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#191

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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.

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.


Grimoire of Zero / Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho
#192

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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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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.


Kabukibu!
#193

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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.

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.


RIN-NE / Kyōkai no Rinne
#194

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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.

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.


The Dragon Dentist / Ryū no Haisha
#195

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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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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.


No Game No Life
#196

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###MAIDEN JAPAN LICENSES ANIME “REALITY” SERIES HINAKO!

HOUSTON, June 15, 2017— It’s been said that if a film or television genre exists, someone in Japan has probably made an anime about it. As proof of this theorem, MAIDEN JAPAN submits HINAKO, Japan’s first interactive anime reality and exercise video series! Which may sound strange at first, but transforming robots, collecting virtual pets and dancing with video games were once all considered odd ideas as well, and look how that turned out. Beginning with TRAINING WITH HINAKO, the surprise hit that topped Amazon Japan’s and other internet retail sales charts for two consecutive weeks, HINAKO’s videos focus on a ‘self aware’ anime heroine who constantly stops to chat about her feelings with the audience. Of course, the fact that Hinako tends to be continuously bouncing up and down exercising or stretching, and that her videos’ scene order can be rearranged to create different scenarios, might be as responsible for her success in Japan as the innovative format. But whatever the case, HINAKO’s producers were quick to serve Hinako’s legion of fans with two more interactive video experiences, SLEEPING WITH HINAKO and BATHING WITH HINAKO, all three of which will be packaged together for Maiden Japan’s U.S. home video release.

Hinako used to be a normal girl, but then she became an anime character! Now she does things like play the heroine’s best friend, but unlike most people in anime, Hinako is completely aware that she’s being watched by an unseen audience! So, if she’s doing something and thinks of something to say, she’ll just say it to the people she can’t see. Or CAN she see them? The most self-aware anime character ever invites you to peek behind the screen and experience Training, Bathing and even Sleeping in the intimate interactive life of HINAKO!

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is the exciting anime label with a distinctive library of the best new and classic anime. From landmark titles like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE, GUNBUSTER and PAT LABOR to newer masterpieces that include TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 and DEN-NOH COIL and extreme cult videos such as CORPSE PARTY, Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing Japan’s finest animated entertainment to you!

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.


Hinako OVAs
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###Sentai Filmworks Releases Streaming Details for ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes’
6/20/2017 2:21:41 PM

HOUSTON, TX, JUNE 20, 2017 –Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce the streaming release of the classic space opera, Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Fans will be able to stream the series exclusively on HIDIVE’s anime streaming service starting June 20, 2017, with newly uploaded episodes available every Thursday at 11:00 AM CT on HIDIVE.com.
The entire Legend of the Galactic Heroes franchise, including the 52-episode Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden OVA, will be scheduled to stream in HD on HIDIVE’s streaming service. Additionally, the three Legend of the Galactic Heroes movies, My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (1988), Golden Wings (1992), and Overture to a New War (1993), will also be scheduled in the near future.

About Legend of the Galactic Heroes:
“The galaxy has been at war for 150 long years between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. As two new commanders enter the field of battle, the tides of war change. Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA’s Yang Wen-Li shatter the wartime stalemate, elevating the war to a new level. Brilliant new strategies play out in the grand chess game amid the stars.”

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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.


#200

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###Anime Network TV Acquires Anime Network Online Domain

HOUSTON, TX, JUNE 20, 2017 - Anime Network, Inc., the premiere provider of anime programming, announced today that it acquired www.theanimenetwork.com top level domain (TLD) from Anime Network Online (ANO). ANO previously operated an online streaming service under Anime Network-licensed branding. Anime Network will transition the TLD toward services and information solely in support of its cable television and SVOD initiatives. Anime Network’s all HD SVOD offering is available to over 200 million households throughout North America.


Sentai Filmworks / Anime Network Newsletters, Blogs & More!
#201

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Battle Girl High School’

HOUSTON, JUNE 26, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks launches into the fray of the Summer 2017 simulcast season with the ultimate fight fest: Battle Girl High School. The anime adaptation, based on colopl’s action RPG, will start streaming in July 2017!

Set in 2045, humanity struggles to survive in a world overrun by mysterious invaders called the Irousu. The Earth’s only hope lies with the students of Shinjugamine Girls’ Academy, a school where Star Guardians train to fight the Irousu. Together, these brave girls work to develop their skills to fight against the invaders… provided they can pass class first!
Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman, Active Raid) will direct, with series composition by Yosuke Kuroda (Hayate the Combat Butler, High School of the Dead, My Hero Academia). Animation production will be handled by SILVER LINK (Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya).

Battle Girl High School will soon be available to stream exclusively on HIDIVE for the Summer 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.


Battle Girl High School
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###Sentai Filmworks Takes the Plunge with ‘MADE IN ABYSS’

HOUSTON, JUNE 26, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce the addition of the fantasy-adventure MADE IN ABYSS to its Summer 2017 season. The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

The “Abyss” is the last unexplored region, an enormous and treacherous cave system filled with ancient relics and strange creatures. Only the bravest of adventurers can traverse its depths, earning them the nickname, “Cave Raiders.” Within the depths of the Abyss, an orphaned girl named Rico stumbles upon a robot who looks like a young boy. Tantalized by the mysteries of the Abyss, Rico and her new friend descend into uncharted territory to unlock its mysteries, but what lies in wait for them in the darkness?

Animation Production will be handled by Kinema Citrus (Black Bullet, Barakamon, Is the Order a Rabbit??). Masayuki Kojima (Monster, Black Bullet) will direct the series, with series composition by Hideyuki Kurata (The Fruit of Grisaia, Drifters, The World God Only Knows).

MADE IN ABYSS will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike in the U.S., and available in certain countries through select digital outlets for the Summer 2017 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.


Made in Abyss
#203

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Vatican Miracle Examiner’

HOUSTON, JUNE 26, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks probes the mysteries of the holy city with its newest acquisition for the Summer 2017 season: Vatican Miracle Examiner. This mystery-packed anime series, based on the light novels of the same name by Rin Fujiki, will begin airing in Japan in June 2017. The series will be available to stream this summer in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

In the heart of Vatican City, there is a secret organization dedicated to investigating reports of miracles. Robert Nicholas, an archivist and cryptanalysis expert, and Josef Kou Hiraga, a genius scientist, are members of the Assembly of Saints. As miracle investigators, they travel the world validating particular phenomena, only to uncover events tainted with conspiracy and deceit. With orders to find out the truth behind God’s works, Josef and the fiercely protective Robert venture out into the unknown.

The series will be directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani (Food Wars!), with sound direction by Yoshikazu Iwanami (Girl und Panzer, Knights of Sidonia) and series composition by Seishi Minakami (No.6). The studio helming the project will be J.C.STAFF (Flying Witch, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?).

Vatican Miracle Examiner will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike in the U.S. and available in certain countries through select digital outlets for the summer 2017 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.


Vatican Miracle Examiner / Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan
#204

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Princess Principal’

HOUSTON, JUNE 27, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks delves into the world of subterfuge with its newest acquisition for the Summer 2017 anime season: Princess Principal. This original series by Studio 3Hz (Celestial Method, FLIP FLAPPERS) and Actas Inc. (Girls und Panzer) follows five students as they learn how to navigate their way around a gritty underworld. The series will be available to stream this summer in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

At the end of the 19th century, London, the Kingdom of Albion has been split into East and West sides by a giant wall. Five girls attend Queen’s Mayfaire, a conventional and prestigious school. Under the guise of regular high school girls, they act as spies under cover. Disguise, reconnaissance, infiltration, car chases… Each girl uses their own set of special skills to dart around the world of shadow.

The series will be directed by Masaki Tachibana (Barakamon, .hack//Quantum), with sound direction by Yuki Kajiura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) and series composition by Ichiro Ohkouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion).

Princess Principal will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike in the U.S., and available in certain countries through select digital outlets for the summer 2017 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.


Princess Principal
#205

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Hitorijime My Hero’

HOUSTON, JUNE 27, 2017 –Sentai Filmworks will be adding the boy’s love anime Hitorijime My Hero to its Summer 2017 lineup! The anime series, based on Memeko Arii’s manga of the same name, will begin airing in July 2017 in Japan. The series will be available to stream this summer in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

High schooler Masahiro Setagawa is a fairly helpless delinquent, so much so that the neighborhood bullies use him to run their errands. His life changes when he meets high school teacher Kosuke Oshiba, a man whose fighting abilities have earned him a powerful reputation on the streets. Oshiba finds himself with a desire to protect Setagawa, and despite swearing that he’s not interested in men, Setagawa finds himself getting more involved in Oshiba’s affairs…

Yukina Hiiro (Gakuen Heaven) will direct the series, with Yusei Naruse making his debut in TV series composition. Animation Production will be helmed by Encourage Films (Love Rice, Etotama).

Hitorijime My Hero will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike in the U.S., and available in certain countries through select digital outlets for the summer 2017 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.


Hitorijime My Hero
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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘LOVE and LIES’

HOUSTON, TX, JUNE 27, 2017 – Romance gets a little tricky with Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition for the Summer 2017 anime season: LOVE and LIES! The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

In order to increase birth rates, Japan implements a capability calculation that assigns partners to young people when they turn 16. Those who deviate from their assigned partners are severely punished. Yukari Nejima has been in love with Misaki Tazaki since grade school, and finally confesses to her on his 16th birthday, only to find out he has been assigned to Ririna Sanada. Originally not thrilled, Lilina agrees to allow Yukari and Misaki to continue their illicit relationship in hopes of learning more about love. Things get complicated when love and lies start to intersect.

The series will be helmed by director Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches) and the studio LIDENFILMS.

LOVE and LIES will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike in the U.S., and available in certain countries through select digital outlets for the Summer 2017 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.


Love and Lies / Koi to Uso
#207

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Action Heroine Cheer Fruits’

HOUSTON, July 6, 2017 – Homegrown champions and bitter rivals will clash in Sentai Filmworks’ newest license for the Summer 2017 anime season: Action Heroine Cheer Fruits.

What starts as a project for a small-town festival gains traction when local heroines begin getting scouted for popular TV programs. At the urging of her aunt, a prefectural governor in Hinano City, high school senior Misaki Shirogane signs up to become a “heroine fighter” for her area - but everything changes when she has to save her town’s culture hall, a beloved structure that her grandfather helped build!

The series will be directed by Keizou Kusakawa (Campione!, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS), with series composition by Naruhisa Arakawa (So I Can’t Play H) and character designs overseen by Naomi Ide (Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they?, Riddle Story of Devil ). The studio helming the project will be diomedea (Squid Girl, Girlish Number, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!).

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is scheduled for a July 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Summer 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.


Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend’ Movies

HOUSTON, TX, JULY 18, 2017Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of all three New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend movies: New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening, New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer, and New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 3: Dream.

Based on the original Initial D manga by Shuichi Shigeno, the movie trilogy is a retelling centered around the adventures of a bleak, uninspired high school senior named Takumi Fujiwara. Despite having no interest in racing, he ends up caught in an exhilarating world which ends up being far more dangerous than he imagined. As Takumi gets drawn deeper into the underworld of drag racing, he meets Keisuke, a competent racer, and his brother Ryosuke, the leader of the Red Suns.

Masamitsu Hidaka (S-CRY-ed, Pokémon) helmed the role of Chief Director for the films. Toshihito Naka served as director with composition by Aki Dobashi (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Yozakura Quartet). Anime production was helmed by Sanzigen & Liden Films, who are responsible for Black Rock Shooter and The Heroic Legend of Arslan.

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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 Premiere ‘No Game, No Life Zero’ in September 2017

HOUSTON, TX, AUGUST 10, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce the upcoming North American release of No Game, No Life Zero, the prequel to the hit anime series, No Game, No Life. This highly-anticipated animated feature film will soon be available to fans across the country in Fall 2017.

The movie, which debuted in Japan in July 15, 2017 to great acclaim, will premiere in the United States on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles during the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF).

Los Angeles-based Azoland Pictures is handling the threatrical distribution of No Game, No Life Zero. Tickets for the premiere event and subsequent national screenings to follow.

The film takes place 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.

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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.

About Azoland Pictures, LLC
Azoland Pictures is a film distribution company that offers Japanese anime and live-action films to the audience in North America. The company also organizes movie premieres, anime related film festivals, and J-Pop events in the Los Angeles area. In 2017, Azoland Pictures has theatrically distributed Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu and Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale – English dub. More information available at www.azolandpictures.com.


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Sentai Filmworks to Premiere ‘No Game, No Life Zero’ with English Dub

HOUSTON, TX, AUGUST 15, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks and Los Angeles-based Azoland Pictures will be premiering the highly-anticipated animated feature film, No Game, No Life Zero, at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF).

No Game, No Life Zero will make its North American debut with the never-before-seen English dub of the movie at the grand premiere event on Friday, September 15, 2017. A English-subtitled screening of the film with the original Japanese audio will also debut at LA-AFF on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

The film’s English ADR production will be directed by Kyle Colby Jones (Akame ga Kill!, Parasyte -the maxim-, Food Wars! Girls und Panzer der Film), who also conducted the English version of highly acclaimed No Game No Life anime television series.

The movie’s English dub cast will include vocal talent from the original English production of the anime series, including Scott Gibbs, Caitlynn French, Shannon Emerick, and Kira Vincent-Davis.

Tickets for the extremely limited grand premiere of No Game, No Life Zero are currently available via nogamenolifezero.com.

The film takes place 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.

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.

About Azoland Pictures, LLC
Azoland Pictures is a film distribution company that offers Japanese anime and live-action films to the audience in North America. The company also organizes movie premieres, anime related film festivals, and J-Pop events in the Los Angeles area. In 2017, Azoland Pictures has theatrically distributed Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu and Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale – English dub. More information available at www.azolandpictures.com.


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Sentai Filmworks, Azoland Pictures and Fathom Events to Release ‘No Game No Life Zero’ to Movie Theaters Nationwide for Two-Day Event in October 2017

HOUSTON, TX, AUGUST 18, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks, Azoland Pictures and Fathom Events will release the highly anticipated animated feature film, No Game No Life Zero, to movie theaters across the U.S. for two days in October 2017.

No Game No Life Zero will debut in select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM local time with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The English-dubbed production by Sentai Filmworks will debut on Sunday, October 8 at 12:55 PM local time.

In addition to the feature, movie theater audiences will all see exclusive content featuring special footage of members of the cast and crew of No Game No Life Zero.

The film takes place 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.

More information on the cinema event, including participating theaters, will be announced soon at nogamenolifezero.com.

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.

About Azoland Pictures, LLC
Azoland Pictures is a film distribution company that offers Japanese anime and live-action films to the audience in North America. The company also organizes movie premieres, anime related film festivals, and J-Pop events in the Los Angeles area. In 2017, Azoland Pictures has theatrically distributed Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu and Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale – English dub. More information available at www.azolandpictures.com.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.


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Tickets on Sale Now for ‘No Game No Life Zero’ Special Two-Night Cinema Event

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017No Game No Life Zero will kick off its distribution to U.S. audiences for a special two-day Fathom Events showing in movie theaters nationwide on October 5 and 8. Tickets and more information are now available at nogamenolifezero.com

Moviegoers will get to experience the full feature as well as a special introduction, director commentary, voice actor commentary and more, created exclusively for audiences of this two-day screening.

The Japanese audio with English subtitle screening will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

The English dub screening, directed by Sentai Filmworks ADR Director Kyle Colby Jones and starring Scott Gibbs and Caitlynn French, will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

The highly-anticipated feature No Game No Life Zero is the prequel story to the fan-favorite 2014 anime series, No Game No Life. The story takes place 6,000 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 Schwi, a female exiled “ex-machina” android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to a No Game No Life Zero screening near you, visit nogamenolifezero.com

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.

About Azoland Pictures, LLC
Azoland Pictures is a film distribution company that offers Japanese anime and live-action films to the audience in North America. The company also organizes movie premieres, anime related film festivals, and J-Pop events in the Los Angeles area. In 2017, Azoland Pictures has theatrically distributed Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu and Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale – English dub. More information available at www.azolandpictures.com.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com


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