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S23/Sentai Filmworks/Switchblade Pictures/Maiden Japan , etc PR, News, And Announcements - 2012/2014

BTW is there any significance to Fate/Illya crediting “Sentai Holdings” in the credits, instead of Sentai Filmworks?

No, not really. Sentai Holdings is just the legal entity that owns and operates Sentai Filmworks.

Sentai is plugging Appleseed Alpha on their Facebook. Does that mean that they displaced Funi as the dubbers of the franchise?

[quote=“celestial_being”]
Sentai is plugging Appleseed Alpha on their Facebook. Does that mean that they displaced Funi as the dubbers of the franchise?[/quote]

Not the franchise per say, only when Shinji Aramaki and/or Sony is involved: Halo Legends, Starship Troopers Invasion, Harlock (maybe), and the first two cgi Appleseeds.

Per PR:

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[size=16]Sentai Filmworks Licenses “MOMOKYUN SWORD”[/size]

HOUSTON, July 25, 2014 – Big things come in small packages, but no one expected anything quite like Momo in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Momokyun Sword. This comedy adventure series is directed by Shinsuke Yanagi (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS) with series composition by Tsuyoshi Tamai (Ladies Vs. Butlers!, Strike Witches), art direction by Chikako Shibata (Azumanga Daioh, KINMOZA!) and animation production by Project No. 9 (Ro-Kyu-Bu!) and Tri-Slash (Yowamushi Pedal).

It was written in the stars the day Momoko came down the river, floating inside a giant peach found by an old childless couple. Although her fate might not yet be known to her, she was brought to this village to defend it. Now that she is all grown up, Momoko is prepared to fight. And while she might not be the sharpest sword in the sheath… what she lacks in smarts, she makes up for with her unwavering determination! Evil lurks in the distance as an army of ogres are planning to invade. Along with her talking pet dog, monkey, and peasant – who just happen to also be gods – Momoko must protect and recover the Michimi Peach Fragments that are scattered all over Japan before its pieces fall into the wrong hands. Fragments of a holy peach of incredible powers, these powers could be harnessed and used for evil - - and exactly why the army of ogres are coming to invade. Luckily for our she-ro, Momoko has teamed up with a bevy of beauties that call themselves the Celestial Maiden Squad. Maron, Suika, Ringo, and Karin, too, have a bone to pick with the menacing monsters. Together, the girls join forces as loli-warriors in order to stop the pillaging. Will they have what it takes? And will Momoko get the “on the job” training she needs, or fail in the process? Either way… prepare for a battle like no other as beautiful babes must battle in a Feudal Japan fantasy world in MOMOKYUN SWORD!

Momokyun Sword 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.

Per PR:

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “MONTHLY GIRLS’ NOZAKI-KUN”[/size]

HOUSTON, July 25, 2014 – Tales of unrequited love are as old as time itself, but there’s never been a tale drawn out quite like this in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. This romantic comedy series is directed by Mitsue Yamazaki (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Kampfer) with series composition by Yoshiko Nakamura (Hiiro no Kakera – The Tamayori Princess Saga, Junjo Romantica), art direction by Jirou Kouno (AMNESIA, Sacred Seven) and animation production by Dogakobo (Majestic Prince, Natsuyuki Rendezvous).

Love is the spirit that motivates an artist’s journey. Or, rather, it can and should be. Of course, for mangaka artist Nozaki… he’s clueless when it comes to those special feelings of love coming from his own classmate. It’s the age-old tale: the girl’s into a guy that barely knows they exist. And it’s no different for Sakura. While all she can think about is him, all he cares about is the publication deadline looming over his head. Unfortunately, this all came about because Sakura didn’t share her true feelings with Nozaki. This all leads to a huge misunderstanding – and, as a result, Sakura becoming his assistant. Little did she know, but she now works for one of her favorite mangakas. Only she’s a he! And that’s the strange part; Nozaki is the creator of the popular shojo manga, Let’s Have a Romance!, under the alias of Yumeno Sakiko. So, how could such a stubborn numbskull such as Nozaki be so in touch with a girl’s wants and needs to create such inspiring stories that Sakura loves? And will she spoil their working relationship to finally admit how she really feels about him? Time can only tell as this rom-com tale unfolds in MONTHLY GIRLS’ NOZAKI-KUN!

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun 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.

Per PR:

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[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “QUEEN’S BLADE: BEAUTIFUL WARRIORS”[/size]

HOUSTON, August 14, 2014 – The ladies of the Queen’s Blade mythos are back and ready to blaze their own paths toward eternal glory in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors. This 6 part OVA action series is directed by Kinji Yoshimoto (Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin, Unbreakable Machine-Doll) with music production by Atsushi Yamamori (UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Dragonar Academy), art direction by Junichi Higashi (SaiKano, Samurai Girls) and animation production by ARMS (MAOYU, Mezzo).

The tournament may be over, but the paths of your favorite characters of the Queen’s Blade competition continue on in preparation for a new age! Leina’s absence in Gainos sparks a war that reaches all the way to the steps of the castle, even as a new but familiar threat appears before her eyes. Alleyne and Nowa become travel buddies as they roam the land, but run into the many hands of a sea monster while they relax at the beach. The Swamp Witch Trio returns to cause havoc one last time, giving Airi and Melona the dubious task of retrieving Menace from her homeland. Nanael, tired of the heavenly life, decides to build a harem to call her own. And in the darkest reaches of Hinomoto, a group of women prepare themselves for the ultimate sacrifice in order to revive an ancient evil to the land of the living. The air is always still before the start of rebellion, but the battling beauties of the Queen’s Blade competition you know and love still have their stories to tell in Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors!

Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors 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.

Per PR:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “REIDEEN”[/size]

HOUSTON, August 15, 2014 – An ancient artifact holds the key to victory for the human race as an alien terror rains down from beyond the skies in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, REIDEEN. This mecha sci-fi action series is directed by Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Pilot Candidate) with animation direction by Takuya Saito (Sakura Wars: The Movie, Bunny Drop), prop design by Shinji Suetomi (Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion, Robotics;Notes) and animation production by Production I.G. (Haikyu!!, ANOTHER).

Mathematically gifted, Junki Saiga is a typical high school student, until his family hears that his father’s remains were discovered. His father was an archaeologist and researcher who had disappeared during an exploration years ago. Along with his remains were artifacts and notes near Japan’s pyramid, which is a place thought to be man-made. Soon after the shock of his father’s remains being discovered, a meteor comes crashing from the sky carrying a foreign robotic life-form that immediately begins to cause havoc. This sequence of strange events simultaneously triggers a bracelet left from his father’s research to activate and merge with an ancient robot that had been hidden inside Japan’s pyramid, this is REIDEEN. To save the world Junki and REIDEEN must fight this alien threat! Faced with multiple enemies, REIDEEN and Junki must overcome those that seek REIDEEN’s power and those that want to see REIDEEN and Junki destroyed. Without the help of the nation or even his friends, Junki must push himself to succeed in piloting REIDEEN.

REIDEEN 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.

Sentai is loading up on these rescue titles but still has so many in limbo. I’m ambivalent about this announcement as a result.

This isn’t a rescue title. This show has never been licensed here before.

[quote=“dragonrider_cody”]
This isn’t a rescue title. This show has never been licensed here before.[/quote]

This is true. Sentai is rescuing it from obscurity but that’s not the accepted def. of rescue release; Legacy release?

Regardless of what we call the show, I still have concerns about it.

Per PR:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[size=16]SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “THE AMBITION OF ODA NOBUNA”[/size]

HOUSTON, August 18, 2014 – In an alternate past where the armies of Japan are led by female warlords, one woman’s dreams will shape a nation in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna. This historical action comedy series is directed by Yuuji Kumazawa (Sunday Without God, The Irregular at Magic High School [Assosicate Director]) with series composition by Masashi Suzuki (Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox, Koe De Oshigoto!), music by Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail) and animation production by Studio GOKUMI (A-Channel, Koe De Oshigoto!) x MADHOUSE (Death Note, High School of the Dead).

Thrust into the past, the young and ambitious Sagara Yoshiharu longs to fulfill an old man’s last wish. Yoshiharu is a curious high schooler who suddenly finds himself making an important promise to a wise elder, Kinoshita Tokichiro, who has just been hit by a stray bullet. Before Tokichiro dies on the battlefield, he describes the glorious world of his dreams to Yoshiharu. His fantasy was to be surrounded by women and living in a giant castle. Luckily, in this version of the notorious Sengoku period where Yoshiharu finds himself, all of the important Samurai lords are cute girls who can help this dream come to life and satisfy those desires. In this world he meets a stunning young girl, Oda Nobuna. Strong-willed and beautiful Nobuna gives him the nickname “Monkey,” while he learns the ropes. During battle, it’s every man for himself, but what if the most impressive warriors are girls?

