Section23 Films Announces January 2020 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its January 2020 slate of releases featuring Sentai Filmworks’ hit title by the acclaimed studio, Kyoto Animation, Tsurune. Available on Blu-ray and special Limited Edition Premium Box Set.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming January 2020

Title: THE GIRL IN TWILIGHT
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 1/7/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Every day, Asuka and her friends Nana, Mia, Yu and Chloe go to a certain temple to find out if an urban legend they heard is true: that if you set your radio to a random channel at 4:44 PM, and pray really hard, you can open a door into another dimension. It’s a game, really, and the girls don’t take it too seriously. Until the day it works and they find themselves in another world where there are people who look suspiciously like them. But messing around with alternate realities is dangerous, and as the girls travel from one world to the next, they find themselves thrust into increasingly perilous situations. Will they all survive? Will they still be the people they were when they started? The revelations unfold along with the dimensions in The Girl in Twilight.

Title: THE PRICE OF SMILES
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 1/14/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The orphaned Princess Yuki of the Kingdom of Soleil is still only a young girl, but she’s trying hard to learn the skills she desperately needs. What the Princess doesn’t know, however, is that even her most trusted advisors have been shielding her from a deadly fact: Soleil and its neighbor, the Empire of Grandiga, are heading to war. Meanwhile, in the Empire, a young soldier named Stella Shining prepares for battle. Despite having already lost her parents to conflict, Stella is unusual in that she always tries to keep a smile on her face… even when there’s nothing left to smile about. As Yuki discovers the truth, a new form of weapon is unleashed, and Stella’s smile slowly becomes a deathly rictus grin when two nations go to war in The Price of Smiles.

Title: NO GAME, NO LIFE STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 405 min.
Street Date: 1/21/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: For years, Sora and his stepsister Shiro have hidden from reality, rarely leaving their home and unable to stand being separated. Online, however, they’re famed for their gaming skills as the tag-team duo known as BLANK, and there’s no challenge that they won’t tackle. Then a chess match against a mysterious opponent known as Tet turns out to be the opening gambit in something much bigger than anyone on Earth could have ever imagined. Because this game is the ultimate competition, and the outcome determines the fates of not just the players, but of entire civilizations and species. Can two misfits who can barely handle their own lives rise to the occasion and save the human race? The competition is on as the battle begins in No Game, No Life.

Title: MONSTER MUSUME STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 1/21/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: No one expected the government to suddenly acknowledge the existence of demi-human species like harpies and centaurs, but when a careless Integration Agent shows up on Kimihito Kurusu’s doorstep with an attractive Lamia in tow, he suddenly finds himself designated as a “Host Family”. This might not be so bad, except that while Miia’s top half is all girl and quickly develops a crush on her new human host, her snakelike bottom half makes that crush literal with a tendency to squeeze the life out of him. Plus, there’s also the little problem that it’s illegal for humans and non-humans to have THOSE kinds of relationships. With woman-in-black Agent Smith always sniffing about for improprieties, things only get more hectic in the Kurusu household when bird-brained Papi the harpy and master-seeking centaur Centorea need places to roost and stable. As the house gets crowded with even more captivating cuties, can any human male survive under such tempestuous and tempting conditions? Find out in Monster Musume: Everyday Life With Monster Girls.

Title: TSURUNE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 1/28/2020
Format: BD, PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98, $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Becoming a great archer requires more than just a steady hand and a good eye. It takes focus; the ability to find exactly the right moment to release the bowstring and send your arrow streaking to its target. As a child, Minato Narumiya became entranced with kyudo, the Japanese art of archery, but after years of study, he suddenly quit after an incident during a middle school tournament. Now, his high school’s Kyudo Club has approached him, and between the encouragement of the coach and several classmates he used to practice with, Minato is reluctantly convinced to pick up the bow again. But is the timing right? Is Minato really ready for competition, or is he destined to miss the bullseye again? It’s time to take aim and meet the challenge of becoming the best in Tsurune.

