YOMI Black Canvas — Pre-Orders are Open!
Hello, Producer Kameyama here.
Today, I would like to showcase our new YOMI【Black Canvas】 model kit, which pre-orders open on October 26.
It is scheduled to be released in May 2024.
*For customers in Japan, this kit is exclusive to the Kotobukiya Shop and can be pre-ordered on the Kotobukiya Online Shop or at our physical stores Kotobukiya Tachikawa Main Store, Akihabara Store, and Osaka Nipponbashi Store.
*For customers overseas, this is a limited edition item and is only available in limited quantities from select retailers.
YOMI is who Koyomi Takanashi would have been if she hadn't grown up as a bookworm but a band kid.
This model is part of what you might call a Megalomaria "rebuild" series.
The design is based on a "what if...?" scenario and, unlike normal Koyomi, sets her in her second year of high school.
In this world, she is a member of a girl band that's a hit with the kids, Black Canvas.
The YOMI kit does not include the WEAPON UNIT05 LIVE AXE guitar pictured in the image.
Check out the weapon unit kit sold separately if you want to see YOMI play the guitar.
The girl band called Black Canvas first appeared in episode 20 of SOUSAI Radio.
The episode featured a "what if..." scenario that followed what would happen if Madoka had become a band girl and pursued a career in music.
Madoka took the stage name YUKI and was super cool and nonchalant.
Once again, this hypothetical scenario was used as a base for the creation of YOMI.
The reason why we decided to release YOMI was because there was a gap in the release schedule. Which is to say, we had some time before the release of Emma Koishikawa, a completely new model being introduced in SOUSAI SHOJO TEIEN Season 2, so we came up with this variation kit.
The base kit is Koyomi Takanashi【RYOBU HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CLOTHES】, but her clothes have been altered to look like her own casual clothes rather than her uniform, which is the most notable feature of the whole kit.
Her new skirt also features box pleats in place of regular pleats.
One of the best aspects of the blazer school uniforms is that, unlike the distinct sailor uniforms, they are quite plain and can look like casual clothes simply by changing from a ribbon to a tie.
To go with the raised left shoulder body design, the tie has been sculpted to look like it's blowing in the wind.
However, these two are not the only newly sculpted pieces.
The model also features a choker with the sliding feature that proved to be a hit in the Swim Style kit.
The joints in the torso have been specially designed accordingly.
[Detail Showcase by Koyomi!]
① Slide the ball joint backwards for a better angle looking up.
② Slide it forwards for a better angle with the chin tucked and looking down.
*Adjust the ball joint to be in the middle when the model is in a standard pose.
We installed this ball joint as somewhat of an experiment since the collar and neck joint can’t be separated like the Summer Clothes version.
This helped keep the collar bones nicely sculpted!
*Above is an explanation of the neck slide feature in the Koyomi Takanashi 【Swim Style】 kit.
Also check out the wristwatch.
The watch is connected to the hand part, but in order to make the length of the arm look natural, we slightly shortened the forearm. The kit comes with special right and left forearm parts for use with the wristwatch. The wristwatch can be worn on either side.
For the skin color of this figure, we went with the paler Megami Device Skin Color C over the standard skin tone used across the FA Girl series. With this, users should be able to enjoy a new variety of combinations.
*The skin tone differs from Madoka Yuki TOUOU HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CLOTHES Black Canvas.
We took photos of the combinations with the Megami Device kits as well, so we will show them off in the next blog post.
YOMI does not come with the Half-up and Braid hairstyle parts, schoolbag, book, or glasses that were included with the original Koyomi.
Instead, we have included a total of 13 different hand parts, including the idol and "gyaru"-esque hands from the Ritsuka Saeki 【ST. IRIS GAKUEN GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CLOTHES】 kit.
The hand parts are molded in PVC, which lacquer-based paints can easily peel off of, making them super versatile and easy to work with.
Another staple of Koyomi is, of course, her glasses. For those who love her glasses look, we've included a set of sunglasses molded in clear black plastic.
Instead of her usual loafers, she is also rocking a color variant of the sneakers first introduced in Madoka Yuki【TOUOU HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CLOTHES】 Black Canvas.
The face parts are the same as those in Ritsuka Saeki【Swim Style】 but the eye prints are all entirely new, giving the face a whole new impression.
