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Mainichi Junk: February 8th, 2008

Hurricanes agree, you’re a shy one

Miyabi is angry in Pulltop's hit eroge Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashino

I started playing Pulltop’s award-winning eroge Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashino earlier this week to see what all the fuss was about, and to try to help inform the Peach Princess decision over what games to license for production in 2009 (there’s a poll going on if you’d like to see some of the options being considered and provide your own input). It turns out to be quite a decent game, with solid and often beautiful production and writing that, while formulaic, does the job nicely.

The character flipping the bird to the left is Kazamatsuri Miyabi, the chairman(‘s representative) of the board of trustees that governs school affairs at the prestigious Ouka Girls’ Academy, where the game takes place. She’s a tsundere in the fine mold of Zero no Tsukaima’s Louise, and a fun character, though her plot hasn’t quite had the motive force to compel me to see it all the way through…

Kaneko Hiraku strikes again

Kaneko Hiraku's work in Dragonaut 17
Kaneko Hiraku's work in Dragonaut 17

The master of buxom heroine animation Kaneko Hiraku was at it again in Dragonaut ep. 17 this week, as a quick check of his Sakuga Wiki entry reveals. His work on the episode isn’t quite as pronounced as it was for episode five (which he directed), but there are a few really nice cuts that show his influence clearly. The events of the episode leave me wondering whether his skills will be needed in subsequent installments of the series, but here’s hoping they bring him back at least once before the bitter end.

Birdy the Mightier

revamped character design for the new Birdy the Mighty

Birdy the Mighty is back! In manga form she’s been around for awhile, but the news broke last week that the kick-ass galactic enforcer of justice is returning in a new anime incarnation. The series will be directed by Akane Kazuki and features the character design stylings of animator Ryo-Timo (りょーちも) whose work I’ve quickly come to like a lot. Definitely a fun series in the making, assuming studio A-1 Pictures can hold up their end of the bargain, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they cook up for this summer!

Majodou update

G.J's Sano Toshihide designed Majodou eroge gets a site update

The official website for Sano Toshihide designed eroge Majodou received a tremendous update this evening, including new pages that introduce the world background, story, characters, and five more sample CG. It’s enough to make a Sano fan positively giddy with joy, which I must say I am right now – pinstripes! On the uniforms! Seriously, is there anything better than vacuum-shrunk pinstripe sweaters as an element of school uniform design? I think not. As far as I’m concerned the game is looking even better than it was before, and I can’t wait to see what future developments will bring. :3 We can expect another update either next Friday or the following one.

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And that’s a wrap! Going to try to get more or less back on schedule this weekend…

February 7-8 bishoujo figure news

We round out the week’s figure news with word of a Nendoroid Melissa Serafi (Seraphy?) from Goodsmile, the reissue of last year’s Jukujo Kazumi polystone from Toys Planning, a new Portrait of Pirates Nami PVC from Megahouse, preorders open for Gigapulse’s Koihime Musou Kanu and Goodsmile’s Suzumiya Haruhi Nendoroid Petit series 2, and introductory pages up at Kotobukiya for their Plamo wo Tsukuro! CUSTOM Airu (Aile) as well as the Art of Shunya Yamashita Noel and Karin.

Character goods news roundup

A rundown of 2D character news from the various corners of the ‘net as collected over the past week, including the world’s first lactating hug pillow (real milk not included), a Kotonoha contoured breast mousepad from School Days with an expression on her face that will drive you to drink, a “photo book” featuring Gurren Lagann’s Yoko, pictures of the Kousaka Tamaki mousepad coming with Dengeki G’s Festival Deluxe vol. 2, the March hug pillow lineup from Machi Chara (features Clannad and Touka Gettan), and a set of simulated bubble wrap toys that intersperse popping sounds with moe character voices provided by Kugimiya Rie.