The cover of Megami Magazine Vol. 146 (July 2012) features one of the more popular girls of the year, Kuroyukihime from Accel World. All of the series featured in this volume actually ended already so it’s a nice little flashback to what was airing during the summer.
As usual, anything over a certain ecchi level is contained in the text links.
The first pin-up poster features Toki and Ryuuka from Saki – Episode of Side A. Their skirts seem unrealistically short, but then it could just be that they’ve rolled up from lying on the bed. The only thing that I would point out as awkward are how their elbows seem to be very thin and sharp compared to the rest of their body.
I love Mugi and Mio’s nurse outfits in this K-ON poster, they’re cute and not revealing. I don’t condone cheating on physical check-ups though.
Another bed poster here with loli Rin from Fate/Zero hugging her pillow. It was sad what happened to her family, but that’s what happens when you play with magic.
More bed goodness here with Rea doing a check-up on Mero from Sankarea. The hand sizes are totally off in this poster, which is a bit disappointing. If you’ve seen the anime, you’ll know that the characters aren’t drawn like this.
Megami managed to get this lovely poster of Xiao Mei from Shining Hearts. I love the use of bright colours and attention to detail not only on getting her body proportions right, but also on other things like the fish and the trees.
Considering Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II is an ecchi anime, there’s no surprise that any poster of the series would also be ecchi. While steam is the more common “mask” in bathing scenes in anime, they seem to use a lot of foam in Megami.
I love all of the cute characters in Dog Days, but something just doesn’t seem right about this poster of Milhi. I’m not sure if it’s her face or her hairstyle, but it just doesn’t look like her to me.
This beautiful poster stumped me for a while because I don’t remember ever seeing an anime with these characters. Doing a little search revealed that they’re from a mobile phone game called Star Plus One. I love the sparkly look and the character designs, the only problem with this image is that the pink-haired girl’s legs seem disconnected from her body.
This is the same image of Kuroyukihime that was used on the cover of this volume. It’s a simple drawing, but what really makes it stand out is all of the dark shading surrounding Kuroyukihime’s porcelain-like skin. The pink glow around her also draws your attention to her.
This is no doubt another one of Nyaruko’s plots to get Mahiro to like her.
The Girl’s Avenue 126th featured artist is none other than Riko Korie (梱枝 りこ) who has worked on several visual novels such as Ikinari Anata ni Koishiteiru and Gaku Ou. She also designed the characters for the manga Tsuki Tsuki. Her style consists of girls with very large eyes and long hair with an overall “cute” look. Most of her works stay on the conservative side and don’t venture too deeply into the world of ecchi. Her website can be found at http://nekomimi.ws/~non-girl/.
Next is a funny poster of Konoe from Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru tripping and dropping her creme puffs everywhere. I actually like this one a lot because not only is there humour, it’s dynamic, and the proportions and colours are also right.
This is surprisingly tame considering it’s a Queen’s Blade poster.
Despite being an ecchi anime, Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai actually has some very nice illustrations, especially of Lisara. If it had gotten better reviews, I might’ve given it a second chance.
A visually stunning anime deserves a stunning poster. I would say that Tari Tari had some of the highest quality animation of the season, and this poster managed to capture that with the use of different colour gradients and well-drawn characters.
I thought this poster of Miu from Hagure Yuusha no Estitica was a bit too plain.
For those looking for fanservice, I think this is the most ecchi poster in this volume. It’s of Risa and Ayana from Asa Made Jugyou Chu spending some personal time together.
Two other characters that spend a lot of time together (assuming they lived normal lives) are Homura and Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This poster is nothing fancy, but it’s nice to see the characters wearing something else besides their school or battle uniforms.
This volume of Megami Magazine came with a DVD containing the anime “blossom”. It’s a short episode that pays tribute to the victims of the 2011 tsunami. Personally I didn’t find it very interesting, but I’m just a cold-hearted foreigner anyways.
I guess it’s a bit late to be going through the Anime Character Catch Up section, but it’s always nice to look back at some series. Ones that I were already anticipating included Little Busters and Dog Days’. Other series like Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne and Kokoro Connect flew under my radar until I actually saw them. Just goes to show that there’s always something else worth watching.
The back cover features an ad for To Heart 2 Dungeon Travellers. This series has actually made it to the back cover a few times already.
The B2-sized poster that was included in this volume featured Hayate’s gang from the second Nanoha movie. I wasn’t very impressed by it not because of the quality, but because there’s no action in it.
The reverse side has the girls from AKB0048 decked out in their swimwear. It’s a standard beach scene so there’s nothing really to praise.
All in all, this volume had a pretty good line-up of posters. My favourites this time around are: the Xiao Mei poster, the illustration by Riko Korie, the one of Konoe, and the one of Lisara. The rest of the posters were average Megami fare with just a few of them having of awkward-looking or misplaced limbs.