It’s been a while since I covered a volume of Megami Magazine and I had some time today, so I figured why not take a look at volume 122, the July 2010 edition (I’m only 2 months late). The cover features three popular characters from K-ON: Yui, Yui, and you guessed it, Yui. The only real difference between the three Yui’s besides the clothes is her hairstyle. It looks like she had her hair tied up as a baby, twintails as an elementary schooler, and her regular hairstyle as a high schooler. I guess the amount of blush gets lower and the length of her eyebrows increases with age too.
Continuing on with the K-ON theme, the first poster in the magazine is of Mio and Azusa at the beach. It’s an OK poster, but I’m kinda wondering what they were doing to end up in that position.
Fate (or is that her “sister”?) looks really cute back when she was a little girl. I still see her mother as an evil character though, I don’t know if they changed that in the movie or not.
This was an interesting poster. You’ve got the three most popular cosplay types all in one shot: a nurse, a cheerleader, and a maid. In addition to that, you’ve even got some shima pan.
Here’s the uncensored version of the image found on the front cover. When I saw it I thought “Is Yui holding a broom and doing some cleaning!?” a blasphemous thought, I know. Then I saw the position of her right arm and the way she was holding the broom and realized she was pretending to play the guitar. That’s more like the Yui I know.
For the 104th edition of Girl’s Avenue, they featured the artist Wadaaruko (ワダアルコ). This illustration reminds me of a bunch of berries for some reason even though it’s of a girl in a field of flowers. Maybe it’s because of the way the flowers are coloured, they look like giant berries from afar.
I remember seeing a store actually selling this poster in Akiba. While this is the July issue of the magazine, keep in mind that Megami is actually realased a month before its issue month, so the July issue would’ve been available in Japan in June (which was when I was there). It’s a nice poster and all, but I don’t think it’s worth buying by itself.
The Japanese never cease to amaze me with how much they can twist a story around. For example, if you give them the story of Sherlock Holmes, they’ll turn it into an anime called Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. One of the main characters is Sherlock Shellingford, a moe pink-haired girl aiming to be a great detective.
There were two extras that came with this volume: a radio CD, and this Nanoha fan book. I don’t know what’s on the radio CD since it’s all in Japanese, but this fan book has some nice illustrations by various artists.
My favourite illustration was this one on the right of fate. She looks really cool with all the lighting around her.
Here’s another illustration that I thought was pretty good.
Volume 122 also came with this large Angel Beats poster. Now that the anime is over, they’ve switched from posters showing Yuri vs Kanade to posters showing the both of them as friends. I think I like the latter ones since they’re so much more peaceful.
On the back are the girls from the anime Working. I don’t know about you guys, but to me it seems like Poplar’s oppai are sagging a lot…
That’s pretty much it for this volume. In total there were only 14 posters and most of them were on the ecchi side. It’s disappointing considering Megami Magazine usually has around 20 posters in each volume. I guess this time they had to cut back on them to be able to include the radio CD and fanbook. As someone that doesn’t know Japanese, I could’ve gone without the CD, but I’m the minority when it comes to Megami’s customer base. Perhaps this was why that BRS poster was being sold separately, the magazine just doesn’t feel as worth it with fewer posters.
For hidden images, read this post (numbers 03, 04, 07, 08, 11, 12, 14, 15).