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Apr 24

Sentai Adds Captain Earth… For Great Justice


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES

“CAPTAIN EARTH”

HOUSTON, April 24, 2014 – An endless rainbow triggers the beginning of an epic battle for Earth’s survival in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Captain Earth. This sci-fi mecha series is directed by Takuya Igarashi (Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, Star Driver ) with series composition by Yuji Enokido (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Ouran High School Host Club), Character design by Satoshi Ishino (Excel Saga, No. 6) and animation production by BONES (RahXephon, Xam’d: Lost Memories).

“When I opened the door called truth, my childhood ended. It was a summer I could never forget.

The night before his summer vacation, second-year high school student Daichi Manatsu’s life as he once knew it would be forever changed. An unusual round rainbow appears floating in the sky above and he knows he must follow it. With memories of his father’s inexplicable death haunting him and a previous encounter of a mysterious boy and girl, Daichi follows the rainbow – one he has seen in his past – and travels to Tanegashima Island to investigate. Arriving on the island with mixed emotions, the home of Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, Daichi runs into a 17-year-old boy named Teppei Arashi who asks why Daichi has returned to this island. While he may not know or fully understand his fate, Daichi knows he’s returned there to fulfill a promise. Now, with panic alarms sounding and an unruly force known as the Kill-T-Gang quickly approaching to attack, Daichi must suit up for the invasion in the mecha battle to end all mecha battles in CAPTAIN EARTH!

Captain Earth will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such asGrave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores.  Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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Wow o3o Not sure who #100 was, but thanks to everyone that’s following us now! And thank YOU to whoever pushed us over that 100 mark ^_^;;

Wow o3o Not sure who #100 was, but thanks to everyone that’s following us now! And thank YOU to whoever pushed us over that 100 mark ^_^;;

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine


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Lupin III Woman Called Fujiko Mine Boxart 20140423 226x300 Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko MineIn Japan, Lupin has been a household name since he made his bombastic debut in 1967. The tales of his grand heists and incredible capers enthralled fans of all ages, as he’s crossed paths with the law in all of its forms. Be it the vigilant Zenigata to the great Detective Conan, Lupin’s always found his way to get what he wants, when he wants.

Of course, he doesn’t always do it alone.

Over the years, Lupin amassed a small gang of compatriots that are sometimes convenient friends, and sometimes bitter rivals. Possibly his best known, though, is Fujiko Mine: a femme fatale and mistress of the long con, whose beauty is second only to her lust for the finest things in the world. She’s a mistress of disguise that will use everything, from her wits to her body to get what she wants. Her stories are numerous, and her capers are said to be as grand as those of Lupin himself.

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine delves into the past of the world’s greatest cat burglar to deliver a dozen episodic tales from her solo career. Through the series, Fujiko’s skills in both the deadly arts and otherwise are put to the test as she sneaks, schemes, and screws her way to infamy. Her exploits take her across the globe, from the casinos of Monte Carlo to the intimate confines of an all-girls’ academy as she stakes her claim on the world’s most precious treasures.

Along the way, she’s greeted by familiar faces and legendary adversaries. Those whom she’ll one day regard as comrades are little more than adversaries at this point, and those whom Fujiko can trust are few and far between. if there is one constant to be counted on, though, it’s that Zenigata was always, and always will be hilariously inept at his job.

That said, the show is a far cry from the Lupin many are familiar with. The slapstick comedy and cheery atmosphere of the iconic 1977 series are gone. In their place are a tone that would be more at home in, say, Cowboy Bebop, Black Lagoon, or the original Lupin comics. The characters, and the plots are all played straight, with moments of brief levity that break the tension of the moment. The scenes are often left to speak for themselves, as characters scheme and plot, and rivalries boil over into rage and frustration.

