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8:00 AM on 06.23.2014

Kotobukiya goes all-out adorable with a new Shinobu variant

The Monogatari series' Shinobu is many things, but I think "adorable loli" would be her chief descriptor. Although she isn't really played for her moe attributes, Nisemonogatari does highlight her love of donuts. Kotobukiya c...

Tianxiao Ma


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Kahotan reveals Nendoroid Shinobu's remaining accessories photo
Kahotan reveals Nendoroid Shinobu's remaining accessories
by Tianxiao Ma

Since the initial reveal of Nendoroid Shinobu in magazine scans, she has gone on to get a coat of paint and a few option parts. Kahotan's blog has now revealed a third expression piece as well as a new accessory: her sword Kokorowatari.

Honestly, her donut-eating expression is the one that won me over. Everything else is a sweet bonus. This Nendoroid won't have a standard release, but will come with the Nisemonogatari Premium Item Box. It contains this Nendo, a Nisio Isin short story, and some bonus artwork. It's not officially being sold in the United States but you should be able to find some retailers who will. You can pre-order for ¥5,980 and the set will be out in November.

[via Kahotan's Blog]

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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

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.

Scarecroodle

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...

Scarecroodle



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