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Record of Lodoss War

ya know it… :wink:

[quote=“tonka”]
I’m gonna guess it’s going to be RahXephon.

In my dream, it’ll be Kino’s Journey and it’ll include the two movies, dubbed of course.[/quote]

Those left the Section23 domain?

If it were to be Rahxephon on BD then Sentai could remind Funimation how a bluray of a 4:3 show is supposed to look (ie:not beaten into a 16:9 format). Also, and more importantly, I could watch it at a real resolution (as DVD res is < 1/10th my screen res).

I’m hoping against Haruhi. I agree that Haruhi seems likely but I just don’t remember it being all that great of a series (especially since it wasted 8 episodes). Also reminds me of the somewhat infamous “bumblebee tuna” amv.

So, is there actually a big license rescue to be announced at Animaine?

I’m really curious as to what we will see announced. If the initial reports were correct and it’s a license that includes bluray, it could very well be Haruhi. Of course, some of the reports from that con were not correct, so it’s hard to say.

I’ve also been wondering if they may have picked up Azumanga Daioh. I think they might consider that a “big” rescue. It seems that ADV’s license has been expired for a little while now. Of course, it hasn’t come out on bluray in Japan yet, but Sentai has released a few properties on BD that didn’t have bluray releases in Japan yet. So who knows. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Per PR:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “NADIA, SECRET OF BLUE WATER”[/size]

HOUSTON, [DATE], 2013 — Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its newest acquisition: Nadia, Secret of Blue Water. This 39 episode adventure classic from GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion) will be available for the first time in high definition. The series is directed by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, His and Her Circumstances) and features character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Royal Space Force ~ The Wings of Honnêamise) with sound direction by Katsunori Shimizu (Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee) and music by Shiro Sagisu (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi).

The World’s Fair, Paris, 1889: a young inventor crosses paths with an enigmatic girl and her pet lion. Suddenly they find themselves pursued by a villainous trio intent upon stealing the magical Blue Water. Thus begins an epic adventure inspired by Jules Verne’s masterpiece 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Join Nadia and Jean as they travel the high seas in search of Nadia’s homeland and her past, their only clue the mysterious jewel Nadia wears. Can they unravel the Secret of the Blue Water before it is too late? Discover Nadia, Secret of Blue Water, the animated series beloved by millions, and find out for yourself!

Nadia, Secret of Blue Water will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release on bilingual DVD & BD to follow.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks celebrates its 5th Anniversary as 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 Ingram Entertainment, 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.

More March releases.

ANIMAINE

Maria Holic Alive (Dubbed – DVD & BD)
Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water TV (DVD & BD)
UPOTTE! (Dubbed – DVD & BD)

So…what was the much-hyped mega announcement?

[quote=“celestial_being”]
So…what was the much-hyped mega announcement?[/quote]

Guessing Nadia on Blu-ray. :silly:

That would be my guess, since it’s the only rescue announced.

I don’t know about y’all but I’m not particularly excited by this one. I don’t know much about this besides that it is by Gainax, and Gainax and I don’t often see eye to eye.

Nadia is a good show for a good chunk of it and the dub for its time was great. The movie must be avoided at all cost so hopefully they did not rescue it to, The only issue with the show is the “island” episodes 23 to 34.

[quote=“TheCoffeeGod”]
More March releases.

ANIMAINE

Maria Holic Alive (Dubbed – DVD & BD)
Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water TV (DVD & BD)
UPOTTE! (Dubbed – DVD & BD)[/quote]

Yes to all three. Can’t wait to hear all the delicious accents in UPOTTE!.

[quote=“tonka”]
Yes to all three. Can’t wait to hear all the delicious accents in UPOTTE!.[/quote]

I’m hoping for that as well!

[quote=psychopuppet]
Nadia is a good show for a good chunk of it and the dub for its time was great.[/quote]

I see that it is a Monster Island dub. I am scared now as I found that Dai-Guard was the exception, not the rule, for those dubs.

That’s a huge swath of suck.

I’m surprised to hear something about Upotte. I’d almost forgotten about it. I was starting to take their silence on the show as a sign that they were going to sub-only it. Glad that bullet was dodged.

Also, concering Nadia.

@ ANIMAINE

[quote=“celestial_being”]
I’m surprised to hear something about Upotte. I’d almost forgotten about it. I was starting to take their silence on the show as a sign that they were going to sub-only it. Glad that bullet was dodged.[/quote]

Upotte!! is Kadokowa show. Long periods of silence are to be expected, especially when bluray is in the cards. They demand longer than normal delays between the US and Japanese releases and have forced companies like Funimation to delay or cancel several bluray releases.

Per PR:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[size=16]MAIDEN JAPAN ANNOUNCES LICENSE OF “MYSELF; YOURSELF”[/size]

HOUSTON, November 14, 2013 — You can never go home again. Or can you? Find out in Maiden Japan’s latest acquisition: Myself; Yourself. This 13 episode series about the long journey home is directed by QZo (A Bridge to the Starry Skies) and features character designs by Tomoya Hiratsuka (Shin Koihime Muso) and series composition by Go Zappa (NAKAIMO ~ My Little Sister is Among Them!).

