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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:

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:

Medio enters the dakimakura business

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Center: Based on user feedback solicited last September, online otaku goods shop Medio yesterday announced the first in what is to be a series of original dakimakura hug pillowcases from the brand: Ryouko-san no Moe Moe Haa Haa Dakimakura Cover. The case features original illustrations from Atelier Kaguya character designer Choco Chip of the popular Shirakawa Ryouko, who appeared in both the Anejiru and Nurse ni Omakase eroge. The pillowcase is double-sided, 160 x 50 cm in size, and is available for preorder now at 12,000 or 11,000 yen retail (depending on the fabric type desired). Release is expected on June 27th. Case 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:

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:

Character goods news roundup

A rundown of 2D character news from the various corners of the ‘net as collected over the past week, including the world’s first lactating hug pillow (real milk not included), a Kotonoha contoured breast mousepad from School Days with an expression on her face that will drive you to drink, a “photo book” featuring Gurren Lagann’s Yoko, pictures of the Kousaka Tamaki mousepad coming with Dengeki G’s Festival Deluxe vol. 2, the March hug pillow lineup from Machi Chara (features Clannad and Touka Gettan), and a set of simulated bubble wrap toys that intersperse popping sounds with moe character voices provided by Kugimiya Rie.

Goods News: Dengeki G’s Festival Deluxe vol. 2 comes with TH2 pillowcase, contoured mousepad

According to the product entry recently created for it at Mangaoh, Dengeki G’s Festival Deluxe vol. 2 will come with some awesome extras: first is a Kouno Harumi dakimakura cover, one of the heroines of To Heart 2: Another Days. It’s single-sided, features an original illustration, and is 50 x 155 cm in size. Second is a Kousaka Tamaki “contoured breast” (oppai) mousepad, featuring another original illustration; and finally a Yamada Michiru / Yoshioka Chie cellphone cleaner and strap. All this (along with the magazine itself) comes at a mere 3,500 yen, to be released on February 21st – this is sure to be a highly prized item, so order while you can! Mangaoh accepts international orders, and it should be listed at Amazon.co.jp soon as well. 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: 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:

Mainichi Junk: C73 roundup, anime news, etc.

It’s a general roundup of news from the past few days in another installment of the increasingly inaccurately named Mainichi Junk! We’ve got stuff from all corners of the otakuverse today, starting with a heaping helping of Comic Market 73 (the latest on Momoi’s AX DVD, Keumaya’s new doujin figure project, and hug pillows galore), new moves on the anime scene (trailers for Mnemosyne, Code Geass season 2, and Kite Liberator), eroanime news (featuring a new Pixy title in the “valkyrie vs. orc” genre), a few bits of figure gossip (Orchid’s Erika shipping for reals, Donne Anonime too, and Shuraki mangafication) and a new MOSAIC.WAV eroge movie that is certainly worth your viewing time.

Goods News: Sky Girls dakimakura coming from Machi Chara

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: Word is in from character goods shop Machi Chara that they are producing a pair of hug pillows based on characters from the Sky Girls anime: Sakurano Otoha and Ichijou Eika. Original designs are from Shimada Fumikane, though the pillow artwork is not (possibly from anime character designer Iwakura Kazunori?). Both pillows are double-sided, zipper equipped and made from standard “smooth knit” polyester, and are scheduled for release on January 31st, 2008 at 150 x 50 cm and 10,500 yen retail (pillowcase only). Machi Chara pillows are stocked by several international retailers including Hobby Search, and these should be up for preorder soon; 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: 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: weekend hug pillow roundup

