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Figure News: Kotobukiya’s June lineup unveiled

Kotobukiya announced their June release lineup today, including a couple of surprises – their collaboration with Alice Soft continues with the release of Sennin Narika, one of the heroines of the upcoming Choukou Sennin Haruka (Beat Blades Haruka) eroge. Also coming are a swimsuit-clad Suzu from Nagasarete Airantou, Natsume Rin from Little Busters, Hitomi from DOAX2, and perhaps most surprising, a Black Sarena plastic model from the Nadesico movie. Details below:

Figure News: February 16-18, 2008

Figure news from over the weekend, including prize figure scoops from the Amusement Expo 2008, an update on Volks’ Muv Luv trading figures, a castoff look at Medicos’ Queen’s Blade trading figure set, a Gurren Lagann action figure from Kotobukiya, a review of the Tony-desigend, T’s System sculpted bloomer girl figure from E2 magazine, and more! Wonder Festival in six days and counting…

Protoculture News: otaku news and community site Akibanana launches

Another site we’ve had our eye on that’s been brewing behind the scenes for several months has finally come online: Akibanana. It opened last week around the same time as the new English Akiba Blog, and already has a decent body of a dozen or so posts online on topics ranging from Lucky Star and Haruhi to cat cafes and robot soccer. With the field of English language news and coverage of Akihabara-related events becoming more crowded I’m not sure where Akibanana will find their niche, but I wish them the best – those seeking a more detailed primer on the site can find it over at The FØØL’s Progress. (no more)