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[ERO] Game News: what Japan will be doing over the AX weekend

June 29th, 2007 is a day that will go down in eroge history, not only for the earth-shaking announcements JAST USA has scheduled for their panel at Anime Expo but also for the absolutely insane release lineup of games scheduled to come out in Japan on that most fateful of days. While the wallet impact has lessened somewhat with the news that two of the heaviest hitters will be delayed, it’s still an ero-ero tour de force that should keep otaku everywhere busy for weeks and months to come. What follows is a completely biased take on this week’s eroge releases, featuring the seven titles I personally deem most worthy of attention as well as three that were delayed (a bit of anticipatory glee never hurts!). In no particular order, we have:

Figure News: Goodsmile announces Idolmaster’s Hagiwara Yukiho, Nendoroid Binchou-tan

Figure maker Goodsmile updated their official site today with two new entries in their October ’07 lineup: a PVC version of Idolmaster Xenoglossia‘s Hagiwara Yukiho, and a Nendoroid Binchou-tan from the rather odd production by the same name. The former is notable for being utterly boring, while the latter is notable for possessing exactly the same design whether Nendoroid deformed or not. There’s a reason I didn’t go into detail on these yesterday (though Binchou-tan is rather cute)… (no more)

Tokyo Teleport Station: Lesbian Witches of the 1970s

For a change of pace this time around (and because the visual aid I need for my next otaku vignette is proving surprisingly elusive) I would like to offer up a review. Rather than rehashing reviews of things readily available elsewhere in the world, I intend to dip into the hefty backlog of things that I feel have long been unduly neglected and unappreciated. In this installment: Lesbian Witches of the 1970s (kind of).

[ERO] Figure News: Vispo sculpted, Kotoyoshi Yumisuke designed Aizawa Sanae kit coming in PVC from Daiki Kougyou

Late last night Hobby Channel scooped the PVC conversion of a figure that can only be described as sensational in just about every way: Aizawa Sanae, from Kotoyoshi Yumisuke‘s eromanga Shokunyuu 2, as sculpted by Vispo, is coming from Daiki Kougyou in mid-October at it’s original 1/4 scale and a 15,750 yen price point. In the vast universe of bishoujo resins available I figured this was pretty low on the list for PVC conversion (so low that I managed to obtain the original unpainted / unassembled resin kit from Vispo at considerable personal expense, not expecting this development ;_;) but whatever you think of Daiki’s production quality I have to hand it to them for possessing the enormous balls to tackle such a project. Here’s hoping they can do justice to what I personally consider one of the best resins out in the past few years. Pictures below: