Section23 Films Announces June 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 Films Announces February 2020 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its February 2020 slate of releases featuring Sentai Filmworks smash hit series Food Wars! The Third Plate. Available on Blu-ray, DVD and special Limited-Edition Premium Box Set.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming February 2020

Title: THE MAGNIFICENT KOTOBUKI
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/4/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: In a desolate world where the safest form of transporting cargo is by zeppelin; air pirates roam the sky, preying on aerial commerce and holding remote towns for ransom. Against these airborne marauders, the only defense is to hire high-flying protection of your own, and that’s where mercenary pilots like the girls of the Kotobuki Squadron come in. Behind the joysticks of their lightweight Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa fighters, these lady falcons play a deadly game of escort, where a single mistake can end up in a fiery crash or mid-air collision. But for birds of prey like Kylie, Reona, Chika, Emma, Kate, and Zara, the danger is worth it for the chance to spread their wings and soar into the heavens. The wild blue yonder gets even wilder as every dogfight becomes a catfight in The Magnificent Kotobuki.

Title: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 89 min.
Street Date: 2/11/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth, their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet at times brutal and horrifying. Based on the retellings of survivor Nosaka Akiyuki and directed by Iaso Takahata (co-founder, with Hayao Miyazaki, of Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli,) Grave of the Fireflies has been universally hailed as an artistic and emotional tour de force. Now digitally remastered and restored, it is one of the rare films that truly deserves to be called a masterpiece.

Title: REAL GIRL
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

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: SPACE BROTHERS #0
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 100 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: Once, there were two very different brothers who conceived a dream: that someday they would go into space themselves. However, brothers being brothers, once younger sibling Hibito announced that he would go to the moon, older brother Mutta declared that HE would go to Mars. Unfortunately, Mutta’s adult life isn’t going the way that he had hoped. Despite his hard work, his situation at his job is deteriorating and he ultimately finds himself transferred back to Japan. To make things even more frustrating, luck has been kinder to Hibito, who has already begun training with JAXA to become an astronaut. But Mutta isn’t ready to quit just yet. Four years before the events of the epic TV series, a new space race begins as brother chases brother on the path to the stars in Space Brothers #0 – The Movie.

Title: FOOD WARS! THIRD PLATE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2020
Format: BD, DVD, PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98, $69.98, $179.98

SYNOPSIS: Young Soma Yukihira – who has honed his cooking skills while working as an assistant at “Yukihira,” the family eatery – has successfully entered Tohtsuki Fine Dining Academy, a cooking school for the ultra elite. At the academy, he meets various chefs and develops his skills while striving to create his own unique brand of cooking. It is during the Lunar Feast, a time-honored Tohtsuki tradition, that Soma chooses to take on one of the members of The Ten, which comprises the academy’s most accomplished chefs. Meanwhile, Azami Nakiri – the father of one of Soma’s fellow students – has worked behind the scenes to found Central, a pivotal organization dedicated to haute cuisine, yet has remained barred from cooking aside from select recipes taught in his lectures. Finding themselves at opposition with how Central operates, Soma and some of the other Tohtsuki students decide to stand and confront this threat head-on. As this is going on, Soma and the others will be faced with the Promotional Exam, referred to as one of the greatest hurdles at Tohtsuki. An even more heated battle is about to begin.

HIDIVE Schedules the Real Girl Dubcast in Four Batches

HIDIVE has announced that it will stream an English dubcast for the second season of the Real Girl anime. Unlike previous dubcasts, which would have one new dubbed episode a week launching several weeks after the Japanese release, the Real Girl season two dubcast will launch in four three-episode batches on the following schedule:

  • Episodes 13-15 — February 14, 2019
  • Episodes 16-18 — March 14, 2019
  • Episodes 19-21 — April 11, 2019
  • Episodes 22-24 — May 9, 2019

Each batch will debut at 18:30 UTC (1:30 p.m. EST on February 14, 2019, 2:30 p.m. EDT on March 14, 2019 and later). The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Central America, South America, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

HIDIVE premiered the second anime adaptation of Mao Nanami’s Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga with English subtitles on January 8, 2019.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Simulcast the Second Season of the Real Girl Anime

HIDIVE has announced that it will simulcast the second season of the Real Girl (3D Kanojo) anime as it airs in Japan starting on January 8, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The simulcast will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Central America, South America, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

Takashi Naoya is directing the anime at Hoods Entertainment. Deko Akao is in charge of series composition. Satomi Kurita is designing the characters. The band Fujifabric will perform the ending theme song “Hagan” (Broad Smile).

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Real Girl Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Real Girl anime series:

  • Nathan Wilson is Tsutsui
  • Christina Kelly is Iroha
  • Daniel Regojo is Ito
  • Olivia Swasey is Ishino
  • Adam Gibbs is Takanashi
  • Natalie Rial is Ayado
  • Hilary Haag is Ezomichi
  • Shannon Emerick is Kaoru
  • Savannah Menzel is Anzu
  • Joanne Bonasso is Kie
  • Mike Haimoto is Chika

Other cast members include Alan Brinks, Cat Thomas, Scott Gibbs, Shelby Blocker, Gabriel Regojo, David Wald, Melissa Molano, Juliet Simmons, Orlanders Jones, and Cameron Bausch.

Shannon Reed is directing.

HIDIVE will begin streaming the English dub in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and other territories on October 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. New episodes will stream on Tuesdays.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Premiere the English Dub of the Real Girl Anime for October 30, 2018

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin streaming the English dub for the Real Girl in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and other territories on October 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. New episodes will stream on Tuesdays.

Real Girl premiered in Japan on April 3, 2018 and aired for 12 episodes. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series and HIDIVE simulcast the series as it aired.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Real Girl Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the Real Girl (3D Kanojo) anime for streaming and home video. The series will stream as a simulcast in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Nordics, Spain, Portugal, and Central and South America.

HIDIVE has confirmed it will stream the series beginning on April 3, 2018 at 3:59 p.m.

Real Girl is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 4, 2018.

Source: ANN