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Sentai Snares “Drifting Dragons”

HOUSTON, TX — August 20, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to highflying fantasy anime Drifting Dragons, produced by Polygon Pictures (Ajin: Demi-Human) and based on the manga of the same name by Taku Kuwabara.

The Quin Zaza airship sails the skies in pursuit of the deadliest (and tastiest) magical monsters in the blue: DRAGONS. While most people fear these scaly beasts, the crew of the Zaza specializes in bringing them down to earth to offer the world the medicine and food only dragons can provide. It’s a tough living, and the price for failure is all too often death, but the rewards for success are riches immeasurable — not to mention the most delicious cuisine around!

Drifting Dragons is directed by Tadahiro Yoshihira (Knights of Sidonia) while Makoto Uezu (Akame ga Kill!) provides the script and series composition. All-girl rock band Akai Ko-en performs “Zettai Reido,” the series’ ending theme song.

Drifting Dragons stars Tomoaki Maeno (Log Horizon) as Mika, Sora Amamiya (Punch Line) as Takita, Soma Saito (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) as Jiro and Kana Hanazawa (Senryu Girl) as Vanabelle.

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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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Special LUPIN THE 3rd Theatrical Engagement Coming This October

HOUSTON, TX and LOS ANGELES, CA — September 24, 2021 — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary LUPIN THE 3rd anime franchise, Sentai and TMS Entertainment (TMS) are proud to host the world premiere of the English dub of LUPIN THE 3rd PART 1, Episode 1, presented alongside the first two subtitled episodes of the eagerly awaited series LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6 in theaters for a limited-time, special engagement.

LUPIN THE 3rd PART 1 Episode 1, made its broadcast debut 50 years ago on October 24, 1971. The special theatrical engagement will grant fans exclusive early-bird access to premiere the brand-new English dub version of LUPIN THE 3rd PART 1, Episode 1 as well as the latest animated LUPIN THE 3rd series, LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6, Episodes 0 and 1. Sentai is honored to bring the next chapter of this beloved and influential series to theaters, where fans can experience the thrilling, high-flying escapades of Lupin III on the big screen. To watch the complete LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6 anime series, fans should visit Sentai’s streaming partner, HIDIVE, where the series will stream in full.

Fans can catch the elusive thief Lupin III in theaters from October 22 to October 28, 2021. Tickets for this exclusive event go on sale on September 24, 2021. For booking, visit our list of theater locations and event times.

The escapades of Lupin III have thrilled audiences for decades, with entries in the franchise spanning everything from manga and anime series to feature films and live action adaptations. To celebrate Lupin’s 50th anniversary of his anime debut, TMS Entertainment is making 2021 the “Year of Lupin,” bringing audiences a brand-new Lupin adventure along with exciting events, new theatrical and home video releases, and more.
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ABOUT LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6
Set in London, Lupin targets a treasure said to be hidden by the Raven, a mysterious organization that pulls the strings of the British Government from its shadows. A single piece of art holds the key, but Scotland Yard and MI6 will do whatever it takes along with Inspector Zenigata and none other than Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective to keep Lupin from it. Has the world’s greatest thief finally met his match?

For more information on LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6, visit http://lupinpart6.com/.

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.sentai.com.

About TMS Entertainment
TMS Entertainment USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. (better known as TMS), one of the largest anime studios in Japan. With strong focus on anime production, licensing, and distribution, TMS boasts a library of over 12,000 episodes across a total of 420 titles that include much-loved anime titles such as LUPIN THE 3rd, Dr. STONE, and MEGALOBOX. For more information, visit www.tmsanime.com

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Sentai Doubles Down with “Kakegurui XX”

HOUSTON, TX — October 13, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired Studio MAPPA’s Kakegurui XX, the sequel to the stylishly high-stakes gambling anime Kakegurui. Sentai will distribute the series to audiences in the United States, Canada and Latin American.

At Hyakkao Private Academy, Yumeko Jabami’s star rises just as the student council’s reputation starts to dim. In the shadows of the council’s dwindling power, discord reigns supreme. In a bold effort to rebalance the social scales, student council president Kirari Momobami intends to place her bet on the election for the council’s next president. Everyone starts with a single chip, and at the end of 30 days, the whoever holds the most becomes the president of the Momobami Clan. But chips aren’t the only things students can wager as they fight tooth and nail to ascend to the council presidency, and Yumeko Jabami intends to clean house no matter the prizes she must risk in the betting pool.

Kakegurui XX is directed by Yuichiro Hayashi (Attack on Titan Final Season, Dorohedoro, GARO: The Animation) and Kiyoshi Matsuda (RE-MAIN, Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama?, Kuma Miko) and is produced by studio MAPPA (Dororo, Kids on the Slope, Jujutsu Kaisen). Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, Claymore, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable) provides series composition.

