Mainichi Junk: Two is Company

Media Side

  • Old-school giant robot fans take note: word comes down today that Choujuukishin Dancouga (English fan site, .jp wiki entry) is being remade as Dancouga NOVA, a new series scheduled to pilot on February 15th 2007 on Animax. While details are still sparse, it’s apparently a Bandai / Sega / Sony coproduction and will feature a new “21st century” Dancouga story. If the 21st century means your head is wider than your shoulders I’m not sure I want to live there…
  • Over at Marimite HQ the Hanadera Gakuin student council profiles are now online, and they look like a somewhat more menacing version of Ouran‘s host club… there are the obligatory twins, the ladykiller, the one with glasses, and the shota. I’m looking forward to seeing how they interact with the heroines of Lilian. :3
  • Simoun fans will be happy to note that the iconic eyecatch images present in the anime will be supplemented in the upcoming PS2 game release, shown when the game switches back and forth between ADV and SLG modes. The official site doesn’t list a release date yet, but the opening movie pegs it for a November 30th launch.
  • Volume 3 of the quarterly moe-themed serial magazine Dragon Age Pure will go on sale November 29th – watch this space for more information as to the Ito Noizi and / or other special goods to be included therein.
  • Mabinogi fans take note! Starting today (November 9th), the second and third Thursday of every month will see a new Mabinogi-themed wallpaper appear on the game’s official Japanese site, penned by a variety of accomplished artists. The first one doesn’t seem to be online as of 6:30 in the morning, but a preview is available here courtesy of ITmedia. Nao-chan~~
  • The Agent AIKa remaster box site has updated with information on the show’s mecha. Funny, I don’t recall seeing any non-curved surface in the show the first time I watched it… ah, that’s better. Look for panties PANTIES on January 26th.

Ero Side

  • A demo movie is now available for Navel’s November 24th release of Really? Really!, mentioned here because Navel is really popular. Really! Like Tick! Tack! before it, this latest offering makes heavy and industrious use of animated arrow action… woah. “Arrow” sounds like “ero”, only this trailer isn’t. It must be a clue, Batman!
  • News that a sequel to 2004’s Happo Bijin-designed Boin was in the works hit the rumor mill (and magazine stand) last February, with teasers appearing regularly in Tech Gian since then – but only now is Resort Boin officially confirmed on Crossnet’s site, for a January 26th release. Not much content to chew on yet, though obscenely large promo image files are available if you have an industrial-capacity office printer to abuse. Despite its title I have it on good authority that Resort Boin offers a wide variety of bust sizes fit for all connoisseurs, so I’d heartily recommend checking back as release approaches…
  • Galge.com represents with this week in eroge, spotlighting the eight titles on sale November 10th. Bit of a thin crowd this week, as is typical for this time of the month – notable however is the oft-delayed Kazama Mana from M no Violet, originally scheduled for release on the heels of the OVA by the same name.
  • A sample CG page is finally up for Hadashi Shoujo’s upcoming Harem x Scratch, also due for a January 26th release. Much less variation in bust size available here, and while I do enjoy the artistic stylings of Asahi (Fullmetal Madness) I think I’ll be giving this one a miss.
  • Those tracking MBS Truth’s December 8th release of Boku to Nakadashi Onna Kyoushi will be happy to see a new infusion of sample CG up at Game Style. At this point it’s looking like all paipan all the time, though I’d bet dimes to donuts that there’s an option you can toggle for that…

Hobby Side

  • The official site for Konami’s third series of Mechamusume trading figures is now online. They’re scheduled for a March 22nd release, and knowing Konami they’ll hold to that date or die trying. Sign me up for a box!
  • The January edition of the new monthly serial Novel Japan (on sale December 9th) will come with a Queen’s Blade pencil board included, featuring the illustration excerpted at the above link on one side and a render (not to be included in the book itself) of 3D Reina on the other. Worth the 780 yen sticker price of the magazine? Perhaps…
  • Alter’s Ignis is out! Moeyo represents with the scoop, as usual. She’d better not sell out before tomorrow evening… Provided I can score a copy I think I’ll do a triple threat review of the Bome, the Max and the Alter – no expense spared for Ignis, who is certainly the hottest eroge heroine of the decade. One of them, at least.

[RANT]

  • If you want a legitimate, legal, money actually goes to the sculptor version (unlike the version offered by the worse than pond-scum wretches of hobbyfan, may their lettuce salad be ever wilted) of Bubba’s bunny girl Haruhi resin kit, you can either pick up a copy of Dengeki Hobby‘s December edition, or Figure Maniax vol. 22, on shelves today (though the site hasn’t been updated to reflect it). Details on ordering are in the magazine and I’ll report when I know exactly what’s what, but I can say this now – if you order from Hobbyfan or a similar outlet, the terrorists / triad / your own worst enemy has already won. And you’re getting a second generation, inferior quality kit in the bargain.

