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.

HIDIVE to Stream Both Negima TV Anime Series

HIDIVE has announced that it will stream the 2005 Negima! anime and the 2006-2007 Negima!? anime in the United States and Canada.

The first three episodes of Negima! will be available with both English subtitles and Japanese audio and with the English dub on September 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. New episodes will launch on Thursdays. Negima!? will begin streaming in November 2018 after the other series has concluded.

Sentai Filmworks announced in January 2018 in that it has licensed both series for North America. FUNimation Entertainment had previously released both in North America.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Both Negima TV Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the 2005 Negima! anime and the 2006-2007 Negima!? anime. The license includes home video, television, and digital rights.

Ken Akamatsu’s original Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga ran from 2003 to 2012. Del Rey Manga began publishing the manga in North America, but Kodansha Comics took over publishing duties for this title and others in 2010.

Xebec’s Negima! anime adapted material from the manga’s early volumes, with a focus more on the manga’s romantic comedy story as opposed to the magic battles, and contains an anime-original ending. Shaft’s Negima!? anime told an alternate storyline that also diverged from the manga.

FUNimation Entertainment previously released both in North America.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Negima!

Negima! is based on a manga series by Ken Akamatsu. The series was produced by Xebec and was directed by Nagisa Miyazaki. The series aired on Japanese television from January 6-June 29, 2005. FUNimation Entertainment first held the North American distribution license for Negima! but as of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds those distribution rights.

Negi Springfield is the main character in Negima, and he is a 10-year-old wizard from Wales who dreams of becoming a “Master Mage.” A “Master Mage” is a special wizard who can use his powers to help normal people by using covers. Negi wants to become a “Master Mage” in order to find his father, a legendary mage named Nagi Springfield, who is believed to be dead.

After graduating from the Merdiana Magic Academy in Wales, Negi is given a duty as a cover in the real world. He is to become an English teacher at the Mahora Academy in Japan, and his class consists of 31 middle school girls. However, most of the class sees him as a little brother instead of as a teacher. Over the course of the series, about half of the class finds out Negi can do magic, despite his efforts to keep this fact hidden. As time goes on, Negi also discovers he has antagonists that come from magic schools or are demons.

The most notable student in Negi’s class is Asuna Kagurazaka. At the beginning of the series, she is a bullheaded and daffy girl. Her relationship with Negi starts out rather rocky, but as time goes on, they get to know each other and Asuna becomes willing to be friends. Asuna’s encounters with Negi also slowly start to awaken dormant abilities within her.

Other notable students are Ayaka Yukihiro, Konoka Konoe, and Nodoka Miyazaki. Ayaka is the rich, bossy, and controlling class president. She is overly fond of Negi, and Ayaka also has a love/hate relationship with Asuna.

Konoka is a cheerful and caring girl and is also roommates with Asuna. Konoka is the mediator of the group; she is also a fan of fortune-telling and has magic potential. Konoka’s grandfather is also the dean of Mahora Academy.

Nodoka is a shy bookworm, who starts out not having feelings for members of the opposite sex. However, she develops feelings for Negi after he saves her from a fall down a flight of stairs.

Negima! is a “harem” anime that includes elements of magic, and the series also features “fanservice.” For a harem series, it’s rather enjoyable. It may utilize some of the character tropes of this type of series, but enough other elements, such as magic, are brought in to help round out the characters so they’re more than just one-dimensional tropes.

When I first started watching Negima! it came off as a rather light-hearted show; but as I progressed through the series, I noticed that the tone started changing. The tonal change becomes a bit more noticeable about halfway through the series, and the tonal shift is completed in the final episodes. By the end of the series, expect to see some pathos. You might also need a handkerchief while watching a couple of the episodes because they might cause the waterworks to start flowing.

If you’re a fan of Love Hina, you may also have an appreciation for Negima! The original source material for both anime are by the same author, so there are some similarities in the basic harem concept. However, Negima! adds the element of magic to its story.

I have to say that Negima! is strong for a harem series, and I believe it’s a lot stronger of a series than many of the more current harem anime that I’ve sampled.