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute and my own random surfing: several dakimakura items of interest came to light over the weekend, the first of which is a pillowcase from goods maker Axia featuring Maaryan-sempai from To Heart 2 XRATED. The case sports two original illustrations from artist Urotan and clocks in at 160 x 50 cm, scheduled to retail in late December at 10,500 yen (telephone card included). Next, word is in from Chara@ that they have two eroge-based pillowcases in the works: one featuring the tragically recalled Atu Works game Oaruji no Tame ni Kane wa Naru and original artwork by Amakawa Akito (sample here); the other from Black Rainbow’s [ERO] Saiminjutsu 2 featuring Sakurai Sawa and original art from Yoshino Keiko. Both cases are double-sided and will retail in late December at 150 x 50 cm and 12,000 yen. Finally, Toranoana has listings up for a pair of mechamusume-themed pillowcases from the pages of MC Akushizu vol. 4‘s “do you like aircraft carrier sisters?” series: the Makishima Azusa illustrated Kuubo Ootori and the Usami Haruka illustrated Kuubo Akagi. Both are 150 x 55 cm, double sided and scheduled for release at 7,140 yen in January; Tora preorders close on 11/16 for Akagi and 11/23 for Ootori. Pictures below:

Goods News: Machi Chara presents Utawarerumono and To Heart 2 “mini-makura” hug pillows

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: Goods maker Machi Chara updated yesterday with the newest installments in its hug pillow line, four entries in a new format they’re calling “mini mini makura”. All are 40 x 12 cm in size, come with pillow stuffing built in, and are set to retail on December 28th at 2,415 yen. The four items in the mini makura lineup are Eruru and Aruru from Utawarerumono, and Konomi and Tama-nee from the To Heart 2 OVA. Pictures 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 Review: Ikkitousen’s Kanu Unchou and Ryomou Shimei dakimakura covers from Machi Chara

Entering a bit of new territory for HD this evening we take our first plunge into the world of hug pillow reviews! Tonight we take a look at the recently released Ryomou Shimei and Kanu Unchou offerings from Machi Chara, and I must say they’re quite well done. Being new to the pillow review thing this is a rather experimental post, though hopefully it will be of some use if you’re contemplating a purchase; those turned off by the concept of a body-length pillow with scantily clad 2D girls printed on it will probably not want to read past this point.

[ERO] Game News: Sengoku Rance recieves two manga adaptations, Uesugi Kenshin hug pillow cover (updated)

Via Moon Phase Diary, the Integrated Dakimakura Research Institute, and the G’s Magazine official blog: Great news for the [ERO] Sengoku Rance fans! Not only is the game still rated over Fate as most recommended eroge by readers of Tech Gian, word is in from the latest issue of Dragon Age Pure that starting with its next issue (on sale December 20th) a Sengoku Rance comic will be serialized within, penned by none other than up and coming (ero)mangaka Sameda Koban. For those who can’t wait two months for their Sengoku manga fix, the first volume of Dengeki G’s Festival! COMIC will include not only an ero-ero Uesugi Kenshin dakimakura cover but also the beginning of a serialized Rance manga by Naruse Hirofumi. The latter is due out on November 26th, but as of posting I can’t find anywhere that has it up for preorder… We’ll be keeping a close watch on this one. Update follows:

Goods News: more from Dream Party

Moeyo! Akibajin Blog has posted a rundown of the action at yesterday’s Dream Party, and there are some tantalizing bits indeed. We see here what may be an entirely new figure brand dubbed “First Class”, which will launch with three figures: one from Yuria Hyaku-shiki, and two from Hitoyume. Given the [ERO] sources odds are good that they’ll be at least partially castoff. We also get the aforementioned taste of Resinya’s lineup, a first look at the Ikkitousen hug pillows coming from Machi Chara, and a glimpse of Solid Theater’s offerings from Yotsunoha and ef. Ahh, I want this poster… (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:

Goods News: Moetan Nijihara Ink hug pillow up for preorder

The listing has been up for a few days now, but I was just reminded of it this morning by the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: character goods shop Chara-Ani has posted a preorder listing for a Nijihara Ink hug pillow based on the heroine of the Moetan English phrasebooks and anime. The pillow features an original illustration by POP, is double-sided with dimensions 140 x 50 cm, and retails at 10,500 yen (pillowcase only); the Chara-Ani preorder is open through September 17th. It was originally produced by Cosmode as part of their Comiket 72 goods set, and as such it seems unlikely to be made available at any shops selling internationally; a proxy service will probably be your best bet if you’re looking to purchase. Picture below: