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AMC NETWORKS’ SENTAI FILMWORKS AND MAINICHI BROADCASTING SYSTEM SEAL MAJOR DEAL FOR ANIME CONTENT ON HIDIVE STREAMING SERVICE

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NEW YORK, NY, March 2, 2023 — AMC Networks today announced a major anime partnership and distribution agreement between its subsidiary Sentai Filmworks (Sentai) and Japan’s Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) that provides exclusive rights for AMC Networks’ anime-focused HIDIVE streaming service to distribute part of MBS’s future programming line-up in all global markets outside of Asia. The output deal represents Sentai’s largest ever agreement for anime content and encompasses MBS’ slate based on a collection of wildly popular manga and light novel titles. All of the shows will be simulcast exclusively on HIDIVE, which is available via paid subscription or through a premium subscription on Amazon Prime and now The Roku Channel as well.

To celebrate today’s news, Sentai and MBS revealed for the first time ever that The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: from Villainess to Savior will be part of the programming line-up. The new show is a 12-episode series based on the hit fantasy light novel by Tenichi and published by Ichijinsha Inc. Awards received include the Comic Cmoa E-Comic Award 2022 and the 1st Iris NEO Fantasy Award. Scheduled to premiere July 2023, The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: from Villainess to Savior will be directed by Norio Nitta and written by Deko Akao with animation by OLM, Inc… MBS’ slate of shows also includes the Winter 2023 simulcast series Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte which HIDIVE announced at Anime NYC last November. The remaining titles will be announced in the future.

“This is a truly historic agreement for HIDIVE and is the culmination of our partnership with MBS,” said John Ledford, President of Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE. “This output deal cements Sentai’s position as one of the world’s most established and leading suppliers of popular and high-quality anime content. But not only that, The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: from Villainess to Savior and the other series will significantly elevate HIDIVE’s reputation with fans as not only the new go-to anime streaming platform but also as the pipeline to some of Japan’s most highly anticipated titles.”

“MBS has been continuously producing and broadcasting animated TV series for over half a century,” said Shinji Nakano, Director of Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. “In recent years, anime has become a solid representative of Japanese culture and has gained fans all over the world. We are pleased to partner with Sentai Filmworks, HIDIVE, and AMC Networks, a group that plays a huge part in this effort to further expand anime culture. We are accelerating our commitment to bringing anime to people around the world, without ever stopping our journey.”

Recognized as a pioneer of the Japanese TV industry, MBS has been co-producing and broadcasting anime for over half a century. As such, MBS has been the TV home to numerous global hit franchises like Attack on Titan, Full Metal Alchemist and Jujutsu Kaisen. In addition to co-producing these three and many other series, MBS was a co-producer of Akira, one of the most influential anime films of all time.

ABOUT AMC NETWORKS
AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically acclaimed content. Its brands include targeted streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, ALLBLK, and the newest addition to its targeted streaming portfolio, the anime-focused HIDIVE streaming service, in addition to AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind some of the biggest titles and brands known to a global audience, including The Walking Dead, the Anne Rice catalog and the Agatha Christie library. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.

ABOUT SENTAI FILMWORKS
Sentai Filmworks, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMC Networks, is a leading supplier of globally popular Japanese anime and live-action entertainment to North America, Latin America and other international markets outside Asia. Since 2008, Sentai Filmworks has produced, acquired, localized and distributed the best in Japanese content, which now encompasses an ever-expanding library of licensed movies and TV series offering thousands and thousands of hours of entertainment. From streaming and theatrical releases to home entertainment and licensed merchandise, Sentai Filmworks brings the universe of unique characters and captivating stories from Japanese pop-culture to fans around the world.

ABOUT HIDIVE
HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit hidive.com.

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MISS UTANO PRINCESAMA MAJI LOVE STARISH TOURS IN THEATERS? HERE’S YOUR SECOND CHANCE!

Utano Princesama Maji LOVE STARISH Tours was only in theaters for two days, so it makes sense that not everyone could see their favorite husbandos on the silver screen. That’s why HIDIVE’s streaming the movie on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 11:00 EDT (16:00 UTC). Memorize those songs for a sing-along and get those glow sticks ready, everyone!

Trailer - Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE ST☆RISH Tours Official Trailer | HIDIVE - YouTube

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Now boarding all passengers for STARISH Tours! Featuring the band STARISH in all its glory, the film celebrates one glittering act in the UtaPri firmament in a high-flying, glittering concert experience. Grab your glow sticks, get ready to sing along and absorb the concert spectacle event of a lifetime in Utano Princesama Maji LOVE STARISH Tours!

