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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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SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES JANUARY SLATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES JANUARY SLATE

MEDAKA BOX ABNORMAL

Available on January 21st

HOUSTON, September 30, 2013 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its January slate of releases; including the highly anticipated second release of MEDAKA BOX; which will be available on both DVD & BLU-RAY.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming January 2014

Title: UTA NO PRINCE SAMA 1000% SEASON 1

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 325 min.

Street Date: 1/7/2014

Format: DVD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: When Haruka gets the chance to take the entrance exam for Saotome Academy for the Performing Arts, it seems as though she’s one step closer to her dream of composing songs for her favorite singer, Hayato. However, this is no gleeful high school musical experience, and Haruka’s hiding a dreadful secret that may silence her musical ambitions forever. And even if she does get into Saotome, the competition will be more brutal than going on Japan’s Top Idol! That’s because, as a writer, Haruka could be paired with any one of six radically different male singers. Will it be upbeat Otoya, serious Masato, flirtatious Ren, split-personality Natsuki, optimistic Syo, or the unapproachable Tokiya, who’s rumored to be Hayato’s brother? And just to make things more complicated and awkward, writers and singers are expressly NOT allowed to get romantically involved! Can one girl and six handsome young men learn to make beautiful music together in a strictly platonic sense? They can if the oddball staff of Saotome, most of whom are current and former idols themselves have anything to say about it in Uta no Prince Sama 1000%!

Title: UTA NO PRINCE SAMA 1000% SEASON 1 BLU-RAY

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 325 min.

Street Date: 1/7/2014

Format: BD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: When Haruka gets the chance to take the entrance exam for Saotome Academy for the Performing Arts, it seems as though she’s one step closer to her dream of composing songs for her favorite singer, Hayato. However, this is no gleeful high school musical experience, and Haruka’s hiding a dreadful secret that may silence her musical ambitions forever. And even if she does get into Saotome, the competition will be more brutal than going on Japan’s Top Idol! That’s because, as a writer, Haruka could be paired with any one of six radically different male singers. Will it be upbeat Otoya, serious Masato, flirtatious Ren, split-personality Natsuki, optimistic Syo, or the unapproachable Tokiya, who’s rumored to be Hayato’s brother? And just to make things more complicated and awkward, writers and singers are expressly NOT allowed to get romantically involved! Can one girl and six handsome young men learn to make beautiful music together in a strictly platonic sense? They can if the oddball staff of Saotome, most of whom are current and former idols themselves have anything to say about it in Uta no Prince Sama 1000%!

Title: PATLABOR TV COLLECTION 4

Published by: Maiden Japan

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/7/2014

Format: DVD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: The war on crime and the battle for superior technology collide as Shinohara industries unleashes a rash of new Labor designs and SV2 finds itself stuck in the middle of product evaluation trials. That would be trying enough at any time, but when the department’s already being overwhelmed with handling security for the upcoming Babylon Project Conference, fighting terrorists, insurance investigators and even tracking down monsters in the sewers, it may be the final straw that breaks the Ingram’s back. And if all that wasn’t enough pressure, SV2′s rivalry with Division One escalates to all out warfare when SV1 gets the first of the latest production models. The gloves are off and there’s a heavy metal smackdown on the horizon as Noa must strap herself into the cockpit once again to prove that her Alphonse is still the undisputed king of robotic law enforcement! The girl in the iron mech and the heavy hitters of the SV2 take on the jobs no one else is big enough to handle in MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR TV – COLLECTION 4!

Title: PATLABOR TV COLLECTION 4 BLU-RAY

Published by: Maiden Japan

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/7/2014

Format: BD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: The war on crime and the battle for superior technology collide as Shinohara industries unleashes a rash of new Labor designs and SV2 finds itself stuck in the middle of product evaluation trials. That would be trying enough at any time, but when the department’s already being overwhelmed with handling security for the upcoming Babylon Project Conference, fighting terrorists, insurance investigators and even tracking down monsters in the sewers, it may be the final straw that breaks the Ingram’s back. And if all that wasn’t enough pressure, SV2′s rivalry with Division One escalates to all out warfare when SV1 gets the first of the latest production models. The gloves are off and there’s a heavy metal smackdown on the horizon as Noa must strap herself into the cockpit once again to prove that her Alphonse is still the undisputed king of robotic law enforcement! The girl in the iron mech and the heavy hitters of the SV2 take on the jobs no one else is big enough to handle in MOBILEPOLICE PAT LABOR TV – COLLECTION 4!

