e-Capcom, Amazon and Hobby Search Japan) - and all of them seem to have closed their preorders ridiculously quickly. It's a magazine, not a limited edition figurine!
Anyway, after hunting around I finally discovered that HMV Japan are still accepting preorders. Although the sales tax is waived it will be expensive, since they only ship overseas using EMS and it's going to be quite heavy. At least it means that I'll receive it more swiftly, even though any juicy Sengoku Basara 4 information inside will have been leaked online long before it reaches my letterbox.
The magazine will probably be made available for purchase everywhere else again soon, once it's been released properly, but I feel so much better now I have an order placed!
In my hunting I also came across a couple of new merchandise goodies which are due for release in June this year.
First of all is a set of randomly-packed clear A5 files, the Bushou Clear File Collection Box. It costs ¥3,360 and has a placeholder release date of 27th June 2013. The clear files will be available in designs based on Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Ishida Mitsunari, Maeda Keiji, Katakura Kojuurou, Sarutobi Sasuke, Chousokabe Motochika, Mouri Motonari, Ootani Yoshitsugu, Oda Nobunaga, Tenkai, Takenaka Hanbee, Fuuma Kotarou and Matsunaga Hisahide.
The second new merchandise item is the very similar Bushou Sticker Collection Box. It's a collection of deluxe stickers for a painful ¥6,720, also due for release on 27th June 2013. This time, Honda Tadakatsu and Kasuga replace Ootani Yoshitsugu and Takenaka Hanbee.
The prices of these boxes make more sense when you consider that physical shops will be able to sell the individual items one at a time as a lucky dip; I'm not sure I could make use of sixteen clear files or stickers by myself to justify the shipping costs. Between both sets most fan-favourite characters get to appear at least once so I wouldn't feel disappointed randomly receiving any of the designs.
One potentially interesting aspect of all of this is that both the files and the stickers are available in sixteen designs. However, only fifteen have been revealed. The secret character in each set is almost certainly someone like Oichi or Hideyoshi, but what if it's a brand new picture or a Sengoku Basara 4 illustration instead..?
I'm looking for clues anywhere these days.