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Otaku Penguin "Grape-kun" Passes Away

It comes with a heavy heart to report that "Grape-kun", the otaku Humboldt penguin that made headlines after showing affection to a cutout standee of Hululu from the anime series "Kemono Friends", has passed away. Grape-kun was 21 years old.

Reports of his passing came from a twitter post from the staff of the Tobu Zoo - the home of Grape-kun:
"Grape-kun the Humbodt penguin passed away yesterday. We would like to thank everyone for supporting him. And Hululu, thank you for watching over him to the very end. And Grape-kun, thank you for a long time together. Rest in peace in Heaven."

There were plans to throw a "Fall Grape Festival" on the November 11th & 25th that would allow visitors to celebrate Grape-kun and his love for Hululu. There has been no word from the Tobu Zoo staff as to if they any new plans for those dates. Two days prior to his passing, Grape-kun and Hululu were removed from the penguin pen after his zookeepers found him to be in poor health.
The story of Grape-kun gained international attention after he displayed signs of love and affection towards the Kemono Friends character standee of Hululu. The cutout standee was on display at the Tobu Zoo as part of a collaboration event with the Kemono Friends anime series that was airing at that time where various animal pens had a cutout standee on display representing that animal. The Kemono Friends event happened during April 2017.

Hululu's cutout became a permanent fixture of Grape-kun's penguin pen at the Tobu Zoo after fans, as well as Hululu's seiyuu (pictured above), expressed their love Grape-kun's cute displays of affection. During a typhoon, the pair was separated briefly but during his final moments, the Tobu Zoo staff reassured fans that they were together till the end.
Since then, fans have been sharing their condolences & thanking Grape-kun for giving them happy memories which also comes with a flood of fanart:

Rest in Peace, Grape-kun! T_T

Source: Goboiano, Anime News Network, Crunchyroll

Date a Live Season 3 Announced!

Some minutes ago Koushi Tachibana, Date a Live's original creator, announced through his Twitter account that a new season is being produced.
Date a Live first season aired from April 2013 to Jun 2013, and its sequel arrived in the same period of the following year.
In 2015 the movie "Mayuri Judgement" hit the screens. 
After more than two years without any Date a Live animation, we got surprised again. Looking forward to it.

Gameplay de GIRLS und PANZER: Dream Tank Match é revelado durante live-stream

GIRLS und PANZER: Dream Tank Match é um título anunciado pela Bandai-Namco em Julho deste ano para a plataforma PlayStation 4, com data de lançamento estimada para o inverno japonês. Não é o primeiro jogo da franquia. No ano de 2014 o PS Vita recebeu GIRLS und PANZER: Sensha-do Kiwamemasu!, que por sinal não foi muito popular no ocidente desde que foi lançado apenas em solo japonês com suporte ao idioma local. Enquanto o primeiro título aborda a história do anime de mesmo nome, o pouco que se sabe até o momento é que o modo história de Dream Tank Match tem como base o filme GIRLS und PANZER der Film, e por isso pode-se dizer que se trata de uma continuação. Desta vez o jogo contará com uma versão específica para a região da Ásia (tanto em formato digital quanto físico) com legendas em Inglês, o que se acredita ser a forma com que o desenvolvedor avaliará a recepção do jogo no ocidente.
Há cerca de uma semana foi anunciada uma sessão live-stream marcada para o dia de hoje, a qual foi transmitida entre as 08:00 e 09:00 da noite (Japan Standard Time).

Dentre o que foi apresentado, tivemos a oportunidade de assistir a 17 minutos de gameplay em tempo real.

23/09 Stream Highlights - GIRLS und PANZER: Dream Tank Match

Como informado anteriormente, a live-stream de GIRLS und PANZER: Dream Tank Match foi transmitida através dos canais da Bandai-Namco nas plataformas Youtube e NicoNico. Houve demonstração de gameplay, as seiyuus desenhando, entre outros.
Quem não conseguiu acompanhar pode re-assistir pelo Youtube, já que o conteúdo foi salvo. 


Tokimeki Idol Smartphone Game Announced

It has been announced by Konami Digital Entertainment on Friday that they will be releasing a new smartphone game titled "Tokimeki Idol". This game is a spin-off to the Tokimeki Memorial visual dating sim series which was also developed by Konami that started out back in 1994 and has not been seen since back in 2014. Konami opened a new teaser website with a video giving fans a closer look at the game.
Tokimeki Idol is a idol communication game where you'll be living with the games 15 female idols whom are part of a music institute to help them achieve their goal & dreams.

The game will be a free-2-play game for iOS & Android mobile devices which will come with microtransaction purchases. The game will also sport a "VR" mode for compatible devices for smartphones & tablets.

