Restrictions on US-bound Parcels

November 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm 10 comments

Since November 17th, Japan Post has limited shipments to US to under 1 pound due to tightening of US laws in light of recent events. Businesses with existing accounts with Japan Post will be unaffected. Because this includes all major businesses that ship your favorite goods, there’s no need to worry. If you deal with small companies or individuals (e.g. auctions), it is advised that you check directly with the seller to confirm that they can ship it to you quickly. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with the slow and unreliable sea mail option…

New games announced this week:

Eushully – Kamitori Alchemy Meister
ParasolParasol 2nd Project (tentative title)
Silhouette – Koi☆Katsu
TOPCATTemaribana
XUSE – Kuon no Kizuna -The Origin-

Release dates have been set for the following:

Noblelige! – January 25th
fortissimo EXA//Akkord:Bsusvier – February 25th
Hatsukoi Yohou. – February 25th
Hime-sama Gentei! – February 25th
Hinata Terrace – February 25th
Loverable – February 25th
Sweet Robin Girl – February 25th
Taiyou no Puromia – February 25th
A.G. II D.C. – March 3rd
Aiyoku no Eustia – March 25th
Koi dewa Naku – April 28th

mana’s Noblelige! is a kinetic novel that comes out on the same day as the light novel adaptation published by MJ Bunko. Meanwhile, I.D.’s Hatsukoi Yohou. will be getting a manga adaptation that starts on December 25th.

chococo’s moe nukige Anekano has been delayed to January 28th.

The official homepage for Flyable Candy Heart has opened! The entire FH cast returns, with new stories and ending, while wrapping up all the remaining mysteries. Characters from Nanatsuiro Drops, Alice Parade, Peace@Pieces and Kiminago also appear in Raburabu Flyable Hazard, a friendship-focused episode.

Main heroine Koharu placed first in the Sakura Bitmap chara poll. Once again, Iwana won the Lovekami chara poll. After tallying up the totals from the two chara polls, Alice ends up at the top of the Ore no Tsure wa Hito de Nashi chara poll. Ayuka gets a commemorative wallpaper after winning the final Koiplay chara poll. Sidechar Fuuka won the post-release Prism Magical chara poll, edging previous winner Shione. The first chara poll for Bloody Rondo has started up and will run until December 10th. I’ll be voting for Luna or Francisca.

Here’s a side by side comparison of the Oreimo OP from eps 2, 3, 4 and 6. Everything went crazy in ep6! It seems like the love hotel that they went to in ep7 is room 308 in Shibuya’s Hotel Beat Wave. Time to book a trip there?

As I mentioned last week, Index swept the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2011 LN rankings in top LN, illustrator, male (Touma) and female (Mikoto) characters. The top 10 LN are IndexBokutomo, BakaTest, Sword Art, Bentou, Bungaku Shoujo, Seizon, Oreimo, Durarara! and Kamimemo.

I first noticed this on the Natsunagi Nostalgie novel that just recently arrived, but SAGA PLANETS has now also announced on their blog that Kisaragi Gold★Star will be getting a novel adaptation from Paradigm Books. The papara~♪ never ends.

Preorders for the January 2011 issue of Dengeki G’s magazine opened on Amazon JP on November 17th and just closed. It comes with a Kirino niitengo. I made my reservation the morning it went up. Now to wait for Kuroneko in Dengeki G’s Festival vol19. Preorders for Festival should start in early December. I’ll make a note on Twitter and the recent news when it’s up.

The Umineko fighting game Ougon Musoukyoku by 07th Expansion will be out at C79 for ¥3000. It makes sense that they would do something like this considering how well Higurashi Daybreak fared and the fact that magic battles are awesome (if you believe them). Playable characters are Battler, Ange, Shannon, Kanon, Beatrice, Lucifer, Virgilia, Ronove, Eva Beatrice, and Siesta Chiester 410. I’m definitely going with Ange and the Chiesters! The art actually looks good!! Will Bern show up as the final boss…?

More screenshots from the upcoming Oreimo PSP game. This time featuring Ayase and Manami.

Palette is releasing a Mashifoni sound portrait as vol 5 of the drama CD series on November 24th. In addition to the chara songs from the previous 4 albums, there are 5 new songs plus a full cast rendition of the OP “Symphonic Love”.

The soothing Tamayura OST will be out on December 22nd.

