SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER SLATE

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SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER SLATE

 

LOG HORIZON

Available November 25th

HOUSTON, July 22, 2014 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its November slate of releases; including the swords and sorcery series LOG HORIZON which will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming November 2014

HIDAMARI SKETCH: HOSHIMITTSU BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         350 min.

Street Date:      11/4/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Some say that life is like an unfolding tapestry, but living at the Hidamari Apartments is more like being part of a patchwork quilt, one that constantly changes as bits and pieces of the lives and dreams of the young artists who make this extraordinary residence their home are added to the ever-expanding pattern.  When we first met Yuno, she’d just been accepted to the prestigious Yamabuki Art School and it was up to her new neighbors at Hidamari to help her find her way in the big scary world.  Now a seasoned vet of the Hidamari Apartments herself, Yuno’s newest challenge is to help the latest arrivals, Nazuna and Nori, acclimate to life on their own.  Of course, since it IS Hidamari, there are still lots of trials and tribulations ahead, and nothing will ever go quite as expected. But with friends like Miyako, Hiro and Sae ready to lend a hand, there will always be a ray of sunshine at the end of every storm in Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu – Blu-ray.

HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         315 min.

Street Date:      11/4/2014

Format:             Combo – DVD/BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $149.98

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, Hirano band together in the ultimate collectors’ edition of the wildest anime about reanimated corpses ever:  HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD!  

 JEWEL BEM HUNTER LIME

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         90 min.

Street Date:      11/4/2014

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $19.98

SYNOPSIS: The Magic Spheres are incredibly dangerous and powerful magical artifacts, capable of absorbing negative emotions and transforming everyday objects into monstrous BEMS (bug eyed monsters).  So when a demon manages to scatter six of them through the gate between the World of Magic and Earth, someone’s got to get them back.  Unfortunately, that job falls to master of disguise (and fan servicey costumes) Lime, the sometimes monstrous and generally lecherous monster hunter Bass and their ooey-gooey shape-shifting slime companion Poogie, none of whom are probably the best choices for a task of such monumental importance and urgency.  On the other hand, the whole situation is sort of their fault to begin with, and while their decision to infiltrate a Japanese High School may seem a bit oddly timed, at least it gets them a new friend in the form of cute but clueless schoolgirl Miyuki!  Will this motley band of would be BEM hunters be up to the task of fingering panty stealing pocket purses, pinning down living syringes with nastily pointed agendas and turning up the heat on malevolent candles intent on snuffing out entire cities?   The hunt is on in JEWEL BEM HUNTER LIME!

NATSUYUKI RENDEZVOUS BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         275 min.

Street Date:      11/4/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Hazuki may be near-sighted, but he knows true beauty when he sees it and the delicate form of flower shop owner Rokka draws him in like a bee to honey.  So, hoping to cultivate a relationship between them, Hazuki takes a part time job at her shop, only to discover two huge thorns preventing the nurturing of any romance.  The first, the fact that Rokka is still grieving for her late husband Shimao, would be enough to snip most men’s ardor short, but it’s the second that really threatens to make Hazuki’s forlorn hopes wilt.  Because while Shimao is most definitely deceased, he hasn’t yet departed and his spirit is still living in Rokka’s apartment!  Except only Hazuki can see him, which leads to a very strange romantic triangle indeed.  Are Hazuki’s chances with Rokka as dead as the man who still lives in her house?  Or can he somehow make love blossom even though there’s an interloper pushing up the daisies between them?  One way or another, the ground’s going to be rocky and someone or something’s likely to get nipped in the bud in NATSUYUKI RENDEZVOUS!

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:      11/11/2014

Format:             DVD, BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Due to a strange curse called Absolute Choice, Kanade Amakusa’s life has turned into a “choose your own adventure” game from Hell.  Series of options that seem designed to cause him the maximum possible duress and/or public embarrassment randomly appear in front of him, and if he doesn’t choose one he suffers agonizing pain.  Needless to say, his resulting bizarre behavior has already branded him as one of his school’s five worst social misfits, and things get even weirder when he chooses one of the strangest options yet: “Have a beautiful girl fall from the sky.”  Because not only does the adorable Chocolat drop on him like a bag of bricks, but she seems to have been sent to help remove the curse!  Only she can’t remember how because she has amnesia.  But it has something to do with missions he has to perform, and if he fails to achieve the objective of any of them, he’ll be stuck with the curse for life!  Prepare for the ultimate multiple-choice test, where even the best answers are usually horrifically wrong, as Kanade attempts to survive MY MENTAL CHOICES ARE COMPLETELY INTERFERING WITH MY SCHOOL ROMANTIC COMEDY!

Title:                 STELLA WOMEN’S ACADEMY BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      11/11/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: When Yura Yamato’s roommate Sonora asks her to join her club, it quickly becomes clear that the girls of Stella Women’s Academy are VERY different. It turns out that she belongs to a club known as C3 (which stands for Command, Control and Communications) who’s main after school activity is playing survival games! It’s not a typical teenage girl pastime, but Sonora and her trigger happy friends are seriously into it. The question that puts her in the crosshairs of a dilemma is if she has what it takes to join up, stand up, and deliver in the face of friendly fire. Scope out the insanity as Yura pulls the trigger and throws everyone’s battle plans into total disarray in Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3!

TARI TARI BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      11/18/2014

Format:             BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The last year of high school is always a time of both looking forward and looking back.  Ahead of you lives the future, alternately bright and scary.  Behind you lie memories, both happy and sad.  And somehow, in the course of one year, you have to reconcile those two and decide where your life is going to go.  For Wakana Sakai, who had started studying music, it’s time to face the tragedy that made her abandon that path.  For Sawa Okita, it’s about her dreams of riding professionally.  And for Konatsu Miyamoto, it’s about bringing her friends together through the magic of song.  Can something as simple as the formation of a chorus club really help solve the hurts and pangs that come with growing up?  Can music bring people together despite their differences?  Join in the chorus, pick up the rhythm and discover the answers in TARI TARI.

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:      11/18/2014

Format:             DVD, BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Raul Chaser never wanted to work in retail, but when the war against the Demons ended unexpectedly, the Hero Training Program he was in shut down.   But although combat-trained Raul may feel out of place dealing with customers in a department store instead of dealing out death with hardened steel, his newest co-worker’s culture shock is even worse.  Because while Fino Bloodstone is ready, eager and willing to please, she’s also the daughter of the now deceased Demon King!  So not only are her social skills a little challenged, but it’s going to be up to Raul and the staff to teach her the finer points of the human concept of a “pleasant shopping experience”… not to mention when it’s proper to wear what kind of clothes and whose bed you can sleep in.  And they’ll have to do it quick, because there’s a sinister major retail chain moving into the area with plans for global domination.   Their job isn’t to do or die, it’s to make the customers buy, buy, buy when the ultimate swords, sorcery and sales counter attack ensues in I COULDN’T BE A HERO, SO I RELUCTANTLY DECIDED TO GET A JOB!

Title:                 AMAGAMI SS SEASON ONE COMPLETE

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         600 min.

Street Date:      11/25/2014

Format:             DVD, BD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98, $89.98

SYNOPSIS: Junichi Tachibana has never been lucky in love, and ever since his date stood him up on Christmas Eve two years ago, he’s pretty much given up on the whole idea.  However, there are quite a few girls who would all make wonderful partners for Junichi if he would only open his eyes.  Could he have struck up a meaningful relationship with any of them if he’d done the right things and said the right words?  Well, it’s time to find out as Fate steps in and decides to see what would happen if Junichi were to snap out of his funk and take a chance.   It’s a whole new twist on the idea of love at sixth or seventh sigh, and if one boy and a whole lot of different girlfriends-to-be sounds like a lot of wishful thinking… Well, it is!  But wishes have a habit of coming true and the statistical odds are definitely on Junichi’s side as the guy without a date’s luck with the ladies goes from bad to multi-verse in AMAGAMI SS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

LOG HORIZON COLLECTION 1

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      11/25/2014

Format:             DVD, BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98, $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Elder Tales has become a global phenomenon, immersing millions of players in its online fantasy world.  However, something goes wrong with the twelfth expansion pack. Eight year veteran Shiroe and 30,000 other players suddenly find themselves trapped in the game’s no longer fictional universe!  Except it’s not even exactly the game they knew:  things are in different places, the portals don’t work, and if a gamer was playing an avatar who wasn’t a physical match for their real self… well, let’s just say that everyone who’s been playing is going to have to make some serious adjustments to their new world view.  Add to that the fact that the former Non-Player-Characters are now self-aware and working towards their own ends. This collision of the Elder Tale people and players with seemingly impossible skills, abilities, and knowledge promises to be cataclysmic.  Get ready for heroes to rise and new legends to be forged as Shiroe and fellow players Naotsugu and Akatsuki discover what happens when sword and sorcery becomes real in LOG HORIZON.

About Section23 Films:

Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan, Kraken Releasing and AEsir Holdings.  With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.

Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter Reaches First Stretch Goal, Second Stretch Goal Added

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It’s seems that All The Anime’s debut Kickstarter Campaign is a “huge” success, as not only did the Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter reach its $30,000 target within 24 hours but their English Dub stretch Goal of $60,000 has also now been reached. This means that everyone who backed the project for a copy of the film will receive it in both English and Japanese format, which is of course great news for anime fans.

To continue the trend of offering ‘additional bonuses’ a second stretch goal has been added, this time allowing the backers/supporters to choose what they want to be included next. The first option is an Audio Commentary from Jonathan Clements, the author of Anime: A History, and someone who has made many appearances on the Manga UK Podcast. The second option is for a Replica of the theatrical pamphlet that was handed out in cinemas during it’s initial cinematic run. This…

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Mai Mai Miracle Reaches Funding Goal

Creating an English release for an anime film from the Assistant Director of Kiki’s Delivery Service and director of Black Lagoon

Mai Mai Miracle was released in 2009 and subsequently did well with audiences around the world – sweeping awards like Audience Award for Best Animated Feature for adults and the BETV award at Anima, the Brussels Animation Film Festival. It also won the jury prize for Best Animated Film at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montréal along with the Excellence Prize for Feature Length Animation at the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival. That’s a lot of festival prizes and praise!

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, director and former protégé of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Mai Mai Miracle is particularly noted for its beautifully designed background art. The film itself garnered much of its success in Japan thanks to a slow but enthusiastic build up of word of mouth, quickly making it a niche favourite amongst anime fans ever since.

Such a film dripping with gorgeous art, sweetness and a story rich in the magic of childhood imagination, growing up and friendship should be enjoyed by a wider audience. This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to do just that, to finally bring about the release of Mai Mai Miracle for the first time in UK and US complete with English subtitles and, hopefully, an English dub!

This campaign will allow us to arrange and package Mai Mai Miracle in the way it deserves and otherwise would not receive.

That is where you step in.

Help them reach their stretch goals by adding an English dub to their release!

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Press releases from ADV Films, Section23 Films, AEsir Media, Anime Network, Maiden Japan, & RightStuf.

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