Gonzo was potentially falling apart at the seams, Canned Dogs reported that the studio's store, Gonzo Style, was closing up shop.
But Gonzo has shown some signs of perking up lately, what with the upcoming release of their Super Street Fighter IV: Juri title, and today while I was browsing through Gonzo's site, I noticed that they have updated and reopened Gonzo Style as of February 5th.
The site is currently focused primarily on DVDs of Samurai 7, Rosario to Vampire, Linebarrels of Iron, and Strike Witches (natch), but there's some swag as well...in fact, I stumbled upon this dakimakura (hug pillow) which really surprised me. Why? Because it's a dude! Samurai7's Kyuzo, to be specific. Apparently it was orginally a promo item sold at Comiket.
While there's plenty of art out there-- even art that LOOKS official --for male dakimakura, there are in fact very, very few official dakimakura of male characters (though Gurren Lagann's Simon got one!), so this is actually really cool <3
I'm glad to see Gonzo is potentially doing a bit better. But more importantly, ladies AND gents: if you were going to get a dakimakura of a male anime character-- you can only get one, but you HAVE to get it --who would it be? I'm thinking Kamina would be cool. But Gendo might be good for the lulz, as it were.