Fujiko Mine 011 300x168 Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko MineTo tap into this new, restrained take on the Lupin universe, many of the show’s key players needed to be looked at from a different angle. Familiar faces like Jigen, Zenigata, and Lupin are distilled to their very essences. Unlike the familiar caricatures, these characters are instead portrayed as exceptional, albeit flawed individuals. They have their own weaknesses and demons, though they hide behind flawless facades. Fujiko, for example, is portrayed as a far darker individual, who will deceive, seduce, and kill to get what she needs. She’s powerful, confident, and crafty, though her instincts are easily clouded by the targets before her. The cast members simply gush with personality, and the chemistry between the major players is simply divine.

The first thing that most people will notice when watching The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, though, is the show’s sense of style. The series presents itself in a gorgeous, sketchy style that captures the show’s darker nature. Characters and objects are drawn with thick lines and bold colors. Heavy black lines are feathered onto scenes to create shadows and pull focus to the foreground. Landscapes look as if they could be watercolor paintings, with bleeding colors, and scribbled lines that give the illusion of depth in the scene. The overall effect is stunning, as it creates a look that could have easily been ripped from the pages of Monkey Punch’s original books. Action scenes are beautifully choreographed, and always exciting to behold.

In short, it’s coolness embodied.

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is a rare gem that’s able to deconstruct a legendary franchise to create something special. The show manages to bring out the absolute best in the Lupin franchise, as it delivers an experience that is satisfying for newcomers and die-hard fans alike. It’s a joy to watch, and a title that would be welcome in any anime lover’s library.

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Apr 23

Prepare Your Steph Vision: Sentai Adds No Game, No Life


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Sentai Filmworks Logo Prepare Your Steph Vision: Sentai Adds No Game, No Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES

“NO GAME, NO LIFE”

HOUSTON, April 23, 2014 – The game is on, and for two players the stakes are nothing less than the end of humanity in Sentai Filmworks’latest acquisition, No Game, No Life. This fantasy adventure series from original creator Yuu Kamiya is directed by Atsuko Ishizuka (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, NANA) with series composition by Jukki Hanada (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Beyond the Boundary), art direction by Eiji Iwase (Campione!, Divergence Eve) and animation production by Madhouse Studios (Highschool of the Dead, BTOOOM!).

As urban legend would have it, siblings Sora and Shiro are gods amongst their fellow man when it comes to the gaming world. Blazing hot on the internet, their reputation precedes them as this bright brother and sister duo have made quite the name for themselves as NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers. Of course, they both question their happiness in the real world only to discover that there is a parallel world where everything is decided by a game. Homebound hermits, withdrawn from life, they are summoned to a fantasy world by a boy calling himself “God.” In this world, all armed conflict and violence have been banned and the races must resolve their disagreements through gaming. Now, the siblings find themselves as the would-be saviors of the human race.  Will this dynamic duo be brilliant enough in this game world to be the salvation of all humanity? The deck might be stacked against them, but Shiro and Sora are determined to duel till the end in NO LIFE NO GAME!

No Game, No Life will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such asGrave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores.  Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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Apr 22

Section23 Reveals August 2014 Lineup, Watamote & Love Lab To Release


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SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES AUGUST SLATE 

SHORT PEACE

Available August 5th

 

HOUSTON, April 22, 2014 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its August slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks newest acquisition: Short Peace which includes the 86th Academy Award® nominated Best Animated Short Film Possessions.

Product details follow, in order of release 

Coming August 2014

 

Title:                 SHORT PEACE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         68 min.

Street Date:      8/5/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $24.98

SYNOPSIS:  In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world.  Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films:  A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO).   A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION).  The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA), as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN).  Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!

Title:                 SHORT PEACE COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         68 min.

Street Date:      8/5/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $29.98

SYNOPSIS:  In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world.  Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films:  A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO).   A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION).  The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA), as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN).  Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!

