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Sentai Snares “Demon City Shinjuku”

HOUSTON, TX — August 5, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired Demon City Shinjuku (AKA Monster City), the Madhouse-produced epic that numbers among the trailblazing works that launched the 80s anime boom. Sentai will distribute Demon City Shinjuku in the United States, Canada and Mexico and will include the original English dub.

Ten years ago, the mad psychic Levi Rah opened a gateway to hell in the center of Tokyo, slaying the great hero Genichiro and transforming the ward of Shinjuku into a city of demons. Not even the military dares enter the nightmare that Shinjuku has become, while Levi Rah plots to destroy the rest of the world. When Rah’s minions kidnap the World President, however, the insane tyrant fails to anticipate two things: the president’s headstrong daughter, Sayaka, who storms into Shinjuku to save her father, and Sayaka’s reluctant protector, Kyoya, Genichiro’s son, who is destined to inherit his father’s legendary abilities… if he can survive long enough! Human courage and forged steel cut their way through a living wall of fangs, claws and tentacles as the fate of the world hangs in the balance in Demon City Shinjuku!

Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D, Ninja Scroll), novelist Hideyuki Kikuchi (Vampire Hunter D, Wicked City) and Madhouse Studios (Parasyte, Hellsing Ultimate) expertly blend horror and action to deliver a feature-length original video animation replete with stylish visuals and unsettling thrills. The OVA stars Hideyuki Hori (Saint Seiya, Perfect Blue) as Kyoya Izayoi, Banjo Ginga (Gintama, Cyborg 009) as Genichiro Izayoi, Hiromi Tsuru (Ushio and Tora, Kimagure Orange Road) as Sayaka Rama and Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Lupin the 3rd Part 5) as Levi Rah.

Demon City Shinjuku will be made available on select digital outlets.

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About Sentai: A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Unseals the Darkness in “Wicked City”

HOUSTON, TX — August 12, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to Wicked City, the acclaimed psychological horror feature directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri and based on the novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi, creator of Vampire Hunter D, for audiences in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Beyond the boundaries of our ordinary existence lies a dark and dreadful parallel world where demons dwell and humans dare not tread. For centuries, peace has existed between our world and theirs. To preserve that fragile balance and to ensure the survival of humankind, a new deal must be brokered, but dark and powerful forces lust to destroy the accord. When a militant group rises from the shadows, two elite agents are mobilized to counter the destructive forces and preserve the balance of our universe.

From studio Madhouse (No Game, No Life, High School of the Dead) and the mind of Hideyuki Kikuchi, the creator of Vampire Hunter D, comes a dark, gory and explicit tale of demons and forbidden romance directed by Yoshiyaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D, Ninja Scroll), whose work on the film was dubbed “stylish and erotic, exciting in its limited confrontations and provocative in its ambition” by Richard Harrington of The Washington Post. The OVA stars Toshiko Fujita (Glass Mask, Chihayafuru) as Makie, Yusaku Yara (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Gintama) as Take Renzaburo and Ichiro Nagai (Demon City Shinjuku, Mobile Suit Gundam) as Giuseppe Mayart.

Wicked City will be made available on select digital outlets.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Unveils “Sentai at Home” Guest & Event Lineup

HOUSTON, TX — August 19, 2020 — Today Sentai revealed the exciting events and special guests fans can look forward to when they tune into “Sentai at Home,” Sentai’s first-ever digital industry panel hosted by voice actor Natalie Rial. Fans can catch “Sentai at Home” on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 and should visit athome.sentai.com to learn more about this free event.

To capture the magic of anime, Sentai will be interviewing the staff and cast of some of their most beloved series. Anime fans can expect a lineup of Japanese seiyuu, including Yuki Kaji of Ahiru no Sora, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka of Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Miyu Tomita, Mariya Ise and Shiori Izawa of MADE IN ABYSS. Additional Japanese guests include Kenji Kamiyama, director of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, and Yohei Kashii, producer of the red-hot current simulcast Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time.

