NTV began streaming a 30-second promotional video on Thursday for GJ Club@ (pronounced “GJ-bu Guruguru”), the new GJ Club sequel special.
Although the website of Shogakukan’s Gagaga Bunko imprint had mentioned last December that the special would air this spring, the special’s official website and the promotional video only mention a DVD/Blu-ray Disc release. The DVD and Blu-ray Disc will both ship on May 14. The Blu-ray Disc will retail for 6,800 yen (about US$66), and the DVD will retail for 5,800 yen (US$56). Both versions will include the 46-minute special and bonus footage.
The story is set during the spring vacation immediately after Mao and the others graduate. As the season turns and sakura flowers bloom, Kyōya is once again suddenly stuffed into a bag. When he is let out of the bag, Kyoya looks around and sees New York — except the room looks exactly like the GJ Club’s room.
The official NTV site had teased that the series will feature the GJ Club members’ trip to New York. The wraparound jacket band on the seventh volume of the original manga and the GJ Club Fanbook emphasize that the sequel will “reassemble the staff from television version”: director Yoshiyuki Fujiwara, scriptwriter Hideaki Koyasu, and character designer Miwa Oshima.
The first 12-episode television anime series adapted Shin Araki’s GJ Club (GJ-bu) moe light novel series. Araki launched the original light novel series as the “first four-panel novel” in 2010; each of the nine volumes contains 36 short stories about high school students, and each story is only four pages long.
Yoshiyuki Fujiwara (Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online) directed the first anime at the studio Dogakobo (Yuruyuri). Hiro Shimono, Maaya Uchida, Yume Miyamoto, Suzuko Mimori and Chika Arakawa starred in the series.
The series premiered in Japan in January 2013 and ran through March. Crunchyroll streamed the series in various countries outside of Japan as it aired.