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Spring 2006 Anime Rundown, Part I

The spring 2006 anime season is upon us, with more new shows on tap in these two weeks than any other period in recent memory. HD sorts through the orbital bombardment of mediocrity in pursuit of diamonds in the rough, or at least a few choice screencaps.

Mainichi Junk: Putting the “two” in 2D

They’re snakes, see. And they’re on this plane…

Figure Review: Alter Garnet

The Goodsmile / Alter / Max Factory junta just keeps pushing them out, with The Rumble Fish’s Garnet falling prey most recently to their sculptural wiles. How many enormous zippers does one nurse need? Will HD ever lead a review with something other than a question? Stunning revelations below.

Figure Review: Maicching! Machiko-sensei

Back when this item was announced I immediately flagged it as the spiritual successor to the redoubtable Sengoku Cannon Koyori, coming as it does from Megahouse’s Department of Shameless PVC Erotica – err, “Excellent Model Core” division. Who is Machiko-sensei, why should you care, and more importantly, is she wearing any? Read on!

Figure Review: Max Factory Cammy

The final installment in Max Factory’s recently-released Street Fighter trilogy of PVC figures (after Sakura and Chun Li), I decided to pick this Cammy up on the merit of her pose alone. Worth the investment? You decide.

Mainichi Junk: Figure Fiesta

In this morning’s update: we catch up on HobbyNet’s figure listings from the past week or so, including a pretty significant load of items now on sale and a few interesting new release announcements. It seems Bandai has hired a decent sculptor for some of its Voice I-dolls and an Akane Maniax trading figure set, Megahouse represents with some new Excellent Model offerings from Karakuri Circus and Gundam 08th MS Team, and Yujin presents Victorian Romance Emma trading figures, among others.

Mainichi Junk: Akihabarology

In which a short and pointed trip is taken to otaku Mecca, and loot is had.

Mainichi Junk: Anime Avalanche

In today’s update: The future of anime is now, with Konami’s remaining three new show sites launched, a new movie from Studio 4C, a Druaga anime from Gonzo, a Shakugan no Shana movie, lolikon, animated Louis the 15th, animated postapocalyptic nationalism, monster love, and hip hop from WOWOW, and my early pick for most potential of the year, Seirei no Moribito.

Mainichi Junk: Digestorama Redux

In tonight’s update: A raft of eroge updates in the wake of Monday’s Tech Gian release and in anticipation of tomorrow’s bumper crop of new games, a few other bits of ero miscellany and some web radio highlights from the past week. Figure news will resume in the next day or so.

Mainichi Junk: Moon Phase Catch Up

In this morning’s update: Witchblade anime site updated (and manga released), a moe coloring book, Tsuma to Mama to Boin demo movie, Shuffle! sequel announced, March 10th in eroge, and general catching up.

Mainichi Junk: Greater Rejuvenation

In tonight’s update: a new try at a light box, May editions of Dengeki Daioh and Tech Gian, a lick, and a promise.

Mainichi Junk: The Importance of Being Earnest

In today’s update: four new anime projects from Konami; a bushel of other anime announcements including Muteki Kanban Musume, Project Blue Chikyuu SOS, and Pinky St.; Geneon and WOWOW represent at the Tokyo International Anime Fair; an amusing flash animation in English accompanies the grand opening of the Tokyo Anime Center; eroanime scoops from Vanilla, Himajin, and TinkerBell; the week in eroge releases; and Max Factory / Goodsmile finally cough up Al Ajif and Mahou Shoujo Rin PVCs, respectively.

Mainichi Junk: Figure Post

Confirmation of items announced at Wonder Festival keeps on rolling in, conspicuously including Goodsmile’s then-unphotographable Eri PVC from School Rumble along with Max Factory’s Carmen 99, the Bome collection Kaname & Tessa set, Primula from Atelier-Sai, Toranoana’s Mig 60 mechamusume, etc. etc. Also, a surprise set of Valkyrie Profile trading figures.

Time Out

In which HD takes a break.

Bara no Yakata he Youkoso

Just a quick note this morning that the first episode of Marimite web radio is now online courtesy of Animate. Gokigenyou~

Figure Review: SRDX Iroha

Japanese otaku tend to cluster around certain items like sharks in an inexplicable feeding frenzy of consumption, and this figure was one of them. Is Yujin’s recent attempt at a 3-D incarnation of Samurai Spirits’ Iroha worth the carnivorous pursuit? Read on.

Mainichi Junk: Even Cowboys Get the Blues

In today’s update: Official sites online for Nishi no Yoki Majo, Utawarerumono, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuu-utsu; a casting link between Strawberry Panic and My HiME; Simoun, Coyote Ragtime Show, and Basilisk site updates; Depeche Mode stars in their very own doujin game*; Cave taunts you (in Soviet Russia); and fans of Kamichu, Ai Yori Aoshi, Valis, Saber, and Range Murata all have reason to rejoice.

Fatigue Recovery

Regular updates resuming tomorrow. Nothing to see here, move along…

Mainichi Junk: Magna Carta

In today’s update: Brave Story games, Morning Musume member voices the lead in Kirarin Revolution, you can illustrate the Leaf Fight TCG, Magna Carta, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest for the PSP, the next Ar Tonelico?, Weekly Web Radio Roundup, Les Mis meets bishoujorama, Alice Soft puts a complete eroge from their backlog up for free download, Valis Cross pricing details, and figure news of the day.

Winter 2006 Wonder Festival Figure News Fallout, Part 3

The third and final installment of the event’s figure news brings scoops from Toys Planning, Toranoana, Konami, and several other sources (Akane Shinsha, Wafuudou Ganguten, Ensky, CM’s, Atelier-Sai, Vice), along with updates from HobbyNet on items now on sale and / or available for preorder. Notable entries include new mechamusume offerings from Toranoana and Konami, various Rumble Roses, Hazuki, Primula, and a Lain PVC for the ABe fans. Finally caught up with figure news, and it only took two weeks!

Mainichi Junk: Serenity

In today’s update: bushels of anime site updates, a rather boring Higurashi preview video, Strawberry Panic character profiles, April’s Megami Magazine contents, more details on Valis Cross and some ruminations on the future of eroge distribution models, a roundup of the week’s modest crop of eroge, a new brand from the artist behind the Kakyuusei series, updates at Key’s Little Busters site, a pair of hot new Queen’s Blade game books are scooped and Hobby Stock represents with the “queen of tsundere”.

NEWS FLASH: Strawberry Panic to air in April, Yurimeter Off the Charts

According to its newly-launched official site, TV anime Strawberry Panic will join Simoun as the second yuri show of the spring 2006 season. Cue Yumi for a reaction:

Mainichi Junk: Majo Cafe

In today’s update: Zegapain anime site fully open, Melty Blood Act Cadenza coming to the PS2, Cave offers 500,000 yen for the best artistic arrangement of their Ibara figures, several AVGs see conversion from PC versions to the PS2, various incarnations of moe in Majo Cafe – 2/3 Ai no Kyoukaisen – Moeru Diet Nineball-hen, name that eroge, Tsuyokisu official fan book announced, Muv Luv Alternative first lot sold out, Valis Cross is a blast from the past, and a few token figure scoops from Hobby Japan.

Winter 2006 Wonder Festival Figure News Fallout, Part 2

Scoops of Wonder Festival offerings from Kotobukiya, Kaiyodo, and Yamato, bracketed by some general figure news and recent sales and new item announcements courtesy of HobbyNet. A good bit of redundancy sprinkled throughout so nothing falls through the cracks, but keep an eye out for the Sei, Win-chan, Kagerou, Rakka, Yamaneko, and race queen Tessa PVCs among many others. Might want to leave your wallet at the door…

Mainichi Junk: Gyakuten Saiban

In today’s update: Chocotto Sister TV anime announced, ufotable’s newest anime project unveiled (and it’s not Manabi Street?!), Kimikiss gets a street date along with Demonbane for the PS2, Dengeki magazine deluge, Noantica pillowcase, the monthly batch of Milky (ero) Anime, a new promo movie for the Kimura Takehiro-designed Ano Machi no Koi no Shi, and a brace of really bad metaphors.

Winter 2006 Wonder Festival Figure News Fallout, Part 1

A roundup of Akibajin and Akiba Blog event reports (with a nod to Midareuchi), as well as the tentative 2006 bishoujo PVC figure release schedules from Max Factory, Goodsmile, and Alter. So much raw data to process… brain hurts…

Mainichi Junk: Mirakuru

In today’s update: a litany of Marimite news (new novel, web radio date set, TAF appearances, etc.), Higurashi anime characters in color, Ibara PS2 on sale, Moetan in Dengeki Daioh, Cleavage eroanime released, chugging through the figure backlog (mostly Hobbynet scoops today), and the beginning of hype for this summer’s round of hobby events.

Mainichi Junk: A-Boys

In today’s update: We catch up on Moon Phase updates with notes on the Angel’s Feather OVA, pachinko anime, undulating jawlines, podcasting voice actors, thirty new eroge (including the long-awaited Muv Luv Alternative), dynamite figure news from Queen’s Blade and Megahouse, more Wonder Festival scoops, and a mini-rant on the “A boy” phenomenon.

Mainichi Junk: Undercover

In today’s update: a first glimpse of animated Simoun, several scoops from STG maker Cave, a few random game and anime-themed concert events in the works, April Tech Gian on sale and with it a raft of new eroge announcements (four thus far), some Banpresto prize figures, and the tip of the iceberg that is the broader Japanese coverage of Wonder Festival (including a humorous Maritan anecdote). Stay tuned as we try to catch up with the figure news typhoon of the past few days…

Winter 2006 Wonder Festival, In Pictures

For visual highlights of one of the largest hobby conventions in the world, unencumbered by burdensome text, you’ve come to the right place. A more studied (and wordier) report will follow as time and sanity permit.