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“Battle Programmer Shirase” Acquired by Maiden Japan

HOUSTON, TX, April 8, 2019 – Maiden Japan has announced the acquisition of Battle Programmer Shirase, a science-fiction comedy by anime studio AIC (Black Magic M-66, Tenchi Muyo!), director Hiroki Hayashi (Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Tenchi Muyo!) and art director Maho Takahashi (GATE, Hetalia World Series).

Akira’s gifted programming and hacking skills have made him a legend on the darker portions of the internet, but in the real world, he’s not as impressive. In fact, he’s basically a freeloader who depends on the kindness of his teenage great-niece, Misao, to get by. And by get by, we mean that she owns the apartment he lives in and frequently comes over to cook for him! But instead of selling his considerable computer skills for piles of cash to repay Misao with, Akira is happy to do his web-fu in exchange for gadgets and other otaku paraphernalia. However, when the internet begins to be disrupted by a nefarious web presence who goes by the name King Of America, Akira may be the only one who can save the day!

A stand-alone series set in the universe of Magical Girl Pretty Sammy, Battle Programmer Shirase, also known as simply BPS, stars Kazuya Nakai (Asura Cryin’, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations) as Akira Shirase, Misato Fukuen (Hataraki Man, To Love-Ru) as Misao Amano, Fumiko Orikasa (Bleach, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) as Yoriko Yunoki and Yūko Nagashima (Magic Knight Rayearth, s-CRY-ed) as Sae Motoki.

Battle Programmer Shirase will be streamed on select digital outlets and released on home video.

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About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world, from critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP and Yoshiyuki Tomino. The company’s growing catalog of products also includes classic gems such as ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS and SPACE RUNAWAY IDEON. These titles are available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers. For more information, please visit www.maidenjapan.net for all of your anime needs.

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“MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight” to Premiere at Anime Central with Red-Carpet Event

HOUSTON, TX – April 16, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks today announced that MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight will premiere at Anime Central in Rosemont, IL, on Friday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. Sentai Filmworks and Anime Central have teamed up to host a red-carpet event for this final film in the MADE IN ABYSS two-part compendium series. Picking up where MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn left off, Wandering Twilight continues the adventures of plucky cave raiders, Riko and Reg, as they confront the mysterious Abyss where sheer excitement and discovery are equally matched by looming danger and certain death. The film includes exclusive content and scenes available for the first time only on the big screen.

Anime Central, the Midwest’s largest anime convention, boasts an attendance of over 30,000 anime lovers. Lucky fans will have a unique opportunity to attend the red-carpet premiere of MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight and take part in an exclusive Q&A session with Masayuki Kojima, the film’s renowned director, as well as Hiromitsu Iijina, the film’s music producer, and Kevin Penkin, composer of MADE IN ABYSS’ hauntingly beautiful musical score.

Synopsis:

MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight follows Riko and Reg on their adventure through the Abyss, picking up directly after the events of MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn . Riko has learned the truth of her origins, and in the process the mystery surrounding her mother’s death has deepened. More determined than ever to travel to the bottom of the Abyss, Riko and Reg leave Ozen’s Seeker Camp and delve into the treacherous Third Layer — and beyond, to depths brimming with supernatural creatures, unexpected allies and deadly enemies. Perilous, poignant and spectacular in turns, this continuation of Riko and Reg’s journey is sure to leave fans of MADE IN ABYSS absolutely spellbound.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

About Anime Central
Anime Central (ACen) is the largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention in Chicago and the Midwest. Anime Central 2019 will take place from May 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. As part of its mission, Anime Central brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and U.S. sectors of the animation and manga industries, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture. Anime Central is sponsored by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society, a registered 501©(3) educational nonprofit organization.

May 17 - 19, 2019
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
http://www.acen.org

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Maiden Japan Snaps up “This Art Club Has a Problem!”

HOUSTON, TX, April 23, 2019 – Maiden Japan announced today that it has acquired the rights to This Art Club Has a Problem! Based on the original manga by Imigimuru, the 12-episode slice-of-life comedy series was produced by studio feel. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Kanamemo) and directed by Kei Oikawa (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Outbreak Company) with script supervision from industry veteran Naruhisa Arakawa (CLAMP School Detectives, Blue Seed).

