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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Momokuri”

HOUSTON, JUNE 30, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks has acquired the rights to the slice-of-life romance Momokuri for the Summer 2016 simulcast season.

Yuki Kurihara took a chance one day and confessed her feelings to the boy she liked… and he said “yes”! The boy in question, Shinya Momotsuki (aka Momo-kun) is new when it comes to love, but soon they’re walking home from school, studying, and eating together. There’s just one problem with this otherwise cute couple: Kurihara is so obsessed with her Momo-kun that she’s sneaking photos of him on her phone, freaking out when they touch, and blushing at every adorable thing he does. Can Kurihara’s little heart handle her nearly manic love for her new boyfriend?

The series was directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike (Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Wagnaria!!) with character designs by chief animator Miwa Oshima (Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Anne-Happy). Animation production was handled by Satelight, the same studio responsible for Log Horizon and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan.

Momokuri 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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###Sentai Filmworks to Dub GATE, Monster Musume, Food Wars!, and More

HOUSTON, July 2, 2016 – Today, Sentai Filmworks officially announced plans to dub, not one, but seven fan favorite anime titles from the Spring 2015 through Summer 2015 simulcast seasons. The titles were announced during the Sentai Filmworks panel at Anime Expo 2016.

Monster Musume: Everyday Life With Monster Girls simulcasted during the Summer 2015 anime season, following the exciting (in more ways than one) exploits of a young man who finds himself housing one beautiful monster girl after another.

The Spring 2015 fantasy Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? follows the Hestia Familia’s only adventurer Bell Cranel as he fights monsters in an underground labyrinth.

Food Wars! simulcasted during the Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 anime season. This delicious adventure pits Yukihira Soma head-to-head with talented chefs in the world’s most competitive culinary high school.

The hit comedy Himouto! Umaru-chan demonstrates that the differences between your “outside face” and “inside face” can be shocking. Umaru is a refined beauty in public and cola-binging, potato-chip-eating otaku at home where she becomes her big brother’s problem.

Ushio & Tora is an action-packed shounen anime that ties the fate of a headstrong young boy with the fate of a fearsome yokai trapped by the Legendary Beast Spear. With a common enemy, Ushio and Tora find themselves working together to save the world.

GATE follows Yoji Itami through the mysterious gate that appears suddenly in Japan, bringing with it legions of invaders. He’s sent with the JSDF to the “Special Region” where he meets and befriends an elf, a demigoddess, and a mage despite political tensions between the Empire and Japan.

Amagi Brilliant Park is an adventure within the walls of a theme park like no other, where much of a park’s otherworldly staff is nourished by the energy created by humans having fun! Seiya must use his many talents to successfully manage the park before it, and its employees, disappear.

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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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###Love Knows No Boundaries in the Summer 2016 Anime Momokuri

HOUSTON, July 21, 2016 – 'Tis the season for summer romance… and look no further than the slice-of-life dramedy Momokuri, premiering August 1st on Anime Network Online (ANO)!

In this anime based on the webmanga by fan-favorite Kurose, Yuki Kurihara took a chance one day and confessed her feelings to the boy she liked… and he said “yes”! The boy in question, Shinya Momotsuki, is a freshman when it comes to love, but soon they’re walking home from school, studying, and eating together. There’s just one problem with this otherwise cute couple: Kurihara is so obsessed with her Momo-kun that she’s sneaking photos of him on her phone, freaking out when they touch, and blushing at every adorable thing he does. Can Kurihara’s little heart handle her nearly manic love for her new boyfriend?

Momokuri begins airing on August 1st. ANO subscribers in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Latin America, Turkey, and the Middle East will be able to stream new episodes every Monday at 9:30 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.


Momokuri
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###Wear Your Favorite New Shows and More Thanks to Sentai Filmworks and Ripple Junction Partnership

New Anime Apparel to Bring Flying Witch, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, and More To Your Wardrobe

HOUSTON, TX, and WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, OH, JULY 28, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks, a leading global anime licensor, and Ripple Junction, one of the nation’s leading developers of pop-culture apparel, will partner to bring a new line of high-quality merchandise to mass market and specialty retailers across the country, including leading pop-culture apparel giant, Hot Topic. The new line of merchandise will feature hit titles from the Sentai Filmworks catalog like My Love Story as well as titles from the Spring 2016 lineup, including Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Onigiri, Flying Witch, Bakuon!!, and RIN-NE.