Base aspects such as the number of eyelashes is based on Koyomi, but have been arranged in a way to give her slanted eyes. The pupils have also been made red to better match the outfit.
As the producer, my theme for YOMI's expressions was "cheeky."
I wanted to give her a personality that was a complete 180 from her usual serious and gentle honor student character.
Combined with the huge range of hand parts, don't you think YOMI looks like the cheeky younger member of the group?
And this time, all of the eye prints except for the scheming eyes are looking either left or right.
Unpainted faces and decals can also be used to make new eyes that look forward.
That said, when the model is looking sideways, it looks as if she is looking into the camera, so try creating this look with other models as well!
Change to Pre-order Limits
For customers in Japan, this item is exclusive to Kotobukiya stores, meaning that you can't buy it anywhere else.
Since it includes so many new parts, we are sure that many fans will be looking to buy multiple. As such, we have decided to set the pre-order limit to "three (3) per person" for purchases on both the online store and at physical stores.
For customers overseas, this is a limited edition item and is only available in limited quantities from select retailers.
There will be no purchase limit on any kits that you may find in-store after release, however, with that said, there are currently no plans to rerelease the kit in the future.
In our next post, we will be looking at combining YOMI with Megami Device kits!
Planning: Kameyama P
YOMI Illustrator: En Morikura
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[Interview] Geralt turned BISHOUJO!? Introducing the all new The Witcher BISHOUJO series.
Appearing as a pleasant surprise, it was announced that The Witcher would be the newest addition to the BISHOUJO series. After opening pre-orders for the first character, Geralt, the highly requested Ciri was announced at Anime Expo 2023 and is now open for pre-orders. Today we are here for an interview with the product planner about the series’ features and highlights, as well as new information on The Witcher BISHOUJO series!
Q1. The Witcher is joining the BISHOUJO series!
The BISHOUJO series is a product line from Kotobukiya that launched in 2009, with illustrator Shunya Yamashita in charge of all the concept illustrations.
This series was launched with the concept of reimagining popular characters from around the world from a Japanese perspective and transforming them into unique “BISHOUJO” style statues. At that time, it wasn’t as popular as it is now to enjoy international works just as they are, so I’ve heard that fans both in Japan and overseas were surprised by the stylization into a Japanese design.
So far we have introduced more than 200 different BISHOUJO statues to the world, and are approaching our 15 th anniversary next year!
▽ For details, check out the official page of the BISHOUJO series.
Q2. Why did you choose characters from The Witcher to reimagine into BISHOUJO?
The BISHOUJO series lays focus on the international market, but to my surprise, it had never featured a series from the highly popular, classic fantasy genre. I simply started to think how cool it would be to create the details and textures such as the thick, heavy leather and armor with our latest technology.
This is not limited to The Witcher, but fan art with creative reimagination and redesigns of characters is very popular among fans overseas, including countless beautiful female versions of Geralt! The words “bishoujo transformation” may seem like something “Japanese,” but this time we wanted to turn the spotlight onto the international scene and would love for people to get to know it more!
Q3. Geralt is originally a male character. Is there anything you do differently in the “bishoujo transformation” with a character that is originally female?
Geralt is a legendary witcher that is, as you said, originally a male character, so we wanted to make sure her physique was well built. We also considered the character’s age and made the statue to have a calm atmosphere.
Q4. From a product planner point of view, was there anything you asked for when commissioning Shunya Yamashita for the illustration?
We definitely wanted to include the “fantasy world with swords and magic” motif, and asked for a pose where she can be seen casting Igni. On top of that, we also wanted a pose that would look good when displayed together with Ciri.
Q5. Is the design from Shunya Yamashita just one illustration?
We usually ask for illustrations of the back as well when the design is created from scratch. We were provided with thorough information on the designs of armor and weapons for these characters, so this time we only needed an illustration from one angle. The pose turned out really well and even looks good from angles that are different from that of the illustration.
Q6. Geralt is created with super fine details, such as the textures of the outfit and the designs of her swords. What parts of the statue did you focus on most and/or would like users to see up close?
Each of the leather parts are textured differently. There are many kinds of leather, so we checked the official designs very closely and adjusted the statue accordingly.
The sword on her back is very large. Posing the character as if she were going to pull out the sword was great to show a cool scene, but made it difficult to adjust it to the features of the sword.
