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Nitro+ Blasterz Announced for Home Consoles
It has been announced in this week's issue of Famitsu magazine that Nitro+ Blasterz: Heroine Infinite Duel, a 2 vs 2 fighter developed by Examu (Arcana Heart series, Aquapazza, Daemon Bride: Additional Gain) & Nitro+ (Super Sonico, Saya no Uta, Steins;Gate) will be making its way to home consoles for the Playstation 3 & Playstation 4.
The upcoming console version will have slight changes made from its arcade release. Most notable will be the addition of Super Sonico to the playable cast. Super Sonico was originally promoted in the game as one of the support characters you get to choose along with the playable cast. There will also be more new characters announced for the home version in the near future.
Come on Examu, you know you want to promote Angela Blazac from the support cast to a playable character.
Due to complete & utter lack of customer service with our former site hosting company "Globat", Anime Toshokan was forced to move to another host in order to gain the full benefits of the latest version of Invision Power Board which is version 4.0 that is currently now in testing (we're using the current release candidate as of right now).
Because of this move and other issues with Globat & compatiability with the database, again, the site has been wiped a new. Also, Anime Toshokan will for now be closed off from the public until we feel that it is ready to open for the general public to use. We are unsure of our vision of the site but we'll keep working till we find one that both pleases us and our users.
We apologize for all of the trouble that this may cause for everyone but we hope you all will work with us during out testing phase of the new Anime Toshokan website.
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 date....no specifics).
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 convention.....you know, the one where everyone was trolled.)
We'll update more on this story as more information comes to us.
Anime Toshokan Gamer Opinion Group - Player Wanted
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.
Over the years, Anime Toshokan has always had 2 or 3 mascots that represent the site. Back in 2010, we introduced these mascots in their first drawn version back when we had them designed at Anime Weekend Atlanta. Over the course of 5 years, their designs have changed (well, only one of them) and their redrawn looks are now complete. Mikuru & Haruhi are 2 of 3 main mascots for Anime Toshokan. They are the sites personification of its founder Mikuru//X and his close online friend & Rumble Fighter partner "Haruhi".
Ethnic: Half African American / Half Thai
Born: September 20, 1996
Place of Birth: Alabama, USA
Hobbies: Watching Anime, Reading Manga, Web Design, Graphic Design, Playing Video Games (Fighting & MMORPGs mostly), Cooking, Sleeping (a little too much)
Favorite Foods: Mom's Thai Cooking, Sushi, Takoyaki, Grilled Corn, Fish (prefers Tilapia), Tiramisu, Coffee Based Products
Likes: Her friendly gaming rivalry with Haruhi, quiet places, trying new foods, going places, & other stuff?
Dislikes: Lazy/uncultured/disrespectful/closed minded people, the word that is not a word "Weeaboo",......that's all you're getting out of me.
Favorite Anime Series(s): Chobits, El-Hazard, Battle Athletes, Ranma 1/2, Tenchi Muyo, Mamano Hunter Yohko
Mikuru's design has not changed since we've first introduced her back in 2010. Still sporting the eye patch, cat ears cap, & white coat, no one knows exactly what she likes to wear underneath it.....not ever her creator. What we do know is that she tends to be a very quiet person at most times but tends to do a complete 180 when she's at bars, gaming pubs, or anime conventions. Usually bored with everyday life as nothing particularly happens in her hometown so she spends everyday on her computer or iTab doing random things online.
Born: April 20, 1997
Place of Birth: USA (Haruhi has not stated)
Favorite Foods: ???
Favorite Anime Series(s): ???
Haruhi has went through a complete overhaul in her design. Her original design had her too close to resembling Haruhi from "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yutsuu" which is something we needed to avoid at all cost. Luckly, another one of our online friends from the online game "Rumble Fighter" came up with her current design but only from the head down to her chest. We had to make go with what we had and come up with the rest ourselves. Haruhi's profile is currently unknown because only Haruhi has that info as we'll wait to see what she wants to put down for her. The only reason Mikuru's profile is done is because she is based on our founder.
The redesign artwork was commissioned by Anime Toshokan to a online artist who goes by the name "LukisanHana" on Facebook. She has done an excellent job portraying our mascots the way we imagined them and for coming up with the rest of the body for Haruhi with absolutely nothing to fall back on. We really recommend you check her artwork out and see about getting commissions from Lukisan....tell them Anime Toshokan sent ya!!
The demo of Valkyria: Azure Revolution will only be launched tomorrow with the release of Valkyria Chronicles Remaster in Japan, but a Twitter user already has a copy on hand.
The demo will have the download size of 1.5 GB.
Sega released a trailer with the introduction of the history of Vakyria Chronicles Remaster, new version of the strategy RPG that will be released exclusively for PlayStation 4 in Japan.
The remastering will be launched on February 10 in Japan and will include a demo of Valkyria: Azure Revolution, which will also be released exclusively for PlayStation 4 in Japan but does not have yet a release date.
Sega recently released the first trailer for Valkyria Chronicles Remaster, tactical RPG that will reach the PS4 in 2016. The video, in Japanese, summarizes in just over three minutes everything will be present in the adventure, from the history to the battle system.
The launch is scheduled for February 10 in Japan and will include a demo of Valkyria: Azure Revolution who will also be released for the PS4.
If you live in Japan, check this page to participate and win a set of Valkyria Chronicles QUO cards in a lottery: http://valkyria.jp/sp/tw/
Just follow SEGA's profile and retweet.
In what seems to be an endless spiral of stupid events, Konami had banned Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima, from attending the Video Game Awards 2015 which took place on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Video Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley stated during the awards ceromony on Thursday that Kojima did not attend the ceromony because a lawyer representing Konami had informed Kojima that he "was not allowed" to attend. Keighley stated that Kojima had "every intention" of attending the event but because of this move by Konami, Kojima was instead watching the event back in Tokyo.
During the event, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was nominated for Game of the Year, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Soundtrack, & Best Action/Adventure. The had won both awards for Best Score/Soundtrack & Best Action/Adventure. Kojima Productions was also nominated for Developer of the Year. Both awards were accepted by Keifer Sutherland, the voice of Big Boss in MGSV: The Phantom Pain.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain also won a Platinum Award at the Playstation Awards 2015 ceromony in Tokyo earlier on Thursday. This award is awarded for games that have sold more than 1 million copies. The game also won a Users Choice Prize Asia. Kojima was also not allowed to attend this event. Instead, a Konami public relations supervisor accepted the trophy instead.
This event is just one of many (but the biggest) that has occurred ever since the falling out between Kojima & Konami has started earlier this year. A report by The New Yorker sited that Kojima had left Konami Los Angeles Studio on October 9th, after a farewell ceromony. Konami later denied the report, saying that at the time of its writing, Kojima was taking "an extended vacation."
News from an anonymous source within Konami claimed back in March that Kojima would leave Konami after completing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with Kojima's contract with Konami supposedly ending sometime in December. Konami stated around the same month that Kojima Productions and other internal companies have had their names changed as part of Konami's restructuring.....all of the ones which Kojima has had some involvement with.
The phrase "A Hideo Kojima Game" was also removed from the game titles on Konami America's Metal Gear Solid page along with logos for "Fox Team" & "Fox Engine" and when Konami restructed in March, Kojima was no longer listed as the "Executive Content Officer" of Konami.
Earlier in the year, Kojima has previously stated that he would consider Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as the last Metal Gear Solid title. Later, Konami UK Community Manager Graham Day stated in an interview back in September that "the Metal Gear brand will continue," even without Kojima.
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 Playstation 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.
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]."
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:
"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."
"I can't... put it into words..."
"Why... did she go... this early...?"
"I loved Cherry Bell... I wish her peace in the after life."
"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..."
"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.