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Sentai Filmworks Adds a Pop of Randomness with Exclusive “Pop Team Epic” Merchandise

HOUSTON, TX, May 9, 2018 – Hot on the heels of the most twisted and talked about simulcast anime series of 2018, Sentai Filmworks announced today the availability of its official Pop Team Epic merchandise. Sentai will debut its Pop Team Epic product line beginning at Anime Central in Rosemont, IL.

Sentai commissioned an exclusive button pack and three t-shirt designs featuring fans’ favorite queens of the absurd, Popuko and Pipimi. Each item will be available in extremely limited quantities and no reprints will be available once an item sells out.

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


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Sentai Filmworks Loads the Summer 2018 Simulcast Season with “The Thousand Musketeers” TV Anime

HOUSTON TX, June 27, 2018 - Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired all distribution rights for the action-filled title, The Thousand Musketeers, for the Summer 2018 Simulcast season for the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, South America and other select territories.

The Thousand Musketeers TV series follows the struggle of a ragtag resistance effort battling against the World Empire, a tyrannical regime intent on oppressing lives and suppressing liberty. Although modern weapons are forbidden, the resistance fighters repurpose antique weapons that had been regarded as works of art, not deadly arms. But the balance of power changes as these relics of ancient wars respond to the plight of the resistance and come to life as noble musketeers who take up the weapons they were born from and fight to bring a sliver of hope back to the world!

The series will be directed by Kenichi Kasai (Major, Love Stage!!) with Takashi Aoshima (Himouto! Umaru-chan, No Game No Life) as the series supervisor. Animation production will be handled by TMS Entertainment (Megalobox, D. Gray-man).

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

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous, Big O, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Princess Principal, and FLIP FLAPPERS, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


The Thousand Musketeers / Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers
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Sentai Filmworks Acquires “100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams” TV Anime

HOUSTON, TX, June 28, 2018 - Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive distribution rights to 100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams, a Summer 2018 Simulcast season title, based off the popular mobile game of the same name, for USA, Canada, South America, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland and other regions.

Enter the mysterious Dream World, where a newly-crowned royal soon learns of an insatiable evil, the yumekui, feeding upon the energy and dreams of sleeping princes who are then unable to awaken. The brave monarch must save them and their world from the dream eater!

100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams features the voice talents of Kenichi Suzumura (Ajin, Maid Sama!, Mr. Osomatu) as Avi, Daiki Yamashita (Anonymous Noise, Food Wars! The Second Plate, My Hero Academia) as Navi and Haruka Kimura (Kurenai, The Slayers Revolution) as the princess.

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

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous, Big O, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Princess Principal, and FLIP FLAPPERS, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams / Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama
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Sentai Filmworks Onboards “Mr. TONEGAWA Middle Management Blues” as a New Summer 2018 Title

HOUSTON, TX, July 5, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired the distribution rights to the Summer 2018 comedy, Mr. TONEGAWA Middle Management Blues. This spinoff series from the award-winning world of Kaiji, will be available for USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland and other select territories.

President Hyodo is tired of dealing with debtors, so he orders mid-level manager, Yukio Tonegawa, to form a group of men and devise a series of sadistic games, called the Game of Death, to collect what is owed to him. Initially, Tonegawa and his black-suited men, known as Team Tonegawa, are hesitant to participate but quickly discover that their new line of work is more enjoyable than they originally thought.

Madhouse (Kaiji, One Punch Man) will be in charge of the animation production. Toshiyuki Morikawa (Naruto, Bleach, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) will voice the protagonist, Yukio Tonegawa, and character design will be handled by Haruhito Takada (Kaiji, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gakuen Basara).

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.
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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous, Big O, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Princess Principal, and FLIP FLAPPERS, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues / Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa
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Sentai Filmworks Snaps Up “Revue Starlight” TV Anime

HOUSTON, TX, July 5, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that has acquired the exclusive distribution rights to Revue Starlight, produced by Kinema Citrus (MADE IN ABYSS), for USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands as well as Latin American countries and other select territories.

After receiving a mysterious invitation to audition for a coveted spot with, Starlight, a popular musical revue troupe, star-struck contestants begin honing their talents and competing against each other for a chance of a lifetime. Among the hopefuls are childhood friends, Karen and Hikari, who once promised each other that they would take the stage together. With each contender working tirelessly hard to win, it’s the girls’ passionate dedication to their lifelong dream that’ll truly transform their performances as the curtains rise.

Tomohiro Furukawa (Angel Beats, Infinite Stratos) will direct the series with Hiroyuki Saita (Flip Flappers, Haikyu!!) as the lead character designer and Tatsuto Higuchi (Inuyasha, Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow) in charge of the series composition.

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.
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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous, Big O, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Princess Principal, and FLIP FLAPPERS, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Revue Starlight / Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight
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Sentai Filmworks Acquires “Real Girl” Season 2

HOUSTON, TX, July 5, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired all distribution rights for the second season of the popular romance Spring 2018 Simulcast series, Real Girl, for USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland and other select territories.

Follow the popular Iroha Igarashi and reclusive Hikari Tsutsui, as they continue to navigate the tumultuous waters of young love and what it means to be true to yourself. As their relationship grows and deepens, new and difficult challenges threaten to break them apart. While they are committed to overcoming everything that comes their way as a couple, will somethings be too much for them to conquer?

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.
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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous, Big O, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Princess Principal, and FLIP FLAPPERS, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


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Real Girl / 3D Kanojo Real Girl
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Maiden Japan Acquires Sci-fi Classic ‘Armored Trooper Votoms’

Maiden Japan is proud to announce the company’s acquisition of the mecha classic Armored Trooper Votoms as well as many of the acclaimed series’ subsequent OVAs and spin-offs. Widely acknowledged for breaking new ground in storytelling and introducing a level of realism not previously seen in giant robot series, Votoms’ spectacular action sequences and gritty drama quickly turned it into one of anime’s most beloved sci-fi franchises, spawning a series of sequels, video games and novels that continues to current times.

Although the franchise universe continues to expand, the original series story revolves around Chirico Cuvie, a battle-worn soldier who accidentally becomes involved in a mission to steal military secrets from allied forces. However, during the mission, he discovers that the real reason behind the assignment is a beautiful woman locked inside a container. Barely escaping alive and running from his own army, he’ll have to fight to unravel the truth behind the betrayal, the mysterious woman, and the conspirators who will do anything to silence him.

Maiden Japan has currently announced the acquisition of rights to Armored Trooper Votoms, Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Series, Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files, Armored Trooper Votoms: Gen Ei, Armored Trooper Votoms: Case; Irvine, Armored Trooper Votoms: Chirico’s Return, and Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder. Announcements for Home Video release dates and availability for streaming on selected media outlets will follow.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.


Armored Trooper Votoms / Soukou Kihei VOTOMS
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Maiden Japan is Working Hard with the Acquisition of ‘Hataraki Man’

Hataraki Man, Studio Gallop’s story about finding the balance between work and life was announced today as Maiden Japan’s latest acquisition. Based on the hit manga by artist and fashion designer Moyoco Anno (Sugar Sugar Rune, Sakuran), the slice of life story of a young woman struggling to find a place in the publishing industry is immediately relatable to anyone that has ever made sacrifices in order to get ahead at their job. A compelling drama lightened with comedy elements and seasoned with romance, Hataraki Man presents a rare, frank, and engaging “from the trenches” viewpoint on the changing role of women in the Japanese workplace.

Hataraki Man follows the life of 28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata, a straight-forward young woman who has sacrificed most of her personal life in order to rise in the male-dominated publishing industry. As a result of her dedication and work ethic, her fellow employees have given her the nickname “Hataraki Man,” which means working man. Despite her success to date, however, Hiroko is becoming aware that she wants more than just work in her life. Unfortunately, her sometimes boyfriend is an even bigger workaholic than she is and has even more to prove at his job!

Produced by Studio Gallop (Yu-Gi-Oh, Initial D, Eyeshield 21) and directed by Katsumi Ono (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5DS, Yu—Gi-Oh! Arc V, Symphogear), Hataraki Man was originally broadcasted as part of Fuji TV’s prestigious noitaminA animation block. The 11-episode series will initially be made available for streaming on selected media outlets.

Information on other release formats will follow.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.


Hataraki Man
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‘Yumeiro Patissiere’ Sweetens the Month of February for Maiden Japan

Maiden Japan is pleased to announce the additions of Yumeiro Patissiere and Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional to its catalog. Based on the manga that won a Shogakukan Manga Award in 2010, users will get a taste of how sweet it can be to follow their dreams.

Ichigo Amano dreams of becoming a patissiere (pastry chef) like her grandmother. With the hope of following in her footsteps, she enrolls in the elite patisserie school, St. Marie Academy. Unfortunately for her, she has no cooking skills and is extremely clumsy. To make things worse, she is placed in the topmost class with the most famous student of all, the “Sweets Princess.” She immediately falls to the bottom of the class, but things start to get better when she meets Vanilla, a Sweets Spirit who will try to help her achieve her dream. Ichigo will try to become a patissiere and survive the competitive world of sweets with the help of her new friends and with her positive attitude.

Viewers will be able to continue Ichigo’s journey on Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional. Two years after the original series, she will have to use everything that she has learned to take the next step towards becoming a world-class patissiere… being in charge of her own shop.

Iku Suzuki (Kodocha, Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine, and FAKE) directed both series, with Takashi Yamada (Heartcatch Precure!, Ojamajo Doremi, and Ginga e Kickoff!!) doing the series composition.
Both Yumeiro Patissiere, and Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional will be made available on select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.


Yumeiro Pâtissière / Dream-Colored Pastry Chef
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Maiden Japan Plays with the Big Bots with the Acquisition of ‘Basquash!’

Maiden Japan announced today the acquisition of the genre-defying action series Basquash! Directed by legendary creator of Macross, Shoji Kawamori, from a story by Tatsuo Sato (Martian Successor Nadesico, Bodacious Space Pirates). The dystopian sports, drama, and comedy story, explores a unique alternative Earth where the protagonists find themselves caught up in a bizarre game that fuses giant robots and basketball.

On the planet Earthdash, the infrastructure is crumbling and everyone who can wants to reach the technologically advanced lunar city of Mooneyes. Only the elites are allowed to leave the Earth. This is a problem for young Dan JD, who wants to take his disabled sister to the moon for medical treatment for her paralyzed legs. Dan’s big chance comes when he crashes a game of Bigfoot Basketball, which is played with giant robots, and accidentally revolutionizes the sport. Taking the game to new heights of mayhem and destruction, he gains fame but not fortune or a trip to the moon. Instead, he’ll have to fight his way to the top of a radically changed game while solving a mystery that could affect the future of the entire planet.

Co-created by Shoji Kawamori and visual futurist Thomas Romain (Oban Star Racers, Space Dandy), the original series was produced by Satelight Studios (Fairy Tail, Log Horizon, Hellsing Ultimate) and originally aired via the Mainichi Broadcasting System. The 26-episode series will initially be released for streaming on selected media outlets.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.


Basquash!
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Maiden Japan Acquires the Short Story Compilation ‘Human Crossing’

Maiden Japan announced today the acquisition of Human Crossing. Based on the award-winning manga by Masao Yajima (Big Wing) and Kenshi Hirokane (Weekly Shimako, Domain of Murder) and directed by the team of Akira Kumeichi and Kazunari Kumi, Human Crossing is an interwoven collection of short stories that explores the complexities of human interaction through the lives of people from different backgrounds.

There are millions of people living in modern-day Japan. Each one is unique, and they live in situations that range from the joyous to the horrific. But what connects them? There is a web that binds us all, the bonds of family and relationships. Yet, there are times when the isolating nature of urban life tears and tatters that fragile safety net to the breaking point. At times like this, each person can only do the best they can to meet the challenge or fail… to rise or to fall. Eventually, all of us must make that transition from one part of life to another. That is the Human Crossing.

From characters dealing with a difficult childhood to a father’s struggle to connect with his son, the stories of Human Crossing are contemporary and very relatable. Those who like to reflect on the human condition, those who find other people fascinating and believe that “nothing hits harder than life,” will find great satisfaction in Human Crossing. The series will be available for streaming on selected media outlets.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.


Human Crossing / Ningen Kousaten
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Hello Kitty® Returns this Holiday Season to Delight Children of All Ages in “Hello Kitty & Friends – Let’s Learn Together”

HOUSTON, TX July 25, 2018 - This November, Sentai Kids will debut “Hello Kitty & Friends – Let’s Learn Together” featuring 21 all-new episodes where Hello Kitty, her sister Mimi and all new friends help children and families learn about the world around them, from experimenting with shapes and learning to take care of flowers, to studying dance and practicing good manners, it’s all educational and exciting with a hearty dose of cute.

As its inaugural release, Sentai Kids will make “Hello Kitty & Friends – Let’s Learn Together” available on home video and through select digital outlets in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. The Sentai Kids™ label is dedicated to educational and children’s content. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Hello Kitty / Daisuki! Hello Kitty
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It’s Lights, Camera, Action for “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Take on Me” Making its USA Debut at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival

HOUSTON, TX, July 26, 2018 - Sentai Filmworks today announced the USA premiere of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Take on Me, the highly anticipated feature-length film from beloved Kyoto Animation franchise, at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival. Attendees can experience the exclusive English-dub or subtitled versions of the film on September 21, 2018.

