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Figure News: Shuraki vol. 3 to be “unsealed” on August 31st

Goodsmile / RED Entertainment multimedia collaboration project Shuraki‘s third “trinity box” is scheduled to go up for preorder at 00:00 (midnight) on August 31st, according to information posted on the official Shuraki site yesterday. The figure + drama cd + illustration book’s third installment is the Itou Ben-designed Shall Ruzman, voiced in the attached drama CD by Tamura Yukari and with the figure sculpted by Akemichi. Given the talent assembled for this iteration I think it’s safe to assume a feeding frenzy will occur this Friday similar to those attending the preorder listings of the first and second volumes… we’ll keep you posted as the bloodbath unfolds. [EDIT] Preorders begin officially in half an hour, and should show up at various shops over the next day or two. (no more)

Figure News: Max Factory’s Ino, Solid Theater’s Makimoto Misae up at Goodsmile

Goodsmile updated their product listing page today with two new offerings: the first from Max Factory is the Guilty Gear XX Ino PVC they revealed to be in production at Wonder Festival, based on the iconic Mitsumasa Yoshizawa resin kit from a few years back. She clocks in at 1/7 scale, 26.5 cm tall and a rather pricey 7,200 yen, and is set to hit shelves in December of this year. The second offering is from Solid Theater – the Makimoto Misae PVC we surmised to be in production at the beginning of the month, and was also confirmed at Wonder Festival. She’s coming to us in November via Toda Satoshi (Yume no Kagutsuchino Koukoku) and the Jingai Makyou novel Fantastique of Nine, with a retail price of 4,980 yen and standing 21 cm tall (non-scale). A couple of very nice items, if I do say so myself… this winter is going to hurt. ;_; We can look for preorders as early as this evening. (no more)

Protoculture News: encyclopedia of “yandere” heroines goes on sale

We first reported on the yandere boom back in May with information on the second doujin event devoted exclusively to these most bipolar of heroines. Word is in today from Akiba Blog that they’ve reached enough critical mass to receive their own installment in the “taizen” series of heroine encyclopedias (previous entries include Tsundere Taizen, Maid-san Taizen, and Imouto Game Taizen), with Yandere Taizen now on store shelves. Given the current airing of the School Days anime this couldn’t be a timelier release, and the book naturally features Sekai and Kotonoha along with Shuffle!‘s Kaede, Sakura from Fate / stay night, and other less prominent homicidal heroines. Given the inherently destructive nature of the yandere personality I’m curious to see the extent to which this particular meme will spread… will we get the yandere equivalent of Tsuyokiss, a game where your goal is to survive the jealous love of a bloodthirsty gang of bishoujo? (no more)