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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

Queen's Blade Unlimited Anime Announced

The official website for Queen's Blade opened a website for a new mixed-media project titled Queen's Blade Unlimited on Friday. The project will include a new anime and figure tied to a new story.
 
Shinya Oosaki (Tokyo Necro) of Unknown Games is redesigning the characters, including those in the visual on the right, with the theme ""coolness and sex appeal." The website teases "new battles" for "18 beautiful warriors."
 
The first Queen's Blade anime adapting Hobby Japan's combat picture book series based on the Lost Worlds game premiered back in 2009. the franchise has since inspired two additional television anime and multiple original video anime (OVA), manga, and novels. Media Blasters released the first two anime series in North America and Sentai Filmworks released the third series and the Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA.
 
Source: Hachima Kiko

Singer Luna Haruna To Perform At Anime Weekend Atlanta

An official announcement from Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) has come out with the convention announcing on Friday that singer Luna Haruna will be attending the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention this year. Haruna will be performing a full concert and participate in a panel.
 
Haruna was a finalist at the 4th Animax Anison Grand Prix in 2011. Her debute single "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau" in 2012 served as the ending theme song for the second season of Fate/Zero. She has since performed theme songs for Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online II, Monogatari Series Second Season, High School Fleet, and Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. She also performed the theme song for the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization video game. She released her first album OVERSKY in August 2013, and released her second album Candy Lips in March 2015. She will release the SxW EP mini album on February 22.
 
Haruna is also set to perform at Hawaii's Kawaii Kon in April. She performed at Anime Expo's Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Super Live~ event last July.
AWA will be held on September 28 through October 1 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galeria in Atlanta, GA.
 

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Second Trailer Shows Off More Gameplay

Marvelous Entertainment has just released their second official trailer to latest entry into the Senran Kagura series titled "Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash", a all-girl water gun action third person shooter.
 
The video highlights all the girls in the current game roster while showing off gameplay of the girls using various weapons such as the pistol, shotgun, bottle rocket launcher, mini-gun, sniper gun, and much more. The video also shows the various cards that can be obtained through the games card system which can range from abilities, costumes, and buffs.
 
 
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is set to release on the Sony Playstation 4 on March 16th in Japan with multiple collectors editions. Plans are currently ongoing for its western and asian release, as well.
 
Source: Marvelous Entertainment
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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.