Title:                 LOVE LAB COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      8/5/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Perhaps it was from the shock of discovering her school’s most respected girl kissing a life-size huggie doll, but in those first awkward moments Riko Kurahashi said something she wishes she hadn’t.  Not only did student council president Natsuo Maki completely swallow Riko’s glib fib about being, “popular with the boys,” she drafted Riko as her aide and advisor in love and romance! It would have been bad enough if Natsuo only wanted advice, but Fujisaki Girls Academy’s most brilliant student is also the most obsessive, and simply talking about the opposite sex isn’t sufficient.  No, Natsuo postulates hypothetical scenarios and “researches” them in her secret Love Lab!  And since interaction with boys is banned at Fujisaki, guess who has to help act those fantasies out?  As other girls join the Love Lab, Riko’s role as the group’s love-master becomes even worse!   Because she ISN’T one!  Most boys don’t even LIKE her, but how can she admit that without destroying the friendships she now cherishes?  Exposure looms and each new “experiment” brings Riko one step closer to total disaster as Love and Deception combine into the ultimate explosive mixture in the LOVE LAB!

Title:                 LOVE LAB COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      8/5/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Perhaps it was from the shock of discovering her school’s most respected girl kissing a life-size huggie doll, but in those first awkward moments Riko Kurahashi said something she wishes she hadn’t.  Not only did student council president Natsuo Maki completely swallow Riko’s glib fib about being, “popular with the boys,” she drafted Riko as her aide and advisor in love and romance! It would have been bad enough if Natsuo only wanted advice, but Fujisaki Girls Academy’s most brilliant student is also the most obsessive, and simply talking about the opposite sex isn’t sufficient.  No, Natsuo postulates hypothetical scenarios and “researches” them in her secret Love Lab!  And since interaction with boys is banned at Fujisaki, guess who has to help act those fantasies out?  As other girls join the Love Lab, Riko’s role as the group’s love-master becomes even worse!   Because she ISN’T one!  Most boys don’t even LIKE her, but how can she admit that without destroying the friendships she now cherishes?  Exposure looms and each new “experiment” brings Riko one step closer to total disaster as Love and Deception combine into the ultimate explosive mixture in the LOVE LAB!

Title:                 YUYUSHIKI COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/5/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Everyone knows you can learn a lot on the internet, and some of it is even true.  But if you want to know what’s REALLY going on and important, then there’s just one place to go: the computer club!  Okay, so maybe it’s not the club itself, but the three girls you’re most likely to find there.  And maybe they do spend more time chatting about their social lives and debating things like the virtues of ketchup versus mayonnaise than they do learning about the ins and outs of a keyboard, but whatever they’re up to, it’s sure to put a smile on your face.  So come learn what the mysterious YuiYukari Formula is all about and join serious Yui, hyperactive Yuzuko and lovable but not quite in touch with reality Yukari as they experience life’s ups, downs, surprises, and occasionally, the internet in YUYUSHIKI!

Title:                 FANTASISTA DOLL COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/12/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS: No one ever knows what life has waiting in the cards for them, but for Uzume Uno, the surprises aren’t just in the cards but also in what comes out of them!  Through a strange quirk of fate, this typical junior high school student finds herself in possession of a mysterious deck of cards from which five magical girls known as the Fantasista Dolls materialize!  By playing the cards in different combinations, Uzume can equip the “Sistas” with an amazing variety of costumes and weapons.  Which is going to come in extremely handy, as a new danger that only the Dolls can stop is coming to threaten the Earth!  Will Uzume be able to deal with both the Dolls’ odd demands AND the fate of mankind resting on her shoulders?  Or are the odds hopelessly stacked against her?  With the future of everyone she knows and loves riding on her, Uzume’s going to have to learn how to play the hand she’s been dealt pretty quickly, because while she may know when to hold them, folding them isn’t going to be an option with the world at stake in FANTASISTA DOLL!

Title:                 FANTASISTA DOLL COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/12/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: No one ever knows what life has waiting in the cards for them, but for Uzume Uno, the surprises aren’t just in the cards but also in what comes out of them!  Through a strange quirk of fate, this typical junior high school student finds herself in possession of a mysterious deck of cards from which five magical girls known as the Fantasista Dolls materialize!  By playing the cards in different combinations, Uzume can equip the “Sistas” with an amazing variety of costumes and weapons.  Which is going to come in extremely handy, as a new danger that only the Dolls can stop is coming to threaten the Earth!  Will Uzume be able to deal with both the Dolls’ odd demands AND the fate of mankind resting on her shoulders?  Or are the odds hopelessly stacked against her?  With the future of everyone she knows and loves riding on her, Uzume’s going to have to learn how to play the hand she’s been dealt pretty quickly, because while she may know when to hold them, folding them isn’t going to be an option with the world at stake in FANTASISTA DOLL!

Title:                 FROM THE NEW WORLD COLLECTION 2

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/12/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Still reeling from the deaths of her friends and the revelations of the Ethics Committee’s machinations, Saki returns to the village expecting the worst.  However, what she’s learned so far barely touches on the edges of an even vaster conspiracy.  As she discovers the fate the committee intends for her personally, she realizes that her own mind is being turned against her.  With her memories of Shun fading, she and Satoru find themselves in a race to find Maria and Mamoru before the Committee condemns them to destruction.  But the clock is turning against them in more ways than one, as the smoldering conflicts between the rat colonies threatens to erupt into open warfare.  As pivotal pieces in a deadly endgame designed to wipe an entire species from the face of the planet, it’s not going to be enough for Saki and Satoru to merely survive.  To lead the best laid plans of both rats and men astray, they’ll have to uncover the final secrets to two hidden worlds and turn them against their makers in FROM THE NEW WORLD – COLLECTION TWO!

Title:                 FROM THE NEW WORLD COLLECTION 2 BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/12/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Still reeling from the deaths of her friends and the revelations of the Ethics Committee’s machinations, Saki returns to the village expecting the worst.  However, what she’s learned so far barely touches on the edges of an even vaster conspiracy.  As she discovers the fate the committee intends for her personally, she realizes that her own mind is being turned against her.  With her memories of Shun fading, she and Satoru find themselves in a race to find Maria and Mamoru before the Committee condemns them to destruction.  But the clock is turning against them in more ways than one, as the smoldering conflicts between the rat colonies threatens to erupt into open warfare.  As pivotal pieces in a deadly endgame designed to wipe an entire species from the face of the planet, it’s not going to be enough for Saki and Satoru to merely survive.  To lead the best laid plans of both rats and men astray, they’ll have to uncover the final secrets to two hidden worlds and turn them against their makers in FROM THE NEW WORLD – COLLECTION TWO!

Title:                 MAYO CHIKI COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      8/19/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The unfortunate answer goes by the name of Sakamachi Kinjiro, and he’s got the worst case of gynophobia EVER!  Just one touch from a member of the fairer sex makes his nose bleed like a never-ending chocolate fountain.  So school’s a bloody nightmare even before Kanade, the Principal’s twisted daughter, realizes that Kinjiro’s name contains the sounds “Chi” and “Kin” back to back.  Poor Chi-Kin.  But his troubles don’t totally redline until a wrong turn in the men’s room reveals that Subaru, the butler, should be in the ladies’ room instead.  As if that weren’t enough, Kinjiro’s problems also include a haunted martial artist, a cat-eared fetishist, AND his own sister, who’s interest in “wrestling” a certain incorrectly packaged butler may result in an unexpected ending!  The blood will flow, the punchlines will be below the belt and the butler will be cross-dressed to kill as Kinjiro goes stark-raving “Girl Crazy” in MAYO CHIKI!

Title:                 MAYO CHIKI COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      8/19/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS: The unfortunate answer goes by the name of Sakamachi Kinjiro, and he’s got the worst case of gynophobia EVER!  Just one touch from a member of the fairer sex makes his nose bleed like a never-ending chocolate fountain.  So school’s a bloody nightmare even before Kanade, the Principal’s twisted daughter, realizes that Kinjiro’s name contains the sounds “Chi” and “Kin” back to back.  Poor Chi-Kin.  But his troubles don’t totally redline until a wrong turn in the men’s room reveals that Subaru, the butler, should be in the ladies’ room instead.  As if that weren’t enough, Kinjiro’s problems also include a haunted martial artist, a cat-eared fetishist, AND his own sister, who’s interest in “wrestling” a certain incorrectly packaged butler may result in an unexpected ending!  The blood will flow, the punchlines will be below the belt and the butler will be cross-dressed to kill as Kinjiro goes stark-raving “Girl Crazy” in MAYO CHIKI!

Title:                 WATAMOTE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/26/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she’s easily the most popular girl around!  The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows.  In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she’s only had one actual friend.  All of which makes Kuroki’s entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.  Because while Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she’s actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it.  After all, the things that work in “otome” games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed “leading lady” isn’t the paragon she thinks she is.  There’s not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there’s always someone else to blame in WATAMOTE ~ No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!

Title:                 WATAMOTE COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/26/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS: At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she’s easily the most popular girl around!  The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows.  In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she’s only had one actual friend.  All of which makes Kuroki’s entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.  Because while Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she’s actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it.  After all, the things that work in “otome” games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed “leading lady” isn’t the paragon she thinks she is.  There’s not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there’s always someone else to blame in WATAMOTE ~ No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!

Title:                 UTA NO PRINCE SAMA 2000% COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      8/26/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS: After the amazing high note that capped the first season, would it be fair to expect Haruka and her hunky harem of beautiful boy singers to be able to top themselves?  What if they had a little more help?  Yes, believe it or not, now there are even MORE gorgeous guys lining up for the attention of the song-mistress.  Fortunately, since she’s moved into the dorms, Haruka’s available for even more music making.  Only now StArish has some REAL competition, as the new golden throated warblers from the Senior Master Course make it their job to show the first six what it really takes to become a J-Pop star.  And what about that mysterious seventh member of StArish?  He’s back as well in his own catty fashion!  But does he plan to take Haruka to fantasyland?  Will the boys get kicked to the street if they can’t stay in sync?  And will Haruka stay composed and keep composing when the sophomore slump hits her writing?  Find out if everyone can learn to live (and sing) in harmony as the hits keep on coming in UTA NO PRINCE SAMA 2000%!

Title:                 UTA NO PRINCE SAMA 2000% COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      8/26/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: After the amazing high note that capped the first season, would it be fair to expect Haruka and her hunky harem of beautiful boy singers to be able to top themselves?  What if they had a little more help?  Yes, believe it or not, now there are even MORE gorgeous guys lining up for the attention of the song-mistress.  Fortunately, since she’s moved into the dorms, Haruka’s available for even more music making.  Only now StArish has some REAL competition, as the new golden throated warblers from the Senior Master Course make it their job to show the first six what it really takes to become a J-Pop star.  And what about that mysterious seventh member of StArish?  He’s back as well in his own catty fashion!  But does he plan to take Haruka to fantasyland?  Will the boys get kicked to the street if they can’t stay in sync?  And will Haruka stay composed and keep composing when the sophomore slump hits her writing?  Find out if everyone can learn to live (and sing) in harmony as the hits keep on coming in UTA NO PRINCE SAMA 2000%!

Title:                 KINMOZA! COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/26/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS: The British are coming!  The British are coming!  Or to be precise, one VERY specific person from Great Britain is coming.  You see, when Shinobu Omiya was still in middle school, she had the amazing opportunity to study in England as an exchange student while living with a host family.  While that was several years ago and she still doesn’t do all that well in English class, Shinobu has had warm feelings for everything English ever since.  So when Shinobu learns that the daughter of her host family, Alice Cartelet, is coming to stay with her and study in Japan, she’s thrilled.  But will Alice be able to fit in with Shinobu’s Japanese schoolfriends, Yoko and Aya?  And how will the arrival of Shinobu’s old rival Karen, who’s half-English and half-Japanese, affect the potential culture clash?  Every day is an adventure in international diplomacy and self discovery as a group of schoolgirls learn new lessons about each other and themselves in KINMOZA!

