Section23 Films Announces September 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its September 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming September 2022

Title: MAGICAL WARFARE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/6/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Takeshi Nanase’s life hasn’t been great since the accident that crippled his little brother, who blames Nanase for both that and stealing the girl he loved, while his parents have completely distanced themselves. Since Kurumi, his childhood friend, is not even really his girlfriend, the only thing that Takeshi has left is studying the art of Kendo. Until, that is, he discovers an unconscious girl in a strange uniform and suddenly finds himself in the business of rescuing damsels in distress, facing off against a group of magic users, and ends up with magical powers himself. Which, considering that he had no idea magic was even real, is quite a change in perspective. Unfortunately, all this means is that Takeshi now has a target on his back, and he’s going to have to learn the basics really quickly if he expects to survive Magical Warfare.

Title: SAIYUKI GAIDEN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 120 min.
Street Date: 9/13/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: In a time when Death was unknown, a boy was brought into Heaven and entrusted to the care of the minor God Konzen Douji. Named Goku, the boy soon became the best of friends with gods Tenpou and Kenren of the Army of Heaven, and the War Prince Nataku. Yet even Heaven has its devils, and when a plot to seize the throne of Heaven leaves Nataku dead, Goku loses control of his powers, causing a massacre, while Konzen, Tenpou and Kenren find themselves accused as heretics for attempting to defend their friend. Now their only hope is to break through the ranks of the Army of Heaven and escape to the lower world. The origins of the heroes of the classic anime series Saiyuki are unveiled in an epic, expanded series of original animation videos in Saiyuki Gaiden.

Title: GUNBUSTER THE MOVIE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 95 min.
Street Date: 9/13/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When alien nightmares attacked humanity’s push into interstellar space, Noriko Takaya’s father sacrificed himself to stop their advance. What he bought for mankind was time. Time to create a weapon capable of stopping the monsters once and for all. Now that weapon is nearly ready, and a teenage Noriko is determined to be in the battle, though it’s not until she models herself after top pilot candidate Kazumi Amano that she discovers her own abilities. However, even as Noriko and Kazumi become both partners and rivals for the same man’s affections, there’s one aspect of this war that will affect them unlike any other: Pilots traveling faster than light experience time differently than those they’ve left on Earth. Which means that even if Noriko survives each battle, home will no longer be the same place she left behind in Gunbuster.

Title: GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE – PART 3
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 9/20/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Amateurs study strategy, but professionals study logistics, because it doesn’t matter how many tanks you can get into position if you don’t have enough ammo to keep firing. Firepower and constantly evolving strategies are the name of the game as not two, not four, but six more schools square off on three additional battlegrounds. As Oarai’s tank team continues their brutal face off against Chi-Ha-Tan, the firefights also rage between Anzio and St. Gloriana, Kuromorimine and Pravda, and Jatkosota and Saunders. Six teams enter and only the survivors will advance. Also, in the weirdest side trip yet, the ladies of Team Anglerfish suddenly find themselves as cow… er, radishgirls in the wild, wild west in Girls und Panzer Das Final – Part 3 with Bonus- The Daikon War.

Title: SEITOKAI YAKUINDOMO THE MOVIE 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 80 min.
Street Date: 9/20/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Being an anime fan is rather like an obsession and true otaku will go to extreme lengths to support their favorite sagas. Seitokai Yakuindomo fans are no exception, and here’s the payoff: another ridiculous story of the former all-girl’s school where seemingly all of the ladies have sex on the mind constantly… or at least talk that way… while poor Takatoshi dutifully labors on as the male focus of the rest of the student council’s hyper-focused attentions. From appearing in questionably-intended student films to taking some very hands-on wrestling lessons, no good deed will ever come without pun-ishment when it’s constantly innuendo and out the other in Seitokai Yakuindomo The Movie 2.

Title: DORORO PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 9/27/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Life as an orphan in feudal Japan is brutal, and while street thief Dororo has managed to survive, wile and craft can only go so far in the body of a child. Then, just when it seems that Dororo’s luck has run out, he’s rescued from a man-eating ghoul by a mysterious young man wearing a doll-like mask and artificial limbs that conceal deadly blades. Born without arms, legs, sight, hearing and even skin after his father crafted a monstrous deal with the forces of darkness, Hyakkimaru now somehow seeks out the demons who cursed him, regaining one of his lost attributes for each monster slain. With deadly secrets from his own past to protect, the young thief joins into an alliance with the impossible warrior, setting forth on a quest to restore Hyakkimaru’s stolen humanity and rid Japan of devils in Dororo.

