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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:

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:

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:

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:

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)

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