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Figure News: Konami launches their second Bemani figure project, Hinazuki Lilina

Earlier this year we followed the saga of Bemani’s Iroha, a Beatmania-themed figure Konami promised to produce if they got 2,500 preorders for it by an assigned cutoff date. Despite the rather questionable attributes of the figure itself it managed to clear the preorder benchmark with time to spare, and Iroha is now well on her way to an October 26th street date. With one confirmed success in the lineup enter Iroha’s successor, Lilina. While the prospect of a second “candy bunny” doesn’t do much for me personally Konami is betting that she’ll push just the right buttons in another 2,500 fans to trigger her production; with October 8th set as the day of reckoning they’ve got just over a month to prove her worth. Should all go as planned she’s slated to street on February 22nd of next year at 1/8 scale (12 cm tall) and 4,700 yen retail. (no more)

Figure News: Megahouse’s Clare PVC from Claymore up for preorder

First announced back at Wonder Festival, word is in today from Happinet’s online shop that Megahouse‘s Excellent Model Clare PVC figure from manga and anime Claymore is now up for preorder. She’s due for release in November at 1/8 scale (19 cm tall) and 5,775 yen retail; Megahouse’s reputation for consistent quality should reassure fans that this will be a solid base upon which to build a (hopefully) larger Claymore lineup in the future. (no more)

Figure News: Goodsmile’s Nendoroid Re Mii, Max Factory’s POLO System Wendy and Emiya Kiritsugu / Zero up for preorder soon, Kotobukiya’s apron + sukumizu Sasara already there

Goodsmile just posted listings on their official site for their upcoming Nendoroid Re Mii from Zoids Genesis, as well as Max Factory’s [ERO] Polo System Wendy from Gun x Sword and Emiya Kiritsugu / Zero from Fate / Zero, which can only mean that preorders will be coming online around the internet very shortly. All three are due for release in January of 2008. In other news, Kotobukiya followed yesterday’s preorder blitz with a couple more entries today, including this maid apron / school swimsuit Kusugawa Sasara from To Heart 2 XRATED, set to go on sale in December. The winter listings are filling out fast! (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: Atelier Sai presents Eushully’s Meishoku no Reiki Silfietta

The crack investigators over at Ascii spotted her on display in Akihabara’s Asobit City yesterday: a Silfietta Luashia PVC figure based on the heroine of eroge maker Eushully’s Meishoku no Reiki. Coming from the somewhat mediocre hands at Atelier Sai this is an item I’d pass over but for the very nice quality of the sample and the promise of castoffability asserted by the text of the Ascii post; she’s scheduled to street in December at 7,140 yen, and we’ll be watching to see if the PVC version lives up to what’s on display here. (no more)

[ERO] Artbook Review: Sano Toshihide Illustrations

Those who’ve been reading HD for awhile can probably guess that this review won’t be exactly unbiased. If Sano Toshihide were romantically available I would gleefully bear his offspring, but given that fate has kept us apart he’s still one of the artists I most admire in the field of Japanese 2D erotica (or out of it, for that matter). Assuming therefore that the book’s content is unimpeachable, we’re left to ask only about its presentation…. Read on for the juicy details:

[ERO] Figure News: Ole’s Iron Maiden -Hagane no Otome- trading figures up for preorder

More from the improbably busted figure department today as Amiami and Hobbynet both present [ERO] preorder listings for a set of Digital Gals Paradise trading figures (gashapon) due out in November, based on characters from Ole’s 2006 release Iron Maiden -Hagane no Otome- eroge. While the quality looks to be typical of the Digital Gals Paradise lineup (i.e. atrocious), with designs from Gunner L of Gyunyuu Sensha these are sure to appeal to a certain depraved demographic of figure collectors… *cough* NWS Pictures below:

Figure News: Kotobukiya’s Shiina, Silfa, Nijihara and Pastel Inks, Koakuma Louise, and “theater version” Rei up for preorder

Kotobukiya made a splash yesterday evening with the preorder listings of a whole gang of new figures, including Shining Wind’s Shiina Kanon, To Heart 2 Another Days’ Silfa, Moetan’s Nijihara Ink and Pastel Ink (TV color version reissues), Zero no Tsukaima’s Louise (koakuma ver.), and Evangelion’s Rei (plug suit ver.). They’re all due to street in December and sort of blur together in my mind in a big lump, though the Rei does stand out (perhaps due to viewing under the influence). My brain tells me that the road to Eva goods collection is paved with financial death, but my itchy preorder finger is hovering over the button… ;_; (no more)

[ERO] Game News: flash slideshow up for Elf’s Kobiniku no Kaori

In the run up to the release of Dragon Knight 4 another new title was lurking tantalizingly on the horizon of eroge maker Elf‘s home page, one with designs from Ichikawa Saasha, known most famously for his work on Elf sister brand Silky’sJokei Kazoku ~Inbou~. While I’m not sure if anything could ever be as hot as Jokei, from the newly updated teaser images it seems the now “65% complete” Kobiniku no Kaori will be giving it a run for its money. The game is subtitled “Netori Netorare Yari Yarare”, which translated inelegantly reads as “steal [the affections of a wife from an unknowing husband] / be stolen / do it / have it done to you”; not one of my favorite genres but this is a release we’ll be watching closely as more information is forthcoming. (no more)