While figures are far from the star attraction of Comiket, you can count on the doujinshi event to host an early look at some hot series or other. Last weekend Winter Comiket offered a look at the eagerly awaited Sword Art Online Asuna figma as well as the first Girls und Panzer Nendoroid. Check them out after the jump.
At this past weekend's Comiket, manga publisher Ichijinsha was geared up to help attendees prepare for New Year's. The array of doujinshi mega-event goodies was headlined by a YuruYuri Goraku-bu Amusement Club set of NYE udon noodle bowls. Get a look after the jump.
Black Lagoon creator Rei Hiroe has a not too secret alter-ego. He's also doujin art Red Bear of the Tex-Mex circle. Under that guise, he regularly creates ero doujinshi such as this summer's Steins;Gate x Dusk Maiden of Amnesia cross-over. He also creates non-sexual doujinshi based on his own manga. The latest of these re-imagines Black Lagoon as a Hollywood production. Get a look after the jump.
There's bound to innovation in any technology and doujin group Fuji Sengen-dou has unveiled their evolution in hug pillow/dakimakura tech at this weekend's Comiket 83. The fan made Girls und Panzer Yukari Akiyama cover is modular, with swappable outfits... which also means that it's undressable. Get a look after the jump.
Timed for a special postcard give-away with ticket sales and Comiket exclusive mini tapestries, a new trailer for Hanasaku Iroha anime movie Home Sweet Home has premiered. The follow-up to the 2011 anime series is scheduled to open in March 2013. Get an early look after the jump.
SHAFT, the studio who brought us Madoka Magica, are busying promoting new mahou shoujo anime project Magical Suite Prism Nana at Comiket 83 with sales of a DVD featuring the seven pilot shorts and the soundtrack. This comes the reveal that fans nailed voice cast with their earlier speculations. See who's involved after the jump.
Set to debut in April, Madoka Magica and Fate/zero writer Gen Urobuchi and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos director Kazuya Murata's Production I.G sci-fi Suisei no Galgantia (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) follows a young officer of a galactic army who becomes shipwrecked on a watery frontier planet whose inhabitants live on convoys of ships. See who's playing the principals after the jump.
After a falling out with Media Factory, IS: Infinite Stratos has moved over to Overlap, with a big rollout premiering at this weekend's Comiket 83. Volume 8 is planned for a April 25, with a DVD shipping with the limited edition of the light novel. See the promo video after the jump.
Earlier this month, we saw the Sword Art Online Asuna Newly-Wed Life Set that character goods maker Cospa is bringing to the end of year doujinshi mega-event Comiket 83. This week, the makers of the anime revealed that they are not to be outdone. They'll be bringing an Asuna bath set, Asuna/Yui throw rugs and more. Get a look after the jump.
The long promised Steins;Gate movie, Fuka Ryoiki no déjà-vu, will be colliding with our timeline in Spring 2013 with an original story presenting a new conclusion to the time travel mystery. New magazine spreads have offered the latest look at the anime feature, while new promo items have been prepped for ticket purchase at anime goods retailer Gamers and at Comiket 83. Get a look after the jump.
With Comiket 83 looming at the end of the month, character designer Ryohei "Huke" Fuke (Metal Gear Solid, Black Rock Shooter) has posted a "Kurisu and used PC's" preview illustration from Steins;Gate Visual Works 2. Meanwhile, Steins;Gate merchandise is starting to pick up steam again in anticipation of next year's anime movie. Check it out after the jump.
At the end of year doujinshi mega-event Comiket 83, otaku can give blood for their character love. Similar to the Fate/zero blood drives or past Comiket incentives, 400ml of juice will get you an A1 sized poster featuring the heroines of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's, bishoujo from Aquaplus or beauties from Soft Port and OVERDRIVE eroge games. Get a look after the jump.