Love takes an adorably strange turn as Rikka and Yuta, now in their final year of high school, decide to take their relationship to the next level and elope! With Yuta letting Rikka grow out of her chunibyo syndrome, where she believes she has magical powers, at her own pace, it sets the stage for one of the wildest trips in the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions’ world, exploring iconic sites throughout Japan (including locations from other Kyoto Animation series).

The Japanese cast of the original series reprises their role with Maaya Uchida as Rikka, Jun Fukuyama as Yuta and Sumire Uesaka as Sanae Dekomori. Also returning are Director Tatsuya Ishihara, series composer Jukki Hanada and original character designer, Kazumi Ikeda.

Additional details, including ticket availability and times, will be available at a later date at the official Los Angeles Anime Film Festival website, www.la-aff.com.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Land of the Lustrous, Big O, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Princess Principal, and FLIP FLAPPERS, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! / Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!
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Sentai Filmworks Makes a Splash with “DIVE!!”

HOUSTON, TX August 28, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to the high school swim team series DIVE!! for the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. DIVE!! will be available for purchase in December 2018.

From Zero-G studios ( Grand Blue , DOREIKU The Animation ), DIVE!! revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club as they struggle to stay afloat due to financial troubles. With their sponsor threatening to pull their funding, Tomoki Sakai and the other members of the club need nothing short of a miracle to keep practicing the sport they love. Luckily, their new coach Kayoko Asaki makes it her mission to not only save the club but to get the team to pass the Olympic qualifications!

Produced by Fuji TV ( One Piece, Dragon Ball, Hunter x Hunter ), Aniplex ( Boruto, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST ), DMM pictures ( Inuyashiki, Dies Irae ) and Dentsu ( Fairy Tail, Bleach ), discover how passion, determination and teamwork transform the members of the Mizuki Diving Club as they begin the battle to fulfill their dreams.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Dive!
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Sentai Filmworks Plucks “Bloom Into You”

HOUSTON, TX September 25, 2018 - Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has acquired exclusive distribution rights to Bloom Into You , the animated series based on Nio Nakatani’s best-selling, award-winning manga, for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Enthralled by shoujo manga, Yuu waited for a love confession to make her feel as special as the heroines in her favorite stories but when a junior high classmate admits his feelings for her, she feels nothing. Time passes and Yuu starts high school feeling confused and downhearted. Things change, however, when she witnesses Nanami, the beautiful student council president, effortlessly turn down a boy. Yuu asks Nanami for help and the two become fast friends. Yuu’s heart is suddenly sent aflutter when the next person to confess is Nanami herself! Will Yuu finally be the star her our own shoujo romance?

The series is produced by TROYCA Inc. ( Aldnoah.Zero, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation ). Makoto Kato ( Attack on Titan , Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation ) directs the series. Jukki Hanada ( Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions , K-ON! ) handles scriptwriting duties as well as series composition. Hiroaki Gouda ( Amagami SS , Onegai Teacher ) leads character design for the series.

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

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC

Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Bloom Into You / Yagate Kimi ni Naru
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Sentai Filmworks Spots “The Girl in Twilight”

HOUSTON, TX September 27, 2018 - Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to the supernatural-themed original series, The Girl in Twilight , for the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Latin America and other select territories.

Constantly on the lookout for her next big adventure, the cheerful and kind Asuka Tsuchimiya is always ready to try new things with her high school friends from the Crystal Radio Club. One day, the group performs a ritual from an urban myth just for fun. However, several conditions had fallen into place to put the ritual in motion, opening the door to a new world of gold and jet black. In this world, Asuka finds a different version of herself and soon finds out that some doors were never meant to be opened.

Jin Tamamura ( Chivalry of a Failed Knight , JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable ) will direct this original anime from Kotaro Uchikoshi, the writer and director of the Zero Escape video game series. The series produced DandeLion Animation Studio ( Haikyu!! , The Dragon Dentist ) and Jūmonji ( Chain Chronicle OVA , Hozuki’s Coolheadedness ). Masakazu Katsura ( Zetman , Iria - Zeiram the Animation ) and Hiroyuki Asada ( Cheer Boys!! , Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee anime series) are in charge of the original character design with script and series composition led by Shogo Yasukawa ( Food Wars! , Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ).

