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Lightning Warrior Raidy goes gold

English language eroge localization company JAST USA‘s partner brand G-Collections yesterday announced the gold status of Lightning Warrior Raidy, originally published by Japanese maker ZyX as 雷の戦士ライディ ~破邪の雷光~ (Ikazuchi no Senshi Raidi ~Haja no Raikou~) in 2005. Itself a remake of the original Ikazuchi no Senshi Raidi released for MS-DOS in 1994 as ZyX’s flagship title, the game broke ground in its day and is an enduring classic remembered fondly by an early generation of Japan’s erogamers. The ’05 reissue has received criticism for being a literal reinterpretation of the original that didn’t stand the test of time too well, but with new artistic conception from Kazuma Muramasa and a novel concept not yet seen in English I think it’s a game that will appeal to a pretty broad Western audience. It’s expected to retail in early April at $24.95 USD (package version), with download purchase available two weeks later.

In related news, G-Collections announced the acquisition and development of the Raidy sequel, Lightning Warrior Raidy II: ~Temple of Desire~. The sequel brings Raidy’s adventures to a new level with several enhancements to the game system, a much bigger game world and dozens of new NPCs, and is currently in development with release projected for late 2008 or early ’09. If you’ve been waiting for something other than the typical “choose your own adventure”-style visual novel, I’d recommend the Raidy games as a nice change of pace – they won’t dazzle you with outstanding gameplay or graphical splendor, but they’re a fun way to pass the time that combines dungeon crawling and nekkid monster girls, a combination that is surely one of great (if not greatest) victory.

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Hong Kong-based Hobby Figures brand hits the ground running with Samurai Champloo’s Mugen

I received a press release yesterday from a new Hong Kong-based figure company known as Hobby Figures Global. Unlike other companies operating out of the region they seem determined to do right by artists, fans, and IP holders alike, having expressed an ambitious vision that includes an officially licensed figure line from Samurai Champloo, as well as a PVC lineup from Queen’s Blade which will be rolled out over the coming months. Sample images and details on their first figure (Samurai Champloo’s Mugen) can be found below.

The potential for a morally and ethically righteous figure company operating out of Hong Kong is one that has me personally incredibly excited, and with their ability to coordinate production combined with international sculpting talent it’s possible they could become a potent force in the figure market in the near future. I’m happy to be able to introduce their first figure here in the hopes that it’s the beginning of wonderful things to come:

Kurushima announces cold cast Kanu

The ero-ero garage kit of Ikkitousen‘s Kanu Unchou that Kurushima was selling at Wonder Festival will be coming out in pre-painted cold cast form, according to the maker’s official site as well as preorder listings that began coming online earlier this week. The sculpt is from Kurushima veteran Keiko (慶子), and she’s scheduled to retail in early August at 20,790 yen and 1/6 scale (26 cm tall). Gallery below:

Orchid Seed’s Mizuho comes to PVC

True to form, the Orchid Seed Kazami Mizuho kit from Onegai Teacher first offered as an event-limited resin at Wonder Festival was today annouced for PVC release. As previously noted her sculpt is from Nekomaru, and she’s due out in July at 1/7 scale (10 cm tall) at 6,800 yen. Castoffability is doubtful given past precedent of other Mizuho figures, but we’ll watch for any further news as release approaches; preorders have already begun at Amiami and elsewhere. Image gallery below: