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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline”

HOUSTON, February 9, 2017Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of the French-Japanese animated series Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline. This 2007 production is based on the 1967 French comic series that is lauded as a cornerstone for the science-fiction genre, influencing intergalactic masterpieces such as Star Wars and The Fifth Element.

In the year 2417, a dashing space cadet named Valerian travels to the year 912 where he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful, and highly intelligent, peasant girl named Laureline. When his actions make the Earth disappear from the solar system, as the only humans left in the galaxy, Valerian and Laureline begin a new life as adventurers through time and space in hopes of restoring the Earth. Meanwhile, the two must also work together in a galaxy threatened by the sinister Vlagosian armada!

Action, adventure, romantic rivalry, and mystery abound in Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline! The complete 40-episode series will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Oh My! Hentai! SoftCel Pictures Relaunches With New Adult Anime!

February 14, 2017 – Hentai fans rejoice! After 13 long years, adult anime market pioneer SoftCel Pictures is back, shaking up the North American home video scene with a sizzling new slate of Japan’s wildest animated entertainment. With an emerging catalog of uncut, uncensored, and high-definition Blu-rays, SoftCel Picture’s reputation as the premiere distributor of “hentai” animation will be at the forefront as the label re-launches in June 2017.

The revival of SoftCel Pictures is driven by a new mission: to achieve maximum market penetration and bring the finest in animated erotic entertainment directly from Japan to an eager and willing audience; to bring startling Blu-ray level clarity to acts that previously were hidden under sheets and layers of mosaics; and to boldly let anime characters go where they have never gone before!

With the finest translation, English-subtitles, and HD materials that allow the viewers to take in every detail, SoftCel will deliver the highest quality in adult animated entertainment, straight from the uncut, uncensored masters. SoftCel Pictures aims to provide a sensual and sense pounding animated experience that exceeds all audience expectations, taking the viewer to dizzying new heights of ecstasy. The only thing not included is ribbing for enhanced viewing pleasure.
Ready to sign up? SoftCel’s first prescription for animated naughtiness begins with the completely shameless (and frequently shameful) doctor-patient exploits of The Patients of Dr. Maro (original Jpanese title: Maro no Kanja wa Ganteki.) The Blu-ray, with reversible cover, (Region A) will be available for pre-order through select outlets beginning in February 2017.

As the year continues, the hits will keep coming… and coming and coming! SoftCel Pictures’ avalanche of new releases will continue later in the year with a whole slate of new Blu-ray titles, including King of Breasts, Slave Princess, Sex Hypnotist Zero, and The Devil’s Virgins. Fans of explicit Japanese anime can learn more about these exciting new releases and receive forthcoming updates by visiting www.softcelpictures.com.

About SoftCel Pictures:
SoftCel Pictures is the returning leader in high-quality animated adult entertainment, emerging with content guaranteed to arouse the interest of the modern audience. With a library of the hottest new and classic titles, the revived SoftCel Pictures proudly delivers the action to Blu-ray, uncut and in high-definition. For more information, and to see more exciting titles as they are announced, follow SoftCel pictures on Twitter (twitter.com/@softcelpictures) or visit the webpage at www.softcelpictures.com

SoftCel Pictures will be distributed by Section23 Films

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###Sentai Filmworks Gets Loud With “Anonymous Noise”

HOUSTON, MARCH 15, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks rocks it out with their latest acquisition, Anonymous Noise! Based on the manga written by Ryoko Fukuyama and currently running in the bimonthly comic anthology Hana to Yume, Anonymous Noise is an exciting addition to Sentai’s Spring 2017 anime lineup!

Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn’t in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can’t be repaired.

The series will be directed by Hideya Takahashi (Keijo!!!), with sound direction by Takayuki Yamaguchi (Matoi the Sacred Slayer), and series composition by Deko Akao (Flying Witch, Urara Meirocho). Brain’s Base (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Amnesia) will be in charge of animation production.

Anonymous Noise is scheduled for an April 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Spring 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Studio Colorido’s “Typhoon Noruda” Hits Sentai Filmworks

HOUSTON, MARCH 16, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks is inviting you to ride out the storm in Studio Colorido’s fantasy adventure, Typhoon Noruda. The film, helmed by first-time director and former Studio Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai, features character designs by Hiroyasu Ishida and music by Masashi Hamauzu (ClassicaLoid, Final Fantasy X).

The film takes place in a middle school on a remote island. Shuichi Azuma, a dedicated student, suddenly quits the baseball team, which leads to a fight with his best friend, Kenta. When a storm hits their school one day, Shuichi meets Noruda, a mysterious girl with a strange necklace, who seems to be somehow connected with the typhoon. Who is she? More importantly, why does Shuichi feel the need to help her?

