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Goods News: Ikkitousen ero-ero Kanu Unchou and Ryomou Shimei hug pillows up for preorder

Via the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute: character goods shop Machi Chara put preorder listings up yesterday for a pair of ero-ero hug pillows featuring two heroines from Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny: Kanu Unchou and Ryomou Shimei. They’re both double-sided, 140 cm x 60 cm and scheduled to retail on October 26th at 10,500 each (pillowcase only). For those looking to purchase internationally, Hobby Search carries Machi Chara goods and should have listings up shortly. :3 Pictures below:

[ERO] Goods News: world’s first “chest enhanced” Purichichi dakimakura hug pillow up for preorder

Back on May 30th history was made with the announcement of production plans for the world’s first* contoured hug pillow. The maiden release of Toranoana’s “Purichichi” pillow line features an original illustration by Sano Toshihide of Shiratori Amane, heroine of the recently released G.J? eroge Anata no Shiranai Kangofu, and as such I’ve had more than a journalistic stake in following this particular item. After refreshing Toranoana’s mail order page nearly every day for the past few weeks since the news broke that it was set for sale in September, last night the vigil finally paid off: she’s now listed at both Toranoana and Amiami. Whether any shops that ship internationally will carry the item is unknown; I think it’s possible that Hobby Search might, we’ll keep you posted. According to the latest information from the Tora product listing she’s expected to street in early November, at a whopping 170 cm in length and a price point of 9,450 yen (without pillow). The raging Sano fanboy within me is quite sated by this development, but I can’t help being a bit curious as to what they have planned for the second installment… (no more)

Goods News: Queen’s Blade new characters unveiled, Nanael dakimakura + drama CD up for preorder

Hobby Stock beat the official Queen’s Blade site to the scoop today, presenting preorders for a pair of new October-release QB books: Claudette, the oldest sister in the family of Hisayuki Hirokazu (Wikipedia) designed characters also containing Reina and Erina, and Merona, an F.S designed ooze creature who looks like a bunny girl but the official character page emphatically states isn’t. In other news, the official site updated today with word that Nanael is to grace the cover of an [ERO] hug pillow, notable for its ability to be customized like a kisekae doll to your choice of costume (front side only) which they will custom print for you based on your specifications (you don’t change actual clothing on the pillow). Preorders for the 120 x 50 cm, 15,000 yen pillow are now open and shipping is expected in December; a proxy service will likely have to be deployed for those desirous of the item as it’s only available to be shipped inside Japan. Pictures below:

Goods News: Zero no Tsukaima Louise (ver. 2) dakimakura coming from Chara-Ani

The Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute reports that anime goods maker and online shop Chara-Ani put up a listing yesterday for a new hug pillow (case only) depicting the feisty heroine of Zero no Tsukaima, Louise. It’s available for preorder from now through November 30th (which may be a typo as the sales date is listed as November 23rd) and retails for 8,000 yen, a nice price for a double-sided pillowcase of standard 150×50 cm dimensions. Good news for the Louise fans indeed. Pictures below:

Goods News: charting the dakimakura boom

The Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute updated yesterday with a retrospective look at hug pillow presence over the past several Comic Markets, from 66 through the recently concluded C72, complete with graph (the pink line is industry presence, the blue is doujin circle presence). The graph measures the number of discreet units for sale, not the volume sold. According to site maintainer Okayama Ken the near doubling in industry presence is indicative of a rise in entrepreneurial zeal but not a corresponding rise in the quality of goods – in other words there’s a rush to cash in on what many are seeing as easy money, so buyer beware. Still, going by the numbers it’s a good time to be a fan of 2D girls on body-length pillowcases. (no more)

[ERO] Goods News: latest developments in the creatively contoured hug pillow scene (oppai! oppai!)

Two significant developments today in the saga of the world’s first “Purichichi” contoured hug pillow (earlier reports here and here): first, Hobby Channel scoops the finished product with additional release information and production details. The pillowcase is scheduled to retail from Toranoana in September at 9,450 yen (or 15,750 yen in a set with accompanying pillow), and is a whopping 60×170 cm in size – significantly larger than the average 50 x 150 cm dakimakura pillowcase. The price for the pillowcase alone is surprisingly reasonable (when compared to similar items), though it does only have a single illustration; on the other hand 6,300 yen for a pillow seems like a huge ripoff, though that may be due to the non-standard size… The second related scoop comes from eroge maker G.J? and illustrator Sano Toshihide, who’s character art adorns said pillowcase: the official Anata no Shiranai Kangofu page was updated yesterday with several bits of new material, including a site-exclusive decent resolution shot of the pillowcase cover featuring the game’s heroine, Shiratori Amane. The lack of a preorder listing on the Toranoana mail order site is giving me the jitters; I’m worried that I’ll blink and miss it and it’ll be lost to the wilds of overpriced Yahoo auctions for ever. Needless to say we’ll be providing further updates on this as they appear. (no more)

[ERO] Goods News: Goodsmile enters the hug pillow arena

News in from Goodsmile’s Chara Hobby event listing today that they’ll be offering an Amaizumimoriamekoyorino Mikoto (say that three times fast) [ERO] hug pillow for preorder at the event. She’s one of the heroines of rookie eroge maker Clochette‘s upcoming maiden release Kamipani!, and typically goes by the much shorter nickname Koyori; while I don’t see much of note in their choice of subjects it’s interesting to see Goodsmile branching further out into the non-figure goods arena, and we’ll be keeping an eye on any similar future developments. Pillow pictures below:

Bishoujo Goods News: Doki Doki Majo Shinpan Akai Maho breast mousepad, hug pillow to be released

While Nintendo is famously recalcitrant when it comes to adult content on their consoles, apparently they have no qualms when it comes to suspicious goods based off Doki Doki Majo Shinpan, the (in)famous “witch touching game” recently released for the DS. This was made apparent a few weeks ago with the announcement from Toys Planning of a breast mousepad adorned by Dokimajo heroine Akai Maho (Moeyo scoop here), and today the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute brings word that Exhaust will be releasing an Akai Maho hug pillow on October 4th (with advance sales at the Tokyo Game Show in late September). One wonders whether this is a Nintendo double standard, or a step toward catering to a more “mature” audience… (no more)

[ERO] Goods News: Toranoana, G.J? announce “oppai dakimakura”

A Toranoana representative posted a column today at Akiba Blog detailing the production of what they’re calling “Purichichi“: a line of dakimakura (hug pillows) with fully contoured bosoms attached to the front. My amusement at the upgrade of the regular dakimakura’s already considerable “oh, Japan” potential changed to an entirely different emotion as I scrolled down to see the in-progress design for the first pillow – a magnificent illustration of Shiratori Amane from the pen of Sano Toshihide and his next G.J? game, Anata no Shiranai Kangofu. Little is known about the project at this point, though the first pillow is scheduled for release this summer synchronous with that of the game; we’ll be keeping a close eye on this as it develops. This news was just the shot in the arm my rabid Sano fandom needed to finish work on the next creator spotlight… Picture of the full [ERO, NWS] preliminary pillow design below: