I’ve lamented it many times before, and I’m sure I’ll be whining about it for years to come– girls just don’t get enough anime merch. Companies are happy to churn out a million Yoko figures and hugging pillows for even the most obscure bishoujo show, but when it comes to pandering to female audiences, the machine comes to a screeching halt. As a result, the only option we have to satiate our wish to collect is to turn to doujinshi and buy the occasional trading figure. That’s not good enough! Doujin stuff is great and all, but I want acknowledgment from the animation companies themselves! I want them to tell me, “You have [sick and twisted] desires, so we will satisfy them!”
So that’s why I’m glad for those rare times a full-sized (none of that jumbo cushion crap) fabric representation of a male character comes out. They may be sold out before I even get to think about them, but dammit, it’s something! Here’s a run down of all the official releases that I know of.
These came out in 2007, and are actually bedsheets, not dakimakura. Gintama seems like a weird choice in terms of content, since it’s a long-running comedy/action Shonen Jump anime. It’s very popular with fangirls though, so I imagine it must have been doubly so in 2007.
Anyway, these bedsheets are rare in loot pictures. Actually, I don’t think I’ve even seen a picture of these, since every picture of these has the Gintoki one as a pillowcase. Unless these people are skilled at turning bedsheets into pillowcases, I think its safe to say those are bootlegs.
The Simon dakimakura came out in 2008, but I don’t think it actually exists. For one, this is an utterly bizarre character choice. If Gainax wanted to whore off one of their male characters, wouldn’t Kaworu be the more logical and profitable choice? And if this was meant to ride the Gurren wave, wouldn’t it make more sense to make one of Kamina? Or even adult Simon? But even if we lose the bishonen angle and go with the idea that this dakimakura meant for cross-gender appeal, that still doesn’t make sense. He looks like a boy, not a trap, as seen in his prominently-displayed chest. So who in the world was meant to buy this pillow?
I’ve also never seen this dakimakura in a fan’s loot picture. Ever.
This Rippongi pillow isn’t due until next month, October. If I’m not leaving anything out, that’s a full two-year gap between official male dakimakura releases. Anyway, Miracle Train is an amusing show, but don’t think it set the fujoshi world afire. Still, the Miracle Train committe has pulled out full stops to appeal to them (off the top of my head, there was a yaoi café event and the creation of the Ikebukuro station — I’ll have to write another post about that later), so a dakimakura seems like the logical conclusion. Picking Rippongi makes sense, since he’s the most popular character on the show.
Finally, we have these lovely Durarara bedsheets, which are slated for release in November. Very similar situation with Gintama bedsheets– same company, same cross-gender appeal, same crazy fujoshi fandom. Admittedly, I haven’t seen Durarara yet, so I don’t know what the fuss is about yet, but I’ve seen these guys everywhere since the show’s aired. And looking through the character goods, I’m led to believe that these guys are the main characters, and the show’s about their homosexually-charged rivalry. Is that correct? Hahaha.
Anyway, that’s about it for the body pillows. I really hope I’m missing some. There are a few cushions of male characters, but those are mostly just promo art pasted on a small pillow. It may be a little something, but it’s a cop out. I’m sick of cop outs– just give us what we really want!