This new development for the TokiMemo series is built on the concept of gaining a “Tokimeki” (Heartbeat Memorial) from spending your everyday with the girls who are aiming to become idols.
Tokimeki Idol marks the return of Konami's Tokimeki Memorial romance sim series. From its initial release back in 1994, Tokimeki Memorial has spawned many  game sequels, spin-offs, & adaptations from its original video anime back in 1999 & 2009, a 2006 anime TV series (Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~) which was based on the Tokimeki Memorial online game which was also released in that same year, & many more from drama CDs & soundtracks. No game within the Tokimeki Memorial series has ever been officially translated for the western market although it is argued that Brooktown High, another one of Konami's games released for the Playstation Portable back in 2007, was heavily inspired by Tokimeki Memorial and was considered Konami's way of bringing the series over to the western market......not in the way fans would have wanted though as the game was heavily panned as a horrible game.
Reporter Rant: Okay seriously......this game is looking too much like The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage. Honestly, I think I can let one out now......FUCK KONAMI for ruining yet another favorite franchise by making it a mobile monetization smartphone game!! #FUCKKONAMI
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:: About Anime Toshokan Inc. ::

Anime Toshokan Inc. is a fan driven community website with the goal of helping spread all things dealing with Japanese anime, gaming, & pop culture that has been online for over 18 years (under various other names during transitions).

:: History of Anime Toshokan Inc. ::

Anime Toshokan Inc. started out as a personal anime fansite years ago in 1998 by it's creator Michael Anderson (Mikuru//X) during his junior year of high school. Back then, the site was titled "Katsuhiko Jinnai's Humble Anime Home"; back which the site was mostly focused on all things related to the anime series El-Hazard: The Magnificent World. Around that time, the site and it's various pages were hosted on multiple free web hosting sites such as Homestead, Geocities, Tripod, Xoom, & Talkcity (back in them days, they all had free homepage services but are now either gone or made into paid web hosting services). With an ambition to make a site where fans can come together and bring content to other fans, the site continued to grow until it eventually incorperated 2 anime titles under which it will be a fan site for - Battle Athletes & Tenchi Muyo.All 3 anime titles were from the anime company AIC (Anime International Company). In early 2000, Michael left for the military and the site was abandoned before anymore updates and changes could be made until the Summer of the same year. Upon returning from the US ARMY basic training, new ideas were formed and the site name was changed to "AIC World".

With advancements in web designing since the site hiatus, more content & services were added to AIC World such as streaming music (thanks to services like Live365 which has also gone to being a full paid service). After the events of 9/11/2001, Michael was deployed overseas and the site went on hiatus again for 9 months. During that time and with limited internet access, plans to reconstruct the site began and with the thought of talking about all things anime and bringing in things related to video games, the site went through another name change and that name stays with the site to this day - Anime Toshokan Inc..

As part of Michael's A.G.E.S. Project (Anime & Games Entertainment Service), new staff was brought on due to interest in such things as Japanese doujin games & Stepmania. At that time, Anime Toshokan have done things which can't be changed in its past such as illegal downloads of game software & anime fansubbing to some positive things such as Stepmania simfile & theme creations, it brought us an audience that was rather diverse at best but nontheless, a good one. In 2010 after all the buzz over Dance Dance Revolution & Stepmania have long died out, it was decided that Anime Toshokan would cease all illegal activities and focus more on trying to build a community that educates and inspires people to be creative in in things such as manga drawing, 3D art, game development, & many more.

Because of the drastic changes, it has made our community leave and site still stands to this day with only its founder and a handful of admins (in chat) still at the helm.

:: About the Founder of Anime Toshokan Inc. ::

Founder & Owner of Anime Toshokan: Michael Anderson Name: M.Anderson
Age: 36 (as of Mar 27, 2017)
Nationality: Mixed American
Born: Alabama, USA
Site Occupation: Founder & Owner of Anime Toshokan Inc.
Hobbies: Watching Anime, Gaming, Streaming, Web Design
Likes: Having Fun & being carefree
Dislikes: Failing, Laziness

:: Current Staff of Anime Toshokan ::

Mikuru//X: Founder & Owner of Anime Toshokan Inc. / Web Designer / Web Programmer / Reviewer / Editor (1998 - present)
Akadai Shirou: Discord Channel Admin / A-T Gaming Guild Leader / 3D Modeler (2002 - present)
Shinobu Maehara / ToFuMaN: Discord Channel Admin / Advisor (2002 - present)
Lintor: Discord Channel Admin (2003 - present)
Hikage: Discord Channel Admin (2003 - present)
Razzee: Anime Toshokan News Reporter (2016 - present)

:: Anime Toshokan Staff Almuni ::

Beeperfect / Otaru Mamiya: Co-Founder of Anime Toshokan Inc. (Team JAOS & AIC World Era / 1998 - 2002)
Kevin Video / Akari Kanzaki: Co-Founder of Anime Toshokan Inc. (Team JAOS & AIC World Era / 1999 - 2002)
Yuuichi Aizawa: Site Programmer (Anime Toshokan Inc. Era / 2002 - 2010)
Xatnys: Anime Toshokan Stepmania Specialist / Graphic Designer / mIRC Channel Admin (Anime Toshokan Inc. Era / 2002 - 2015)
Makoto: mIRC Channel Moderator / Anime Toshokan Stepmania Specialist (2003 - 2007)