Q7. Do you have any stories from the sculpting phase?
Yoshiki Fujimoto was in charge of the sculpts of both Geralt and Ciri. Both statues have many various kinds of equipment. Each item is arranged carefully and proportionately into the sculpt while considering aspects such as their materials and thicknesses, how they would fit to the body, or alternatively how they may float or hang away from the body or other parts. I can’t imagine the time and effort that was put into this process.
We also made sure that Geralt’s face wouldn’t come out too cute. I was surprised at how such small changes of detail make a huge difference, bringing out that dignified look. I'd really like people to look closely at parts like her brow and cheekbones! They have a very different feel compared to previous BISHOUJO statues. I'd like to thank Fujimoto-san here again for his hard work and millimeter-level adjustments.
Q8. Pre-orders are currently open for the second character, Ciri. What can we look forward to?
You may be surprised, but the illustrations and sculpts of Geralt and Ciri both started at the same time! Ciri has just as many items as Geralt, and we made careful adjustments to ensure we retain the feel and atmosphere of her in-game. The statue is currently being painted with continuous focus on expressions of textures as we did with Geralt, so please look forward to it!
Q9. Finally, can you give a comment to fans of The Witcher?
“Geralt reimagined into a beautiful woman!?” I know many of you were very surprised to see this happening. Although in a female statue, we are working on developing the statue with great respect to The Witcher series. We hope it will be there by your side as you enjoy the games!
The first in the lineup, THE WITCHER BISHOUJO GERALT, and the second, THE WITCHER BISHOUJO CIRI, are currently open for pre-orders!
Statues of Geralt and Ciri introduced in the interview are currently available for pre-order! The pre-order deadline for Geralt is Sept. 19 (Fri)! The deadline for Ciri is Oct. 3 (Tues)!
*This deadline is for retailers in Japan, and for those residing outside of Japan, some retailers may open their pre-orders past this deadline.
There is no guarantee she will be available after we’re sold out of initial production, so if you want to make sure you get yours, don’t forget to pre-order before the deadline!
GERALT and CIRI statues are available for order and purchase at the Kotobukiya online shop and your local retailer! Please check our shop list for a full list of local retailers. https://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/en/international-retailers/
■THE WITCHER BISHOUJO GERALT http://bit.ly/GeraltBishoujo
■THE WITCHER BISHOUJO CIRI http://bit.ly/CiriBishoujo
We asked quite a number of questions to the product planner of The Witcher BISHOUJO series. What did you think?
Thoughts behind the first steps into the fantasy genre, the amount of focus and work put into each and every detail side by side with the sculptor, are all things that you can only read here!
The Witcher BISHOUJO and the BISHOUJO series as a whole will always be working hard to bring you all kinds of products and content. Please look forward to future updates!
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Pre-Orders are Open for Ritsuka Saeki [Swim Style]! ♪
Hello everyone! This is Kameyama, the producer of SOUSAISHOJOTEIEN.
Pre-orders for 「 Ritsuka Saeki [Swim Style] 」 are currently open! The kit is slated to be released this December.
This completes our lineup of Madoka, Koyomi, and Ritsuka all in swimsuits!
Ritsuka is the tallest of the three and also has the most mature proportions.
In this new kit, her pareo can be removed, and is designed to be taken off when using the parts for the sitting pose.
Check out the image here for a complete rundown on what comes with the kit.
In addition to the seven basic hand parts included, this time two newly sculpted parts have been included as well!
The four facial expression parts are also all newly done (Madoka and Koyomi came with three new, and one reused).
As usual, you also get a number of pre-painted parts. Besides the facial expression parts, the shoulder straps of her swimsuit and the straps of her sandals are already painted for you.
A simple out-of-the-box assembly will give you a model that looks very close to the images!
We used the seated pose parts to create this cute example.
We decided to come up with something showing her after slipping and falling.
During our live stream, the sculpt of her abdomen attracted a lot of attention from the fans in the audience.
Even Honoka Kuroki, the voice actress who plays the role of Ritsuka, said, "Wow, she’s really worked out her abs!”
This image was created by the pros over at Vaistar studio as usual, but I thought they really nailed this one. It reminds me of something out of a photo album for a pop idol!
Here's another fun shot! Madoka is in a cute and youthful polka-dot bikini.
Koyomi is wearing a white one-piece with a beautiful one point ribbon.
