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Griffon’s Uesugi Kenshin preorder open (updated)

Griffon’s epic Uesugi Kenshin kit from Sengoku Rance that got me all hot and bothered when she was first revealed at WHF Ariake 18 is as of Amiami’s evening update today available for preorder! She’s scheduled for release from Griffon’s ecchi R-Line brand in August, at 1/7 scale (31 cm tall), castoffable, in completed PVC form, with a sculpt from Ikeda Ryouichi. Along with the August release date the big news in tonight’s listing is the price: 10,290 yen retail. This is about what I was expecting, and well worth paying for the glorious bounty at hand: Update: color images now online and reproduced below:

WHF Ariake 18: Industry News

In the interests of me getting some sleep tonight I’m going to confine this post to actual news, and leave images of already announced figures for a subsequent update. There wasn’t a huge amount of industry movement at the event, but the tidbits that came out are noteworthy nonetheless:

Volks x Alice Soft figure project update

A couple of news items from the Volks x Alice Soft figure collaboration project to report today: first is word that the votes from the Rance figure selection poll have finally been tallied! And the winner is… drumrolldrumrolldrumrollMasou Shizuka, from Rance VI! Receiving 5231 of the 43,747 votes cast, she narrowly beat out Rance Nazo no Shoujo to be selected as the first PVC figure in Volks’s upcoming Rance series. We’ll keep an eye out for a prototype to appear within the next few months.

In other, considerably gloomier news, HD reader Baldulf came across this scan yesterday that provides additional information on the release of Volks’s Choukou Sennin Haruka (Beat Blades Haruka) PVCs. Both Haruka and Narika are due out at 1/7 scale and 6,500 yen retail, with sculpts from Chorosuke; Haruka is set for release in June, with Narika coming in July. The unfortunate conclusion to this is that both figures will be available exclusively through Volks’s retail stores, mail order and online shop – meaning it’s proxy time for anyone outside Japan with their eye on these figures. We can bet the same will be true for the Rance project as well… Damn it Volks, when will you wake up to the reality of the international marketplace? (no more)

Kotobukiya’s Suzume, Kamikita Komari preorders open

Kotobukiya updated its official site earlier today with listings for two new figures that we initially reported on last month: Suzume from Alice Soft eroge Sengoku Rance, and Kamikita Komari from Key’s Little Busters!. Suzume is scheduled for release in July at 1/8 scale (17 cm tall) and 5,775 yen, with a sculpt from Kajio Munetoshi. Knowing Kotobukiya’s track record it’s likely she’s not meant to be cast off, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for further sample images. Kamikita Komari is also due out in July at 5,775 yen and 1/8 scale (10 cm tall), with a sculpt from Takaku & Takeshi. She comes with an exchangeable twinkly-eyed face part, and heat sensitive color changing panties (according to the product description, no visual evidence yet). Images below:

Figure News: Kotobukiya’s April ’08 lineup unveiled, includes Sengoku Rance, Clannad, To Heart 2, DOAX2, Shining Wind (updated)

Kotobukiya updated their official site this afternoon with four five new PVC figures scheduled for release in April of next year! First up is Uesugi Kenshin, one of the main heroines of Alice Soft’s 2006 eroge epic Sengoku Rance (figure originally covered here). She’s due out at 1/8 scale and 7,140 yen retail. Next up is the newest installment in the Venus on the Beach series from DOAX2, Tina. She’s due out at 1/6 scale and 9,240 yen, and like her predecessors sports two different clothing configurations. A limited edition color version is coming from Tecmo. Finally we have a maid version Komaki Manaka from To Heart 2 Another Days and Ichinose Kotomi from Clannad, both due out at 1/8 scale (Manaka at 6,090 yen and Kotomi at 5,040 yen). I’m tempted by the Kenshin, but that face sculpt doesn’t really do her justice… if only Volks would put out some of their stuff in PVC. ;__; Update: Kotobukiya’s April schedule also includes their version of Shining Wind‘s Kureha, now up for preorder at Amiami along with their other April offerings. She’s due out at 1/8 scale and 6,090 yen retail. (no more)

Figure News: Dengeki 15th Anniversary figure fallout

Publishing company Mediaworks (parent of the Dengeki magazine lines) is holding a festival to mark the brand’s 15th anniversary this weekend at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, and several figure makers were there to hawk their wares and unveil a few new items in the process. Word is still coming in from the event hall floor, but what we know at present is shown below:

[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:

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