Title: TAISHO BASEBALL GIRLS COMPLETE BLU-RAY

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/14/2014

Format: BD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: 1925 – six years since the end of the Great War, four years since women were allowed to join political associations and one year since Emperor Hirohito assumed the throne. Japan is a nation re-inventing itself in many ways, not the least of which is the introduction of a strange new type of school uniform called the “sailor suit”. And though the game of baseball may be new to Japan, relatively speaking, at least it remains the exclusive realm of men and boys. But when a local player arrogantly states that girls should become housewives instead of going to school, female teenage firebrands Koume and Akiko respond by forming their own baseball team. It’s shocking. It’s scandalous. And yet, in a nation in which almost anything seems suddenly possible, it may just be the start of something greater than any nine girls can imagine. It’s not just a game, its history in the making in TAISHO BASEBALL GIRLS – COMPLETE COLLECTION!

Title: CASSHAN COMPLETE

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 875 min.

Street Date: 1/21/2014

Format: DVD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: When lightning strikes the prototype android BK-1, a new horror is unleashed on the world as the resulting monster Buraiking begins taking over all other robots on Earth, setting them against their creators in a massive orgy of planet-wide destruction! With humanity helpless in the face of the new Neoroiders and their mechanical armies, mankind’s only hope may lie in the hands of Tetsuya Azuma, son of the creator of BK1, who transfers his consciousness into an android body to become a Neoroider himself… the ultimate robot fighter: Casshan! Now, together with his robot dog Flender and the beautiful Luna Uetsuki, the daughter of another scientist and wielder of the most robot-lethal gun on the planet, Casshan is on a mission to clear his father’s name, avenge his mother’s death, and save the Earth from the iron clutches of Buraiking! But things aren’t going to be easy, not when you’re three against thousands, and Buraiking has some shocking surprises in store that will rip Casshan’s world in two! It’s the ultimate blast from the past as the battle for the future pits the good bots against the bad in CASSHAN!

Title: CASSHAN COMPLETE BLU-RAY

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 875 min.

Street Date: 1/21/2014

Format: BD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: When lightning strikes the prototype android BK-1, a new horror is unleashed on the world as the resulting monster Buraiking begins taking over all other robots on Earth, setting them against their creators in a massive orgy of planet-wide destruction! With humanity helpless in the face of the new Neoroiders and their mechanical armies, mankind’s only hope may lie in the hands of Tetsuya Azuma, son of the creator of BK1, who transfers his consciousness into an android body to become a Neoroider himself… the ultimate robot fighter: Casshan! Now, together with his robot dog Flender and the beautiful Luna Uetsuki, the daughter of another scientist and wielder of the most robot-lethal gun on the planet, Casshan is on a mission to clear his father’s name, avenge his mother’s death, and save the Earth from the iron clutches of Buraiking! But things aren’t going to be easy, not when you’re three against thousands, and Buraiking has some shocking surprises in store that will rip Casshan’s world in two! It’s the ultimate blast from the past as the battle for the future pits the good bots against the bad in CASSHAN!

Title: IRON GIRL

Published by: Switchblade Pictures

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 92 min.

Street Date: 1/21/2014

Format: DVD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: In a distant land and an unknown time, a small village is under siege, terrorized by the brutal reign of the bandits known as the Crazy Dogs. However, the legends of the village speak of an Iron Clad Savior, one who shall come to the aid of the people and liberate them from the forces of evil and oppression. So when brave young Anne is miraculously rescued from a vicious bandit attack by a superhumanly strong heroine in shining armor, she becomes convinced that this mysterious fighter must be the figure from the prophecy. However, the woman known only as Iron Girl has been cursed with amnesia, and not even she knows whether she can actually defeat the Crazy Dogs. Not that the Dogs are about to let any potential threat to their power stay alive. Prepare for a battle royale as a full frontal assault of female fury tears into the dogs of war in IRON GIRL!

