It has been one hectic month for me so I haven’t been able to spend any time on the blog, but now that things have slowed down, it’s time to get through this Megami Magazine backlog again. Volume 152 (January 2013) was the last Megami Magazine to come out last year so it has a bit of a Christmas theme to it. The cover has Rikka from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai sitting on a throne with a pet lion, pretty cool if you ask me. As usual, extremely ecchi content isn’t shown directly on the page, you’ll need to click on the links to see them.
The first poster is double-folded, I suspect to compete with Nyantype, which always has a larger double-folded poster in the first page. It features the crew from Girls and Panzer in cute Santa bikinis with a lovely Christmas tree background.
This poster is of Asuka Asagi from the yet-to-be-aired series Prism Nana. Her kimono is nice, but is nothing in comparison to the gorgeous moonlit background. I simply love posters like these that feature a cute character with a stunning starry background.
One thing I find odd about this image is that the skirts seem really flat… too flat to be made of anything other than paper. I guess it’s one of those things that the Megami editors missed.
Having a Busou Shinki clean your glasses is a brilliant idea; it also makes for an amusing scene.
Where’s Anastasia!? I find it odd that there would be an Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne poster with only 3/5 of the harem.
This is the same image of Rikka that was used on the magazine’s cover. I think it’s cool that we get to see what Rikka sees herself as.
Star Plus One continues its streak of appearing in Megami Magazine. I think I’m starting to get used to the really long and skinny arms and legs, but it still looks awkward at times.
You can count on Muv Luv Alternatice to have a nude poster that doesn’t show anything.
Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de also seems to be getting in on the ecchi genre.
In terms of design, this Robotics;Notes poster captures a pretty dynamic scene, but I’m a little disappointed in the shading and textures, the illustration looks rather flat.
Is it just me, or do Nagi’s legs look like they’re a bit too long?
There’s a bit more shading in this Sakurasou poster, which is what I mentioned was lacking in the Robotics;Notes one. If you compare the two, you can see how it could’ve looked better with just a slight change.
I’ve noticed that these Senran Kagura posters seem to show the entire team. It’s nice if you like group shots, but I think they could make some better posters by having some illustrations of the characters battling each other.
I don’t know what happened with the Girl’s Avenue section of the magazine, but it seems to have been replaced by this Chikaoka Sunao section permanently. It’s nice to see some calm illustrations like this, but I liked the variety that Girl’s Avenue provided.
Since this volume is a few months old, there aren’t really any titles in here to take note of. Some currently airing anime seen here are Hentai Ouji, Photokano, Date A Live, Crime Edge, and more.
The merchandise section of the magazine had something that caught my eye this time: a Fate/Zero wristwatch. On the surface it looks like a regular watch, but it actually has some symbols from the anime on it and has an engraving of Saber on the back. Unfortunately, it’s a hefty 18900 yen.
On the back cover is another Puchimas ad. Quite frankly I don’t see the appeal of Puchimas, but I’m guessing a lot of Idolmaster fans must be crazy over it.
Included in the magazine was this Star Plus One booklet with some information on the characters and the game. Not particularly great for anyone who can’t play the game.
The large poster included in this volume finishes up the Nanoha school swimsuit series. Volume 150 had Nanoha standing in front, 151 had Fate standing in front, and now we have Hayate in front. It’s great for die-hard Nanoha fans, but even I’m getting a little tired of all the attention the series gets from Megami.
On the reverse side we have a couple of characters from K lying in bed. It’s not a particularly detailed or stunning poster so I wish they would’ve used a different illustration.
Overall, this volume was below average. The first two posters and the one of Rikka were nice, but the rest were nothing to write home about. If you count the number of pin-up posters you’ll also notice that there are only 14, below the usual 16 or 18. It makes me feel a bit like I was ripped-off this time. I really don’t recommend getting this volume unless there’s a poster you absolutely must have.