Crunchyroll Manga Adds Seven Titles From Alpha Manga

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the opening chapters from seven titles from Alpha Manga, which are available in English worldwide outside of Japan:

  • Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy
  • Gate: Where the JSDF Fought
  • May I Ask for One Final Thing?
  • An Observation Log of My Fiancée Who Calls Herself a Villainess
  • Re:Monster
  • A Journey Through Another World ~Raising Kids While Adventuring~
  • Accidentally Summoned (Oops, sorry.)

Source: Crunchyroll

Section23 Films Announces May 2021 Release Slate

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

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming May 2021

Title: GATE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 5/4/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: When a dimensional rift appears in downtown Tokyo and begins spewing an army of monsters and men in medieval armor, 33-year-old JSDF officer Yoji Itami’s hobbies of fantasy novels and video games suddenly complement his military training and help rout an invasion from another world. They also make him a natural choice for the first major expeditionary force to be sent into the Gate, and what he and the JSDF find on the other side is both amazing and terrifying. Elves. Dragons. Beast people. But there’s a far worse danger to be feared, because while spears, shields and even giant teeth can be countered with modern weapons, nothing is as ruthless, deadly or hard to stop as the treachery of men who will sacrifice anything or anyone in order to control the new world on the other side of the GATE.

Title: 7 SEEDS SEASON 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/11/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: After the Earth was transformed into a world of strange and monstrous creatures and plants, a global seeding program released small teams to retrieve caches of supplies and knowledge. Having been expelled from one such team, Team Summer A, Ango and Ryo roam the seas until they discover Team Summer B stranded on an island. Will things go more smoothly with this new team? Or will greed, deception and the lust for power become a deadlier enemy than the beasts and flora? The hellscape that was Japan is a lethal Eden, and the Seeds have brought their own serpents with them in the second part of 7 SEEDS.

Title: BABYLON
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/11/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Everything can be connected to something else if you dig hard enough, and when you’re investigating a crime, it usually doesn’t take too long before you start finding the clues you need, if you know where to look. When Public Prosecutor Zen Seizaki starts investigating a case of apparent fraud by a major pharmaceutical company, however, he quickly finds himself entangled in a nightmarish web of lies, intrigue and murder on a global scale. And even worse, how can he fight a foe without a face, one that’s protected by members of the highest echelons of society and government, and seems to be able to convince its own victims to kill themselves? The nightmares of modern science are powered by old-fashioned corruption and greed, and one man may be the only force that can stop them in Babylon.

Title: KARAKURI CIRCUS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 900 min.
Street Date: 5/18/2021
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: When Narumi Kato, a martial artist afflicted with the bizarre condition known as Zonapha syndrome, attempts to rescue a young boy from incredibly powerful attackers, he is stunned to discover that his opponents aren’t even human. Pulled into a conflict pitting users of l puppets and the self-aware Automatons against each other, Narumi finds himself rescued by an unusual young woman named Shirogane, who has her own puppet, Arlequin, and together they must form an alliance to protect the boy, Masaru, who has recently inherited an incredible fortune. But who is trying to kill Masaru and what is the origin of these incredible animated creations? How is it tied in with Narumi’s own affliction? The truth surrounding a 200 year old shadow war unfolds as Narumi, Shirogane, and Masaru battle to survive in Karakuri Circus.

Title: AHIRU NO SORA SEASON 3 & 4
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 5/25/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: The ramshackle basketball team that Sora Kurumatani’s love for basketball forged from a collection of juvenile delinquents and random high school archetypes has made it past their initial training and practice games, but are they ready to compete in a real tournament? They’ll find out as they face off against the far more seasoned and experienced team from Shinjo Towa Academy. But even if they dig down and find a way to play better than they’ve ever played before, there are more teams ready and waiting in the wings, including the relentless squad from Yokohama Taiei. The drama is intense both on and off the boards, as tensions fly, members of the fledgling team start to crack, and Sora’s own situation hits a point that may tear the team apart in the second spectacular collection of Ahiru no Sora.

Title: AHIRU NO SORA PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1250 min.
Street Date: 5/25/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Sora Kurumatani is short and as scrawny as a stick figure, but he loves basketball with a burning passion. Unfortunately, on his first day at Kuzuryu High, he learns that the school’s supposed basketball team is nothing of the sort. Instead of a haven for aspiring athletes, the gym has become the home turf for a gang of thugs, delinquents and perverts whose only skill at dribbling involves drooling on the floor while peeking into the girls’ locker room. But since Kurumatani has to play to fulfill a promise made to his ailing mother, he’ll have to take these sour lemons and squeeze-play out a winning basketball team somehow. Impossible? Perhaps. But with the help of a counselor and members of the girls’ club, he’ll do his best to get them all on the rebound in Ahiru no Sora.

Title: BAKI
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 5/25/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: In the deadly underground world of no-holds-barred fighting, one name reigns supreme: Yujiro Hanma, aka “The Ogre,” a legendary martial artist whose incredible strength, skill, and savage ferocity are so terrifying that even great nations fear him. Still, no man can stand at any pinnacle forever, and the Ogre’s son, Baki, has trained his entire young life in order to achieve his dream of rising to the top. Unfortunately, the young fighter’s escalating string of victories make him a target for the most ruthless of rivals, and an underground martial arts promoter warns him that five ultra-violent convicts are en route to Tokyo to eliminate Baki once and for all. Now, with the lives of his friends and classmates at stake, the young fighter must face his greatest challenges yet, both inside and outside of the ring, in Baki.

Sekai Project Cancels GATE Manga Release

North American visual novel publisher and localizer Sekai Project has announced that it is canceling its publication of Satoru Sao, Takumi Yanai, and Daisuke Izuka’s GATE manga, following its delayed release of the manga’s second volume.

Sekai Project stated that nobody at the company imagined the ordeal of manga publication. The company apologized, saying that some factors were out if its control, but the company “dropped the ball” on the project. Sekai Project has offered to cooperate with any company that relicenses the manga.

GATE was Sekai Project’s first manga release in 2016 as part of its manga publishing initiative. The company began taking pre-orders for the manga’s first two volumes in January 2016, and it just recently shipped pre-orders for the second volume. Sekai Project explained in an update in 2018 that issues with print quality had been a cause for the second volume’s extended delays.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Gate Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Gate anime:

  • David Wald is Yoji Itami
  • Juliet Simmons is Tuka Luna Marceau
  • Allison Sumrall is Mari Kurokawa
  • Brittney Karbowski is LeLei La Lalena
  • Jessica Boone is Piña Co Lada
  • Molly Searcy is Rory Mercury
  • Patricia Duran is Bozes Co Palestea
  • Rachel Landon is Yao Ha Dushi
  • Shanae’a Moore is Hamilton Uno Law
  • Stephanie Wittels is Shino Kuribayashi
  • Ty Mahany is Akira Tomita
  • Tyler Galindo is Takeo Kurata

Source: The Fandom Post

Sekai Project Enters the Manga Publishing Market

North American visual novel publisher and localizer Sekai Project announced at its Otakon 2015 panel that it is launching a new manga publishing initiative. The company’s first title will be Satoru Sao, Takumi Yanai, and Daisuke Izuka’s GATE manga.

The manga adapts writer Takumi Yanai and illustrator Daisuke Izuka’s light novel series of the same name. Sao is publishing the series monthly on Alphapolis’ website.

Sekai Project will announce more details about the manga’s release and about its manga initiative at a later date.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Announces Summer 2015 Anime Acquisitions

Sentai Filmworks announced during its Anime Expo 2015 panel that it has acquired the license for the following Summer 2015 anime series:

  • GATE
  • School-Live!
  • Ushio & Tora
  • Wakaba Girl
  • To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd
  • Aoharu x Machinegun

GATE adapts Takumi Yanai’s light novel series of the same name. School-Live! is based on Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba’s Gakkō Gurashi! manga. Ushio & Tora is based on Kazuhiro Fujita’s supernatural battle manga. The Wakaba Girl anime adapts Yui Hara’s manga of the same name. To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd is the second season of the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness anime series. Aoharu x Machinegun adapts NAOE’s manga of the same name.

Source: ANN