The series stars Saori Hayami (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, MM!, Darling in the Franxx) as Yumeko Jabami, Minami Tanaka (Wake Up, Girls!, Zombieland Saga, Assassination Classroom) as Mary Saotome, Tatsuya Tokutake (Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation-, THE IDOLM@STER SideM, Gurazeni: Money Pitch) as Ryota Suzui and Miyuki Sawashiro (High School of the Dead, Kokoro Connect, Hunter x Hunter) as Kirari Momobami.

Sentai will release Kakegurui XX on home video in Q1 2022.

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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 Acquires “HARELUYA II BOY”

HOUSTON, TX — November 8, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired irreverent comedy anime HARELUYA II BOY for distribution to audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Portugal, Central America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Spain.

Hareluya Hibino has one ambition in life: to conquer the entire world! Despite his tough exterior, he’s not a bad person, and when push comes to shove, he’ll do his best to help those in need. Together with aspiring painter Kiyoshiro, Hareluya will take on whatever curveballs life may throw his way.

Directed by Kiyoshi Egami (City Hunter ’91, episode director Busou Shinki), HARELUYA II BOY is animated by TRIANGLE STAFF (Venus Wars, Serial Experiments Lain) with character design from Takahiro Kishida (Haikyuu!!, BTOOOM!, Baccano!). The series is based upon the manga series by original creator Haruto Umezawa (Bremen, Beast Wheeler).

The series stars Shinichiro Miki (Gingitsune, Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) as Hareluya Hibino, Yusei Oda (Little Busters!, World Trigger, When They Cry: Kai) as Makoto Ichijo, Naoko Miura (Soul Hunter, Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo, Shinkai Densetsu Meremanoid) as Michiru Yamana and Yuji Ueda (Detroit Metal City, Hell Girl, Deca-Dence) as Kiyoshiro Okamoto.

Sentai will stream HARELUYA II BOY in association with select digital outlets 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.sentai.com.

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Sentai Acquires “Ingress: The Animation” Sci-Fi Spin-off Series

HOUSTON, TX — December 14, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired Ingress: The Animation, the sci-fi anime series inspired by the wildly popular augmented reality game of the same name that has been played in more than 200 countries and regions in the world. Sentai will distribute the series to audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Nordic countries.

Special Investigator Makoto Midorikawa possesses the unusual ability to unlock and perceive the memories of any object with a single touch. While investigating an explosion at a laboratory, his powers put him in the crosshairs of an international conspiracy centered around Exotic Matter (XM), a mysterious substance that could rewrite the fabric of human destiny. Caught between the Resistance and the Enlightened, rival factions hellbent on exploiting XM to twist civilization to their whim, Makoto must use his abilities to unlock the secrets of XM and save humanity.

Ingress: The Animation is directed by Yuhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds, Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition, Ashita Sekai ga Owaru toshitemo) with character design from Takeshi Honda (Den-noh Coil, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion, Millennium Actress). The series’ opening and ending tracks, “Tessellate” and “In Cold Blood,” are performed by Grammy-nominated British indie band alt-J. The series is based on the Ingress mobile game produced by Niantic, the Google-incubated startup that also produced Pokémon Go.

The series stars Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer, Darwin’s Game, Tokyo Ghoul) as Sarah Coppola, Shigeo Kiyama (Sakurada Reset, Gintama, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin) as Jack Norman, Yoshiki Nakajima (Plunderer, Hinamatsuri, Haikyuu!!: To the Top) as Makoto Midorikawa, Megumi Ogata (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho) as ADA and Tarusuke Shingaki (Twittering Birds Never Fly - the clouds gather -, My Hero Academia, Noblesse) as Christopher Brandt.

Sentai will release Ingress: The Animation on home video in March 2022.

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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 Acquires “Mushibugyo” Anime Series

HOUSTON, TX — December 16, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired the action-packed Mushibugyo anime series. Sentai will distribute the series to audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Central America and South America.

To combat monstrous, gigantic swarms delivering death and misery to a frightened population, Edo-period Shogun rulers assemble a cadre of superhuman warriors known as the Insect Magistrate Office. Among them, a young swordsman named Jinbee Tsukishima yearns to atone for past sins by taking his fallen father’s place in their ranks. But first he’ll have to prove his worth if he’s to join the fight to save humanity from the brutal onslaught.

Mushibugyo is directed by Takayuki Hamana (Erin, Library Wars, Arte) and animated by Seven Arcs Pictures (Trinity Seven, Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale, Vivid Strike!). Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Blade of the Immortal, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Samurai Flamenco) provides the series’ character design while Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Yokai Watch, SCARLET NEXUS) provides series’ composition.

The series stars KENN (Ahiru no Sora, Beyond the Boundary, Space Brothers) as Jinbee Tsukishima, Rumi Okubo (Sabagebu!, One Week Friends, Death Parade) as Hibachi, Takuya Eguchi (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, My Love Story!!, BAKI) as Shungiku Koikawa, Takuma Terashima (Kokoro Connect, Log Horizon, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS) as Mugai and Yu Serizawa (Real Girl, Magical Girl Site, How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno.) as Tenma Ichinotani.

Sentai will stream Mushibugyo in association with select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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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 Unleash “Saiyuki RELOAD: ZEROIN”

HOUSTON, TX — December 21, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Saiyuki RELOAD: ZEROIN, the latest installment in the legendary Saiyuki franchise, for release on streaming and home video. Sentai will stream the series on HIDIVE during the Winter 2022 Simulcast season for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

When the monstrous Gyumaoh was defeated by the war god Nataku Taishi and imprisoned in Houtou Castle, an era of peace began in the land of Togenkyo. Now, hundreds of years later, those seeking to resurrect Gyumaoh have unleashed a plague upon the world. The wave of negative power generated by his attempted resurrection has driven youkai to the brink of insanity. To save humanity from violent slaughter, Kanzeon Bosatsu sends Son Goku, Genjo Sanzo, Sha Gojyo, and Cho Hakkai to the west in order to prevent Gyumaoh from rising once again.

Saiyuki RELOAD: ZEROIN adapts the “Even a Worm” arc from the Saiyuki Reload manga by Kazuya Minekura. The manga has 25 million copies in circulation around the world. The anime series is produced by LIDEN FILMS (Blade of the Immortal, Tokyo Revengers, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) and directed by Misato Takada (episode director, Blade of the Immortal). J-rock group GRANRODEO returns to perform the series’ theme song, “Kami mo Hotoke mo.”

The series stars Toshihiko Seki (Pet Shop of Horrors, Kill la Kill, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) as Genjo Sanzo, Soichiro Hoshi (When They Cry, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, s.CRY.ed) as Son Goku, Akira Ishida (Nana, Naruto, Neon Genesis Evangelion) as Cho Hakkai, Hiroaki Hirata (Space Brothers, Tiger & Bunny, One Piece) as Sha Gojyo, Koichi Tochika (ef: A Tale of Melodies, Naruto, Detective Academy Q) as Hazel and Rikiya Koyama (Fate/stay night, Food Wars!, Hajime no Ippo) as Gat.

In addition to Saiyuki RELOAD: ZEROIN, Sentai has acquired SAIYUKI GAIDEN OVA – Kouga no Chapter, an OVA adapting chapter 11-13 of Saiyuki Gaiden that expands the worldbuilding and lore of the series.

Sentai will stream Saiyuki RELOAD: ZEROIN exclusively on HIDIVE with a home video release to follow.

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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 Acquires Latest “Teasing Master Takagi-san” Series

HOUSTON, TX — December 28, 2021 — Sentai announced today that it acquired the latest season of Teasing Master Takagi-san as well as the forthcoming Teasing Master Takagi-san feature film, both based upon the award-winning, cleverly mischievous manga of the same name. Teasing Master Takagi-san3 will stream exclusively on HIDIVE as part of the Winter 2022 simulcast season to audiences around the world (excluding Asia).

Takagi is a master of clever antics that turn her frequent target, Nishikata, into a blushingly embarrassed wreck. But Nishikata hasn’t endured years of pranks from his childhood friend for nothing. Every day and every battle of wits with Takagi brings him one step closer to turning the tables and making her blush, and now Nishikata is lying in wait for the perfect opportunity to win adorable, glorious revenge.

Teasing Master Takagi-san3 is produced by Shin-Ei Animation (Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time, Sweetness & Lightning) and directed by Hiroaki Akagi (Teasing Master Takagi-san, Those Snow White Notes) with scriptwriting from Hiroko Fukuda (Real Girl, Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue), Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Fruits Basket) and Kanichi Katou (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun, Tsugumomo). Aya Takano (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Shirokuma Cafe) provides character design work.

The series stars Rie Takahashi (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Isekai Quartet) as Takagi, Yuki Kaji (Ahiru no Sora, Attack on Titan) as Nishikata, Konomi Kohara (The Demon Girl Next Door, Kaguya-sama: Love is War) as Mina and Yuma Uchida (Given, Fruits Basket: The Final) as Nakai.

Sentai will stream Teasing Master Takagi-san3 exclusively on HIDIVE with a home video release to follow.

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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 to Distribute Pierre Ito’s Indie Anime Shorts

HOUSTON, TX — January 20, 2022 — Sentai announced today that they have acquired three fascinating short films produced by Studio KINGYOIRO and up-and-coming anime director Pierre Ito for audiences in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal and Central and South America. The trio of shorts includes Period of the Mouseman, Kenda Master Ken and World, Before You End. The films, independently produced outside the traditional anime studio system, demonstrate the power of ingenuity and raw imagination by a small yet gifted production team.

In Period of the Mouseman, a young man grapples with his transformation into a cyborg modeled after a mouse. Ito previously produced over 70 Mouseman anime shorts, acting as director, storyboarder and character designer. The original version of the film starred Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan) as the Mouseman.

In apocalyptic World, Before You End, two people separated by time and space must unravel their tangled history before the world comes to an end. The original version of the film starred Shuta Morishima (WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!) as Rui and Akiko Nakagawa (Inuyasha) as Michiru.

Kenda Master Ken chronicles the exploits of Ken Tamaki as he battles rivals using kendama, a traditional Japanese skill toy. The original version of the film starred Takeshi Maeda (Hunter x Hunter) as Ken Tamaki, Maya Okamoto (Burn Up Excess) as Saori and Misato (Date A Live) as Tamako.

Sentai will release the aforementioned works on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai, a leading global supplier of anime content and official merchandise, is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. Sentai’s brands include HIDIVE (direct-to-consumer streaming), SentaiFilmworks.com (direct to consumer E-Commerce), Anime Network (Cable SVOD) and Sentai Studios (localization and studio services). Sentai’s diverse library includes thousands of hours of hit titles and classic series including MADE IN ABYSS, Akame ga Kill, Food Wars!, Clannad, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, High School of the Dead, Girls & Panzer, No Game No Life, K-On!, Assassin’s Pride and Parasyte -the maxim-.

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Sentai Snaps Up “Ya Boy Kongming!”

HOUSTON, TX — February 17, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it has acquired exclusive worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to Ya Boy Kongming!, the anime adaptation of Yuto Yotsuba’s comedy manga, Paripi Kōmei.

Fate and reincarnation deliver brilliant military strategist, Kongming, from warring, ancient China to Japan’s modern party hot spot in Shibuya City, Tokyo. After a lifetime of battles and military skirmishes, Kongming wished with his last breath to be reborn in a world of peace and prosperity. It’s nearly two millennia later and he’s finding his way in a very different world than that of his past life. When he meets Eiko, an amateur musician with big dreams, the unlikely duo strikes up an even unlikelier friendship. Eiko has street smarts to help Kongming navigate this strange new world, and Kongming will use his strategic mind to help Eiko achieve stardom! The story is a clever take (and smart twist) on fish-out-of-water and person-out-of-time themes with out-of-this-world results for Ya Boy Kongming!

The series stars Kaede Hondo (Zombieland Saga, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.) as Eiko Tsukimi and Ryotaro Okiayu (CLANNAD, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) as Kongming Zhuge.

Ya Boy Kongming! is animated by P.A. Works and directed by Osamu Honma (episode director for Golden Time, IRODUKU: The World in Colors). The theme song is performed by 96neko (Flying Witch, Scum’s Wish, Heaven’s Design Team) while Genki Hikota (Hitorijime My Hero, YuriIII on Ice) provides the series’ music. Masahiro Murakami (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) is in charge of special effects. Kodansha USA handles the Ya Boy Kongming! manga series’ English-language release.

Sentai will stream Ya Boy Kongming! exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai is a leading global supplier of anime content and official merchandise dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. Sentai’s brands include HIDIVE (direct-to-consumer streaming), SentaiFilmworks.com (direct to consumer E-Commerce), Anime Network (Cable SVOD) and Sentai Studios (localization and studio services). Sentai’s diverse library includes thousands of hours of hit titles and classic series including MADE IN ABYSS, Akame ga Kill, Food Wars!, Clannad, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, High School of the Dead, Girls & Panzer, No Game No Life, K-On!, Assassin’s Pride and Parasyte -the maxim-.

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Sentai Acquires Sci-Fi Series “OBSOLETE”

HOUSTON, TX — February 22, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired OBSOLETE, the sci-fi series from Gen Urobuchi, legendary creator of Aldnoah.Zero and Fate/Zero.

In a trade deal for Earth resources, aliens known as Peddlers barter their supremely advanced Exoframe technology — robotic mecha controlled by neural linking. But access to that extraterrestrial technology threatens to fundamentally alter human civilization, especially when it comes to the theater of war.

The series stars Masahiko Tanaka (Shaman King, Hajime no Ippo, Attack on Titan) as Bowman, Toshiyuki Morikawa (MADE IN ABYSS, Berserk, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable) as Miyajima, Jin Yamanoi (Biohazard: Degeneration, Ristorante Paradiso, Hunter x Hunter) as Loewner, Wataru Takagi (One Piece, Great Teacher Onizuka, Dorohedoro) as Fernando and Ryuzaburo Otomo (Vampire Hunter D, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach) as Zahir.

Fate/Zero creator Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass) is in charge of project planning and series composition. The series’ theme song is by Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund (Kakegurui, Outburst Dreamer Boys, The Art Club Has a Problem!) with music from Tomohisa Ishikawa (Super Cub, Appleseed Saga Ex Machina, Kurokami the Animation).

Studio BUEMON produced the animation for OBSOLETE. BUEMON was established in 2014 with CG staff from Sunrise Nerima Studio who have previously worked on anime such as Steam Boy, FREEDOM and Short Peace.

OBSOLETE is directed by Hiroki Yamada and Seiichi Shirato. Hiroki Yamada worked as a CG designer with Studio Ghibli and Sunrise Emotion prior to joining BUEMON in 2014. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with Matasaburo of the Wind. Seiichi Shirato has contributed work to a number of anime, games, manga, and novels. His major works include the anime Jormungand, Joker Game, Drifters and Princess Principal.

Sentai will release OBSOLETE on home video in Q2 2022.

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Sentai is a leading global supplier of anime content and official merchandise dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. Sentai’s brands include HIDIVE (direct-to-consumer streaming), SentaiFilmworks.com (direct to consumer E-Commerce), Anime Network (Cable SVOD) and Sentai Studios (localization and studio services). Sentai’s diverse library includes thousands of hours of hit titles and classic series including MADE IN ABYSS, Akame ga Kill, Food Wars!, Clannad, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, High School of the Dead, Girls & Panzer, No Game No Life, K-On!, Assassin’s Pride and Parasyte -the maxim-.

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Sentai Acquires “I’m Quitting Heroing”

HOUSTON, TX — March 8, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to fantasy anime series I’m Quitting Heroing, based upon the light novel by Quantum with original character design from Hana Amano. Sentai’s licensed territories include North America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal, Central and South America, the Middle East and North Africa.

After saving humanity from the despicable Demon King, Leo Demonhart does not earn a hero’s standing. Instead, he is regarded with suspicion and hostility by those he fought to protect. Treated as a pariah with nowhere else to turn, exiled Leo seeks a position in the army of his former nemesis! But the army is not what it once was before its defeat at Leo’s hands, so to maintain his new position, Leo must whip the forces back into fighting shape.

Produced by EMT Squared (Assassin’s Pride, Love Tyrant, A Destructive God Sits Next to Me, Bokuhaka), the series is directed by Yu Nobuta and Hisashi Ishii (directors of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear) with series composition from Shigeru Murakoshi (scriptwriter for Dororo and Kakegurui, series composition for Zombieland Saga). The light novel and manga that inspired the anime are published in North America by Kadokawa.

The anime stars Kensho Ono (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Kuroko no Basket, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign) as Leo Demonhart, Kaede Hondo (BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense., Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, Zombieland Saga) as Echidna, Shizuka Itoh (Hayate the Combat Butler, High School DxD, Jormungand) as Shutina, Hitomi Owada (The Demon Girl Next Door, SHIROBAKO, TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You) as Lili, Yumi Uchiyama (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, March Comes In Like a Lion) as Mernes and Tetsu Inada (Kill la Kill, My Hero Academia, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Spring Thunder Chronicle) as Edvard.

Sentai will stream I’m Quitting Heroing exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Snaps Up “The Executioner and Her Way of Life”

HOUSTON, TX — March 10, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive global rights (excluding Asia) to fantasy series The Executioner and Her Way of Life, based on the award-winning yuri light novel by Mato Sato.

When interdimensional travelers from an otherworldly land known as “Japan” appear, they often bring death and destruction. It’s up to Executioners like Menou to track and exterminate the Lost Ones before they wreak havoc. When Menou encounters a beguiling Lost One named Akari, it’s bloody business as usual… until Menou discovers Akari can cheat death, that is. Even so, Menou has a job to do, and she is committed to her executioner’s mission come hell or high water — provided her newly stirring feelings don’t get in the way.

Produced by J.C.Staff (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, The Demon Girl Next Door, Food Wars!), the series is directed by Yoshiki Kawasaki (assistant director, Ascendance of a Bookworm) with series composition from Shogo Yasukawa (Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, A Certain Scientific Railgun T). Michiru (Mitsuboshi Colors, KOKKOKU, Given) provides the series’ musical score. Mili (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, Goblin Slayer, Gleipnir) performs the OP, “Paper Bouquet,” while ChouChou (Girls und Panzer, Tsurune, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya) sings the ending theme, “Touka Serenade.”

The series stars Iori Saeki (Nekopara, ORESUKI Are you the only one who loves me?, Adachi and Shimamura) as Menou and Moe Kahara (How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom) as Akari Tokito. The Executioner and Her Way of Life light novel was awarded the grand prize at the GA Bunko Awards in 2018. The light novel series is published in English by Yen Press.

Sentai will stream The Executioner and Her Way of Life exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai is a leading global supplier of anime content and official merchandise dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. Sentai’s brands include HIDIVE (direct-to-consumer streaming), SentaiFilmworks.com (direct to consumer E-Commerce), Anime Network (Cable SVOD) and Sentai Studios (localization and studio services). Sentai’s diverse library includes thousands of hours of hit titles and classic series including MADE IN ABYSS, Akame ga Kill, Food Wars!, Clannad, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, High School of the Dead, Girls & Panzer, No Game No Life, K-On!, Assassin’s Pride and Parasyte -the maxim-.

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Sentai Summons “The Demon Girl Next Door” Season 2

HOUSTON, TX — March 15, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2, the follow-up to 2019’s comedy series of the same name that devilishly turned the magical girl genre on its head (and stuck on horns for good measure). Sentai’s license includes North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal, Central & South America and French and German-speaking territories. The series will stream as part of the Spring 2022 simulcast season exclusively on HIDIVE, where fans can enjoy both seasons.

Our favorite supernatural powerhouse, Shamiko, AKA Shadow Mistress Yuko, aims to break the curse placed on her family by the Clan of Light. Along the way, she forms an unlikely allegiance with Momo, a rival from the Light Clan! They’ll need to work together to find another magical girl who’s gone mysteriously missing, and what this? There’s a dangerous force lurking somewhere in the city, plus Shamiko’s mysterious father might be closer than she thinks? Looks like Shamiko and Momo will have their hands full in this latest installment of The Demon Girl Next Door!

The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2 is directed by Hiroaki Sakurai (The Demon Girl Next Door, Maid-Sama!, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) with animation from studio J.C.STAFF (Flying Witch, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Toradora!). Ochi Keichiro (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!, The Quintessential Quintuplets, Hinamatsuri) handles series composition while Mai Otsuka (Non Non Biyori, This Art Club Has a Problem!, Shakugan no Shana: Season I) provides character design. The manga’s English-language release is by Seven Seas Entertainment.

The series stars Konomi Kohara (Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Asobi Asobase, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) as Yuko “Shamiko” Yoshida, Akari Kito (Demon Slayer, TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You, Adachi and Shimamura) as Momo Chiyoda, Minami Takahashi (Food Wars!, FLIP FLAPPERS, Kase-san and Morning Glories) as Lilith and Tomoyo Takayanagi (Asteroid in Love, Umamusume: Pretty Derby, Those Snow White Notes) as Mikan Hinatsuki.

Sentai will stream The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2 exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Unleashes WIT STUDIO’s “Onipan!”

HOUSTON, TX — March 17, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights to WIT STUDIO’s Onipan!, a modern comedy series with a classic Oni-girl twist, for audiences around the world (excluding Asia). The series premieres exclusively on HIDIVE during the Spring 2022 anime season.

Over the centuries, oni (AKA demons of Japanese folklore) got a pretty bad reputation. Now it’s up to three plucky oni kids — sunny Tsutsuji, cool Tsuyukusa and boisterous Himawari — to improve human-oni relations through love, friendship and superpowered underpants!

Onipan! is a production of WIT STUDIO, the acclaimed creative force behind legendary series like Vinland Saga, Attack on Titan, and Ranking of Kings. The original creators of the Onipan! Project include Norihiro Naganuma, who is known for directing Ancient Magus Bride (also serving as the assistant director for Hozuki’s Coolheadedness and Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You), WIT STUDIO and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions. Onipan! is directed by Masahiko Ohta (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Yuru Yuri, Minami-ke) with music by Yasuhiro Misawa (Kokoro Connect, How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno., Hinamatsuri) and series composition from Takashi Aoshima (Re-Kan!, No Game, No Life, Love Lab).

