Section23 Films Announces October 2020 Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its October 2020 slate of releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming October 2020

Title: BEAUTIFUL BONES
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 10/6/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Most young women have lots of obsessions, but Sakurako Kujo only has two: work and bones… and since the bones are part of her work, it really comes down to just bones. However, in between collecting de-fleshed animal and human remains for her studies, Sakurako also assists the local police as a forensic consultant, where she’s developed a formidable reputation as both a corpse magnet and detective. Assisting her in these tasks is young Shotaro Tatewaki, who is no slouch at sleuthing himself, though his primary task is to keep Sakurako focused (and keep her from occasionally “borrowing” a particularly interesting specimen). If there’s a bone to pick, a stray skull to be found, or a random skeleton hidden in a closet, you can trust this team to unearth the evidence in Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation.

Title: PUNCH LINE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 10/13/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: When your day begins with being held hostage in a hijacking, can things get much worse? How about being kicked out of your own body? Or learning that if you can’t re-possess your physical shell, you’ll trigger a panty-fueled apocalypse that will wipe out all life on the planet? For Yuta Iridatsu, it’s just the start of the worst out-of-body experience ever. Now, if his dissed disembodied spirit doesn’t pursue the persuasions of a porn-obsessed paranormal pussycat and purloin a missing mystical manual, a meteor will collide with Earth. And to stack the odds even further, the book is hidden somewhere in the boarding house Yuta shares with a bevy of beautiful babes, but if he gets an eyeful of his ravishing co-renters in their unmentionables before he’s back in himself, it’s flash-forward to Doomsday. Will the literal end of the world be wearing briefs, a bikini, or a thong? Find out when panties, possessions and extinction level events have the ultimate rear-end collision in Punch Line.

Title: SHIROBAKO COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 10/13/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: Once upon a time, five girls made an animated film and it was so much fun that they pledged to get jobs in animation so that someday they could make another film together. Now, two years later, Aoi, Shizuka, Ema, Misa and Midori have learned the truth about the anime industry: it’s not always fun, it’s anything but easy, and having talent isn’t always enough to open the right doors. Which is why Aoi’s overwhelmed by her job as a production assistant, Shizuka’s waiting on tables between auditions, Midori’s currently scriptless, Misa’s switched to C.G., and Ema’s working long hours as a key animator. Is it what they imagined? No. But are they ready to give up? Not just yet. Sometimes, when things happen in animation, they can happen in the most wonderful ways in Shirobako.

Title: EF ~ STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 10/20/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Four disparate groups of friends. Different places. Different times. Different lives. Yet, their destinies are inexplicably interwoven, and what happens to any one group will, in the end, affect them all. One Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono helps Miyako, the victim of a purse snatching, and discovers that she goes to the same school he does. To the dismay of his childhood friend, Kei, Hiro starts hanging out with Miyako. When Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station, he doesn’t notice anything unusual at first. But he soon discovers that she suffers from a rare disease. Shuichi Kuze’s been spending time with Mizuki Hayama. As they’ve been getting to know each other, they’ve been growing closer. Yuu Himura meets a girl who seems to know him, but he doesn’t know her. Soon enough, however, he remembers a girl he met long ago, and begins to rediscover old, half-forgotten feelings. Intertwining fates, tragic, bittersweet and heart-rending combine to form one of anime’s most beautifully crafted and emotionally charged masterpieces: ef ~ a tale of memories & melodies.

Title: NEGIMA! + NEGIMA!?
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1355 min.
Street Date: 10/20/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Few fantasy characters have become as popular or been adapted into so many mediums as quickly as boy wizard Negima Springfield, and now both of the world’s foremost 10-year old magical teacher’s animated series are collected in one doubly entertaining collection. In Negima!, Negi is assigned to teach a class at the exclusive Mahora Academy, where all the students have unusual skills and secrets and some aren’t even human. They’re also all teenage girls, which becomes a bit of a problem when some start to develop romantic feelings towards him. Then, in Negima!?, a mysterious artifact known as the Star Crystal disappears and Negi and his all-girl regiment of gifted students find themselves trapped in the middle of the mystery. Get ready for ghosts, vampires, ninjas, time travelers and cheerleaders on the prowl in the Negima! + Negima!? Animated Collections.

Title: AKAME GA KILL STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 10/27/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: In a land where corruption rules and a ruthless Prime Minister has turned the puppet Emperor’s armies of soldiers, assassins and secret police against the people, only one force dares to stand against them: Night Raid, an elite team of relentless killers, each equipped with an Imperial Arm – legendary weapons with unique and incredible powers created in the distant past. Rescued from a fate worse than death by Night Raid, young Tatsumi is offered the chance to join their lethal ranks… but it’s a deadly choice, as few can master an Imperial Arm and even fewer survive when two Arms go against each other in combat. The battle is on, and only the strongest will make it out alive in Akame Ga Kill!

Title: IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? 2 PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 10/27/2020
Format: BD & DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $179.98

SYNOPSIS: There’s rarely a dull moment when you’re the champion of a tiny Familia, and things only get rougher for Bell when the God Apollo declares war on Hestia and her followers. With Apollo’s Familia able to field a hundred times as many men, Hestia will have to work a lot of favors to keep her Familia from being completely destroyed. Even if Bell and Hestia manage to pull off the impossible, a major debt that Hestia owes is about to come due and Lili’s sordid past comes back to haunt her. Which means that when Bell and his friends come to Lili’s aid, it sets into motion yet another impending clash of the titans that may destroy everything in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II.

Akame ga KILL! Zero Manga to End Serialization in January 2019

The January 2019 issue of Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan magazine announced that Takahiro and Kei Toru’s Akame ga KILL! ZERO prequel manga will end in the next issue on January 25, 2019.

The “dark action” manga takes place a few years before the events in Takahiro’s original Akame ga KILL! manga series. The prequel centers on the title character Akame, a girl bought, brainwashed, and raised by the Empire as an assassin.

Takahiro and Toru launched the spin-off manga in Monthly Big Gangan magazine in October 2013. Takahiro is providing the story while Toru illustrates the manga.

Source: ANN

A Silent Voice Ranks in YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its 2016 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Of the 112 overall titles, 15 manga titles are on the list. Additionally, Yoshitoki Ōima’s A Silent Voice ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels overall this year.

  • A Silent Voice Volumes 1-3 by Yoshitoki Ōima
  • Ajin – Demi-Human Volumes 1-2 by Gamon Sakurai and Tsuina Miura
  • Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
  • Assassination Classroom Volumes 1-3 and 5 by Yusei Matsui
  • Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga by Jiro Kuwata
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Volumes 1-3 by Akio Hiiragi and Satoshi Wagahara
  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Volume 1 by Nami Sano
  • Master Keaton Volumes 1-3 by Hokusei Katushika, Takashi Nagasaki, and Naoki Urasawa
  • My Neighbor Seki Volumes 1-3 by Takuma Morishige
  • One-Punch Man Volumes 1-2 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
  • OPUS by Satoshi Kon
  • So Cute It Hurts!! by Gō Ikeyamada
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volumes 1-2 by Sui Ishida
  • Your Lie in April Volume 1 by Naoshi Arakawa
  • Yukarism Volumes 1-4 by Chika Shiomi

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Akame ga KILL!” Volume One

Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 focuses on a character named Tatsumi, who has left his poor village with his two childhood friends. They intend to go to the Capital and find a way to make money to assist their village.

Akame ga KILL! Volume 1
Written by: Takahiro
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 20, 2015

At the beginning of Volume 1, Tatsumi has become separated from his friends, Sayo and Ieyasu. We see that he possesses strength when he takes on an earth dragon, but that he’s also rather gullible when a woman in the Capital cons him out of most of his money. Tatsumi seems to be more about brawns than he is about brains.

Unfortunately, Tatsumi is now out of money. At first, it seems that fortune is smiling down on him when a rich young woman offers him a place to sleep for the night. But when his host’s home is attacked by invaders, he learns an awful truth about his hosts that also solves the mystery of what happened to Sayo and Ieyasu.

Tatsumi discovers the invaders are members of Night Raid, a group of assassins. Akame ga KILL! Volume1 shows him joining their ranks, since he has nowhere else to go. His transition into Night Raid is anything but smooth, and Tatsumi starts learning some lessons along the way. But he does seem to acquire some determination and direction after he joins Night Raid’s ranks.

Overall, it seems that Akame ga KILL! is off to a promising start. While this series has a darker feel to it, there’s still some humor included to help balance out how dark the story is. With Volume 1, the series seems to have the right ratio of dark storyline and humor. For the humor, one of the most memorable sections is when Leone swindles Tatsumi out of his money, because Tatsumi is so clueless about what she’s doing while it’s blatantly obvious to the reader.

When it comes to the art, every character has a distinct design, so there’s no way to confuse who is who. There are also a number of panels where artist Tetsuya Tashiro obviously put a lot of effort into detail for the images. I also thought that there were some panels where it almost looked as if the characters in it are about to literally jump off of the page. The art definitely catches the reader’s eye, and helps to illustrate and enhance the story.

Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 perfectly utilizes both the writing and art to present an engaging story that readers will want to follow. This is a series that should appeal to manga readers who enjoy stories with a darker tone that include fighting and some humor. I hope that at some point in the future, I can get the opportunity to read the next volume in order to find out what will happen to Tatsumi and the other members of Night Raid.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System

Yen Press Licenses Akame ga KILL! Zero Manga

Yen Press has announced that it has licensed Takahiro and Kei Toru’s Akame ga KILL! Zero prequel manga.

The “dark action” manga takes place a few years before the events in Takahiro’s original Akame ga KILL! manga series.

Takahiro and Toru launched the spinoff manga in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan in October 2013.

Source: ANN

Dragon Ball Z: Kai and Akame ga KILL! Topped Saturday U.S. Cable Ratings

Dragon Ball Z Kai earned a 1.0 rating as the top cable program for adults 18-49 in the United States on August 8, 2015. Akame ga KILL! came in second, with a 0.9 rating for the 18-49 adult demographic on its debut episode.

Dragon Ball Z Kai premiered in Adult Swim’s Toonami block in November 2014. It airs at 12am on Saturday night (Sunday morning).

Sentai Filmworks licensed Akame ga KILL! in North America, and is their first series premiering on the current Toonami block. It airs at 12:30am on Sunday morning.

Michiko & Hatchin came in seventh, drawing in a 0.7 rating. The series premiered pn Toonami on June 20, 2015. It airs at 1am on Sunday morning.

Sword Art Online II and Naruto Shippūden both earned a 0.6 rating. Sword Art Online II airs at 1:30am on Sunday morning, followed by Naruto Shippūden at 2am.

Source: ANN

Toonami to Add Akame ga KILL! and Michiko & Hatchin

Toonami announced a couple of upcoming scheduling changes for this summer during its panel at MomoCon.

Michiko & Hatchin will be replacing Inuyasha: The Final Act on June 20, 2015. In addition, it was announced that Akame ga KILL! will be joining the lineup on August 8, 2015. Akame ga KILL! marks the first title to air on the block from Sentai Filmworks.

Source: Crunchyroll

Attack On Titan Is the Highest-Ranking Manga Title on BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels of February 2015

Nielsen BookScan’s list of the Top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for February 2015 only included three manga titles:

  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • Naruto Volume 68 by Masashi Kishimoto (#16)
  • Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro (#19)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases. However, sales at comic book stores, Amazon, Walmart.com, and some other venues are not included.

Source: The Fandom Post

Sentai Filmworks Announces New Licenses at Anime Expo

Sentai Filmworks announced that the company has acquired the license for the following anime titles during their panel at Anime Expo:

  • Chaika the Coffin Princess
  • Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen (which they will be releasing under the title Argevollen)
  • Ao Haru Ride (which they will be releasing under the title Blue Spring Ride)
  • Akame ga KILL!
  • Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?
  • Rail Wars!
  • Sabagebu! -Survival Game Club!-
  • Glasslip

Source: ANN

Yen Press Announces New Licenses

Yen Press has announced three new manga licenses:

  • Akame Ga Kill! by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive by Reki Kawahara and Kiseki Himura
  • Kagerou Daze by Jin and Mahiro Satou

Yen Press also announced new volumes of current runs:

  • The final two volumes of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  • The next volume of Kingdom Hearts II and the next omnibus volume
  • The fourth volume of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro

Source: ANN