Fans can also look forward to exclusive dub clips, sneak peeks of Sentai’s upcoming home video releases, thrilling previews and so much more. Additionally, Sentai at Home will feature interviews with ADR directors Kyle Colby Jones (Akame ga Kill!, Food Wars!, MADE IN ABYSS), Shannon Reed (Chihayafuru, Real Girl, Kampfer) and John Swasey (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Revue Starlight, After the Rain).

To learn more about Sentai at Home and to stay up-to-date on the event’s latest news and developments, sign up for the Sentai at Home mailing list.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Acquires Acclaimed Fantasy Series “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit”

HOUSTON, TX — August 25, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to shounen fantasy series Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, based upon the works of award-winning author Nahoko Uehashi. Sentai will distribute the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.

An invisible world known as “Nayug” exists parallel to this one. The egg of the Water Spirit from Nayug has been laid within Chagum, the Second Crown Prince of New-Yogo — and as a result, Chagum’s father, the Emperor, has ordered him killed. After he’s ensnared in an assassin’s trap, Chagum is saved by a spear-wielding bodyguard named Balsa who agrees to protect Chagum as part of her journey to atone for the sins of her foster father. As Chagum interacts with Balsa’s various allies, he begins to mature greatly despite his royal upbringing. Balsa and Chagum come face to face with numerous mysteries on their adventure. But who is the Water Spirit’s Guardian, what secret lies behind the Summer Solstice Festival, and will Balsa be able to fend off the assassins and keep Chagum safe from the incubating egg of the Water Spirit?

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is based upon the 13-volume Moribito fantasy series published by Kaseisha and written by Nahoko Uehashi, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Author Award.

Produced by Production I.G (Attack on Titan, Run With the Wind), the series is directed and scripted by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East), with music from Kenji Kawai (When They Cry, Mob Psycho 100) and art direction from Yusuke Takeda (Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Shirobako). Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit stars Mabuki Andou (GATE, Detective Conan) as the spear-wielding warrior Balsa Yonsa and Naoto Adachi (Capeta, Summer Wars) as the Crown Prince Chagum.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit will be released on home video and select digital outlets.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Summons Third Season of Hit Series “Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”

HOUSTON, TX — August 26, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired the third season of the wildly popular, always irreverent fantasy adventure series Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, aka DanMachi. Sentai broke the news of their latest acquisition during their digital anime industry panel, Sentai at Home.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III is slated to stream on select digital outlets in October 2020, with a home video release to follow. Sentai and its content partners will deliver the series for audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, Middle East and Latin America.

The exciting third installment in the saga of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is produced by J.C. Staff (Food Wars!, The Familiar of Zero, Waiting in the Summer) and is based upon the light novel series created by Fujino Omori. Season 3 is directed by Hideki Tachibana (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II, Armed Girls Machiavellism, Azumanga Daioh animation director) with series composition from Hideki Shirane (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, My Girlfriend is Shobitch, Hayate the Combat Butler).

Among other returning favorites, the series stars Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Akame ga Kill!, Devils’ Line, Demon Slayer) as Bell Cranel and Inori Minase (Girls’ Last Tour, Love Lab, Tada Never Falls in Love) as the goddess Hestia. The series also stars Rina Hidaka (GATE, MADE IN ABYSS, Black Bullet) as Wiene, a mysterious newcomer whose presence expands and challenges the broader mythos and immersive fantasy universe of Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O. For more information, visit www.sentai.com.

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Sentai Set to Rock Audiences with “BanG Dream! FILM LIVE”

HOUSTON, TX — August 26, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to BanG Dream! FILM LIVE, the concert movie extravaganza based on Bushiroad’s popular BanG Dream! multimedia franchise. The film’s release schedule will include traditional bookings at select cinemas as well as virtual screenings for audiences at home.

The bands of BanG Dream!, including Poppin’Party, Roselia and other fan favorites, are back in action and they’re ready to rock the world in this feature length music-driven spectacle! Join the bands as they take to the stage and perform their greatest hits in this exciting, star-studded and dreamy musical experience. Be sure to fire up the light sticks and sing along in the ultimate celebration of the music of BanG Dream!

The concert film is produced by studio SANZIGEN (BanG Dream!) and stars Aimi (Hentai Prince & the Stony Cat) as Kasumi Toyama of Poppin’Party, Hisako Kanemoto (Kokoro Connect) as Tsugumi Hazawa of Afterglow, Ami Maeshima (Pastel Life) as Aya Maruyama of Pastel*Palettes, Haruka Kudo (The World is Still Beautiful) as Sayo Hikawa of Roselia and Yuri Yoshida (Engaged to the Unidentified) as Hagumi Kitazawa of Hello, Happy World!

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Snaps Up Anime Feature “Locke the Superman”

HOUSTON, TX — August 26, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to retro sci-fi anime Locke the Superman for audiences in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In a distant future, Locke, whose psionic powers blur the line between human and god, drifts aimlessly through space and time. But after centuries of isolation and obscurity, Locke is visited by Colonel Yamaki, who conscripts him into a burgeoning galactic war. There Locke must battle devastating psychic soldiers controlled by the mysterious Lady Khan… even if it means facing down a menace that has been engineered to obliterate him completely.

Locke the Superman is a production of Nippon Animation (Hunter x Hunter, Future Boy Conan, The Seven Metamorphoses of Yamato Nadeshiko). The series is directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi (Battle Angel Alita, Suzuka, Whistle!) and stars Keichi Nanba (Blue Seed, Ranma ½, Dragon Quest: Dai’s Great Adventure) as Locke, Taeko Nakanishi (Cutey Honey, Sailor Moon R, Emma: A Victorian Romance) as Lady Kahn, Keiko Han (Sailor Moon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Saint Seiya) as Jessica Orin, Yoshito Yasuhara (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Tokyo ESP, Golden Kamuy Second Season) as Ryu Yamaki.

Locke the Superman will be available on home video and select digital outlets.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Acquires “Twittering Birds Never Fly” Feature Length Trilogy

HOUSTON, TX — August 26, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired Twittering Birds Never Fly, the feature-length animated trilogy adapted from Kou Yoneda’s best-selling, groundbreaking manga of the same name.

Clouds Gather, the trilogy’s first installment, introduces two steely members of the Yakuza, each with secrets in their past, who occupy trusted and feared positions in the Japanese underworld. Recent parolee, Doumeki, is assigned to guard Yashiro, a mid-level enforcer who deals out daily doses of coercion, retribution and other criminal acts with brutal efficiency. But behind closed doors, their relationship quickly becomes psychologically and physically complicated. Theirs is a story entanglement, tension, power and control. Visually stunning and highly visceral, Twittering Birds Never Fly – Clouds Gather is a gritty take on classic noir mixed with stark eroticism. And as much as it leaves its characters forever changed, so too will audiences find themselves transfixed by Twittering Birds Never Fly.

Produced by studio GRIZZLY (Yarichin☆Bitch Club), Twittering Birds Never Fly - the clouds gather - is the first
chapter in a trilogy of films that chronicles Yashiro and Chikara’s evolving relationship. Kaori Makita (Banana Fish, episode director) is poised to direct while Hiroshi Seko (Ajin: Demi-Human) provides the script. The manga series upon which the films are based was shortlisted for the Sugoi Japan Award in 2016 and was named a highly recommended yaoi title in a nationwide survey of employees of Japanese bookstores.

Seiyuus Wataru Hatano (Hitorijime My Hero) and Tarusuke Shingaki (My Hero Academia 4) performed respectively the roles of Chikara Domeki and Yashiro in the audio drama adaption of the manga series; they will reprise these roles for the Twittering Birds Never Fly films.

The film’s release schedule will include traditional bookings at select cinemas as well as virtual screenings for audiences at home.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and 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 Readies “MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul” for Virtual Cinema Experience

HOUSTON, TX — September 4, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it is partnering with select theater operators and technology providers to distribute MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul, the long-awaited feature film based on the acclaimed manga series by Akihito Tsukushi, to North American audiences starting September 18, 2020. The film’s updated release schedule includes virtual screenings through select cinemas for audiences at home.

Dawn of the Deep Soul continues the epic adventures of young explorers Riko and Reg, who are joined by their new friend Nanachi as they descend into the Abyss’ treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses. There they encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi’s troubled past. Although Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable and the trio soon becomes fast friends with his gregarious daughter, Prushka, the brave adventurers know things are not always as they seem in the enigmatic Abyss…

A Kinema Citrus (MADE IN ABYSS) production, series’ director Masayuki Kojima (Revue Starlight) returns to direct Dawn of the Deep Soul with scriptwriting from Hideyuki Kurata (The Fruit of Grisaia). Miyu Tomita (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI), Mariya Ise (The Promised Neverland) and Shiori Izawa (Sword Art Online) reprise their roles as Riko, Reg and Nanachi, respectively. In addition, Australian composer Kevin Penkin (Norn9) returns to craft the film’s all-new, critically lauded score.

The distribution of MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul was previously delayed due to the impact of COVID-19. The film debuted on August 14, 2020 in select theaters. For more information or to purchase a virtual cinema ticket, visit www.madeinabyssmovies.com.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Acquires Post-Apocalyptic Anime Series “7SEEDS”

HOUSTON, TX — September 8, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired home video rights to post-apocalyptic anime series 7SEEDS, based on the award-winning manga of the same name. Sentai is planning to release the complete first season in Fall 2020.

When Natsu opens her eyes, she is surrounded by ocean. The raging waves take her to an island together with strangers Arashi, Semimaru and Botan. The island is covered by wild jungle inhabited by giant plants, ferocious animals and humongous insects. As they struggle against these new natural enemies, a woman who claims to be their guide tells them the unbelievable truth about the 7SEEDS plan. This involved cryogenically preserving young, healthy humans so that they could survive a global disaster and thus save mankind from extinction. Natsu and the others are shocked to learn that they are the results of the 7SEEDS project, and now these hand-picked survivors must fight for their lives.

Produced by studio Gonzo (Rosario+Vampire, Hellsing), 7SEEDS is directed by Yukio Takahashi (director Dog & Scissors, episode director LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver-, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and The Qwaser of Stigmata) with series composition from Toko Machida (Akame ga Kill!, Wake Up, Girls!, Chaika -The Coffin Princess-). The series stars Nao Toyama (GATE, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, KAKURIYO -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-) as Natsu Iwashimizu, Jun Fukuyama (Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions, Maoyu ~ Archenemy & Hero, Assassination Classroom) as Arashi Aota and Yoko Hikasa (No Game, No Life, BanG Dream! 2nd Season, K-ON!) as Hana Sugurono.

7SEEDS is based upon the manga of the same name by Yumi Tamura; in 2007, the manga received the 52nd Shogakukan Manga Award for “Best Shojo (Girl’s) Manga.”

The complete first season will be released on home video in Fall 2020.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 to Release “Ajin: Demi-Human” OAD Collection

HOUSTON, TX — September 10, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired home video distribution rights to the universe-expanding Ajin: Demi-Human OADs.

The Ajin: Demi-Human OADs (original animation DVDs), with more than 60 minutes of additional content, delve deeper into the world of this complex series while expanding into the lives of its protagonists and villains alike. Wielding suspense, mystery, violent action and dark humor in turns, the collection includes a pulse-pounding ride through the deadly awakening of Shinya Nakamura (“Nakamura Shinya Incident”), an irreverent walk through the daily antics of some fan-favorite characters (“Hidden Inn / Secret Den”), and a chilling account of the birth of Ajin: Demi-Human’s most terrifying foe (“Satō:ZERO”).

The OADs are produced by Polygon Pictures (Ajin: Demi-Human (TV series), Knights of Sidonia, BLAME!). Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia – Movie, Levius, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters) and Hiroaki Ando (“Gambo” from Short Peace, Norageki!, Listeners) direct the Ajin: Demi-Human OADs, which star Mamoru Miyano (Ahiru no Sora, Chihayafuru, Death Note) as Kei Nagai, Yuki Kaji (Black Bullet, Blue Spring Ride, Noragami) as Shinya Nakamura, Hochu Otsuka (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions, The Severing Crime Edge) as Sato, and Mikako Komatsu (Land of the Lustrous, Akame ga Kill!, Ushio and Tora) as Izumi Shimomura.

Sentai will release a collection of the three Ajin: Demi-Human OADs on home video in Winter 2020.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Cues Bushiroad’s “D4DJ First Mix”

HOUSTON, TX — September 23, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to Bushiroad’s bass-blasting multimedia project, D4DJ First Mix, for audiences in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin American and the United Kingdom.

Following in the music-driven spirit of Bushiroad’s previous projects, including BanG Dream! and Revue Starlight, D4DJ First Mix serves up a DJ-themed mixed media experience that is sure to send pulses racing! With an original story by Kou Nakamura (BanG Dream!), fans follow the aspiring DJs of D4DJ First Mix as they hit the decks with hot new music as well as remixes of classic tracks.

The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Shaman King) with theme song composition from Hyadain (Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Hunter x Hunter, One Punch Man). Shigru Saito (Beyond the Boundary, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Lucky Star) serves as the series’ music producer.

The series will stream on HIDIVE and other select outlets in Fall 2020 with a home video release to follow.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM” Hops to Sentai

HOUSTON, TX — September 24, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM, the third season of the delightfully energetic slice-of-life anime series Is the Order a Rabbit?, for audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

The colorful cast of Is the Order a Rabbit? is back to charm audiences as they beam cuteness, coffee and bunnies galore! Adapted from the four-panel manga series of the same name, Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM finds Cocoa, Chino, Rize, Chiya, Tippy and all your Rabbit House favorites weathering the transition between summer and autumn as they serve up more of the adorable antics and cute capers that made their earlier adventures so beloved. Whether at school or at their usual hangout spot, the regulars of the Rabbit Café are sure to delight audiences in Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM!

Produced by Encourage Films (Hitorijime My Hero, Isekai Cheat Magician, Etotama), Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM is directed by Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Laidbackers, Slow Start, Magical Girl Raising Project) with music from Ruka Kawada (KINMOZA!, If Her Flag Breaks, School Babysitters). The series stars returning seiyuu Inori Minase (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Love Lab, Girls’ Last Tour) as Chino, Ayane Sakura (BanG Dream! 2nd Season, Non Non Biyori, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) as Cocoa, Risa Taneda (GATE, Beyond the Boundary, Food Wars!) as Rize, Satomi Sato (K-ON!, Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya) as Chiya and Motomu Kiyokawa (The Big O, Someday’s Dreamers, Legend of the Galactic Heroes) as Tippy.

The series will be available on select streaming outlets in Fall 2020 with a home video release to follow.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Spears “Blade of the Immortal”

HOUSTON, TX — October 15, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to Blade of the Immortal, the anime series based on the manga of the same name, for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand together with Latin America and Nordic countries.

Manji, the Slayer of Hundreds, has been cursed with eternal life — but in the dark of his existence shines a final glimmer of hope. If he can slay 1,000 evil men, Manji will finally be able to end his life of infinite misery. When a young girl named Rin asks him to help her take revenge on the group of master swordsmen who slaughtered her family, Manji finds some resemblance to his lost younger sister in her and decides to come to her aid.

Blade of the Immortal is produced by LIDENFILMS (Killing Bites, The Legend of Arslan, New Initial-D Movie: Legend 2 - Tousou) and directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki (Blade & Soul, Steins Gate Movie, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore) with character designs from Shingo Ogiso (The Wings of Rean, Ao no Exorcist, Terra Formars). The series stars Kenjiro Tsuda (Space Brothers, Run With the Wind, K) as Manji, Ayane Sakura (Beyond the Boundary, BanG Dream! 2nd Season, My Hero Academia) as Rin Asano and Nozomu Sasaki (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Ushio and Tora, Yu Yu Hakusho) as Kagehisa Anotsu.

