I know I haven’t been posting much (or at all) recently, but like I said in previous posts, it was because I had a ton of deadlines to meet and exams to write. I finally finished everything on Friday and spent the weekend partying (meaning I played video games with friends and ate ice cream). Now that I’m all done celebrating though, I figured it was time to get back to blogging. So for my first real post in a long time, I present to you volume 118 of Megami Magazine.
Once again, Nanoha is featured on the cover of the magazine. I liked seeing her on the cover at first, but now it’s starting to get old. I’d prefer seeing some other anime on the cover now.
It looks like the K-ON craze is back. This poster is from the K-ON OVA that came out a couple months ago. You can tell because Mio and Ritsu have those backstage pass stickers on their coats.
I really liked Seitokai no Ichizon, but I found this poster to be really creepy. No, it’s not the fact that Kurimu and Chizuru are hugging each other nude, it’s the fact that Kurimu’s legs are missing. Just take a closer look, her legs go straight into Chizuru’s left leg and then disappear.
I really want to show this poster to some people and ask, “do you prefer large, medium, or small?” Seriously though, Ladies vs. Butlers was too ecchi for me, and I didn’t particularly like the animation quality.
Yay for some yuri action. I guess Seikon no Qwaser isn’t all that bad.
I didn’t expect to see a Chu-Bra poster in here, then I remembered that this is the March issue. You would think that a girl obssessed with lingerie would wear something more attractive than this.
This poster was nice because Minami has her hair down for once and not tied up in a ponytail. I’m actually surprised that Hideyoshi isn’t in this poster, he’s the main selling point of the anime.
I still haven’t seen the Haruhi movie. I’m hoping that it comes out on DVD soon or else I’m going to have to bring a translator into the theatre when I go to Japan. It feels so weird to see Nagato act shy and timid, it just doesn’t fit her alien aura.
Here’s another shower scene poster, this time of Darker Than Black. I’ve been meaning to watch the anime, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Can anyone tell me if it’s any good?
I liked the character designs in Omamori Himari, so I’m happy to see a poster in here. The only problem with the anime was that it seemed to follow the typical anime formula of boy meets girl + fantasy + action.
This is a cute little poster of the girls from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. I love their outfits and how Uiharu’s flower ring thing has been replaced with a flower hat.
This is an amazing illustration. The colour and detail just make me want to stare at it all day. I’ll even forgive the fact that it doesn’t make sense to wear armour if you’re whole front is exposed, just because it’s so pretty.
This poster was a surprise, I didn’t expect to see Louise from Zero no Tsukaima so long after the series ended. While I am a Louise fan, I actually didn’t like this illustration very much. I think it’s a bit hard to tell who she is if you don’t look at the Saito doll.
Considering how popular Ikkitousen is, I’m surprised that there aren’t more posters of it in Megami Magazine. I realy like the chinese dresses in this poster.
I thought Shana looked cute in this poster. I was hoping that Shakugan no Shana S would continue with the story, but nothing really happens in the series, it’s just for people that need their Shana fix.
Here’s another blast from the past poster. I remember watching Mai-Hime several years ago, the Orphans that they summon were so cool.
Ookami Kakushi was a terrible anime, but at least it produced some decent artwork, like this poster. While I think Mana and Isuzu are nicely drawn here, I think they could’ve fixed Nemuru’s hand. It looks like it’s 50% bigger than what it should be.
In case anyone needs their Shana fix, the DVD for the OVA has already been released.
It looks like Megami is still covering the first Nanoha movie. With each new volume I’m starting to think that I was right when I said that someone that works for the magazine really likes the Nanoha series.
While I’m not too interested in a breast-feeding anime, I’m sure many people are. If you’re one of those people, you should be happy to know that Seikon no Qwaser is now on Blu-ray and DVD.
With this volume comes the 100th issue of Girls Avenue (the beautiful illustration of the knight earlier). I haven’t been pointing out which posters are the Girls Avenue ones in my Megami posts, but it’s not too hard to tell. They’re the ones that look nicer (most of the time) than the rest and usually aren’t from any anime.
I didn’t know that there was an Utawarerumono OVA, but apparently the Blu-ray and DVD are now on sale.
A little extra that came with this volume of Megami was this Starter Book for the Nanoha Battle of Aces game on the PSP.
Inside you’ll find some information on the moves that the characters can perform. Unfortunately, I don’t have a PSP or the game so I can’t try them out :(
The large poster that came with this volume features Nanoha characters on both sides. Like I said before, as much as I like Nanoha, they really need to have more variety when it comes to the magazine cover and the posters. I actually have enough Nanoha posters from Megami Magazine now to cover an entire wall in my room, that’s a lot of posters.
Obviously, my favourite poster in this volume was the one with the knight girl, but some other notable ones were the Haruhi and Shana posters. This volume could have been better with some more quality control. Drawing Nemuru’s hand weird is forgivable, but cutting off both of a character’s legs is just bad quality. Megami Magazine isn’t known for slip-ups like these so hopefully we won’t see them again in future volumes.
I’ll try to make more regular posts here now that I have some free time, so look forward to them :) I actually wanted to post this yesterday, but I was busy writing this article for ForeverGeek. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would to write, so if you read it, let me know what you think of my choices.