Before his family left the town of Sakuranomori, Sana Hidaka said farewell to his best friends, thinking that he would never see them again. Five years later, however, he finds himself returning to Sakuranomori to finish high school while living alone in an apartment owned by his parents. Can the threads of friendship severed by time be mended? Will his friends even recognize him? Or have the changes in their lives as they’ve grown from children to teenagers made them into different people, pushing them even further apart? For Sana and his best bud Syusuke, it will be strange enough. But with Nanaka, Aoi and Syusuke’s twin Syuri all being girls, things are going to get even more complex. That’s to say nothing of the sometimes shocking secrets that his four friends know through having lived them, and that Sana will only discover in crossing the minefield of lost years. What once was can never be exactly as it was in treasured memories, but what could be may become even more precious as life moves inexorably forward. The past becomes the future as the flames of friendship rekindle in MYSELF; YOURSELF.

Maiden Japan will be distributing Myself; Yourself in conjunction with home video distributor Section 23 (Clannad, High School of the Dead, Appleseed,) on subtitled DVD and in digital formats.

About Maiden Japan
Maiden Japan is a new and upcoming distributor of Japanese animation in North America, with a rapidly growing roster of new and classic titles that includes such hot releases as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU TV, BLACK MAGIC M-66 and PATLABOR. A sister company to live action Shock film specialist Switchblade Pictures (ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD, ZOMBIE HUNTER RIKA, SULTRY ASSASSIN: NINJA BRAINWASH), Maiden Japan’s programs can be found on home video distributed by Ingram Entertainment, Baker & Taylor, Section23Films, The Right Stuf and other good and fine distributors. Digital product offerings may be found at iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Anime Network, Playstation Network and YouTube.

About Section23 Films
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan 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.

Per PR:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[size=16]SWITCHBLADE PICTURES SAYS “BANG! BANG! YOU’RE UNDEAD!” WITH GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES![/size]

HOUSTON, November 15, 2013 — It would have been the perfect crime except for those darn meddling zombies! That’s the plot in a nutshell as Switchblade Pictures delves once again into Japan’s unique take on the walking dead phenomenon and unleashes GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES! Proving that there are no genres that can’t be combined by determined filmmakers, GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES leads off with an already solid exploitation mix of cops, robbers and pushing the “R” sex barrier before literally stopping dead in its tracks and mutating into horror with a lethal case of corpse-us interruptus. Written and directed by Masahiro Assou, the gruesome zombie buffet stars popular adult video actress and model Laura Aoyama as the prime morsel, providing ample flesh, in every sense of the word, for a toothsome supporting cast that features Ichiro Nishikoshi, Yu Minami, Ryuhei Kawana and Ken-ichi Takada.

Being a gangster is a dangerous profession, and even when you’ve escaped the scene of your crime, you need a place to hide out. Someplace out in the middle of nowhere where can hide with your loot without worrying about running into another living soul. Unfortunately, living souls aren’t the problem gorgeous mob girl Maki runs into when she and her boyfriend Akio double cross his bosses. Oh, their triple crossing partners don’t make things easy, but the Maki’s real dilemma begins when their hideout turns out to be infested with the walking undead! And while cops and other gangsters die when you shoot them, zombies just look at handguns and laugh. Well, they would laugh if they had any vocal chords left in their rotted throats and any brains in their heads. But while they can’t fix the vocal chords, they certainly know where brains (and other yummy body parts) are on the menu! A getaway for the weekend becomes a flesh feast of bloody horror and the dish of the day is gangsters on the run with a side of mob moll ala mode in GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES!

GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES will be released on DVD, in Japanese with English subtitles on March 25, 2014.

About Switchblade Pictures
With a growing roster of international exploitation films, Switchblade Pictures is dedicated to bringing the wildest and most unique entertainment programming to North America. Titles currently in release include the zombie cult phenomenons ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD and ZOMBIE HUNTER RIKA, the SULTRY ASSASSIN period epics APHRODISIAC KILL and NINJA BRAINWASH, and the outrageous DEKOTORA series of Japanese lady trucker films that launches in December 2013 with the high-balling saga of BIG BAD MAMA-SAN.

About Section23 Films
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan 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.

Per PR:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “FAMILIAR OF ZERO SEASON 1”[/size]

HOUSTON, December 19, 2013 — What do you get when you add a mage who’s a zero to the unlikeliest of heroes? Trouble with a capital “T” in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Familiar of Zero Season 1. This 13 episode fantasy is directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Best Student Council) and features character designs by Masahiro Fujii (Dream Eater Merry) with scripts and series composition by Takao Yoshioka (Demon King Daimao) and music by Shinkichi Mitsumune (Rozen Maiden).

Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière’s name is so long and her spell-casting skills are so poor that everyone at the Tristain Academy of Magic just calls her “Louise the Zero”. Louise’s humiliation only increases during an important second year test, where the other students summon up dragons and other mythological creatures as their familiars, and she inexplicably summons Hiraga Saito, a totally normal teenager from Tokyo. Now she’s stuck with him and Saito’s stuck with the lousy life of being a familiar. Except, maybe there’s more going on than meets the eye, because Saito’s not prepared to accept the social inequities that Louise and other aristocrats consider the status quo, and he may not be quite as normal as everyone thinks. And the reason Louise is so bad at magic might just be that she hasn’t figured out what she’s good at yet. In fact, they might even have the makings of a great team. If they can learn to stand each other first, that is! Will familiarity breed contempt? Will combining two negatives result in a positive? The answer will be spelled out, enchantment by enchantment, in FAMILIAR OF ZERO!

Familiar of Zero Season 1 will be available soon through select digital outlets and on bilingual DVD & BD.

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks celebrates its 5th Anniversary as 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 Ingram Entertainment, 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.