Blade of the Immortal will be released on home video in Winter 2021 and streamed on select digital outlets at a later date.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Sinks its Teeth Into “Killing Bites”

HOUSTON, TX — October 20, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to anime series Killing Bites, based on the manga of the same name, for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Mexico.

By the time Yuya Nomoto discovers his so-called friends have duped him into a clandestine plot to kidnap a high school girl, they’re already dead. Things go from bad to worse as Yuya is dragged into a cutthroat world of underground bloodsport known as Killing Bites, where Therianthropes — brutal gene-edited killing machines — fight to the death for rival, power-hungry forces who manipulate society from the shadows.

A production of studio LIDENFILMS (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Berserk, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches), Killing Bites is directed by Yasuto Nishikata (Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, The Seven Deadly Sins, The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky), with music from Yasuharu Takanashi (Log Horizon, The Severing Crime Edge, Fairy Tail). The series stars Sora Amamiya (Akame Ga Kill!, MONSTER MUSUME: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, From the New World) as Hitomi Uzaki and Wataru Hatano (Engaged to the Unidentified, Yumeria, One Punch Man) as Yuya Nomoto.

Killing Bites will be released on home video and select digital outlets.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Scores Influential “Venus Wars” Anime Feature Film

HOUSTON, TX — November 10, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Venus Wars, hailed by critics for its importance in forging Japanese anime’s popularity in the West. Sentai will distribute the film in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

When war breaks out between the Venusian nations of Ishtar and Aphrodia, hotheaded motorcyclist Hiro Seno and bubbly reporter Susan Sommers find themselves caught in the crossfire and trapped behind enemy lines. As Susan desperately broadcasts the realities of war to the masses, Hiro must put aside his aversion to warfare and fight not only for his life, but for the life of every last citizen of Venus.

Produced by Triangle Staff (Serial Experiments Lane), Venus Wars is directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the film’s original creator who also serves as the film’s scriptwriter and character designer. The film stars Katsuhide Uekusa as Hiro Seno, Eriko Hara (City Hunter 2) as Susan Sommers, Yuko Mizutani (Sorcerer Hunters) as Maggie and Koichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop) as Jeff.

Described as possessing “beautifully realised, dusty, earth-toned landscapes, filled with painstaking attention to detail and lavishly animated grace notes” and “among the best-looking anime films of the 1980s” by Anime UK News, Venus Wars will be available on home video with a digital release to follow.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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 Bets on “Kaiji”

HOUSTON, TX — November 18, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired Kaiji, the amusingly sinister, 52-episode survival series produced by Madhouse and based on the manga of the same name. Sentai previously licensed Kaiji spinoff series, Mr. Tonegawa - Middle Management Blues -. Sentai will distribute the series in the Unites States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central America, South American, South Africa, Spain and Portugal.

Kaiji Ito has serious issues. Not only is he a social misfit, but he’s also a deadbeat petty gambler. After he gets duped into co-signing a loan for his friend, he’s stuck owing the Yakuza millions! Things start looking up when he’s given the opportunity to win his life back by gambling with other lucky participants on a mysterious casino ship, but he quickly realizes that more than just money is at stake. Soon Kaiji and the other contestants discover the depths of human depravity when there is nothing left to lose — except their lives.

Produced by VAP (Elfen Lied, MONSTER), Nippon Television Network (Parasyte -the maxim-, Run with the Wind) and Madhouse Studio (No Game No Life, DEATH NOTE), Kaiji is directed by Yuzo Sato (GOKUSEN, Bio Hunter) with series composition from Hideo Takayashiki (Maison Ikkoku, ONE OUTS). The series stars Masato Hagiwara (Mr. Tonegawa - Middle Management Blues -, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) as Kaiji Ito, Toshiharu Sakurai (Love Lab, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) as Mamoru Ando, and Naoya Uchida (Naruto Shippuden, VINLAND SAGA) as Yuji Endo.

The series will be available to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. The home video collection encompasses both seasons of the anime series, including all 26 episodes of Kaiji -Ultimate Survivor- and all 26 episodes of Kaiji -Against All Rules-.

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Sentai Suits Up with Frenetic Mecha “Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening”

HOUSTON, TX — November 18, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening, the feature-length successor to the popular Majestic Prince anime series, for release in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Team Rabbits returns with even more mecha and combat action. Their leader, Izuru, has fallen into a coma following critical injuries he sustained in a fierce battle with his sworn enemy, Jiart. Now Asagi steps up to command Team Rabbits, but does he have what it takes to live up to his brother Izuru’s legacy? There’s no time for second-guessing as Asagai and Team Rabbits take the ultimate stand against a terrifying new enemy, the likes of which they’ve never faced. Explosive mecha action unfolds against a backdrop of alien warfare and gripping drama in Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening!

Produced by studio Orange (Land of the Lustrous, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle), Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening is directed by Keitaro Motonaga (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka) with a screenplay from Yoshitaka Shishido (Neuro: Supernatural Detective, Supernatural: The Anime Series). The film stars Shintaro Asanuma (Tsurune, Seitokai Yakuindomo) as Toshikazu Asagi, Hiroki Aiba (Majestic Prince, Prince of Tennis) as Izuru Hitachi, Yoko Hikasa (No Game, No Life, K-On!) as Kei Kugimiya, Yuka Iguchi (Girls & Panzer, To LOVE-Ru Darkness) as Tamaki Irie, Junya Ikeda (After the Rain, Cheating Craft) as Ataru Suruga and Akeno Watanabe (To LOVE-Ru, My Hero Academia) as Ange Kuroki.

Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening will be available on home video and select digital outlets.

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Sentai Gets Candid with “Happy-Go-Lucky Days”

HOUSTON, TX — December 2, 2020 — Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to Happy-Go-Lucky Days, a frank exploration of love, yearning and hidden desire. The feature length animated feature, a compilation of vignettes, is based on the works of Takako Shimura (Wandering Son). Sentai will distribute the picture in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Greenland, Faroe and Aland Islands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Central America and South America, including Latin America.

Happy-Go-Lucky Days tells three unique stories of young people in Japan from very different backgrounds but who all must grapple with changes, in mind, body and soul, on their bittersweet journey from adolescence. From a forbidden crush, to the wedding of a former lover, to the burgeoning feelings for a childhood friend, each scenario may differ, but they have one thing in common: These are universally frank stories of humanity that will touch the hearts of audiences everywhere.

Produced by LIDENFILMS (Love and Lies, The Heroic Legend of Arsland), Happy-Go-Lucky Days is directed by Takuya Sato (Kase-san and Morning Glories, Strawberry Marshmallow), who also penned the film’s screenplay alongside Yasunori Ide (We Never Learn: BOKUBEN) and Yoriko Tomita (Real Girl, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond).

The series stars Kana Hanazawa (The Garden of Words, Senryu Girl) as Ecchan, Mikako Komatsu (Blue Spring Ride, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) as Aya-san, Takahiro Sakurai (Hatsukoi Limited, The Fruit of Grisaia) as Mr. Sawa, Seiichiro Yamashita (Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Orange) as Yagasaki-kun, Ibuki Kido (RE-KAN!, Blade Dance of the Elementalers) as Shin-chan, Kaori Ishihara (Waiting in the Summer, Kokoro Connect) as Mika-chan, Ai Fairouzi (Kandagawa Jet Girls, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon) as Sayoko, Saori Hayami (Glasslip, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day) as Yuri, Mutsumi Tamura (Tada Never Falls in Love, MADE IN ABYSS) as Yoriko-san and Nobunaga Shimazaki (My Love Story!!, Parasyte -the maxim-) as Tanabe-kun.

Happy-Go-Lucky Days will be available on HIDIVE on December 10, 2020 with a home video release and additional digital distribution to follow.

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A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai 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. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, 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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