Its freezing cold in Chicago this week, but Section 23 is bringing is the summer’s heat with a series of releases scheduled for July. These releases include BATTLE GIRL HIGH SCHOOL, and The Magic of Stella, two of my favorite shows of recent seasons.

First up and coming on July 3rd of this year is, Stella no Mahou’s (Magic of Stella) Blu-Ray. Published by  Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films this Blu-Ray has a run time of 300 minutes and Japanese with English Subtitles. It will arrive on store shelves on July 3rd with a price of $59.98

Sentai’s official synopsis of Magic of Stella is:  Tamaki’s really excited about going to high school, but she’s not sure what kind of club she wants to join… until she meets three girls who are making their own computer games! Remembering how she loved making board games when she was little, Tamaki takes the plunge and joins the group as their new artist. Now she, programmer Shiina, writer Ayame and composer Kayo are in a frantic race to finish their game in time to show at the big “doujin” conventions. Meeting their deadlines won’t be easy, especially since Tamaki has to learn on the job and Aya keeps getting distracted writing steamy love scenes. But where there’s a will there’s a way, and with the help of a bunch of talented friends, they just might be able to make it in time to create the MAGIC OF STELLA!

Next up we have Koi to Uso’s (Love and Lies) Blu-Ray. Published by Sentai Filmworks and Distributed by Section23 Films. This Blu-Ray has a run time of 300 minutes and will be out on store shelves on July 10th of this year. The Blu-Ray edition of Love and Lies will hit stores shelves on July 10th with a original Japanese with English Subtitles and will retail for $59.98

Sentai’s official synopsis for Love and Lies is:  It’s an old story: Boy loves girl. Girl admits her love for Boy. And then the government says, “No, you have to marry THIS other girl instead.” Because, in the world where high school student Yukari Nejima lives, the government decides who you marry and the feelings of the parties involved don’t matter. So while Yukari loves his classmate Misaki and she feels the same way, their other classmate Ririna is going to be his mate! Or is she? There’s an unexpected turn when Ririna indicates that she’s not against Yukari and Misaki being a couple despite their impending marriage and things get even more convoluted when Ririna finds herself attracted to both of them! Get ready for the ultimate case of unwanted government interference as everyone gets caught up in the romantic bureaucracy of LOVE AND LIES!


Next up we have Tibet Inu Monogatari’s (The Tibetan Dog) Blu-Ray. Published by Maiden Japan  and distributed by:  Section23 Films. This Blu-Ray has a run time of 90 minutes and will arrive on store shelves July 10th. It will have both English and Japanese with English subtitles language tracks and will retail for $29.98

The official synopsis for the movie is:  Life hasn’t been easy for young Tianjing since his mother passed away. Forced to leave the city and move to the grasslands of Tibet where his father is the only doctor for a remote community, Tianjing finds himself becoming even more isolated as he works the lonely job of a shepherd. It’s a dangerous task as well. Wolves, packs of wild dogs and other animals prowl the countryside… something that Tianjing discovers all too soon. Fortunately, he also finds a protector and friend in a stray golden mastiff that comes to his aide. When a new menace comes to terrorize the community, both human and canine will have to protect each other. Standing against the savagery of nature and the cruelty of men, this is the story of a boy and his TIBETAN DOG.

Next up is Long Riders on Blu-Ray. Published by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 films, this Blu-Ray runs 300 minutes and has Japanese with English subtitles. It will arrive on store shelves on July 17th for a retail price of $59.98.

SYNOPSIS:  Ami’s always been small, a little clumsy and unsure of herself, unlike her more athletic friend Aoi. But when she sees someone using a folding bicycle on the way home from University, she realizes that the compact bike might be a perfect fit for her. Plus it’s really, really cute. Before you know it, Ami’s bought her own bicycle and she and Aoi are going on biking trips together! Suddenly Ami’s world is so much bigger as she and Aoi meet a whole new group of friends who share their love of this sport, and the thrill of competing in long distance cycling events. Join in the fun and share in the adventure as a group of young women discover the joy of hitting the streets and touring Japan under their own power in LONG RIDERS!

Next up is my personal favorite of this batch, Batorugāru Haisukūru (Battle Girls High School). The official release will be Blu-Ray only, and published by   Sentai Filmworks and distributed by:  Section23 Films. With a run time of 300 minutes this Blu-Ray will hit store shelves on July 24th of this year. It will have original language tracks in Japanese with English Subtitles and have a retail price of$59.98.

Sentai describes the series as:  Mysterious invaders have attacked the Earth! As the Irousu roam the conquered lands, mankind has been driven back, but there’s one last weapon that may still turn the tide: super-powered schoolgirls! At schools like the Shinjugamine Girls Academy, elite classes of Star Guardians alternate between regular schoolwork and learning to kick Irousu behind. It’s a duty that the members of the Shinjugamine Hoshimori force, like freshman Miki Hoshitsuki, take seriously, but as they’re basically normal girls who just happen to get their powers from a magic tree, there are normal life issues they have to contend with as well. With the arrival of their latest mysterious recruit, however, things are about to get deadly serious. Their final exam is about to begin and if they fail, the whole world is doomed in BATTLE GIRL HIGH SCHOOL!

The final release for this July is Pia Carrot e Yōkoso! 2 DX (Welcome to Pia Carrot! 2DX) this OVA will be a DVD release and will run 180 minutes. Published by Sentai Filmworks and Distributed by Section23 Films, it will arrive July 31st on store shelves with a price tag of just $29.98. The DVD’s will carry the original language tracks in Japanese with English Subtitles.

SYNOPSIS:  Pia Carrot #2 might be the second Pia Carrot restaurant numerically, but they’ve got ambitions to be the best. That means great food, great service and the most beautiful waitresses. For Kouji, who’s looking for a job where he can meet lots of attractive girls quickly, it’s the perfect place to work. Unfortunately, things get up close and personal even more quickly than expected when he collides with Azusa on the way to apply and ends up with a handful of her… well, suffice it to say that she’s NOT happy. It’s an instant case of hate at first sight that only becomes more intense when they end up working together… or is this mutual dislike really the start of something else? Something’s cooking and it’s not just their tempers in Welcome to Pia Carrot 2! DX!

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.