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the 2018 simulcast season with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC

Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


The Girl in Twilight / Akanesasu Shōjo
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Sentai Filmworks Aims to “RELEASE THE SPYCE”

HOUSTON, TX September 28, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today it acquired exclusive rights to the original series, RELEASE THE SPYCE, for the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, South America and other select territories. The series’ animation production is led by Lay-duce ( Fate/Grand Order: First Orde r, Magi: Adventures of Sinbad ).

To everyone around her, Momo lives a quiet life of solitude: going to school and keeping to herself. To the members of the private intelligence agency Tsukikage, she is their newest recruit, learning to hone her skills to help fight against a global crime organization. Under the guidance of senior member Yuki, Momo undergoes a series of dangerous, deadly and diabolical training scenarios and missions. With each victory, Momo’s confidence in her skills grows but it’ll take more than that to help keep not just her home but the world safe.

Akira Sato ( The World God Only Knows , Deadman Wonderland ) will direct the series with Takahiro ( Akame ga KILL! , Girls Beyond the Wasteland ) in charge of the series composition. Character design is led by Satoshi Ishino ( Bleach , Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ).

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the 2018 simulcast season with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC

Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Release the Spyce
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Sentai Filmworks Scores “Gakuen Basara** : **Samurai High School”

HOUSTON, TX October 1, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Gakuen Basara : Samurai High School , the spoof spinoff of CAPCOM’s wildly popular franchise, Sengoku Basara, for the USA, Canada and Latin America.

Anyone who thinks warring samurai and violent power plays in feudal Japan were rough business must have missed Monday mornings in this modern high school! The winds of change have come for the students of Basara Academy. Due to the suspension of their current student council president, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a new leader must be chosen. Two prominent first-year athletes prepare to battle for the chance to rule the school: baseball elite Masamune Date and soccer star Yukimura Sanada. However, it’s not all fun and games as the two also have to fight other rivals for the top spot. From fierce food-eating contests to brutal sports challenges, who will have what it takes to be the new student council president?

The series is produced by Brain’s Base ( My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU , Natsume’s Book of Friends ). Minoru Ohara ( Neon Genesis Evangelion , Lupin III: Episode 0 ‘First Contact’ movie) will direct the series with Kouji Miura ( Examurai Sengoku , Gunparade Orchestra ) in charge of series composition. Character design is led by Haruhito Takada ( Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues , Fullmetal Alchemist ) and Naoki Aisaka ( Naruto Shippuden , Mobile Suit Gundam Seed ) as chief animation director.

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Fall 2018 simulcast season with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC

Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Sengoku Basara - Samurai Kings / Gakuen Basara
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Explore the Andromeda Galaxy in the High Definition Release of “Space Runaway Ideon”

HOUSTON TX, October 23, 2018 – Maiden Japan announced today that it will now release the Space Runaway Ideon Complete Collection in high definition and has canceled the standard edition pre-orders. Fans who have already pre-ordered the classic space epic will receive a full refund of their purchase.

“After listening to our fans’ concerns, we promptly began investigating the possibility of high definition materials,” said Matt Greenfield, owner and president of Maiden Japan. “Maiden Japan is always committed to releasing the highest quality product that is currently available to us.”

SXION 23 will announce the new release date for Space Runaway Ideon .

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 , DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH , the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.


Space Runaway Ideon / Densetsu Kyojin Ideon
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Sentai Filmworks Takes Aim at Kyo Ani’s “Tsurune” Series

HOUSTON, TX October 23, 2018 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired Tsurune , the latest series crafted by the acclaimed studio, Kyoto Animation ( Free! , Violet Evergarden, Beyond the Boundary ), for distribution in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and other select territories.

Based on the award-winning light novel series by Kotoko Ayano, Tsurune follows Minato Narumiya as he explores his relationship with archery and, in turn, how he sees himself. Having loved the sport as a child, Minato joined his middle school’s archery club only to suffer a terrible loss during his last tournament. He then gives it up and despite persistence from his childhood friends, refuses to try again. Now in high school, Minato encounters a mysterious stranger who inspires him once more and joins the Kazemai High School Archery club in hopes of winning the prefectural tournament!

Having worked on Violet Evergarden and Sound! Euphonium , Takuya Yamamura make his debut as the series director. Michiko Yokote ( Love Stage!! , Cowboy Bebop ) is in charge of the series script with Miku Kadowaki ( Amagi Brilliant Park , Beyond the Boundary ) leading character design.

The series will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Fall 2018 season with a home video release to follow.

For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC

Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing, and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS , Land of the Lustrous , Big O , and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side , Princess Principal , and FLIP FLAPPERS , as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes . For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu