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.

The Third Season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime Is Delayed to October 2020 or Later Due to COVID-19

The official website for Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda’s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series has announced that the third anime season has been delayed from July 2020 to “October or later.” The website cited the effects of COVID-19, and the website and the anime’s official Twitter account will announce the new television and streaming premiere dates as soon as they are decided.

The third season is titled Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka III (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III).

Source: ANN

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.

HIDIVE to Stream the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II OVA Starting on January 29, 2020

HIDIVE has announced that it will stream the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II original video anime starting on January 29, 2020. The company will stream the OVA in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Turkey, the Middle East, and Scandinavia (specific territories are available on HIDIVE’s website).

The project is a spin-off from the second anime season. The story is set before the upcoming third season, which will premiere in Summer 2020.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion Anime Film

The English cast has been announced for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film:

  • Bryson Baugus is Bell Cranel
  • Luci Christian is Hestia
  • Avery Smithhart is Artemis
  • Benjamin McLaughlin is Hermes
  • Hilary Haag is Liliruca Arde
  • David Wald is Welf Crozzo
  • Serena Varghese is Asfi Al Andromeda
  • Genevieve Simmons is Ryu Lion
  • Shelby Blocker is Eina Tulle
  • Christina Kelly is Loki
  • Kelley Peters is Lefiya
  • Michael Wronski is Falgar
  • Shelley Calene-Black is Ais Wallenstein
  • Rob Mungle is Mord
  • Cynthia Martinez is Lulune
  • Patricia Duran is Freya
  • John Swasey is Ganesha
  • Juliet Simmons is Syr Flover
  • Holly Segarra is Meryl
  • Jeremy Gee is Thane
  • David Matranga is Fels
  • Carolyn Medrano is Anya
  • John Gremillion is Ottarl
  • Natalie Rial is Tione Hiryute
  • Karlii Hoch is Tiona Hiryute
  • Ty Mahany is Bete Loga
  • Kara Greenberg is Hitachi Chigusa
  • Kelly Manison is Chloe
  • Marty Fleck is Uranus
  • Natalie Jones is Naza

Colby Jones is directing.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Three More Simulcasts for the Summer 2019 Anime Season

Crunchyroll has announced that it will simulcast the second season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime, the If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no tame naraba, ore wa moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru kamoshirenai.) anime, and the seventh season of the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime.

The simulcast for the second season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? will debut on July 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

The simulcast for If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord will debut on July 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, and it will be available for users worldwide except in Asia.

The simulcast for the seventh season of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories will debut on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, and it will be available for users worldwide except in Asia.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks to Tease New Season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon? at Anime Expo 2019

Sentai Filmworks has announced a planned sneak preview of the second season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? as part of an exclusive event at Anime Expo 2019. The first episode of the new series is set to premiere July 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM in Main Events Hall B. This special event is a prelude to Sentai Filmworks’ wider rollout of the series on select digital outlets later in July 2019.

The follow-up to the first season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is produced by J.C. Staff and is based upon the light novel series created by Fujino Ōmori. Season 2 follows Bell and Hestia on a new adventure, beginning with events covered in the sixth light novel volume.

“When we launched the original series, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, to anime fans in 2015, we knew it was going to be tremendous pop culture force because of its unique mix of irreverence, lovable, relatable characters and fantastic story-telling,” said John Ledford, CEO of Sentai Filmworks. “Audiences have been clamoring for a thrilling, direct follow-up ever since and the new series won’t disappoint.”

The latest series heralds the return of fan favorites from the original series along with all-new characters to meet and love. The expanded cast features Ryota Osaka as the sun god, Apollo, along with Haruka Chisuga as prisoner, Sanjouno Haruhime and Akeno Watanabe as the altruist Aisha Belka. Members of Apollo’s Familia include KENN as Hyakinthos Clio, Wakana Kowaka as Daphne Lauros and Ayumi Mano as Cassandra Ilion.

The series will be available Summer 2019 to stream on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

Sentai Filmworks to Screen the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion Film in the U.S.

Sentai Filmworks has announced at its panel at Anime Central that its screening of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion film will be held on July 23, 2019.

The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in Japan on February 15, 2019.

Source: ANN

New Cast Members Announced for the Second Season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime

New cast members have been announced for the forthcoming second season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime:

  • Akeno Watanabe is Aisha Belka
  • Wakana Kowaka is Daphne Lauros
  • Ayumi Mano is Cassandra Illion
  • KENN is Hyakinthos Clio
  • Ryota Ohsaka is Apollo
  • Haruka Chisuga is Sanjōno Haruhime

The second season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Made in Abyss and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime Films

Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime NYC that it has licensed the Made in Abyss compilation films and the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of Orion! (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka: Arrow of the Orion) film. The company will release all three films in U.S. theaters in 2019.

The first Made in Abyss film, Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (Journey’s Dawn), will open in Japan on January 4, 2019, followed by the second film, Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight), on January 18, 2019.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of Orion! will open in at least seven theaters in Japan, including three in Tokyo, on February 15, 2019.

Source: ANN