Megami Magazine Vol. 134

Magami Magazine Vol. 134 cover featuring Erio from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

The 134th volume (July 2011) of Megami Magazine covers just about every anime in the spring 2011 season, great for anyone who enjoyed the season’s lineup. The cover features one of my favourite characters, Erio Touwa from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko.

Below are the pin-up posters in this volume. Click on the text links to see the ecchi images.

Kurisu Makise from Steins;Gate with her shirt unbuttoned

The first poster is of Kurisu Makise of Steins;Gate in a rather compromising position. Personally, I think they should’ve given her a lab coat rather than a white shirt here, and I’m a little confused about the position/size of her left arm.

Aria and Shirayuki fron Hidan no Aria wrestling on the floor

It’s amazing that Aria can overpower someone bigger than her like that. I also find it amusing how her clothing has an angry cat on it.

The girls from Idolm@aster

The IdolM@aster  series seems to have finally gotten its own anime that isn’t about giant robots. I hope the animation quality is as good as what’s in this poster.

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Asuka was one of my favourite girls in Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, so I really liked this poster. It made me wonder though, do some bras really have pointed tips like that?

Cute image of young and old Menma from Ano Hana

This was a cute Ano Hana poster of both the ghost Menma and the Menma from 10 years ago. The blue flowers blowing in the wind was a nice touch.

Ohana giving Nako a back rub from Hanasaku Iroha

The last few Hanasaku Iroha posters have been rather fanservicey, but it’s nice to get a regular one every now and then.

Milhiore from Dog Days in her concert outfit

I love Milhi’s dynamic pose in this poster and the way it shows off her outfit. The graffiti and shadows in the background really completed the image.

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I only watched the first episode of C so I don’t know who these two are, but this poster looks cool. I’m curious as to how that wine glass doesn’t fall over.

Erio from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko looking cute and sparkly

Erio looks as sparkly as ever in this poster. The zig-zag lines and Yashiro in the background add to the “denpa” feel of it. I also like how even though Erio’s shirt is almost completely undone, the image doesn’t seem that fanservicey.

The girls from Infinite Stratos

It’s interesting to see the girls from Infinite Stratos in different outfits.

A Channel at the beach eating popsicles

This A Channel poster was rather cute. The only thing I would change is to distort Tooru’s body a little behind the clear tube.

Maria Holic nurse cosplay

Nurse cosplay causes nosebleeds, apparently.

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I love how well Madoka and Ui’s figures were drawn here. The colours and shading in their hair and eyes is also done pretty well; an accurate representation of the anime’s quality.

Victorique from Gosick lying down with her kimono

Victorique from Gosick looks a bit off with her eyes like that, but the combination of the kimono, her long hair, and the red linen she’s lying on looks beautiful.

Softenni club members un bunny outfits

The animation style in Softenni is horrid, so Megami doesn’t really have much to work with here. At least the blondie doesn’t look too bad with that sideways glance.

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Just once they should add a Seikon no Qwaser poster that isn’t ecchi.

Megami Radio and golf clubs

Included in this volume is a poster of two of the hosts from Megami Radio, which covers the latest anime news, and that you can listen to here. In case you’re wondering, both of these girls are anime voice actresses. On the left is Eri Kitamura, who played such roles as Yui (Angel Beats), Rimi (Chaos;Head), Sayaka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and Ami (Toradora). On the right is Yuka Iguchi, who played Chise (Mayoi Neko Overrun) and Index (Toaru Majutsu no Index). I’d rather have a nice anime poster rather than 3D girls, but I guess it’s good reference if I ever need to know what the voice actresses I listen to so often look like.

Nanoha and Fate pose for the Nanoha movie

Despite the first Nanoha movie being long past, they still manage to get posters in current volumes of Megami. I’m surprised both at the low quality in this one and that they haven’t included a poster for the second movie yet.

Watercolour image of the characters from Fractale

This drawing style was a nice change of pace from the usual anime style. A lot of people complained about the changed hair colours of the characters in the Fractale anime adaptation, and I have to say that I agree with them. The original colours here look much nicer.

Comic-style image for Moshidora

The last poster in the volume is a Girl’s Avenue one featuring an artist that works for Rococo Works. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to read his name and there’s no website listed, so here’s a link to Rococo’s site. The drawing style looks cute and seems fitted for comics, an anomaly considering Girl’s Avenue usually features bishoujo with vibrant colours.

Megami's Figure StyleS

Out of the figures featured in the Figure StyleS section, the only one I’ve ordered is the nendoroid Mayuri.

Megami's Anime Character Catch Up page 1

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Megami's Anime Character Catch Up page 4

The anime section covers some new and upcoming series as well as a few currently airing ones.  Fate/Zero looks interesting, but what has most of my attention right no is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira.

Megami Magazine Vol. 134 back cover featuring Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizu

The back cover of the magazine lists the release dates of each Kira episode. The first one will be out on July 21.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Complete Book front cover

Included with the magazine was this Puella Magi Madoka Magica booklet.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Complete Book content

Inside were character bios, interviews, and general information. Sadly, no new images.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Complete Book back cover

The back of the booklet was nice.