Ritsuka has on a simple bikini and pareo, which really show off the quality of the material.
Each has their own distinctive look going.
For Ritsuka's hair in this shot, we used the bangs from the swimsuit version (with a hibiscus hair ornament) together with the loose bun which comes with her winter clothes to create a very adult look.
In addition to this hairstyle, the winter version also comes with 13 different hand parts, including a too-cute peace sign version and a number of hand types that allow you to set her in idol-style poses, so you can mix and match her in dozens of different ways.
This time, we’re also offering a special bonus if you buy the kit at a Kotobukiya Shop, so be sure to keep that in mind when ordering.
The main blue color here matches Ritsuka's swimsuit.
Now let's take a look at the Dreaming Style edition, a Kotobukiya limited item.
Saeki Ritsuka [Swim Style] Dreaming Style Innocent Bloom is planned to be released in January 2024.
*It will be released after the standard edition.
For overseas users,
*This is a limited edition item and is only available in limited quantities from select retailers.
The pure white bikini and pink pareo make for a super kawaii design!
What’s more, white is a very useful base color if you’re considering painting the model to create an original design!
Ritsuka's swimsuit version also includes fixed-pose leg parts, and if desired you can portray her with her knees bent deeply.
The hair color is the same as Madoka Yuki 【Touou High School Summer Clothes】Dreaming Style Milky Marine pink, so the bangs can be replaced.
I used Madoka's long hair and body for this one. This makes her look a little younger than the usual Ritsuka.
As usual, we’ve included a B2-sized background sheet in this Dreaming Style kit, newly drawn.
*The background sheet will be sent with the product for online purchases or given at the register for physical purchases.
*The background sheet is a Kotobukiya shop exclusive in Japan.
After Madoka [daytime] and Koyomi [evening], now we have Ritsuka [night].
The theme for this shot is the very enviable "watching fireworks from the poolside at a resort” setting, something a well-off girl like Ritsuka might get to experience.
This setup works great with After School Madoka's Well-Deserved Summer Vacation Set .
Here’s a fun shot with her wearing the knit hoodie by Azone used in a previous image.
She looks so cute pulling on the collar of her hoodie with her hands like that!
It’s also great the way you can see the string of her bikini through the neck.
This is a mix-and-match example of combining parts from multiple kits.
The theme is a very simple “all white.” With all these different parts available, you can create your own original character as you please!
Now we’re going to take things a step further and show you an example that combines parts not only from other SOUSAISHOJOTEIEN kits, but also from Arcanadea !
Lumitea , who is an angel-style Dears, looks great in the pure white outfit!
Previously I tried combining parts from Madoka's swimsuit version, but I think Ritsuka might be a better match for Lumitea .
I was also able to successfully put on Koyomi's straw hat.
The background you see here is from the Madoka Yuki [Swim Style] Dreaming Style Sunny Sky kit.
This image here looks like a slightly elevated shot taken from a drone.
I think it looks like a scene from a movie!
For this of course I used the barefoot feet parts.
The toes are not movable, but there are 3 different styles included.
Put on whatever set matches what you have in mind for your own shots.
In this image, we wanted to suggest a photo shoot featuring gorgeous twin sisters.
I really like the contrast between the black and white.
The black swimsuit is Koyomi Takanashi [Swim Style] Dreaming Style Black Swan , and the head is Lumitea ReACT-A.
We also took some shots of the "ReACT-A" version alone.
"Lumitea ReACT-A" comes with two different hair colors, so it is easy to set up your preferred style.
（The "Lumitea ReACT-A" with the（＞▽＜）expression is also super cute, so we’re standing by for your orders (shameless plug)!
We also tried a slightly more powerful scene!
Is she playing beach volleyball with Velretta ?
So as you can see, I tried a lot of different ideas with Ritsuka Saeki [Swim Style]!
SOUSAISHOJOTEIEN, Arcanadea, and Frame Arms Girl all have the same 5mm neck joint diameter, so you can play with various combinations.
Definitely give it a try!
The new catalog for SOUSAISHOJOTEIEN will soon be available, and it will contain not only out-of-the-box build images of the primary kits and "How to" tips for plastic models, but also posing ideas, customization examples, and more!
Be sure to grab a copy.
That should about do it for today.
Thanks for reading this far, and we’ll see you again next time!
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