Title: MEDAKA BOX ABNORMAL COMPLETE

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/21/2014

Format: DVD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: What started as a simple assistance program has escalated insanely out of control, and now Medaka Kurokami finds herself exposed as something far more than human. But that’s only the beginning of a new series of shocking revelations that lead towards a dark secret plan that not even the unbelievable power of her War God Mode may be able to withstand. Still, Medaka’s proving to be good at thinking outside of the box, and if she needs the full backing of every hidden resource of the Student Council to meet the challenge, then that’s what she’s going to get. Even the Abnormal ones! Get ready for action, violence and gorgeous girls the way only Studio Gainax can make them as the hits, grins, jiggles and girls gone wild enter the berserker stage in the incredible: MEDAKA BOX ABNORMAL!

Title: MEDAKA BOX ABNORMAL COMPLETE BLU-RAY

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/21/2014

Format: BD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: What started as a simple assistance program has escalated insanely out of control, and now Medaka Kurokami finds herself exposed as something far more than human. But that’s only the beginning of a new series of shocking revelations that lead towards a dark secret plan that not even the unbelievable power of her War God Mode may be able to withstand. Still, Medaka’s proving to be good at thinking outside of the box, and if she needs the full backing of every hidden resource of the Student Council to meet the challenge, then that’s what she’s going to get. Even the Abnormal ones! Get ready for action, violence and gorgeous girls the way only Studio Gainax can make them as the hits, grins, jiggles and girls gone wild enter the berserker stage in the incredible: MEDAKA BOX ABNORMAL!

Title: MARIA HOLIC COMPLETE

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/28/2014

Format: DVD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: It’s not easy to find the perfect girl, even when you’re the same sex! Kanako thought attending an all-girls school would be the perfect way to meet the girl of her dreams, but after her hot new roommate turns out to be a guy in drag, and catching the eye of the most popular girl in school only brings down the wrath of all the OTHER similarly obsessed girls, she’s not so sure! Complicate things with a cat-eared dorm leader, her roommate’s rude-mannered maid, an identical twin sister (who attends an all-boys school of course) and WAY too many attractive girls of questionable persuasions and the question becomes whether Kanako will die from frustration or nosebleeds! (Life would be SO much easier if guys didn’t literally give her the hives!) Will Kanako ever find a non-polar opposite of a compatible non-opposing polarity? Let’s just say that the quest for true love will not run straight in Maria Holic – The Complete Collection!

Title: MARIA HOLIC COMPLETE BLU-RAY

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 300 min.

Street Date: 1/28/2014

Format: BD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: It’s not easy to find the perfect girl, even when you’re the same sex! Kanako thought attending an all-girls school would be the perfect way to meet the girl of her dreams, but after her hot new roommate turns out to be a guy in drag, and catching the eye of the most popular girl in school only brings down the wrath of all the OTHER similarly obsessed girls, she’s not so sure! Complicate things with a cat-eared dorm leader, her roommate’s rude-mannered maid, an identical twin sister (who attends an all-boys school of course) and WAY too many attractive girls of questionable persuasions and the question becomes whether Kanako will die from frustration or nosebleeds! (Life would be SO much easier if guys didn’t literally give her the hives!) Will Kanako ever find a non-polar opposite of a compatible non-opposing polarity? Let’s just say that the quest for true love will not run straight in Maria Holic – The Complete Collection!

Title: HELLCAGE: INMATE 611 PT. II

Published by: Switchblade Pictures

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 77 min.

Street Date: 1/28/2014

Format: DVD

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: It’s called the House of Evils, where beasts in human flesh prowl the corridors and the most dangerous residents aren’t the luscious inmates, but the predatory guards. For the crime of assaulting her lover, Saya Mizushima has been sentenced to three years in the most brutal prison facility in Japan. It wasn’t supposed to be a life sentence, but unless the woman now known as Inmate 611 can learn how to hold her own against both the ruthlessness of her fellow inmates and the brutal harassment of the guards, she’s got little chance of walking out with both mind and body intact. Stripped, shackled, but not yet broken, an international chain gang of red hot models and actresses lead by Akira Kiuchi, Harumi Nemoto , Youko Kamon, Yoshimi Asada and Kei Mizutani prepare to march into the flames of the damned in HELLCAGE: INMATE 611 PT. II

About Section23 Films:

Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan 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.