Typhoon Noruda will soon be available on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses Rumiko Takashi’s RIN-NE 3

HOUSTON, MARCH 16, 2017 – Get ready to ride the Wheel of Reincarnation once more in Sentai Filmworks’ latest addition to the Spring 2017 anime lineup: RIN-NE 3. Rinne Rokudo, Rokumon, and Sakura Mamiya are back for more misadventures in a story that pairs school life with the afterlife.

Saving lost souls on the tightest budget known to man is only a day’s work for half-human, half-Shinigami kind-of-thing Rinne! Together with the almost too-collected Sakura and his black cat Rokumon, life continues as normal as Rinne helps guide the dead to their final rest. However, new transfers are never a good sign, and a popular fortune teller ends up at Rinne and Sakura’s school as their new teacher. Things get chaotic when a strange girl wielding a scythe makes an appearance, and Rinne realizes that he might discover a major piece surrounding the mystery of his past.

Based on the original manga by famed manga-ka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½), the series will be directed by Hiroshi Ishiodori (RIN-NE; Kiss Him, Not Me). Brain’s Base (Natsume’s Book of Friends, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) returns to handle animation production for the third season of RIN-NE.

RIN-NE 3 is scheduled for an April 8th release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks to Premiere First Episode of ‘Anonymous Noise’ at Anime Boston

HOUSTON, MARCH 22, 2017 – Fans will get a sneak peak at the most anticipated shoujo anime series of the Spring 2017 anime season. Based on the hit manga written by Ryoko Fukuyama, Anonymous Noise will make its world premiere in the USA at an exclusive, one-time screening at Anime Boston 2017.

Sentai Filmworks will host this special screening of the first episode of Anonymous Noise on April 1, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of Sheraton Boston from 3:30 PM EDT to 4:30 PM EDT. The free screening is available to the first one-thousand registered Anime Boston attendees to line up. Attendees will also receive a free gift and be entered for a chance to win surprise giveaways at the showing.

Sentai Filmworks describes the series:

“Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn’t in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can’t be repaired.”

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side”

HOUSTON, MARCH 29, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition takes you back to the dungeons of Orario with Sword Princess Ais Wallenstein and the mighty Loki Familia! The long-awaited spinoff series, Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, will simulcast in Spring 2017. The series will air exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

Ais Wallenstein’s life changed forever on the fateful day she met Bell Cranel, but while Bell’s story launched him into his future, her story sends her deeper into her past. Within the dungeon’s treacherous depths, Ais and the other members of the Loki Familia encounter an irregularity that could threaten not just their party, but their entire world.

The series will be directed by Youhei Suzuki (The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat), with series composition by Hideki Shirane (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?). Animation production will once again be helmed by J. C. Staff.

Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side will soon be available exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike as a part of the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers can stream new episodes every Friday starting April 14.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Frame Arms Girl”

HOUSTON, MARCH 30, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks unboxes their newest acquisition for the Spring 2017 anime simulcast season, Frame Arms Girl, inspired by the popular Frame Arms model kit series!

Ao Gennai, an ordinary high school girl, opens a package that was mistakenly delivered to her house. To her surprise, what lies within is a small robot named Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl with an evolving personality. Ao discovers that Gourai is actually a newly developed prototype, and that she is the first person to activate her. Follow Ao’s antics as she learns the ups and downs of being Gourai’s owner … which will include putting her into competitive fights!

The series will be directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation), with sound direction by Satoki Iida (Persona 4: The Animation, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga) and series composition overseen by Deko Akao (Anonymous Noise, Flying Witch). The studios helming the project are studio A-CAT (Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser (movie 13)) and ZEXCS (Lady Jewelpet, Umi Monogatari).

Frame Arms Girl is scheduled for an April 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “ATOM THE BEGINNING”

HOUSTON, MARCH 30, 2017 – Return to the astounding world of the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka (Black Jack, The Mighty Atom, Phoenix), in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: ATOM THE BEGINNING. Based on the original work by Tetsuro Kasahara, ATOM THE BEGINNING is the dramatic prequel series to Tezuka’s iconic manga, The Mighty Atom. The series will air exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

After a great calamity in Japan, the world needed a hero: but did this hero need to be a god? Or a friend? Two young geniuses, Umataro Tenma and Hiroshi Ochanomizu, have labored extensively to create a powerful artificial intelligence to protect the future. The result of their collaboration was a robot, A106. In this previously untold story, Tenma and Ochanomizu lay the groundwork leading up to the birth of an android that would later change the world.

Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass, Ajin) acted as Chief Director, with Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates, Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne) as Director. Animation production for the series was helmed by Production I.G (Haikyu!!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Joker Game).

ATOM THE BEGINNING will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers can stream new episodes every Saturday starting April 15. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Sagrada Reset”

HOUSTON, MARCH 31, 2017 – Time travel gets tricky in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition for the Spring 2017 anime season: Sagrada Reset, soon available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

Almost half the population of the town of Sakurada possess special abilities. Misora Haruki has the power to reset time for a maximum of three days into the past; Kei Asai has a photographic memory that allows him to remember everything he sees and hears, even after Misora resets time. Together, they use their powers to help others … except that two years ago, their actions caused the death of former classmate Sumire Sora, a girl who shouldn’t have died. As members of the school’s Service Club, Kei and Misora spend most of their time fulfilling clients’ requests, all the while working together to undo the pains of the past.

The series will be directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect), with series composition by Katsuhiko Takayama (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, ef: a tale of melodies). Animation production is being handled by David Production, the same studio that brought you Inu x Boku Secret Service and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Sagrada Reset is scheduled for an April 5, 2017 release in Japan. The series will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, for the Spring 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers will be able to stream new episodes every Wednesday starting April 5.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Armed Girl’s Machiavellism”

HOUSTON, MARCH 31, 2017 – This Spring 2017, get into the biggest school throw-down of the century in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition, Armed Girl’s Machiavellism, soon available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

Rebellious Fudo Nomura has no idea what he’s getting into when he’s transferred to a school where the girls carry weapons to appropriately “discipline” the boys into submission. In the Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy, Nomura’s life is actively in danger when he becomes the target of Rin Onigawara, leader of the Five Ruling Swords, the five-girl group that commands the school. His only option: get expelled from the only school that would take him, or survive the wrath of these Machiavellian girls!

The series will be directed by Hideki Tachibana (BlazBlue Alter Memory, Dragon Crisis!) with series composition by Kento Shimoyama (Shomin Sample, Bleach, Masamune-kun’s Revenge) and character designs by Shoko Takimoto (BONJOUR Sweet Love Patisserie, Chaos Dragon). SILVER LINK, the same studio responsible for Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, is in charge of animation production.

Armed Girl’s Machivellism is scheduled for an April 2017 release in Japan. The series will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers will be able to stream new episodes every Wednesday starting April 5.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Anime Network Online to Simulcast “Frame Arms Girl”

HOUSTON, April 1, 2017 – Anime Network Online is pleased to announce the addition of Frame Arms Girl to its Spring 2017 simulcast lineup.

Ao Gennai, an ordinary high school girl, opens a package that was mistakenly delivered to her house. To her surprise, what lies within is a small robot named Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl with an evolving personality. Ao discovers that Gourai is actually a newly developed prototype, and that she is the first person to activate her. Follow Ao’s antics as she learns the ups and downs of being Gourai’s owner … which will include placing her in competitive fights!

Frame Arms Girl begins airing on Monday, April 3, 2017. ANO subscribers in the United States of America, Canada, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, and Latin America will be able to stream new episodes every Monday at 3:00 PM EDT.

For more information about ANO, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website at http://www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.

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###Sentai Filmworks to Release “Beyond the Boundary” Movies in Summer 2017

HOUSTON, APRIL 4, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce the North American release of Kyoto Animation’s Beyond the Boundary films to home video. Both parts of the 2015 theatrical saga, Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Past and Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Future, will be released in the summer of 2017 on DVD and Blu-ray.

The first movie, Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Past, is a re-telling of the original 2013 anime series, recounting the events surrounding bespectacled beauty Mirai Kuriyama and an immortal, half-human boy named Akihito Kanbara. As a Spirit World warrior, Mirai uses the rare gift (and curse) that is using her blood as a weapon to slay supernatural monsters known as youmu.

The second film, Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Future, occurs one year after the events of the original series. Mirai has lost her memories, and Akihito separates himself from her in an attempt to protect her from her painful past. Despite the heartache it brings him, Akihito is determined to protect Mirai’s happiness as she moves through life as a normal human being - but when dark forces stir, she may be forced back to the front lines in the fight against the youmu, and re-open the wounds of her past.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks to Release “Tamako-love story-” to Home Video in 2017

HOUSTON, APRIL 4, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks is reuniting fans of the beloved 2013 Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market with their favorite mochi shops of the Usagiyama Shopping District. Helmed by Tamako Market director Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, A Silent Voice), Tamako-love story- is an all-new tale that takes place after the events of the original television series.

Mochizo Oji, the son of a mochi (rice cake) shop owner, is just as lovelorn as ever as he continues to pine for his first love, Tamako Kitashirakawa. However, with the two of them edging towards their future after high school, Mochizo might have to confess his feelings before he leaves to attend university in Tokyo. Tamako, meanwhile, starts to question her future as she suddenly realizes how small her plans seem when compared to those of her friends.

Tamako-love story- will be available for home video in 2017. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version”

HOUSTON, APRIL 4, 2017 – The world looks different through the eyes (though usually just one eye…) of a true chunibyo in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Kyoto Animation’s Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version. The movie is a fresh retelling of the original Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions TV series, told from the point of view of the Tyrant Eye herself, Rikka Takanashi.

