With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Monday, February 02, 2015

Section23 Films announces May slate


Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION Available May 26th

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its May slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ acquisition of Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION, which will be released on both DVD & Blu-ray.

Product details, in order of release:

PATLABOR: THE MOVIE
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 99 min.
Street Date: 5/5/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98, $39.98

SYNOPSIS: Earth's sea levels are slowly rising and coastal cities around the world have been forced to resort to drastic measures to keep floods of Biblical proportions at bay. Nowhere has the need been more desperate than in Japan, where the city of Tokyo has launched the massive Babylon project: a land reclamation undertaking so vast that it can only be completed with the aid of human-piloted construction robots called Labors. Unfortunately, any invention can be used for good or for evil, so to keep the Labors from being misused, the Tokyo police maintain their own units of Patrol Labors. Now the officers of the SV2 are about to receive their ultimate trial by fire, as multiple waves of Labors begin to mysteriously go berserk all at once. As the armored blue line fights to maintain control of the resulting chaos, they must also solve the mystery behind the outbreaks. Are they random? Are they tied to the construction of Babylon itself? Or is there a human element secretly orchestrating the ultimate destruction of the entire city? The wrath of nature and the gods is unleashed and only the courage of a handful of brave men and women can save the city in PATLABOR - THE MOTION PICTURE!


Title: THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS OVA'S
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 100 min.
Street Date: 5/5/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98, $39.98

SYNOPSIS: Get ready to rock, roll and duck deadly spells all night as Dating Game master (and now real life romance wizard) Keima Katsuragi and his spirit hunting partner Elsie are dragged kicking and screaming into their wildest set of adventures yet. Things get off on a strange foot when Chihiro convinces Elsie, Ayumi and Miyako to form a band. Unfortunately, they're really not very good and their quest to get rehearsal space from the school somehow escalates into a challenge to score perfect 100s on their English tests. After coaching them through that, Keima should have earned a peaceful vacation, but instead of spending the time playing dating games, his plans are seriously derailed by a forgotten childhood friend, a rogue team of Hunters and some very nasty cases of possession by evil spirits. Finally, the magic goes from the dark side to the light when the only thing that can save idol singer Kanon's fans is for her to become a REAL magical girl! Every date is filled with danger and you may not know what's hidden in a young girl's heart until it's too late in THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS - THE OVA COLLECTION!


Title: FAMILIAR OF ZERO: RONDO OF PRINCESSES
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/12/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Getting married and then dying would put a damper on most honeymoons, but Saito is made of stouter stuff than most would-be stiffs, and having been miraculously restored to life is a definite improvement over being dead. Unfortunately, as a result of his recent resurrection-al activities, the runes which bound Saito to his master, Louise the Zero, appear to have faded away. But will the fact that he is no longer contractually-obligated to be Louise's Familiar lead to the two of them getting more "familiar" now that they've tied a different kind of knot? If Louise can't learn to control her problems with premature explosions, the answer is probably not. Things only get more complicated when Siesta gets appointed to be Saito's personal maid and everything goes completely out of control when the overly endowed Tiffania, who'd previously nursed Saito back from the dead, implants herself into the story as well! Will this full frontal assault on twin fronts be too much to handle? Will Saito and Louise's relationship get "runed" yet again? The inanity and insanity continues in FAMILIAR OF ZERO: RONDO OF PRINCESSES!


Title: MUV-LUV ALTERNATIVE: TOTAL ECLIPSE COLLECTION 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/12/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98, $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Even in the face of annihilation by the invading BETA forces, the persistent hostilities between the surviving nations continue to undermine mankind's chances for survival. Desperate to gain the Type 99, the Soviet Command puts not only their own pilots, but the rest of the human race on the firing line as they sabotage the Kamchatka base self-destruct codes in an attempt to salvage the railgun for their own purposes. Caught in the crossfire, Yuuya, Yui and the other TSF pilots must fight their way to safety through a nightmarish series of traps and counter-traps before the base is bombed or the BETA take them all. Only a series of heroic sacrifices can save them, and that's just the beginning of the danger. The mysterious arrival of an unidentified TSF and an escalating competition to dominate the new world's power and military structures ignite a new chain of events that further threaten to undercut humanity's chances. The war of the worlds continues and only the blood of heroes can save the earth in MUV-LUV ALTERNATIVE: TOTAL ECLIPSE COLLECTION 2!


Title: NINJA SCROLL
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 94 min.
Street Date: 5/19/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $14.98, $24.98

SYNOPSIS: Swords shatter, blood sprays and demons suck the life out of dying men as the wildest samurai adventure ever made is unleashed to tear your senses asunder! Jubei Kibagami has always been the master dealer of death, but in rescuing a ninja woman from a monster he sets loose a chain of events that puts death in his own veins and sends them on a nightmarish odyssey through a surreal and devil infested ancient Japan. How do demonic possessions, an annihilated village and a man Jubei thought safely buried in his past all connect? If Jubei can't piece the blood-soaked clues together, his only consolation will be that he won't live to regret it for very long! Prepare your mind and steel your gut for the insanely gore-packed orgy of violence that still stands alone and unchallenged as the ultimate anime action feature: the epic milestone in animation that is the legendary NINJA SCROLL.


Title: STUDENT COUNCIL'S DISCRETION LEVEL 2
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 275 min.
Street Date: 5/26/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Sometimes you have to think outside the box, but Hekiyo Academy's Student Council may go a step further and rewrite their entire universe! At least, that's what could happen as the second season gets underway and the Council decides that their own anime might need a little spicing up. Should they introduce new characters? Add a boy's love subplot? Or should they just continue to do what worked previously and spend most of their time chattering between themselves while working towards odd goals that might turn out to have been a little misguided in retrospect? The answer is "yes" to all of the above and more: Class barriers and the fourth wall come tumbling down as a supporting character literally takes up the challenge of moving up to main character status. The plot thickens with the mystery of a missing cake. The boundaries of love between step-siblings get pushed just a few steps beyond what's socially comfortable and there just has to be a hot springs episode, doesn't there? Of course there does! Join 5 student council members in search of an author as the storyline runs amok in Student Council's Discretion Level 2!


Title: SONI-ANI: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/26/2015
Format: DVD, BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98, $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Saying Sonico is an incredibly busy young woman is an understatement. She juggles a modeling career, part-time work at her grandmother's bar, performs lead vocals and guitar in an all-girl band, ALL while attending college! Not to mention taking care of her five cats. Or is that the other way around? When her workload gets a little too heavy, she can count on her fellow musicians Suzu and Furi, and the rest of her friends for a stabilizing influence. Get ready for the bounciest adventure ever as this three girl band shakes, rattles, rolls and takes Tokyo by storm in Super Sonico: The Animation!

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