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HIDIVE ADDS FIVE MORE SERIES TO THE SIMULCAST LINE-UP OF ITS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SPRING 2023 SEASON

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HOUSTON, TXMarch 16, 2023 — Ahead of the kick-off of its Spring 2023 Season, HIDIVE today revealed its complete line-up of simulcast series that will premiere starting in April. The company detailed five shows that, together with earlier announcements, caps-off its slate of new and continuing series streaming next season. These five titles are alice gear aegis Expansion, Insomniacs after school, Otaku Elf, TOKYO MEW MEW NEW (Season 2) and T OO CUTE CRISIS.

“We’re thrilled to bring this exciting slate of new simulcast series to HIDIVE this spring,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “From comedy and fantasy to drama and sci-fi, HIDIVE will be home to some of the best shōnen, shōjo and seinen anime premiering in Japan next season. Fans will not want to miss a minute of it.”

Rounding out its list of Spring 2023 Season simulcasts are the two eagerly awaited series
【OSHI NO KO and The Dangers in My Heart, which were announced late last year during HIDIVE’s Industry Panel at Anime NYC. Altogether, HIDIVE will offer subscribers more than a half dozen simulcast series next season.

Otaku Elf is part of Sentai’s multi-year anime content agreement with Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) announced by AMC Networks earlier this month.

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Centuries ago, mankind abandoned planet Earth after the Vice, a race of mechanical aliens, drove them from their home into a life adrift in space. Now resigned to starships forged of pieces of Earth’s shattered moon, the final hope for humanity lies in the hands of Actresses, young women born with the ability to wield the only weapons that can harm the Vice: Alice Gears, mechanical suits that can finally turn the tide against the alien incursion. Based on the mecha mobile game alice gear aegis developed by Pyramid and published by COLOPL, Inc. in January 2018.

Director: Hirokazu Hanai
Writer: Kenji Sugihara
Studio: NOMAD

Insomniacs after school

Ganta Nakami is a high school student who suffers from insomnia. One day, he meets Isaki Magari, a girl with the same condition. A strange, but special relationship forms as they share a secret and catch up on their sleep in their school’s abandoned observatory… Based on the seinen drama manga series by Makoto Ojiro that has been serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits Weekly since 2019.

Director: Yuuki Ikeda
Writer: Rintarou Ikeda
Studio: LIDENFILMS

Otaku Elf

Takamimi Shrine has an unusual resident – Elda, an ancient elf who’s obsessed with video games! The shrine’s teenage attendant, Koito Koganei, keeps this reclusive otaku well supplied with energy drinks and junk food. Even though she loves 100%-ing her games, Elda has duties to attend to, and Koganei is bound and determined to make this otaku elf fulfill them! It’ll just take an offering or two to bribe—um, we mean convince Elda to put down her new game… Based on the shōnen comedy manga series by Akihiko Higuchi that has been serialized in Kodansha’s Shōnen Magazine Edge since 2019.

Director: Takebumi Anzai
Writer: Shōgo Yasukawa
Studio: C2C

TOKYO MEW MEW NEW (Season 2)

The scientists of the μ(Mew) Project use DNA of endangered species to create a team of heroines imbued with amazing abilities. Armed with the skills of an Iriomote cat, Ichigo must band together with other Mew Mew girls to repel an alien incursion. Based on the shōjo manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi that was serialized in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi from 2000-2003.

Director: Takahiro Natori
Writer: Yuka Yamada
Studio: Yumeta Co./ graphinica

TOO CUTE CRISIS

Invading alien Liza Luna wants nothing more than to destroy planet Earth… after she gets in a little sightseeing, first. But her travels soon take her into a cat café, where the furry felines inside invade her heart just as surely as Liza invaded Earth! Destroying the world won’t be so easy now that she’s discovered the joys of kitty cats… Based on the shōnen comedy manga series by Mitsuru Kido that has been serialized in Shueisha’s Jump Square since 2019.

Director: Jun Hatori
Writer: Aya Satsuki
Studio: SynergySP

For the latest announcements regarding these and other great titles, follow HIDIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About HIDIVE

HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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NO JOKE: THE DANGERS IN MY HEART ANIME SIMULCASTS ON HIDIVE APRIL 1

We know what you’re thinking, but rest assured this is no April Fools’ joke; we would never play with your heart like that. Join us Saturdays at 18:00 UTC / 14:00 EDT starting on April 1, 2023 when HIDIVE streams The Dangers in My Heart (Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu) anime!

Synopsis

Fascinated by murder and all things macabre, Kyotaro fantasizes about acting on his twisted thoughts to the detriment of his classmates. His heart was dark until an encounter with Anna lit a spark within it in a classic tale of antisocial boy meets popular girl. Now they must both navigate a blossoming relationship and defy the expectations they have of each other and themselves.

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ALICE GEAR AEGIS EXPANSION: DON’T MISS MECHA VS. ALIENS ANIME ON HIDIVE MARCH 29!