Top 20 Selling Manga on BookScan’s December 2018 List

NPD BookScan has released its Top 20 Manga List for December 2018:

  1. My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  2. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  3. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  4. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  6. Attack on Titan Volume 26 by Hajime Isayama
  7. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  8. Splatoon Volume 5 by Sankichi Hinodeya
  9. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa
  11. My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  12. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  13. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3
  14. Monster Musume Volume 14 by OKAYADO
  15. Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 8 by Sui Ishida
  16. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 6 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  18. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 1
  19. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2
  20. Splatoon Volume 1 by Sankichi Hinodeya

Source: ANN

Monster Musume Manga Releases New Chapter

OKAYADO’s Monster Musume manga has resumed with chapter 62 on the Comic Ryū blog. OKAYADO said with the new chapter that he will do his best so that the next chapter can debut as soon as possible. The blog states that it will post an announcement when the release of the next chapter is decided.

Monster Musume had been on hiatus since September 2018 so that OKAYADO could focus on mental health.

OKAYADO first published “Monster Musume” in Tokuma Shoten’s Comic Ryū’s Anthology Comic Kemomo 02 in 2011, and debuted the Monster Musume series in Comic Ryū in 2012. The 14th volume shipped in Japan on June 14, 2018. Seven Seas Entertainment releases the manga in North America.

Source: ANN

Monster Musume Manga to Go on Hiatus Due to Author’s Health

Monster Musume manga creator OKAYADO has announced on Twitter that he will take a hiatus to focus on his mental health. He did not provide a time for his return, but he said that he would like to focus on recovery so he can resume serialization as soon as possible.

OKAYADO’s Monster Musume manga took several months off in 2017, and the Comic Ryū blog usually explained that the breaks were in preparation for the compiled volume releases for the series. This year, the manga took a hiatus between the 59th chapter in March 2018 and the 60th chapter in June 2018. The 61st and most recent chapter launched on August 30, 2018.

OKAYADO first published “Monster Musume” in Tokuma Shoten’s Comic Ryū’s Anthology Comic Kemomo 02 in 2011, and debuted the Monster Musume series in Comic Ryū in 2012. The 14th volume shipped on June 14, 2018.

Source: ANN

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Is #3 Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S.

Eleven manga titles are included on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novels list for March 2018:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 3 by Akira Himekawa (#3)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 13 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 11 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • Monster Musume Volume 13 by OKAYADO (#9)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 3 by Sui Ishida (#10)
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 3 by Ukyō Kodachi, Mikie Ikemoto, and Masashi Kishimoto (#12)
  • Splatoon Volume 3 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#13)
  • RWBY by Shirō Miwa (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 2 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#18)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Volume 2 by CLAMP (#19)

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Stream the English Dub for Monster Musume

HIDIVE has announced that it will stream the English dub of the Monster Musume anime series. Dubbed episodes will launch in installments on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT beginning on July 12, 2017. The dub is exclusive to premium members.

Sentai Filmworks will release the series on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and premium edition Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on July 25, 2017. The premium edition includes a soundtrack, pin-up art book, poster, lenticular card, stickers, and bestiary art cards.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Monster Musume Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Monster Musume anime:

  • Bryson Baugus is Kimihito Kurusu
  • Allison Sumrall is Miia
  • Brittney Karbowski is Papi
  • Molly Searcy is Cerea
  • Courtney Lomelo is Rachnera
  • Monica Rial is Suu
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Mero
  • Shelley Calene-Black is Ms. Smith
  • Kira Vincent-Davis is Zombina
  • Christina Stroup is Tio
  • Jad Saxton is Manako
  • Emily Neves is Doppel
  • Carli Mosier is LaLa
  • Rachel Landon is Draco
  • Tiffany Terrell is Kii
  • Mina Getois is Lilith
  • Christina Kelly is Polt
  • Juliet Simmons is Ren
  • Steven Finley is Kasegi

Other cast members include Andrew Love, Chris Hutchison, John Swasey, Greg Cote, and Katelyn Barr.

Kyle Jones is directing.

Sentai Filmworks will release the series on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and premium edition Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on July 25, 2017. The premium edition includes a soundtrack, pin-up art book, poster, lenticular card, stickers, and bestiary art cards.

Source: ANN