The series showcases the debut performances of Kokona Nonaka as Tsuyukusa, Mika Negishi as Himawari and Yume Nozaki as Tsutsuji, the main Oni-kids. The series also stars Miyu Tomita (MADE IN ABYSS, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, Gabriel DropOut) as Noriko Issun, Kaori Maeda (Kandagawa Jet Girls, Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department) as Momo Momozono and Kikuko Inoue (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Is this A Zombie?, Ah! My Goddess) as Kuma.

Sentai will stream Onipan! exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Acquires Indy Anime Comedy “Kenda Master Ken”

HOUSTON, TX — March 17, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Kenda Master Ken, the independently produced comedy series from director Maki Ito and Studio Kingyoiro. The series, based on the movie of the same name, will be available to audiences worldwide (excluding Japan).

Kenda Master Ken chronicles the adventures of Ken Tamaki, hotshot practitioner of the traditional Japanese skill toy “kendama.” But kendama is no mere toy. Ken battles rivals, defeats corrupt organizations and even finds love through his favorite pastime. The stakes are high indeed and Ken will have to face his own inner demons if he wants to live to play kendama (or perhaps become a kendama-man!) another day.

The original version of the anime series starred Takeshi Maeda (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX) as Ken Tamaki, Nekomata Yui (Go! Mouseman) as Mitsurugi, Maya Okamoto (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam) as Saori and Misato (Date A Live) as Tamako.

Sentai will stream Kenda Master Ken exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai to Debut “Revue Starlight The Movie” in Theaters Summer 2022 following Exclusive Sneak Peak at Anime Central

HOUSTON, TX — April 21, 2022 — Sentai announced today that Revue Starlight The Movie, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 anime series of the same name, will debut in North American theaters June 2022 following an exclusive sneak-peak premiere at Anime Central in May 2022. Revue Starlight, a franchise steeped in magical realism and wrapped in dreamy visuals, chronicles the journeys of hopeful young actresses as they vie to become the top star of Seisho Music Academy. The film will premiere on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8 PM at Anime Central and will be available in select theaters nationwide on June 5, 2022 with an encore presentation on June 6, 2022.

Revue Starlight The Movie picks up soon after the series left off and opens the curtain a new, original story set during Karen Aijo and Hikari Kagura’s third year at Seisho Music Academy, a performing arts school for young women who aspire to the heights of on-stage stardom. In the next chapter of their theatrical lives, these young women will face one another on the battlefield of the stage, where song, dance and thrilling swordplay collide to illustrate the rich emotional narratives of the film’s protagonists. Fans of Revue Starlight won’t want to miss the next chapter of Karen and Hikari’s story, which brings to life even more of the high-flying musical numbers and rich emotionality of the beloved original series.

The film is animated by Kinema Citrus, the renowned studio that brought audiences such stunning series as MADE IN ABYSS and its companion films, including the critically acclaimed MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul. It was directed by Tomohiro Furuwara, who helmed the Revue Starlight anime series. Returning composers Tatsuya Kato (Food Wars!, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Dr. Stone) and Yoshiaki Fujisawa (Land of the Lustrous, No Game, No Life Zero, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) crafted the film’s soaring musical score.

For more information or to request a film screening near you, visit our list of participating theaters at sentai.com.

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Sentai to Unleash Fourth Season of “Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” Summer 2022

HOUSTON, TX — May 28, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired the highly anticipated fourth season of Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, which adapts the Labyrinth Arc of Fujino Omori’s award-winning, mega-popular light novel series. Sentai will premiere Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV on HIDIVE as part of the Summer 2022 simulcast season for audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, Middle East and Latin America.

Intrepid adventurer Bell Cranel has leveled up, but he can’t rest on his dungeoneering laurels just yet. The Hestia Familia still has a long way to go before it can stand toe-to-toe with the other Familias of Orario — but before Bell can set out on his next mission, reports of a brutal murder rock the adventuring community! One of Bell’s trusted allies stands accused of the horrible crime, and it’s up to Bell and his friends to clear their name and uncover a nefarious plot brewing in the dungeon’s dark depths.

The fourth installment of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? saga is produced by J.C. Staff (Food Wars!, The Executioner and Her Way of Life). Season 4 is directed by Hideki Tachibana (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III, Armed Girls Machiavellism) with series script supervision from both Hideki Shirane (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Hayate the Combat Butler) and the light novel series’ original creator, Fujino Omori.

