Sentai Licenses Several Titles for Spring 2017
The hits keep coming Sentai has announced they have licensed a total of 4 more titles for release this Spring. The titles are: White Fox’s Grimoire of Zero for Anime Strike on Amazon, Kabukibu for streaming on the same Amazon service, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version for home video, and Beyond the Boundary for home video. What a list. Sentai has go to extremes to license everything they could this year. Their partnership with Anime strike at Amazon appears to have breathed new life in to their streaming services, and they continue to bring great titles to DVD and Blu-Ray.
So what are these 4 anime? Ill start with my favorite, Beyond the Boundary(kyoukai no kanata): the North American release of Kyoto Animation’sBeyond the Boundary films are coming to home video. Both parts of the 2015 theatrical saga, Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Past and Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Future, will be released in the summer of 2017 on DVD and Blu-ray by Sentai.
The first movie, Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Past, is a re-telling of the original 2013 anime series, recounting the events surrounding bespectacled beauty Mirai Kuriyama and an immortal, half-human boy named Akihito Kanbara. As a Spirit World warrior, Mirai uses the rare gift (and curse) that is using her blood as a weapon to slay supernatural monsters known as youmu.
The second film, Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE-: Future, occurs one year after the events of the original series. Mirai has lost her memories, and Akihito separates himself from her in an attempt to protect her from her painful past. Despite the heartache it brings him, Akihito is determined to protect Mirai’s happiness as she moves through life as a normal human being – but when dark forces stir, she may be forced back to the front lines in the fight against the youmu, and re-open the wounds of her past.
Next we have Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version. Probably best remembered for the remoixes born of its MC Rikka, than for its rather weak story line. Chunibyo, is finally coming to home video in the west. If you like cute girls that think they are witches being MOE, and eye patches, this is the anime for you.
Described by Sentai as: The world looks different through the eyes (though usually just one eye…) of a true chunibyo in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Kyoto Animation’s Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version. The movie is a fresh retelling of the original Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions TV series, told from the point of view of the Tyrant Eye herself, Rikka Takanashi.
Chunibyo, an “ailment” of flights of fancy or perceived grandeur, can often strike Japanese youth in middle school, but for high-schooler Rikka Takanashi, her battles against supernatural forces are very real. In this retelling of the original TV series, the spunky and fearless (but often clueless) RIkka brings us her own spin on the saga between herself and the former “Dark Flame Master,” Yuta Togashi.
Sentai Filmworks plans to release Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!: Rikka Version with an English dub to home video in 2017.
Next we have Kabukibu: a new series licensed for streaming exclusively on Anime Strike by Amazon. This Spring, enter the world of kabuki with Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Kabukibu!Based on the light novel series by Yuuri Eda, this story follows one teenager’s attempts to take a 17th-century art form and make it cool again. The series will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.
Unlike other kids his age, freshman Kurogo Kurusu finds his true passion in kabuki, a form of classical Japanese dance theatre. When he finds out his school doesn’t have a club dedicated to it, he enlists the help of his best friend Tonbo to make one. They’ll need at least five members to get things started, however, and together they’ll have to win over an unlikely roster that includes stage actors, martial artists, and band members who aren’t into kabuki at all.
Kazuhiro Yoneda (Hozuki no Reitetsu, Yona of the Dawn) served as the series director, with acclaimed artist group CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura) providing character designs. Animation was by Studio DEEN (Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!)
Kabukibu! is scheduled for An April 7, 2017 release in Japan. The series will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers will be able to stream new episodes every Friday starting April 7.
Finally we have White Fox’s Grimoire of Zero, also airing on Anime Strike this Spring. Sentai Describes White Fox’s Grimoire of Zero by saying, A witch emerges from seclusion to recover a stolen book of magic in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Grimorie of Zero. Based on the hit light novel series Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho, and produced by the same studio responsible for Akame ga Kill!, Re: ZERO – Starting Life in Another World, Steins; Gate,and Matoi the Sacred Slayer, Grimorie of Zero will air exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, for the Spring 2017 anime simulcast season.
In Liturgical Year 526, sorcery has spread throughout the land, but few are aware of a rival practice called “magic.” One day, a half-man, half-beast mercenary who has found himself on the run encounters a beautiful witch known only as “Zero.” Zero makes him an offer: if he escorts her on the search for her stolen grimoire, she will help him gain a human form. Despite his hatred for witches, the nameless mercenary accompanies Zero and guards her as she sets out to reclaim a book that has the power to destroy the world.
Grimorie of Zero will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers will be able to stream new episodes every Monday starting April 10.