In the mood for a sci-fi mecha anime? Then you don’t want to miss the alice gear aegis Expansion anime when we stream it right here on HIDIVE. But wait, we’ve got a special treat in store for all of you! We’re also streaming the OVA ahead of the simulcast, so keep the following schedule in mind:

Release Schedule

  • OVA: Wednesday March 29 at 12:00 UTC / 08:00 EDT
  • TV Series: Mondays at 12:00 UTC / 08:00 EDT, starting on April 3rd

Synopsis

Centuries ago, mankind abandoned planet Earth after the Vice, a race of mechanical aliens, drove them from their home into a life adrift in space. Now resigned to starships forged of pieces of Earth’s shattered moon, the final hope for humanity lies in the hands of Actresses, young women born with the ability to wield the only weapons that can harm the Vice: Alice Gears, mechanical suits that can finally turn the tide against the alien incursion.

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HIDIVE TO KICK-OFF ANIME BOSTON 2023 FAN EXPERIENCE WITH NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF【OSHI NO KO】EPISODE ONE

Weekend Line-Up Will Also Feature “The Eminence in Shadow” English Dub Cast Panel and Special Screenings of both “Tsurune the Movie: The First Shot” and “Re:cycle of the PENGUINDRUM”

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HOUSTON, TXMarch 27, 2023 — In less than two weeks, HIDIVE will present one of its largest ever fan experiences at this year’s Anime Boston 2023 (April 7 – 9). Encompassing multiple panels, numerous screenings and bonus content, HIDIVE will be showcasing some of its top series and films set to debut online and in theaters this spring. The company’s event line-up kicks off on Thursday, April 7 at 11:30 am with the North American premiere of the special 90-minute first episode of【OSHI NO KO】ahead of the series’ global TV and streaming launch in Japan and on HIDIVE on April 12. Guests will be treated to a special pre-show video featuring the Japanese cast and receive an exclusive souvenir – random colored【OSHI NO KO】shikishi from the series’ Episode 1 theatrical release in Japan. The event is open to all Anime Boston badge holders and will be first-come first-serve seating in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Other programming highlights include The Eminence in Shadow Dub Cast Panel and advance film screenings of Tsurune the Movie: The First Shot and the two-part compilation movie Re:cycle of the Penguindrum. In addition, HIDIVE will reveal a brand-new list of series and movie acquisitions slated for 2023 together with dub announcements and more during its fan-centric Industry Panel. And all weekend long, fans can look forward to promotional giveaways at HIDIVE events as well as its exhibit booth (Booth# 900). Attendees are invited to visit HIDIVE’s booth daily during regular show hours throughout Anime Boston 2023.

Fans attending HIDIVE events or visiting the HIDIVE exhibit booth during the weekend are encouraged to use the hashtag #HIDIVEBOSTON on their social posts.

HIDIVE Anime Boston 2023 Schedule of Events
(as of 03/27/23; All times listed are Eastern.)

Friday, April 7, 2023
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sheraton Boston Hotel
Level Two
Grand Ballroom 【OSHI NO KO – North American Premiere Screening

Screening of the special 90-minute first episode of the upcoming simulcast series【OSHI NO KO】 that will stream on HIDIVE this spring. Attendees will also be treated to an exclusive pre-show featuring Japanese cast members Rie Takahasi, Takeo Otsuka, Yurie Igoma and Kento Ito before the movie. 【OSHI NO KO】 is directed by Daisuke Hiramaki and Chao Nekotomi together with writing by Jin Tanaka, character design by Kanna Hirayama and animation by production studio Doga Kobo. Open to all badge holders.

Exclusive souvenir – random colored【OSHI NO KO】shikishi from the Japanese theatrical release – provided to all guests.
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Second Floor, Hall D
Booth 900 HIDIVE Exhibit Booth

Visit the HIDIVE exhibit booth daily for a variety of promotional giveaways including posters, collectible coins and free trial subscription code.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sheraton Boston Hotel
Level Two
Constitution Ballroom HIDIVE Industry Panel

Join hosts Star Butler and Jacki Jing as they share all the latest HIDIVE news as well as special video content created for Anime Boston. Be among a select group of fans to hear about our exciting new acquisitions as our hosts reveal, for the first time ever, future series and films titles headed to HIDIVE during the rest of 2023. Open to all badge holders.
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Second Floor
Meeting Room 210 Re:cycle of the Penguindrum Part 1 – Film Screening

Screening of Re:cycle of the Penguindrum Part 1 . Produced as a special film project commemorating the show’s 10th anniversary, Re:cycle of the Penguindrum is a reimagining of the 2011 series – a compilation of the 24-episode anime that features all new sequences and a condensed run-time. Open to all badge holders.

