Section23 Films Announces September 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its September 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming September 2022

Title: MAGICAL WARFARE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 9/6/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Takeshi Nanase’s life hasn’t been great since the accident that crippled his little brother, who blames Nanase for both that and stealing the girl he loved, while his parents have completely distanced themselves. Since Kurumi, his childhood friend, is not even really his girlfriend, the only thing that Takeshi has left is studying the art of Kendo. Until, that is, he discovers an unconscious girl in a strange uniform and suddenly finds himself in the business of rescuing damsels in distress, facing off against a group of magic users, and ends up with magical powers himself. Which, considering that he had no idea magic was even real, is quite a change in perspective. Unfortunately, all this means is that Takeshi now has a target on his back, and he’s going to have to learn the basics really quickly if he expects to survive Magical Warfare.

Title: SAIYUKI GAIDEN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 120 min.
Street Date: 9/13/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: In a time when Death was unknown, a boy was brought into Heaven and entrusted to the care of the minor God Konzen Douji. Named Goku, the boy soon became the best of friends with gods Tenpou and Kenren of the Army of Heaven, and the War Prince Nataku. Yet even Heaven has its devils, and when a plot to seize the throne of Heaven leaves Nataku dead, Goku loses control of his powers, causing a massacre, while Konzen, Tenpou and Kenren find themselves accused as heretics for attempting to defend their friend. Now their only hope is to break through the ranks of the Army of Heaven and escape to the lower world. The origins of the heroes of the classic anime series Saiyuki are unveiled in an epic, expanded series of original animation videos in Saiyuki Gaiden.

Title: GUNBUSTER THE MOVIE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 95 min.
Street Date: 9/13/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When alien nightmares attacked humanity’s push into interstellar space, Noriko Takaya’s father sacrificed himself to stop their advance. What he bought for mankind was time. Time to create a weapon capable of stopping the monsters once and for all. Now that weapon is nearly ready, and a teenage Noriko is determined to be in the battle, though it’s not until she models herself after top pilot candidate Kazumi Amano that she discovers her own abilities. However, even as Noriko and Kazumi become both partners and rivals for the same man’s affections, there’s one aspect of this war that will affect them unlike any other: Pilots traveling faster than light experience time differently than those they’ve left on Earth. Which means that even if Noriko survives each battle, home will no longer be the same place she left behind in Gunbuster.

Title: GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE – PART 3
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 9/20/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Amateurs study strategy, but professionals study logistics, because it doesn’t matter how many tanks you can get into position if you don’t have enough ammo to keep firing. Firepower and constantly evolving strategies are the name of the game as not two, not four, but six more schools square off on three additional battlegrounds. As Oarai’s tank team continues their brutal face off against Chi-Ha-Tan, the firefights also rage between Anzio and St. Gloriana, Kuromorimine and Pravda, and Jatkosota and Saunders. Six teams enter and only the survivors will advance. Also, in the weirdest side trip yet, the ladies of Team Anglerfish suddenly find themselves as cow… er, radishgirls in the wild, wild west in Girls und Panzer Das Final – Part 3 with Bonus- The Daikon War.

Title: SEITOKAI YAKUINDOMO THE MOVIE 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 80 min.
Street Date: 9/20/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Being an anime fan is rather like an obsession and true otaku will go to extreme lengths to support their favorite sagas. Seitokai Yakuindomo fans are no exception, and here’s the payoff: another ridiculous story of the former all-girl’s school where seemingly all of the ladies have sex on the mind constantly… or at least talk that way… while poor Takatoshi dutifully labors on as the male focus of the rest of the student council’s hyper-focused attentions. From appearing in questionably-intended student films to taking some very hands-on wrestling lessons, no good deed will ever come without pun-ishment when it’s constantly innuendo and out the other in Seitokai Yakuindomo The Movie 2.

Title: DORORO PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 9/27/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Life as an orphan in feudal Japan is brutal, and while street thief Dororo has managed to survive, wile and craft can only go so far in the body of a child. Then, just when it seems that Dororo’s luck has run out, he’s rescued from a man-eating ghoul by a mysterious young man wearing a doll-like mask and artificial limbs that conceal deadly blades. Born without arms, legs, sight, hearing and even skin after his father crafted a monstrous deal with the forces of darkness, Hyakkimaru now somehow seeks out the demons who cursed him, regaining one of his lost attributes for each monster slain. With deadly secrets from his own past to protect, the young thief joins into an alliance with the impossible warrior, setting forth on a quest to restore Hyakkimaru’s stolen humanity and rid Japan of devils in Dororo.

Title: YUKI YUNA IS A HERO
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 900 min.
Street Date: 9/27/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Lots of people talk about helping others, but Yuna Yuki and her friends Mimori Togo, Fu, and Itsuki have gone a step further, forming a “Hero Club” that people can ask for assistance. Then things go further than they ever expected when they find themselves offered real super powers in exchange for helping defeat the Vertexes, who seek to destroy the Divine Tree and kill all life. It’s an easy decision to make, but what they don’t know is the price that each of them will have to pay for their new abilities. With great power comes great responsibility, but in this case it also comes with a devastating cost for every girl who enters the Hero System. Get ready for the genre-bending series that changed Magical Girl anime forever in the complete multi-series collection of Yuki Yuna is a Hero.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces August 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its August 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming August 2022

Title: SHIKIZAKURA
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 8/1/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Kakeru Miwa might have been a totally typical Japanese high school student, but his life quickly transforms into anything but ordinary when his morning trek to school crosses paths with beautiful shrine maiden Oka Myojin. That’s because Oka belongs to a secret group dedicated to fighting demon oni who cross from their dimension into ours by possessing the bodies of humans. This isn’t your classic exorcist type job either, as the only reliable way of defeating these invading monsters requires donning a Yoroi, an incredible armored battle suit powered by an arcane mix of mystical arts and beyond bleeding-edge technology, then taking the oni on in mortal combat. Is that shocking? Yes. Dangerous? Extremely. But it’s also more interesting than school, and Kakeru is quickly lining up to defend mankind in Shikizakura.

