Section23 Films Announces June 2014 Slate


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[size=16]SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES JUNE SLATE[/size]

SAMURAI BRIDE
Available June 24th

HOUSTON, February 26, 2014 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its June slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Samurai Bride. It’s the follow up to the smash series Samurai Girls!

Product details follow, in order of release
Coming June 2014

Title: AMNESIA COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/3/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: She runs through the flaming building seeking escape. She struggles in the water, desperate to keep afloat. And then she wakes in the hospital, with no knowledge of how she got there or memory of who she was. People she doesn’t know come to visit her, but only the one that no one else can see, the spirit boy who calls himself Olion, seems to understand what has happened to her. And he tells her not to let anyone know of her amnesia. As the Heroine struggles to recall her past and connect the random recollections in her mind to form memories, one thing seems sure: Time is no longer a constant, and the date of August 1st… the day she keeps waking up in the hospital… is somehow significant. As are each of the people she meets, though the stories that link her to them seem to shift like sands in an emptying hourglass. Will she be able put the pieces of the puzzle together, and what will she see if it becomes complete? Lost to both the world and herself, the Heroine must lift the veils of AMNESIA.

Title: AMNESIA COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/3/2014
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: She runs through the flaming building seeking escape. She struggles in the water, desperate to keep afloat. And then she wakes in the hospital, with no knowledge of how she got there or memory of who she was. People she doesn’t know come to visit her, but only the one that no one else can see, the spirit boy who calls himself Olion, seems to understand what has happened to her. And he tells her not to let anyone know of her amnesia. As the Heroine struggles to recall her past and connect the random recollections in her mind to form memories, one thing seems sure: Time is no longer a constant, and the date of August 1st… the day she keeps waking up in the hospital… is somehow significant. As are each of the people she meets, though the stories that link her to them seem to shift like sands in an emptying hourglass. Will she be able put the pieces of the puzzle together, and what will she see if it becomes complete? Lost to both the world and herself, the Heroine must lift the veils of AMNESIA.

Title: HENTAI PRINCE & THE STONY CAT COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/3/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Koto is a complete and total pervert, but he doesn’t think that’s a problem. What bothers him is that every time he tries to bluff his way through one of his indiscretions, his inability to drop his emotionless façade inevitably digs him in even deeper. Tsukiko also has an issue and wants to get rid of her childish habit of blurting out whatever she happens to be thinking. So when they learn about a statue of a cat that can take away a single personality trait that you want to get rid of, they’re both eager to try it out. However, what neither of them realizes until it’s too late is that the cat doesn’t just take the personality trait away from you, it GIVES it to somebody else! Now Koto can’t keep himself from saying exactly what’s on his mind, while Tsukiko has picked up a complete inability to display emotion! Could the solution be finding the original owners of all the assorted problems and arranging an un-swap? And if it is, just how are they going to find everyone? A crazed game of musical personalities encompassing a very surprising cast of characters has only just begun in HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT!

Title: HENTAI PRINCE & THE STONY CAT COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/3/2014
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Koto is a complete and total pervert, but he doesn’t think that’s a problem. What bothers him is that every time he tries to bluff his way through one of his indiscretions, his inability to drop his emotionless façade inevitably digs him in even deeper. Tsukiko also has an issue and wants to get rid of her childish habit of blurting out whatever she happens to be thinking. So when they learn about a statue of a cat that can take away a single personality trait that you want to get rid of, they’re both eager to try it out. However, what neither of them realizes until it’s too late is that the cat doesn’t just take the personality trait away from you, it GIVES it to somebody else! Now Koto can’t keep himself from saying exactly what’s on his mind, while Tsukiko has picked up a complete inability to display emotion! Could the solution be finding the original owners of all the assorted problems and arranging an un-swap? And if it is, just how are they going to find everyone? A crazed game of musical personalities encompassing a very surprising cast of characters has only just begun in HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT!

Title: DOG & SCISSORS COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/10/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Harumi Kazuhito was the ultimate bookworm, spending days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little could make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author, Kirihime Natsuno. Unfortunately, Harumi’s life goes to the dogs, literally, when he gets himself killed while trying to stop a robber! Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog… which might not be so bad if dogs could READ. Or if the woman who adopts him didn’t have twin predilections for playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet! But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she’s also his FAVORITE AUTHOR! The horror! Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing? Can he escape her constant hounding via the doggy door, or is he barking up the wrong tree? There’s a rough, rough time ahead as canine compulsive readers and literary she-wolves get snippy with each other when doggies do what they gotta do in DOG AND SCISSORS!

Title: LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 6/10/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: There lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters, until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished. Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls, alone, really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match! Get ready for the ultimate monster showdown as alien takes on dragon while the scales of fate hang in the balance in LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE!

Title: LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 6/10/2014
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: There lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters, until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished. Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls, alone, really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match! Get ready for the ultimate monster showdown as alien takes on dragon while the scales of fate hang in the balance in LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE!

Title: MAOYU - ARCHENEMY & HERO COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/10/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dread Demon King that mankind has fought for fifteen years. For one thing, the “king” turns out to be a queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she’s waiting for him with an unexpected proposal. She points out that it would be bad for BOTH sides if the war was to end immediately, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the war, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to humanity, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who “wins”. But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she’s chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind’s only hope for lasting peace? The traditional rules of Swords and Sorcery are completely rewritten as the “good guy” and the “bad girl” join forces to save the world in MAOYU - ARCHENEMY & HERO!

Title: MAOYU - ARCHENEMY & HERO COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/10/2014
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dread Demon King that mankind has fought for fifteen years. For one thing, the “king” turns out to be a queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she’s waiting for him with an unexpected proposal. She points out that it would be bad for BOTH sides if the war was to end immediately, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the war, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to humanity, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who “wins”. But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she’s chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind’s only hope for lasting peace? The traditional rules of Swords and Sorcery are completely rewritten as the “good guy” and the “bad girl” join forces to save the world in MAOYU - ARCHENEMY & HERO!

Title: BUSOU SHINKI COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/17/2014
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Some guys wait their entire life to meet the girl of their dreams, but high school freshman Rihito is already living with FOUR of them! And they’re (almost) always ready and willing to help him with whatever difficult task their “Master” needs to be handled. So, how did Rihito get to be so lucky? Well, while Hina, Ann, Ines and Rene may not be exactly high maintenance, Rihito does have to make sure that they’re lubricated regularly and their batteries are recharged. That’s because they’re Shinki: tiny, six-inch high, customizable androids. But don’t let their tiny size fool you. These little ladies have more than full-size intelligence and emotions, and since each one would prefer to be Rihito’s favorite, there’s sure to be a little mechanical friction! Get ready for sparks to fly as these battery powered princesses take charge of Rihito’s world in BUSOU SHINKI!

Title: SAMURAI BRIDE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/24/2014
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Things seemed to be going so well for Muneakira Yagyu. On top of dealing with Jubei, the immortal samurai warrior who fell out of the sky and into his arms and lips, he used his ability to awaken the latent power of a female samurai with a kiss to successfully juggle a handful of very powerful, very female master samurai, AND led them all to victory against the minion of a great evil. So was it too much to ask for a little break in the routine of saving Japan? Apparently it was, as another great evil has appeared in the land, this one even stronger than the last. However, that’s the LEAST of Muneakira’s problems, because with all the women he’s kissed in order to awaken their latent samurai powers, the inevitable has finally happened. Someone’s taking the long walk down the aisle with a samurai girl! It’s going to be a REALLY old fashioned wedding and any resistance by the groom will be totally feudal in SAMURAI BRIDE!

Title: SAMURAI BRIDE COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/24/2014
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Things seemed to be going so well for Muneakira Yagyu. On top of dealing with Jubei, the immortal samurai warrior who fell out of the sky and into his arms and lips, he used his ability to awaken the latent power of a female samurai with a kiss to successfully juggle a handful of very powerful, very female master samurai, AND led them all to victory against the minion of a great evil. So was it too much to ask for a little break in the routine of saving Japan? Apparently it was, as another great evil has appeared in the land, this one even stronger than the last. However, that’s the LEAST of Muneakira’s problems, because with all the women he’s kissed in order to awaken their latent samurai powers, the inevitable has finally happened. Someone’s taking the long walk down the aisle with a samurai girl! It’s going to be a REALLY old fashioned wedding and any resistance by the groom will be totally feudal in SAMURAI BRIDE!

About Section23 Films:
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan, Kraken Releasing 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.


#2

Looks like it’s Mayou and Samurai Bride for me.

Interesting things to note:

-BUSOU SHINKI is DVD only (probably due to licensing restrictions)

  • No dub for Henneko (Which actually surprises me)

  • kind of suspected Mayou wouldn’t get a dub, due to it being a recent acquisition and sales weren’t all that great in Japan. But we are getting a Blu-Ray release, so it evens out.


#3

This is a very tough slate because there’s nothing here I’m targeting at the present time but there are titles here I wouldn’t mind owning down the line.

Maybes:
Dog & Scissors
LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE
MAOYU - ARCHENEMY & HERO
BUSOU SHINKI


#4

It was hard to read through this list. I’ll just hope that y’all will inspire Sentai to give these the Maria Holic/Princess Resurrection treatment sometime.

EDIT: Does Funimation’s release of Attack on Titan in June offer any explanation as to why Sentai’s June slate is so low-key?


#5

Dog & Scissors, and the Hentai Prince are the only ones on my radar.

Unless there’s some OVA or something, I’m not going to rush to buy them (I still have a bit of a back catalog to buy still)


#6

Now that June is up for pre-order, I can put in my big Sentai order (or more specifically, several small orders so they ship out properly.)

I’ll have to watch Maoyu one of these days and decide on that one.

So from June, just Henneko for me.


#7

Samurai Bride for sho’.

Everything else is a wait and see, specially Maoyu (one disk, really?)


#8

[quote=“tonka”]Samurai Bride for sho’.

Everything else is a wait and see, specially Maoyu (one disk, really?)[/quote]

If it’s a BD50, then it’s ok, it would be around 3.5 - 3.8GB (for 13) an episode depending how much space the extras take up. If it’s a BD 25 then that’s DVD quality and really not worth paying the extra for the BD. Can we get some clarification on this?

If the previous releases were on BD25s at between 8-9 eps on a Disc (3.1 for 8 eps, and around 2.75GB an episode for 9) Again depends on how much space the menu / extras take up.


#9

[quote=“Series5Ranger”]
If it’s a BD50, then it’s ok, it would be around 3.5 - 3.8GB (for 13) an episode depending how much space the extras take up. If it’s a BD 25 then that’s DVD quality and really not worth paying the extra for the BD. Can we get some clarification on this?

If the previous releases were on BD25s at between 8-9 eps on a Disc (3.1 for 8 eps, and around 2.75GB an episode for 9) Again depends on how much space the menu / extras take up.[/quote]

Both Henneko & Maoyu at the moment are planned to have 1 BD, which was confirmed with S23 by WTK on Fandompost.

http://www.fandompost.com/oldforums/showthread.php?21122-Sentai-Filmworks-licenses-Henneko-The-Hentai-Prince-amp-The-Stony-Cat&p=230684#post230684

[QUOTE=WTK][QUOTE=BigOnAnime]This can’t be good. Trying to fit all of that on one single disc? Wonder if this is a typo…[/QUOTE]
I checked with S23 earlier today. 1-disc is what’s planned right now (same thing for MAOYU).[/QUOTE]

Sentai’s collections usually use one BD50 (eps. 1-9) and one BD25 (eps. 10+).

Which means, they’ll probably be using one BD50.


#10

Well I don’t expect the extras to need much space. A silver lining. Can’t wait for these 100 GB bds to become practically priced. It would still be weird to see 12 eps on one disc after two has been the norm for so long. Is this the turning point, the equivalent to when anime on DVD went dual layer?

Though with the bd case able to hold two discs why go for one fifty instead of two twenty-fives?


#11

[quote]A lot of you guys have asked us about some of our June Blu-ray releases coming on only one disc, specifically Maoyu and HENNEKO. The official answer is:

An English audio track takes up a lot of space on a Blu-ray disk, and since these releases contain just one audio track (Japanese audio), there is more than enough room on one Blu-ray disk for all episodes without degradation of quality.

There you have it![/quote]

Sentai Filmworks Facebook Page


#12

[quote=“Slowhand”]

[quote]A lot of you guys have asked us about some of our June Blu-ray releases coming on only one disc, specifically Maoyu and HENNEKO. The official answer is:

An English audio track takes up a lot of space on a Blu-ray disk, and since these releases contain just one audio track (Japanese audio), there is more than enough room on one Blu-ray disk for all episodes without degradation of quality.

There you have it![/quote]

Sentai Filmworks Facebook Page[/quote]

Pet Girl of Sakurasou was released sub only and both volumes are 2 disc sets, so please understand if my BS sense is tingling right now.


#13

Don’t know how disk authoring works, but all I can think is maybe they’ll actually use the full 50gigs on the BD and not stop 2/3 or even 3/4 of the way.


#14

It is possible to put 13 episodes on one BD-50 without loss to the quality . The problem is when a company hires people that don’t know how to do it properly. We end up with all kinds of video and audio issues. The difference I fear Sentai is failing to realize is when other companies do it they lower the cost to reflect the lower disc count. Which if there is problems people are more forgiving as they got it cheap. Warner Bros. In order to cut the cost on putting stuff like Beware the Batman on Blu-ray cut back to one disc for 13 episodes . The difference in that case is most American shows come out a bit shorter then a standard anime series episode. I will give the shadow of a doubt to Sentai ,but my fear of them hiring people like the ones that do Mill Creek or Echo Bridge releases will be in the back of my head leaving me waiting to I see reviews of each releases to buy instead of pre-ordering. So hey might make me wait to the Rightstuf 12 days sales and save some cash.

Guess it could be worse they could use Blu-ray flippers.


#15

[quote=“Slowhand”]

[quote]A lot of you guys have asked us about some of our June Blu-ray releases coming on only one disc, specifically Maoyu and HENNEKO. The official answer is:

An English audio track takes up a lot of space on a Blu-ray disk, and since these releases contain just one audio track (Japanese audio), there is more than enough room on one Blu-ray disk for all episodes without degradation of quality.

There you have it![/quote]

Sentai Filmworks Facebook Page[/quote]
They don’t have to sound so cheerful about it :frowning:

If only they could have started this back with Persona 4 as then I could have had all 24 episodes on 2 discs and thus condensed it into one BD case instead of 2. Dubbed-only bluray was something that I could get behind. Sub-only BD’s sole advantage is higher image quality and, like others, I’m skeptical of this; just because it can be done doesn’t guarantee that it will be.


#16

Persona 4 is a sad “special” case, being one of the last Aniplex titlse that they allowed to go to someone else other that AoA.


#17

[quote=“TheCoffeeGod”]

Persona 4 is a sad “special” case, being one of the last Aniplex titlse that they allowed to go to someone else other that AoA.[/quote]

I wonder how many people would have been interested in paying AoA prices for Persona 4. It was fun, sure, but it wasn’t “amazeballs”. I’m glad that the BD did happen as only in the most extreme circumstances can I abide by buying a DVD. For the 2 dvd-only titles on this release schedule I would have preferred Persona 4-styled BDs as DVD for a modern show just feels wrong.

…If given the choice of dub-only DVD or sub-only BD I’d be in a bit of a bind.


#18

[quote=“celestial_being”]
I wonder how many people would have been interested in paying AoA prices for Persona 4. It was fun, sure, but it wasn’t “amazeballs”. I’m glad that the BD did happen as only in the most extreme circumstances can I abide by buying a DVD. For the 2 dvd-only titles on this release schedule I would have preferred Persona 4-styled BDs as DVD for a modern show just feels wrong.

…If given the choice of dub-only DVD or sub-only BD I’d be in a bit of a bind.[/quote]

I didn’t even buy Sentai’s release, so I certainly wouldn’t buy AoA’s release for it if it happened.

As for the DVD-only titles, chances are Dog & Scissors was probably a licensor call, since the final JP volume just got released Jan 14 2014.

Busou Shinki probably didn’t pull good enough stream numbers to warrant a BD.
Though I think that’s partially TBS’s fault (maybe partially Sentai’s as well) since that was one of the last TBS TAN exclusives in Fall 2012, before TBS started allowing CR simulcasts in Spring 2013.


#19

I wanted to believe that the narrative of “streaming numbers determine how spiffy the physical release is…or if there will even be one” was just funi and Sentai trying to drum up business for their streams but now I’m not so sure.

There are many shows that I’ve bought but didn’t simulcast or stream in any way. Going by the streaming numbers doesn’t takw such into account. As there’s no way to know if people who simulcasted also bought I don’t see it as a very useful metric and certainly not as THE metric.

I’m going to.keep my fingers crossed that dubbed blurays of these titles eventually come out.


#20

It’s not the only metric they use in determining the final outcome of a release, but it is a factor.
It does kinda make me wonder about Chunibyo though, if the TBS TAN exclusivity of it and the streaming numbers because of it, were the reason it was relegated to sub-only BD.

There’s also overseas acquisitions in other English speaking countries, which help with the dubbing costs on the shared licenses.

At the end of the day though, it’s a business decision in the direction of safety over perceived demand, so there’s not much we can do about it but whine or buy it anyways.