Promotional poster giveaway at screening

Saturday, April 8, 2023
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Second Floor, Hall D
Booth 900 HIDIVE Exhibit Booth

Visit the HIDIVE exhibit booth daily for a variety of promotional giveaways including posters, collectible coins and free trial subscription code.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Second Floor
Meeting Room 210 Tsurune the Movie: The First Shot – Film Screening

Screening of Tsurune the Movie: The First Shot, a compilation movie of the first season of the Tsurune anime series. The film was written and directed by Takuya Yamamura and produced by Kyoto Animation. Open to all badge holders.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Third Floor
Ballroom The Eminence in Shadow – English Dub Panel

Join members of the English dub cast and crew as they share their thoughts on the series as well as their favorite behind the scenes moments during its dub production. Open to all badge holders.

Panelists include:

English Dub Cast English Dub Staff .
Adam Gibbs (Cid) John Swasey, ADR Director
Christina Kelly (Alpha) PANEL HOST
Annie Wild (Beta) Jacki Jing

English Dub Cast & Staff will be available for interviews 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Second Floor
Meeting Room 210 Re:cycle of the Penguindrum Part 2 – Film Screening

Screening of Re:cycle of the Penguindrum Part 2 . Produced as a special film project commemorating the show’s 10th anniversary, Re:cycle of the Penguindrum is a reimagining of the 2011 series – a compilation of the 24-episode anime that features all new sequences and a condensed run-time. Open to all badge holders.

Sunday, April 9, 2023
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center
Second Floor, Hall D
Booth 900 HIDIVE Exhibit Booth

Visit the HIDIVE exhibit booth daily for a variety of promotional giveaways including posters, collectible coins and free trial subscription code.

For the latest announcements regarding these and other great titles, follow HIDIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

ABOUT HIDIVE
HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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HIDIVE STREAMS TOKYO MEW MEW NEW SEASON 2 ANIME APRIL 4

Ichigo and her friends are back and ready to save the world again! Join us Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC / Noon EDT, starting on April 4, 2023 when we stream TOKYO MEW MEW NEW Season 2!

Synopsis

The scientists of the μ(Mew) Project use DNA of endangered species to create a team of heroines imbued with amazing abilities. Armed with the skills of an Iriomote cat, Ichigo must band together with other Mew Mew girls to repel an alien incursion.

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OTAKU ELF: DON’T MISS THE REVERSE ISEKAI ANIME ON HIDIVE APRIL 7!

What happens when an elf gets isekai’d to our world? She becomes the local deity and centuries later, is reduced to a shut-in otaku much to the annoyance of the latest shrine priestess. Don’t miss out on the HIDIVE premiere of the Otaku Elf (Edomae Elf) anime on Friday April 7th at 2:55 pm EDT (18:55 UTC)! Then stay tuned for the anime’s regular weekly schedule Fridays at 2:25 pm EDT (18:25 UTC).

Synopsis

Takamimi Shrine has an unusual resident – Elda, an ancient elf who’s obsessed with video games! The shrine’s teenage attendant, Koito Koganei, keeps this reclusive otaku well supplied with energy drinks and junk food. Even though she loves 100%-ing her games, Elda has duties to attend to, and Koganei is bound and determined to make this otaku elf fulfill them! It’ll just take an offering or two to bribe—um, we mean convince Elda to put down her new game…

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REJOICE: TOO CUTE CRISIS ANIME SIMULCASTS ON HIDIVE BEGINNING APRIL 7

The next time a cat tries to adopt you, let it. You never know when that magnanimous feline will end up saving the world. Mark you calendars, anime fans: TOO CUTE CRISIS (Kawaisugi Crisis) starts streaming on HIDIVE every Friday starting April 7, 2023 at 10:30 AM EDT (14:30 UTC)!

Synopsis

Invading alien Liza Luna wants nothing more than to destroy planet Earth… after she gets in a little sightseeing, first. But her travels soon take her into a cat café, where the furry felines inside invade her heart just as surely as Liza invaded Earth! Destroying the world won’t be so easy now that she’s discovered the joys of kitty cats…

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OSHI NO KO: HERE’S THE EXACT TIME THE ANIME SIMULCASTS APRIL 12 ON HIDIVE

We set the stage; the curtain is about to rise, and all you need to do is show up. Brace yourselves as HIDIVE streams Oshi no Ko every Wednesday at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC), starting with the 90 minute premiere of episode 1 on April 12!

Buckle up and don’t miss out on the anime everyone will be talking about this season; we’re in for a wild ride.

