Today we’ll cover the 144th volume of Megami Magazine for May 2012. The cover is of Saki – episode of side A. I’m surprised they didn’t go with a prettier anime, but I’m sure Saki fans would enjoy this. Unlike the last volume, quality seems to have improved this time, though the ecchi level has remained high. So as usual, in order to keep this site over-the-shoulder-peeking friendly, ecchi images can only be viewed by clicking on the text links.
With the K-ON movie coming up, the HTT girls still feature heavily in Megami. A lot of focus has been on Azusa recently, so it’s nice to get one of Mio and Yui in this volume. I just want to point out that Yui is drinking milk tea, something everyone should try at least once.
Papakiki posters in Megami have all been leaning towards the more revealing side, which is uncharacteristic of the anime. My best bet as to why they do this is because some people were probably expecting more fanservice in the anime.
I loved the previous Guilty Crown poster that was featured in Megami, and this volume they’ve continued with the crystal/feather theme. Instead of Mana and Inori, now they have Inori and Hare. Now I’m hoping they have one of Tsugumi next time.
I haven’t been watching Aquarion EVOL so I can’t tell if there’s something wrong with this illustration or if their waists really are that tiny.
I don’t imagine that Ichika and Kanna would willingly dress up like this. They probably had a little too much of Remon’s special drink. The contrast between their outfits (black vs white) is nice, but I wonder why the illustrators made their bikinis the same colour rather than keep it different. It would certainly highlight their rivalry if it was different.
While Zero no Tsukaima is now over, I’m still glad that there’s more posters. The way that they did this background is a perfect example of how to make something plain and boring look good with relatively little effort. Take a close look and you’ll notice that it’s actually a silhouette of some trees.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Lynette in a Megami poster. She’s my second-favourite character from the series and I think she deserves some more time in the spotlight. A lot of detail was put into this illustration, with Lynette wearing a pretty cool outfit and the paintings behind her and Yoshika worthy of being their own posters.
Again we have the same image that was on the front cover of this volume. I can’t say I like it that much, it’s rather simplistic.
80’s style fanservice? Is anyone watching the new Yamato?
This Saber poster would’ve been awesome except for two things: her bike looks a dull grey, and the light blue/white background doesn’t fit her character or pose at all. A rather disappointing outcome because of some poor colour choices.
After the atrocious Symphogear poster in the last volume, I thought that they were trying to imitate how bad the animation was in the magazine, but this one actually looks decent. Hibiki’s limbs look stick-thin, but at least it doesn’t look like they’re hanging off of her.
I’m not a big fan of shower/steam posters, but wow, Kuroyukihime has the perfect pose, not to mention I love her character design.
The featured artist in this volume’s Girl’s Avenue section is Nabeshima Tetsuhiro (鍋島テツヒロ) of the circle Lunade Luna. You can visit his website at http://lunadeluna.blog.shinobi.jp/. This illustration of his is nice, but it’s not the best we’ve seen in Megami. Small details for individual items are done nicely, but there seems to be a lot of wasted space that he fills in with random objects. The overall image looks like a wide-open canvas that someone filled with whatever he could think of.
Of course, since Queen’s Blade is airing, there’s the obligatory girls with falling/melting/shredded clothes.
Surprisingly, Highschool DxD seems to be going down the same route as Queen’s Blade when it comes to posters.
Rinne no Lagrange continues to surprise me with the amount of (not really) fanservice in Megami.
Some info from the Anime Character Catch Up section includes news of a Hanasaku Iroha movie. I didn’t think the series was as great as people made it out to be, but I would still watch a movie of it.
Another interesting item from the magazine are some screenshots from one of the new Madoka games. Apparently Mami appears in an idol costume, which I think looks great on her.
Oreimo also has a new PSP game coming out in which you can dress up the characters in Madoka cosplay. The one of Kyubey is cool and frightening at the same time.
The back cover features Sana from Mashiroiro Symphony. Considering how nice these covers look and how pretty the character designs are, I’m surprised that Megami doesn’t include more posters from this series.
The large poster included in this volume again features Nanoha on the first side along with Fate and a couple of their friends at an onsen. I actually really like this poster, it’s not very far on the ecchi side and looks pretty.
I have mixed feelings about the other side, which is dedicated to some of the girls from Inu x Boku SS. While I’m happy to see Ririchiyo on there, I’m upset that they decided to put her in a bikini. One of the great things about the series was Ririchiyo pulling off a lab coat in style, not to mention other outfits. Why ruin that by having as little clothing as possible?
My top 3 picks for this volume are the K-ON poster, Zero no Tsukaima poster, and Strike Witches poster. They weren’t exactly astounding, but were still good enough to impress me with their style and detail. Overall, the posters were a lot nicer than last time too. I would say this volume is closer to what an average Megami volume should have.