Sentai Filmworks to Debut Revue Starlight The Movie in Theaters in June 2022

Sentai Filmworks has announced that Revue Starlight The Movie, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 anime series of the same name, will debut in North American theaters June 2022 following an exclusive sneak peek premiere at Anime Central in May 2022. Revue Starlight, a franchise steeped in magical realism and wrapped in dreamy visuals, chronicles the journeys of hopeful young actresses as they vie to become the top star of Seisho Music Academy. The film will premiere on May 20, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. CDT at Anime Central and will be available in select theaters nationwide on June 5, 2022 with an encore presentation on June 6, 2022.

Revue Starlight The Movie picks up soon after the series left off and opens the curtain a new, original story set during Karen Aijo and Hikari Kagura’s third year at Seisho Music Academy, a performing arts school for young women who aspire to the heights of on-stage stardom. In the next chapter of their theatrical lives, these young women will face one another on the battlefield of the stage, where song, dance and thrilling swordplay collide to illustrate the rich emotional narratives of the film’s protagonists. Fans of Revue Starlight won’t want to miss the next chapter of Karen and Hikari’s story, which brings to life even more of the high-flying musical numbers and rich emotionality of the beloved original series.

The film is animated by Kinema Citrus, the renowned studio that brought audiences such stunning series as Made In Abyss and its companion films, including the critically acclaimed Made In Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul. It was directed by Tomohiro Furuwara, who helmed the Revue Starlight anime series. Returning composers Tatsuya Kato and Yoshiaki Fujisawa crafted the film’s soaring musical score.

For more information or to request a film screening near you, visit the list of participating theaters at sentai.com.

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HIDIVE and Sentai Filmworks at Kawaii Kon 2022

HIDIVE and Sentai Filmworks have announced their events at Kawaii Kon 2022, which is taking place April 22-24, 2022 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

April 23, 2022
2:30 p.m. HST – Lupin the 3rd Part 6 screening (Main Theater – Room 320)

4:30 p.m. HST – Lupin the 3rd VA Q&A Panel (Special Events – Room 311)
Panelists include Tony Oliver (Lupin III), Michele Ruff (Fujiko Mine), and Doug Erholtz (Koichi Zenigata)

And all weekend long, you can find HIDIVE at Booth #1, where they will be hosting an interactive event celebrating 50 years of Lupin The 3rd.

To win this challenge, players must secure a valuable jewel before Lupin arrives to steal the goods. Attendees must solve an insidious puzzle box before the clock runs down to win, and those successful sleuths will win a limited-edition pin celebrating the 50th anniversary pin of this legendary series. All players will win a commemorative poster for participating. Play in groups of up to four people to crack the safe within the time limit to claim your prize. Just be sure to visit early, because these prizes are exclusive to the HIDIVE booth and they’ll be going fast.

Sentai Filmworks is hosting showings for the company’s Spring 2022 simulcasts in the main video room.

April 22, 2022

5:00 p.m. HST – The Executioner and Her Way of Life

6:30 p.m. HST – The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2

April 23, 2022

2:00 p.m. HST – Lupin The 3rd Part 6

3:30 p.m. HST – Ya Boy Kongming

April 24, 2022

1:15 p.m. HST – Onipan!

2:00 p.m. HST – I’m Quitting Heroing

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Kenda Master Ken Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to Kenda Master Ken, the independently produced comedy series from director Maki Ito and Studio Kingyoiro. The series, based on the movie of the same name, will be available to audiences worldwide (excluding Japan).

Kenda Master Ken chronicles the adventures of Ken Tamaki, hotshot practitioner of the traditional Japanese skill toy “kendama.” But kendama is no mere toy. Ken battles rivals, defeats corrupt organizations and even finds love through his favorite pastime. The stakes are high indeed and Ken will have to face his own inner demons if he wants to live to play kendama (or perhaps become a kendama-man) another day.

The original version of the anime series starred Takeshi Maeda as Ken Tamaki, Nekomata Yui as Mitsurugi, Maya Okamoto as Saori, and Misato as Tamako.

Sentai will stream Kenda Master Ken exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Onipan! Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to WIT STUDIO’s Onipan!, a modern comedy series with a classic Oni-girl twist, for audiences around the world (excluding Asia). The series premieres exclusively on HIDIVE during the Spring 2022 anime season.

Over the centuries, oni (aka demons of Japanese folklore) got a pretty bad reputation. Now it’s up to three plucky oni kids — sunny Tsutsuji, cool Tsuyukusa and boisterous Himawari — to improve human-oni relations through love, friendship and superpowered underpants.

Onipan! is a production of WIT STUDIO, the creative force behind series like Vinland Saga, Attack on Titan, and Ranking of Kings. The original creators of the Onipan! Project include Norihiro Naganuma, who is known for directing The Ancient Magus’ Bride, WIT STUDIO and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions. Onipan! is directed by Masahiko Ohta with music by Yasuhiro Misawa and series composition from Takashi Aoshima.

The series showcases the debut performances of Kokona Nonaka as Tsuyukusa, Mika Negishi as Himawari and Yume Nozaki as Tsutsuji, the main Oni-kids. The series also stars Miyu Tomita as Noriko Issun, Kaori Maeda as Momo Momozono, and Kikuko Inoue as Kuma.

Sentai will stream Onipan! exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Second Season of The Demon Girl Next Door Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2, the follow-up to 2019’s comedy series of the same name that devilishly turned the magical girl genre on its head (and stuck on horns for good measure). Sentai’s license includes North America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal, Central and South America, and French and German-speaking territories. The series will stream as part of the Spring 2022 simulcast season exclusively on HIDIVE, where fans can enjoy both seasons.

Our favorite supernatural powerhouse, Shamiko, aka Shadow Mistress Yuko, aims to break the curse placed on her family by the Clan of Light. Along the way, she forms an unlikely allegiance with Momo, a rival from the Light Clan. They’ll need to work together to find another magical girl who’s gone mysteriously missing, and what’s this? There’s a dangerous force lurking somewhere in the city, plus Shamiko’s mysterious father might be closer than she thinks? Looks like Shamiko and Momo will have their hands full in this latest installment of The Demon Girl Next Door.

The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2 is directed by Hiroaki Sakurai with animation from studio J.C.STAFF. Ochi Keichiro handles series composition while Mai Otsuka provides character design. The manga’s English-language release is by Seven Seas Entertainment.

The series stars Konomi Kohara as Yuko “Shamiko” Yoshida, Akari Kito as Momo Chiyoda, Minami Takahashi as Lilith, and Tomoyo Takayanagi as Mikan Hinatsuki.

Sentai will stream The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2 exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Executioner and Her Way of Life Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired the exclusive global rights (excluding Asia) to the fantasy series The Executioner and Her Way of Life, based on the award-winning yuri light novel by Mato Sato.

When interdimensional travelers from an otherworldly land known as “Japan” appear, they often bring death and destruction. It’s up to Executioners like Menou to track and exterminate the Lost Ones before they wreak havoc. When Menou encounters a beguiling Lost One named Akari, it’s bloody business as usual… until Menou discovers Akari can cheat death, that is. Even so, Menou has a job to do, and she is committed to her executioner’s mission come hell or high water — provided her newly stirring feelings don’t get in the way.

Produced by J.C.Staff, the series is directed by Yoshiki Kawasaki with series composition from Shogo Yasukawa. Michiru provides the series’ musical score. Mili performs the OP, “Paper Bouquet,” while ChouChou sings the ending theme, “Touka Serenade.”

The series stars Iori Saeki as Menou and Moe Kahara as Akari Tokito. The Executioner and Her Way of Life light novel was awarded the grand prize at the GA Bunko Awards in 2018. The light novel series is published in English by Yen Press.

Sentai will stream The Executioner and Her Way of Life anime exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the I’m Quitting Heroing Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it acquired exclusive rights to the fantasy anime series I’m Quitting Heroing, based upon the light novel by Quantum with original character design from Hana Amano. Sentai’s licensed territories include North America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal, Central and South America, the Middle East and North Africa.

After saving humanity from the despicable Demon King, Leo Demonhart does not earn a hero’s standing. Instead, he is regarded with suspicion and hostility by those he fought to protect. Treated as a pariah with nowhere else to turn, exiled Leo seeks a position in the army of his former nemesis. But the army is not what it once was before its defeat at Leo’s hands, so to maintain his new position, Leo must whip the forces back into fighting shape.

Produced by EMT Squared, the series is directed by Yu Nobuta and Hisashi Ishii with series composition from Shigeru Murakoshi. The light novel and manga that inspired the anime are published in North America by Kadokawa.

The anime stars Kensho Ono as Leo Demonhart, Kaede Hondo as Echidna, Shizuka Itoh as Shutina, Hitomi Owada as Lili, Yumi Uchiyama as Mernes, and Tetsu Inada as Edvard.

Sentai will stream I’m Quitting Heroing exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the OBSOLETE Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it acquired OBSOLETE, the sci-fi series from Gen Urobuchi, legendary creator of Aldnoah.Zero and Fate/Zero.

In a trade deal for Earth resources, aliens known as Peddlers barter their supremely advanced Exoframe technology — robotic mecha controlled by neural linking. But access to that extraterrestrial technology threatens to fundamentally alter human civilization, especially when it comes to the theater of war.

The series stars Masahiko Tanaka as Bowman, Toshiyuki Morikawa as Miyajima, Jin Yamanoi as Loewner, Wataru Takagi as Fernando, and Ryuzaburo Otomo as Zahir.

Fate/Zero creator Gen Urobuchi is in charge of project planning and series composition. The series’ theme song is by Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund with music from Tomohisa Ishikawa.

Studio BUEMON produced the animation for OBSOLETE. BUEMON was established in 2014 with CG staff from Sunrise Nerima Studio who have previously worked on anime such as Steamboy, FREEDOM, and Short Peace.

OBSOLETE is directed by Hiroki Yamada and Seiichi Shirato. Hiroki Yamada worked as a CG designer with Studio Ghibli and Sunrise Emotion prior to joining BUEMON in 2014. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with Matasaburo of the Wind. Seiichi Shirato has contributed work to a number of anime, games, manga, and novels. His major works include the anime Jormungand, Joker Game, Drifters, and Princess Principal.

Sentai will release OBSOLETE on home video in Q2 2022.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Ya Boy Kongming! Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired exclusive worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to Ya Boy Kongming!, the anime adaptation of Yuto Yotsuba’s comedy manga, Paripi Kōmei.

Fate and reincarnation deliver brilliant military strategist, Kongming, from warring, ancient China to Japan’s modern party hot spot in Shibuya City, Tokyo. After a lifetime of battles and military skirmishes, Kongming wished with his last breath to be reborn in a world of peace and prosperity. It’s nearly two millennia later and he’s finding his way in a very different world than that of his past life. When he meets Eiko, an amateur musician with big dreams, the unlikely duo strikes up an even unlikelier friendship. Eiko has street smarts to help Kongming navigate this strange new world, and Kongming will use his strategic mind to help Eiko achieve stardom. The story is a clever take (and smart twist) on fish-out-of-water and person-out-of-time themes with out-of-this-world results for Ya Boy Kongming!

The series stars Kaede Hondo as Eiko Tsukimi and Ryotaro Okiayu as Kongming Zhuge.

Ya Boy Kongming! is animated by P.A. Works and directed by Osamu Honma. The theme song is performed by 96neko while Genki Hikota provides the series’ music. Masahiro Murakami is in charge of special effects. Kodansha USA handles the Ya Boy Kongming! manga series’ English-language release.

Sentai will stream Ya Boy Kongming! exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, with a home video release to follow.

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English Cast Announced for the Kakegurui XX Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Kakegurui XX anime:

  • Estelle Link is Yumeko Jabami
  • Adam Gibbs is Ryota Suzui
  • Hilary Haag is Erimi Mushibami
  • Eric Vale is Ibara Obami
  • Juliet Simmons is Inaho Yamato
  • Cat Thomas is Itsuki Sumeragi
  • John Gremillion is Jomaru
  • Scott Gibbs is Kaede Manyuda
  • Olivia Swasey is Kirari & Ririka Momobami
  • Kalin Coates is Kumagusu
  • Christina Kelly is Mary Satome
  • Natalie Rial is Midari Ikishima
  • Marissa Lenti is Miraslava Honebami
  • Brittany Lauda is Miri Inbami
  • Luci Christian is Miyo Inbami
  • Elissa Cuellar is Nozomi
  • Katelyn Barr is Rei Batsubami
  • Bryson Baugus is Rin Obami
  • Skyler Sinclair is Rumia Uru
  • Brittney Karbowski is Runa Yomozuki
  • Mai Le is Saori
  • Melissa Molano is Sayaka Igarashi
  • Courtland Johnson is Shinnoji
  • Patricia Duran is Sumika Warakubami
  • Monica Rial is Terano Totobami
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Yumemi Tumemite
  • Whitney Rodgers is Yumi
  • Genevieve Simmons is Yuriko Nishinotouin
  • John Gremillion is Announcer

Additional voices include:

  • Alyssa Marek
  • Chelsea McCurdy
  • Courtland Johnson
  • Cyrus Rhodas
  • Elissa Cuellar
  • Kailin Coates
  • Mai Le
  • Patrick Marrero
  • Shane Fenimore
  • Tiffany Grant
  • Whitney Rodgers

John Swasey is directing the dub.

Source: Sentai Filmworks