Synopsis

When a pregnant young starlet appears in Gorou Amemiya’s countryside medical clinic, the doctor takes it upon himself to safely (and secretly) deliver Ai Hoshino’s child so she can make a scandal-free return to the stage. But no good deed goes unpunished, and on the eve of her delivery, he finds himself slain at the hands of Ai’s deluded stalker — and subsequently reborn as Ai’s child, Aquamarine Hoshino! The glitz and glamor of showbiz hide the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry, threatening to dull the shine of his favorite star. Can he help his new mother rise to the top of the charts? And what will he do when unthinkable disaster strikes?

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INSOMNIACS AFTER SCHOOL: WATCH THE ANIME ON HIDIVE STARTING APRIL 10

Wondering when you can watch Insomniacs after school (Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia) on HIDIVE? Wonder no more! Mark your calendars, cause the anime starts Monday, April 10, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT (16:00 UTC)!

Synopsis

Ganta Nakami is a high school student who suffers from insomnia. One day, he meets Isaki Magari, a girl with the same condition. A strange, but special relationship forms as they share a secret and catch up on their sleep in their school’s abandoned observatory…

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HIDIVE UNVEILS FANTASY COMEDY “LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO” AS EXCLUSIVE SIMULCAST SERIES AT ANIME BOSTON 2023

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BOSTON, MA — April 7, 2023 — Moments ago, HIDIVE revealed its acquisition of Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero during its opening day industry panel at Anime Boston 2023. The fantasy comedy series will premiere later this year in Japan and will stream as an exclusive simulcast on HIDIVE. Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero is based on the popular manga series of the same name created by toufu, which launched in Houbunsha’s Comic Fuz and later in 2021 in English from Seven Seas Entertainment.

“We’re excited to bring this humorous new anime series to HIDIVE later this year,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero joins our ever-expanding line-up of 2023 simulcasts alongside some of Japan’s mostly highly-anticipated new titles – and available exclusively to HIDIVE subscribers!”

Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero is directed by Keisuke Inoue, written by Toshiya Ono, and produced by studios SILVER LINK.×BLADE.

For the latest announcements regarding these and other great titles, follow HIDIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

ABOUT HIDIVE
HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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HIDIVE CONFIRMS SEASON 2 OF “THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW”; REVEALS NEW ACQUISITIONS AND ENGLISH DUBS AT ANIME BOSTON 2023

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BOSTON, MAApril 7, 2023 — This afternoon anime fans were treated to a special edition of the HIDIVE Industry Panel as part of the streaming channel’s Anime Boston 2023 fan experience. On the heels of the North American premiere of【OSHI NO KO】Episode 1 earlier in the day, attendees were welcomed back to the Sheraton Boston Hotel by hosts HIDIVE’s Star Butler and Jacki Jing (The Circle). During the hour-long panel, the host duo announced a trio of acquisitions, shared upcoming English dubs and showcased new video content, including a greeting from the Japanese cast of Urusei Yatsura.

Topping the list of acquisition announcements was fan-favorite series The Eminence in Shadow, which will return to HIDIVE for a second season. It will be joined by the new fantasy comedy series Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero as a simulcast exclusive. Both are scheduled for release later this year. For movie fans, the original horror anime film Feast of Amrita will premiere on HIDIVE following its May 2023 theatrical release in Japan.

In addition to these acquisitions, HIDIVE also announced two upcoming English dubs as well as a new catalog title. Fans can now look forward to dub releases for the new series Oshi No Ko as well as Winter 2023 season title Farming Life in Another World . Plus, the 2020 psychological thriller series Pet from Sentai home video will soon be available for streaming on HIDIVE.

NEW ACQUISITION Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero

HIDIVE Summer 2023 Simulcast Season
After his embarrassing defeat at the hands of a brave hero, the Demon Lord is back and ready for revenge… but after ten years apart, the hero, Max, isn’t the dashing do-gooder the Demon Lord remembers. In fact, Max has turned into a shut-in slob with no interest in an epic rematch. Can the Demon Lord whip his former nemesis back into shape, or will he be defeated by the hero-turned-couch-potato once again and join him in his lazy life? Based on the seinen fantasy comedy manga series by toufu and serialized in Houbunsha’s Comic Fuz since March 2019.
Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero is directed by Keisuke Inoue, written by Toshiya Ono, and produced by studios Silver Link and Blade.

NEW ACQUISITION Feast of Amrita (Amrita no Kyouen)

Direct to HIDIVE – 2023 Streaming Release
On their way home from high school, Tamahi and some classmates are shocked as they witness someone fall from the rooftop of nearby apartment. Panicked and confused, they rush to the building only to find it deserted. As Tamahi wonders about this, she has the uneasy feeling they are being watched. What is the strange presence around her… An original horror anime film and spin-off prequel to the 2019 release ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion.
Feast of Amrita is written, directed, animated and scored by Saku Sakamoto.

