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A new game from Valkyria series was announced, along with a remastering of the first game of tactical RPG franchise from SEGA. The news come just weeks after the publisher have registered a new brand of its games catalog, indicating that an original Valkyria could be on the way.
According to Famitsu magazine and Hachima Kikou, Valkyria Chronicles Remaster will be released in Japan on February 10. Meanwhile, the new game in the series, titled Valkyria: Azure Revolutuion, will be developed by Media Vision and will be available in late 2016. No information about the release of both titles to the West.

Here's a description of Valkyria: Azure Revolution: "With the discovery of blue crystal Ragnite, the mighty Rush Empire has achieved rapid development and expanded its territory. Jutland, a small country, is economically blockaded by the great nation. In order to defend itself, independence and freedom in the region, Jutland attacks the Empire army base."
Azure Revolution will have Hamlet as protagonist, Ophelia as heroin and Brynhildr as a Valkyria who "is before the heroes." The game will feature a watercolor style and will offer a real-time battle system. A demonstration of the new game will be available on the remastering of Valkyria Chronicles.

Today was revelated through Dengeki Plasytation by a interview with Valkyria: Azure Revolution director Takeshi Ozawa and chief producer Youichi Shimosato, that the upcoming RPG features permanent death.
According to Ozawa, the game includes the permanent death system, ie if your character dies in battle, it is lost forever. And the player will be motivated to prevent this from happening, because there will be stories and events for all the characters, regardless of their importance.
But if the character dies, the main story will continue smoothly, only the events related to him/her will not happen. However, to help players, it seems that there will be a system to try again, so you can try the battle once again and not let the character die.
Sources: Gematsu / IGN Brazil / PS3Brazil
On Wednesday, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have charged seiyuu & idol Ai Takabe (real name Ai Nakayama) again on charges of drug use in violation of the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law. Takabe was originally arrested for drug possession just recently on October 15, and a search of her personal belongings & household had yielded cocaine.
After her arrest in October, Takabe was tested positive for cocaine use. On the day of the arrest, Japanese streaming services such as Amazon & Bandai Channel both had removed Kill Me Baby and other anime titles in which Takabe had voice roles in.
Takabe made her debut as a seiyuu in the anime series Aoi Hana as Fumi Manjoume. She has also voiced characters in other anime titles such as Hourou Musuko, Sacred Seven, Savred Seven: Shirogane no Tsubasa, & Kill Me Baby. She was a member of the Bishoujo Club 31 idol group, and acted in live-action series on Fuji TV & TV Asahi.
Earlier last month, Takabe's official profile and blog on the website of her agency at the time, Oscar Promotion, was deleted. Oscar Promotion issued a statment upon her arrest stating the following:
"We have heard of [Takabe's] arrest. Whatever the reason, we have cancelled our contract [with her]."
 Source: Tokyo Sports, Mainichi Shimbun
It comes with a troubling heart to announce that seiyuu & singer Miyu Matsuki has passed away. Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that the seiyuu & singer passed away on October 27th due to illness (which has since then been confirmed that it was due to Pneumonia). She was 38 years old.
Matsuki had announced in July that she would be taking a break from her work to focus more on treating her pneumonia. She said that at the time that she has had a fever since the start of the year that wouldn't subside, and then found out that she had acute pneumonia after continuously going to the hospital for check-ups.
In May, GA Bunko announced that Matsuki would play Charlotte Dimandias in teh upcoming anime for Jun Missaki's light novel series "Hundred". The anime's format or premier date has yet to be announced.
Some of her roles in anime included Ku-ko in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Isumi Saginomiya in Hayate no Gotoku, Magicial Sapphire in Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya, Hisui in Carnival Phantasm, & just recently as Anna Nishikinomiya in Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai. She has also performed the theme songs for Love Love?, Zoku Sayonara Zesubo Sensei, & Haiyore! Nyaruko-san.
Matsuki's fellow cast members and other industry members have been expressing their shock and condolences on Twitter:
Sakakibara Yui
"It's finally been announced... I still can't believe we won't ever meet again. The many memories I had with Miyumiyu throughout these many years are living preciously in my heart. She tried so hard. I've been crying since the day I found out what happened, but I'm still so sad that I can't say anything."
Ogata Megumi
"I can't... put it into words..."
"Why... did she go... this early...?"
Akesaka Satomi
"I loved Cherry Bell... I wish her peace in the after life."
Nishimata Aoi
"What...? I've just heard that the voice actress Miyu Matsuki has passed away... Why...? I know Matsuki-san from when she played the heroine Akane Mizuhara in Final Approach... I really can't believe this... It's terrible..."
Taketatsu Ayana
"Huh? No way."
We here at Anime Toshokan give the family & friends of the late Matsuki Miyu our condolences and wish for them the best in their time of need. As fans of her work, thank you Matsuki Miyu for bringing your voice to some of our favorite anime characters that we have come to love. You will dearly missed...........

