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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
 
 
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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.
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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.
 
 
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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. 
 
 



































 
 
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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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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.
 

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