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Magazine Review: Megami vol. 85

It’s been a long time since our last Megami review, but it seems they keep churning them out regardless… The magazine’s quality slumped after last summer’s Haruhi & Co. festorama, but now that a new season of shows with a whole new cast of bishoujo legends in the making is upon us, how will the hallowed (one might say posterized) pages of Megami fare? Not so well, it seems, but this issue is likely to have one or two redeeming points that would justify the purchase for the more forgiving among us. Which ones those would be is up to you:

Figure News: Hitotsubashi Yurie PVC from Kamichu! coming in October from Aniplex / Happinet / Alter

Yesterday Hobby Channel scooped the release of a Hitotsubashi Yurie PVC scheduled to be out this October from Aniplex / Hobbinet / Alter. From the sample images it looks like a quality kit, though some (myself included) will probably cringe at the 7,329 yen price point for an 18 centimeter figure; diehard Kamichu! fans should have no trouble making a decision on this one. (no more)

Anime News (?): Kyoto Animation drops Lucky Star director, lampoons Gainax

Word in from the official Kyoani page today via Kurogane’s Anime Blog that “as of the fifth episode, director Yamamoto Hiroshi will be replaced by Takemoto Yasuhiro” to helm the production of Lucky Star. Whether this is a genuinely independent production decision, a copycat of the recent Gurren Lagann affair, or just a publicity stunt remains unclear; we’ll be keeping an eye on this. (no more)

[ERO] Figure Review: Max Factory’s Pachira PVC from Renkin 3-kyuu Magical? Poka~n (Magipoka)

We take a look today at the most sought-after PVC kit from late April ’07, Max Factory’s POLO System Pachira from Magipoka. Does she live up to the hype produced by the the blinking outline of empty space where she stood for a few moments on store shelves? I would answer this with a resounding “yes”, and add that this kit is undoubtedly one of the most potent weapons for conversion to the pettankophile cause that has come out of Japan in a long while. Read on for why: