This comes a few weeks late, but here is this month’s issue of Megami Magazine, volume 138. The magazine seems to have shifted away from Nanoha and friends and is now regularly featuring the girls from Idolmaster on their covers and in their posters. Volume 138 has a good mix of just about everything, so if you’re looking for variety, you may want to consider getting a copy. You can check out all of the posters included in this volume below. Remember that linked images are ecchi (a.k.a. NSFW).
The first poster comes from the new anime Guilty Crown and features Ayase and my favourite, Tsugumi. I like this one because it looks so cheerful and the small details like the emblem on Tsugumi’s sleeve and the buildings in the background are well-done.
If you’re a K-ON fan, you’ll surely be looking forward to the movie. I wasn’t aware that the UK had warm sunny beaches, but this poster seems to suggest otherwise. Mio, Ritsu, and Azusa cheering in the background is cute.
The last mother-daughter poster I remember seeing in Megami was of the Tohsaka family from Fate/Zero in volume 133. Now we have the Einzbern family, also from Fate/Zero. I love Irisviel’s white hat and coat, it matches her silver hair and the snowy background.
It’s sad that Triple H ended up as Double H in Mawaru Penguindrum. If I were in Himari’s position, I would’ve been heartbroken. This poster shows a world that could’ve been, or maybe it will be considering how unpredictable the series is.
Infinite Stratos seems to be one of those series that will be in Megami for a long time.
Everyone’s favourite squid girl makes an appearance in this volume. While the art style is simple, I’m still impressed with the smooth lines and nice shading. The only problem I have with this poster is that it doesn’t look like Ika’s umbrella is actually covering her.
Working is another anime with a simple art style, but it still looks good; this poster is a perfect example of that.
This Madoka poster looks like an alternate ending to the series. I am surprised at how drawing a few loose strands of hair on Madoka and Homura makes it look like they’ve been working up a sweat. Brilliant illustration in my opinion.
Ro-Kyu-Bu shower scene. Warning: very ecchi.
This illustration is absolutely lovely, not to mention cute at the same time. Alice and Yune make a great pair.
An Idolmaster poster with the same image found on the cover is also included for all the fans out there.
I’m not really liking this poster of Himeji and Minami from Baka Test. Himeji’s legs look further away than the water, but they’re in front of it.
This is Megami’s second Ano Natsu de Matteru poster. I was dumbfounded as to why there is a random hand coming from the side holding a pop can. Other than that oddity, the illustration itself is decent.
Fanservice courtesy of C3.
Considering how dark the final season of Shana is looking, I welcome this calmer-looking poster with Yoshida mixing Shana’s bow. Both of their outfits look nicer than anything they wear in the anime.
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon seems largely based around fanservice.
The featured Girl’s Avenue artist in this volume is Fuyuno Haruaki (ふゆの春秋), you can find his website at http://technofuyuno.net/. He is the artist behind the above illustration, and as you can see, he uses very vivid and bright colours. This reminds me of the concept of painting marine animals in space for some reason.
I just noticed that the cast of Nekogami Yaoyorozu have very bright hair.
One of the great things about anime originating from visual novels is that they have some nice school uniform designs. This Mashiroiro Sympohny poster looks nice at first, but if you look at Miu’s knees, they’re actually out of place. They also forgot to include Sakuno, my favourite girl in the series.
I commented in my Fall round-up how the girls in Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai were manly and I’m going to stick with that no matter how many of them they put in lingerie.
I admit that I do not like the character designs in Kamisama Dolls. Sticking nekomimi on them isn’t going to change anything. On the up side, that tea cup in the cupboard looks pretty.
Exploding clothes are a staple of poorly written anime. It seems it has also made it into Megami Magazine with Manyuu Hikenchou.
If I had a choice, I would’ve had a poster if this Mashiroiro Symphony image rather than the one on the grass.
Within the magazine itself is some content about upcoming anime, not least of which is the new K-ON movie. If you didn’t know already, the light music club will be travelling to England, though I think the swimsuit scene will turn out being a fantasy.
A couple of anime that I’m looking forward to are Nisemonogatari and the third (plus fourth) Rebuild of Evangelion movie. Nisemonogatari is a spin-off series of Bakemonogatari, one of my favourites from 2009. The Eva movies should be a treat no matter what, although I’m disappointed about pirate Asuka.
This is the first time I’ve seen Megami fill a page out of their figures section with dolls. I know a number of you are probably into dollfies and whatever other brands there are, but I have an aversion to them thanks to watching Child’s Play 20 years ago. Chuckie, and any doll for that matter, still gives me the creeps. On the bright side, the figures and dolls are kept on separate pages so I can just flip really fast through the doll section :)
The double-sided B2 poster this time is really ecchi, but they come from two series that I love. The first side features the four most popular girls from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai lying on a bed. Yozora and Sena seem to be sharing a single uniform.
The reverse side is the female cast of Mayo Chiki enjoying a dip at a hot spring.
That wraps up the main contents of this volume. Several posters stood out for me this time: the Guilty Crown, K-ON, Madoka, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, and Fuyuno Haruaki posters were all high quality illustrations. If you don’t mind a large ecchi poster as a bonus, then this would be a good volume to get to fill up some barren walls.