Over the course of years since the days where we did Stepmania material, fansubbing, & other activities, Anime Toshokan has since changed to go in a more clean route about our operations. Since then, we've also pretty much abandoned the community that helped us grow back in those days. It may have been for the best for the greater good that is to be recognized by others as an official outlet to express ourselves & to teach others about all things anime, gaming, & otaku culture but the road leading to there is very long and harsh with the rise of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and others of its kind......even in anime social media, Goboiano is about to capture that market as well, leaving websites like Anime Toshokan & others to try even harder to gain a following and a community. Unless there was something that made a website different or attractive than the others, those sites have no chance of ever getting off its feet.
As the only person who runs this site and the only person actually tries to add content, it's very hard on me to do anything on my own as this is a hobby & dream project for myself. Even I have a 5/8 job that has to pay the bills so it's extremely hard for me to keep this up but I've done so for the last 17+ years (this includes all the early iterations of this site before it became Anime Toshokan). This is a cry for help, if anything, to find people who share the same love for anime & games as I do who would like to build a community where people can share ideas & experiences with others.
If you're that kind of person would like to help us (or me, to be more blunt), please contact me through PM on the A-T website. Also, let me know what your ideas are to help us grow.
During Comiket 88 (which is going on at the time of this article), Warner Bros. Japan began streaming the official Japanese dub trailer to the Rooster Teeth anime-style web series "RWBY" on Friday. The web series, which follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural "Creatures of Grimm," was licensed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan for distribution and merchandising in Japan last year. The series was streamed on Rooster Teeth's website & Crunchyroll.
:: Seiyuu Cast & Roles ::
Saori Hayami as Ruby Rose Yoko Hikasa as Weiss Schnee Yu Shimamura as Blake Belladonna Ami Koshimizu as Yang Xiao Long Hiro Shimono as Jaune Aya Suzuki as Nora Megumi Toyoguchi as Pyrrha Soma Saito as Ren Kazuhiko Inoue as Ozpin Masumi Asano as Glynda Subaru Kimura as Cardin Megumi Han as Penny Shinichiro Miki as Roman The first Blu-ray and DVD goes on sale in Japan on December 9th and the original Soundtrack will also be released on November 11th.
An official fan book featuring illustrations from 22 different artists, including Hiroyuki Asada (Tagami Bachi: Letter Bee), Yoshitoshi Abe (Serial Experments Lain, Haibane Renmei), Hajime Ueda (FLCL), okama (Tail Star, Glass Fleet), Jinsei Kataoka & Kazuma Kondou (Deadman Wonderland), Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No.6), & toi8 (character designer for MAOYU, No.6) went on sale during last year's Winter Comiket.
The series creator Monty Oum passed away in February after suffering from an allergic reaction to a medical procedure.
Source: Anime News Network
As of July 11th, Nintendo has made a press release over the sad announcement that the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has passed away due to bile duct tumor (a form of cancer). Iwata died at the age of 55.

News of his passing came via Nintendo through a .PDF press release.....which only contained one sentence (Press Release can be read here)
Iwata has held many positions within Nintendo but his earlier days within the company started with him as a programmer for Hal Laboritories where he worked on games such as Balloon Fight, Pokemon Gold & Silver, and even reworked on coding Earthbound (Mother 2) all by himself. It wasn't until 2000 where he was assigned as a director but then being appointed as president in 2002. At one point of time, Iwata was also appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America up to 2013.

Iwata skipped E3 and Nintendo's annual meeting for shareholders last year due to health reason and underwent surgery to remove the bile duct growth.
There isn't much else left to say about him. Iwata was a man who has brought us years of fun through many generations of Nintendo products and games....some good and some bad but overall fun. Being a prominent figure of Nintendo Direct, it makes one wonder how it will go on without him as he was mostly the figure head of the broadcasts. He loved his work and even the people he worked with as it was proven that to prevent layoffs within Nintendo, Iwata volunteered to cut back on his pay when he did not meet Nintendo's 2013 projections. We will miss all of his funny catch phrases and even his apologies which have since became the sources of some awesome memes. The last of his legacy that he has left us is "Mario Maker", a game which allows you to create any idea for a Mario (2D versions) into a reality.

