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Kotobukiya announces Clalaclan Noire

The Shining series figure blog updated this evening with the surprise announcement of a new color version of one of the greatest PVC figures Kotobukiya has ever produced, Shining Wind‘s Clalaclan. This alternate color version was designed and supervised by Tony himself, and is still a work in progress – the skin and hair color will be changed from the sample seen below, as will the base (whiter skin, darker base). Starting with Kureha the plastic they’re using for character skin is changing as well to be more transparent, so that will be a change from the previous version as well. According to the post, preorders for Clalaclan Noire will begin “very soon”. Sample images below:

Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro OVA ep. 2 trailer online

Eroge, eroanime, and otaku goods online shop Getchu updated their Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro OVA ep. 2 product listing last night with a 1’54” trailer for the upcoming eroanime episode. As we reported earlier the episode is scheduled for release on June 27th from Nihikime no Dozeu (a heretofore unknown subsidiary brand of Anik) and features the same talent combination of Taka Tony and Kuroda Kazuya that brought the first episode to fruition two years ago. Based on the content of the trailer it seems the episode’s animation is largely complete, but the voices have yet to be recorded; regardless it’s a great preview of what’s to come. (no more)

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Toranoana launches new figure brand TC2F, features Taka Tony

The official site of otaku goods retailer and producer Toranoana was updated this evening to announce the creation of a new figure brand dubbed TC2F (“Toranoana & Creators Collaboration Figure”). The first item in the brand’s lineup will be a collaboration with T2 ART WORKS (Taka Tony): the “bikini maid girl” figure we first reported on at the beginning of this month. The official TC2F page reports that the figure is a collaboration between Tony and sculptor Maeda Tomoki of Works Sapporo, is 1/8 scale, does not appear castoffable (other than two pairs of glasses as option parts), and is scheduled to retail in late May at the astoundingly low price of 4,515 yen (with telephone card) or 3,990 yen (figure alone).

The bad news is that the TC2F series is apparently “100% Toranoana Store Limited”, meaning a trip to the proxy service is in order for fans outside Japan. At that price I think many may bite the bullet and pay the extra finder’s fee…

Kit images reproduced below:

Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro OVA ep. 2 announced

This particular item has been on a lot of folks’ eroanime wish lists for awhile now (mine included), so when the news of its production showed up at Getchu yesterday I was very happy indeed: at long last the conclusion to Anik/Himajin’s Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro eroanime OVA is being produced! Based on the 2004-released Ciel eroge by the same name, the first Soramizu episode was originally released in July of 2006. With the passage of time many of us abandoned hope that we would see further work from the combination of Taka Tony and Kuroda Kazuya, who has been occupied with character design duty on such titles as Kaibutsu Oujo and Spice and Wolf. The Getchu product entry reveals that the two will be united once again for this second episode, which is scheduled for release on June 27th. Production is credited to a new brand called Nihikime no Dozeu, which Getchu links back to Anik, the parent company of the now-defunct Himajin as well as brands Harenchi Restaurant Amour and Suzuki Mirano. Screen shots from the new episode below:

Toranoana announces new mechamusume, Tony figure collaboration

A Toranoana company representative posted a column at Akiba Blog today with the news that work is progressing on two new figures from the brand: an “Imperial Japanese Army Mechanized Flying Fox-Eared Infantry Equipment Red Skirt” mechamusume girl designed by Shimada Fumikane, and a “Toranoana & Creators Collaboration Figure Series 01【T2 ART WORKS】” bikini maid girl designed by Taka Tony. The mechamusume is sculpted by Men of circle Garekiya, and Tony’s bikini maid is from Maeda Toshiki of Works Sapporo. Currently no concrete release information is available for either, but we’ll be keeping the radar out for any forthcoming news on both figures. (no more)

[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:

Figure News: Shining Wind’s Elwin, Xecty see fresh PVC incarnations from Kotobukiya, Wave

Shine na Blog brings word today of two new Shining Wind figures in planning. The first is an Elwin / Elwyn (new costume ver.) PVC from Kotobukiya, 1/8 scale with a sculpt from Nakamura Hirotoshi. No news on price or release date is yet available; further information is expected in early spring. The second new figure is from Wave, and features Xecty in a sleeping pose. At 1/8 scale she’s speculated to be part of their DreamTech line, with an original pose based on an illustration from page five of the Shining Wind design works visual collection artbook. The figure’s gimmicks are a) a “soft part” torso extending down to her thighs, b) her one-piece dress is made of “very soft material”, and c) an exchangeable “sleeping face” head part. Some castoffability is implied, though the extent is not known. A color version of this figure is expected to be on display at Wonder Festival 2008 Winter on February 24th; we’ll be keeping an eye out for further information. (no more)

Figure Review: Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan Philias PVC from Shining Wind

As a casual fan of artist Taka Tony’s work I’ve been keeping an eye on the flood of figures from the Shining game series that have seen release over the past couple of years, but when this Clalaclan was announced she was the first that really grabbed my whole attention. Sure the pointy tiara puts the Statue of Liberty to shame, and her hair looks like the pelt of some ancient Roman lion as envisioned by a monk calligrapher in the Dark Ages, but the winsome Tony face and the ample expanse of bosom put to rest all doubts in my mind – this was a figure that must be acquired, and the finished product is even better than I had hoped. Read on for the highly photogenic details:

[ERO] Figure News: Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan is castoffable, but…

A courageous individual at 2chan’s mokeura board went ahead and did what was inevitable given the inviting seams around Clalaclan‘s chest region, forcibly separating the front of her dress from what lies beneath. As expected it is a process that results in some damage to the kit, and does not yield a finished product; thus it is an operation only recommended for those willing to void the warranty and do some experimental reconstructive surgery (or be left with a pair of vaguely defined and vaguely unsatisfying bosoms staring you in the face). Regardless of the lack of post-op articulation this is an amazing kit that I’d recommend to anyone who can still find her available – a rare home run from Kotobukiya that is rapidly becoming rarer. I wish they made them all like this… castoff pictures below:

[ERO] Figure News: Tony-designed Ciel game capsule figure set announced from Millennium

Ciel put a page up on their official site yesterday detailing the release of a Digital Gals Paradise Figure Collection Ciel Limited Collector’s Figure ~Tony Illustration Games~ gashapon set. Entries are from Mitama ~Shinobu~, Sora no Iro Mizu no Iro, Genmukan, After…, and Arcana, plus one secret; they’re due out in December at 500 yen each. As is typical of Millennium offerings the sculpts and paint jobs here look pretty atrocious, but for the price nothing similar really exists. :/ Illustrator Taka Tony’s homepage can be found here. (no more)

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