Anime DVD Review: Negima! The Complete Collection

Negima! The Complete Collection is a four-disc DVD set that includes all 26 episodes of the original Negima! series. The set is packaged in two thinpack DVD boxes, and each thinpack box includes two DVDs. The first two discs include seven episodes, while the third disc contains six episodes, and the final disc includes six episodes and the special features. The episodes in this set are available with both an English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Negima! The Complete Collection
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: December 16, 2008

Negi Springfield is the main character in Negima; he is a 10-year-old wizard from Wales who dreams of becoming a “Master Mage.” A “Master Mage” is a special wizard who can use his powers to help normal people by using covers. Negi wants to become a “Master Mage” in order to find his father, a legendary mage named Nagi Springfield, who is believed to be dead.

After graduating from the Merdiana Magic Academy in Wales, Negi is given a duty as a cover in the real world. He is to become an English teacher at the Mahora Academy in Japan, and his class consists of 31 middle school girls; however, most of the class sees him as a little brother instead of as a teacher. Over the course of the series, about half of the class finds out Negi can do magic, despite his efforts to keep this fact hidden. As time goes on, Negi also discovers he has antagonists that come from magic schools, or are demons.

The most notable student in Negi’s class is Asuna Kagurazaka, and at the beginning of the series, she is a bullheaded and daffy girl. Her relationship with Negi starts out rather rocky, but as time goes on, they get to know each other and Asuna becomes willing to be friends. Asuna’s encounters with Negi also slowly start to awaken dormant abilities within her.

Other notable students are Ayaka Yukihiro, Konoka Konoe, and Nodoka Miyazaki. Ayaka is the rich, bossy, and controlling class president. She is overly fond of Negi, and Ayaka also has a love/hate relationship with Asuna.

Konoka is a cheerful and caring girl, and is also roommates with Asuna. Konoka is the mediator of the group; she is also a fan of fortune-telling and has magic potential. Konoka’s grandfather is also the dean of Mahora Academy.

Nodoka is a shy bookworm, who starts out not having feelings for members of the opposite sex. However, she develops feelings for Negi after he saves her from a fall down a flight of stairs.

Negima is a “harem” anime that includes elements of magic, and the series also features “fanservice.” For a harem series, it’s actually rather enjoyable. It may utilize some of the character tropes of this type of series, but enough other elements, such as magic, are brought in to help round out the characters so they’re more than just one-dimensional tropes.

When you start watching the set, Negima! comes off as a rather light-hearted show; but as you progress through the series, the tone starts changing. The tonal change becomes a bit more noticeable on disc three, and the tonal shift is completed on disc four. By the end of disc four, expect to see some pathos, and you might need a handkerchief while watching a couple of the episodes.

The fourth disc contains all of the set’s bonus feature. For special features, there is a textless version of the opening, textless versions of both endings, as well as trailers for other properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

In some respects, I’m a little disappointed with the lack of special features; however, this could be due to the fact that FUNimation may not have been able to acquire the rights for more. I’m also a little disappointed with the fact that the “Episodes” menu on the discs is not a “scene selection” menu. Even with its flaws, this set is still a worthwhile addition to your anime DVD library if you’re a fan of the original Negima! series.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Negima! The Complete Collection that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

Sailor Moon Is #2 Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for February 2012

Sailor Moon Volume 3 by Naoko Takeuchi was the #2 selling graphic novel in the United States for February 2012, according to Nielsen BookScan’s list of the top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores.

The other manga titles to appear in the February 2012 list include:

  • Naruto Volume 54 by Masashi Kishimoto (#4)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi Volume 33 by Ken Akamatsu(#5)
  • Bleach Volume 38 by Tite Kubo (#6)
  • Blue Exorcist Volume 6 by Kazue Katō (#7)
  • Black Butler Volume 8 by Yana Toboso (#9)
  • Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (#14)
  • Bakuman. Volume 9 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata(#15)
  • Naruto Volume 53 by Masashi Kishimoto (#16)
  • Sailor Moon Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi (#17)
  • Durarara!! Volume 1 by Ryohgo Narita (#18)

The BookScan rankings include sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases. However, sales from comic book shops, Walmart, and some other venues are not included.

Source: ANN