The gaming world mourns over the loss of such a great man. Nintendo flies their flags at half mass in honor of this man. Mr.Iwata....please know...."We Understand".

#Nintendo #RIPIwata #SatoruIwata #WeUnderstand
Sources: Nintendo, Siliconera, GoBoiano
Square Enix has announced that Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded, a 3rd Person team shooter/fighting game that was originally in arcades, will go into its PC open beta on August 6th. Players can now sign up for the upcoming Pre-Open Beta test that will be conducted a week prior to the Open Beta test. New content  will be added to this build of the game such as new stages, characters, custom matches, friend system, title system, costumes, character re-balancing, & so on.
:: Pre-Open Beta Recruiting Phase ::
June 12 - July 18
:: Pre-Open Beta Testing Phase ::
August 1st - 2nd
:: Open Beta ::
August 6
You will need to register for a Japanese Square-Enix Members account in order to have a chance to participate. More news will come as we get closer to Open Beta.
Pre-Open Beta Entry:
Developer: Square-Enix
Publisher: Square-Enix
Official Website:
Source: Square-Enix, Steparu
With the new site now running smoothly (so far), we at Anime Toshokan can now concentrate with refilling this site with content for our users as well as open new doors for people who are willing to help in any way.
As the news title suggests, we are looking for gamers who are open minded with their opinions in giving feedback on Japanese doujin games that have potential for the US/EU market. Before anyone asks, yes, this is a volunteer position but this is also official work on our part as you'll be helping companies make decisions on games they want to try and bring to the western market but would like opinions on various aspects of the games such as:
Is the game fun? Do you enjoy playing X game? How is the gameplay to you? Does it make you want to continue playing? What are some of the things you would change before being officially released? Questions of these matters are just an example of what you'll be asked. Anime Toshokan will not be releasing these games and we're not becoming a US publisher of these games but rather our feedback will go to the company that wants a public opinion on a product they have in mind. We will not disclose any information as to who our clients are but if you've known MikuruX for a while then you probably know who he is helping.
Being in this group, however, you will be instructed and to hold your part as a tester of Anime Toshokan to never disclose any information or data of any game you test with us. You will not allowed to talk about anything regarding your work here at Anime Toshokan or about our clients regarding the testing out in public or family/friends. Breaking these rules of the group will automatically cause for your termination from the group and possibly a life-time ban from this site (These are serious offenses and we will not tolerate insubordination). If this sounds like something for you and something that you can do, please inform us in the comments or private message Mikuru//X.
Off the press this week of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), it's been said that Square-Enix are indeed developing a Final Fantasy VII remake for the Playstation 4.
The Final Fantasy VII remake will use the more modern / recent art style for Cloud, that being his design from his appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The remake is being created as part of the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII.
(We would like to point out that we're not talking about the Final Fantasy VII  port for the Playstation 4 that was previously announced by Square-Enix back last year during the Playstation Experience know, the one where everyone was trolled.)
We'll update more on this story as more information comes to us.
Source: Siliconera
It has only been about a month since Nitro+ Blasterz ~Heroine Infinite Duel~, the fighting game developed by EXAMU (Arcana Heart, Daemon Bride, Aquapazza) with characters from the visual novel games developed by Nitro+ (Saya no Uta, Super Sonico, & lots of others), was released in Japanese arcades. Early this month, Marvelous Entertainment (publishers of the Senran Kagura series), has announced that they will be porting over the game to the Playstation 3 & Playstation 4 this year during the Winter. During this time, lots of news regarding the game has been released in regards to the console version.
Senran Kagura's Homura has been announced that she will appear as a guest character for the console version of the game. It's not known if she will appear in the arcade version but given that the arcade versions of games usually serve as the testing grounds for new characters & mechanics or vice versa, there is a good possibility of her appearing in a later update along with Saber, Ethica, & Oka.
Yesterday, it was teased by XSeed Entertainment - the US publishing company owned by Marvelous Entertainment Japan - that Nitro+ Blasterz would be appearing to the west for a home release. It has been officially announced today by XSeed that the game will be making its way for a western release (NA & EU) at the same time as its Japanese counterpart (This is not known as they're both are just given a tentative Winter 2015 release specifics).
Stay tuned for more news regarding Nitro+ Blasterz as more developments take place.
Source: XSeed Twitter, Siliconera