Title: SHORT PEACE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 68 min.
Street Date: 8/9/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: Prepare your senses for animation on the cutting edge as Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira, unleashes the combined creative forces of Japan’s newest animation masters. A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in Shuhei Morita’s Academy Award® nominee “Possessions.” A mysterious bear defends a royal family from a demon in “Gambo” from director Hiroaki Ando featuring designs by Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Men battle robotic tanks in an apocalyptic Tokyo in “A Farewell to Weapons,” directed by Mobile Suit Gundam designer Hajime Katoki from Otomo’s story, while Otomo himself takes the director’s chair in the multi-award-winning saga of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan, “Combustible.” See the films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime begins with Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace.

Title: WELCOME TO DEMON SCHOOL, IRUMA-KUN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 575 min.
Street Date: 8/16/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Iruma Suzuki’s parents were horrible, nasty people who didn’t just mistreat him, they literally sold his soul to a demon. Ironically, however, it turns out surprisingly well, as it seems that the Demon has always wanted a grandson and is determined to make Iruma fit into that role… even if that means that Iruma has to go to school with all the other demon kids. Since Iruma’s never had a decent education, he’s fine with that, but there’s a catch: if anyone learns that he’s human, his classmates will eat him. Talk about pressure to fit in. Amazingly, Iruma manages to blend in fairly well with his devilishly good new friends. Now, if he could only stop nearly giving himself away by trying to do nice things, he might even survive to graduate in Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun.

Title: IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? III PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 8/23/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The rules of the Dungeon always seemed simple: Enter, avoid traps, kill monsters and gather treasure. But when Bell rescues a young vouivre, Wiene, who is capable of speaking, it changes his understanding of what the Dungeon’s monsters could be. Unfortunately, the discovery of the Xenos, a secret group of monsters who all speak, reincarnate, and are capable of rational thought, isn’t welcomed by all. With many of the Familias remaining determined to destroy all monsters on sight, Bell and the Hestia Familia quickly find themselves confronted on multiple fronts, even as other Familias work in secret to exploit the Xenos for their own sinister gains. And when the Xenos are forced to defend themselves, all hell breaks loose in the third amazing season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Title: GUGURE! KOKKURI-SAN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 8/30/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Tiny little Kohina is a very strange girl. She’s so small that she could really be the living doll that she claims she is, her face seems totally devoid of expression, and she lives all by herself, subsisting entirely on a diet of instant noodles. So, when Kohina has the terrible idea of playing with a Kokkuri game and summoning ancient kokkuri spirits by herself, it’s no surprise that she actually manages to make a fox spirit appear. What is a surprise, however, is that rather than doing the usual spirit-y sort of pranks and haunting her, the Kokkuri decides that what she needs is a protector and assigns that job to himself. And that’s a good thing, because it turns out that he’s not the only supernatural entity who becomes mysteriously fixated on her in Gugure! Kokkuri-san.

Title: RENT A GIRLFRIEND PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 8/30/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When Kinoshita Kazuya’s new girlfriend brutally dumps him, he discovers a surprising new alternative – renting a girlfriend instead. However, while this does let Kazuya avoid the embarrassment of explaining to his friends and family why he’s suddenly partner-less, he’s unprepared for what happens when Mizuhara Chizuru arrives to fulfill his rental contract. Not only is she completely not what he expected, but her real life has a frightening number of cross-overs with his own. And when it turns out that his grandmother is just crazy about Chizuru, it’s not like he can just swap her out for a different model. Or can he? Will Kazuya and Chizuru’s relationship progress beyond a “goods purchased” mode? And what happens if Kazuya’s ex-girlfriend decides to re-enter the picture? Find out when love and romance are delivered on an installment plan in Rent-A-Girlfriend.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces July 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its July 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming July 2022

Title: AMNESIA
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 7/5/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English & Spanish Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The Heroine has no memory of who she is or where she was. Like a broken record skipping, she keeps waking up in the same place at the same time: in a hospital bed on August 1. And then there’s the ghost-the spirit only she can see who calls himself Orion. He says not to trust anyone and to never reveal what she can’t remember. But… does that mean she shouldn’t trust him as well? So she runs through flaming buildings, struggles desperately not to drown, and continues to wake up in the same hospital bed. Again, and again, and again. Somehow, somewhere, there must be a clue to her identity in this moebius loop of existence. But how can you know what you’re looking for when you can’t even remember who you are? Welcome to the ultimate nightmare of Amnesia.

Title: NON NON BIYORI NONSTOP
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 7/12/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Asahigaoka is just about as small as a town can be, and living in a small village means approaching life a little differently. After moving from the biggest of big cities, Tokyo, Hotaru has fully adjusted to that lifestyle, and she’s learned to find and appreciate pleasures that she would never have noticed before. Like the beauty of nature even in the smallest things. Or the reliability of knowing everyone who works at the same stores that have been there forever. The new faces in town… WAIT! WHAT? NEW FACES? Yes, shockingly, it’s true. But in the end, one thing remains most important: the fact that everything is still better when you experience it with friends you love and trust. Join Hotaru, Komari, Natsumi, Renge, and Suguru once more as they live life to the fullest in Non Non Biyori Nonstop.

Title: RAHXEPHON
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 770 min.
Street Date: 7/12/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: For 15 years, the human race has fought an ongoing battle against the Mu, the alien invaders who have trapped the city of Tokyo inside an impenetrable dome where time flows in a different path and the mind-wiped citizens have no idea that their city has been conquered. But as Earth’s military begins to briefly breach the walls, one young man starts to realize that something is very wrong. That nothing is quite as it seems. And when he makes contact with a woman from outside, he learns that he, himself, is somehow at the center of the entire alien plan. A plan that will literally re-write reality itself. Prepare for an epic saga of love, war and time as the complete television series and feature film versions of the anime classic are unleashed in the ultimate collection of RahXephon.

