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 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.

Section23 Films Announces June 2020 Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its June 2020 slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks heartwarming standout drama, After the Rain, available on Blu-ray June 30, 2020.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming June 2020

Title: TAMAKO MARKET LOVE STORY COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 385 min.
Street Date: 6/2/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Growing up in a candy store is just a daydream for most kids, but for Tamako, it’s her real life. And, yes, most of the time it’s pretty sweet. Tamako gets to create new flavors, hang out with her friends and discover all kinds of ways to have fun. There are difficult parts, though, and one of them is figuring out her relationship with Mochizo, whose family runs a rival shop. Does she really like him or is she just experiencing a candy crush in Tamako Market? Then, get ready for a double scoop of Tamako goodness as Tamako and her friends prepare to finish high school. It’s exciting, but sad too, as some of them will be moving away… including Mochizo. Sometimes life is sugary and other times it’s bittersweet in Tamako Love Story.

Title: NON NON BIYORI VACATION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 71 min.
Street Date: 6/9/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98

SYNOPSIS: Even when you’re fortunate enough to live in a place as beautiful as the country village of Asahigaoka, you should never turn down the chance to explore someplace else. So, when Suguru wins a free trip to Okinawa just as the summer vacation is coming to an end, the town’s entire school… all 5 students and 1 teacher, plus the local candy shop owner… can hardly wait for their 3-day trip to begin. Between kayaking, swimming and meeting new people, there’s always something fun happening, but the best part of all is that big city girl Hotaru and her new small-town friends all get to explore the wonders of Japan’s famous vacation destination together. Prepare for the perfect trip as the whole gang boards the plane for Non Non Biyori – Vacation.

Title: DOMESTIC GIRLFRIEND
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/16/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

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: MYSTERIA FRIENDS PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 150 min.
Street Date: 6/16/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Mysteria Academy, where the secrets of magic are taught to an eager student body composed of humans, gods and demons. Of course, it takes an unusual degree of tolerance for these groups to mingle freely, but thanks to this unusually diverse and inclusive educational experience, the most unlikely friendships are bound to spring up. Which is how Anne, a human honor student who happens to be a Princess, finds herself growing increasingly close to Grea, a half-human/half-dragon who also happens to be a Princess. Sure, fairy tales would have you believe that relationships between Princesses and Dragons are bound to end up badly, but that doesn’t take bonding while shopping and trips to the beach into account, let alone the fact that what they’re feeling may be a little more than just friendship in Mysteria Friends.

Title: RE:STAGE! DREAM DAYS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/23/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: When Mana Shikimiya joins her new school’s struggling Lyrical Tradition Dance club, she finds herself swept up in a dream shared by thousands of other middle school girls across Japan: To someday compete at the Prism Stage, where teams of young women battle in song and dance for the chance to become the next generation of top idol singers. First, though, she’ll have to help save the club from being shut down, and then she and her new friends Sayu, Mizuhua, Kae, Kasumi and Minori will have to up their musical game in order to make it to the first level of competition. Because no matter how badly they want to win, there are hundreds of other girls who want it just as much… and those girls all have a head start in Re:Stage! Dream Days.

Title: REAL GIRL PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 6/23/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Hikari Tsutsui has never been popular, his one real friend is an even worse otaku than he is, and the only girls he’s known are the two-dimensional women from his manga and video games. Until, that is, he’s sent to help clean the pool as punishment and is partnered with the school’s resident “bad girl”, the very real, very three-dimensional Iroha Igarashi. Brash, beautiful, and known for her promiscuous behavior, Iroha is loathed by other girls but loved by the guys. And yet, inexplicably, she not only seems to be interested in Hikari, but proposes that they enter into a relationship. Unable to resist, Hikari agrees, but there’s one big catch – Iroha’s moving away in six months, so no matter what happens between them, in half a year Hikari’s guaranteed to lose his Real Girl.

Title: AFTER THE RAIN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/30/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Akira Tachibana’s life has taken a wrong turn. Sidelined from her high school track team by an injury, she’s found herself increasingly distanced from her friends and unsure of what to do next with her life. That’s not her biggest worry though. The real problem is that she’s found someone that she’s interested in, someone who makes her feel like she’s never felt before… even though she knows that, by society’s standards, it’s completely wrong. Because the person at the center of the emotional storm overwhelming her is nearly three times her age and the manager of the restaurant where she’s just begun to work. So, what now? Does this runner take the next step and tell him how she feels? Or will she stumble, turn, and flee from the one thing she truly wants in After The Rain?

Title: RUN WITH THE WIND PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 575 min.
Street Date: 6/30/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Kakeru Kurahara was a track star in high school, but after losing his money gambling, the only running he’s doing is fleeing after shoplifting food. Then Kakeru’s escape route crosses paths with Haiji Kiyose, and he gets a chance to change his life’s direction. A fourth-year college student, Haiji has dreamed of entering the famous Hakone Ekidan relay marathon, but he’s been one runner short of a potential team… until he sees Kakeru blow past him like the wind and knows he’s found his critical tenth man. Of course, it won’t be easy convincing Kakeru to join, and the rest of the team includes such questionable choices as a chronic smoker and an underweight otaku, but they’ve all got legs and Haiji will make sure they learn how to use them to Run With The Wind.

Domestic Girlfriend Manga Takes a One-Week Break

Manga creator Kei Sasuga has revealed on their Twitter account that their Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga will take a one-week break. The manga did not have a new chapter in this year’s 41st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine on September 11, 2019, but it will return in the magazine’s next issue on September 19, 2019.

Sasuga launched the ongoing series in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2014. Crunchyroll is also publishing chapters of the manga as they are released in Japan.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds Domestic Girlfriend, W’z, and The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Anime to Its Lineup

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the Domestic Girlfriend, W’z, and The Magnificent KOTOBUKI anime to its Winter 2019 anime simulcast lineup.

The first four episodes of Domestic Girlfriend are available now, and new episodes will be available on Fridays. The anime is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Italian Speaking Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

The first five episodes of W’z are available now, and new episodes will be available on Saturdays. The anime is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central and South America, Spain, and Portugal.

The first three episodes of The Magnificent KOTOBUKI are available now, and new episodes will be available on Sundays. The anime is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Central and South America, Spain, and Portugal.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Domestic Girlfriend Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the distribution rights for the Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) anime for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other select territories. The company will stream the series on “select digital outlets” with a home video release to follow.

Domestic Girlfriend is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 12, 2019.

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for the Domestic Girlfriend Anime

More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Domestic Girlfriend manga:

  • Taku Yashiro is Natsuo Fujii
  • Haruka Yoshimura is Momo Kashiwabara
  • Konomi Kohara is Miu Ashihara

Shōta Ihata is directing the anime at diomedea, while Tatsuya Takahashi is in charge of the series scripts. Naomi Ide is designing the characters. Masato Kōda is composing the music at Flying Dog.

Domestic Girlfriend is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in January 2019.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Manga Adds Domestic Girlfriend Simulpub

Crunchyroll Manga has announced that it will publish Kei Sasuga’s Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga simultaneously with Japan. The all chapters that have not yet been collected into a compiled volume will be available for members beginning on June 1, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, and the simulpub will launch on June 5, 2018.

Kodansha Comics licensed the manga for digital release, and published the 17th volume on May 22, 2018.

Sasuga launched the ongoing series in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2014. Kodansha shipped the 18th volume on April 17, 2018 and will publish the 19th volume on July 17, 2018.

Source: ANN

Kodansha USA Publishes Domestic Girlfriend and GTO Paradise Lost Manga Digitally

Kodansha Advanced Media released the first volumes of Kei Sasuga’s Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) and Tohru Fujisawa’s GTO: Paradise Lost digitally on April 11, 2017.

Sasuga launched Domestic Girlfriend in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2014. Kodansha shipped the 12th volume on February 17, 2017.

Fujisawa launched the ongoing GTO: Paradise Lost spinoff of his GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) manga in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine in April 2014, and Kodansha shipped the eight compiled volume on March 6, 2017.

Source: ANN