Monday, June 13, 2011

Monthly Dragon Age - July

I got the July issue of Monthly Dragon Age, and I'm sorry to say I have some bad news. As of right now, there is no HOTD chapter in next month's lineup. In fact, there is nothing related to HOTD anywhere on the preview for the next issue. I'm not sure if HOTD is officially on hiatus again, but there are some signs that this may be the case. First, Triage X has become monthly since its return, and the latest chapter was quite a bit longer than usual. It would seem Shouji Sato is spending more and more time on Triage X, and he isn't exactly known for putting out a lot of material in a month. I didn't really think too much of the color chapter last month since they did it a few months ago as well. I realized, though, that the last color chapter was released after the FCE volumes had been announced. They haven't announced any more color volumes yet, so I think it's possible they only put it in there because the last chapter said there would be a new one in May and there was no new chapter ready. Remember, this is all speculation. Something that isn't speculation is the fact that we won't get a new chapter until August at the earliest. That will be five months since the last chapter and I believe the second longest hiatus since the series started.

On a lighter note, there was a character popularity poll recently, and the results were included in this issue. As most people should expect at this point, Saeko came in first. Surprisingly (to me anyway), Saya came in fifth and Shizuka came in sixth. Poor Rei came in ninth place, but being in the top ten still makes her very popular in Japan, much more popular than other parts of the world. Personally, I would put Rei first, then Saya and Saeko. I don't like any of the three too much more than the others, but the reason Saeko comes third is that I base my opinion on their character rather than how they look (or what everyone else thinks).

There's nothing really worth scanning in this issue. I can post a picture of the Saeko figure if anyone wants me to. Sorry for delivering the bad news in this post, but I'm figured you'd rather know now than next month.

HOTDcups informed me that there is supposed to be another color illustration series by Shouji Sato starting in Dragon Age. This further implies that HOTD is on hiatus as this could provide filler until the manga resumes. From this point on, I am assuming that the series is on another indefinite hiatus. I sincerely hope the next issue of Dragon Age will announce a new chapter in August, but I am doubtful that will be the case.

I actually won't be scanning the illustrations from this issue because HOTDcups already did. You can download them over at Torpedo Tits.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Volume 7 Standard Edition Covers

I promised this a while ago, so here it is. I've actually had it for several days, but I was too busy to scan it. I apologize for the delay.

I know it seems pointless to upload such a small file, but it seems easier than posting the images and letting you manually download them. This is definitely my favorite cover yet. Rei looks great. Much better than Saeko on her covers anyway. I'm about to start working on the next part of the Complete File, so expect that within the next two weeks. There may also be another surprise coming sometime before then, but I can't guarantee anything at this point.