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Valkyria Chronicles Remaster | New trailer

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.

Valkyria Chronicles Remaster Trailer Revealed

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:
Just follow SEGA's profile and retweet.

Konami Bans Hideo Kojima from Attending the Video Game Awards 2015

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.

Sources: IGN, Gamespot, Anime News Network

Valkyria Chronicles Remaster and Valkyria: Azure Revolution announced for PS4

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.
Sources: Gematsu / IGN Brazil / PS3Brazil

Kill Me Baby Seiyuu Ai Takabe Charged For Drug Use....Again

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

Shimoseka Seiyuu Miyu Matsuki Passes Away

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...........

Anime Toshokan - Help Wanted

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.

RWBY's Official Japanese Dub Trailer at Comiket 88

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

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

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
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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 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.

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