Section23 Films Announces September 2013 Slate


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

ELFEN LIED BLU-RAY EDITION Available on September 3rd

HOUSTON, May 30, 2013 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its September slate of releases; including the Anime Classic Elfen Lied which will be available for the first time on Blu-Ray and will include all 13 episodes plus the OVA “In Passing Showers”.

Product details follow, in order of release
Coming September 2013

Title: AKB0048 SEASON 1
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 9/3/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The year is 0048, and in the wake of the great wars, all forms of entertainment have been banned by the dystopian and iron-gloved rule of the anti-music DES. To combat this threat to intergalactic harmony, a group of bold young women have resurrected the legendary J-Pop band AKB48 and formed an all new Band of Sisters - AKB0048! But these rocking rebels aren’t simply singers! Trained in combat as well as choreography, these striking strike team members are equally at home in concert halls and in the trenches. Under the leadership of the mysterious Sensei Sensei, they’re ready to lay down their lives in order to make the universe a safe place for getting your groove on! And as a fresh new team of singer-soldiers join the cause and enter basic training, the batons and battle gear are about to be passed to a new generation of daring divas! Get ready to polish your dancing boots and dive into danger with the latest hard hitting hits as the new recruits take the staging ground and the veterans provide the musical soundtrack to their own action epic in AKB0048!

Title: AKB0048 SEASON 1 BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 9/3/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: The year is 0048, and in the wake of the great wars, all forms of entertainment have been banned by the dystopian and iron-gloved rule of the anti-music DES. To combat this threat to intergalactic harmony, a group of bold young women have resurrected the legendary J-Pop band AKB48 and formed an all new Band of Sisters - AKB0048! But these rocking rebels aren’t simply singers! Trained in combat as well as choreography, these striking strike team members are equally at home in concert halls and in the trenches. Under the leadership of the mysterious Sensei Sensei, they’re ready to lay down their lives in order to make the universe a safe place for getting your groove on! And as a fresh new team of singer-soldiers join the cause and enter basic training, the batons and battle gear are about to be passed to a new generation of daring divas! Get ready to polish your dancing boots and dive into danger with the latest hard hitting hits as the new recruits take the staging ground and the veterans provide the musical soundtrack to their own action epic in AKB0048!

Title: ELFEN LIED COMPLETE
Published by: ADV Films
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 9/3/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: Critics have described Elfen Lied as “weird,” (Anime Planet), “surprisingly sadistic,” (Gamers Edge), and “addictive”(Animesou). No wonder, when you consider what makes this series hum! Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it’s too late.

Title: ELFEN LIED COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by: ADV Films
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 9/3/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Critics have described Elfen Lied as “weird,” (Anime Planet), “surprisingly sadistic,” (Gamers Edge), and “addictive”(Animesou). No wonder, when you consider what makes this series hum! Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it’s too late.

Title: PATLABOR TV COLLECTION 2
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/10/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Piloting a giant robot isn’t just a job, it’s an obsession. At least it is if you’re Noa Izumi, the dedicated young pilot of the SV2 Team 1’s Ingram, which she prefers to refer to as “Alphonse.” Unfortunately, Noa’s not the only driven female in SV2’s lineup, and when fate puts Kanuka Clancy in charge of Noa, not only do fireworks ensue, but Captain Goto decides to throw a little alcohol on the fire! But that’s far from the most dangerous situation facing the thin steel line, and between escorting visiting royalty and pop singers at one extreme, and facing off with mysterious phantom robots on the other, there’s no rest for the weary, overworked squad. And when someone starts sending threatening messages to Goto and potentially deadly “accidents” start occurring, it’s up to the whole force to band together and find the culprit before someone on the Ingram team has their plug pulled permanently! The bad guys will learn the hard way that you NEVER mess with girls who pilot robots bigger than your getaway car as SV2 stomps out crime in MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR TV COLLECTION 2!