A totally ordinary art club at the totally ordinary Tsukimori Middle School. There, Subaru Uchimaki squanders his artistic talent on his true passion and life’s mission: drawing the ideal “2D wife.” Club member Mizuki Usami finds herself with a crush on the hopeless Uchimaki. The seemingly uninterested club president is always sleeping, but he keeps a close eye on Uchimaki and Usami’s antics. Then there’s the mysterious Colette, who’s usually lost in her own little world. When this ragtag bunch gathers together as the Art Club, there’s sure to be some problems…

With a diverse cast of relatable and engaging characters, This Art Club Has a Problem!’s powerhouse vocal cast features Ari Ozawa (Land of the Lustrous, Monster Musume, The Promised Neverland), Yusuke Kobayashi (Comet Lucifer, Dive!!, Dynamic Chord), Kentaro Tone (Gintama, Young Black Jack) and Sumire Uesaka (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Battle Girl High School).

This Art Club Has a Problem! will be streamed on select digital outlets and released on home video.

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About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world, from critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR to key works by the “who’s who” of creators such as Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP and Yoshiyuki Tomino. The company’s growing catalog of products also includes classic gems such as ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS and SPACE RUNAWAY IDEON. These titles are available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers. For more information, please visit www.maidenjapan.net for all of your anime needs.

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"MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight” Hits Theatres this Spring 2019

HOUSTON, TX, May 14, 2019 — Sentai Filmworks announced today that MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight , the gripping follow-up to MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn released earlier this year , arrives in select theatres beginning May 27, 2019. The rollout will follow an exclusive red-carpet debut at Anime Central 2019. The film continues the adventures of Riko and Reg as they descend further into the treacherous Abyss, where they encounter vicious monsters, jaw-dropping locales and enigmatic new friends as they search for Riko’s missing mother.

MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight features exclusive new animation and storytelling not shown in the MADE IN ABYSS anime series or previous MADE IN ABYSS film. Bonus features will also accompany the film, including a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production as well as interviews with the series’ director, producer and music composer.

Fans can find showtimes, theatre locations and more at www.madeinabyssmovies.com.

Synopsis:

MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight follows Riko and Reg on their adventure through the Abyss, picking up directly after the events of MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn . The mystery surrounding her mother’s death deepens as Riko learns more about the truth of her origins. More determined than ever to travel to the bottom of the Abyss, Riko and Reg leave Ozen’s Seeker Camp and delve into the treacherous Third Layer — and beyond, to depths brimming with supernatural creatures, unexpected allies and deadly enemies. Perilous, poignant and spectacular in turns, this continuation of Riko and Reg’s journey is sure to leave fans of MADE IN ABYSS absolutely spellbound.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , MONSTER MUSUME Everyday Life with Monster Girls and Parasyte -the maxim- , Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and DEVILS’ LINE , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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“Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom” Feature Film to Premiere at Anime Expo 2019

HOUSTON, TXMay 18, 2019 — Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has acquired the rights to UtanoPrincesama Maji LOVE Kingdom , the first feature film for the wildly popular UtanoPrincesama franchise. The film will have its US premiere on Friday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Anime Expo 2019, with a limited theatrical release to follow.

Based on the popular game released in June 2010, UtanoPrincesama has been adapted into a four-season anime that aired from 2011 to 2016. The featured pop idols have shared their feelings with countless fans, fostering both love and dreams — and now, in 2019, they finally take the stage!

Acclaimed seiyuus Takuma Terashima and Mamoru Miyano will attend both the Anime Expo screening and an exclusive Q&A session after the premiere, where they will answer fans’ burning questions about their roles in the Utano Princesama franchise. Takuma Terashima has lent his vocal talent to roles in Tsurune , That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime , SERVAMP, Genesis of Aquarion and many more. Mamoru Miyano is known for his work in Chihayafuru , AJIN , Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and DEATH NOTE ; he received the “Best Voice Actor” award from the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2008 and the Best Lead Actor Award at the 2008 Seiyuu Awards.

UtanoPrincesama franchise encompasses a vast array of creative works, from four seasons of anime to a series of visual novel and otome games as well as mobile game spinoffs. Music from the series has charted on mainstream music rankings, and thousands of music CDs for the franchise have been sold to the franchise’s many dedicated fans.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , MONSTER MUSUME Everyday Life with Monster Girls and Parasyte -the maxim- , Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and DEVILS’ LINE , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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Sentai Filmworks Set to Tease New Season of Hit Series “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon?” at Anime Expo 2019

HOUSTON, TXJune 7, 2019 — Sentai Filmworks today announced a planned sneak preview of the highly anticipated second season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? as part of an exclusive event at Anime Expo 2019. The first episode of the new series is set to premiere July 5, 11:30 AM in Main Events Hall B. This special event is a prelude to Sentai Filmworks’ wider rollout of the series on select digital outlets later the same month.

The exciting follow-up to the first season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is produced by J.C. Staff ( Food Wars!, Familiar of Zero, Waiting in the Summer ) and is based upon the light novel series created by Fujino Omori. Season 2 follows Bell and Hestia on a new adventure, beginning with events covered in the sixth light novel volume.

“When we launched the original series, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, to anime fans in 2015, we knew it was going to be tremendous pop culture force because of its unique mix of irreverence, lovable, relatable characters and fantastic story-telling,” said John Ledford, CEO of Sentai Filmworks. “Audiences have been clamoring for a thrilling, direct follow-up ever since and the new series won’t disappoint.”

The latest series heralds the return of fan favorites from the original series along with all-new characters to meet and love. The expanded cast features Ryota Osaka ( Haikyu!! Second Season, Knights of Sidonia ) as the sun god, Apollo, along with Haruka Chisuga ( Amagi Brilliant Park, SHIROBAKO ) as prisoner, Sanjouno Haruhime and Akeno Watanabe ( Witch Hunter Robin, To Love Ru ) as the altruist Aisha Belka. Members of Apollo’s Familia include KENN ( Space Brothers, Beyond the Boundary ) as Hyakinthos Clio, Wakana Kowaka as Daphne Lauros and Ayumi Mano ( Black Clover, Date a Live III ) as Cassandra Ilion.

The series will be available Summer 2019 to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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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. In addition to Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Sword Oratoria , Sentai Filmworks’ hit series include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Parasyte -the maxim-. Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Domestic Girlfriend , Princess Principal , and Bloom Into You , 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 Host Original Creator and Producers of “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” at Anime Expo 2019 for Feature Film Premiere and Exclusive Q&A

HOUSTON, TX – June 11, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks today announced that original creator Fujino Omori and anime producers Nobuhiro Osawa and Yuji Matsukura will join audiences for the exclusive premiere of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? : Arrow of the Orion at Anime Expo 2019. There they will participate in a special Q&A session following the screening. Omori, Osawa and Matsukura are among the key creative forces behind the immensely popular anime adaptation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, based on the light novel series written by Fujino Omori.

Fujino Omori is the author and creator of the best-selling Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series as well as the scriptwriter of Arrow of the Orion . The original light novel sold over 12 million copies and has received multiple manga and anime adaptations over the course of its 15-volume run. Initially titled Familia Myth , Omori submitted the story for consideration in the 4th GA Bunko Award, where the work won the competition’s Grand Prize. The series won first place in the 2016 2016 SUGOI JAPAN Awards and is published in English by Yen Press.

Yuji Matsukura is an Executive officer and the Chief of the Production Division at J.C.STAFF animation studio. In his 20s, an exceptionally young age, he worked as a producer on the revered Revolutionary Girl Utena anime. Since then, he has produced a wealth of hit series, including Food Wars, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? , A Certain Magical Index , Hi Score Girl , One Punch Man and many more.

Nobuhiro Osawa is the Representative Director and Producer at EGG FIRM, an anime production company. He is the Series Chief Producer for Sword Art Online and the Series Producer for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. As a producer, he has been involved in many TV anime series and has worked on planning drafts, fundraising, overseeing production schedules, and even business development for many anime series.

Sentai Filmworks is thrilled to provide eager fans with a chance to meet the creative minds behind Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girl in a Dungeon? and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? : Arrow of the Orion at this year’s Anime Expo . The premiere of Arrow of the Orion is scheduled for July 4, 2019, at 1:30 PM and will feature a Q&A with guests after the film.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , MONSTER MUSUME Everyday Life with Monster Girls and Parasyte -the maxim- , Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and DEVILS’ LINE , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion” All-New Feature Film Hits Theaters July 2019

HOUSTON, TX – June 13, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion launches theatrically in select movie theaters July 23, 2019. Sentai Filmworks is partnering with Fathom Events to bring the all-new feature film plus exclusive content to big screens nationwide.

Picking up shortly after the events of the global hit TV series of the same name, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? : Arrow of the Orion is a gripping standalone adventure penned by Fujino Ōmori, the author of the original light novel series with animation production by J.C.STAFF. Maya Sakamoto ( MADE IN ABYSS , Cutie Honey Universe ) will voice Artemis, a beautiful and mysterious character new to the franchise, while Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Inori Minase reprise their roles of Bell the adventurer and Hestia the goddess, respectively. The film will be directed by Katsuhi Sakurabi ( Heaven’s Memo Pad , Flying Witch ).

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion will be available in Japanese with English subtitles in the U.S. For more information and to book your ticket, visit www.danmachimovie.com.

Synopsis:

Far from the dungeon beneath Oraria rises a new threat, one the beautiful goddess Artemis has sworn to destroy with the help of her chosen warrior. But this fighter isn’t the renowned Ais Wallenstein or another storied hero of Orario legend. Instead the fate of Artemis’ quest falls upon the shoulders of Bell Cranel, who must partner with the goddess and stand against the menace lurking in the remains of a distant, ancient city. Although Bell is the ordained champion of Artemis and a member of the goddess Hestia’s familia, their adventure will test every skill and take every ounce of courage that Bell has — and perhaps, along the way, turn him into the hero he has always aspired to be.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Domestic Girlfriend , Princess Principal , and Bloom Into You , 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 Announces Special Appearances by “MADE IN ABYSS” Seiyuus at Anime Expo 2019

HOUSTON, TX – June 13, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks today announced upcoming appearances by actors Miyu Tomiya (Riko), Mariya Ise (Reg) and Shiori Izawa (Nanachi) as part of the “Voices of the Abyss: Meet the MADE IN ABYSS Seiyuus” panel hosted by Sentai Filmworks at Anime Expo 2019. The panel is part of a series of events that is expected to include exclusive fan interaction, autograph signing and a behind-the-scenes looks at the seiyuus’ performances in the critically acclaimed hit anime series and feature film franchise MADE IN ABYSS.

Miyu Tomiya was named the Grand Prix winner of the 2014 Seiyuu Artist Training Program Selection and then made her professional debut in 2015. Since then she has voiced a number of characters in various anime series, including Riko in MADE IN ABYSS, Gabriel Tenma White in Gabriel DropOut , Chika in The Magnificent KOTOBUKI and others.

Mariya Ise has lent her vocal talents to dozens of roles since her professional debut in 2004, in which she voiced a minor role in Aishiteruze Baby . Since then she has become a widely recognized seiyuu, landing well-known roles such as Reg in MADE IN ABYSS, Killua Zoldyck in Hunter x Hunter (2011), Ray in The Promised Neverland and Levy McGarden in Fairy Tail .

Shiori Izawa made her professional debut in 2009 with a role in A Certain Magical Index and was a member of the third graduating class of the A&G Academy seiyuu training school. She has contributed her acting talents to the roles of Nanachi in MADE IN ABYSS, Saya in The Asterisk War , Pina in Sword Art Online and Moyu in Noragami .

Lucky Anime Expo attendees will be able to receive autographs from the MADE IN ABYSS seiyuus at the HIDIVE industry booth on July 5, 2019 at 4:30 PM and on July 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM (subject to schedule and capacity limitations). The “Voices of the Abyss: Meet the MADE IN ABYSS Seiyuus” panel will take place on July 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM in the AMV Theater (room 511) of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , MONSTER MUSUME Everyday Life with Monster Girls and Parasyte -the maxim- , Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and DEVILS’ LINE , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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Sentai Filmworks Kindles “Re:Stage! Dream Days ♪”

HOUSTON, TX – June 28, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to musical idol series Re:Stage! Dream Days through a license arrangement that includes the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Portugal.

Young Mana Shikimiya once had big dreams, but she set those dreams aside once she reached middle school in order to live a normal life. When Mana joins the Singing and Dancing Club of Homareboshi Academy to help save the group from being shut down, her dreams of stardom are rekindled. She’ll give it her all to win the Prism Stage competition and be named the top idol. With her friends beside her, there are no dreams too big!

Re:Stage! Dream Days is part of the multimedia Re:Stage! project from Pony Canyon. The series is the animated follow-up to the project’s popular mobile game, novel and music singles. Shin Katagai ( Eyeshield 21 ) will serve as the anime’s director while Kohta Yamamoto ( Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ) provides the series’ music.

The series spotlights members of KiRaRe, the anime’s principle idol group; the actors who bring KiRaRe to life will perform “Don’t think! Smile!!” the series’ opening theme, in character. The voices behind the members of KiRaRe include Amane Makino ( Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu ) as Mana Shikimiya, Akari Kitō ( Demon Slayer ) as Sayu Tsukisaka, Masumi Tazawa ( THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Theater ) as Mizuha Ichikishima, Meemu Tachibana ( Cells at Work! ) as Kae Hiiragi, Yuka Iwahashi ( Hanebad! ) as Kasumi Honjō, and Yuki Sorami ( Elena of Avalor ) as Mii Hasegawa.

The series will be available Summer 2019 to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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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. In addition to Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Sword Oratoria , Sentai Filmworks’ hit series include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Parasyte -the maxim-. Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Domestic Girlfriend , Princess Principal , and Bloom Into You , 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 Blossoms with “O Maidens in Your Savage Season”

HOUSTON, TX – June 28, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to the coming-of-age series O Maidens in Your Savage Season, an anime adaptation of the manga written by Mari Okada and illustrated by Nao Emoto, through a global license arrangement (excluding Asia, Germany, France and Australia).

When the girls in the literature club ask themselves, “What do you want to do before you die?” one of them gives a most surprising response. Now they’re all preoccupied (for better or for worse) by their friend’s unexpected answer! Soon each of these very different young women find themselves propelled along the uncertain road to adulthood, their emotional journeys taking them down paths as surprising as their friend’s unconventional wish. Poignant, painful and awkward in turns, O Maidens in Your Savage Season chronicles with humor and with grace the universal rites of passage so endemic to growing up.

The manga’s original creator, Mari Okada ( Fate/Stay Night , Wandering Son, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou ), composed the series’ script. O Maidens in Your Savage Season is produced by Studio Lay-duce ( Release the Spyce , Classroom ☆Crisis , Fate/Grand Order -First Order- ) with directors Andou Masahiro ( Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Sailor Moon, Snow White with the Red Hair ) and Tsukada Takurou ( Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom ).

The anime stars Tomoyo Kurosawa ( Land of the Lustrous , Amagi Brilliant Park , Cutie Honey Universe ) as Hitoha Hongo, Momo Asakura ( Sakura Trick , GATE , Kaguya-sama: Love is War) as Momoko Sudo, Chika Anzai ( Chihayafuru , Scum’s Wish , KOKKOKU ) as Niina Sugawara, Sumire Uesaka ( Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! , Senryu Girl , BanG Dream! S2 ) as Rika Sonezaki and Hiyori Kouno ( The Promised Neverland, Are You Lost?, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody ) as Kazusa Onodera.

The series will be available for the Summer 2019 simulcast season to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Filmworks Cuts Class with “Wasteful Days of High School Girls”

HOUSTON, TX – June 28, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to the comedy series Wasteful Days of High School Girls through a licensing arrangement that includes the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Bored out of her skull, Tanaka decides to give her friends some rather quirky nicknames, but they aren’t going to take her unflattering descriptions lying down. Sakuchi (who got saddled with “Ota” due to her nerdy otaku tendencies) and Saginomiya (dubbed “Robo” thanks to her deadpan personality) decide to call Tanaka “Baka” — and honestly? This should give you a pretty good idea of the shenanigans these three get up to. They’re at the height of their youth and they’re utterly ridiculous, eagerly and hilariously wasting away their days as high school girls!

Wasteful Days of High School Girls stars Chinatsu Akasaki ( Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions , Love Lab , Food Wars! ) as Nozomu “Baka” Akasaki, Haruka Tomatsu ( Sakura Trick , Psychic Squad , Waiting in the Summer ) as Akane “Ota” Kikuchi and Aki Toyosaki ( K-On! , Knights of Sidonia , Sunday Without God ) as Shiori “Robo” Saginomiya, with additional voices from Miyu Tomita ( MADE IN ABYSS , Himouto! Umaru-chan , The Magnificent KOTOBUKI ), Satomi Sato ( Is the Order a Rabbit? , Free!, Okami-San and Her Seven Companions ) and M・A・O ( FLIP FLAPPERS , Land of the Lustrous , Noragami ), among others.

The series is produced by studio Passione ( Citrus, Rail Wars! , Hinako Note ). Takeo Takahashi ( Citrus, Spice and Wolf, So I Can’t Play H ) helms the project as Chief Director while Masahiro Yokotani ( K-On!! , Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, The Devil is a Part-Timer !) provides series composition.

The series will be available for the Summer 2019 simulcast season to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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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. In addition to Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Sword Oratoria , Sentai Filmworks’ hit series include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Parasyte -the maxim-. Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Domestic Girlfriend , Princess Principal , and Bloom Into You , 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 Summons “The Demon Girl Next Door”

HOUSTON, TX – July 4, 2019– Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to the supernatural series The Demon Girl Next Door, based on the manga series by Izumi Ito, through a licensing arrangement that includes the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Portugal.

Yuko Yoshida is just an ordinary schoolgirl — until one day her dormant, devilish powers are unleashed by the demon Lilith! Yuko transforms into Shadow Mistress Yuko, a supernatural powerhouse with horns and a devil tail. Now she must defeat another mystical being named Momo Chiyoda, the shrine maiden of the Light Clan… who just so happens to go to Yuko’s school! But being a demonic magical girl isn’t as easy as it looks, and Yuko has a whole lot to learn before she’s ready to fulfill her destiny and take on the Clan of Light.

The Demon Girl Next Door is produced by J.C.STAFF (Flying Witch , Golden Time , The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) and directed by Hiroaki Sakurai (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Azumanga Daioh, Ouran High School Host Club). Mai Otsuka (Amagi SS , Non Non Biyori , The Familiar of ZERO) is in charge of character design.

The series stars Konomi Kohara ( Tsukigakirei, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Domestic Girlfriend ) as Yūko Yoshida, Akari Kitō ( Princess Principal , Demon Slayer, Tsuredure Children ) as Momo Chiyoda and Minami Takahashi ( FLIP FLAPPERS , Food Wars! , Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ) as Lilith.

The series will be available for the Summer 2019 simulcast season to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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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. In addition to Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Sword Oratoria , Sentai Filmworks’ hit series include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Parasyte -the maxim-. Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Domestic Girlfriend , Princess Principal , and Bloom Into You , 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 Eyes Early 2020 Release for All-New Feature Film “MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul”

HOUSTON, TX – July 5, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks today announced that it acquired MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul, the all new motion-picture adventure that follows the critically acclaimed MADE IN ABYSS films and anime series. The new film is expected to hit US theaters in early 2020.

Dawn of the Deep Soul continues the epic adventure of plucky Riko and Reg who are joined by their new friend Nanachi. Together they descend into the Abyss’ treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, and encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi’s troubled past. Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable, but the brave adventurers know things are not always as they seem in the enigmatic Abyss…

Dawn of the Deep Soul is produced by Kinema Citrus. Masayuki Kojima ( Revue Starlight , Black Bullet ) returns to direct this next exciting chapter. Hideyuki Kurata ( The Fruit of Grisaia , The World God Only Knows ), scriptwriter and series composer for the MADE IN ABYSS series, pens the movie’s script as well. Also returning to provide the film’s music is Kevin Penkin ( Norn9 , The Rising of the Shield Hero ), the Australian composer of MADE IN ABYSS’ evocative score.

Keep up with the latest MADE IN ABYSS news at www.madeinabyssmovies.com.

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Sentai Filmworks Serves Up Dubbed Home Video Release of “Food Wars! The Third Plate”

HOUSTON, TX – July 5, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has acquired home video rights to the third season of smash hit series Food Wars!, with an English dub slated for release in early 2020. Food Wars! The Third Plate, a 25-episode installment, joins the first and second seasons to continue the culinary adventures of Soma Yukihira at the prestigious Totsuki Academy.

At the Moon Festival, Totsuki Academy’s annual gourmet jubilee, students wage fierce culinary war as they try to out-earn their peers by selling the most of their chosen cuisine. Soma Yukihira, however, has his sights set on a grander prize: challenging the Elite Ten, who rule over the academy with iron fists. But Soma might have to put his grand ambitions on hold for the time being, because an insidious scheme to upset the balance of Totsuki Academy has begun to emerge from the shadows…

Kyle Colby Jones ( MADE IN ABYSS , Akame ga Kill! , No Game, No Life ) returns to direct the third season. Blake Shephard ( Chihayafuru , Tanaka-kun is Always Listless , From the New World ) will return to voice Soma Yukihira while Stephanie Wittels ( Flying Witch , My Love Story , GATE ) and Jad Saxton ( Log Horizon , Himouto! Umaru-chan , One Piece) will return as Erina Nakiri and Megumi Tadokoro, respectively.

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Sentai Filmworks Acquires Indy-Produced Animated Short Series “Delinquent Hamsters”

HOUSTON, TX – July 5, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has acquired rights to Delinquent Hamsters through a global licensing arrangement (ex-Japan) with indy-animation producer PisoStudio.

Mohawk? Check. Pompadour? Check. Unbridled ambition to be the most crudely cool hamsters around? DOUBLE CHECK. Regent and Mohawk might be small and fluffy, but these hamsters are clearly up to no good. And their “secret life”? Well, it’s no kids’ show. Served up in bite-sized chunks, each 3-minute short will leave you in stitches thanks to the side-splittingly foul-mouthed antics of these very delinquent hamsters.

The series will be available to stream on select digital outlets with merchandise and a home video release to follow.

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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. In addition to Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Sword Oratoria , Sentai Filmworks’ hit series include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , The Big O , and Parasyte -the maxim-. Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Domestic Girlfriend , Princess Principal , and Bloom Into You , 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 Acquires OVA Special “Kase-san and Morning Glories”

HOUSTON, TX – July 5, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights to Kase-san and Morning Glories , an anime adaptation of the manga series by Hiromi Takashima, for distribution in USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.

Shy, reserved Yui Yamada is a budding horticulturist who is responsible for caring for her high school’s greenery. While tending to her campus’ morning glories, Yamada has a chance encounter with the vivacious, sporty Tomoka Kase, star of the girl’s track team. Yamada and Kase could not be more different and they have a lot to learn about one another, but as their friendship grows, their feelings begin to blossom into something more…

The OVA special stars Minami Takahashi ( Food Wars! , FLIP FLAPPERS , Log Horizon ) as Yui Yamada and Ayane Sakura ( BanG Dream! S2 , Non Non Biyori , My Hero Academia ) as Tomoka Kase. The special is directed by Takuya Satou ( Strawberry Marshmallow , STEINS;GATE, Girls Beyond the Wasteland ) and produced by studio Zexcs ( Diabolik Lovers , Frame Arms Girl , Say “I Love You” ) . The manga series from which the special is adapted has garnered overwhelmingly positive reader reviews and critical feedback for its authentic voice and the evocative depiction of its protagonists.

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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 MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , MONSTER MUSUME Everyday Life with Monster Girls and Parasyte -the maxim- , Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and DEVILS’ LINE , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

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Maiden Japan Laughs It Up with “Joshiraku”

HOUSTON, TX, July 17, 2019 – Maiden Japan announced today that it added the slice-of-life comedy series, Joshiraku, to its growing list of titles. Joshiraku is produced by studio J.C.STAFF ( Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Food Wars!, Revolutionary Girl Utena ) and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima ( The Magnificent KOTOBUKI, Squid Girl, Shirobako ), with script supervision from Michiko Yokote ( Kanamemo, Patlabor The Mobile Police - The New Files, Cowboy Bebop ).

Marii, Kigurumi, Tetora, Gankyou and Kukuru are five young women with completely different interests and personalities, but there’s one thing that they all share: performing Rakugo, a unique form of Japanese comic theatre in which a single artist sits in front of an audience and tells an entire story, portraying multiple characters solely through changes of voice and minimal movements. It’s a challenging art but all five of our leading ladies are determined to become the best they can… and in the meantime, they find themselves hanging out together, both at the Rakugo theater and around town. And they also have a shared acquaintance, a mysterious stranger who’s always wearing a wrestling mask! What’s that about? To find out, pull up a seat and watch as our heroines put on the best show in town in JOSHIRAKU!