This partnership marks the second time Sentai Filmworks and Ripple Junction have joined forces. It follows Ripple Junction’s successful rollout of Sentai fan-favorite styles for Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Akame ga Kill!, Parasyte –the maxim-, and No Game, No Life, including the latter’s best-selling “I Heart Humanity” tee. The rollout included exclusive Hot Topic styles, online and in-store distribution, including to popular online retailers like ThinkGeek.

#####Ripple Junction’s latest merchandise partnership included the best-selling “I Heart Humanity” t-shirt, inspired by the design of the main character Sora’s outfit from the popular Sentai Filmworks title “No Game, No Life”.

“Sentai Filmworks houses such a unique roster of imaginative, entertaining anime titles,” says Neil Hoynes, President, Ripple Junction, “It’s truly exciting to be working alongside them to develop high-quality, fresh, and fun apparel. Anime fans are in for something special.”

The upcoming line of Sentai Filmworks’ and Ripple Junction apparel will deliver something for lovers of moe, magic, monsters… and even motorcycles.

“Anime apparel helps the fans feel closer to their favorite shows,” says John Ledford, CEO, Sentai Filmworks, “This partnership with Ripple Junction allows us to make creative, high-quality products easily accessible to the fans.”

The new Sentai Filmworks and Ripple Junction merchandise is anticipated to land in retailers for the 2016 holiday season. For more information on the upcoming new anime apparel releases, follow Sentai Filmworks and Ripple Junction on social media.

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.

About Ripple Junction
Ripple Junction is a globally recognized designer and developer of premier licensed products. For over 20 years, the company has produced quality, creative products that celebrate film, television, rock & roll, anime, science fiction, video games, and everything pop culture. Ripple Junction merchandise is sold at all major mass retailers, department and specialty stores, independent retailers, and online. For more information, visit http://www.ripplejunction.com.


Sentai Filmworks / Anime Network Newsletters, Blogs & More!
Anime Network VOD Reports/Updates/Questions Thread (2016)
#146

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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Little Busters EX”

HOUSTON, August 3, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of Little Busters EX. Adapted from the visual novel Little Butsters! Ecstacy, this eight-episode OVA series expands on one high school boy’s adventures into a world that isn’t always what it seems to be.

This reimagining of the Little Busters storyline pits protagonist Riki Naoe against familiar faces such as Saya Tokido, a treasure hunter in hiding from an elusive group known as the Dark Executives, and Kanata Futaki, young chairwoman of the so-called “Public Morals Committee” who seems to have a sinister agenda of her own.

Little Busters EX was directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa (Little Busters!, Hatsukoi Limited), with series composition by Michuru Shimada (Little Busters!, Shugo Chara!). J.C. Staff, the same studio that produced Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, A Certain Magical Index, and Golden Time, helmed animation production.

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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.


Little Busters!
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Chihayafuru”

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of both seasons of the shoujo anime series Chihayafuru. The series was directed by Morio Asaka (Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, My Love Story!!), with animation production by Madhouse (My Love Story!!, No Game, No Life, One-Punch Man) and was broadcasted in Japan by Nippon TV.

Chihaya Ayase is a beautiful and headstrong young woman with a passion for karuta, a card game inspired by classical Japanese poetry. As a child, Chihaya was introduced to the game by a quiet, gifted transfer student named Arata, and she was instantly drawn to it. Now in high school and reunited with her childhood friend Taichi, Chihaya dreams of finding Arata and the three resuming their love of karuta, only to discover that Arata has quit the game due to personal reasons. Determined not to let Arata’s passion go to waste, Chihaya and Taichi form the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club, where they learn that in karuta - as in life - working toward your dreams is the key to winning, even when what you want seems just out of reach.

The first and second seasons of Chihayafuru 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.


Chihayafuru
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###Sentai Filmworks Launches Portfolio of Fan-Favorite Anime Feature Films on Steam
Ninja Scroll, Garden of Words, Grave of the Fireflies, and More to Be Available to Steam Customers on September 20, 2016

HOUSTON, TX, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 – Twelve anime feature films from Sentai Filmworks, a leading North American anime licensor and distributor, are now available on Steam, a leading online destination for digital content.

Starting on September 21, 2016, Steam users will be able to stream classic and fan-favorite anime feature films in Japanese with English subtitles and English dubbed versions.

The partnership will launch anime titles like the award-winning anime anthology Short Peace, a digitally remastered version of the 1993 theatrical film Ninja Scroll, and the emotional classic Grave of the Fireflies from globally renowned animation studio Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke).

Steam customers will also be able to stream: Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, The Garden of Words, K-On! The Movie, Hakuōki - Theatrical Version, Chapter 1: Wild Dance of Kyoto, Hakuōki - Theatrical Version, Chapter 2: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky, Loups=Garous, Mardock Scramble: The First Compression, Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion, and Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust.

“Sentai Filmworks constantly works to ensure its content is available to fans via the best and newest platforms out there,” said Luke Patterson, Business Development Manager for Sentai Filmworks. “We are ecstatic to announce our partnership with Steam, one of the global leaders in digital content delivery, and now an exciting new partner in the streaming anime market.”

Steam customers can view video on all Steam-supported platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, SteamOS and Steam Link. Over the past year, Steam’s video offerings have only continued to expand, and Steam continues to be a leading platform for digital content with over 500 movies and shows, over 10,000 games, and millions of users. For pricing, availability, and more, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/.

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.


Sentai Filmworks / Anime Network Newsletters, Blogs & More!
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###Sentai Filmworks Brings the Boys Back in “Utano☆Princesama Legend Star”

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016– Sentai Filmworks is thrilled to rejoin the gorgeous boys of ST☆RISH in the exciting fourth season of the Uta no ☆ Prince-sama series: Utano☆Princesama Legend Star.

In this new season, the stars and heavens collide once more as our vibrant vocalists delve deeper into the competitive and turbulent idol world. With HE☆VENS on the rise, ST☆RISH and Haruka must up their game to bring their performances to sparkling new heights!

A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Black Butler, Your Lie in April, From the New World) returns to produce the fourth season, with music composition once again handled by Elements Garden. The series is directed by Takeshi Furuta (Storyboard and Unit Director of Utano ☆ Princesama Revolutions). Tomoko Konparu (series composition for the first three seasons) and Sayaka Konno helm series composition, with Maki Fujioka (Wolf Girl & Black Prince, La Corda D’oro - primo passo, Uta no ☆ Prince-sama Revolutions) serving as chief animation director.

Utano☆Princesama Legend Star is scheduled for an October 2, 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available 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 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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###SENTAI FILMWORKS SNAPS UP GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM; NORTH AMERICA THEATRICAL RELEASE IMMINENT

HOUSTON, September 27, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks, a leading independent distributor of Japanese anime and pop culture programming, announced today that they have acquired extensive distribution rights to the highly acclaimed, record-breaking Japanese anime film, Girls und Panzer der Film, for North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other territories. Sentai Filmworks will release additional information on Girls und Panzer der Film shortly, including distribution, release date, and streaming offerings.

“After seeing Girls und Panzer der Film last year, I knew we had to add this title to our already acclaimed library of movies. It’s one of the most exciting titles we’ve acquired this year,” said John Ledford, President of Sentai Filmworks. “Sometimes we choose films because they are critically acclaimed. Sometimes we pick films because they’re runaway hits. Girls und Panzer der Film is the perfect combination of both.”

During its recent Japanese theatrical run, Girls Und Panzer Der Film was ranked the highest-grossing movie of opening weekend and earned more than $21 million total at the Japanese box office. It is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, the same director of the 2012-2013 Japanese TV anime series, Girls und Panzer, which was also extremely popular and well received. The film continues where the beloved anime series Girls und Panzer left off, which takes place in a society where humanity exists in cities built atop gigantic carrier ships. A sport called “tankery” is a popular staple activity among high school girls. The girls of the Oarai High School tankery team are in for a new challenge, as they work together to defeat rival schools in order to keep their school from being closed down.

Girls und Panzer der Film shattered both Japanese 2015 box office and DVD sales records, including:

· Sold more than one million tickets and grossed more than $1.2 million U.S. in its opening weekend in Japan, becoming the number-one film in gross at the time
· Earned more than $2.3 billion yen ($21 million U.S.) total at the Japanese box office
· Won the prestigious Seiun Award Best Dramatic Presentation
· Awarded the Sanctuary Award from the 25th Japan Movie Critics Award
· Number one for the first week of its domestic home video release, and the fourth-highest selling Japanese animation Blu-ray Disc to date among all anime (for first-week sales)

Girls und Panzer der Film will kick off its multi-pronged campaign at this year’s AkibaFest, an anime fan festival in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, from October 15-16. Fans can take pictures with Girls und Panzer der Film cosplayers, create shareable GIFs at a GIF booth, shop exclusive merchandise, and score free swag.

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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.


Girls und Panzer
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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Girlish Number”

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 – The voice acting, or seiyu, business is no joke in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition, Girlish Number. Based on the light novel written by Wataru Watari (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) with color illustrations by QP:flapper (Celestial Method, MM!), this new series with a manga adaptation currently running in Dengeki G’S Comic is an exciting addition to Sentai’s Fall 2016 anime lineup.

College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at “Number One Produce,” a seiyu agency managed by her older brother, Gojo. In Chitose’s mind, she’s poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there’s more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined.

The series was directed by Shota Ihata (animation director for Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising), with animation production by diomedea (Kantai Collection, Squid Girl, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!).

Girlish Number is scheduled for an October 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available 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 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.


Girlish Number / gi(a)rlish number
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Original Magical Girl Anime “FLIP FLAPPERS”

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 – High-flying otherworldly adventures abound in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition for the Fall 2016 anime season, FLIP FLAPPERS. This original series by Studio 3Hz (Dimension W, Celestial Method) follows two very different girls as they journey into the world of “Pure Illusion.”

Cocona is a model honor student, cautious and slow to embrace new opportunities. This makes life complicated when a mysterious girl named Papika suddenly appears, fearlessly searching for a wish-granting crystal called the “Shard of Mimi.” When fates collide and they’re given the ability to transform into powerful fairy-like beings, where will the dangerous journey into “Pure Illusion” take them?

Kiyotaka Oshiyama directed the series with Takashi Kojima debuting as chief animation director and character designer, and TO-MAS SOUNDSIGHT FLUORESCENT FOREST in charge of music.

FLIP FLAPPERS is scheduled for an October 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available 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 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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###Sentai Filmworks’ Scores Some Seriously Modern Musical Madness with “ClassicaLoid”

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks today announced that it added ClassicaLoid to its Fall 2016 lineup.

Kanae’s got a two oddball houseguests in her beloved grandmother’s mansion: Moz and Beetho-san. However, these guys, with their crazy antics and supernatural musical powers, claim to be Classicaloid versions of maestros Mozart and Beethoven! Their powerful “mujik” arrangements evoke more than just emotions: they can make the stars fall, spirits dance, or even summon… giant robots? Friend or foe, Kanae is stuck with them, even as more classicaloids begin to invade her life. Will their presence usher in a new musical renaissance in her sleepy town, or will their explosive euphonics cut the standing ovation short?

ClassicaLoid is directed by Yoichi Fujita (Gintama, Mr. Osomatsu), with series composition for the original story by Ichiro Sakaki (original creator of Chaika the Coffin Princess and Outbreak Company) and Michihiro Tsuchiya (IDOLM@STER, IDOLM@ASTER CINDERELLA GIRLS). The show was created by Bandai Namco Pictures (Tiger & Bunny and Gintama).

The person involved with the music for works like Final Fantasy X and more, Masashi Hamauzu, is in charge of BGM creation, with “mujik” contributions by Japanese electronic producers and rock musicians, including Tomoyasu Hotei (Transformers Live Action), Daisuke Asakura (producer of T.M. Revolution), Tsunku (composer and lyricist for Morning Musume), and MTV Video Music Award nominee tofubeats.

ClassicaLoid is scheduled for an October 8, 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available 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 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.


Classicaloid
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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Matoi the Sacred Slayer”

HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of animation production studio WHITE FOX’s (Akame ga Kill!, Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World, Is the Order a Rabbit?) first original anime series, Matoi the Sacred Slayer.

I have wielded a god.

The year 2016 – In Tenman Shrine in Kamagaya City, Matoi Sumeragi was a 2nd year middle school student working a part-time job as a shrine maiden. Separated at a very young age with her mother, she has been entrusted for a long time with her paternal grandparents, and three months ago she finally started living together with her father Shingo. Because of such conditions, Matoi had been looking up to an ordinary, calm lifestyle.

Matoi’s close friend and coworker Yuma Kusanagi was the candidate for the next shrine maiden, being born into the family of the Tenman Shrine’s shrinemaster. She finds out that the family has conducted “exorcism” to rid evil spirits for generations, and attempts the “ritual of divine possession”, a ritual connected to “exorcism”, together with Matoi.

After school, the two of them head to the shrine as usual, but there they find a devastated shrine and Yuma’s parents wounded and collapsed. Furthermore, there was a man there with somewhat of an aura of insanity, who was a suspect for a mysterious case that Shingo, who is a detective, was trying to crack. Yuma suddenly conducts a “ritual of divine possession” in order to hold the thrashing man back, but it wasn’t Yuma that changes happened to…

What was given a girl who was seeking an ordinary, normal life was the power to wield a god and rid evil spirits!? Matoi Sumeragi will earnestly work at exorcist activities in order to regain those calm days where nothing gets in her way!

The series was directed by Masayuki Sakoi (Strawberry Panic!, Princess Resurrection) with series organization and script by Yosuke Kuroda (High School of the Dead, Trigun, My Hero Academia).

Matoi the Sacred Slayer is scheduled for an October 4, 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available 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 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.


Matoi the Sacred Slayer / Sōshin Shōjo Matoi
#155

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###Utano☆Princesama Legend Star to Shine on Anime Network Online
HOUSTON, September 30, 2016 - Your favorite singing boys are back in the exciting fourth season of the UtaPri franchise! This Fall, simulcast new episodes of Utano☆Princesama Legend Star on Anime Network Online (ANO).

In this new season, the stars and heavens collide once more as our vibrant vocalists delve deeper into the competitive and turbulent idol world. With HE☆VENS on the rise, ST☆RISH and Haruka must up their game to bring their performances to sparkling new heights!

Utano☆Princesama Legend Star begins airing on Saturday, October 1, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, North Africa, and the Middle East will be able to simulcast new episodes every Saturday at 1:00 PM EDT.

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.


Uta no Prince Sama
#156

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###Anime Network Online Unleashes the Power of the Gods in “Matoi the Sacred Slayer”

HOUSTON, September 30, 2016 – Magical girl meets shrine maiden in the latest addition to Anime Network Online’s (ANO) Fall 2016 simulcast season: Matoi the Sacred Slayer.

I have wielded a god.

The year 2016 – In Tenman Shrine in Kamagaya City, Matoi Sumeragi was a 2nd year middle school student working a part-time job as a shrine maiden. Separated at a very young age with her mother, she has been entrusted for a long time with her paternal grandparents, and three months ago she finally started living together with her father Shingo. Because of such conditions, Matoi had been looking up to an ordinary, calm lifestyle.

Matoi’s close friend and coworker Yuma Kusanagi was the candidate for the next shrine maiden, being born into the family of the Tenman Shrine’s shrinemaster. She finds out that the family has conducted “exorcism” to rid evil spirits for generations, and attempts the “ritual of divine possession”, a ritual connected to “exorcism”, together with Matoi.

After school, the two of them head to the shrine as usual, but there they find a devastated shrine and Yuma’s parents wounded and collapsed. Furthermore, there was a man there with somewhat of an aura of insanity, who was a suspect for a mysterious case that Shingo, who is a detective, was trying to crack. Yuma suddenly conducts a “ritual of divine possession” in order to hold the thrashing man back, but it wasn’t Yuma that changes happened to…

What was given a girl who was seeking an ordinary, normal life was the power to wield a god and rid evil spirits!? Matoi Sumeragi will earnestly work at exorcist activities in order to regain those calm days where nothing gets in her way!

Matoi the Sacred Slayer begins airing on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, Central America and South America will be able to simulcast new episodes every Tuesday 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.


Matoi the Sacred Slayer / Sōshin Shōjo Matoi
#157

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###“Majestic Prince” Episode 25 to Simulcast on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, September 30, 2016 – Return to a world of genetically engineered princes with a new episode of Majestic Prince! The newly announced 25th episode will connect the events of the original 2013 series with the Majestic Prince movie.

Majestic Prince, Episode 25, will air on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT to ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa.

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.


Majestic Prince / Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince
#158

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###“FLIP FLAPPERS” Flies In to Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, September 30, 2016 – This Fall 2016 anime simulcast season, Anime Network Online (ANO) proudly presents a journey into a world of “Pure Illusion” in the original magical girl anime FLIP FLAPPERS!

Cocona is a model honor student, cautious and slow to embrace new opportunities. This makes life complicated when a mysterious girl named Papika suddenly appears, fearlessly searching for a wish-granting crystal called the “Shard of Mimi.” When fates collide and they’re given the ability to transform into powerful fairy-like beings, where will the dangerous journey into “Pure Illusion” take them?

FLIP FLAPPERS begins simulcasting on Thursday, October 6, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Latin America, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa will be able to simulcast new episodes every Thursday at 9:00 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.


Flip Flappers
#159

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###Simulcast the Musical Madness of “ClassicaLoid” on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, September 30, 2016 – “Mujik” makes the people come together for the Fall 2016 anime season as Anime Network Online (ANO) proudly presents the slapstick comedy, ClassicaLoid!

Kanae’s got a two oddball houseguests in her beloved grandmother’s mansion: Moz and Beetho-san. However, these guys, with their crazy antics and supernatural musical powers, claim to be Classicaloid versions of maestros Mozart and Beethoven! Their powerful “mujik” arrangements evoke more than just emotions: they can make the stars fall, spirits dance, or even summon… giant robots? Friend or foe, Kanae is stuck with them, even as more classicaloids begin to invade her life. Will their presence usher in a new musical renaissance in her sleepy town, or will their explosive euphonics cut the standing ovation short?

ClassicaLoid begins airing on Saturday, October 8, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, Central America and South America will be able to simulcast new episodes every Saturday at 7:00 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.


Classicaloid
#160

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###“Girlish Number” to Simulcast on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, September 30, 2016 – From the original creator of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU comes a story about the competitive world of professional voice acting. Girlish Number, a slice-of-life comedy about the Japanese seiyu industry, makes its grand debut in the Fall 2016 anime season.

College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at “Number One Produce,” a seiyu agency managed by her older brother, Gojo. In Chitose’s mind, she’s poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there’s more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined.

Girlish Number begins airing on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, and Latin America will be able to simulcast new episodes every Wednesday at 1:00 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.


Girlish Number / gi(a)rlish number
#161

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###SENTAI FILMWORKS CATCHES “Squid Girl”

HOUSTON, OCTOBER 4, 2016– Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of the Squid Girl franchise for North America. Sentai’s acquisition will extend availability of the series, including seasons one, two, and the OVA’s to home video, television, and select digital outlets.

The cutest little tentacle-haired invader from the sea, Squid Girl, has come to subdue humanity! Unfortunately, she’s in hot water with the Aizawa siblings after a demonstration of her squid powers destroys their restaurant, the Lemon Beach House. Now, she’s forced to work as a waitress for them until she pays off her damages. Between her aquatic puns, bickering with the Aizawa sisters, tiffs with customers, and the many misadventures that come with seaside life, Squid Girl has her hands, and her tentacles, full!

The original manga series by Masahiro Anbe was serialized in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion for nearly a decade from 2007 to 2016. Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, SHIROBAKO) directed the animated series, with series composition by Michiko Yokote (RIN-NE, SHIROBAKO). Animation production was handled by diomedéa (Gingitsune).

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 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.


Squid Girl / Shinryaku! Ika Musume