Chunibyo, an “ailment” of flights of fancy or perceived grandeur, can often strike Japanese youth in middle school, but for high-schooler Rikka Takanashi, her battles against supernatural forces are very real. In this retelling of the original TV series, the spunky and fearless (but often clueless) RIkka brings us her own spin on the saga between herself and the former “Dark Flame Master,” Yuta Togashi.

Sentai Filmworks plans to release Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version with an English dub to home video in 2017.

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Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses WHITE FOX’s ‘GRIMOIRE OF ZERO’

HOUSTON, APRIL 4, 2017 – A witch emerges from seclusion to recover a stolen book of magic in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: GRIMOIRE OF ZERO. Based on the hit light novel series Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho, and produced by the same studio responsible for Akame ga Kill!, Re: ZERO – Starting Life in Another World, Steins;Gate, and Matoi the Sacred Slayer, GRIMOIRE OF ZERO will air exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, for the Spring 2017 anime simulcast season.

In Liturgical Year 526, sorcery has spread throughout the land, but few are aware of a rival practice called “magic.” One day, a half-man, half-beast mercenary who has found himself on the run encounters a beautiful witch known only as “Zero.” Zero makes him an offer: if he escorts her on the search for her stolen grimoire, she will help him gain a human form. Despite his hatred for witches, the nameless mercenary accompanies Zero and guards her as she sets out to reclaim a book that has the power to destroy the world.

GRIMOIRE OF ZERO will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers will be able to stream new episodes every Monday starting April 10. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Kabukibu!”

HOUSTON, APRIL 4, 2017 – This Spring, enter the world of kabuki with Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Kabukibu! Based on the light novel series by Yuuri Eda, this story follows one teenager’s attempts to take a 17th-century art form and make it cool again. The series will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

Unlike other kids his age, freshman Kurogo Kurusu finds his true passion in kabuki, a form of classical Japanese dance theatre. When he finds out his school doesn’t have a club dedicated to it, he enlists the help of his best friend Tonbo to make one. They’ll need at least five members to get things started, however, and together they’ll have to win over an unlikely roster that includes stage actors, martial artists, and band members who aren’t into kabuki at all.

Kazuhiro Yoneda (Hozuki no Reitetsu, Yona of the Dawn) served as the series director, with acclaimed artist group CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura) providing character designs. Animation was by Studio DEEN (Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!)

Kabukibu! is scheduled for An April 7, 2017 release in Japan. The series will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers will be able to stream new episodes every Friday starting April 7.

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Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Anime Network Online to Simulcast “RIN-NE 3”

HOUSTON, APRIL 5, 2017 – Anime Network Online is proud to announce it acquired simulcast rights to RIN-NE 3 the third installment of the TV anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi series.

Saving lost souls on the tightest budget known to man is only a day’s work for half-human, half-Shinigami kind-of-thing Rinne! Together with the almost too-collected Sakura and his black cat Rokumon, life continues as normal as Rinne helps guide the dead to their final rest. However, new transfers are never a good sign, and a popular fortune teller ends up at Rinne and Sakura’s school as their new teacher. Things get chaotic when a strange girl wielding a scythe makes an appearance, and Rinne realizes that he might discover a major piece surrounding the mystery of his past.

RIN-NE 3 begins airing on Saturday, April 8, 2017. ANO subscribers in the United States of America, Canada, and Latin America will be able to stream new episodes every Saturday at 7:00 AM EDT.

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About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses Studio khara’s “The Dragon Dentist”

HOUSTON, APRIL 7, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks takes the plunge into dragon country with its newest acquisition from NHK Enterprises, Inc.: The Dragon Dentist. Produced by Studio khara, led by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno, the two-episode TV special is based on the seven-minute ONA (original net animation) of the same name that premiered and delighted at the 2014 Animator Expo showcase.

Even mighty dragons can get cavities, and Nonoko has been newly assigned to protect the teeth of the guardian dragon of her country. One day, she discovers an enemy soldier resurrected from the inside of a dragon’s tooth, a phenomenon which legend says foretells disaster. In a land ravaged by war, what does fate have in store for the dragon dentist Nonoko and her new “apprentice”?

The Dragon Dentist will soon be available on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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###Sentai Filmworks Returns to Disboard in “No Game, No Life Zero”

HOUSTON, JUNE 13, 2017 – Fans can finally get a glimpse of the story behind the world of Disboard in No Game, No Life Zero, the prequel movie to the hit series No Game, No Life. This theatrical release, which premieres in Japan on July 15, 2017, follows the story of the sixth entry in creator Yuu Kamiya’s beloved light novel series.

Six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard, war consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled “Ex-machina” android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.
Atsuko Ishizuka, director of the original 2014 anime, returns to helm the movie, with a script by series writer Jukki Hanada.

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Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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