Section23 Films Announces August 2020 Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its August 2020 slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks’ hit series, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 2 available on Blu-ray August 4, 2020 with a Limited Edition Premium Box Set to be released soon.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming August 2020

Title: IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 8/4/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

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.

Title: UNDEFEATED BAHAMUT CHRONICLE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 8/4/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English & Spanish Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: The Royal Knight Academy was established to train the heirs and scions of the lands how to fight using the ancient mechanical dragons known as Drag-Rides. Those noble intentions, however, go royally astray when Lux, deposed prince of the Arcadia Empire, accidentally stumbles upon the Kingdom of Atismata’s new Princess Lisesharte in her royal bath and sees altogether more than he should have. Challenged to a Drag-Ride duel when the Princess bares her anger, Lux finds himself thrust into a series of events that could ultimately expose the darkest secrets of both their royal families. Now, whether he wants to or not, Lux will be spending his time fighting monsters, corruption, and the attentions of his female classmates, both lethal and otherwise, in Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle.

Title: ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 2515 min.
Street Date: 8/11/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: The acronym stands for Vertical One-man Tanks for Offense & ManeuverS, but don’t let the “Tank” part of the name VOTOMS fool you. Lightly armored, cheaply produced and powered by an explosive fuel mixture, these one-man power-suit systems are walking deathtraps, and only a fraction of the soldiers who dare to venture into combat inside one will survive their full deployment. But even in the human flesh grinder of the 100-year-old war between Gilgamesh and Balarant, there are a handful of pilots who are just too mean and stubborn to die… pilots like Chirico Cuvie. Get ready to penetrate the enemy front lines in the most realistic Giant Robot combat series ever created, and learn why the most dangerous part of a VOTOMS is the man inside it, in this spectacular ultimate collection of Armored Trooper Votoms.

Title: TRY KNIGHTS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 8/11/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: There are several ways to score in rugby, but a “Try,” where a player touches the ball to the ground inside the opposing team’s goal area while remaining in contact with it, is the hardest. It’s also the way that earns the most points and sets up yet another way to score, a conversion. Riku Haruma, who played rugby when he was younger, has a conversion of his own when he sees the school’s struggling team practicing on the field. Although he’s not big enough to keep up with powerful players like Akira Kariya, Riku has far more experience and, when a bit of offered advice causes an immediate improvement, Riku realizes that what the team really needs is leadership. Now, with Riku’s tactics and schooling to drive them forward, it’s time to make winners out of the Try Knights.

Title: BEYOND THE BOUNDARY STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 480 min.
Street Date: 8/18/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: They should never have met. They shouldn’t even exist. But when they come together, the entire world will change. The last surviving member of her clan, Mirai Kuriyama is cursed with the terrifying ability to control and manipulate blood, a power so heretical that she is shunned even by those with the ability to understand her “gift.” Akihito Kanbara is only half human, but while the monstrous other half of his lineage seems to have doomed him to a life alone, it has also given him near invulnerability in the form of rapid healing. Alone, their futures seem bleak, but when a chance encounter brings them together, it becomes clear that they share more than just an unexpected bond. Together they share a destiny and a mission that only the two of them together may be strong enough to survive. Beyond the world that we know, in a realm where nightmares are real and legends walk, their future awaits Beyond The Boundary.

Title: FRAGTIME
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 8/18/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98

SYNOPSIS: All Misuzu Moritani has to do is think about it and, for three minutes, time seems to halt for everyone but herself. But three minutes isn’t long enough to go anywhere and come back, especially when you can only do it once a day. So, mostly Misuzu just amuses herself… until she makes the mistake of sneaking a peek up the skirt of a classmate she’s been crushing on and it turns out that Haruka Murakami is somehow immune to Misuzu’s powers. Oops. And now a really embarrassed Misuzu has to make it up to Haruka. Double oops. Even if it means getting into a “relationship.” Wait, what? With great powers come some really big apologies and maybe a new romance as two girls take a little time off from the world in Fragtime.