Large poster of Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica

The large posters included this time were also focused on Puella Magi Madoka Magica. On one side is Homura in a rainbow-striped bikini.

Large poster of Mami from Puella Magi Madoka Magica

On the reverse is Mami with flowers printed on a white bikini. I thought it was great that they decided to use my two favourite characters from the series, but I’m upset that they’re on the opposite sides of the same poster. Now I have to choose one or the other.

My favourite pin-ups from this volume were the one of Menma and the one of Milhi. The ecchi level seems to have been toned down here, with me only having to censor 3 images. In exchange, we got another non-2D poster and a couple at the end in a non-anime style. If you want a Megami Magazine with as little fanservice as possible, this is probably the best you’re ever going to get.

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  1. Ohana and Nako!!! They’re always lovely, fanservicey or not.

    The booklet looks very interesting, as does the Mami poster. It’s a very nice magazine, as usual, with some nice extras.

    Agreed that the magazines seem much more tame this issue relative to some of the past ones. I like this change of pace.

  2. For me the Milhi poster is nearly unbeatable in this volume, she looks gorgeous there, but I also like the Fractale and Girl’s Avenue poster quite a lot.

    I would like to know which episode of Mariaholic featured this sexy nurse XD

    Its always interesting to see anime voice actors and remembering the voices of the characters they’ve played.
    Im wondering if their husbands or boyfriends sometimes ask them if they could use the voice of a certain anime character for a while ;D

  3. Another great issue. Quite a few good ones from the last season (which was one of the better seasons lately in my opinion). I especially like the Kurisu one but it’s a shame her arm does look distorted like that. I wonder why the seiyuu picture had them with golf clubs, makes me think they might do voices in Pangya or something.. Erio and the IS girls are looking great too. That reminds me I haven’t finished watching Denpa yet. Really like the Menma picture too. I’ve always had issues with double sided posters, seems like most of the time I’ve gotten them I liked both sides equally, so they usually get a flip over every so often.

  4. @ibby:
    Thanks :)

    @Yi:
    I kinda wish Yuina was in there too, but I like Ohana and Nako too. The down-turn in fanservice in this volume might just be a coincidence though, since that’s what Megami is known for.

    @Fabienne:
    Completely agree with you there, Milhi looks gorgeous. Unfortunately, I don’t follow Maria Holic so I’m not sure which episode the nurse outfit comes from.

    I bet the voice actresses’ boyfriends do ask them to do some voices sometimes, I know I would.

    @Persocom:
    The last season was definitely one of the better ones in recent years. Before the Megami Radio poster, there was a small section with the hosts and they were swinging some golf clubs. I couldn’t read any of it, but it might be some promotion for a new anime or game.

    I’m too lazy to flip my posters, so I usually go with one side and stick with that until it gets replaced.

  5. I really like the Mami poster. Oh and the first mildly NSFW spread is cool too. Is it just me or does she look like she’s trying to straighten the camera for the photo?

    I’m sure they do make bras like that, but I bet you don’t grab them out of your local Wal-Mart.

  6. Yeah you’re right, what happened to KURISTINAAAH’s left hand there? If they tell me its “perspective, i think whoever allowed this picture to be printed out should have their eyes checked XD.

  7. This issue has some really nice posters. It’s really hard to decide which I like better. Usually, it’s kinda easy but this one’s pretty hard. >.<

  8. @kgods:
    Asuka would be the type of girl that would take a photo of herself if it was for Takashi.

    @duqs:
    Yeah, when you compare the size of her hand to her waist, which is at the same distance, it’s way too small.

    @Hoshiko:
    I know what you mean, some images are so close in quality that it’s hard to decide which one is better.

    @tsurugiarashix:
    Glad you enjoyed them.

  9. I especially like the Homura and Mami posters. Menma is also super cute, an Anaru poster would have been a nice addition too. ^^

    I’m a bit curious about Steins;Gate, were you able to finish the series?

  10. @Xine:
    Steins;Gate is actually still airing right now. They’re up to episode 15 and it looks like things are really starting to get interesting.

  11. Most of the Hoshizora posters from both Megami and Nyantype have been pretty faithful to the anime designs. It’s a shame Ui in this one looks weird. It’s like they tried to do some sort of perspective thing, but it just looks as though she’s sinking into the distance.

    The Qwaser poster is quite nice too. Dunno about a non-ecchi one though, that would be like dividing by zero in the Qwaser universe.

    You’ve got Mayuri Nendo on pre-order. She looks cute, hopefully you do a review of her. :D

  12. I don’t know what to think of this series. As I am at episode 9, I ask myself “Where’s the point”. I thought the plot was going to be quite easy to catch in the first few episodes, but it all became blurry toward the middle.

  13. @BioToxic:
    Ui’s head is a bit small, but I don’t think she looks too bad in that poster. A non-ecchi Qwaser poster might not be likely, but there have been non-ecchi Sora no Otoshimono posters, so i wouldn’t say it’s too far of a stretch to see a Qwaser one.

    @Will:
    Exactly which series are you referring to?

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