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11:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: A little donut-loving Nendoroid vampire

Nendoroid Shinobu has been on my radar for a while, and looks to be a winner. Her more animated, post-Bakemonogatari form is perfect for Nendo-fication (disregarding a certain uncomfortable bathing scene). The version at Miyazawa Model Expo is still unpainted, but she still has that melts-your-heart cuteness. This is one Kahotan preview I'm really looking forward to! [via Hobby Search's Twitter]

Tianxiao Ma


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6:00 PM on 03.02.2014

Sink your teeth into these Nendoroid Shinobu scans

She popped up briefly at Wonder Festival, but these scans give us our first close look at the next entry in the ever growing Monogatari line of Nendoroids. This time it'll be the loli (looking) vampire Shinobu Oshino who...

Martin Siggers

8:00 PM on 02.20.2014

Grab your coat and Kotobukiya's winter Senjougahara too

We saw her just a few weeks ago at WonFes, but it's already time for you to get your pre-orders in for Kotobukiya's wonderful take on Hitagi Senjougahara from the evergreen Monogatari franchise. Shops started advertising...

Martin Siggers

1:00 AM on 01.22.2014

It'll be crossover-palooza at AnimeJapan 2014

If you love seeing two entirely different anime series mashed together then have we got news for you! Apparently in honor of the merging of Tokyo International Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo, the newly named AnimeJapan 20...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 AM on 01.21.2014

Pre-orders are up for Good Smile's Shinobu re-release

As we talked about yesterday, the fact that Good Smile Company is re-releasing their lovely Shinobu Oshino from the Monogatari series is fantastic news for collectors, since it allows fans to get their hands on a figure ...

Martin Siggers

Doughnut miss Good Smile Company's Shinobu re-release photo
Doughnut miss Good Smile Company's Shinobu re-release
by Martin Siggers

It's been more than two years since we originally had a chance to pre-order Good Smile Company's rather adorable take on the Monogatari series's resident vampire loli, Shinobu Oshino. As with all things Monogatari she was a big hit and a near instant sellout, commanding high prices on the secondhand market. Fear not those of you who missed her first time out though because today it was announced she'll be re-released later this year!

Kahotan also gifts us a re-preview (is that even a thing?) using an original production run version, which confirms she's just as lovely as ever. Her huge pile of doughnuts base is highlighted, complete with references to the show's other characters, and Kahotan also points out her removable mouth doughnut and ability to sit flat on other surfaces.

There's bound to be big demand for this re-release, so I'd prime your browsers if you want in. The blog states pre-orders begin tomorrow from the Good Smile Online Store, but I'd be amazed if regular retailers aren't in the loop as well. In any case, check back and we'll have a list of links for you.

[via Kahotan's blog]

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This upcoming Senjougahara doesn't look so crabby anymore photo
This upcoming Senjougahara doesn't look so crabby anymore
by Tianxiao Ma

If you woke up today wanting an enormous gallery of Kotobukiya's upcoming Hitagi Senjougahara figure, then you're in for a treat! If not, I offer my sincere apologies.

The figure is due for release later this month, so Akiba Hobby has generously provided a huge sample gallery for the world to see. It features both hair parts (ponytail and short hair) as well as both alternate right arms (holding handcuffs, dripping water). I'd go with the ponytail and water-dripping hand because that one's just the best.

One potential issue is her right eye, which looks a bit off. Maybe it's the camera angles. Maybe it's one of those things that you wouldn't notice unless someone pointed it out (and now you know, ha!). Hopefully it's nothing.

You can see the rest of the extensive gallery at Akiba Hobby. I'm really excited to get this Senjougahara!

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1:00 AM on 01.12.2014

Nendoroid Nadeko not looking so cute-eko

Some prototype photos of Nendoroid Nadeko Sengoku (Bakemonogatari) have surfaced. I was pretty hyped when I first saw the prototype in magazine scans a few weeks ago, but now I'm not as taken by it. Find out why after the jump.


9:00 PM on 12.26.2013

Nadeko goes Nendo-ko in latest scans

Back when concept art for a Nendoroid Suruga and an unpainted Mayoi were shown at WonFes, only one thought ran though my mind: where the heck is my Nadeko?! Apparently Nadeko has been hiding in these magazine scans, which sho...


5:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Good Smile unleashes a torrent of further delays

We should have known it was too good to be true. When Good Smile Company announced a very slim roster of delays just a few days ago, it looked like the company was on track for a remarkably punctual December. Turns out not so...

Martin Siggers

2:30 AM on 11.19.2013

Kotobukiya's Shinobu emerges from Araragi's shadow

[Update: added more pre-order links] This figure either slipped under my radar or I just forgot about it. Both sound like plausible explanations for why I didn't even know Kotobukiya was making a Shinobu figure. Now that I se...

Tianxiao Ma

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Karen Araragi  photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Karen Araragi
by Emily Smalara

Nisio Isin's Monogatari series has been in a pretty odd place of somehow being both a massive hit as well as a somewhat niche franchise. Despite the anime with no end in sight and a hugely positive critical reception for books and TV show alike, I'm always surprised when I run into another anime watcher who hasn't joined the fold as of yet. Being a recent convert myself, I always say it's only a matter of time.

Despite only sitting down to watch the series some months ago before the recent sequel aired, it quickly grabbed me and it's become one of my favorites by far. Karen is far from the first Monogatari figure I got my hands on because of it, but hopefully she won't be the last. I knew I had to get my hands on her just for the sake of cast completion, but she'd just have to turn out well, right? Let's find out!

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