Here we have volume 147 (August 2012) of Megami Magazine. It might be 6 months late, but better late than never. The cover features mahou shoujo Nanoha and Fate from the second Nanoha movie, which was released in theatres last summer. I’m still waiting for it to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray so I can watch it. In case anyone has forgotten how my Megami posts work, anything over a certain ecchi threshold are not shown directly on the page, you’ll have to click on the links to view them. Generally swimsuits and any other clothing you can expect people to wear outside are fine. Provocative poses are maybes and if they need to cover themselves, then you have to click on the link.
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 prequel to Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero is a 25-episode anime written by Gen Urobuchi and produced by Ufotable. It focuses on the 4th Holy Grail War, a free-for-all battle between 7 magi and heroes summoned from throughout history to be their servants. The prize: the Holy Grail, a device capable of granting any wish. Since I had already seen Fate/Stay Night, I already knew how Fate/Zero would end and simply watched it expecting to see some nice action scenes.
The series blew me away with its intense exploration of humanity and ideals. Unlike Fate/Stay Night, which had a simple right vs wrong approach when characters clashed, Fate/Zero presented conflicts between more muddy positions. Most of the characters deal with some sort of internal conflict, which helped add to the physical battles that they fight.
When I see average characters in anime that suddenly become heroes and gain praise and attention through no effort of their own, I am always reminded of two things: the ending song to Chaos;Head “Super Special” by Seira Kagami, and Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion. There always seems to be more “average” heroes in anime (characters that are indecisive, emotional, self-conscious, and don’t do anything) and fewer traditional or “real” heroes such as Spike from Cowboy Bebop and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin. Are average characters really preferred by anime fans, or are real heroes making a comeback?
With the second Nanoha movie soon to hit Japanese theatres this summer, the series has once again taken over Megami Magazine. The cover features Nanoha and Fate in their A’s movie outfits. Of course, they also took up a number of pages inside the magazine, but I won’t be covering those. If you happen to be in Japan this summer, you can check out the movie starting on July 14.
Moving on, the pin-up posters in this volume were pretty good, as you can see below. Note that anything ecchi can only be viewed by clicking on the text links.
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.
Anime has long been lacking male characters who aren’t emo teenagers, one-dimensional saviors, comic relief, or romantic pretty boys. Fate/Zero doesn’t follow conventional anime trends, instead, history’s most righteous heroes and cunning villains are brought together in an epic battle royale. This might sound strange coming from someone whose favourite characters are all bishoujos, but Kiritsugu has captured my interest as one of the most interesting characters this season. He is by no means kawaii, moe, or funny, but his beliefs and ideals so closely match mine that it’s hard to ignore. The question is: is he an admirable hero or a despicable villain?
Volume 141 (February 2012) of Megami Magazine once again features Nanoha and Fate from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. The cast of Nanoha has been absent from the last few volumes, but with the second movie coming out this summer, we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of them soon. This volume contains a few goodies, but first lets take a look at the pin-up posters. Ones with more racy images are hidden in the links, so click at your own discretion.
The cover for the December 2011 issue of Megami Magazine (volume 13) is one of the nicer looking ones with Sena and Yozora from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai against a fall background. Considering the level of quality seen in some episodes of the anime, I’m glad that illustrations don’t suffer from the same problem.
For the most part, the posters in this volume were average and mainly contained series from this season with a few from the upcoming season. Any images not shown directly on this page, but are linked are ecchi and NSFW.
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).