NEW ENGLISH DUBCASTSM IN 2023 NEW CATALOG TITLE
Oshi no Ko
Farming Life in Another World
Pet

For the latest announcements regarding these and other great titles, follow HIDIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About HIDIVE

HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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DON’T MISS THE DANMACHI IV COUR 2 ENGLISH DUB PREMIERE ON HIDIVE APRIL 20!

Still recovering from the mental trauma after THAT DanMachi IV episode? Great! The Disaster Arc isn’t done with you because the English dub for DanMachi IV Cour 2 airs on Thursdays at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC), starting on April 20th.

English Crew

Director - Kyle Colby Jones
ADR Writer - Holly Segarra, Kyle Colby Jones
Audio Engineers - Jonathan Rodriguez, Ivan Andrews, Patrick Marrero

English Cast

Bell Cranel - Bryson Baugus
Ryu Lion - Genevieve Simmons

Liliruca Arde - Hilary Haag
Welf Crozzo - David Wald
Yamato Mikoto - Margaret Lewis
Haruhime - Allison Sumrall
Aisha Belka - Joanne Bonasso
Cassandra Ilion - Alicia Beard
Daphne Lauros - Elissa Cuellar
Kashima Ouka - Jack Ivy
Hitaki Chigusa - Kira Greenberg
Bors Elder - Josh Morrison

Alise Lovell - Donna Bella Litton
Gojouno Kaguya - Alyssa Marek
Lyra - Chaney Moore
Isuka, Ryana, Neese - Star Carter
Celty Srowa - Natalie Jones
Asta Knox, Noin - Samantha Stevens
Tsubaki Collbrande - Patricia Duran
Anya Fromel - Carolyn Medrano
Chloe Rollo - Kelly Manison
Lunor Faust - Kara Greenberg
Hestia - Luci Christian
Uranus - Marty Fleck
Hephaistos - Stephanie Wittels
Fels - David Matranga
Ais Wallenstein - Shelley Calene-Black
Luvis Lilix - Camryn Nunley
Dormul Bolster - Jack Stansbury
Marie, Naaza Erisuis - Natalie Jones
Turk - Matthew David Rudd
Turk’s Tools - Jack Stansbury, Kyle Colby Jones, Ryan Anthony
Adventurer Guy - Ryan Anthony

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RE:CYCLE OF THE PENGUINDRUM RELEASE DATE: APRIL 10, 2023 ON HIDIVE

This series was blowing anime fans’ minds before it was cool, and now it returns as Re:cycle of the Penguindrum, a two-part compilation of the 24-episode TV anime with additional new scenes. Mark your calendars for the release date of Monday, April 10 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 UTC) for BOTH subbed movies only on HIDIVE!

Synopsis

This is a story of a brother and sister, and a penguin that suddenly appeared. It’s a story about the past and future of this world. Is destiny a matter of chance or a matter of choice? All Kanba and Shouma know is that to keep their terminally ill sister Himari alive they must find the mysterious Penguindrum.

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HIDIVE EXCLUSIVE【OSHI NO KO】SHATTERS RECORDS TO BECOME #1 SERIES LAUNCH in Streamer’s History

Series Catapulted to #1 in Both Total Streams and New Subscribers (First Streams) during First Seven Days of Release as well as Delivering a Record Number of Trial Starts on its Premiere Date

“…stunning visuals and exceptional storytelling.”

IGN

“…hands-down the must-watch new anime of the season.” ⁕⁕⁕⁕⁕ (Five Stars)

Anime News Network

“…Oshi no Ko is the real deal…”

ComicBook.com

“… the kind of highly polished anime that only comes around once in a while.”
CBR

“Oshi no Ko Supplanting Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Shows Its Impact”

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NEW YORK – April 21, 2023 – The North American debut of HIDIVE Exclusive Series【OSHI NO KO】on April 12 shattered records to become the #1 series launch in the streamer’s history. Overwhelming fan response over its first seven days of release vaulted【OSHI NO KO】to #1 in total streams and new subscribers (first streams) – not only for the Spring 2023 season but also for all-time. Additionally, the new anime drama’s debut shattered all trial starts records for HIDIVE, delivering the most trials added in the streamer’s history.

OSHI NO KO】launched on Wednesday, April 12 on the heels of HIDIVE’s North American premiere screening of the series’ special 90-minute first episode at Anime Boston.

”We’ve been anxiously awaiting the premiere of【OSHI NO KO】and we’re absolutely elated with the response from fans during its first week,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “【OSHI NO KO】is a truly one-of-a-kind anime series and its success to date really illustrates how much the story and characters have resonated with fans. There is so much more to come with the show!”