Title: PATLABOR TV COLLECTION 2 BLU-RAY
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/10/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Piloting a giant robot isn’t just a job, it’s an obsession. At least it is if you’re Noa Izumi, the dedicated young pilot of the SV2 Team 1’s Ingram, which she prefers to refer to as “Alphonse.” Unfortunately, Noa’s not the only driven female in SV2’s lineup, and when fate puts Kanuka Clancy in charge of Noa, not only do fireworks ensue, but Captain Goto decides to throw a little alcohol on the fire! But that’s far from the most dangerous situation facing the thin steel line, and between escorting visiting royalty and pop singers at one extreme, and facing off with mysterious phantom robots on the other, there’s no rest for the weary, overworked squad. And when someone starts sending threatening messages to Goto and potentially deadly “accidents” start occurring, it’s up to the whole force to band together and find the culprit before someone on the Ingram team has their plug pulled permanently! The bad guys will learn the hard way that you NEVER mess with girls who pilot robots bigger than your getaway car as SV2 stomps out crime in MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR TV COLLECTION 2!

Title: THIS BOY CAUGHT A MERMAN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 30 min.
Street Date: 9/10/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $14.98

SYNOPSIS: They say look before you leap and make sure you can swim before you go in the deep water, but when a picture of his late grandfather falls into the ocean, Shima jumps in after it without thinking. Nearly drowning as a result, he is instead saved by a very perfect stranger… one whose strangeness extends to only being human from the waist up! For Shima, who’s always felt like a fish out of water himself, it’s more than just a revelation, and the young man and merman quickly begin to bond in ways neither anticipated. And yet, it’s going to be far from easy sailing. After all, Shima and Isaki aren’t just from opposite sides of the tracks, they’re from entirely divergent species, and swimming in separate gene pools may make maintaining a long term relationship a whole different kettle of fish! Will they be like ships passing in the night, or will they be willing to take the ultimate plunge and answer the siren call? Things are going to get wet and wild as Shima and Isaki make a huge splash in THIS BOY CAUGHT A MERMAN!

Title: THIS BOY CAUGHT A MERMAN BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 30 min.
Street Date: 9/10/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $24.98

SYNOPSIS: They say look before you leap and make sure you can swim before you go in the deep water, but when a picture of his late grandfather falls into the ocean, Shima jumps in after it without thinking. Nearly drowning as a result, he is instead saved by a very perfect stranger… one whose strangeness extends to only being human from the waist up! For Shima, who’s always felt like a fish out of water himself, it’s more than just a revelation, and the young man and merman quickly begin to bond in ways neither anticipated. And yet, it’s going to be far from easy sailing. After all, Shima and Isaki aren’t just from opposite sides of the tracks, they’re from entirely divergent species, and swimming in separate gene pools may make maintaining a long term relationship a whole different kettle of fish! Will they be like ships passing in the night, or will they be willing to take the ultimate plunge and answer the siren call? Things are going to get wet and wild as Shima and Isaki make a huge splash in THIS BOY CAUGHT A MERMAN!

Title: GOLGO 13 COMPLETE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1250 min.
Street Date: 9/17/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: His targets never see it coming and he’s never caught. If there’s a witness to the kill, that poor SOB winds up dead too. People say he’s a ghost. A machine. A monster. He’s Golgo 13, the most feared assassin in the world, the professional’s professional, the killer of killers. And now he’s back with 50 targeted missions that will keep you glued to the screen (and away from the windows). Load up for high-powered, bullet-riddled action with Golgo 13!

Title: GOLGO 13 COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1250 min.
Street Date: 9/17/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: His targets never see it coming and he’s never caught. If there’s a witness to the kill, that poor SOB winds up dead too. People say he’s a ghost. A machine. A monster. He’s Golgo 13, the most feared assassin in the world, the professional’s professional, the killer of killers. And now he’s back with 50 targeted missions that will keep you glued to the screen (and away from the windows). Load up for high-powered, bullet-riddled action with Golgo 13!

Title: NYAN KOI! COMPLETE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/24/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Saying that Junpei Kosaka’s allergic to cats is something of an understatement, just thinking about cats can make him sneeze. A fact that seems to be lost on his mother and sister, who both ADORE cats. And if that wasn’t bad enough, when Junpei inadvertently damages a statue of a cat deity, he becomes cursed with the ability to understand felines. Now Junpei must perform 100 great favors for cat-kind or face the fate of being turned into a cat himself! Life quickly becomes a purrfect hell as every cat in the neighborhood starts sending Junpei their list of “requests.” But it’s not just the cats: the local Yakuza’s daughter is playing cat and mouse; the monk’s daughters are acting catty; Junpei’s childhood best friend is ready to use him as a scratching post; and the girl he has a secret crush on is as cat crazy as the rest! Get ready for the ultimate catfight on the road to purrdition in this cataclysmic complete collection of Nyan Koi!

Title: NYAN KOI! COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/24/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Saying that Junpei Kosaka’s allergic to cats is something of an understatement, just thinking about cats can make him sneeze. A fact that seems to be lost on his mother and sister, who both ADORE cats. And if that wasn’t bad enough, when Junpei inadvertently damages a statue of a cat deity, he becomes cursed with the ability to understand felines. Now Junpei must perform 100 great favors for cat-kind or face the fate of being turned into a cat himself! Life quickly becomes a purrfect hell as every cat in the neighborhood starts sending Junpei their list of “requests.” But it’s not just the cats: the local Yakuza’s daughter is playing cat and mouse; the monk’s daughters are acting catty; Junpei’s childhood best friend is ready to use him as a scratching post; and the girl he has a secret crush on is as cat crazy as the rest! Get ready for the ultimate catfight on the road to purrdition in this cataclysmic complete collection of Nyan Koi!

Title: QUEEN’S BLADE REBELLION COMPLETE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/24/2013
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Power corrupts, and it when it appears that the once noble Queen Claudette’s ways have turned to oppression and heretical persecution, it’s up to a new generation of warriors to step up to the plate armor to bear arms and bare their naked fury in open rebellion! The odds may seem unfairly stacked in favor of the Amazonian ranks of the queen, doubly supported by her power of writ and assassins. But the incredible wits and assets of the dazzling array of daring damsels willing to risk their gorgeous skins and put their lithesome bodies on line against her, might just expose a few unexpected weaknesses in the queen’s support! It’s the wildest fantasy ever as an unprecedented force of fabulous female fighters… from elven alchemist to half-demon berserker, from undead pirate captain to dragon maid… all come together with the goal of stripping the queen from her throne in QUEEN’S BLADE: REBELLION!

Title: QUEEN’S BLADE REBELLION COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/24/2013
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Power corrupts, and it when it appears that the once noble Queen Claudette’s ways have turned to oppression and heretical persecution, it’s up to a new generation of warriors to step up to the plate armor to bear arms and bare their naked fury in open rebellion! The odds may seem unfairly stacked in favor of the Amazonian ranks of the queen, doubly supported by her power of writ and assassins. But the incredible wits and assets of the dazzling array of daring damsels willing to risk their gorgeous skins and put their lithesome bodies on line against her, might just expose a few unexpected weaknesses in the queen’s support! It’s the wildest fantasy ever as an unprecedented force of fabulous female fighters… from elven alchemist to half-demon berserker, from undead pirate captain to dragon maid… all come together with the goal of stripping the queen from her throne in QUEEN’S BLADE: REBELLION!

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.


#2

Elfen Lied on bluray makes me very happy. The inclusion of the OVA makes it even better. :slight_smile:


#3

Nyan Koi, Patlabor, and AKB0048 BD for me. Maybe I get the Blu-ray of Elfen Lied somewhere down the road.


#4

I’m happy about the ‘Elfin Lied’ complete collection, but I have a few questions.

  1. Is the OVA dubbed? I don’t care if it isn’t, I’m just happy it’s finally getting released here, but I’m still curious.

  2. Is there any hope for a complete ‘Kino’s Journey’ collection? That has two movies that were never brought over here.


#5

Nyan Koi! for me.


#6


I’m kinda sad that Phi-Brain S2 Clt02 isn’t on the Sept. solicitations (especially since David mentioned it would be at ACen).

So only AKB0048 BD from this.
I guess I’ll be waiting to put my order in until the Oct. solicitations are out it seems.
Hopefully Phi-Brain will pop up then.


#7

I just found out the OVA will be dubbed.


#8

[quote=“Anime1Games”]I’m happy about the ‘Elfin Lied’ complete collection, but I have a few questions.

  1. Is the OVA dubbed? I don’t care if it isn’t, I’m just happy it’s finally getting released here, but I’m still curious.

  2. Is there any hope for a complete ‘Kino’s Journey’ collection? That has two movies that were never brought over here.[/quote]

  3. According to WTK of the Fandom Post forums it will be dubbed.

  4. As far as Kino’s Journey goes, that is a wait and see.


#9

[quote=“deathfromabove1993”]

[quote=“Anime1Games”]I’m happy about the ‘Elfin Lied’ complete collection, but I have a few questions.

  1. Is the OVA dubbed? I don’t care if it isn’t, I’m just happy it’s finally getting released here, but I’m still curious.

  2. Is there any hope for a complete ‘Kino’s Journey’ collection? That has two movies that were never brought over here.[/quote]

  3. According to WTK of the Fandom Post forums it will be dubbed.

  4. As far as Kino’s Journey goes, that is a wait and see.[/quote]

  5. Awesome to hear!

  6. I’m a huge Kino fan so for me it’s a ‘wait and hope’, but thanks for letting me know!


#10

Definitely AKB0048

Nyan Koi was cute but not sure about adding it.

and with the discounted price, is Elfin Lied worth it?

  • the one I really want from Sentai comes out next month…*

Follow up

*Ended up ordering AKB0048 and the Elfin Lied BD’s


#11

Holy bleep! Golgo Complete? I didn’t expect that. I was thinking next they were gonna do Season 1 CC then season 2 CC. That’s on the list and also AKB0048 Season 1.


#12

The proposed bluray cover art is pretty awesome too: :cheer:

Source: RightStuf!
Warning: nudity


#13

That will get peoples attention.


#14

What gets my attention is the “ADV Films” logo in the lower right on that image. I realize that it says “not final” but still…

I miss the era where, despite characters having moeblob heads/faces, they could actually have more defined bodies that aren’t the K-On esque amorphous blobs. I miss the pre-moeblob days when “people looked like people”.

On that cover art, the head behind the right shoulder of everyone’s favorite invisible-arm-armed (lol) killer looks like that of the Haruhi-knockoff character from Angel Beats. Hair color is the only way to even start to tell the moeblob heads apart…

Maybe I’ll buy this from the Sentai booth. Last year I bought their DVD release. Still haven’t seen the dub of this, only the sub. Maybe I was subconsciously waiting for the BD?


#15

Elfen Lied is still licensed by ADV, so their logo should be staying on the final release. I actually like that, as a couple days before the announcement, I was thinking it was a but sad that I would never have any ADV blurays in my collection.


#16

Sounds like Funimation was wrong: Voltron didn’t disassemble lol.

I “exhumed” my copy of the DVD and, sure enough, the ADV logo is there. It looks so…nostalgic.

This new cover art is vastly superior IMO to that of the DVD. It has more than one character on the cover, focuses on that character, has less “wasted space”, darker BG and it doesn’t focus on everyone’s 2nd or 3rd favorite Diclonius looking like she’s escaped from a sarcophagus and needs Brandon Fraser to save the day lol.

More seriously, Lucy wasn’t really about the whole A.B.A. (guilty gear) look in the series and I like that the new art reflects that.


#17

Say, I though that the whole “gimmick” with this AKB0048 show was that it included that band’s members as its primary voice actresses. How will the dub address that?


#18

So Golgo 13 Blu-ray has shipped to many and the thoughts on the video are about what I expected. Even though it was made in 2008 the show was done in SD not HD as it showed on DVD it really shows on Blu-ray. So if you get it don’t expect great video.


#19

At least the content is good. After Funimation’s debacle with Black Lagoon I wasn’t expecting any real upgrade in the video (I remember back when Funi didn’t print white lies about video quality on their packaging lol). Would I be correct in assuming that Sentai did not fix the errors in the dub for the 2nd half of the series?

It’s mind boggling that in 2008 Japan was still making <1080 content, though I’m still in disbelief that they’re making non-Full HD content still today. Technology has passed Japan by; the Japan of the 1980s needs to time travel to the present and get the modern Japanese to work to regain Japan’s tech reputation (and would someone PLEASE introduce the Japanese to modern smartphones). :stuck_out_tongue:


#20

I own the DVD boxset of elfin lied. would love to have the OVA as well.