Title: YUKI YUNA IS A HERO
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 900 min.
Street Date: 9/27/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Lots of people talk about helping others, but Yuna Yuki and her friends Mimori Togo, Fu, and Itsuki have gone a step further, forming a “Hero Club” that people can ask for assistance. Then things go further than they ever expected when they find themselves offered real super powers in exchange for helping defeat the Vertexes, who seek to destroy the Divine Tree and kill all life. It’s an easy decision to make, but what they don’t know is the price that each of them will have to pay for their new abilities. With great power comes great responsibility, but in this case it also comes with a devastating cost for every girl who enters the Hero System. Get ready for the genre-bending series that changed Magical Girl anime forever in the complete multi-series collection of Yuki Yuna is a Hero.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

English Cast Announced for the Dororo Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Dororo anime:

  • Chaney Moore is Dororo
  • Adam Gibbs is Hyakkimaru
  • Blake Jackson is Tahomaru
  • James Belcher is Biwamaru
  • David Wald is Daigo Kagemitsu
  • Patricia Duran is Nuinokata
  • Andrew Love is Hyogo
  • Elissa Cuellar is Mutsu
  • Ty Mahany is Jukai
  • Antonio Lasanta is Kaname
  • Orlanders Tao Jones is Sabu
  • John Gremillion is Denkichi
  • Joanne Bonasso is Bandai
  • Kyle Colby Jones is Kanekozo and Doshu
  • Gabriel Regojo is Daigo Spy
  • Avery Smithhart is Osushi
  • Joe Daniels is Tanosuke
  • Luci Christian is Mio and Sukeroku
  • Brittney Karbowski is Take
  • Rob Mungle is Daigo Commander
  • Christine Auten is Ohagi
  • John Swasey is Yajiro
  • Kira Vincent-Davis is Saru
  • Heidi Hinkel is Oume
  • Josh Morrison is Hibukuro
  • Melissa Engler is Ojiya
  • Greg Cote is Itachi
  • Molly Searcy is Okaka
  • Jay Hickman is Lord Sabame
  • Kalin Coates is Yokai Kozo
  • Josh Grelle is Shiranui
  • Jad Saxton is Okowa
  • Jason Douglas is Munetsuna and Narrator
  • Jeremy Gee is Saburota
  • Sean Patrick Judge is Yahiko
  • Holly Segarra is Sakichi
  • Dave Harbold is Lord Asakura
  • Adam Noble is Jiheita

Additional cast includes:

  • Julia Oliver-Touchstone
  • Shelley Calene-Black
  • Jay Hickman
  • Maggie Flecknoe
  • Carl Masterson
  • Houston Hayes
  • Shannon Reed
  • Allison Sumrall
  • Ned Gayle
  • Lebraska Washington
  • Ricardo Contreras
  • John Gremillion
  • Stephen Fenley
  • Joel McCray
  • Jovan Jackson
  • Blake Weir
  • Christina Kelly

Kyle Colby Jones is directing the dub.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Nordic and Scandinavian countries. The company will release the series on home video, including Blu-ray and digital sell through, starting on June 29, 2021.

Section23 Films Announces June 2021 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its June 2021 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming June 2021

Title: MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 375 min.
Street Date: 6/1/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Mikoto Urabe might be an anti-social loner who sleeps on her desk, carries scissors in her underwear, and laughs insanely for no apparent reason, but when Akira Tsubaki comes into contact with her saliva, he finds himself inexplicably addicted to her. And if that’s not an unusual enough basis for a relationship, what’s even weirder is that not only does Urabe seem to find this twisted state of affairs to be completely normal, but she already appears to have plans for her new friend. But can a girl having great expectorations for you be a good thing? Find out as Urabe puts a spittle love in Tsubaki’s heart and things get REALLY bizarre as “sharing spit with a girl” takes on an entirely new meaning in the most dysfunctional bodily functional anime ever: Mysterious Girlfriend X.

Title: WORLD TRIGGER
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 3275 min.
Street Date: 6/8/2021
Format: BD
Language: 1450 / 1825 min. English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $149.98

SYNOPSIS: Four years ago, a mysterious gate to another world suddenly appeared, allowing malevolent creatures called “Neighbors” to invade Mikado City. Impervious to normal military hardware, the Neighbors seemed unstoppable until the Border Defense Agency turned the tide with a new form of weapon called a “Trigger.” Now the Neighbors are still here, lurking, while young Osamu Mikumo, one of the BDA’s latest Trigger trainees, is under orders to not use his new abilities… orders that Osamu violates when he sees a new classmate being dragged into a Forbidden Area. Instead of staging a rescue, however, Osamu is stunned to see the boy defeat the Neighbors by himself. Who is Yuma Kuga, where did he get his powers, and is he some form of Neighbor are just the first of many mysteries that Osamu will have to solve in World Trigger.

Title: TO LOVE RU DARKNESS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/15/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Becoming the significant other of an alien Princess has been hard enough on Rito Yuki, but just as he’s starting to cope with life with Lala, their domestic “bliss” is torn asunder when not one but TWO more princesses are dropped into the mix. Needless to say, having Lala’s sisters, Nana and Momo, transfer to Earth is a recipe for disaster, especially after Momo decides that the way to horn in on Rito’s relationship with Lala is to bring in even more girls. And, of course, this is the point when galactic scourge Yami, the Golden Darkness, decides to pop by with an army of possessed high school students. Now it’s no longer a question of whether Rito will last to the end of the week, but whether Earth itself will survive the ultimate romantic cataclysm in To Love Ru – Darkness.

Title: QUEEN’S BLADE REBEL WARRIORS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 480 min.
Street Date: 6/15/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $79.98

SYNOPSIS: The Queen’s Blade tournament may be over, but the stories of the feisty feminine fighters continue in a scintillating collection of bodice-ripping, chest heaving yarns that will leave you breathless. First, the surviving sword maidens scatter across the lands seeking fame and fortune. With that additional exposure, however, come new dangers: witches, tentacle monsters, and even each other. Then, when the once-noble Queen Claudette’s ways seem to have turned to oppression and persecution, a new generation of warriors must take up their naked blades. Baring their fury in open rebellion, an unprecedented force of femme fatales come together with the goal of stripping the evil queen from her throne. If a heart of gold lurks in the breast of the noblest warriors, prepare to bear witness to a treasure trove of improbable magnitude in the Queen’s Blade – Rebel Warriors Collection.

Title: DORORO
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 6/29/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: Life as an orphan in feudal Japan is brutal, and while street thief Dororo has managed to survive, wile and craft can only go so far in the body of a child. Then, just when it seems that Dororo’s luck has run out, he’s rescued from a man-eating ghoul by a mysterious young man wearing a doll-like mask and artificial limbs that conceal deadly blades. Born without arms, legs, sight, hearing and even skin after his father crafted a monstrous deal with the forces of darkness, Hyakkimaru now somehow seeks out the demons who cursed him, regaining one of his lost attributes for each monster slain. With deadly secrets from his own past to protect, the young thief joins into an alliance with the impossible warrior, setting forth on a quest to restore Hyakkimaru’s stolen humanity and rid Japan of devils in Dororo.

Title: SWORDGAI
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 6/29/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: Infernal Weapons grant their wielders incredible power, but as each blade and hammer hosts an evil spirit, contracting their services requires a price few are willing to pay. Even the few who can master a demonic weapon without becoming its slave, the Chrysalis, are destined to slowly lose their humanity, transforming into beings of pure violence known as Busoma. For years, the secretive Shoshidai have sought to gather all such devices and hide them away, but not even they can always resist the temptation to take the weapons for themselves. What chance, then, does young Gai Ogata stand after his dying mother, possessed by the sword, Shiryu, leaves it for his infant hands? And when his own arm is destroyed and replaced with one made from that same sword, all hell will be unleashed in SwordGai.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Dororo Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired distribution rights to the supernatural action series Dororo, based on the manga of the same name by legendary mangaka Osamu Tezuka. Sentai’s deal includes distribution rights for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Nordic and Scandinavian countries. Sentai will release the series with an all-new English dub.

During the Warring States period, the young thief Dororo encounters the enigmatic “Hyakkimaru,” a strange, sightless boy who wields fearsome prosthetics in place of his missing limbs. Parts of Hyakkimaru’s body, skin and organs were traded to a group of 12 demons by Hyakkimaru’s father in exchange for power and prosperity, but thanks to a kindly medicine man, Hyakkimaru survived his horrifying ordeal. Now he wanders the land in search of his missing body parts, and together he and Dororo will fight to survive in a demon-plagued, dangerous and unforgiving world.

Dororo is animated by Tezuka Productions and MAPPA; it is produced by Twin Engine and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. Yasuko Kobayashi provides series composition. The series stars Hiroki Suzuki as Hyakkimaru, Rio Suzuki as Dororo, Akio Otsuka as Jukai and Chie Nakamura as Nuinokata.

Sentai is planning to release Dororo on home video, including Blu-ray and digital sell through, beginning Summer 2021.

Discotek Media Announces Dororo Release and Offers Samurai Pizza Cats on SD Blu-ray

Discotek Media has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Dororo anime series. The company has also said it will reissue the Samurai Pizza Cats anime series on standard-definition Blu-ray Disc, as well as confirmed the previously announced Blu-ray Disc release of the Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo anime series.

Dororo is a 26 episode black and white series produced in 1969. The anime adapts the original 1967 Dororo manga series by manga and anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka. Discotek plans to release the complete series with English subtitles.

Discotek is offering the complete 52-episode Samurai Pizza Cats series on one standard-definition Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles. It previously released the series in a dubbed-only DVD set. It also released the original Japanese series, Kyatto-Ninden Teyandee, in a complete, uncut DVD set in Japanese with English subtitles.

Discotek will release the complete four-episode original video anime series Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo with English subtitles. It will be the distributor’s first subtitled-only Blu-ray Disc release. It already released the 2000 series on DVD in 2013, and had announced plans for a Blu-ray Disc release in 2012.

Source: ANN

Vertical Announces Osamu Tezuka eBook License

Vertical has announced that the publisher has acquired the new eBook rights for their library of Osamu Tezuka manga.

“In the coming months expect to see all of our Tezuka titles available through the Apple iBookstore, Kindle, Nook, and hopefully Google Play. We will focus first on the series that are out of print – Apollo’s Song and Black Jack.”

Their library includes:

  • Apollo’s Song – omnibus
  • Black Jack Volumes 1 through 17
  • Dororo – omnibus
  • Princess Knight Volumes 1&2
  • Ode to Kirihito – omnibus
  • MW
  • Ayako
  • Book of Human Insects
  • Buddha Volumes 1 through 8
  • Message to Adolf Volumes 1&2
  • Twin Knights

Source: ANN

Anime Sols Is Launching Two New Crowdfunding Campaigns

Anime Sols has announced that the site is launching two new crowdfunding campaigns:

  • Episodes 14-26 of Dororo
  • Episodes 1-13 of Belfy and Lillabit

Both campaigns have a goal of US$2,700, and the site will stream the episodes to registered members once the goals are reached.

Anime Sols recently reached the crowdfunding goal for the first 13 episodes of Dororo.

Source: ANN

Anime Sols’ Dororo Crowdfunding Streaming Campaign Reaches Goal

Anime Sols’ crowdfunding campaign to stream the first half of the Dororo anime has met its goal of US$2,700. The site was already streaming the first three episodes, and the crowdfunding campaign will now allow the site to stream the first 13 episodes.

Dororo is a 26-episode black-and-white anime series that was produced in 1969 by Tezuka Productions.

Source: ANN

Anime Sols Announces Three New Crowdfunding Campaigns

Anime Sols has announced three new crowdfunding campaigns that are now running on their site:

  • The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: Anime Sols is trying to raise US$26,000 to release Episodes 1-14 of the series, and as of this writing, there’s 183 days left for this campaign. As of this writing, the site has raised US$1,120.
  • Dororo: Anime Sols is streaming the first three episodes of the series, and is trying to raise US$2,700 in order to fund the streaming of all 13 episodes of the series. As of this writing, the site has raised US$292. It appears there isn’t a deadline for this campaign.
  • Gordian, The Warrior: Anime Sols is streaming the first three episodes of the series, and is trying to raise US$2,700 in order to fund the streaming of all 13 episodes of the series. As of this writing, the site has raised US$57. It appears there isn’t a deadline for this campaign.

Vertical’s Announcements at Otakon 2011

Vertical, Inc. Marketing Director Ed Chavez made several announcements during the company’s panel at Otakon 2011:

  • Vertical’s release of the Black Jack manga had been on hiatus for a year, but they are now back on track. The company is planning to release volumes of the title every other month.
  • Vertical is releasing Osamu Tezuka’s Book of Human Insects. The volume will be available in hard cover with a slip jacket.
  • Vertical is releasing a one-volume manga titled, Velveteen & Mandala by Jiro Matsumoto.
  • Volume Nine of the Twin Spica manga will be released in September 2011. Chavez said the series had not been selling particularly well; however, there are no plans to cancel the series. Instead, Vertical will be raising the page count to approximately 400 in each release starting with Volume 10.
  • Vertical is also releasing The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto.
  • The first volume of the No Longer Human manga will be released at the end of September 2011.
  • Chavez announced that Vertical will be releasing Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight manga series. The first volume will feature a chapter that has not been published in Japan in 30 years. Also, the version Vertical used for this release is their own translation, rather than Kodansha’s bilingual version. The first volume will be released in September 2011.
  • Vertical has licensed GTO: 14 Days in Shonan.
  • Vertical is releasing a compilation edition of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo. All three volumes will be available in this compilation, which will be released in February 2012. The price for the compilation is $24.95.