When pregnant young starlet Ai Hoshino appears at Dr. Gorou Amemiya’s clinic, he takes it upon himself to safely (and secretly) deliver her child so Ai can make a scandal-free return to the stage. But on the eve of her delivery, Gorou is slain at the hands of Ai’s deluded stalker — and is subsequently reborn as Ai’s child, Aquamarine Hoshino! The glitz and glamor of showbiz hide the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry. Can he help his new mother rise to the top of the charts?

OSHI NO KO】is based on the award-winning seinen manga written by Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari (Scrum’s Wish). The series is produced by studio Doga Kobo and directed by Daisuke Hiramaki (Selection Project) and Chao Nekotomi (Love is Like a Cocktail) with writing by Jin Tanaka (The Misfit of Demon King Academy), character design by Kanna Hirayama (Rent-A-Girlfriend) and music by Takuro Iga.

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About HIDIVE

HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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THE KUBO WON’T LET ME BE INVISIBLE ANIME RETURNS TO HIDIVE ON MAY 16! READ NOW FOR MORE DETAILS

Good news, anime fans! We’re thrilled to announce we’re resuming the simulcast for the Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible (Kubo-san wa Mob wo Yurusanai) anime! While it’s true that the simulcast restarted with episode 1 back in April, episodes 1-6 are already on HIDIVE (which you can watch right now), so we’re resuming our simulcast with episode 7 on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:30 AM EDT (15:30 UTC). Don’t miss out on Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible and hundreds of other amazing anime. Sign up for HIDIVE now!

WHAT IS KUBO WON’T LET ME BE INVISIBLE?

Synopsis

Junta Shiraishi has one goal: to experience youth to the fullest! But that’s not easy when you’re a wallflower with the presence of wet paint. Junta is so invisible, people at school swear he skipped class even when he’s sitting right behind them. Life is boring when no one talks to you—but that changes when Junta meets Nagisa Kubo. She’s the only person who pays him any attention, and her constant teasing is sure to turn Junta’s quiet life upside down because Kubo won’t let him be invisible!

Studio - PINE JAM (Do It Yourself!, Gleipnir, [Just Because!)

Director - Kazuomi Koga (Rent-a-Girlfriend)

Demographic - Seinen

Rating - TV-14

Genres - Comedy, Romance

WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THE “KUBO WON’T LET ME BE INVISIBLE” ANIME ON HIDIVE

  • This feel-good anime offers a lighthearted and uplifting narrative focusing on the importance of human connection and features a blend of situational and character-driven humor!
  • Episodes 1-6 are already on HIDIVE. Catch up now while you wait for Episode 7!
  • Recommended for viewers who loved: “The Dangers in My Heart”, “Teasing Master Takagi-san3”, “My Little Monster”, “Toradora!”, “Kaguya-sama: Love is War”

REMEMBER TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

  • Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
  • Time: 11:30 AM EDT (15:30 UTC)

Don’t miss out on the premiere of Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible Episode 7! Sign up for HIDIVE today and enjoy this heart-warming series, along with other fan-favorite anime titles.

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WATAMOTE ANIME ON HIDIVE: PREMIERE DATE, TIME AND RELEASE DETAILS REVEALED!

We’ve got some news that’s sure to grab your attention — WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) is arriving on HIDIVE on Sunday, May 13, 2023 at 9:00 AM EDT (13:00 UTC) just in time for the anime’s 10-year anniversary! Trust us when we say you’ll want to clear your schedule for this one because you’re getting ALL 12 episodes of both the sub AND the dub on the same day. So sign up for HIDIVE and prepare yourself for WataMote and other comedy anime!

ALL ABOUT THE WATAMOTE ANIME!

Synopsis
At the tender age of 15, Tomoko Kuroki has already dated hundreds of boys — or at least in dating games she has. The sad truth is that she gets tongue-tied just talking to people, which makes her entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school especially odious and riddled with anxiety. Can Tomoko overcome her crippling social anxiety and finally have the popular high school life she’s always dreamed of? Or will she merely get caught in the downward spiral that is her awkward life?

Trailer - Watamote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! Official Trailer - YouTube

Studio: SILVER LINK. (BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense., Kokoro Connect)
Director: Shin Onuma (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)
Demographic: Shonen
Rating: TV-MA (L, S)
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

English Dub Crew

Director - Emily Neves
ADR Writer - Lainee Hooks
Sound Engineers - Bryan Leach, Ricardo Contreras
Mix and Sound Design - Bryan Leach

