After making the announcements recently about these acquisitions at the ANIMAINE convention, Sentai Filmworks has sent out the formal press release solicitations confirming the pickups, the basic plans and format types to expect with a general release period factored into it.
SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE”
HOUSTON, September 10, 2012 — Sentai Filmworks’ is pleased to announce their latest acquisition: Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee. Directed by Akira Iwanaga with character designs by Minako Shiba (Black Butler, Noir) and music by Kunihiko Ryo (Emma: A Victorian Romance, Level E).
In a dark land of near-perpetual night, only a single artificial sun illuminates a single city, and communication between the rest of the world is made possible only by the Letter Bees – elite couriers who must fight against monsters known as Gaichuu in order to make their deliveries. Having been saved by a Letter Bee when his mother was kidnapped years ago, Lag Seeing has finally gained employment at the Bee-hive, but he’s quickly learning that the dangerous job has become even more lethal, with renegade humans now targeting the Letter Bees as well. Fortunately, Lag’s been blessed with the ability to see into the memories of others, and every Bee is also supposed to find a “Dingo,” a partner to watch their back. However, when Lag finally finds his Dingo, she’s not at all what he expected. In fact, she may end up being the girl who kicks over the entire hornet’s nest! But no matter what the stings of fate, Lag isn’t going to let anything clip his wings!
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee will be available through select digital outlets with a home video release on subtitled DVD later this year.
SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “NINJA SCROLL”
HOUSTON, September 10, 2012 — The wildest samurai adventure ever made is back, this time in glorious and gruesome high-def detail! Sentai Filmworks’ is pleased to announce their latest acquisition, the classic anime masterpiece: Ninja Scroll!. Directed and with a screenplay by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Demon City Shinjuku) the movie that’s been called a “gateway drug to anime” features character designs by Yutaka Minowa (Devil May Cry, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) and music by Kaoru Wada (Inuyasha, Gilgamesh). The anime that set the standard will be available for the first time ever on Blu-Ray, featuring an all-new, high-definition transfer straight from the source!
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.
Ninja Scroll will be available through select digital outlets with a home video release on both DVD & BD later this year.
SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “PENGUIN DRUM”
HOUSTON, September 10, 2012 — Join Sentai Filmworks’ in marching to a different beat as they announce their latest acquisition, the quirky, unusual, and always off-beat: Penguin Drum. Featuring direction and series composition by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena) and with character designs by Terumi Nishii and music by Yukari Hashimoto (MM!, Mayo Chiki!).
Once you make a decision, does the universe conspire to make it happen? Is destiny a matter of chance, a matter of choice or the complex outcome of thousands of warring strands of fate? All twins Kanba and Shoma know is that when their terminally ill sister Himari collapses at the aquarium, her death is somehow temporarily reversed by the penguin hat that she had asked for. It’s a provisional resurrection, however, and it comes at a price: to keep Himari alive they need to find the mysterious Penguin Drum. In order to do that, they must first find the links to a complex interlocking chain of riddles that has wrapped around their entire existence, and unravel the knots that tie them to mystifying diary and a baffling string of strangers and semi-acquaintances who all have their own secrets, agendas and “survival strategies.” And in order for Himari to live, someone else’s chosen destiny will have to change. It’s a story of love, fate, life, death … and Penguins: PENGUIN DRUM!
Penguin Drum will be available through select digital outlets with a home video release on both bilingual DVD & BD later this year.