Wonder Festival 2012 Winter Event Report

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter Event Report

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter was held yesterday, February 12th at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Tokyo, Japan, and Heisei Democracy was there. I’m leaving for Seattle in a few […]

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Wonder Festival 2012 Winter

Winter Wonder Festival 2012 Preview

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter approaches! The date is Sunday, February 12th, and the place is the Makuhari Messe convention center, as it was last summer. Catalogs for the event went […]

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diagram: female characters as moe objects

From the Archive: The Moe Image

The migration of the most important Heisei Democracy posts to their new home begins with this essay first published here in 2005. The thoughts within still form the foundation of my take on current Japanese 2D visual culture, and mark the starting point for further discussion of the topic here in the coming weeks and months. Six years on, what is your relationship with the idea of ‘moe’?

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Macross Frontier’s Armored Clan by Megahouse

Macross Frontier’s Armored Clan by Megahouse

Everyone’s favorite Zentradi fighter gets a figure of her own! A look at how Clan fares both in and out of her “mechamusume” guise.

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Adjusting the Signal

Breaking radio silence with an update on the status of HD, and where we’ll be going in the future.

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Wonder Festival Summer 2011 Event Report

Wonder Festival Summer 2011 Event Report

Up before 5 am this morning to prepare for the day’s festivities, I got everything assembled and was out the door by around 6:40 – plenty early, it turned out […]

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Wonder Festival Summer 2011 Preview

Wonder Festival Summer 2011 Preview

Tomorrow is the summer incarnation of the biannual Wonder Festival hobby convention. It will be the first since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan last March, and initially there […]

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Orchid Seed’s Chichinoe+ Pin-Up Lady Hibiki

Orchid Seed’s Chichinoe+ Pin-Up Lady Hibiki

A look at one of the latest figures from Orchid Seed that pairs eromanga illustrator Inoue Takuya, known for his voluptuous female designs, with sculptor Ishiyama Satoshi, known for his voluptuous female figures. The result is an improvement over their past two Chichinoe+ collaborations, as seen in the (NSFW) gallery below:

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Nostalgia and slick beats in Yogurtbox’s ‘Tree of Knowledge’

Nostalgia and slick beats in Yogurtbox’s ‘Tree of Knowledge’

If you’re a gamer or anime fan of a certain age, your awareness of what were then called “dating sims” probably began with a few titles ported to English in the late 90′s and early ’00s. If you recall the music from those games with fondness, this is an album you’ll want to hear.

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Futaket Bound

Futaket Bound

The seventh iteration of the girls-with-extra themed doujinshi sales event Futaket will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd, and HD will be there as a circle participant. The information packet […]

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Japan, Post-Quake: HD Stays.

Japan, Post-Quake: HD Stays.

A week ago, Japan was hit by the worst recorded earthquake in the country’s history. It and the resulting tsunami that followed have killed thousands and caused suffering to thousands […]

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Happoubi Jin’s “Rider” by Orchid Seed

Happoubi Jin’s “Rider” by Orchid Seed

A photo review of the (ero) bike outfit Rider PVC figure released by Orchid Seed in September 2010. With a design from Happoubi Jin this is a figure that has a lot going for it from the outset – but don’t take my word for it. HD figure reviews are back!

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