English Dub Cast

Tomoko Kuroki - Monica Rial
Hatsushiba - Corey Hartzog
Hina - Margaret McDonald
Imae - Juliet Simmons
Ishimine - Leraldo Anzaldua
Kii - Juliet Simmons
Kiyota - Blake Shepard
Kosaka - Johnny DeLaCerda
Mr Fukura - Kyle Colby Jones
Mr. Kuroki - David Wald
Mrs. Kuroki - Shelley Calene-Black
Narrator - David Wald
Okada - Ashley Miller
Suzuki - Clint Bickham
Tomoki Kuroki - David Matranga
Yuu - Emily Neves
English Teacher - David Wald
Gym Teacher - Beth Lazarou
Nurse - Carli Mosier
Sniper - Elizabeth Bunch
Teacher - John Johnston
Yandere Boy - Blake Shepard

3 REASONS WHY YOU (YES, YOU) NEED TO WATCH WATAMOTE

  • The anime features a unique mix of dark comedy and an honest portrayal of social anxiety.
  • “Unbeatable facial expressions, outstanding lead vocal performance, killer opener, successfully makes lead character both lovable and creepy.” - Anime News Network
  • Recommended for viewers who loved: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Ao-chan Can’t Study!, Welcome to the N.H.K., Bocchi the Rock!

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME — YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!
Premiere Date: Sunday, May 13, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM EDT (13:00 UTC)

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FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CONTINUATION OF THE URUSEI YATSURA ENGLISH DUB ON HIDIVE

Why hello fellow English dub connoisseurs! We’ve got great news to share. Although we already announced that the Urusei Yatsura English dub would continue uninterrupted starting in May, we didn’t tell you the exact date and time it would start (admittedly, one could deduce that since the keyword here was “uninterrupted,” but we digress). The wait is over because the dub continues on HIDIVE Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 UTC)! So, go ahead and sign up so you can watch the dub uninterrupted as well!

URUSEI YATSURA FOR THE UNINITIATED

Synopsis
When an alien race known as the Oni invade Earth, the chronically unlucky and unapologetically lecherous Ataru Moroboshi is selected as humanity’s representative in a duel for the fate of the planet! His opponent is Princess Lum, and it’s only thanks to Ataru’s dodgy behavior that he’s able to win a treacherous game of tag against her. Ataru thinks he’s had his lucky break at last, but the conflict follows him home as Lum invades both planet Earth AND the womanizing Ataru’s love life!

Trailer - Urusei Yatsura S2 Trailer | HIDIVE - YouTube
Dub Clip - Urusei Yatsura Dub Ep 3 | HIDIVE - YouTube

Main Character Cast

Lum - Jade Kelly (Akira Asai in Call of the Night)
Ataru - Nathan Wilson (Skel in The Eminence in Shadow)

Studio - David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Directors - Hideya Takahasi, Yasuhiro Kimura (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind), Takahiro Kamei
Original Creator - Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma ½)
Demographic - Shonen
Rating - TV-14
Genres - Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH THE 2022 REBOOT

  • Urusei Yatsura (2022) brings the beloved story and the cast of quirky yet lovable characters to a new generation of viewers along with a blend of slapstick, situational, and character-driven humor that has stood the test of time!
  • Your anime waifu (or husbando) wouldn’t exist without Lum. She’s the original!
  • Recommended for viewers who loved: To Love Ru, Rin-ne, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Ah! My Goddess, Tenchi Muyo!

TUNE IN FOR THE URUSEI YATSURA ENGLISH DUB ON HIDIVE!

Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 17. 2023
Time: 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 UTC)

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THE THRILLING PET ANIME PREMIERES ON HIDIVE MAY 18! ARE YOU READY?

We’ve got great news for all you psychological anime fans out there: PET is coming to HIDIVE on Thursday, May 18 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 UTC)! Trust us when we say you’ll want to make time for this, cause we’re dropping the entire series at once. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for HIDIVE and prepare yourself for PET and other amazing anime!

WHAT IS PET? HERE’S THE INFORMATION FOR THE ANIME

Synopsis
What if an unseen force could infiltrate your mind, warping your memories, and planting false recollections? Enter the world of Hiroki, Tsukasa, and Satoru—individuals with this chilling power who find themselves enlisted by a shadowy organization that exploits their abilities. But who can say what’s real when even their own minds are vulnerable?

Trailer - PET Official Trailer - YouTube

Studio - Geno Studio (Golden Kamuy, Kokkoku)
Director - Takahiro Omori (Durarara!!)
Demographic - Seinen
Rating - TV-MA (L, V)
Genres - Mystery and Thriller, Science Fiction, Supernatural

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH THE PET ANIME ON HIDIVE

  • PET offers a gripping psychological narrative that explores the human mind and wielding power over others. If you liked the mind heists in the movie Inception, you’ll feel right at home here.
  • We’re dropping ALL 13 subbed episodes, so it’s perfect for a weekend binge!
  • Recommended for viewers who loved: Babylon, Flowers of Evil, Penguindrum, Kokkoku, Psycho-Pass, Monster

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME–YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Premiere Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 UTC)

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