Title: DOMESTIC GIRLFRIEND
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 8/25/2020
Format: PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Natsuo Fuji has a serious crush on one of his teachers, Hina Tachibana, but since he knows he has zero chance of ever being in a relationship with her, he lets his friends talk him into going to a party where he meets Rui. One thing leads to another and then, well, neither of them is a virgin anymore. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what they expected, but that’s fine. They’re just ships passing in the night and they’ll never have to see each other again, right? Except when Natsuo’s father announces that he’s getting married again, Natsuo discovers that he’s getting two new step-sisters as well. Now there’s a problem, because one is his teacher, Hina, and the other is Rui. Yep, the family dinners at Natsuo’s house are about to get REALLY awkward in Domestic Girlfriend.

Title: THE PET GIRL OF SAKURASOU
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 8/25/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: The first time he saw her, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately for Sorata Kanda, “she” was a cat named Hikari and his school’s rules forbid keeping pets in the regular dorms. As a result, Sorata is banished to the infamous Sakura Hall alongside other troublesome and unusual students like Jin, overzealous playboy, Ryunosuke, the reclusive hermit, and Mashiro, a brilliant artist who’s so unfocused and clueless about the real world that dorm supervisor Ms. Sengoku assigns Sorata the task of taking care of her along with his ever-growing collection of stray cats. Needless to say, Mashiro’s inability to understand the boundaries of propriety (or even when and how to dress herself) is certain to cause trouble and Sorata’s friend Nanami is especially unhappy to find herself suddenly competing for Sorata’s attention with The Pet Girl of Sakurasou.

HIDIVE to Stream the Beyond the Boundary Anime Films

HIDIVE has announced that it will stream the English dubs for the Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Future films. The films will begin streaming in both Japanese with English subtitles and the English dub on November 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

The Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Past film opened in Japan in March 2015. The film is a compilation film retelling the events of the Beyond the Boundary television anime series. Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Future is a sequel film with a new story, and it opened in April 2015.

Source: ANN

Full English Cast Announced for the Beyond the Boundary Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced the full English cast for the Beyond the Boundary anime:

  • Clint Bickham is Akihito Kanbara
  • Krystal LaPorte is Mirai Kuriyama
  • Monica Rial is Mitsuki Nase
  • Adam Gibbs is Hiroomi Nase
  • Carli Mosier is Izumi Nase
  • Houston Hayes is Miroku Fujima
  • Amelia Fischer is Shizuku Nimomiya
  • Molly Searcy is Ayaka Shindo
  • Brittney Karbowski is Ai Shindo
  • Caitlynn French is Sakura Inami
  • Sara Ornelas is Yui Inami
  • Luci Christian is Yayoi Kanbara
  • John Swasey is Grandfather Nase

Chris Ayres, Johnny De La Cerda, Cara Duncan, Adam Gibbs, Scott Gibbs, Tiffany Grant, Lainee Hooks, Mark X Laskowski, Brent Marshall, Ronda Prasit, Shannon Reed, Gabriel Regojo, Allison Sumrall, and Tiffany Terrell are also credited for additional voices.

Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. The series will also get a collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include merchandise and the extra episode “Daybreak.”

Source: ANN

Another English Cast Announcement for the Beyond the Boundary Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced with a video that Krystal LaPorte will play Mirai Kuriyama in its English version of Beyond the Boundary.

Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include merchandise and the extra episode “Daybreak.”

Source: ANN

Another English Cast Member Announced for the Beyond the Boundary Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced with a video that Clint Bickham will play Akihito Kanbara in its English version of Beyond the Boundary.

Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include merchandise and the extra episode “Daybreak.”

Source: ANN

English Cast Announcement for the Beyond the Boundary Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced with a video that Adam Gibbs will play Hiroomi Nase in its English version of Beyond the Boundary.

Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include merchandise and the extra episode “Daybreak.”

Source: ANN

First English Cast Announcement for the Beyond the Boundary Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced with a video that Monica Rial will play Mitsuki Nase in its English version of Beyond the Boundary. This is the first dub cast reveal for the series.

Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include merchandise and the extra episode “Daybreak.”

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Beyond the Boundary

Beyond the Boundary is an anime series based on a light novel written by Nagomu Torii and illustrated by Chise Kamoi. The anime is produced by Kyoto Animation, and is directed by Taichi Ishidate. The series aired on Japanese television from October 2-December 18, 2013. As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds the North American license for Beyond the Boundary.

There are two main characters in Beyond the Boundary: Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Kuriyami. Akihito is an immortal, who was born from a union between a human and a demon known as a youmu. Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior who is the sole remaining member of a cursed clan that can manipulate blood.

At the beginning of the series, Akihito sees Mirai on the school roof and believes she’s going to commit suicide. When he runs up to the building and pleads with her not to jump, her response is to stab him with a sword made of her blood. Since he is an immortal, he is unaffected by this. He learns that Mirai lacks confidence when hunting youmu, so he takes it upon himself to help her gain the confidence she needs. Their lives become intertwined as the series progresses.

Mitsuki Nase and her brother, Hiromi, are members of the Nase family, which is responsible for overseeing the Spirit World Warriors. They are friends with Akihito are become tied up in the plot of the series. Their older sister, Izumi, is the one in charge of the family.

Ayaka Shindo is a youmu who serves as an appraiser for youmu when Spirit World Warriors bring in the stones of the youmu that they have defeated. Ai is Ayaka’s younger sister who manages the shop when Ayaka is unavailable.

During the series, we meet Sakura Inami. Her older sister, Yui, was killed by Mirai after Yui was possessed by the Hollow Shadow. Sakura has harbored ill feelings toward Mirai since Yui’s death and tries to kill Mirai to avenge her sister’s death.

The Hollow Shadow plays an important role in the first half of the series, and this is where Sakura is introduced and is a major focus. After the Hollow Shadow is defeated, the series changes its focus to Akihito and secrets concerning him and the youmu known as Beyond the Boundary.

When I first started Beyond the Boundary, it was a little slow to get going. However, by the end of Episode Three, the story finally caught my interest and convinced me to see the series through to its conclusion.

The story arc about the Hollow Shadow runs through Episodes Three and Four, then Episode Five is a bit more light-hearted, and then Episode Six is complete and utter “filler.” Fortunately, the story arc about Akihito and Beyond the Boundary begins in Episode Seven, and then runs all the way through Episode 12.

During the second half of the series, some revelations are made that really alter what was going on during the first half of the series. In some respects, I’m not entirely sure that I bought the 180s for the plot elements. From looking at the Wikipedia entry for Beyond the Boundary, it appears the anime doesn’t entirely follow the light novel, so these 180s may have been introduced by the writer of the anime so they could tell the story that they wanted to tell with these characters, or if the writer was having to make something up for the ending if the light novel wasn’t finished yet at the time the anime went into production.

When I finished the series, I concluded that while Beyond the Boundary wasn’t a bad series, it wasn’t a great one, either. I’m glad I was able to view it as a free stream and didn’t have to pay anything in order to watch it. I also didn’t enjoy the series enough to try to watch the two anime films that were released in 2015.

I have decided that at such a point Beyond the Boundary comes out on home video, I wouldn’t rush to buy it at full price. I’d probably add it to my anime home video collection at some point if I could get it rather cheaply through Right Stuf’s Holiday Sale or something like that.

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Beyond the Boundary: Episode 12 – “Gray World”

Beyond the Boundary features two characters named Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Kuriyami. Akihito is an immortal, who was born from a union between a human and a demon known as a youmu. Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior who has the ability to manipulate blood.

Episode 12 is the final episode of Beyond the Boundary. A major focus of this episode is on Akihito and Mirai being in the core of Beyond the Boundary, and on everything they try to do in order to defeat it. It builds and builds, until it ends with a climax that I wasn’t entirely expecting.

The rest of the episode focuses on Izumi, Hiromi, Mitsuki, Sakura, and Shizuku facing off against Miroku. During this section, it was nice to finally see a tie-in with the scythe that Sakura had used earlier in the series.

This episode wrapped up quite a few loose ends, although there was something that was revealed during this episode in regards to Izumi that the audience never truly gets an explanation for. As a viewer, I was a little frustrated by this. This left at least one lingering question when the episode ended.

I also had mixed feelings about how the series ended. A major plot point happens that affects Akihito and helps him to truly grow and develop as a character. However, something happens right at the end of the episode to totally reverse the major plot point. And there wasn’t any real explanation for how this reversal happened. While I was rooting for an outcome like this, I didn’t truly like this outcome came to be. It came across as a “cop out” in order for the series to have a “happily ever after” ending.

Sorry that I’m not going into any further detail, but doing so would provide major “spoilers” to readers who haven’t already seen this episode.

Now that I’ve reached the end of the series, I can say that while it wasn’t a bad show, it wasn’t a great show, either. I’m glad I was able to view it as a stream for free and didn’t have to pay anything in order to watch it. This is the kind of show that I’m probably not going to be in a rush to watch again.

If Beyond the Boundary ever comes out on home video, I wouldn’t rush to buy it at full price. I’d probably add it to my anime home video collection at some point if I could get it rather cheaply through Right Stuf’s Holiday Sale or something like that.

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Beyond the Boundary: Episode 11 – “Black World”

Beyond the Boundary features two characters named Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Kuriyami. Akihito is an immortal, who was born from a union between a human and a demon known as a youmu. Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior who has the ability to manipulate blood.

The episode opens with Mirai in an isolated dimension having a battle with Beyond the Boundary. There’s suddenly a loud roar that nearly knocks Mirai down.

Meanwhile, Mitsuki and Hiromi come to visit Akihito in his hospital room. He learns that he’s been in a coma for three months, and he also hears noises that no one else can hear. He appears to be hearing the roars from the isolated dimension. Akihito also learns that Hiromi’s powers appear to be weakening. And when Akihito asks what happened to Mirai, he is told that she vanished off the face of the earth after she took Beyond the Boundary out of Akihito’s body.

Later, Akihito has a conversation with Izumi, and she ultimately explains what she knows about Beyond the Boundary and Mirai’s disappearance. After this, he returns home and scrolls through the texts that have been on his phone for the past three months. He finds one from Mirai, which she had sent right before she went to go take care of Beyond the Boundary. It’s a rather long-winded message, but the gist is that she has come to realize that her cursed powers are meant to save people, and that she’s glad that she met Akihito. He cries after reading her message all the way through.

Miroku, meanwhile, is aware of the isolated dimension, and he has a monologue where he talks to himself about the truth of Beyond the Boundary and Mirai. After hooking up his car to jumper cables and attaching them to something that looks like an antenna, he sends more power to the isolated dimension to try to help Beyond the Boundary defeat Mirai.

After this power is sent, the isolated dimension becomes visible in the sky above, and the youmu start being sucked into the isolated dimension. While this is going on, Akihito, Mitsuki, Hiromi, Sakura, and Ninomiya receive messages telling them to come to the Literary Club’s clubroom and that Mirai is still alive. When they reach the room, they find a surprise waiting for them, and information is revealed. This information gives Akihito the determination he needs in order to do something to save Mirai.

Wow… a LOT happened over the course of this episode! After seeing Izumi’s conversation with Akihito, I can start seeing her in a little better light than I did at the end of Episode 10.

The major standout scene of this episode to me was when Akihito reads through Mirai’s text. I liked being able to see her side of the story through this, and it was rather moving when Akihito cried at the end of this scene. This scene was done so well that it made me feel bad for Akihito.

I also liked the final scene in the episode a lot. However, I’m not going into any detail on it, because writing about it would be providing a major “spoiler.” But this scene will be very important for Episode 12.

Beyond the Boundary is definitely heading toward its conclusion at this point. At the end of Episode 11, there’s no doubt that the series is almost over. According to what I’ve seen, there are still two episodes left. I’m curious to see how the series is ultimately going to conclude.

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