Resinya is releasing a figure and CD set of Nobiru-chan from Purple Soft and Palette’s collaboration webradio Homerarete Nobiru Radio PP. Priced at ¥6300 and release is in January, with advance sales at Onsen’s booth at C79.

WAVE has revealed a bunch of new figures, including Fortune Arterial‘s Erika and Haruna (both ¥5775, March 2011) and K-ON‘s Ui and Jun swimsuit versions (both ¥3990, May 2011). The next Touhou mameshiki figure by Liquid Stone is Cirno. It’ll be available in April at ¥3980.

Dakimakura for upcoming PeasSoft game Kimi o Aogi Otome wa Hime ni‘s Rin and Hitomi are now available via their online shop.

Oreimo v7 was reeeeeeeally good and there’s been lots of relationship development. I support a Shironeko end! Finished up Nanatsuiro☆Drops manga and once again Sumomo route brings a tear to my eye ;__;  Good thing I get to see more of her in the FCH! Now back to Mifuyu’s route in Koichoco. I play to finish the game this week. わっふーわっふー、ひゅーひゅー



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On a side note, how was Koichoco? I’ve just started and it seems pretty good so yeah. by seele00

Koichoco‘s been OK so far. Great art, one good route, a few other disjointed ones. It’s not amazing by any meaning of the word, but the slightly different setup from than other school-based eroge make it somewhat interesting. Elections are serious business yo.

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Bokutomo Among Top in LN Rankings Do You Believe in Magic?

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  • 1. Eab1990  |  November 21, 2010 at 2:24 am

    There are some… odd choices for the guest characters in FCH. Sumomo and Hikaru had better be in, but what’s with no Alice? Instead we get two bunnies and the cat… And what’s with Julirsia but no Flora? Or rather… Sumomo’s mother making an appearance is quite out there. As for FH characters themselves, cheers for more Akira. Nice to see Amane and Sakurako return too.

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  • 2. Wrathkal  |  November 21, 2010 at 3:15 am

    How’s Kisaragi Gold Star turning out? Will you be getting the novelized version?

    Symphonic Love redone, huh? That’s one of the 2009 OPs that really grabbed me when you linked it.

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  • 3. warum  |  November 21, 2010 at 6:41 am

    One day I’ll figure out what’s going on in Rokkenjima…maybe I’ll consult nemuiwanko sometime :P.

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  • 4. aquaspirit39  |  November 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

    hmm…I would like some spolier on ore imou vol 7 XD!!!
    Glad that Fortissimo release date is fixed, now just hope that they got good seiyuu for momiji
    I have ‘finished’ goldstar and koicho…
    sagaplanet are still good with making the story with this mysterious aura that make you want to continue playing to reveal all secrets but overall it is an average in my opinion.
    koichoco on the other hand is more than my expectation. Honestly I am not so fond of story with club making and club saving but I am glad that I give koicho a chance, although I dont do mifuyu and michiru route. Just not my type.

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  • 6. m3rryweather  |  November 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Man, the site is making me wish I played Pure!! but I can’t. T_T And I received a chill from seeing Sayuri appear. O_O

    Reply
  • 7. meganeshounen  |  November 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

    >>The top 10 LN are Index, Bokutomo, BakaTest, Sword Art, Bentou, Bungaku Shoujo, Seizon, Oreimo, Durarara! and Kamimemo.

    Sure is a lot of animated series there.
    Though, I’m quite happy that Sword Art Online made it into the rankings. :D

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  • 8. neet_ojisan  |  November 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I came to play in the translation of google. Very surprised at the information as soon as I saw the Japanese. Follow us on twitter for.
    The high quality koichoko it made in the capital because it is private information Kadokawa Group.
    used quite a lot of money on advertising.

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  • 9. lightl  |  December 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    they have partially lifted that ban on air mail packages over 1 pound to US here is source
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-12-02/japan-lifts-partial-ban-on-packages-shipped-to-u.s

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  • 10. Micchi  |  December 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    @Eab1990: I would’ve loved Flora to be in it too ><

    @Wrathkal: I dunno. Maybe I'll get the Papara LN. I'll see how I feel when it comes out.

    @aquaspirit39: Isara is the only route that must be played in Koichoco. Oh, and Chisato too, cuz… well… you’re forced to play it.

    @lightl: Thanks for the update! Well, it was expected that it would be a temporary measure. It doesn’t make much sense from any perspective.

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