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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Onigiri”

HOUSTON, APRIL 5, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of Onigiri, based on CyberStep’s hugely popular MMORPG of the same name. Set in mystical Japan, this is the story of young girls rising up to fight the Kamikui, powerful and ancient beings of darkness. This 13 episode short-format anime series begins airing on Tokyo MX and Fuji BS on April 7, 2016 and will simulcast on select digital outlets worldwide.

The series was directed by Takashi Yamamoto (A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives, Final Approach), with series composition by Takamitsu Kouno (Utawarerumono: The False Faces, Absolute Duo). Animation production was handled by Pierrot Plus, the same studio which produced Re-Kan!, Sabagebu! - Survival Game Club!, and Beelzebub.

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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.


Onigiri
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###The Battle Begins with “Onigiri” on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, April 5, 2016 – Anime Network Online (ANO) is proud to add Onigiri to its spring 2016 simulcast lineup.

It’s time to forge alliances between humans, gods, and oni in a high-flying new anime based off the popular MMORPG of the same name. This can’t-miss adventure will take you deep into the world of mystical Japan, where our heroes battle against malevolent dark beings, the Kamikui.

Onigiri begins simulcasting on April 6th. ANO subscribers worldwide, excluding China and Japan, will be able to stream new episodes every Wednesday at 12:05 PM EDT

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About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Onigiri
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###Anime Network Online to Stream “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto”

HOUSTON, April 6, 2016 – Anime Network Online (ANO) is proud to announce it will stream Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto as part of its Spring 2016 anime lineup.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto begins airing on April 23rd. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey will be able to stream new episodes every Saturday at 1:00 AM EDT.

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About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community


Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto / Sakamoto desu ga?
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###“Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless” to Stream on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, April 6, 2016 – Anime Network Online (ANO) is proud to announce it will stream Tanaka-kun is Always Listless as part of its Spring 2016 anime lineup.

Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless begins streaming April 23rd. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America, Scandinavia, Netherlands, and Turkey will be able to stream new episodes every Saturday at 10 AM EDT.

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About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Tanaka-kun is Always Listless / Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
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###Anime Network Online to Stream “Bakuon!!” this Spring 2016

HOUSTON, April 7, 2016 – It’s the perfect combination: motorcycles and moe. Anime Network Online (ANO) is proud to announce that it will be streaming Bakuon!! as part of its spring 2016 lineup.

Hane Sakura’s life is changed forever when she sees a girl from her class riding a motorcycle to school. Soon, she’s totally absorbed in the exciting world of motorcycle mayhem with her wild-hearted new friends in the motorcycle club at their all girls’ school!

Bakuon!! begins airing on April 18th. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Turkey will be able to stream new episodes every Monday at Noon EDT.

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About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Bakuon!
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Cobra the Animation”

HOUSTON, April 7, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, the space opera Cobra the Animation, as well the series’ two OVAs Cobra the Animation: Time Drive and Cobra the Animation: The Psychogun. Based on the best-selling 1978 manga by Buichi Terasawa, Cobra the Animation follows the adventures of a young man who abandons a life of adventure and danger by surgically altering his face and erasing his own memories. Assuming his new identity as an office worker named Johnson, the young man’s “normal” life is shattered when he is once again threatened by old enemies who are out for his life.

Keizo Shimizu (Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyū Densetsu - Sanada Jū Yūshi The Animation) directed the series and contributed to character designs alongside Akio Sugino, Ippei Masui, and Keiko Yamamoto. Series composition was helmed by Kazumi Koide (Wonder Beast Scramble, Dragoon OAV), and animation production was handled by Magic Bus.

Cobra the Animation will be available through 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 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.


Space Adventure Cobra / Cobra the Animation
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Flying Witch”

HOUSTON, APRIL 13, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of Flying Witch for the Spring 2016 anime season.

Based on the manga by Chihiro Ishizuka and serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Flying Witch follows the adventures of 15-year-old Makoto Kowata, a teen witch whose only talent (currently) is being able to fly. In this supernatural coming-of-age tale, Makoto and her familiar, a black cat named Chito, move in with her second cousins in the beautiful and quaint Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan, where she learns to hone her magical skills.

J.C.STAFF, the studio behind such hits as Azumanga Daioh, Little Busters! The Familiar of Zero, and Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? helms production. The series is directed by Katsushi Sakurabi (Gunparade March, Lunar Legend Tsukihime), with series composition by Deko Akao (Mysterious Girlfriend X, Noragami, Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection).

Flying Witch is scheduled for an April 2016 broadcast in Japan by Nippon TV. It will soon be available through 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 Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

About Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV)
Since becoming Japan’s first commercial broadcaster in 1953, Nippon TV has become the country’s undisputed ratings champion and finest producer of all genres of programs. One of the biggest successes for Nippon TV is its format Dragons’ Den, which has been sold in over 26 countries and regions. With well-established companies that deal in a broad range of businesses from movies, animation, events, to fitness clubs, Nippon TV is leveraging its ideal platform to expand into new realms. Recently launching a channel in Southeast Asia named GEM through a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television Networks, and taking a stake in the SVOD market through wholly-owned subsidiary Hulu Japan, Nippon TV is steadily solidifying its presence and brand as a global media powerhouse.


Flying Witch
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky”

HOUSTON, APRIL 14, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky. As the second feature film based on the successful game and anime series, this title continues the story of Chizuru Yukimura’s search for her father. The famed Shinsengumi are combating the dangerous beings within Kyoto’s shadows, and it won’t be easy. As Chizuru and the men of the Shinsengumi fight for their city, and for their lives, the battle may draw closer than any of them ever imagined.

The film was directed and scripted by Osamu Yamasaki (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East). Atsuko Nakajima (Get Backers, Ranma ½) handled animation direction and character design, with original character designs provided by Yone Kazuki (Kamigami no Asobi, Nobunaga the Fool).

Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky will be available through 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 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.


Hakuōki / Hakuōki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom – Dawn of the Shinsengumi
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Trinity Seven”

HOUSTON, APRIL 18, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of Trinity Seven.

Superbia. Invidia. Ira. Acedia. Avaritia. Gula. Luxuria.

These are the sins, or “Themes,” inflicted upon seven young girls who reign supreme at Royal Biblia Academy, but one boy has resolved to master those sins and reclaim his world.

The boy, Arata Kasuga, has his daily life turned upside-down when a mysterious event called the Breakdown Phenomenon causes his cousin Hijiri to disappear into an alternate dimension. In order to understand the Breakdown Phenomenon and get his cousin back, Arata enrolls at Biblia Academy - and what awaits him there are seven young girls who use their “sins” to manipulate sorcery.

The series was originally from a manga written by Kenji Saito with illustration by Akinari Nao and published by KADOKAWA Fujimishobo. It was directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori (Azumanga Daioh, I’m Gonna be an Angel!, GAD GUARD). The role of chief animation director was shared by Kyoko Kotani and Shinpei Tomooka, with series composition handled by Hiroyuki Yoshino. Animation production was courtesy of SEVEN・ARCS・PICTURES (Dog Days, Asura Cryin’, WHITE ALBUM).

Trinity Seven will soon be available through 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 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.


Trinity Seven
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###“Flying Witch” Soars Into Anime Network Online’s Spring 2016 Lineup

HOUSTON, April 19, 2016 – There’s magic in the air this spring! Anime Network Online (ANO) is proud to announce Flying Witch as part of its Spring 2016 anime lineup.

Set against gorgeous background art featuring the natural, quaint beauty of Aomori Prefecture, young witch Makoto Kowata travels away from the city to live with her relatives at their home in Northern Japan. Along with her familiar, a black cat named Chito, Makoto discovers more than just magic in this supernatural coming-of-age tale.

Flying Witch begins airing on May 10th. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Turkey, Scandinavia and Central and South America will be able to stream new episodes every Tuesdays at 3:30 PM EDT.

For more information about ANO, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website at http://www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Flying Witch
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###“Ushio and Tora” Returns to Anime Network Online This Spring

HOUSTON, April 20, 2016 – Ushio & Tora resumes streaming on Anime Network Online this Spring beginning May 2nd. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Latin America, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey will be able to stream new episodes every Monday at 10:30 AM EDT.

For more information about ANO, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website at http://www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Ushio & Tora / Ushio to Tora
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace”

HOUSTON, APRIL 20, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace. One day, a group of four girls and one boy in the literature club experienced an incredible power awakening within them. With that, they dove into an exciting world of high-powered magical battles to defend humanity… or did they? With their daily lives remaining mostly peaceful, they find that they can use their powers fairly wastefully. The curtain opens on a story filled with comedy, love, and, of course, supernatural battles!

The anime is based on original work by Kota Nozomi (GA BUNKO/ SB Creative Corp.), with original illustration by 029. Masahiko Otsuka was in charge of series composition, as well as helming the show as chief director. Masanori Takahashi was responsible for directing the series, with Satoshi Yamaguchi in charge of character design. Animation Production was by TRIGGER.

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace will soon be available through select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

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

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


When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace / Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de
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###“RIN-NE 2” Joins Anime Network Online’s Latin America Lineup

HOUSTON, APRIL 28, 2016 – Rinne Rokudo is back on Anime Network Online (ANO), and soon, Latin American subscribers will be able to stream RIN-NE 2 with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Based on the manga by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku), RIN-NE 2 picks up where the first season left off with poverty-stricken Rinne Rokudo still desperately trying to make ends meet through a series of (very) odd jobs, including purifying spirits and escorting them to the Wheel of Reincarnation. In between fights with malevolent damashigami, Rinne has to deal with meddling black cats, love struck shinigami girls, and even more romantic misunderstandings with Sakura Mamiya!

Premium subscribers in select countries will be able to immediately enjoy new episodes of RIN-NE 2 every Saturday at 11:00 am UTC with Spanish or Portuguese subtitles. For more information, visit www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


RIN-NE / Kyōkai no Rinne
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###“Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” Joins Anime Network Online’s Latin America Lineup

HOUSTON, MAY 3, 2016 – Anime Network Online (ANO) is proud to present to the coolest new anime character of the Spring 2016 simulcast season. Soon, Latin American subscribers can stream the anime comedy Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles!

Sakamoto is just too talented to handle: the girls adore him, and the boys hate him for it. In fact, they hate him so much that they do everything they can to make him look bad, but their pranks only make him look cooler when he effortlessly thwarts them every time. With “secret skills” that include everything from elegantly rushing to school, to dueling a wasp, it’s time that YOU heard of Sakamoto.

Premium subscribers in select countries will be able to immediately enjoy new episodes of Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto every Saturday at 5:00 UTC with Spanish or Portuguese subtitles. For more information, visit www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto / Sakamoto desu ga?
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###“Flying Witch” Joins Anime Network Online’s Latin America Lineup

HOUSTON, MAY 4, 2016 – Anime Network Online’s (ANO) Latin American subscribers embark on a magical adventure this Spring with the launch of Flying Witch with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles!

Set against gorgeous background art featuring the natural, quaint beauty of Aomori Prefecture, young witch Makoto Kowata travels away from the city to live with her relatives at their home in Northern Japan. Along with her familiar, a black cat named Chito, Makoto discovers more than just magic in this supernatural coming-of-age tale.

Premium subscribers in select countries will be able to immediately enjoy new episodes of Flying Witch every Tuesday at 19:30 UTC with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. For more information, visit www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Anime Network
Anime Network Online (ANO) is a leading independent streaming service that specializes in distributing classic, new, and simulcast Japanese animation titles to fans throughout North America and select countries across the globe on a title by title basis. With thousands of hours of anime programming refreshed monthly, ANO’s offering is as deep as it is diverse. ANO’s library features both dubbed and subtitled anime with the goal to deliver language accessible high-quality anime selections to its passionate international community.


Flying Witch
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle”

HOUSTON, MAY 4, 2016 – The quest to recover Emperor Gaz’s scattered remains continues in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle.

Chaika, Toru, Akari, and Fredrica’s adventures continue as they plot to secure the emperor’s heart from the Hero Claudia. However, when another of the emperor’s dark secrets come to light, Chaika struggles to come to terms with her identity and her purpose. With conflict looming on the horizon, will Chaika’s quest ultimately bring peace? Or will the country, once again, be torn apart by war?

Soichi Masui, who directed the first season, returns to direct the second season, with Touko Machida once again in charge of series composition. Animation production was again helmed by BONES, the same studio responsible for hits like Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Space Dandy.

Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle will be available through select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

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

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


Chaika, The Coffin Princess / Hitsugi no Chaika-
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Hanaukyou Maid Team: La Verite”

HOUSTON, MAY 11, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of Hanaukyou Maid Team: La Verite.

A reimagining of 2001’s Hanakyou Maid Team, this anime delights in the way every moe title should. After losing his mother, 15-year-old Taro Hanaukyou moves to live with his grandfather in Tokyo. Despite their blood relation, Taro never knew that his grandfather was extremely wealthy, owning a mansion and maintaining a large fortune. When his grandfather leaves Taro both his riches and the manor, Taro also inherits the services of the home’s network of dedicated maids.

The series was directed by Takuya Nonaka (Fate/Zero, Ah! My Goddess). Jukki Hanada, Takashi Aoshima, and Hideaki Koyasu shared scriptwriting duties, with Jukki (Beyond the Boundary, K-On!, Steins;Gate) also handling series composition. Sound direction was overseen by Hiromi Kikuta, with art direction by Takashi Aoi. Animation production was handled by Daume (Strawberry Marshmallow, DearS, Indian Summer, Shiki).

Hanaukyou Maid Team: La Verite will soon be available through select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

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

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


Hanaukyo Maid Team: La Verite / Hanaukyo Maid Tai La Verite
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###KRAKEN RELEASING LICENSES “RETURN OF GODZILLA®”

May 19, 2016 – You can’t keep a good giant monster down, especially when he’s being very, very bad! Kraken Releasing is proud to continue the tradition of releasing the very best in kaiju (giant monster) entertainment with the first U.S. release of the complete and uncut THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® (aka GODZILLA™ (1984))! Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, and featuring both the original Japanese version with English subtitles, as well as an English dubbed version, this special release is the Godzilla® epic that fans and collectors have been waiting for.

With a higher budget and more advanced special effects than any previous film in the series, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® returns Japan’s greatest monster to his intended role as an epic force of destruction and the film’s spectacular success re-launched the Godzilla® franchise after nearly a decade in suspended animation. Unfortunately for North American audiences, this direct sequel to the original 1954 feature film has previously only been available in a highly edited version that cut over twenty minutes of original footage and effects, changed key plot points and altered the dark dramatic tone and narrative by inserting additional scenes and humor in an attempt to “Americanize” the film. But now, at long last, the acclaimed kaiju masterpiece finally hits American shores in all its uncut original glory! Get ready for the biggest Godzilla® epic that you’ve never seen as Kraken Releasing unleashes the complete and unedited THE RETURN OF GODZILLA®!

THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® will be released on September 13th.

About Kraken Releasing:
KRAKEN RELEASING is a new international video distribution label specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre entertainment for mainstream audiences. Together with sister labels MAIDEN JAPAN (DEN-NOH COIL, PAT LABOR, ROYAL SPACE FORCE) and SWITCHBLADE PICTURES (CORPSE PARTY, IRON GIRL 1& 2, ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD) Kraken’s goal is to bring the best filmed entertainment from around the world to our customers.

About Section23 Films:
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.


Section23 & HIDIVE Live Action News & Discussion
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###TUBI TV AND SENTAI FILMWORKS PARTNER TO STREAM NEW AND CLASSIC ANIME
Deal brings hundreds of hours of high-quality anime for on demand streaming across connected TVs, mobile devices, and the web.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, and HOUSTON, TX, JUNE 8, 2016 – Tubi TV, streaming the largest library of popular movies and TV series free-to-users, and Sentai Filmworks, a leading global supplier of anime and anime merchandise, today announced the availability of several popular new Spring anime series which will stream on a nearcast schedule following its Japanese air date. Additionally, several classic hit anime series, including Gatchaman and Clannad, will be available for users to stream in their entirety any time for free. The deal enables Sentai Filmworks’ anime library to stream on Tubi TV on connected platforms including Apple TV, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Samsung televisions - in addition to iOS and Android mobile devices and the web.

The deal includes two Sentai Filmworks titles that will stream two days after airing in Japan (Onigiri and RIN-NE 2), three that will stream via nearcast 15 days after airing in Japan (Bakuon!!, Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless, and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto), and one title that will air 31 days after Japan (Flying Witch). In addition, many enduring classic TV series will be available to stream on demand (Angel Beats, Gatchaman, Mezzo, Bodacious Space Pirates, Persona 4: The Animation, Clannad, Clannad After Story, and Dream Eater Merry).

“Sentai Filmworks strives to deliver anime to our fans, wherever they are,” said John Ledford, President and CEO of Sentai Filmworks. “Tubi TV allows us to give our fans more options to watch their favorite shows on multiple platforms.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Sentai Filmworks as a content partner in bringing their incredible array of hit anime series to fans for free,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi TV. “Anime is a popular channel on Tubi TV and the addition of these TV series further help us to deliver the best streaming experience for passionate anime fans, wherever and whenever they want.”

Tubi TV has partnerships with over 200 diverse content producers, including MGM, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, and Starz Digital. Since announcing MGM and Lionsgate’s investment and licensing agreement in November 2015, Tubi TV’s audience has grown over 140% in the last five months and the platform expects to see strong growth continue through 2016 and beyond.

###Series Synopsis
Onigiri (two-day nearcast): It’s time to forge alliances between humans, gods, and oni in a high-flying new anime based off the popular MMORPG of the same name. This can’t-miss adventure will take you deep into the world of mystical Japan, where our heroes battle against malevolent dark beings, the Kamikui. Next new episode streaming for free June 9, 2016.

RIN-NE 2 (two-day nearcast – coming soon): Based on the manga by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku), RIN-NE 2 picks up where the first season left off with poverty-stricken Rinne Rokudo still desperately trying to make ends meet through a series of (very) odd jobs, including purifying spirits and escorting them to the Wheel of Reincarnation. In between fights with malevolent damashigami, Rinne has to deal with meddling black cats, love struck shinigami girls, and even more romantic misunderstandings with Sakura Mamiya! New episode schedule will be announced soon.

Bakuon!! (15-day nearcast): Moe and motorcycles have never looked better together in this sports comedy about a group of students in the motorcycle club of their all-girls school. When Hane Sakura sees the wild-hearted Onsa Amano riding a motorcycle to school, Sakura is inspired to join the motorcycle club and get her license. However, nothing could have prepared her for the challenges, or the joys, that come with hitting the road on the wings of a real bike! Next new episode streaming for free June 14, 2016.

Tanaka-Kun Is Always Listless (15-day nearcast): Adapted from the popular web manga series published by Square Enix, this unconventional, surrealist comedy follows an exhausted high school boy who, despite multiple attempts from his friends, still manages to spectacularly… sleep. Much to the chagrin of the energetic (at times bossy) Ohta, Tanaka is often found in a blissful state of lethargy, possessing the ability to doze off in any situation, especially in mid-sentence! Next new episode streaming for free June 12, 2016.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (15-day nearcast): Just who is Sakamoto? He’s enigmatic. He’s clever. He’s dashing. No challenge is too great and no cause is too small for Sakamoto. Girls love him, guys hate him for it, and despite efforts to humiliate him, Sakamoto is flawlessly able to emerge from the fray, even cooler than ever. Who knows what Sakamoto is going to do next? Whatever it is, it will be fabulous! Next new episode streaming for free June 12, 2016.

Flying Witch (31-day nearcast): Based on the manga by Chihiro Ishizuka and serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Flying Witch follows the adventures of 15-year-old Makoto Kowata, a teen witch whose only talent (currently) is being able to fly. In this supernatural coming-of-age tale, Makoto and her familiar, a black cat named Chito, move in with her second cousins in the beautiful and quaint Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan, where she learns to hone her magical skills. Next new episode streaming for free June 8, 2016.

Angel Beats (catalog): It sucks being dead. It sucks even more to be trapped in a surreal afterlife where you’re caught between the living and the dead – and where a mysterious, violent Angel is trying to pull you over to… somewhere. What do you do? Well, if you’re this group of rough and tumble teens, you grab every weapon you can get your hands on and give Heaven hell! High caliber action and locked-and-loaded comedy meet on a rock and roll battleground in Angel Beats! Streaming 13 episodes now.

Gatchaman (catalog): In the near future, the international community is thrown into chaos by a series of attacks by the evil criminal organization known as Galactor, and the only Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is capable of stopping the threat. Hand-picked by the brilliant scientist Dr. Nambu, the five young members of Gatchaman are ready to face the most nefarious plans of Galactor, and win! Streaming 105 episodes for free now.

Mezzo (catalog): Mikura, Kurokawa, and Harada are the three members of the Danger Service Agency (DSA). Mikaru is the brawns of the group, Harada is the brains, and Kurokowa just a bitter ex-cop that likes to think he’s in charge. They’ll take any job as long as it involves lots of danger and, of course, money. Streaming 13 episodes for free now.

Bodacious Space Pirates (catalog): Marika Kato is a high school girl living a rather ordinary life as a member of the space yacht club. One day she learns of her recently deceased father, Gonzaemon, who is revealed to have been a Space Pirate who performed legal acts of piracy under the letter of marque. In order for her father’s ship, the Bentenmaru, to continue sailing, Marika, Gonzaemon’s direct descendant, is chose to become the ships new captain. Streaming 26 episodes for free now.

Persona 4: The Animation (catalog): Recent transfer student Yu Narukami and his new friends are caught up investigating bizarre murders in a rural Japanese town. They discover a nightmarish world through a portal in TV screens, where they are threatened by vicious monsters called Shadows. Luckily for them, they also discover they can summon powerful beings known as Personas. Streaming 25 episodes for free now.

Clannad (catalog): Tomoya Okazaki is a junior in high school and has had a very rough life. When he was little, his mother died in a car accident which made his father turn to drinking and gambling. Due to his father’s behavior, Tomoya and his father do not get along and Tomoya has become a delinquent. One day Tomoya meets a girl named Nagisa, they start to hang out together and eventually she changes his life. Streaming 24 episodes for free now.

Clannad After Story (catalog): Picking up where the Clannad series left off, Tomoya has confessed his love for Nagisa, taking their relationship to a new level and direction. The second semester starts and Tomoya continues to meet new people, who alter his perspective of family and relationships. As time passes, the path which Tomoya and Nagisa walk is filled with challenges and struggles that will test the strength of their love. Streaming 25 episodes for free now.

Dream Eater Merry (catalog): Yumeji has a unique talent - he can predict his friend’s dreams by reading their auras. But his special ability makes him a target for a sinister force trying to use him to enter the real world. An unlikely ally appears when Merry, a donut-loving dream demon desperate to return to her own world, literally falls into his lap. Streaming 13 episodes for free now.

About Tubi TV

Tubi TV is freeing TV with the best streaming entertainment experience for movies and TV shows. We are “free” as in we are making a promise to you, the viewer, that we will never ask you to pay to watch great entertainment. We’re also “freeing” TV by finding premium movies and TV shows, which you would usually have to pay to watch on other services, and making them freely available with no hidden hassles. With an immersive selection of categories and titles (including those not on Netflix) that we update weekly, Tubi TV is the largest provider of free and legal movies and TV shows on mobile devices, Connected TVs, streaming set-top-boxes, and the web.

Tubi TV is powered by adRise, the leading content distribution and monetization platform for premium content owners, such as MGM, Lionsgate, and Paramount. Find out more at TubiTV.com or download our app on Apple TV, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Samsung.

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Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include 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.[/details]


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###Sentai Filmworks Serves Up “Food Wars! The Second Plate”

High-stakes culinary combat never tasted this good!

HOUSTON, JUNE 29, 2016 – The culinary combat phenomenon, Food Wars!, returns this summer with its highly anticipated second season, Food Wars! The Second Plate. Sentai Filmworks picked up this sizzling hot series and is making it available for simulcast and streaming through select digital partners.

“Food Wars! has proven to be one of the most distinctive franchises in recent history,” says John Ledford, CEO, Sentai Filmworks, “We are extremely proud of its unmatched originality and fantastic blend of action and comedy which has inspired such a passionate fan following. We are thrilled to launch Food Wars! The Second Plate and look forward to making it available wherever fans choose to enjoy it.”

The 13-episode second season of Food Wars! picks up where the first season left off on the cusp of the contested Fall Selection. Eight of the most talented first-year students of the elite Tohtsuki Academy wage a culinary battle to advance to the next round of the Fall Selection, a kitchen-based showdown that will decide who will rise in the ranks and who will end up on the chopping block. Underdog Soma Yukihira’s cooking may leave his customers begging for another bite, but are his skills enough to face off with opponents as equally talented (and merciless) when it comes to the palate as him?

The team behind the first season returns for the second season, with Yoshitomo Yonetani as director, and Shogo Yasukawa (Chivalry of a Failed Knight) in charge of series composition. Character design was again helmed by Tomoyuki Shitaya with music by Tatsuya Katou. Animation production was handled by J. C. Staff, the same studio responsible for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Flying Witch.

Food Wars! The Second Plate is scheduled for a July 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available through 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 Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.


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