Archive for the 'books' Category

26
Apr
09

[Books] Choose your next Queen’s Blade fighter (part 2)

Well the voting is over, and the winner for the fan’s pick was Type-C black (supabota you got your pick!), with Type-C white coming in a very close second. In fact it was so close that they’re considering doing something with Type-C white as well. Anywho the next part to this is now to come up with a name for her. When coming up with a name they’re asking for fans to come up with both a title and name (so for example something like “The Steel Princess Yuumil” or “The Angel of Light Nanael”).

For those who can type in Japanese, here’s the site for your brainstorming pleasure:

 

 

11
Apr
09

[Books] Choose your next Queen’s Blade fighter

Sure has been awhile since I last had any other update besides Cherry Girls lol. Anyway a little while ago Hobby Japan held an event where fans could submit their own designs for a Queen’s Blade character. HJ has chosen a design from those submissions and seems will be giving the design her own book, but before that they want fans’ opinions on how to adapt the original design for the Queen’s Blade universe. To this end they’re holding a survey for fans to choose out of three designs, two with alternate colors. Cool stuff.

 

 

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24
Jan
09

[Figures] Niθ x Alter x Hobby Japan collabo…!!

Ahh I love it when great people work together! Over at Hobby-Channel, they’ve got a special bit of news announcing a project that parent company Hobby Japan will be working on for their 40th anniversary celebration alongside with awesome illustrator Niθ and also excellent figure company Alter. This dream project (oh they all are, aren’t they? lol ^^) is called “Hyakka Ryoran -Samurai Girls-” (Hyakka Ryoran / 百花繚乱 meaning an abundant blooming of flowers, or a gathering of beautiful women), and the official site just opened today. This will be a somewhat full fledged project along with Hobby Japan’s Queen’s Blade series and Cherry Girls as well. It will encompass so far I think a short novel, as well as the yummy figures that we all want.

 

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29
Dec
08

[Anime] Queen’s Blade stuff

A new PV for 2009′s Queen’s Blade anime is floatin around. Check it out! Looks good for what most people might see as just a fanservice anime lol. Character designs by Rinshin, who’s done many a hentai series including the class La Blue Girl, Twin Angels, Words Worth, and also worked design and animation for Elfen Lied, To-Love-Ru, and Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny (info pulled from wiki..yay). Confirmed characters include the latest characters introduced into the QB universe Arein and Aldora. Joining them will be the sisters Reina, Erina, and Claudette, Tomoe, Nanael, Echidna, Melona, Listy, Nowa, Cattleya, Yuumil, Airi, Menasu and Shizuka. There may be others that weren’t shown in the trailer as well.

 

In other Queen’s Blade (or rather Gate) news, the latest news to come out from Comiket75 (which just started yesterday or so), is the announcement of a new character in the Queen’s Gate universe. Continuing with the line of characters from fighting games (previously Iroha and Mai from Samurai Spirits), comes the character Dizzy from the Guilty Gear series.


Image from AkibaHobby. More C75 coverage at the link.
Also check out Moeyo’s coverage. Nagi Nendoroid!.
When you’re done with that, you can check out some beautiful sunset shots of the Tokyo Big Sight at AkibaHobby.

 

Speaking of C75, this is completely random for this post, but I liked it so I wanna post it lol.

Beautiful looking Corticarte Apa Lagranges (Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica) figure from Kotobukiya and GA. Full sample coverage of her over at GA Graphic.

28
Dec
08

[Books] Nishi E Da’s first art collection!


Image from AkibaBlog. More pics through the link. Some more also at Moeyo.

Nishi E Da, another one of my favorite artists that I know mainly from his numerous Comic Megastore H covers, is getting his first illustration collection! Just released on the 25th, the title of the collection is “Dendrobium”, which apparently is the name of a large family of orchids. Orchids in the language of flowers relates to love or beauty, and I think it is an appropriate title for the book because in my opinion Nishi E Da’s women are all so very purdy lol. His faces have a touch to them that are quite attractive, and is one of few artists that I’m able to recognize from the distinct style. The book contains a whoppin 270 pages of goodness which collects his cover illustrations and pinups for Comic Megastore H from the very first issue till around the June or July 2008 issue when he switched over to illustrating covers for Comic Megastore (taking over for Sonobe Kazuaki), with Ooyari Ashito of erogame maker LittleWitch taking his place for Megastore H. I will definitely have to either order this from Amazon JP or attempt to find it locally which probably won’t happen for awhile, but it will happen. Oh yes it will… This book will one day sit alongside my collection of favorite artbooks including those by INO, Sano Toshihide, Happoubi Jin, Hyung Tae Kim, and Keiji Gotou.

Availability: J-List | Amazon JP (if you can somehow order through them)

29
Oct
08

[Books] Queen’s Gate Shiranui Mai goes on sale!

And a couple days early at that. Akibablog’s got a short preview of the newest Queen’s Gate book to be released, featuring Shiranui Mai as illustrated by Izumi Mahiru. That’s one sexy lady, and I may pick up the book if I can find it here locally, but that may have to wait since there are other books I’d like to get :x

More images at Akibablog.

Update
Special wallpaper courtesy of Hobby Channel. Limited availability from now until 11/26 only. Grab a face full of Mai in your favorite size:


She comes in 1024, 1280, and 1600 flavors. Yum!

08
Oct
08

[Books] Queen’s Blade Rebellion – Annelotte

Looks like the first book for Queen’s Blade’s new sequel series Rebellion will have its release near the end of November. The first character introduced is the princess knight Annelotte, pictured to the right. She’s the one who’s out to gather some pretty ladies to fight alongside her to dethrone the one who has been Queen for the last four years (I guess that would make her the winner of the original Queens Blade series, whoever that might have been…).

Also as a reminder, Queen’s Gate Shiranui Mai will/should be out at the end of this month :P

Image from Amiami.

 

 

 

02
Sep
08

[Figures] Lots of Queen’s Blade goodness

The Chara Hobby event held over the weekend had quite a few goodies to show off on display, and here is what Hobby Japan had in the way of their Queen’s Blade series. A number of new announcements, as well as new figures, and a look at already in progress ones.

 

 

 

 

 

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01
Sep
08

[Books] Queen’s Gate new book — Shiranui Mai

As if there were any doubt that she’d make an appearance! When Iroha was introduced (or I guess officially Nijihara Ink….well technically Alice was the start of it all when she literally opened up the Queen’s Gate…) to the Queen’s Gate world I think she opened up the…uh…floodgates for this kinda thing. We’ll probably be seeing many more anime characters (something like Ikkitousen or Sekirei are probably the perfect candidates, though we already see them with little clothes to begin with lol) and game characters (one or few of many DoA girls?) in the future. Might see a few original characters pop up here and there, though maybe they would better fit within the Queen’s Blade universe instead.

 

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07
Jun
08

[Review] Queen’s Gate Alice & Iroha books

Another set of pictures that I took a month ago but never got around to putting them up till now. This isn’t as much a review as it is just a photolog/photo sample of what’s inside these Queen’s Blade/Gate books. “Gate Opener Alice” and “She who repays a debt Iroha” are the only two Queen’s Gate books that I have, as I wasn’t really that interested in Nijihara Ink. These two books are illustrated by two of my favorite artists, Alice by Niθ and Iroha by Iidzuki Tasuku.

 

 

 

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