Everyone knew this had to be done. It was a matter of time before DOA5’s lovely ladies would make their way onto dakimakura pillow covers. I bet it’s even mentioned somewhere in the contract these characters signed prior to entering the fifth Dead or Alive tournament.
Although every girl in Dead or Alive 5 is a bona fide star of her own, this time around only five characters would be featured: Kasumi, Ayane, Lei Fang, Hitomi and Kokoro.
What really surprises me, though, is that these dakimakura cover images actually appear pretty safe to work. There are so many other swimming suits (like the Sexy Venus) from Dead or Alive Xtreme that are so much more revealing and likely suitable for the dakimakura cover.
In an odd twist of fate, these BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Noel Vermillion & Mu-12 are way more dangerous (read: NFSW) than the Dead or Alive 5 covers.
I wonder if it’s because Team Ninja decided to “focus on the real women that surround us” and “being realistic” when it came to re-designing the characters’ looks for Dead or Alive 5.
Pre-orders for these 50x150cm dakimakura covers begin today, and ends on December 21 (Friday). Available from HobbyStock, who ships internationally (links below).
Each set will be sold for 9,800 yen (including tax), and is expected to be shipped out sometime in January 2013.