Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Third Season of the Chihayafuru Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed Chihayafuru 3, the third Chihayafuru anime season, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Central America, and South America. The company will begin streaming the series soon and release it on home video in the future.

The season premiered on October 22, 2019, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Crunchyroll Expo hosted a premiere screening for the third season of Chihayafuru on August 31, 2019.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks’ Announcements at Anime NYC

Sentai Filmworks made the following announcements at its Anime NYC panel:

  • The company will be producing English dubs for the BanG Dream! 2nd Season and Run with the Wind anime.
  • HIDIVE will begin streaming an English dub for the O Maidens in Your Savage Season anime on December 20, 2019.
  • Sentai Filmworks has acquired the license for the Fragtime OVA.

Source: ANN
Source: ANN
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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.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Space Brothers #0 Anime Film

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the Space Brothers #0 anime film, the prequel to the Space Brothers television anime. The company will release the film digitally and on home video with both the theatrical and Chūya Koyama Special Edition cuts.

Sentai Filmworks describes the film:

Set four years before the events of the Space Brothers TV series, Space Brothers #0 tells the story of two brothers on disparate paths. Hibito Namba is a rookie astronaut in training while his brother, Mutta, has found his own ambitions at a disappointing standstill. When Hibito is selected to train for a coveted NASA space mission, it sets in motion a series of events that takes the brothers to the crossroads of destiny and dreams.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Chidori RSC Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed Chidori RSC, the television anime of Akki Sarumi’s Rifle is Beautiful four-panel manga. The company will simulcast the series in Fall 2019 and release it on home video in the future.

Chidori RSC is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 13, 2019.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Z/X Code Reunion Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the anime based on the Z/X Code reunion manga in the Z/X game franchise. The license covers North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and Central America, Spain and Portugal, as well as Nordic and Scandinavian countries. The company will simulcast the series in Fall 2019 and release it on home video in the future.

Z/X Code reunion is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 8, 2019.

Source: ANN