Joshiraku’s spirited and hilarious dialogue is brought to life by a stellar vocal cast, which features Saori Goto ( Food Wars!, Golden Time, Fairy Tail ) as Kukuru Anrakutei, Ayane Sakura ( BanG! Dream S2, Land of the Lustrous, My Hero Academia) as Marii Buratei, Kotori Koiwai ( Gatchaman Crowds, Real Girl, Gingitsune ) as Kigurumi Haroukitei, Nozomi Yamamoto ( Girls & Panzer, Sunday Without God ) as Tetora Bouhatei and Yoshino Nanjo ( The Qwaser of Stigmata II, Canaan, GATE ) as Gankyou Kuurubiyuutei.

Joshiraku will be streamed on select digital outlets and released on home video.

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Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world, from critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR to key works by the “who’s who” of creators such as Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP and Yoshiyuki Tomino. The company’s growing catalog of products also includes classic gems such as ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS and SPACE RUNAWAY IDEON. These titles are available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers. For more information, please visit www.maidenjapan.net for all of your anime needs.

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Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom Feature Film to Heat Up North American Theaters this Fall

HOUSTON, TX – August 23, 2019 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom, the first feature film for the wildly popular Utano☆Princesama franchise (“UtaPri”), will appear on the big screen in select movie theaters beginning September 13, 2019 as part of a special engagement.

Nothing spikes heart rates and showers stardust quite like Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom as the idols of ST☆RISH, QUARTET NIGHT and HE☆VENS hit the stage in this soaring musical extravaganza filled with fan-favorite UtaPri songs. The featured pop idols have shared their feelings with countless fans, fostering both love and dreams — and now, in 2019, they finally take to the silver screen!

Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom saw its exciting United States premiere at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this July, thrilling an avid crowd of UtaPri faithful. In addition to a theatrical run, Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom will also appear at select anime conventions this fall, with details forthcoming.

The Utano☆Princesama franchise encompasses a vast array of creative works, from four seasons of anime to a series of visual novel and otome games as well as mobile game spinoffs. Music from the series has charted on mainstream music rankings, and thousands of music CDs for the franchise have been sold to the franchise’s many dedicated fans.

For more information and to request a film screening in your area, visit https://www.utaprimovie.com/.

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Sentai Filmworks Scores a Triple Double with “Ahiru no Sora”

HOUSTON, TX, September 25, 2019 — Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to the action-packed shounen sports anime Ahiru no Sora through a worldwide licensing arrangement excluding Asia. The all-new television series is based on the best-selling manga by Takeshi Hinata and debuts October 2019.

He may be shorter in stature, but Sora Kurumatani can soar and score on the basketball court! With a passion for the sport he inherited from his mother, Sora vows to her that he’ll take top prize at a high school basketball tournament… but there’s one problem. His new school’s basketball club has turned into a hangout for delinquents! Will Sora’s sheer tenacity and amazing three-point shooting change their minds and get the club up and running again?

Produced by Studio Diomedēa (Domestic Girlfriend, My Girlfriend is Shobitch, Squid Girl), Ahiru no Sora is directed by Keizou Kusakawa (Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they?, Asura Cryin’, Inukami!). The series’ music is by Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Meganebu!, Long Riders!, Anima Yell!) and its theme song is performed by the pillows (Beck, FLCL, Sket Dance).

The series stars Yuki Kaji (Haikyu!!, Blue Spring Ride, From the New World) as Sora Kurumatani, Katsuyuki Konishi (Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, D-Frag!, Silver Spoon) as Chiaki Hanazono, Sayaka Senbongi (The Demon Girl Next Door, Just Because!, The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!) as Madoka Yabuuchi, Mamoru Miyano (Chihayafuru, Gatchaman Crowds, Free!) as Kaname Shigeyoshi, Kishou Taniyama (Special A, Basquash! La corda d’oro: Blue Sky) as Kenji Natsume and Yuma Uchida (Ace of the Diamond act II, Kono Oto Tomare!, Mix) as Momoharu Hanazono.

The series will be available to stream on select digital outlets this October with a home video release to follow.

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