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna 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.

[quote]Sentai Filmworks on Twitter
I’m watching one of the Summer season shows we haven’t announced yet, and I find myself really enjoying it when I thought I wouldn’t. Hmm…[/quote]

Beyond the obvious Fate/kaleid 2wei, want to speculate on what else it might be?

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And since I’m here, another interesting tidbit…

[quote]Sentai Filmworks on Tumblr
Q. Dear Sentai, do you have any plans to start including reversible covers for your DVD & Blu-ray releases anytime soon?
A. That’s something that we’ve talked about in the past, so it’s definitely somewhere in the Sentai Hivemind. :slight_smile: [/quote]

Just got my Sentai newsletter and, as per usual, TAN has completely “ninja’d” everything in it (Well, I didn’t know that DMC was a Sentai “office favorite”. That’s good to know). It’s fun to see it hype up the “pending” September releases when I’ve already seen em :slight_smile:

Hmm. I can’t really play that guessing game as I haven’t paid much attention to the unlicensed shows.

[quote=“celestial_being”]
Hmm. I can’t really play that guessing game as I haven’t paid much attention to the unlicensed shows.[/quote]

If I had to take a guess, it would be Love Stage!!, since it’s a BL Kadokawa title.

Sentai Filmworks on Tumblr

Q. So if Love Stage has not been confirmed by now, can I go ahead and assume it will not be part of the summer 2015 sentai releases?

A. Just got word that I can now announce TWO more shows from the Summer season that have been stuck in a bit of a loop around the world. So Summer release announces aren’t done yet! :slight_smile:

Per PR:

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[size=16]Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!”[/size]

HOUSTON, September 9, 2014 – The Fate universe will once again “kaleid” with an extra dose of magical girl misadventures in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! This magical girl action series is directed by Shin Oonuma (Dusk maiden of Amnesia, ef: a tale of memories) with art direction by Ken Tateishi (Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Kotoura-san), sound direction by Masanori Tsuchiya (Brynhildr in the Darkness, Five Numbers!) and animation production by SILVER LINK (WATAMOTE, Penguindrum).

The magical girls are back, and ready for another round of adventure! After successfully recovering the Class Cards, eighth graders-turned magical girls Illya and Miyu think they can finally take it easy. But as fate would have it, the girls are once again called back into active duty when they find out that the Cards have left some very nasty side effects on their world. However, their seemingly easy mission goes totally awry with the appearance of a dark stranger who looks just like Illya! Who is this new but familiar face, where did she come from, and what does she want from Illya? With the arrival of this new foe, it seems like Illya’s finally met her match when her everyday life takes one dark turn!

Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! 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.

Well that was a given for the 1st one. The second is either Love Stage! Or Baby Steps

I’m pretty sure Baby Steps isn’t considered a “Summer season” title.

Per PR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[size=16]Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Love Stage!!”[/size]

HOUSTON, September 12, 2014 – All the world’s a stage, and for two boys the spotlight will shine brightly upon their stars in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Love Stage!! This romantic comedy series is directed by Kenichi Kasai (Honey and Clover) with series composition by Michiko Yokote (Kobato, Princess Tutu), art direction by Hirotsugu Kakoi (Hatsukoi Limited, Kyousogiga) and animation production by J.C. Staff (Dream Eater Merry, The Familiar of Zero).

Daydreamer Izumi Sena is the black sheep of his family. With a model for a mother, a singer for a father, and a brother who fronts one of the most popular bands around, you’d think Izumi would be destined for stardom. Despite being born into a family of stars, Izumi has no desire to be in the spotlight, and his only dream is to become a world-class manga artist. But in an unexpected turn of events, Izumi finds himself not only pulled onto the set of a commercial, but forced to dress as a girl! In case the situation wasn’t awkward enough, Izumi stumbles into his costar, the handsome Ryoma Ichijo, and it’s love at first sight. Or, at least it is for Ryoma, who is so convinced by Izumi’s costume, that when the shoot is over, he makes it his life mission to track down the “actress” that sets his heart aflutter. But when Ryoma discovers Izumi’s secret, will it be sparks that fly or fists? And will Izumi be able to avoid his destiny as a superstar, or will he be sucked into the same fame-filled life as the rest of his family?

Love Stage!! 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.