So heress the two volumes of Rei Hiroe's Hisui-kyo Kitan and how they look together. Pretty nice. Vol.2 gives us a conclusion but also hinting at that there could be more to come. However, there isn't.
Also, since I went back home this past weekend (to celebrate some bdays and whatnot), I brought back my Black Lagoon mangas with me since it's been a while since I've read 'em and because the anime has been getting me in the mood. I posted pics of 'em last year (at AoD) when I got 'em way before the anime aired and before anyone knew about the show, like w/ most mangas turned anime (ie. TenTen, School Rumble, Genshiken). So here's my mini collection of Rei Hiroe mangas in total. And if you haven't noticed it yet, that's why I included that Fate Hollow pic.
On the Hisayuki/Otome (& fig rant) front, vol.7 & 8's first press items are quite boring. They will be pinups and not some cool figs I was hoping for like My~HiME. Thus, I'll probably have 7 & 8 ship w/ the 'final' volume 9. I just hope they'll announced the release date for the OVA soon. Hoping OVA 1 will be before the end of the year. As for the Hisayuki news, I'm sure most have seen the Queen's Blade Reina fig. HLJ had it up for preorder 3 days ago. I'm having a dilemma w/ it being the great Hisayuki fan that I am. Will I order it? Well, we'll see ;) :D. Also the Alter Ignis went up for preorder at HLJ yesterday after it was shown on many sites 2 days ago. As I mentioned in this post. This was the one I found superior to all the other recent Ignis figs (save for the nudity that is Orchid Seed). The sculpt and pose kicks so much more ass than the others. The only gripe I have w/ it, is the paint & coloring. I kinda like MF's brighter colour (especially the hair) compared to Alter's darker tone. The inclusion of a symbol on the stand for the MF one is cooler too, but it's just a stand so meh.
some anime news i wanted to post yesterday: Gonzo's Red Carpet - looking pretty interesting
GitS SAC Production Notes cover - The cover is sorta meh but amusing since Motoko and Batou are in full figure pose and we got anime Kamiyama directing :D.
A new hentai announced for July 21 by a new company, TMC, called hana to hebi (flower and snake) the animation. It's based off a novel by Oniroku Dan and has been adapted into live action movies. There's quite a few iterations of it. The first movie came out in 1974 and it has been remade by Takashi Ishii (well known for Angel Guts series) recently. The first movie came out in 2004 while the sequel just came out last year. Here's the official site (NSFW). Media Blasters released the 2004 movie last year (called Flower and Snake but i heard it's cut. As you can see, it's quite popular as oniroku dan got Yoshitaka Amano (from Final Fantasy fame) to do an illustration book a while ago. There's also a game by Elf (link NSFW obviously). Anyways, this hentai's looking fairly good w/ some decent designs and animation. Check out the official site (NSFW) for more info including some wallpapers, a trailer (yeah baby) and a look at the fp box (!) that comes w/ vol.1. The show is scheduled to be a 3 volume/episode series w/ vol.2 coming out Aug 24. and vol.3 on Sept. 22. Now if only this wasn't censored.
Official Metal Slug 3D site posts new screenshots...meh
More Blood+ PS2 shots
Shutoku Battle X for the 360's homepage is now live
Official Shining Wind site added a new chara today
New character and wallpaper added to the Gouma Reifu Den Izuna DS game
August 10th Melty Blood: Act Cadenza cover - can't wait to play this shit, clean pic found on official ps2 site for those that didn't know.
if i have time i'll add more interesting news as usual.
12:55 PM EST Edit:
Just some SNK news I would like to add.
The official KOFXI site updated, more specifically the Dr.NEO GEO section. He gives more info on the mission mode and how playing that will unlock the new PS2 exclusive characters like Hotaru. He also talks about the color edit mode...meh.
SNK also upated their Athena on Stage imode game for JPN keitai denwas
In their goods section, SNK added more Iroha figs and the KOF MI2 soundtrack and Complete Guide book
Lastly, the most exciting news is issue 1 of their online magazine Press Start!. It gives some details on the extra characters for KOFXI PS2 and Metal Slug 3D. Gotta love the artwork on the front page (prolly by Hiroaki)...yesh Mai yesh...nice Andy & Hokutomaru cameo ;).
Final Edit for the day:
Shingo at Heisei Democracy showed a scan of two awesome Witchblade PVCs by Organic and Kotobukiya. However, they weren't painted. Well, the official sites have a painted version and man do they look great. A little pricey (especially the Koto one) but well worth it for the fans (myself included, though i won't get *sniff sniff*). The Kotobukiya one can be seen here and it's up for preorder at HLJ, while the Organic one can be seen here. HLJ hasn't put that one up yet but expect it either tomorrow or in a couple of days.
June 9 game news (WORLD CUP BABY!)
don't feel like making a new post today:
Bleach Wii shots
Dragon Quest Monsters J clean scan
Guilty Gear Road of Arms for JPN phones
HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR doing Sengoku Basara 2 theme
DMC 3 SE for Windows
More Finder Love shots and promo items
Rurouni Kenshin PS2 shots Fall release - SWEET
And as i mentioned yesterday, Showtime has released the 2nd trailer to KOF XI. it's nearly 7 min (6:54 to be exact) long. It basically shows the features of what we already know. It starts off w/ a recap from 2k3, then the modes (challenge, endless), extra characters like the ones in the arcade, the ps2 original ones (which are essentially sprite rips from their Neo Geo Battle Coliseum counterpart) and boss characters. It then has 'additonal features', which include new 3D backgrounds, new BGM (old themes like Kyo's and Yuri's from AoF 2, Athena gets a fully vocal BGM), gallery mode and original endings. Lastly, they show a little of on-line battle mode. ANYWAYS, can't wait to get this and practice some more!! Though i've been holding my ground in the arcades, but that's broken.
My-ZHiME site update - nothing special really
The Clamp x Sunrise anime, Code Geass site open - yay for kimura!
Innocent-Venus site open
SEED Stargazer OVA site update and trailer
Binbou Shimai Monogatari site open