Title: DAI SHOGUN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 7/19/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: What if the people of Japan never had to unify because mystical steam-powered robots defended the island from outside attack instead? That’s the history Keiichiro Tokugawa grew up in, but the brash teen has the reckless ambition of helping unite the feuding feudal factions… and with some headstrong heroics and the help of the legendary giant robot Susanoo, he just might be able to do it. However, he’ll have to deal with his girl problems first: the Susanoo requires a co-pilot-a female co-pilot-but every time Keiichiro gets close to a member of the opposite sex, he breaks out in a rash. Can Keiichiro find a nice young lady he’s compatible with? Or will his feminine issues thrash, crash and forever trash his hopes of ending the futile feudal feuding forever? The answers await in Dai Shogun.

Title: MOTHER OF THE GODDESS’ DORMITORY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 250 min.
Street Date: 7/19/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Koushi Nagumo’s young life isn’t going well. His house burned down, his worthless father kicked him out, and he’s wandering the streets with no home, no job, and no idea when he’ll eat his next meal. Then he meets an angel. Well, Mineru is actually a college student, but she has a proposition for him… not THAT kind of proposition since Koushi’s still a middle schooler… although one might wonder considering how many half-clad beauties he encounters upon entering the so called “Goddess’ Dormitory.” This is where the local college houses the girls who are too eccentric or unruly to fit in anywhere else, and they desperately need someone to maintain order and keep watch over them. Can Koushi possibly fit in as their “Dorm Mother”? He’ll have to learn on the job as the Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory.

Title: VINLAND SAGA LIMITED EDITION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 7/26/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Raised in peace and on fanciful tales of a mythical far-off land without war, young Thorfinn dreams of someday traveling to the fabled Vinland. That dream is shattered when threats from the legendary Jomsvikings put him in the path of a band of Viking mercenaries, forcing Thorfinn’s father to sacrifice himself to the band’s leader: Askeladd. Alone and far from home, Thorfinn joins the forces of his father’s slayer, determined to compel a duel with the mercenary leader and avenge his father. However, Thorfinn quickly finds himself ill prepared for a soldier’s life in the long war between Denmark and England…where the opportunistic Vikings earn coin by fighting for both sides. Now he must learn how to fight and survive, even if it means facing friend and clan in battle in Vinland Saga.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces June 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its June 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming June 2022

Title: BTOOOM!
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/7/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When Ryota Sakamoto wakes up on a strange island with a bag of bombs and a crystal in his hand, the ace player of the hit game BTOOOM! is horrified to realize what’s happening: Someone is recreating the ultra-violent game in real life, and Ryota and other equally unwilling participants have been dropped into a lethal do-or-die scenario played with strategy and high explosives. And it gets worse. By the rules of the game, the only way off the island is to be the last person breathing at the end of the carnage, and there are no resets or second lives. Will the skills, tricks, and strategies absorbed while playing on a computer be enough to keep Ryota from being splattered and incinerated? Or will his favorite game literally end up blowing him away in BTOOOM!?

Title: STUDENT COUNCIL’S DISCRETION SEASON 1
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/14/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When Ken Sugisaki is selected for Hekiyou Academy’s student council based on academic achievements rather than popularity, one might expect him to be a fish out of water or to at least struggle to swim in the sea of beautiful girls holding the other seats. However, as Ken is a dating simulation aficionado and his primary duty is writing articles informing the school about Council activities, it’s a match made in his own imaginary Harem Heaven. Of course, how much reality is left in those missives once Ken’s fevered romantic fantasies massage them might be questionable… especially once twisted Chizuru, yaoi-obsessed Mafuyu, juvenile Kurimu, and even boyish Minatsu contribute to his ongoing self-insert soap opera. But does it really matter? Maybe not, as long as the student body is happy reading about what happens at the Student Council’s Discretion.

Title: STUDENT COUNCIL’S DISCRETION SEASON 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 275 min.
Street Date: 6/14/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Hekiyou Academy’s Student Council is back, but they’re not just up to their usual shenanigans. They’re pushing the limit on the kind of behavior befitting a supposedly dignified representation of the student body at large. Okay, maybe any vestige of dignity went up in smoke when they decided to make an anime featuring themselves, so will anyone complain about spicing it up even further? Sure, there are certain losers who believe in things like sticking to the facts, but why can’t student politics be an accurate reflection of politics in the “real world”? And if everything is really about catching attention, of course there’s going to be a hot springs episode. Toss in a few arbitrary mysteries to solve, a smidge of step-sibling romance, and some fourth wall shattering, and you have the Student Council’s Discretion Lv. 2.

Title: IRODUKU: THE WORLD IN COLORS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 6/21/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Although Hitomi lives in a world filled with magic and fantasy, she can only experience its many marvels in a dreary palette of black and white and grey. She does remember seeing color when she was very young, but the hues and vibrance faded away as most of the people who were important to her left her life. Her emotions have followed suit, becoming greyer, darker, and muted, until even the wonders of becoming a Mage and growing into a teenager rarely affect her. But Hitomi’s grandmother has a plan to use a spell that would send Hitomi someplace where the two of them can meet… only this time, her grandmother will be 17. Join the journey to 2018 and witness the hidden powers of love and friendship as Hitomi’s journey unveils the mysteries of Iroduku: The World in Colors.

Title: GETTER ROBO ARC
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 6/21/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The Getter Robo Saga is a tale of three young men with bodies of steel and hearts of fire who pilot a giant robot in battle against evil forces that threaten the future of Earth and humanity. The first story of the saga was known as “Getter Robo” and followed the adventures of Ryoma Nagare. Now it’s time for his son, Takuma Nagare, to take center stage. With the heroic blood of his father pumping through his veins, Takuma is guided by his childhood friend, Baku Yamagishi, into boarding a crashed Getter D2 unit. The two of them soon encounter Kamui, a pilot from the Saotome Laboratory, and team up with him to become the pilots of humanity’s last hope, Getter Arc. At long last, the final installment of the legendary mecha series by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa is here: Getter Robo Arc.

Title: PLACE TO PLACE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 6/28/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: One of the most confusing parts of life is knowing where you are in a relationship. It’s difficult enough with someone new, but when it’s someone you’ve known for a long time and your own feelings have changed, it’s even worse. That’s where Tsumiki is with Io. They’ve been friends for a while, even though his laid-back nature seems the opposite of Tsumiki’s short fuse, and they both hang with the same group of friends. But while Mayoi, Sakaki, and Hime are all great friends, Tsumiki’s relationship with Io seems a little bit more. Are they a couple? Best friends? Tsumiki can’t figure it out, and asking Io directly could jeopardize what they already have. So she carries on being the best friend she can, but hoping for more, as they go from Place to Place.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces May 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its May 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming May 2022

Title: OBSOLETE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 156 min.
Street Date: 5/3/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English & Spanish Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The people of Earth learned they were not alone when the aliens arrived, wanting to trade an incredible advancement in technology for the small price of a few shipments of common rock. Almost every country and corporation in the world seized upon the opportunity, and within a few years the massive robots known as EXOFRAMEs had replaced most forms of motorized industry. But perhaps mankind should have been more cautious of aliens bearing gifts, because in one fell swoop the precarious balance in military forces and hardware that had long separated each nation and rogue group was irrevocably altered. With the scales of power thus readjusted, many who hated their neighbors or coveted their possessions saw a chance, at last, to strike. And so, the bloodshed and the wars began as the old status quo became Obsolete.

Title: THE LEGEND OF HEROES
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 81 min.
Street Date: 5/10/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: 10 years ago, the forces of the Erebonian Empire invaded the Kingdom of Liberl, nearly reaching the heart of the Capital City before Cassius Bright led a determined counteroffensive that drove them out. Liberl has managed to rebuild by using the special mix of magic and technology that the Erbonians covet. As they prepare to join the Bracers, whose use of “craft” is vital to the nation’s defense, Cassius’ daughter Estelle and her adopted brother Joshua learn all too well that the threat of another invasion is ever present. When Cassius’ airship suddenly goes missing, the younger members of the Bright family find themselves at a pivotal point in history, deciding to launch a rescue mission by themselves in The Legend of Heroes – Trails in the Sky.

Title: INFINITE STRATOS SEASON 1
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/17/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: While the introduction of revolutionary Infinite Stratos exoskeletons brought in a new era of peace, the fact that only women could operate the giant armored mechs has frustrated many male-dominated governments and militaries. When 15-year-old Ichika Orimura is miraculously discovered to be the first MAN capable of controlling an IS, he’s given little choice except to transfer to the elite IS academy to train alongside the world’s best IS pilots. Which might not be so tough, except that Orimura’s domineering war hero big sister is now his head instructor, and he’ll be the only boy at a school filled with a literal army of hormone-driven, boy-crazed teenage girls. Poor Orimura may not survive the ordeal, but he’s certain to have a hell of an educational experience in Infinite Stratos.

Title: NANA
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1250 min.
Street Date: 5/17/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: It was an accidental meeting. Two strangers on a train, with nothing in common. Besides being girls of a similar age, both journeying to start new phases in their lives, and sharing the same given name, that is. Nana Komatsu, moving to be closer to her boyfriend, may be too innocent to make it on her own. Aspiring musician Nana Osaki is well-versed in scrabbling her way back up after life kicks her in the teeth. But Osaki has never experienced the warmth of family that Komatsu exudes, so while they seem as different as the symbols for Yin and Yang, they also balance each other. That’s what the best of friendships do. Through good times and bad, this is the story of that friendship, and of two girls who discover that they share far more than just the same name – Nana.

Title: I COULDN’T BECOME A HERO, SO I RELUCTANTLY DECIDED TO GET A JOB
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/24/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Raul Chaser thought his destiny was to fight in the Demon War… until the war unexpectedly ended and the Hero Training Program he was in was shut down. That sucked, as few civilian businesses require demonic combat training, and Raul’s futile job hunt ultimately finds him employed in a department store. As bad as Raul’s culture adjustments, however, his newest co-worker is having an even worse time. That’s because Fino Bloodstone is the daughter of the deceased Demon King. Having a Demon Slayer and a Princess of Hell in the same employee lunchroom could make for some awkward moments, but things only become more complicated when they start to suspect that a rival retail chain has sinister plans for global domination in, I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.

Title: SOMALI AND THE FOREST SPIRIT
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/24/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The Golem has encountered many odd beings and animals in the years he has protected the forest. Yet… when he finds the small creature wandering alone, he is affected in an odd way. A young female human. How did she come to be in his forest? The Golem cannot ask. He does not speak. But while there are many things that love humans, it is because they find them tasty, he must protect this “girl” if she is to survive. That means he must help her find a safe place and other guardians, as the Golem’s own days are nearly done. But as he escorts Somali on this quest, a strange thing happens. What is this unusual feeling? Join a journey measured in far more than miles as two unique souls bond in Somali and the Forest Spirit.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces April 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its April 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming April 2022

Title: MY MENTAL CHOICES ARE COMPLETELY INTERFERING WITH MY SCHOOL ROMANTIC COMEDY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 275 min.
Street Date: 4/5/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Have you ever wished that the world was like an RPG, where the options needed to accomplish your goals are displayed in front of you? Well, that’s what’s happened to Kanade Amakusa and his life is a living hell. Why? Because it’s constantly forcing him to make strange choices at the most embarrassing times, and if he doesn’t choose, it HURTS. And to make things worse, often none of the choices are good ones while others seem insane. Like the time one reads “Have a beautiful girl fall from the sky” and then one does. Unfortunately, now the girl has amnesia and she was supposed to help him fix his curse. Is there some weird objective Kanade is supposed to achieve? Or is he just a pawn in a game in My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy?

Title: TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 4/5/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Every year, Tsukino Entertainment Production puts on a concert highlighting the company’s roster of idol groups, but this year the company has gone all out and will hold the concert in the massive Budokan. Being chosen to perform is a huge honor, but also an onerous task, as the concert is drawing near and each group must create four new songs for the event. As the days count down, each boy group faces its own unique challenges, with returning veterans SolidS struggling to find enough new inspiration to outshine the fresh dazzle of upcoming newbies Growth and QUELL, while the idol group SOARA must learn how to avoid the mistakes that held them back in the past. The synergy of a real staged event and the spectacle of animation combine in the biggest male idol group event ever: TsukiPro – The Animation.

Title: DRIFTING DRAGONS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 4/12/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Dragons may be huge flying leviathans, but their colossal bodies are also treasure troves of valuable oils and enough succulent flesh to feed small villages. So, even though it’s incredibly dangerous, the profession of draking is still profitable enough for the crews of airships like the Quin Zaza to risk their lives in the deadly pursuit of the airborne behemoths. The mortality rate can be high, however, and the Zaza‘s newest recruit, Takita, will have to learn the ins and outs of her lethal new vocation quickly, even as her reckless crewmate Mika seems determined to set the worst possible example. That leaves it up the rest of the Quin Zaza crew to keep the new rookie on the right side of the food chain as they pursue the deadliest catch of all – Drifting Dragons.

Title: FOOD WARS SEASON 5
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 4/12/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The first semester of the second year is coming to a close, and finals have begun. It seems that Soma and his classmates have been dealt a recipe for disaster: in just three days, they must make at least three million yen (approximately 27 thousand dollars) at the restaurant they’ve been assigned. However, while other teams have been placed in restaurants that are already in operation, Soma’s team receives a dilapidated property that must be restored first. But that’s only a minor challenge compared to what comes next, as the top students from all levels of Totsuki compete to become one of the school’s three representatives at BLUE, one of the world’s most legendary culinary competitions. Tempers flare, surprise ingredients abound, and someone’s sure to get burned in most heated cook off of all in the fifth and possibly final season of Food Wars.

Title: NEEDLESS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 4/19/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: World War III ended 50 years ago, and where Tokyo once stood is a contaminated wasteland where a handful of survivors have gained astonishing powers. Powers they use to fight each other in a battle for supremacy because, you know, that’s what people with super powers do. Destroyer priest Adam Blade is one of the most powerful of the “Needless,” but his inhuman strength and healing are tempered by one crucial flaw: he’s a hopeless horn dog who can’t resist pretty girls. That’s probably why he’s partnered with ditzy shape-shifter Eve, and it’s a weakness that his rivals are all too happy to use against him. Constantly. If you want a respectable hero, you’d be better off ordering a sandwich, but if your idea of fun is kicking tail and chasing it, he’s the MC you want in Needless.

Title: STELLA WOMEN’S ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION C3
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 4/19/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Belonging to clubs is a major part of the Japanese high school experience, but usually those clubs don’t require shooting each other. That’s not the case with the club that Yura Yamato’s roommate belongs to, however, and at C3 (short for Command, Control and Communications), Sonora and some of the other trigger happy girls at Stella Women’s Academy happily spend their downtime racking up high scores in survival games played with soft-pellet airsoft guns. But does Yura have what it takes to stand up to the heat of mock combat? The only way to find out is for her to enter the battle zone and aim for the top. Find out why some girls just want to have guns as Yura, Sonora, Karila, Rento, Honoka, and Yachiyo take the field in Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3.

Title: MUSHIBUGYO TV
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 4/26/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Cleaving insects in flight with one’s sword was once an impressive display of samurai skill, but since Japan was invaded by the bug-monsters known as the “Mushi,” it’s impressive just to survive a battle with one. That’s the task of the Mushibugyo, the warriors who specialize in fighting the insect scourge, and to erase a stain he brought upon his family’s honor, young Jinbei Tsukishima is determined to join their ranks. It won’t be easy, and the young swordsman has his work cut out for him impressing a team that includes a female ninja with a knack for explosives, a master of shikigami magic, and a roster of other powerful fighters. On the other hand, a certain beautiful and well-endowed innkeeper he rescues quickly becomes a fan, so at least there are some perks to becoming a Mushibugyo.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces March 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its March 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming March 2022

Title: IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? BLOOM
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 3/1/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: It’s said that the best times always seem to fly by, and that’s certainly been true for Rabbit House waitress Cocoa Hoto. It seems like only yesterday that she arrived at the unusual restaurant/boarding house and made it her goal to become an “older sister” to the owner’s young daughter, Chino, and now Chino and her friends Megumi and Maya have nearly finished middle school and are trying to decide what high schools to attend. Of course, there are tons of other events that will take place before those momentous occasions, and Cocoa, Rize, Syaro, and Chiya have plenty of adventures of their own to look forward to. From making it through busy holidays like Halloween, to just plain hanging out with best friends, the good times will always multiply like you know what in Is the Order a Rabbit? Bloom.

Title: BROKEN BLADE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 3/8/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Although born an “un-sorcerer” – unable to use the incredible powers that most citizens of Cruzon can invoke through the control of Quartz – Rygart Arrow has managed to make his way in a world where the lack of those abilities marks him as a social inferior. All that changes when he’s forced to help defend Sigyn, who he fell in love with while in military school and who is now married and the queen of the nation of Krishna, from an invading army led by another former classmate. To everyone’s shock, Rygart is the only person capable of controlling a recently discovered Golem of unfathomable power, and he is quickly pressed into service. But while the fires of battle may be scorching, the rekindled sparks between Rygart and his former flame might prove just as incendiary in Broken Blade.

Title: MONSTER GIRL DOCTOR
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 3/15/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Glenn Litbeit might seem like a typical human doctor, but his specialty is treating monsters, which can be a bit tricky at times. Fortunately, Sapphee, his beautiful lamia assistant, is always there to help out, and together they’re slowly paying down the enormous expenses that come with setting up a multi-species clinic. You wouldn’t expect harpies, Cyclopes, and dragons to all use the same hypodermic needles, would you? Where things get complicated is that Sapphee has become more than a little sweet on her human doctor, yet a large percentage of Dr. Glenn’s patient list consists of attractive monster girls who all have their own intentions concerning the handsome physician. Romantic tastes and appetites come in all shapes and sizes, and the territorial disputes can be downright terrifying when Dr. Glenn plies his medical trade as the Monster Girl Doctor.

