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Himouto Umaru-chan Second Season Announced

In this year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine, they will be revealing that the TV anime based on Sakaku Head's manga series "Himouto! Umaru-chan"will be getting a second season. The live-streamed DaraNama Returns program also announced the news on Saturday. The anime's official website and Young Jump posted a teaser promotional video and visual for the season coming this fall (can be found below).
 
The main staff from the series first season is slated to return for the second season, this includes the anime studio Doga Kobo, director Masahiko Ohta, series script supervisor Takashi Aoshima, and character designer Aya Takano. According to the description of the teaser video, the following main cast will be returning to reprise their roles:
 
Aimi Tanaka as Umaru Doma Kenji Nojima as Taihei Doma Akari Kageyama as Nana Ebina Haruka Shiraishi as Kirie Motoba Yurina Furukawa as Sylphynford Tachibana  
The first televised anime series first premiered in July 2015 and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for North  America and will release the series with a English dub.
 

 
The 10th volume of the manga will ship on April 19 and will also be bundled with an OVA (original video animation) DVD which the original TV staff & cast will also be returning for.
 
Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an earlier two chapter Himouto! Umaru-chan version in Miracle Jump in 2012). 2.7 million copies are in print as of March of this year.
 
 
The manga centers around Taihei Doma and his little sister Umaru, who boasts beautiful looks as well as prowess in both school and sports. However, she has a certain secret. Everyone may think she is the ideal girl, but she is anything but. "Himōto" is a pun on "imōto" (little sister) and "himono," which means "dried fish," but in slang can refer to a woman who is proper in public but lazy at home.
The manga inspired the Akita Imokko! Ebina-chan, Himōto! Umaru-chan S, and Himōto! Umaru-chan SS spinoff manga. Himōto! Umaru-chan SS ended on February 28. The manga has also inspired the Himōto! Umaru-chan F: Himōto Enikki fanbook and the Himōto! Umaru-chan N novel.
 
Credited by: Anime News Network

Hyper Dragonball Z Champ's Build & Trailer Released

On Friday, the team responsible for the Dragonball Z inspired fan game "Hyper Dragonball Z" has just released the latest version update called "The Champ's Build" to the M.U.G.E.N powered indie game. With this update comes a slew of changes along with the game HUB, character balance across the whole game, & new stages.
 
Along with the new game version update, the team also released a trailer highlighting which shows off some of the game changes as well as show some of the incoming characters that will be making their way in 2017 like Juuhachigou (Android 18), Krillin, Tien, Majin Buu, & Gotenks:
 
 
 
Hyper Dragonball Z is an unofficial Dragonball Z fighting game created to resemble what a DBZ fighting game would look like it if was made by the Japanese game development company Capcom.  The game is created by a  team of people who create content for the fighting game engine "M.U.G.E.N". M.U.G.E.N. is a game engine that's been around for years that is used mostly to make fighting games which allows people to make their own dream fighting game.....although there is some small programming & designing on the developers part required if you want to make your game. You can download a pre-made game from other developers and play them right off the bat let alone customize them to your liking (again, if you know how).
 
Hyper Dragonball Z is available to download now from the groups facebook page.

Third season of Maria†Holic announced


Media Factory through the May 2017 issue of Monthly Comic Alive announced that Maria†Holic will return to the screens in the winter season. Other details were not announced, but most likely the team that worked in the first season should be kept, as well as the dubbing cast.
The first and second seasons were produced by the studio Shaft and had a total of 12 episodes each exhibited by TV Tokyo between Winter 2009 and Spring 2011.
The work, created by Endou Minari, was serialized by Monthly Comic Alive magazine from May 2006 to November 2014. English adaptation was initially published by TokyoPop that left it incomplete with 6 volumes before ceasing its services. Currently it is being published by One Peace Books with a total of 9 volumes till this day.
 

Sekirei Returns on May 2

On the 2nd manga volume of Sakurako Gokurakuin's Brave ☆ Star Romantics, the wraparound jacket band announced on Saturday that Sekirei, one of Gokurakuin's earlier manga titles, will be returning as a regular series. Sekirei will resume in this year's 10th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine on May 2. The advertisement for the manga has teh subtitle "Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto" (365 Days Without a Girlfriend). It further teases with the tagline "One year with his girlfriend gon. One Year until she returns."
 
In the original story, Sekirei takes place in Tokyo known as Shinoto Teito in 2020. Minato Sahashi, is an extremely intelligent 19 year old yet due to his inability to cope under pressure, has failed his college entrance exam twice.
 
One day, Minato meets a girl named Musubi, who literally falls from the sky. Minato soon learns that she is a "Sekirei" who chose him as her "Ashikabi", one of the mysterious set of humans that have the genetic trait who can make contact - by kissing - with the Sekirei. This binds the Sekirei to him and allows them to use their full power in elemination battles with other Sekirei. Made up of 108 cute girls, buxom women, and bishonen, the Sekirei fight in a competition known as the "Sekirei Project" organized by Hiroto Minaka, the chairman and founder of the mysterious and powerful MBI Corporation.
 
Minato soon learns that being the partner of a girl is not all fun and games, especially when several other Sekirei choose him as their Ashikabi, each also forming a contract with him. Now Minato must find a way to survive both the life-threatening battles of the Sekirei Plan and his partners' fierce competition for him.
 
Gokurakuin had originally stopped the Sekirei manga on August 2015. She began the series in 2004 and the series inspired two anime adaptations in 2008 and 2010. Funimation has released both anime in North America. Yen Press is publishing the Sekirei manga digitally, and will start publish the manga in print in July. Gokurakuin serialized the manga Kaisei no Caricature in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine from September 2015 to December 2016. She was credited with the original idea, setting, and storyboarding, while Hiromu Mogi wrote the story and Sora Goto provided the art. Gokurakuin launched Brave ☆ Star Romantics in November 2015.
 
Source: Anime News Network

High School of the Dead Creator Daisuke Sato Passes Away

Manga writer & creator Daisuke Sato passed away on March 22, 2017 due to ischemic heart disease at the age of 52. It's reported that the immediate family have already held a funeral service and that his younger sister Yuuko Shinmyo was the chief mourner.
 
Sato's works included the High School of the Dead (Highschool of the Dead in Japan) manga with artist Shoji Sato and the Imperial Guards manga with artist Yu Ito. High School of the Dead went on hiatus from 2008 to 2010 but then went on a extended hiatus on March 2011, only to release a new chapter in April 2013. High School of the Dead is now currently left unfinished.
 
 
Source: Mainichi Shinbun, Crunchyroll, Goboiano

Anime Toshokan IRC Channel Closes

It's with deep regret that as of March 9, 2017, Anime Toshokan Inc. will officially close down our IRC channel on Rizon. We say this because it has been a staple within Anime Toshokan dating back to when our site was originally called "AIC World" and because of the long history it has with our group. This decision was made due to the inactivity of the channel and because most of the A-T IRC staff has jumped ship to our Discord channels.

Anime Toshokan currently has 2 Discord groups which are operated by Mikuru//X & Akadai Shirou (both operate one each). One deals with the A-T group as a whole and the other deals with the A-T gaming guild. For those of you whom been with us for all of these years, thank you so very much for the memories and good times (and bad) we've had. If you would like to meet us on Discord, please click here: https://discord.gg/hQARJ6a
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  • Gangsta - Episode 1 & 2

    The year is 2015 and the anime industry is currently rampant with anime reboots, new seasons, moeblobs, & ecchi fanbase shows and the Summer 2015 anime season is especially no exceptions with the likes of Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, Teekyuu (5th season), DragonBallZ Super, Ushio & Tora (reboot), Miss Monochrome 2nd Season, Working!!!, & so on. I mean, there are a few action & drama anime shows this season and Gangsta is one that is good to go into so that one can break away from the monotony of the current airing season.

    Gangsta is a new show this anime season which originated as a manga series that is written & illustrated by Kohske. It has been published since 2011 in Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine. The tale of Gangsta revolves around Worick Arcangelo & Nicolas Brown, two "handymen" who take on odd jobs for both the mob and the police that pretty much no one else will wants to do or handle in the town of Ergastulum. This town is pretty much filled to the brim with mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, dirty cops.....you name it, this town has them. Episode one pretty much starts off slow with introducing the main three characters of show, the third being Alex Benedetto who starts off in the show as a prostitute who works for a gang that Worick & Nicolas sent to go after but in the end is spared her life by Worick and becomes their assistant. Of course, we may already know the reasons behind this as there might be some other "intentions" behind it....or maybe not but we'll just have to see as the show goes on. Keep in mind, I've never read the manga so I'm going in on this show blind to what is going to happen. Because of this, I found it weird at first when Nicolas never speak until we find out that he's "deaf as a doornail" but for some odd reason he's able to fight on par with people who can hear and use guns while we see he uses only his katana. As for Worick, he fights....a little and he does look like he'll be playing hooky a lot from time to time in this series.


     It isn't until the end of episode one where we can see just how frightening Nicolas is and by that I mean his strenght. It's not everyday you get your car kicked off two of its wheels, right?

    Okay, maybe it is. We just know not to piss this guy off. This flow of story progression continues at this pace as we go into episode two where Worick & Nicolas are visited by Nina, another character who will probably be popping up more frequently from now on, are given a job to help out the local area doctor and her boss, Dr.Theo. More characters are introduced and even the meaning of the dog tags that Nicolas wears is explained and even some of the shows antagonists are introduced (but not shown). Honestly, episode two is my favorite as of right now as the series goes into some rather light comedic moments but their a fun addition to this series that hangs on the premise of staying edgy with its theme thanks to the addition of Dr. Theo & Nina.


    I swear, the funny moments in this show are a not over the top but are always a welcome as long as they stay short & sweet. Oh and here's shirtless Worick for you all!!


    My thoughts on the show was that it "initially" I was going into a series that wanted to be something like Cowboy Bebop or better yet, Black Lagoon. Yeah, I know. Why does everything have to be like Cowboy Bebop or Black Lagoon!? Can you blame me for thinking this? I mean; with the current run of shows that we've been seeing as of late in the past few years each anime season, it's like shows like this are becoming rather rare where the author actually tries to put a story in that seems like events like these could be happening somewhere in today's world (outside of stupid strenght of Nicolas). At any rate, I Gangsta seems to have some staying qualities that will keep me wanting to watch it to see how things unfold and it's not like I actually drop shows early in its airing......unless it seems like it absolutely sucks, which this doesn't to me but that's just my opinion on the matter.

    And yeah, another reason I started watching is because of Alex. I mean, she's no Faye Valentine or Revy but for this current anime season lineup of girls, she's good on the eyes to watch. I'm hoping the show will continue at the pace at it's going but maybe that's some hopeful wishing on my part and maybe it will happen. I'm also hoping that the show doesn't try to go overboard with wanting to be too edgy with it's theme where things starts to get out of hand. I'll explain more on that as the show progresses.....maybe. But for now, just know that Gangsta is worth looking into this season, at least.