Title:                 KINMOZA! COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      8/26/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The British are coming!  The British are coming!  Or to be precise, one VERY specific person from Great Britain is coming.  You see, when Shinobu Omiya was still in middle school, she had the amazing opportunity to study in England as an exchange student while living with a host family.  While that was several years ago and she still doesn’t do all that well in English class, Shinobu has had warm feelings for everything English ever since.  So when Shinobu learns that the daughter of her host family, Alice Cartelet, is coming to stay with her and study in Japan, she’s thrilled.  But will Alice be able to fit in with Shinobu’s Japanese schoolfriends, Yoko and Aya?  And how will the arrival of Shinobu’s old rival Karen, who’s half-English and half-Japanese, affect the potential culture clash?  Every day is an adventure in international diplomacy and self discovery as a group of schoolgirls learn new lessons about each other and themselves in KINMOZA!

About Section23 Films:

Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan, Kraken Releasing and AEsir Holdings.  With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.

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Over 200 Fans Are Re-Animating A Sailor Moon Episode in Moon Animate, Make Up!


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Sailor Moon is one of those shows that seems to simply inspire people. It’s a show that’s led to countless homages, art pieces, AMVs, and mash-ups. We’ve seen Usagi bounce to Caramelldansen, and Sailor Mars in Minecraft. The show’s been analyzed, studied, and explained in venues large and small, from college classrooms, to YouTube. And, well… there’s been more than a few pieces of fan-fiction of varying quality written over the decades.

The imagery is iconic, the characters are unmistakable, and the catch phrases echo even into the mainstream. Sailor Moon is, and always will be, an anime legend.

So, what happens when a fans want to take things even further? Moon Animate, Make-Up! happens.

Moon Animate, Make-Up! is a collaborative effort by over 250 passionate, creative fans to re-animate a full episode of the iconic series. This is far from what anyone would expect, though. Each segment, which is done by a different group, ranges from one to ten seconds and is presented in the artist’s own style. While the feature isn’t complete yet (it’s due later this spring), the animators are already checking in their work and uploading their shots to sites like Vimeo and YouTube.

The participants range from hobbyists to students, to industry professionals that worked on shows like Bob’s Burgers. The range is delightfully varied, with styles ranging from hard-edged styles, to Saturday Morning-cartoonish fare. The results are fantastic, and well worth checking out.

We’ve posted the trailer for the project below, as well as a few clips that we felt were simply incredible. Are there any pieces of the project that really caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!

Trailer

Moon Animate Make-Up! Episode Preview! from Kaitlin Sullivan on Vimeo.

Selected Clips

Sailor Moon from Dan Helle on YouTube

Moon Animate, Make-Up! Shot 20 from Kristen Elias on Vimeo.

Moon Animate Make-Up Shot 090_032 from Corey Miller on Vimeo.

Moon Animate Make-Up Scene from Ryan Cole

Competition And Petty Jealousy from Shelley Low on Vimeo.

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Apr 21

Anime Herald Acquires Order of the Nerd


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If you’ve been following our Twitter account, you’d have noticed a that we made a fairly big announcement this morning:

AH Acquires OotN Anime Herald Acquires Order of the Nerd

Basically, we’ve acquired Order of the Nerd. Their name and their branding have come under our control.

What does this mean?

Basically, this means that we will be doing some very nifty things with the Order of the Nerd brand. In the short-term, we’ll be taking steps to turn it into a growing, thriving den of activity for all things nerdy.

Order of the Nerd is going to serve as the a hub, of sorts, as we reach out to bloggers and writers across the web. The goal is to become a hub for everything that’s right with the many (many) fandoms reside in the nerdosphere, and to create a place where anybody can find content they love about the hobbies they crave, be it anime, comics, horror flicks, or even video games and cartoons.

In short, we’ll talk nerdy to you, only now we’ll be doing so far more than ever.