Title: PRINCESS PRINCIPAL: CROWN HANDLER
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 54 min.
Street Date: 3/15/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Being a spy has never been a safe profession, and that’s doubly true in times of revolution. Following the recent assassination attempt on the Imperial Princess, the aristocratically controlled Kingdom of Albion has increased their anti-espionage measures to a height never before seen, which leaves agents working on behalf of the rebelling Commonwealth faced with a greater challenge than ever. That doesn’t stop Control from assigning two risky missions to their elite spy ring, however. Now Ange and team find themselves tasked with the dual dangerous objectives of retrieving a dealer of second-hand books from an Imperial prison while also making contact with the Commonwealth’s double agent within the royal family. Either operation would be treacherous alone, but only a team that doesn’t believe in impossible missions can possibly survive the perils of Princess Principal: Crown Handler – Part 1.

Title: HAIKYU!! SEASON 4
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 675 min.
Street Date: 3/29/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Once again, determination and teamwork have helped the Karasuno High School volleyball team to qualify for the upcoming Nationals. Then, just as everything is starting to gel, the team is temporarily broken apart as two members are asked to attend special training camps, with Kageyama attending the prestigious All-Japan camp and Tsukishima invited to a special camp for first-years in Miyagi. While the rest of the Karasuno team doggedly continues their own practice matches, Hinata feels that he’s being left behind. His audacious solution, crashing the rookie training camp, catches everyone off guard, yet he somehow manages to talk his way into being allowed to stay… even if it is only watching from the sidelines. And that change of perspective may be just what Hinata needs to advance his game up to the next level in Haikyu!! – To The Top.

Title: INGRESS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 275 min.
Street Date: 3/29/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Psychometry – The ability to read the “memory” of an object; where it’s been, who has handled it, and what events occurred in its presence. It’s a special gift, one that makes investigator Makoto Midorikawa a unique and invaluable asset for the Metropolitan Police Force. Unfortunately, it can also get Makoto involved in things far beyond the scope of normal police work. When he touches a ring worn by the sole survivor of a catastrophic explosion, the memories unleashed launch him into a deadly game of cat and mouse against a massive worldwide conspiracy. With the aid of an amnesiac young woman, Makoto must solve the secrets surrounding a mysterious laboratory, its experiments with a dangerous substance called “Exotic Matter,” and the dark forces that intend to use those powers to unleash a global nightmare in Ingress.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces February 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its February 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming February 2022

Title: YUYUSHIKI
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/1/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Are you feeling left out? A little slow and lethargic? Well, that’s what happens when you don’t update your software and maintain your computer. But don’t take our word for it. If you want to know what’s REALLY going on, the computer club is the place to visit. Or, more specifically, the three girls that you’re likely to find there: serious and focused Yui, bouncing off the walls Yuzuko and the not quite in touch with reality Yukari. And while it’s true that they may spend much of their time chatting about their lives and debating serious social issues like why ketchup is better than mayonnaise, they do occasionally do things that involve a keyboard. So come drop by, plug in and upgrade your daily user experience with the tech-savvy girls who’ll always leave a smile on your face in Yuyushiki.

Title: HIDAMARI SKETCH GRADUATION OVA COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 50 min.
Street Date: 2/8/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Sometimes, even when you thought you’ve found the most perfect place and the best friends you’ll ever make, you still have to say goodbye in order to take the next step in your own personal journey. This is the crossroad at which best friends Sae and Hiro find themselves. As their senior year comes to a close and the grueling task of taking college entrance exams begins, they find their memories drifting back to the wonderful times they’ve had, both with each other and with all the other residents of the Hidamari Apartments. But they put on their bravest faces and carry on, as they know that it’s hard on the other girls as well, especially young Yuno, to whom they’ve become like sisters. Because someday, she’ll have to find the strength to move on as well in Hidamari Sketch: Graduation.

Title: MUSHIBUGYO OVA COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 75 min.
Street Date: 2/8/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Feudal Japan. The Edo period. A time when the Shogunate ruled, mysterious Ninjas lurked in the shadows, Samurai followed the code of Bushido, and giant insects roamed the land causing chaos and destruction. Wait, what was that giant insect part again? The Tokugawa rulers aren’t sure where they came from, but they’re certainly a nuisance. Since giant fly swatters haven’t been invented yet, the Tokugawa resort to their standard response whenever there’s a new crisis to be handled: sending in a team of skilled warriors to stick the source of the problem full of a lot of holes. Enter the Mushibugyo, the sword-bearing equivalent of DDT. It may not be as glamorous as some other Samurai jobs, but with the way bugs reproduce, it’s certainly steady employment for the Mushibugyo.

Title: SAMURAI GIRLS & SAMURAI BRIDE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 2/15/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Muneakira Yagyu always thought he was a gifted student of samurai ways, but when a beautiful naked girl, Jubei, falls from the sky and into his arms, he discovers just how gifted he is. Because when they kiss, Jubei becomes a master samurai capable of defeating almost any enemy. Which is fortunate, because a great evil is threatening Japan, and the only force that can stop it is Jubei and a team of other beautiful samurai women who also conveniently get power-ups from kissing Muneakira. Of course, that means that Muneakira will have to keep his lips exercised and in fighting trim, and sooner or later, some of those lovely ladies will be insisting on a walk down the aisle. It’s time to make love AND war in the ultimate combined collection of Samurai Girls and Samurai Bride.

Title: NANA STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1250 min.
Street Date: 2/22/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: It was an accidental meeting. Two strangers on a train, with nothing in common. Besides being girls of a similar age, both journeying to start new phases in their lives, and sharing the same given name, that is. Nana Komatsu, moving to be closer to her boyfriend, may be too innocent to make it on her own. Aspiring musician Nana Osaki is well-versed in scrabbling her way back up after life kicks her in the teeth. But Osaki has never experienced the warmth of family that Komatsu exudes, so while they seem as different as the symbols for Yin and Yang, they also balance each other. That’s what the best of friendships do. Through good times and bad, this is the story of that friendship, and of two girls who discover that they share far more than just the same name – Nana.

Title: ONYX EQUINOX
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/22/2022
Format: BD
Language: English

SYNOPSIS: The gods are at war. At stake: the precious resources that they all need and crave – the blood and souls of humanity, which are being stolen by the god of the underworld. Behind his Onyx gates, toxic to all other gods, Michtlantecuhtli seems untouchable… but the serpent god Quetzalcoatl has a plan: send in the lowest of the low, a human, to destroy the Gates and let the blood flow before his fellow gods wipe out mankind in an orgy of slaughter. His chosen weapon: the apathetic Izel, who undertakes the task for the chance to save the soul of the last person in the world he cared about: his sister, who was sacrificed in a blood ritual. The gore-soaked world of Aztec, Incan, and Mayan myths become a savage battleground in the brutal and shocking animation epic, Onyx Equinox.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces January 2022 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its January 2022 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming January 2022

Title: CANAAN
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 1/4/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Secrets from your past can kill you, even if you can’t remember them. Photographer Maria Osawa has been in Shanghai less than a day, covering an Anti-Terrorist Conference, when she’s attacked by masked assassins. Rescue comes in the form of Canaan, a mysterious girl Maria once met before an experimental cure for a deadly bio-weapon erased part of her memory. A soldier for hire, Canaan’s formidable martial arts skills are augmented with the gift of synesthesia, seeing emotions as colors, and her presence in Shanghai is no coincidence. She’s hunting a former comrade who brutally betrayed her, and the path leads to the conference and the lethal Ua virus, which mutates a few survivors, giving them strange abilities. Thrown together, the two women must face an army of terrorists and monster assassins while hunting their enemy… the assassin Canaan once called her sister… in Canaan.

Title: MY NEXT LIFE AS A VILLAINESS, ALL ROUTES LEAD TO DOOM!
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 1/4/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Some people may treat life like a game, but when young noblewoman Catarina Claes accidentally bumps her head, she has a horrifying revelation. In a previous life, she was an avid otaku and game player, and the life Catarina is living is that of the villainess of the game Fortune Lover… a character doomed to be either killed or exiled no matter how the game is played. Forewarned and forearmed with the multiple plots of the game in mind, Catarina sets out to re-code her fate. Can she not do what she would have done, befriend people she’d never befriend, and change her entire outlook on life? And will even that be enough to roleplay her way out of her destiny? She’s literally in the game of her life in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom.

Title: ANE LOG
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 75 min.
Street Date: 1/11/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When Moyako and Akira were little, he promised that someday he would marry her. Which sounds sweet, but since he’s her younger brother, it’s never going to happen. Except now they’re both in their teens and Moyako still can’t get that memory out of her head. Was he serious? Does he still feel that way? And with that idea stuck in her brain, she keeps thinking that she hears hints of it in everything that he says and does. Or is she imagining it? Of course, it’s her duty to proactively discourage that sort of thinking on his part, right? Unfortunately, the results always seem to end up making HER look like the pervert, not him. And that’s not fair since he’s the one with the problem… or are the issues really just in HER mind alone in Ane Log?

Title: VAMPIRE HUNTER D
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 80 min.
Street Date: 1/11/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: For 10,000 years, the vampire Count Magnus Lee has stalked the night, sustained by a thirst for blood and human women. Unfortunately for the Count, the woman he has chosen as his next conquest isn’t ready to surrender to his inhuman lusts, and, as the daughter of a werewolf hunter, Doris Lang knows how to save herself: by enlisting the aid of the mysterious Vampire Hunter known as D. However, while D might be able to defeat the Count and his army of undead, his protection comes with a blood price of its own. Is it a cost that Doris will be willing to pay? Featuring the art of acclaimed designer Yoshitaka Amano and remastered in high definition, the epic animated fantasy that launched the anime revolution is back as you’ve never seen it before in Vampire Hunter D.

Title: TAISHO BASEBALL GIRLS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 1/18/2022
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The War To End All Wars was only the first World War, but the changes it made to the countries involved were staggering. In 1925, one year into the reign of Emperor Hirohito, Japan is re-inventing itself. The national pastime, baseball, however, remains exclusively the domain of males. Until an arrogant local player sneers that girls should become housewives rather than attending school, and teenage firebrands Koume and Akiko respond with the shocking move of forming their own baseball team. It’s as scandalous as the new sailor suit school uniforms, but in a nation in which almost anything now seems possible, it may just be the start of something greater than any nine girls can imagine in Taisho Baseball Girls.

Title: KAKEGURUI XX
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 1/25/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Obsessive gambler Yumeko Jabami may know when to hold them and when to fold them, but knowing when to walk away and run has always eluded her. That’s bad news at the insane Hyakkaou Private Academy, where students must gamble their fortunes, futures and lives in an endless series of competitions to determine who rules and who become slaves. Yumeko’s razor-edged instincts, skills, and the devil’s own luck have kept her going thus far, but when the ruthless Momobami clan arrives, intent on taking over the school, the stakes rise even higher while the intrigue, both in and out of the games, hits the deadliest level yet. To survive, Yumeko will have to adapt and make alliances with former enemies, knowing that every minute could result in a knife in her back as the nightmare continues in Kakegurui XX.

Title: LOVE STAGE!!
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 275 min.
Street Date: 1/25/2022
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Think your life is a mess? 10 years ago, Izumi Sena appeared in a famous TV commercial. One so famous that they now want him to appear in a sequel. Which might be great except that Izumi was a very pretty young boy and his family thought it was fine to dress and make him up as a girl. Izumi’s quit acting and he’d reject the job offer… his manga career is going nowhere, and, well, he’s still pretty. And if swallowing his pride and dressing as a girl again wasn’t bad enough, Izumi’s old co-star, Ryoma Ichijo, not only still thinks that he’s a she, but he’s in love with her… er, him. There’ll be plenty of pronounced pronoun confusion and Prime Time gender-bending ahead when the most mismatched stars ever cross paths on the Love Stage!!

Source: Sentai Filmworks

Section23 Films Announces December 2021 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its December 2021 slate of anime releases.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming December 2021

Title: FLOWERS OF EVIL
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 12/7/2021
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: It takes only a second for evil to take root in the human heart, and for Takao Kasuga, the germination begins when his obsession with his beautiful classmate Nanako leads him to steal her used gym clothes. Unfortunately, this loathsome act of theft is witnessed by Nakamura, the strange girl who sits behind Takao in class, and she quickly blackmails him into fulfilling her own dark obsessions. As Nakamura’s twisted tendrils worm their way into Takao’s miserable psyche, their relationship blossoms, entwining him in a nightmarish existence as her virtual slave. But what is Nakamura’s final goal? And will even poor Nanako be ultimately drawn in? The harvest has only begun as Takao finds himself led down the garden path to damnation when the seeds of sin and a soiled gym suit give birth to the Flowers of Evil.

Title: IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? III
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 12/7/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The rules of the Dungeon always seemed simple: Enter, avoid traps, kill monsters and gather treasure. But when Bell rescues a young vouivre, Wiene, who is capable of speaking, it changes his understanding of what the Dungeon’s monsters could be. Unfortunately, the discovery of the Xenos, a secret group of monsters who all speak, reincarnate, and are capable of rational thought, isn’t welcomed by all. With many of the Familias remaining determined to destroy all monsters on sight, Bell and the Hestia Familia quickly find themselves confronted on multiple fronts, even as other Familias work in secret to exploit the Xenos for their own sinister gains. And when the Xenos are forced to defend themselves, all hell breaks loose in the third amazing season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Title: HAPPY-GO-LUCKY DAYS
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 55 min.
Street Date: 12/14/2021
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Sex. Life wouldn’t exist without it, yet so many find it too hard to talk about. Especially when how one feels doesn’t conform to social norms. In this brilliantly animated collection of stories concerning affairs of the heart, three threads in the complex tapestry of human relations are woven together. First, two women meet at the wedding of a third they both love and discover that perhaps, together, they have found a way to move on. Next, a former student confesses his attraction to his male teacher, not knowing that the latter has long harbored similar emotions. Finally, in two connected tales, two friends must learn to understand the new things they have begun to feel, first as children and then, again, as blossoming adults. Love, like everything else in life, doesn’t always evolve as expected in Happy-Go-Lucky Days.

Title: RENT A GIRLFRIEND
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 12/14/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: When Kinoshita Kazuya’s new girlfriend brutally dumps him, he discovers a surprising new alternative – renting a girlfriend instead. However, while this does let Kazuya avoid the embarrassment of explaining to his friends and family why he’s suddenly partner-less, he’s unprepared for what happens when Mizuhara Chizuru arrives to fulfill his rental contract. Not only is she completely not what he expected, but her real life has a frightening number of cross-overs with his own. And when it turns out that his grandmother is just crazy about Chizuru, it’s not like he can just swap her out for a different model. Or can he? Will Kazuya and Chizuru’s relationship progress beyond a “goods purchased” mode? And what happens if Kazuya’s ex-girlfriend decides to re-enter the picture? Find out when love and romance are delivered on an installment plan in Rent-A-Girlfriend.

Title: ALICE IN BORDERLAND
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 75 min.
Street Date: 12/21/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Ryohei Arisu is bored with life. Nothing is new or exciting, and playing games is the only relief from the endless monotony of a seemingly pointless existence. If only, he wishes, he could be someplace else… a different world… where things were more exciting. Then Ryohei and his friends, Daikichi and Chota, see what seems to be an incredibly powerful firework in the sky, brighter than any shooting star, and when they can see again, they discover that they’re in an entirely new reality. Unfortunately, as they quickly learn, while this new world is, indeed, far more exciting, it’s also incredibly dangerous. Trapped in a post-apocalyptic environment where the only way to survive is to compete in a series of increasingly deadly games, Ryohei and his friends have no choice except to adapt or perish in Alice in Borderland.

Title: HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 315 min.
Street Date: 12/21/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The lockers are splattered with blood, the student bodies are piling up and that’s not mystery meat they’re eating in the cafeteria… it’s the faculty. And that’s just the start of the worst day of school ever when a nightmarish virus is unleashed, turning humans into flesh eating zombies and converting Fujimi High School into a literal hell on Earth. Now it’s a crash course in survival, and the only test or skill that matters is the ability to keep moving, breathing and fighting. Because if nerds, jocks and the surviving staff can’t find a way to work together to escape this carnal house of education, they’re all going to end up on the menu. And that’s assuming there’s anyplace safe left to escape to. At the sound of the school bell, the Zombie Apocalypse will begin as Kumuro, Saya, Rei, Busujima, and Hirano band together in the ultimate collectors’ edition of the wildest anime about reanimated corpses ever: High School of the Dead.

Title: PRINCESS TUTU STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 12/21/2021
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Once there was a writer, a creator of tales, who was blessed with the ability to bring his stories to life. But when the writer dies before his story is finished, what becomes of the characters left behind? For the girl known as Duck, the world changed when an old man gave her a pendant that transformed the duck that she was into a young girl. Now she must gather the shards of a shattered Prince’s heart and finish the story of the Prince and the Raven. But that will require Duck to make a sacrifice of her own? Enter a world of dance and wonder as ballet, myth and romance come together in the anime hailed as a modern classic, Princess Tutu.

Title: THE SEVERING CRIME EDGE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 12/21/2021
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Iwai Mushanokoji’s beautiful flowing tresses have been cursed all her life, making them seemingly impossible to cut. Then she encounters hair-obsessed Kiri Haimura, whose special set of scissors prove to be cursed as well when they cut off a single lock of Iwai’s gorgeous mane. Unfortunately, others have Iwai’s luscious locks as their mane obsession as well, and an entire evil crew cuts in on the action with their own cursed shearing implements. Unlike Kiri, however, they’re not going to be satisfied with just a little bit of a trim. Can Kiri stop this shear insanity and snip their distressing ambitions in the bud? Will Iwai suffer a fatally close shave at the hands of these hackers? Get ready for razor-edged suspense and hair-raising thrills when good hair becomes the root of all evil in The Severing Crime Edge.

Source: Sentai Filmworks