Friday, June 28, 2013

One Less Star on the Ground, One More in the Sky: Yasuda Dead at 24

Sudden illness claims Comic LO, doujin artist at Tokyo home

As reported by Anime News Network via the blog of manga-ka Raryu Kitamine, Yasuda, leader of doujinshi circle Yasudanchi, passed away recently.  He was 24.

Kitamine reports that Yasuda was discovered deceased at his Tokyo home after his parents failed to be able to contact him over a course of weeks.  Kitamine also commented that Yasuda appeared to be in good health during early May's Comitia104 and during his May 26th birthday.  The exact date of Yasuda's passing is presently unknown. 

Yasuda's professional work was featured in the lolicon-centric Comic LO manga anthology magazine, and his doujinshi work included recent parodies of Haganai, Sword Art Online, with his artistic style lending a distinctive softness and roundness to his leading female characters.  Yasuda's circle's last published book debuted at late April's Comic1☆7, featuring OreImo's Ayase Aragaki, seen at left.

Thank you again to ANN and Kitamine for the coverage, and to the Doujinshi and Manga Lexicon for the cover images. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sunshine Creation 60: Mugen@WORKS / むげん@WORKS / Akiduki Akina

Akina prepares to go back to the farm for Comiket 84

Mugen@WORKS will participate in this weekend's Sunshine Creation 60, finally offering their Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi-centered Henneko parody in person after a delay that kept the book out of Comic1☆7 and the circle's absence during Comitia104.  In addition, the circle will offer free-of-charge a preview of their Comic Market 84 offering, featuing Chiho Sasaki of The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!) in a pose udderly similar to the treatment Suguha Kirigaya received in the circle's Comiket 83 release.  I'm sure the snags that held up the Henneko book threw off Akina's work schedule, so here's to hoping that the circle can get back on the rails and have a smooth Comiket release and beyond.

Sunshine Creation 60: Clesta / Cle Masahiro / CL-orz 29

Wherein we complete the Kübler-Ross model

Cle Masahiro's Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon) penchant is no longer just a thing, but a way of life.  It is what it is.  There will be another doujinshi convention, and there will be another Horizon parody from Clesta.  Time to embrace it, and the good news is that Masahiro's art is still top-notch.  CL-orz 29 streets this weekend at Sunshine Creation 60 with miko archer Tomo Asama given the cover this time around.

Sunshine Creation 60: Digital Lover / Yuka Nakajima / D.L. Action 77

Not exactly a Sankuri shocker...

No word on a new ero doujin from the Doujinshi James Brown, Yuka Nakajima of Digital Lover, but the circle has revealed an endowed mouse pad of remote-wielding Level 5er Misaki Shokuhou of A Certain Scientific Railgun S, ready to provide carpal tunnel relief at Sunshine Creation 60 this weekend.

Updated 8:36 am 6/21:

Between the appearance on the cover of Rough Sketch 75 and the previously revealed 3D mouse pad, it should come as no surprise to Digital Lover's fans that beloved BiriBiri of A Certain Scientific Railgun has been ousted from the cover of D.L. Action 77 by buxom blonde bombshell Misaki Shokuhou, made official with the reveal of the circle's goods for Sankuri 60.  Along with 75 and 76, the circle will also be selling Rough Sketch 76, and it looks like Kuroneko has returned to the cover of it.  Circle artist Yuka Nakajima is not afraid of work, so I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the circle had both a Railgun and an OreImo book at Comiket 84 in August, though there's plenty of time for another series to capture the circle's interest between now and then...

Sunshine Creation 60: Abgrund / Yusa Saikawa

Ba-ba-ba BA-baah, I'm lovin' her

Once the Queen of the Otokonoko, more recently the Star of Family Matters (apologies to Reginald VelJohnson) Abgrund artist Yusa Saikawa seems to be on a new track with her latest releases.  After Comic1☆7's GJ-bu parody featuring the busty Megumi Amatsuka, this weekend's Sunshine Creation 60 will mean the debut of a new book featuring the equally endowed MgRonald's staffer Chiho Sasaki of The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!).  In addition to the ero doujin, Abgrund will have a book cover, conveniently sized for the light novel series, kemonomimi key chain, and shopping bag all featuring Miss Sasaki for sale at the show. 

Sunshine Creation 60: Alpha to Yukaina Nakamatachi / 有葉と愉快な仲間たち

iM@S Cinderella Girl pillow parade continues with 765 Productions' chuunibyou darling at Sankuri 60

While Alpha to Yukaina Nakamatachi has never done an iDOLM@STER parody doujinshi, their portfolio of defrocking and deflowering the idols-in-training in dakimakura form grows ever larger at this weekend's Sunshine Creation 60.  Perhaps seeking to cash in on the recent-cour fascination of chuunibyou princesses like Kobato Hasegawa and Rikka Takanashi, Alpha has tabbed the delightfully delusional Ranko Kanzaki for their next pillow cover. 

Just like the Airi Totoki version from Comic Market 83, and the Kanako Mimura piece from Comic1☆7, Alpha has taken inspiration from a couple of Ranko's rare card versions for the dakimakura. 

In addition to the dakimakura, Alpha will have a new book of rough drawings, Candy Position, following the theme of sweet stuff from the circle, with Chocolate, Cream Puff, and Pudding Position already released at Sankuri 58, Sankuri 59, and Comic1☆7 respectively earlier this year.
A tip o' the hat to the good folks at Project iM@S for the card images!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Vlad Tepes the Soon-to-be-Impaled?

Second of Ashito's world-conquering waifs gets dakimakura'd

Back in late April, in conjunction with the confirmation of a PS3, Vita, and Mobile port of Eiyuu*Senki, erotic stick figure maestro Oyari Ashito revealed the results of a poll asking which of his moefied historical conquerors, philosopher kings, tyrants, and man-myths fans would like to see receive the dakimakura treatment, with infamous American gunslinger girl Billy the Kid taking top honors.

At the tail end of the pertinent post, Ashito hinted that the polling results were close enough that a second dakimakura for the runner-up would be justifiable, and today, going along with the reveal of Eiyuu*Senki's release date, Ashito has defrocked and bedded another of his maidens for our gratification...

It's none other than Vlad Tepes, the Impaler of Wallachia, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, in her full goth-loli glory.  Vlad retails for 11,000 yen, with reservations for order due by June 25.