Cuddly Octopus Update – July 2019

Welcome to the July ’19 Cuddly Octopus update!

This month around we’ve got an awful lot to talk to you about, but not as much to show.

Firstly, the good news (at least from our perspective…)! We got into Comiket this time around! Many of you are probably already aware of the importance of Comiket to the Japanese doujin scene, but for those of you unaware, Comiket is the biggest biannual ‘indie comic’ (doujinshi) convention in Japan where creators from all around the country (and sometimes the world) bring and sell their latest works. And our octopus tentacles finally managed to wiggle their way into it.

However, while this is good news for us overall, it bears a bit of downside in the shortrun, which is that we need new and exotic designs to populate our booth there. That means we’ll be holding from publishing several designs (including some new Syrene & Kisero designs) until after Comiket 96 is completed in August. They all will be available on our site eventually, but you’ll need to be patient for them.

Speaking of patience, we want to thank everyone for their patience as we try to sort out our production delays. And we have a bit of news to share on that front. Unfortunately, our production backlog isn’t shrinking as much as we’d like (and need) it to. And unfortunately, our octopus overlords are growing weary from using their six arms to punish factory workers slacking off 24/7/365. Thus, our lords have divined a new solution… subjugate a new factory with higher production throughput!

As such, in the coming months we’ll be moving most, if not all, of our production to this new factory. No need to worry on the quality front—all of our covers printed will retain the same cuddly quality you’ve come to know and love, but our throughput should certainly improve. Forewarning, this may necessitate a bit of a price restructuring, but while the base price of our covers may increase moderately, we’re looking into ways to offer new and cheaper shipping methods to balance it out. Additionally, we are hoping to start stocking select designs that should allow certain orders to ship far faster.

Per usual, if you have any comments/questions/concerns/complaints, you’re free to reach out to us on our support e-mail, or in the Dakimakura Discord we share with Dakimakuri, MonjaShop, PeroPeroPiroo, JuneWaifu, Hirumeshi Senshi, and more all the time. It’s also another great way to interact with the broader dakimakura community.

Anyways, this month we’re adding a total of 5 new dakimakura designs to the storefront.

  • Nezuko (Kimetsu no Yaiba) by CYL
  • Murasama (Fate Series) by Shadowgrave
  • Charlotta (Granblue Fantasy) by Krokobyaka
  • Nino (Quintessential quintuplets) by Stira
  • Hiei (Azur Lane) by Ikazu

Per usual, the premium P80 2-Way Silkette versions of most of our new designs will be available on Sakura-Palace.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Cuddly Octopus!

– The Cuddly Octopus Team