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.

Section23 Announces March 2020 Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its March 2020 slate of releases featuring Sentai Filmworks’ highly anticipated series Release the Spyce. Available on Blu-ray and special Limited-Edition Premium Box Set.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming March 2020

Title: GRIMMS’ NOTES THE ANIMATION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 3/3/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The mystical Story Teller created a world where everyone is born with a book that dictates their life story in advance. Everyone, that is, except for a handful of individuals with books full of blank pages that allow them to cross from one pre-written storyline to another and act of their own free will. That ability turns out to be a fortunate thing, as rogue plotters called Chaos Tellers are introducing new and unexpected elements into the most popular storylines, fracturing the course of fairy tales and bedtime yarns into the stuff of nightmares. Can Ex, Reina, Shane and Tao undo the repercussions of aberrations like Little Red Riding Hood suddenly gaining the ability to manipulate fire? Things are looking mighty grim indeed when our heroes must fight to un-revise the revisions in Grimms Notes The Animation.

Title: MYSTERIA FRIENDS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 150 min.
Street Date: 3/10/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

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: RELEASE THE SPYCE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 3/17/2020
Format: BD, PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98, $99.98

SYNOPSIS: One never knows where the forces of evil may be preparing to strike, but fortunately for the citizens of the city of Sorasaki, there is a secret group of mysterious protectors who stand ever ready to fend off the pernicious plans of sinister scoundrels, malevolent malefactors and nefarious ne’er-do-wells. But who are these heroes and how are they recruited? Momo Minamoto is a normal high school student who dreams of one day becoming a police officer like her late father, but when she investigates the case of a missing friend, she quickly finds herself being recruited into the ranks of the Tsukikage, a group of high school girl spies with above average abilities and the ferocious fighting skills needed to take on any fiend who foments foulness and corruption. Stand back evildoers. It’s time to Release The Spyce.

Title: MARIA WATCHES OVER US
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1100 min.
Street Date: 3/24/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Adapting to life at Tokyo’s prestigious Lillian Girls’ Academy can be difficult, so the school has developed a long tradition of older students “adopting” younger girls and serving as their advisors and confidantes. Even so, shy young Yumi Fukuzawa is startled and flustered when a beautiful and popular upperclassman Yumi has admired, Sachiko Ogasawara, unexpectedly expresses interest in taking Yumi under her wing. Is Sachiko really serious? And if she is, is Yumi ready to be thrust into the spotlight of public scrutiny that comes with becoming the “petite soeur” to one of the student council’s inner circle, the Roses? As the gossip and speculation surrounding the nature of their relationship increases, Yumi finds her life and perceptions changing in new and unexpected directions in the complete collection of the anime classic Maria Watches Over Us.

Title: TO LOVE RU SEASON 1
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 3/31/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: What do you do when a naked princess from outer space suddenly appears in your bathtub? If you’re Rito Yuki, the confused teenager who’s rub-a-dubbing when the perky Princess Lala of Deviluke splashes down, you inexplicably find yourself engaged to her royal highness’ heavenly body, whether you want to marry her or not. Oh, and you’re ALSO now heir to the throne of the Planet Deviluke, as well as the target for an endless stream of intergalactic invaders, assassins, rival suitors, and an unbelievably long cosmic chorus line of gorgeous women who are all determined to wormhole their way into Rito’s heart and/or bed. And that, needless to say, is probably going to make getting together with the nice Japanese girl who Rito’s actually in love with just a wee bit more complicated in To Love Ru.

Sentai Filmworks Announces Dubs for the Cutie Honey Universe and Mysteria Friends Anime

Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at Anime Boston that the Cutie Honey Universe and Mysteria Friends anime are receiving English dubs.

Jessica Calvello is reprising her role as Cutie Honey in Cutie Honey Universe, the most recent anime project based on Go Nagai’s Cutie Honey manga. David Wald is directing the dub. An uncensored, limited-edition release will be available for pre-order on April 23, 2019.

For Mysteria Friends, Cat Thomas is playing Anne, and Avery Smithhart is playing Grea. Kyle Colby Jones is directing the dub. The full English dub will debut on HIDIVE on April 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Two More Simulcasts for the Winter 2019 Anime Season

Crunchyroll has announced that it will simulcast the Grimms Notes the Animation and Mysteria Friends anime as they air in Japan during the Winter 2019 anime season.

Grimms Notes the Animation will premiere on January 11, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central and Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime in all of these territories except Turkey.

Mysteria Friends (Manaria Friends in Japan) will premiere on Crunchyroll on January 20, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST, worldwide outside of Asia. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime.

Anime News Network is reporting that these are the last Winter 2019 simulcast announcements that Crunchyroll has planned currently.

Source: ANN