Upcoming Figure Releases
November 2006

January 2007

  • Sugar Complex’s Youko PVC from Inukami
  • Sugar Complex’s Nadeshiko PVC from Inukami

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

  • Happinet’s Tsukino PVC from Yakitate Japan

Ahh, I love the smell of polyvinyl chloride in the morning…

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0 Responses to Mainichi Junk: Two is Company

  1. wildarmsheero November 9, 2006 at 11:25 am #

    For a minute there I thought Dark Saber actually said Dark Schneider.
    The Really? Really! demo movie looks totally epic. I can’t wait to get it. Sure, I won’t understand much of it, but I made it through the original Shuffle! and had a good time with it, so why not this? Also, it focuses on my favorite character, so I don’t see how it can be disappointing at all.

  2. Cardcaptor November 9, 2006 at 2:57 pm #

    Shingo, I have a question. Bandai owns the rights to Evangelion figures, but we have seen so many Rei and Asuka figures released by independent sculptors. It is the case that they just sculp and the figures are published by Bandai? Or do they buy some rights from Bandai? Or is the situation the same as that of doujinshi, in which every just make what they want?

  3. Shingo November 9, 2006 at 3:37 pm #

    Simple answer – Bandai doesn’t own the rights to produce Eva figures, Gainax does. Gainax is very permissive about granting licenses to amateur garage kit circles and striking deals with figure producers; hence the infinite array of Eva figures.
    Unlike doujinshi, it’s very hard to produce and sell a figure in Japan – whether resin or PVC – without permission of the original copyright holder. Bandai is notoriously tight-fisted about this permission; Gainax is notoriously loose. That pretty much explains it, I think.

  4. Shingo November 9, 2006 at 3:41 pm #

    >>wildarmsheero
    For some reason I thought you were going to follow that up with Dark Helmet.
    Regarding Really? Really! I’ll be interested to hear your impressions after you give it a run through. I’m glad you’re up to the task, because I had very little idea what was going on in the video after a first watch-through… orz

  5. super rats November 9, 2006 at 9:25 pm #

    I’m on the fence about Alter’s Ignis. Max Factory’s version is superb. I’m trying not to buy repeats, unless it’s a really different. Ignis is very appealing though, since she looks like a woman instead of looking like a girl, so she really stands out from most current releases. I can already feel myself cave in. Alter+Ignis, so why am I resisting?

  6. The-O November 9, 2006 at 10:59 pm #

    Any signs of any companies deciding to take up the challenge of mass producing Bubba’s Haruhi bunny for us non-kit builders?
    I’m sure it will be eventually due to the popularity, there’s a lot of money to be made here, i.e. Max Factory’s Haruhi.
    I agree with the aspect of Hobbyfan trying to cash in with their rescast, lets not forget E2046… but both companies do offer prepainted versions which is a large pull factor for fans.
    I’m waiting for an official mass produced release; PVC would definately rake up sales, but I think I’d personally would prefer a prepainted resin, maybe a company like Griffon could do it.

  7. SbebiWan November 10, 2006 at 1:14 am #

    Just to say Koyori looks really better on the officiel site
    http://www.enterbrain.co.jp/hobby/ebcraft/05.html

  8. Jankars November 10, 2006 at 1:43 am #

    Erm… Someone at a forum I frequent pointed out that that Tsukino is by Happinet.

  9. ShinjiPG November 10, 2006 at 2:44 am #

    Please fix that Mistato 1 ^^; It’s REALLY annoying!
    That Really? Really! name really got me…

  10. Cardcaptor November 10, 2006 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks, Shingo.

  11. Agent Wax November 10, 2006 at 10:20 am #

    ‘Hadashi Shoujo’ sounds very familiar, Shingo. What else did he do?

  12. Shingo November 10, 2006 at 1:58 pm #

    >>super rats
    Ignis is my type of heroine as well. I’m past the point of avoiding duplicates (to the point of actively seeking them of characters I like) so my advice isn’t exactly unbiased – especially considering that I haven’t even seen the Alter kit in person yet – but I’d still say go for it, sir. :3
    >>The O
    It’s impossible to say for sure whether someone will pick up Bubba’s Haruhi kit for mass-production, but word on the street here is trending against the possibility. It’s several grades of intricacy above the typical PVC (or resin/cold cast) paint job, for one, which might make it prohibitively expensive or downright impossible to produce in reasonable quantity. I hope for both our sakes that I’m wrong about this. :(
    >>SbebiWan
    Those are photos of the original resin, and I agree, they do look great. If they can keep the quality of the PVC kit to that standard I’ll be waiting in line for my copy on release day (or waiting for the preorder truck to arrive). The 18+ listing there is happy confirmation as well…
    >>Jankars
    Right you are, but Hobbynet lists it as Aniplex and against my better judgement (and time constraints) I didn’t investigate further. Fixed, thanks.
    >>ShinjiPG
    Fixed, thanks for noting that – it took me three reads to see what I did wrong there. -_-;;
    >>Cardcaptor
    No problem, any time!
    >>Agent Wax
    Hadashi Shoujo is the maker’s name, and they put out Oshioki Sweetie last year to much acclaim (by me). The INO designs really do make all the difference…

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