The series stars returning seiyuu Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Akame ga Kill!, DEVILS’ LINE) as Bell Cranel and Inori Minase (Girls’ Last Tour, Tada Never Falls in Love) as the fan-favorite goddess Hestia. The series also stars Saori Hayami (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax, Spy x Family) as Ryu Lion, Yoshimasa Hosoya (Kids on the Slope, Attack on Titan) as Welf Crozzo, Maya Uchida (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Domestic Girlfriend) as Liliruca Arde, Kazuyuki Okitsu (Run With the Wind, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure) as Ouka Kashima, Haruka Chisuga (Amagi Brilliant Park, SHIROBAKO) as Haruhime, Chinatsu Akasaki (Food Wars! The Second Plate, Wasteful Days of High School Girls) as Mikoto Yamato, Akeno Watanabe (To Love Ru, Witch Hunter Robin) as Aisha Belka and Yuka Iguchi (Girls und Panzer, Ascendance of a Bookworm) as Hitachi Chigusa.

The series will premiere on HIDIVE in Summer 2022 with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Picks Up Boy-Meets-Vampire Anime Series “Call of the Night”

HOUSTON, TX — May 28, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Call of the Night, the highly anticipated anime adaptation of the popular vampire-themed shounen manga of the same name. The manga, written and illustrated by Kotoyama, is serialized in hit-making publisher Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine and has sold more than 2 million volumes. Sentai will stream the series exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, to multiple countries across the globe beginning Summer 2022.

Wracked by insomnia and wanderlust, Ko Yamori is driven onto the moonlit streets every night in an aimless search for something he can’t seem to name. His nightly ritual is marked by purposeless introspection — until he meets Nazuna, who might just be a vampire! Ko’s new companion could offer him dark gifts and a vampire’s immortality. But there are conditions that must be met before Ko can sink his teeth into vampirism, and he’ll have to discover just how far he’s willing to go to satisfy his desires before he can heed the Call of the Night!

At the time of this writing, the trailer for Call of the Night has earned 5.4 million views since its debut on YouTube in November, 2021. Animated by LIDENFILMS (Blade of the Immortal, Kotaro Lives Alone, Tokyo Revengers), Call of the Night is directed by Tomoyuki Itamura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, The Case Study of Vanitas, Bakemonogatari). Michiko Yokote (Teasing Master Takagi-san, Cowboy Bebop, Bleach) penned the series’ script. Character designs are provided by Haruka Sagawa (key animator for Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions, Nichijou and Kill la Kill).

The series stars Sora Amamiya (Akame ga Kill!, Tokyo Ghoul, Seven Deadly Sins) as Nazuna Nanakusa, Gen Sato (Dr. Stone, Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Pretty Boy Detective Club) as Ko Yamori and Yumiri Hanamori (Grimoire of Zero, Laid-Back Camp, Smile Down the Runway) as Akira Asai.

Call of the Night will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE during the Summer 2022 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Acquires “TOKYO MEW MEW NEW” Reboot Series

HOUSTON, TX — May 28, 2022 — Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to TOKYO MEW MEW NEW, the latest anime adaptation of the beloved mahou shoujo (AKA magical girl) manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi. TOKYO MEW MEW NEW reboots the iconic franchise and commemorates the manga’s 20th anniversary. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE in Summer 2022 to audiences in select countries around the world (excluding Asia).

The scientists of the μ(Mew) Project use DNA of endangered species to create a team of heroines imbued with amazing super-human abilities. One of them, Ichigo Momomiya, awakens to discover she is armed with all the skills of a Iriomote cat. Ichigo must band together with other Mew Mew girls to repel an alien incursion, all the while hiding their thrilling double lives from friends and family.

Animated by Yumeta Company (Re:Stage! Dream Days, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo) and Graphinica (Hellsing Ultimate, Hello World, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War), the series is directed by Takahiro Natori (episode director for My Hero Academia, Gosick and Erin) with series composition from Yuka Yamada (Non Non Biyori, Mushishi, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2). Character design is provided by Satoshi Ishino (character designer for Release the Spyce and Date A Live, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood animation director).

Five new Japanese actresses chosen for the project will make their voice acting debut as the main cast in TOKYO MEW MEW NEW. They perform in-character in “Smewthie,” a special music project formed to promote TOKYO MEW MEW NEW. They are supported by fellow seiyuu Yuichi Nakamura (CLANNAD, Haikyu!! 3rd Season, Jujutsu Kaisen) as Ryo Shirogane, Yuma Uchida (Ahiru no Sora, Fruits Basket (2019), Banana Fish) as Masaya Aoyama, Kaori Ishihara (The Hentai Prince & the Stony Cat, IRODUKU: The World in Colors, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic) as Masha and Yusuke Shirai (Sasaki and Miyano, Combatants Will Be Dispatched!, My Dress-Up Darling) as Keichiro Akasaka.

TOKYO MEW MEW NEW will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE in Summer 2022 with a home video release to follow.

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