarly presented Kanu Unchou (bikini ver.) from Ikkitousen would be soon to follow. GA Graphic brings the news today that the Ishiyama Satoshi sculpted Kanu will be released in pre-painted PVC form in July at 6,800 yen retail and 1/6 scale (17 cm tall). According to GA Graphic’s scoop a race queen costume will be included along with the swimsuit, virtually guaranteeing her castoffability – we’ll be watching for further news and the official opening of preorders, bound to come soon. (no more)

Kurushima announces cold cast Kanu

The ero-ero garage kit of Ikkitousen‘s Kanu Unchou that Kurushima was selling at Wonder Festival will be coming out in pre-painted cold cast form, according to the maker’s official site as well as preorder listings that began coming online earlier this week. The sculpt is from Kurushima veteran Keiko (慶子), and she’s scheduled to retail in early August at 20,790 yen and 1/6 scale (26 cm tall). Gallery below:

Alter’s Lily Salvatana, Chouun Shiryuu REPRESENT!

From the land of ultimate smoking hotness comes word that Alter’s Lily Salvatana, the third and final figure in their Zoku: Satsuriku no Jango (Tre Donne Crudeli) series, is now online! She’s looking just as magnificent as when we saw her at Wonder Festival, and speaking personally this is the figure I’ve been most anticipating since we first scooped the game almost a year ago. Based on designs from the immortal Niθ and with a sculpt from Tanaka Senu, Lily clocks in at 1/8 scale (22 cm tall) and 7,140 yen, with release set for July of this year. With her up at Alter preorders should be appearing within the next few minutes… pictures and news on Chouun below:

Anime News: Ikkitousen 3rd season announced

The cover of the April 2008 edition of Comic Gum makes the announcement that Ikkitousen will be returning in a third series, entitled “Great Guardians”! Moon Phase Diary brings details regarding the anime staff and cast, which seem nearly identical to that of the second season (Dragon Destiny); the official anime site is scheduled for an update on February 25th to reflect the news, and the series is scheduled to air on TV this summer. April ’08 Comic Gum cover image and inner magazine scoop below:

Figure News: Orchid Seed’s resin Kanu and Mizuho in color

We reported almost a month ago when Orchid Seed updated their official site with images of the two resin kits they would be bringing to sell at Wonder Festival 2008 Winter on February 24th, and yesterday evening they updated the product entries for both their Kanu Unchou (bikini ver.) kit from Ikkitousen and their Kazami Mizuho kit from Onegai Teacher with colored versions of the kits. Both are looking great, I must say – with her Ishiyama Satoshi sculpt the Kanu was perhaps a given (castoff now confirmed!), but it’s nice to see Mizuho looking true to her original design illustration as well. Note that while both kits will only be available in resin form at Wonder Festival, every single figure Orchid has ever sold as an “event exclusive” has eventually come out in PVC. Orchid’s galleries reproduced below: