With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Section23 Films announces its October 2015 slate of releases


Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its October slate of releases; including BEYOND THE BOUNDARY, Sentai Filmworks’ 12 episode series from acclaimed Kyoto Animation studio. Available on DVD, Blu-ray & a special Collector’s Edition.
  
Product details in order of release:

Title:                 BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         350 min.
Street Date:      10/6/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98, $69.98

SYNOPSIS:  Haunted by memories of his childhood friend Kuroneko, Ryota Murakami has dedicated himself to discovering the truth behind the claim she'd made before she died: That aliens from other worlds walk among us.  Believing that becoming a scientist is the path to the truth, Murakami pursues his studies by day and peers through a telescope at night.  But when a girl named Kuroha Neko joins his class, the answers he's sought may be closer than he ever expected.  For Kuroha looks exactly like an older version of Kuroneko, and seems to have abilities that no human could have.  But the truth isn't the only thing Murakami is about to uncover, and the secrets he'll learn come with a deadly price.  Because Kuroneko was right, and there are those who will do anything to keep that knowledge hidden.  And unless Murakami and a handful of unlikely allies can somehow survive their lethal purge, the entire human race could be doomed in BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS!


Title:                 SASAMI-SAN@GANBARANAI COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      10/6/2015
Format:             BD
Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSISSasami Tsukuyomi is a hikikomori, someone who's become so withdrawn socially that they refuse to leave home for weeks and even months at a time.  Fortunately for Sasami, her brother Kamiomi teaches at the high school Sasami should be attending; and with her "Brother Surveillance Tool," which lets her view the outside world via her computer, she's trying to adjust to interfacing with people again.  What her computer mainly does, however, is allow her to spy on her brother's interactions with the three very odd Yagami sisters, who inexplicably seem to have had their ages reversed and have various types of "interest" in Kamiomi.  And then things start to get really weird… Magical powers?  Everything turning into chocolate?   Is life via the web warping Sasami's brain, or is it the universe that's going crazy? Sasami may have to take off her pajamas and go out into the "real" world to set things straight in SASAMI-SAN@GANBARANAI! 
  

Title:                 THE WORLD IS STILL BEAUTIFUL COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      10/6/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSISPolitics make for strange bedfellows, especially when you're a Princess, where bedding some strange fellow may be your duty to your country.  Which is how Nike, fourth Princess of the Rain Dukedom, finds herself being shipped off to marry the King of the Sun Kingdom after losing a game of chance with her older sisters.  And if it wasn't bad enough that King Livius is apparently a power-mad potentate who's managed to conquer most of the world in a few short years, Nike even manages to get herself mugged just as soon as she arrives!  But then something strange happens and Livius turns out to be… well, not nice, but at least not exactly what Nike expected.  There are sinister forces at work in the kingdom that can only be defeated if both young royals can find a way to work together.  The future of both kingdoms and the world depends on a diplomatic relationship becoming something even more powerful in THE WORLD IS STILL BEAUTIFUL!


Title:                 BEYOND THE BOUNDARY
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min. Collector’s Edition 325 min.
Street Date:      10/13/2015
Format:             DVD, BD, COMBO
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98, $69.98, $179.98

SYNOPSIS:  They should never have met.  They shouldn't even exist.  But when they come together, the entire world will change.  The last surviving member of her clan, Mirai Kuriyama is cursed with the terrifying ability to control and manipulate blood, a power so heretical that she is shunned even by those with the ability to understand her "gift". Akihito Kanbara is only half human, but while the monstrous other half of his lineage seems to have doomed him to a life alone, it has also given him near invulnerability in the form of rapid healing.  Alone, their futures seem bleak, but when a chance encounter brings them together, it becomes clear that they share more than just an unexpected bond.  Together they share a destiny and a mission that only the two of them together may be strong enough to survive.  Beyond the world that we know, in a realm where nightmares are real and legends walk, their future awaits BEYOND THE BOUNDARY   


Title:                 SAMURAI JAM ~ BAKUMATSU ROCK COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      10/13/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSIS:  There are just three things standing between Ryoma Sakamoto and his dream of becoming a famous rock star:  1 - he's barely making ends meet working in a pizza parlor, 2 - the government of Japan has banned all rock music except for the prefabricated propaganda music performed by the state-run group Heaven's Songs, and 3 - he lives in Japan in the middle of the 19th century.  Okay, so those are three VERY big problems, but on the other hand, Ryoma DOES own his own guitar (even if it's illegal to own one) and that's enough incentive for him to take his one-man show on the road in search of fellow rockers.  Sure, getting all feudally Footloosey in a land where a battle of the bands will probably involve swords may be a risky business, but once fellow rebel rousers Kogoro and Shinsaku come on board, there's no telling where these six-string samurai might end up in SAMURAI JAM - BAKUMATSU ROCK!


Title:                 HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER SEASON 2
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         625 min.
Street Date:      10/20/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $69.98, $89.98

SYNOPSIS:  Ever since he first met Nagi Sanzenin, Hayate Ayasaki's life has become increasingly more crazed and chaotic.  Which is a bit of a problem, since, as the eccentric heiress' butler/personal bodyguard, he's theoretically supposed to be a stabilizing and protective influence.  Unfortunately, Nagi and her friends attract trouble the way dropped lollipops attract dirt, and if Hayate has to take a couple of nasty licks along the way, that's just part of the job.  The real sucker punch, though, is that Nagi's increasing attraction to Hayate himself is getting precariously close to transforming their professional relationship into something far less professional and much more like a relationship. Is Hayate up for the emotional perils of a round of "upstairs, downstairs"?  Or will the purely physical dangers of life on Her Majesty's Domestic Service do him in first?  Get ready to spit and polish in the eye of the devil as the groom and doom continues in the second series of HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER!!


Title:                 SPACE BROTHERS COLLECTION 5
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         325 min.
Street Date:      10/20/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSISThe brutal survival ordeal isn't over yet, and the strain of non-stop training is taking its toll on Mutta's health.  Struck down by a fever, he has to summon all of his reserves just to keep walking.  And that's before the revelation of an unexpected new challenge:  the competing teams must create a rover vehicle of their own design in just two weeks!  With an assigned consultant who's less than helpful, and who may have a conflict of interest centered around the systems being used for Hibito's return to Earth, Mutta's own experience with engineering may be the deciding factor.  And even if they make it past that obstacle, the even more dangerous flight training is about to begin back in Houston!  Can Mutta power through the survival and rover competitions in order to take a seat in a T38 jet?  It's time to fly like an eagle in SPACE BROTHERS - COLLECTION 5!


Title:                 BLACK BULLET COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         325 min.
Street Date:      10/27/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98, $69.98

SYNOPSISThe Gastrea virus spreads like wildfire, causing each infected host to rapidly mutate, gaining new powers and abilities with every stage of development, even while they continue to attack, kill and infect multiple new hosts.  Unable to fight a pandemic enemy that turns defenders into adversaries, the shocked remnants of the human race are forced to retreat into cities surrounded by giant monoliths made of Varanium, one of the few materials that can stop the Gastrea.  Now mankind's last hope lies in the Cursed Children: young girls infected with the virus who have managed to retain a hold on their humanity.  Paired with a partner, they alone have the strength to take on a Gastrea in one-on-one combat.  But the very thing that gives them power is a ticking time bomb, so even as they protect humanity, they are also feared and shunned.  Are they Girls?  Monsters?  Or Mankind's Ultimate Salvation?  The answer awaits as the apocalypse is unleashed in BLACK BULLET!


Title:                 BLADE & SOUL COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         325 min.
Street Date:      10/27/2015
Format:             DVD, BD
Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $49.98, $59.98

SYNOPSISTrained since birth as the Clan of the Sword's ultimate assassin, Alka has lived her entire life as a nearly emotionless human killing machine.  Now, however, her Clan has been destroyed, her master murdered, and the Code she lives by leaves Alka just one final mission:  to seek out those responsible and exterminate them.  If that means taking on the impossible might of the Param Empire, and the demonic powers of their battle leader Jin Varrel, then so be it.  But while Alka may be the hunter, she has also become the hunted.  With a price on her head, she must evade or kill the bounty hunters intent on collecting her skin, and in the bloody shadow-world of assassins, that means there's no one she can trust.  It's a ruthless battle for survival and revenge is a dish best served by the Code in BLADE & SOUL!

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