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#162

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###Sentai Filmworks Returns to Karasuno with “Haikyu!! 3rd Season”

HOUSTON, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – It’s time to return to Karasuno High in the exciting third season of Haikyu!! Join Hinata, Kageyama, and the rest of the team in one of the most anticipated shows of the Fall 2016 season, Haikyu!! 3rd Season: Karasuno High VS. Shiratoizawa High School.

Picking up where the second season ended, the boys prepare to finally face off for the right to represent the prefecture in the volleyball national championship. Despite being known as “The Fallen Champions,” Karasuno is determined to take down the powerhouse that is the Shiratorizawa High volleyball team. As Hinata comes closer to fulfilling his promise to defeat Ushijima’s team, will the “Flightless Crows” finally find their wings and soar above the best school in the prefecture?

Original director Susumu Mitsunaka returns to direct the third season, with Taku Kishimoto (91 Days, ERASED) once again in charge of series composition. Production I.G, the same studio responsible for Kuroko’s Basketball, Psycho-Pass, and the first two seasons of Haikyu!!, returns to produce the series.

Haikyu!! 3rd Season will 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.


Haikyu!
#163

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###KRAKEN RELEASING TO UNLEASH “GARO”

October 10, 2016 – Speaking at the Monsterama fantasy and horror convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Kraken Releasing’s Matt Greenfield revealed that the company’s next major release will be the first installments in Japan’s dark horror/fantasy/martial arts live-action mega-franchise GARO. First launched on October 7, 2005, the original live action TV series, GARO (Fanged Wolf), quickly set itself apart from other Japanese fantasy series with its darker themes, adult content and spectacular fight scenes, unleashing a non-stop stream of GARO television series, feature films, collectibles and videogames. Often described as the closest thing ever made to a live action anime, GARO has gone on to become a major force in the Japanese entertainment industry, and Kraken Releasing is very honored to be the first to bring the epic live action saga to North America, beginning with GARO (Fanged Wolf) in 2017.

Where there is light, shadows lurk and fear reigns
Yet by the Blade of Knights, Mankind was given Hope

For thousands of years, mankind has been under attack by an ancient race of demons, nightmarish creatures that feed off the darkness in men’s souls and enter our world seeking bodies to possess. Against these Horrors, the human race has just one hope: the enchanted weapons and armor of the Makai Knights, a secret legion of warriors, priests and magic users who stand as humanity’s last line of defense. Created by famed film and video game designer/director Keita Amemiya (Zeram, Onimusha 2, Kamen Rider Black) and directed by Amemiya and pantheon of Japan’s top action and horror directors including Makoto Yokoyama (Power Rangers), Kengo Kaji (Tokyo Gore Police, Marvel’s Ironman-Rise Of The Technovore), and Ryu Kaneda (Parasite Dr. Suzunne, Video Girl Ai), GARO’s amazing battle sequences, stunning special effects and complex multi-character storyline make it an epic unlike anything you have seen before.

GARO (Fanged Wolf) will be released in 2017, with future installments in the GARO franchise to follow.

About Kraken Releasing:
KRAKEN RELEASING is a new international video distribution label specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre entertainment for mainstream audiences. With releases such as THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® and GODZILLA® VS. HEDORA™ , 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
#164

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Long Riders!”

HOUSTON, October 25, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce the newest addition to its Fall 2016 lineup: Long Riders!

For first-year college student Ami Kurata, it was love at first sight when she laid her eyes on a folding bike. She saves up money to buy one of her own, then pedals right into the exciting world of long-distance bicycling. After forming a cycling team on campus, Ami and her four new bike mates prepare for the ride of their lives in an upcoming long-distance race.

The series was directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls), with series composition by Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Divine Gate). Animation production was handled by Actas, the same studio responsible for the Girls und Panzer franchise.

Long Riders! will 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.


Long Riders!
#165

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Magic of Stella”

HOUSTON, October 26, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce the addition of the slice-of-life comedy Magic of Stella to its Fall 2016 lineup.

Based on the four-panel manga serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max, the series follows first-year high school student Tamaki Honda and her SNS club as they work together to create a self-published game. With Tamaki as the project’s illustrator, she works alongside the club’s other (rather peculiar) members, including Shiina (the club president and game programmer), Ayame (the scenario writer), Kayo (their music composer), and Yumine (the club’s boys’ love expert).

The series was directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Non Non Biyori) with series composition by Fumihiko Shimo (Myriad Colors Phantom World, Infinite Stratos, New Game!). Animation production was helmed by SILVER LINK, the same studio responsible for favorites like Chivalry of a Failed Knight, WATAMOTE, and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

Magic of Stella will 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.


Magic of Stella / Stella no Maho
#166

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###Anime Network Online Gets You Back in the Game with “Haikyu!! 3rd Season”

HOUSTON, OCTOBER 27, 2016 – The beloved boys of the Karasuno High School volleyball team face off against their toughest opponents in the exciting third season of Haikyu!

Picking up where the second season ended, the boys prepare to finally face off for the right to represent the prefecture in the volleyball national championship. Despite being known as “The Fallen Champions,” Karasuno is determined to take down the powerhouse that is the Shiratorizawa High volleyball team. As Hinata comes closer to fulfilling his promise to defeat Ushijima’s team, will the “Flightless Crows” finally find their wings and soar above the best school in the prefecture?

Haikyu!! 3rd Season begins airing on Monday, November 7, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands will be able to stream new episodes every Monday at 1:30 PM EST.

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.


Haikyu!
#167

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###Exciting Roads Await in “Long Riders!” on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, OCTOBER 27, 2016 – Exciting times on the open road await as Anime Network Online (ANO) adds “Long Riders!” to the Fall 2016 streaming lineup!

For first-year college student Ami Kurata, it was love at first sight when she laid her eyes on a folding bike. She saves up money to buy one of her own, then pedals right into the exciting world of long-distance bicycling. After forming a cycling team on campus, Ami and her four new bike mates prepare for the ride of their lives in an upcoming long-distance race.

Long Riders! begins airing on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa will be able to stream new episodes every Tuesday at 9:30 AM EST.

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.


Long Riders!
#168

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###“Magic of Stella” to Stream on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, OCTOBER 27, 2016 – This Fall, Anime Network Online (ANO) flings you into the world of game-making in the slice-of-life comedy, “Magic of Stella.”

Based on the four-panel manga serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max, the series follows first-year high school student Tamaki Honda and her SNS club as they work together to create a self-published game. With Tamaki as the project’s illustrator, she works alongside the club’s other (rather peculiar) members, including Shiina (the club president and game programmer), Ayame (the scenario writer), Kayo (their music composer), and Yumine (the club’s boys’ love expert).

Magic of Stella begins airing on Thursday, November 10, 2016. ANO subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa will be able to stream new episodes every Thursday at 9:30 AM EST.

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.


Magic of Stella / Stella no Maho
#169

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###SENTAI FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL THEATRICAL RELEASE FOR GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM
Girls und Panzer der Film Rolls Into More Than 30 Major Markets Nationwide

HOUSTON, November 1, 2016Sentai Filmworks, a leading independent distributor of Japanese anime and pop culture programming, announced today its U.S. release schedule for the English-dubbed, critically acclaimed, and record-breaking Japanese anime film, Girls und Panzer der Film. Girls und Panzer der Film will screen in more than 30 markets, including: New York, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Boston, Seattle, Orlando, San Diego, Sacramento, and more.

“The demand for a U.S. theatrical release of Girls und Panzer der Film was loud and clear,” said John Ledford, President and CEO of Sentai Filmworks. “We are thrilled to bring this intensely epic franchise to big screen audiences, where they can experience its unique blend of humor, heroism, and girls rocking heavy artillery.”

Girls und Panzer der Film picks up where the successful television series, Girls und Panzer, left off: in a society where humanity exists in cities built atop gigantic carrier ships. Now the girls of the Ooarai High School tankery team must pull together to defeat their foes and save their beloved school.

The movie, released in 2015 in Japan, was ranked the highest-grossing movie of its opening weekend and earned more than $24 million (USD) total at the Japanese box office. The film won the prestigious Seiun Award Best Dramatic Presentation and the Sanctuary Award from the 25th Japan Movie Critics Award. The English-dubbed movie is directed by Kyle Colby Jones, whose credits include No Game No Life, Parasyte –the maxim-, Akame ga Kill!, and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Additionally, Margaret McDonald (Miho), Rebekah Stevens (Yukari), Jessica Calvello (Saori), Caitlynn French (Hana), and Molly Searcy (Mako) reprise their roles from the TV series.

Sentai Filmworks tapped Los Angeles-based distributor, ELEVEN ARTS, for their U.S. roll-out.

“We believe in connecting exceptional and distinguished films to audiences around the world, and we think anime fans will thoroughly enjoy Girls und Panzer der Film,” said Ko Mori, CEO and President of ELEVEN ARTS.

Girls und Panzer der Film premieres during a special launch event at San Francisco’s NEW PEOPLE CINEMA in Japantown on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 7:00 pm. The 143-seat theater is located in NEW PEOPLE (1746 Post Street), a 20,000-square foot entertainment complex that promotes the latest in Japanese popular culture expressed though film, art, fashion, and various events. In addition to the movie, attendees will receive exclusive swag, participate in a Q&A panel with key film staff, and more.

All screening information can be found on www.girlsundpanzerderfilm.com with listings updated as additional theaters are added. For more information, including the movie trailer and cast and credits, please visit:

Girls und Panzer der Film
English-dubbed movie trailer
Premiere Tickets, NEW PEOPLE CINEMA

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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.

About ELEVEN ARTS
ELEVEN ARTS is a Los Angeles based film production/distribution company known for distributing high quality Japanese films, live-action and animation, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS’s major live-action titles include: Japan Academy Awards winner Memories of Tomorrow (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director Yoji Yamada’s samurai film Love and Honor. ELEVEN ARTS’ anime titles include: DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri, CHAPTER 1: REUNION, the Evangelion franchise, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, Blue Exorcist: The Movie, Expelled from Paradise, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and The Anthem of the Heart. For additional information: www.elevenarts.net. Join the fandom and follow us on Facebook Twitter & Instagram.


Girls und Panzer
#170

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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Urara Meirocho”

HOUSTON, DECEMBER 12, 2016 – Fortune telling is the name of the game in Sentai Filmworks’ newest license: Urara Meirocho. This supernatural comedy follows four girls in their quest to become fortune tellers (uranaishi).

Girls from all over the country come to live in Meiro-cho for one reason: to train to become the top uranaishi – the Urara. One day, a 15-year-old girl named Chiya enters the gates, but she has another, secret reason for wanting to become an uranaishi. Together with three very different girls, Kon, Koume, and Nono, Chiya gets started as a fortune teller’s apprentice.

The series is based off the original four-panel manga by Harikamo, with character design for the anime by Mai Otsuka (Shakugan no Shana, Non Non Biyori). Youhei Suzuki (SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Don’t Exist, Hentai Prince and Stony Cat) will direct with series composition by Deko Akao (Flying Witch, Noragami, Snow White with Red Hair).

Urara Meirocho is scheduled for a January 5, 2017 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available on 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 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.


Urara Meirochō
#171

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###Sentai Filmworks Rocks Out With the Girls’ Band Project, “BanG Dream!”

HOUSTON, DECEMBER 13, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of BanG Dream! The anime is part of an exciting mixed-media project featuring live performances by the popular girls’ band, Poppin’ Party, and includes the group’s three hit singles, “Yes! BanG_Dream!”, “STAR BEAT! ~Hoshi no Kodou~”, and “Hashirihajimeta bakari no kimini”.

When she was a child, Kasumi Toyama (played by Poppin’ Party’s lead singer, Aimi) felt a heart-pounding thrill every time she gazed at the stars, and she’s been looking without success for something that could inspire the same feeling ever since. One day, she comes across a star-shaped guitar in a rundown pawnshop and, for the first time, discovers the thrill she’s been searching for. Kasumi becomes determined to form an all-girl band, and her search leads her to four like-minded souls: Saya, Arisa, Rimi, and Tae (all brought to life by the members of Poppin’ Party). Does this band have what it takes to make their dreams of stardom come true?

The series was directed by Atsushi Otsuki (To Love-Ru, Wagnaria!!2), with series composition by Yuniko Ayana (Hello!! KINMOZA, The IDOLM@ASTER Cinderella Girls, FLIP FLAPPERS). All music was produced by Noriyasu Agematsu of Elements Garden (Utano Princesama Legend Star, Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha, Symphogear).

BanG Dream! is scheduled for a January 2017 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available on 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 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.


BanG Dream!
#172

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###Anime Network Online to Simulcast “Urara Meirocho”

HOUSTON, JANUARY 6, 2017 – Anime Network Online (ANO) can see the future: this Winter, ANO will be simulcasting the supernatural comedy Urara Meirocho, a story about four girls in their quest to become fortune tellers (uranaishi).

Girls from all over the country come to live in Meiro-cho for one reason: to train to become the top uranaishi – the Urara. One day, a 15-year-old girl named Chiya enters the gates, but she has another, secret reason for wanting to become an uranaishi. Together with three very different girls, Kon, Koume, and Nono, Chiya gets started as a fortune teller’s apprentice.

Urara Meirocho begins airing on Saturday, January 7, 2017. ANO subscribers in the United States of America, Canada, Turkey, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Latin America will be able to stream new episodes every Saturday at 1:00 AM EST.

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.


Urara Meirochō
#173

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###Girls’ Band Project “BanG Dream!” to Simulcast on Anime Network Online

HOUSTON, JANUARY 9, 2017 – Anime Network Online (ANO) might not have a stage big enough to host the newest addition to the Winter 2017 lineup: the girls’ band project ”BanG Dream!”

The anime is part of an exciting mixed-media project featuring live performances by the popular girls’ band, Poppin’ Party, and includes the group’s three hit singles, “Yes! BanG_Dream!”, “STAR BEAT! ~Hoshi no Kodou~”, and “Hashirihajimeta bakari no kimini”. The story follows Kasumi Toyama (played by Poppin’ Party’s lead singer, Aimi) when her life changes on the day she finds a star-shaped guitar. Determined to form an all-girl band, her search leads her to four like-minded souls: Saya, Arisa, Rimi, and Tae (all brought to life by the members of Poppin’ Party).

*BanG Dream! begins airing on Saturday, January 21, 2017. ANO subscribers in the United States of America, Canada, Turkey, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands and Latin America will be able to stream new episodes every Saturday at 9:00 AM EST.

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.


BanG Dream!
#174

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###SENTAI FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES CANADIAN RELEASE OF GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM
Following its U.S. Debut, Girls Und Panzer Der Film to Hit More Than 30 Canadian Cities on January 26, 2017

HOUSTON, January 17, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks, a leading independent distributor of Japanese anime and pop culture programming, announced today its Canadian release schedule for the English-dubbed, critically acclaimed, and record-breaking Japanese anime film, Girls und Panzer der Film. Beginning January 26, 2017, Girls und Panzer der Film will screen in more than 30 major Canadian cities, including: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.

Girls und Panzer der Film has a massive global fan following – from its record-breaking run in Japan, to its national U.S. release – and we know Canada has an immense fan base,” said John Ledford, President and CEO of Sentai Filmworks. “Girls und Panzer der Film devotees love the movie’s action, humor, unique storyline, and - of course - the girls rocking the artillery tanks, and we’re thrilled we can bring this big screen experience to Canadian fans.”

Girls und Panzer der Film picks up where the successful television series, Girls und Panzer, left off: in a society where humanity exists in cities built atop gigantic carrier ships. Now the girls of the Ooarai High School tankery team must pull together to defeat their foes and save their beloved school.

The movie, released in 2015 in Japan, was ranked the highest-grossing movie of its opening weekend and earned more than $24 million (USD) total at the Japanese box office. The film won the prestigious Seiun Award Best Dramatic Presentation and the Sanctuary Award from the 25th Japan Movie Critics Award. The English-dubbed movie is directed by Kyle Colby Jones, whose credits include No Game No Life, Parasyte -the maxim-, Akame ga Kill!, and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Additionally, Margaret McDonald (Miho), Rebekah Stevens (Yukari), Jessica Calvello (Saori), Caitlynn French (Hana), and Molly Searcy (Mako) reprise their roles from the TV series.

Girls und Panzer der Film made its U.S. debut in November 2016 in San Francisco’s NEW PEOPLE Cinema and has been well-received by critics and fans alike, who have praised the dub quality and its powerful sound design and effects. Together with Los Angeles-based distributor, ELEVEN ARTS, the film was shown in more than 30 major markets, including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, and Boston.

For its Canadian release, Sentai Filmworks and ELEVEN ARTS will begin screening Girls und Panzer der Film beginning January 26, 2017. Fans can check the most updated schedule via Girls und Panzer der Film.

For more information, including the movie trailer and cast and credits, please visit:

Girls und Panzer der Film
English-dubbed movie trailer

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

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 ELEVEN ARTS
ELEVEN ARTS is a Los Angeles based film production/distribution company known for distributing high quality Japanese films, both live-action and animation, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS’s major live-action titles include: Japan Academy Awards winner Memories of Tomorrow (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director Yoji Yamada’s samurai film Love and Honor. ELEVEN ARTS’ anime titles include: Girls und Panzer der Film, Yo-kai Watch: The Movie, DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. CHAPTER 1: REUNION, the Evangelion franchise, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, Blue Exorcist: The Movie, Expelled from Paradise, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and The Anthem of the Heart. For additional information, visit: www.elevenarts.net. Find us on social media: @ELEVEN_ARTS.


Girls und Panzer
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS NETS “Ajin: Demi-Human”

HOUSTON, JANUARY 17, 2017Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired home video and transactional video on demand rights to the heart-pounding horror thriller, Ajin: Demi-Human, created by Polygon Pictures, under an exclusive license with the Ajin Production Committee.

Kei Nagai is just another carefree high school student until a fatal accident brings his young life to a violent end. But Kei’s death is only the beginning. A resurrection brings not salvation but horror and the realization that he is something other than human. Kei and others like him, known as “Ajin”, are blessed with regenerative powers but they are hunted for cruel and sinister purposes. Kei must elude dark forces and confront the limits of his own humanity in a world that is truly inhumane.

Ajin: Demi-Human will soon be available on Blu-Ray and DVD with special content and extras only available on home video.

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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 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.


Ajin: Demi-Human
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###SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline”

HOUSTON, February 9, 2017Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of the French-Japanese animated series Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline. This 2007 production is based on the 1967 French comic series that is lauded as a cornerstone for the science-fiction genre, influencing intergalactic masterpieces such as Star Wars and The Fifth Element.

In the year 2417, a dashing space cadet named Valerian travels to the year 912 where he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful, and highly intelligent, peasant girl named Laureline. When his actions make the Earth disappear from the solar system, as the only humans left in the galaxy, Valerian and Laureline begin a new life as adventurers through time and space in hopes of restoring the Earth. Meanwhile, the two must also work together in a galaxy threatened by the sinister Vlagosian armada!

Action, adventure, romantic rivalry, and mystery abound in Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline! The complete 40-episode series 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.


Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline / Varerian ando Rōrurinnu
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###Oh My! Hentai! SoftCel Pictures Relaunches With New Adult Anime!

February 14, 2017 – Hentai fans rejoice! After 13 long years, adult anime market pioneer SoftCel Pictures is back, shaking up the North American home video scene with a sizzling new slate of Japan’s wildest animated entertainment. With an emerging catalog of uncut, uncensored, and high-definition Blu-rays, SoftCel Picture’s reputation as the premiere distributor of “hentai” animation will be at the forefront as the label re-launches in June 2017.

The revival of SoftCel Pictures is driven by a new mission: to achieve maximum market penetration and bring the finest in animated erotic entertainment directly from Japan to an eager and willing audience; to bring startling Blu-ray level clarity to acts that previously were hidden under sheets and layers of mosaics; and to boldly let anime characters go where they have never gone before!

With the finest translation, English-subtitles, and HD materials that allow the viewers to take in every detail, SoftCel will deliver the highest quality in adult animated entertainment, straight from the uncut, uncensored masters. SoftCel Pictures aims to provide a sensual and sense pounding animated experience that exceeds all audience expectations, taking the viewer to dizzying new heights of ecstasy. The only thing not included is ribbing for enhanced viewing pleasure.
Ready to sign up? SoftCel’s first prescription for animated naughtiness begins with the completely shameless (and frequently shameful) doctor-patient exploits of The Patients of Dr. Maro (original Jpanese title: Maro no Kanja wa Ganteki.) The Blu-ray, with reversible cover, (Region A) will be available for pre-order through select outlets beginning in February 2017.

As the year continues, the hits will keep coming… and coming and coming! SoftCel Pictures’ avalanche of new releases will continue later in the year with a whole slate of new Blu-ray titles, including King of Breasts, Slave Princess, Sex Hypnotist Zero, and The Devil’s Virgins. Fans of explicit Japanese anime can learn more about these exciting new releases and receive forthcoming updates by visiting www.softcelpictures.com.

About SoftCel Pictures:
SoftCel Pictures is the returning leader in high-quality animated adult entertainment, emerging with content guaranteed to arouse the interest of the modern audience. With a library of the hottest new and classic titles, the revived SoftCel Pictures proudly delivers the action to Blu-ray, uncut and in high-definition. For more information, and to see more exciting titles as they are announced, follow SoftCel pictures on Twitter (twitter.com/@softcelpictures) or visit the webpage at www.softcelpictures.com

SoftCel Pictures will be distributed by Section23 Films


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###Sentai Filmworks Gets Loud With “Anonymous Noise”

HOUSTON, MARCH 15, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks rocks it out with their latest acquisition, Anonymous Noise! Based on the manga written by Ryoko Fukuyama and currently running in the bimonthly comic anthology Hana to Yume, Anonymous Noise is an exciting addition to Sentai’s Spring 2017 anime lineup!

Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn’t in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can’t be repaired.

The series will be directed by Hideya Takahashi (Keijo!!!), with sound direction by Takayuki Yamaguchi (Matoi the Sacred Slayer), and series composition by Deko Akao (Flying Witch, Urara Meirocho). Brain’s Base (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Amnesia) will be in charge of animation production.

Anonymous Noise is scheduled for an April 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Spring 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

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


Anonymous Noise / Fukumenkei
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###Studio Colorido’s “Typhoon Noruda” Hits Sentai Filmworks

HOUSTON, MARCH 16, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks is inviting you to ride out the storm in Studio Colorido’s fantasy adventure, Typhoon Noruda. The film, helmed by first-time director and former Studio Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai, features character designs by Hiroyasu Ishida and music by Masashi Hamauzu (ClassicaLoid, Final Fantasy X).

The film takes place in a middle school on a remote island. Shuichi Azuma, a dedicated student, suddenly quits the baseball team, which leads to a fight with his best friend, Kenta. When a storm hits their school one day, Shuichi meets Noruda, a mysterious girl with a strange necklace, who seems to be somehow connected with the typhoon. Who is she? More importantly, why does Shuichi feel the need to help her?

Typhoon Noruda will soon be available on 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.


Typhoon Noruda / Taifū no Noruda
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###Sentai Filmworks Licenses Rumiko Takashi’s RIN-NE 3

HOUSTON, MARCH 16, 2017 – Get ready to ride the Wheel of Reincarnation once more in Sentai Filmworks’ latest addition to the Spring 2017 anime lineup: RIN-NE 3. Rinne Rokudo, Rokumon, and Sakura Mamiya are back for more misadventures in a story that pairs school life with the afterlife.

Saving lost souls on the tightest budget known to man is only a day’s work for half-human, half-Shinigami kind-of-thing Rinne! Together with the almost too-collected Sakura and his black cat Rokumon, life continues as normal as Rinne helps guide the dead to their final rest. However, new transfers are never a good sign, and a popular fortune teller ends up at Rinne and Sakura’s school as their new teacher. Things get chaotic when a strange girl wielding a scythe makes an appearance, and Rinne realizes that he might discover a major piece surrounding the mystery of his past.

Based on the original manga by famed manga-ka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½), the series will be directed by Hiroshi Ishiodori (RIN-NE; Kiss Him, Not Me). Brain’s Base (Natsume’s Book of Friends, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) returns to handle animation production for the third season of RIN-NE.

RIN-NE 3 is scheduled for an April 8th release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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


RIN-NE / Kyōkai no Rinne
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###Sentai Filmworks to Premiere First Episode of ‘Anonymous Noise’ at Anime Boston

HOUSTON, MARCH 22, 2017 – Fans will get a sneak peak at the most anticipated shoujo anime series of the Spring 2017 anime season. Based on the hit manga written by Ryoko Fukuyama, Anonymous Noise will make its world premiere in the USA at an exclusive, one-time screening at Anime Boston 2017.

Sentai Filmworks will host this special screening of the first episode of Anonymous Noise on April 1, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of Sheraton Boston from 3:30 PM EDT to 4:30 PM EDT. The free screening is available to the first one-thousand registered Anime Boston attendees to line up. Attendees will also receive a free gift and be entered for a chance to win surprise giveaways at the showing.

Sentai Filmworks describes the series:

“Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn’t in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can’t be repaired.”

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

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.


Anonymous Noise / Fukumenkei