What about the Order of the Nerd Crew?

The Order of the Nerd crew are going to be the first members of this new service. They will be helming Gore Gazette, a site devoted to all things horror (with some comic fun on the side!). Jeff and Joe will still be on-hand to deliver the scoop on the scary stuff, so wish them well as we get ready to make some great things happen!

What does this mean for Anime Herald?

Honestly? Not a whole lot! We’re still going to be updating (mostly) daily, we’re still going to be recording the Nerdy Talk podcast, and we’re still going to be delivering commentary in the wee hours of the morning like the insomniacs we are!

The only real difference, at this point, will be an addition of the Order of the Nerd branding somewhere (not sure if we’re using the header, footer or sidebar yet), to unify everything.

I know you’re certain to have questions that need to be answered, any requests to see from this new branching and I’m hoping to address the ones I can. Feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll try to answer what I can.

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Viz To Publish World Trigger Collected Volumes


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WorldTrigger Logo 300x146 Viz To Publish World Trigger Collected VolumesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

A PAIR OF UNLIKELY HEROES ARE EARTH’S LAST LINE OF DEFENSE IN VIZ MEDIA’S MANGA,

WORLD TRIGGER, DEBUTING THIS FALL

Gear Up As A Geek And His Peculiar Friend Take On Alien Invaders In Series Straight From The Pages Of

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP

San Francisco, CA, April 21, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the launch of a new manga (graphic novel) series this Fall with the release of WORLD TRIGGER in October. Created by Daisuke Ashihara, it has been thrilling domestic fans with new chapters featured regularly in the company’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine and will captivate even more readers as it begins its release in graphic novel format.

WORLD TRIGGER debuts under its Shonen Jump imprint with the first two volumes releasing simultaneously on October 7th. Vols. 1 and 2 are rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each. Digital versions will also launch for $6.99 (USD/CAN) each on the same day on VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. New volumes will be released by bi-monthly.

WORLD TRIGGER begins four years after a mysterious portal to another dimension bursts open and invinciblemonsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

In the series’ opening volume, upstanding Osamu always does the right thing, whether it means pitching in to save Earth after school or turning the other cheek to bullies. But when he meets a feisty humanoid Neighbor named Yuma, everything that he thinks is right is turned on its head. Can the two natural enemies ever become friends?

“In WORLD TRIGGER, Mikado City will never be the same once the aliens invade and it’s up to a team of unlikely heroes armed with weapons called Triggers to defeat them and save mankind,” says Hope Donovan, Editor. “This hugely entertaining manga series has delighted WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP fans with its fast-paced story, dynamic and relatable characters, and clean, engaging art style. Catch all the opening action as we release the first two manga volumes simultaneously in print and digitally this Fall!”

For more information on WORLD TRIGGER, or other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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Sentai Nabs Is The Order A Rabbit? – Well… Is It?


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES

“IS THE ORDER A RABBIT?”

HOUSTON, April 21, 2014 – Cat cafes beware: there’s a new contender for cute hopping its way over, and the order of the day is fluffy, white and full of bite in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Is the Order a Rabbit? This slice of life comedy series is directed by Horiyuki Hashimoto (Angel Beats!, Devil Survivor 2) with series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Kämpfer, Princess Resurrection), character design by Yousuke Okuda (Kuroko’s Basketball, Tari Tari) and animation production by WHITE FOX (SoniAni – Super Sonico the Animation, Tears to Tiara).

Tea time has never been cuter or furrier! Get ready for a triple shot of adorable, and join Cocoa and her high school friends for a hopping good time as they embark on new exploits, living the good life and hanging out at their neighborhood joint – a quaint café called Rabbit House. Based on the popular four-panel manga, this slice of life, teenage school-girl comedy is just the mid-day “pick-me-up” you ordered. Time spent with friends is great, but hanging out beside a bundle of bouncing and beguiling bunnies makes it all the merrier! All named after delicious and refreshing beverages, cute Cocoa (“hot cocoa”), tough Rize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), ordinary Syaro (“Kilimanjaro” coffee), frivolous Chiya (“Uji matcha” tea), and cool Chino (from “cappucino”) are destined to be your favorite tea-time companions as all the fun is just a hop, skip, and a jump away in  – IS THE ORDER A RABBIT?

Is the Order a Rabbit? will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores.  Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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Apr 18

Aniplex & Bang Zoom! To Host Open Auditions For Magi Dub


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                April 18, 2014

Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom! Entertainment to Host Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Open Auditions at Anime Expo 2014

Fans are Once Again Given a Chance to bring their Favorite Magi Characters to Life!

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SANTA MONICA, CA (April 18, 2014) –Aniplex of America announced today at their industry panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington, their plans to produce an English dub of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, the second season of the fan-favorite Magi anime series. Aniplex of America has also announced that along with Bang Zoom! Entertainment, they plan to hold open auditions for Magi: The Kingdom of Magic at this year’s Anime Expo.

The open auditions will be held at the Bang Zoom! Entertainment booth through the entire Anime Expo 2014 weekend starting from Thursday July 3rd to Sunday July 6th. Bang Zoom! plans to hold multiple auditions on each day. Fans who are interested in participating in these open auditions for Magi: The Kingdom of Magic are encouraged to like the official Bang Zoom! Entertainment facebook page (http://ift.tt/1phBWrnm) as details on the audition such as the time-slots and how to sign up will be revealed there soon. Both Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom! Entertainment expect an extremely high participation rate this year, so fans are advised to sign-up early to avoid missing the audition time-slots.

Over 400 people tried out at last year’s open auditions, and from that, several were chosen for call back auditions at Bang Zoom! Studios in Burbank. From those call backs, three finalists were chosen to voice over various characters for the first season of the TV series “Magi.” Sawako Furuya, producer of Aniplex of America says, “We’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity to ambitious voice actor apprentices once again. We had a wonderful experience for the first season with last year’s call-backs so we’re looking forward to welcoming more earnest, passionate dream-chasers into Team Magi this year.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to give loyal fans a chance to show us their raw talent,” says Eric P. Sherman, President and CEO of Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Sherman shared that last year’s open auditions were a bigger success than anyone expected. “People even flew in from all over the country to audition. It was truly inspiring!” Because of that Bang Zoom has decided to add more time-slots this year so more aspiring voice actors will have a chance to have their voices heard.

About Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

The bond has become stronger between Aladdin and the others following their great battles within the Zagan dungeon. But, each member knew that it was time for them all to move on from the Kingdom of Sindria in order to reach their own goals. Aladdin heads to the magical land of Magnoshutatt where he enrolls as an exchange student at their Magic Academy and befriends his roommate Sphintus and the genius Mage Titus. However, peaceful days at the academy are suddenly interrupted when Headmaster Mogamett declares war on the Leam Empire claiming that this was the only way to protect their land!

What will Aladdin do…and will he ever see Alibaba and the others again?!

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About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases such as Bakemonogatari, Durarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the Garden of Sinners, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, Fate/Zero, Blast of Tempest, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Oreshura, and Vividred Operation. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our mostrecent titles KILL la KILL, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS, The irregular at magic high school, Mushi-Shi (The Sequel), Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Nisekoi, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Samurai Flamenco, Silver Spoon, and Oreimo 2.

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About Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Inc.

Headquartered in Burbank, California, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Inc. is a leading and award winning full service audio post production studio working in the fields of film, television, animation, video games and anime. Founded in 1993, Bang Zoom! Entertainment maintains operations in the U.S. with three buildings, nine recording/mixing stages and an award-winning staff of studio professionals. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is committed to carrying out innovative projects that contribute to the promotion of global cultural awareness.

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About Anime Expo

Anime Expo (AX) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. For more information, visit www.anime-expo.org.

About SPJA

SPJA is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularize and educate the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please visit www.spja.org.

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