It looks like Nanoha has some competition when it comes to appearances on Megami Magazine covers. This is the second time that Puella Magi Madoka Magica has been featured on the cover. The first time, in volume 129, had Madoka in her puella magi outfit, volume 131 here has Homura in a black dress.
Posters follow below, ecchi images are linked.
I think these are the most colourful group of maids that I’ve seen. The striped stockings look nice, and that parfait looks yummy.
Fans of the lolis from To Aru Majutsu no Index will probably like this poster.
The Yumekui Merry anime was less than spectacular, but I loved the character designs. I also like cat girls, so this poster is definitely a keeper for me. Merry looks super cute, and the expression on Yui’s face is priceless.
This poster is rather plain compared to most, there’s a significant lack of detail beyond the outline of the girls.
Megami once again manages to make Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne look normal. I’m impressed at how they can fix up strange-looking animation and make it look better for their posters.
Nurse Mio and Mugi look really cute here. Sadly, nurses don’t actually dress like that here. I wonder if it’s something only found in Japan…
I absolutely love Yoshika’s kimino here, it looks so vibrant and beautiful. I also enjoyed all of the other strike witches as dolls in the background.
This is just wrong…
I was hoping that Megami would include a nice background with Homura, but she also suffers from the horrible backgrounds that the cover illustrations always get. While I think her dress is nicely done, the face seems to be a bit off.
This poster looked really well illustrated at first, but the more I look at it, the more it seems like the girl in the yellow bikini is stretched too much.
For the 113th featured artist of Girl’s Avenue, Megami covers Ikeda Yasuhiro (池田靖宏) (NSFW). He has some very interesting character designs, like this girl, who has a nuclear rocket pack strapped onto her, all the while listening to some tunes. Unique character designs aren’t his only specialty, as you can see, there’s also plenty of detail put into the hair, facial expression, and folds in her clothing. The only complaint I have about this illustration is that the girl’s ankles seem too thin.
I loved this Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka poster because all of the girls are in school uniforms, even Eu. The blatant exposure of panties is a bit unnecessary though.
This was a rather amusing illustration.
I really liked this poster, it’s cute, sparkly, and is far from being plain.
I was rather disappointed with these two posters, they were basically the same thing from different sides. They also aren’t very artistic, just pure fanservice.
I decided to delete this one, I don’t want something like it on my blog.
The fanservice isn’t as bad in this Sora no Otoshimono poster, at least some effort was put into making it funny rather than arousing. My favourite part about it is the chibi version of Ikaros.
Now this isn’t a poster, but I just loved the illustration. The lineart and colours are perfect, and the pose shows enough skin to be hot but not lewd. I don’t know much about Kaminomi, but Kanon Nakagawa is apparently a character from the series and released her first album recently.
Another thing that caught my eye in this volume was something in the anime round-up section. This anime, called Ro-Kyu-Bu has a beautifully designed and drawn character. Her name is Tomoka Minato and she caught my attention because she reminds me of the girls that Tinkle draws, and those of you who have read my Etsu posts know that Tinkle is my favourite pair of artists. Looking into the series, I found that the character designs were done by Takayuki Noguchi. That didn’t feel right to me though, because Tomoka looked too much like a Tinkle girl to be from Noguchi. Further research showed that I was right, and the original character designs were done by Tinkle for the manga. What kind of fan would I be if I couldn’t identify my favourite artists’ drawing styles :)
I will probably be watching this anime when it comes out regardless of what it’s about. Finally seeing Tinkle character designs in an anime is just too much to miss.
There weren’t too many new/upcoming figures featured in Megami that I was interested in. I thought about getting the Erika Sendo Beach Queens figure by Wave, but I didn’t think the face looked right so I passed it up.
I haven’t been including these in my Megami posts recently, but the war between the major TCG companies seems to be heating up. BothChaos and Victory Spark are advertising in the back of the magazine now.
Not to be out-done, Weib Schwarz has also included a free card of the Idolmaster girls with this volume.
The back cover of the magazine features Charlotte from Princess Lover, along with a reminder that the blu-ray for the series is now on sale.
As usual, there’s a large poster included with Megami. This time it’s one of those thin, elongated ones and it features the two most (probably) popular mahou shoujo right now, Madoka and Nanoha, both in swimsuits. Personally, I think they made Madoka look really fat, not as in overweight, but fat as in baby fat. I guess it fits with the drawing style, but it’s ironic that Nanoha is younger and has a more lady-like build. Nanoha has also got sparkles everywhere while Madoka just got some blue dots in the background. I think it’s obvious who wins this battle.
The illustration quality of the posters this time around was average in my opinion. There were some nice ones like the Strike Witches poster, the Houkago no Pleiades poster, and the Yumekui Merry poster, but there was nothing outstanding. The Freezing posters were more of an eyesore unless you like big-boobed girls just standing around with no clothes. On the bright side, I now have a new anime to look forward too, as well as a nice Nanoha poster to add to my collection.