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Sentai Filmworks / Maiden Japan Announce August Anime Release Slate

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The Garden of Words
The Garden of Words

The August release slate for Sentai Filmworks and Maiden Japan has arrived and outside of one title that’s DVD only, everything else is getting both a DVD and a Blu-ray, which means everything is dubbed. Even the DVD only release gets a dub, which is from Maiden Japan as the license rescue of New Dominion Tank Police is debuting this month. Sentai Filmworks has a strong slate with The Garden of Words, Medaka Box, Shining Hearts and Tsuritama, which will make for a good bit of diversity for the month. Check out the full release details below.

Title:                 THE GARDEN OF WORDS
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         45 min.
Street Date:      8/6/2013
Format:             DVD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $24.98

SYNOPSIS:   When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe  designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a  rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he  encounters Yukino.  Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems  adrift in the world.  Despite the difference in their ages, they strike  up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves,  without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same  garden on each rainy day.  But the rainy season is coming to a close,  and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them.   Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and  words?  Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will  blossom in THE GARDEN OF WORDS?

Title:                 THE GARDEN OF WORDS BLU-RAY
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         45 min.
Street Date:      8/6/2013
Format:             BD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $34.98

SYNOPSIS:  When  Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe  designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a  rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he  encounters Yukino.  Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems  adrift in the world.  Despite the difference in their ages, they strike  up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves,  without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same  garden on each rainy day.  But the rainy season is coming to a close,  and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them.   Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and  words?  Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will  blossom in THE GARDEN OF WORDS?

Title:                 SHINING HEARTS COMPLETE
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      8/13/2013
Format:             DVD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS:  Over the years, many strange things have washed up on the shores of  Windaria, a mysterious island where humans, elves and other beings all  live in harmony.  Rick, a former swordsman who runs the Le Coeur Bakery  with his three beautiful coworkers Neris, Amil and Airy, knows this all  too well, having been found on the beach with a profound case of amnesia  himself.  Perhaps that’s why Rick takes a quick interest in Kaguya, a  girl who arrives in Windaria in a similar fashion.  Whatever the reason,  it soon becomes apparent that his skills with a sword may be required  to protect the lovely castaway.  For dark forces are on the move, the  red moon is on the rise and a deathly wind is blowing into Windaria in  the form of pirates, brigands and other strangers, all of whom seem to  be seeking Kaguya!  Or is it the mysterious pendant that she wears that  they’re after?  The one thing that’s sure is that there will be no time  for loafing around the bakery now, because everything’s about to come  out of the oven and go into the fire in SHINING HEARTS!

Title:                 SHINING HEARTS COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      8/13/2013
Format:             BD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS:  Over the years, many strange things have washed up on the shores of  Windaria, a mysterious island where humans, elves and other beings all  live in harmony.  Rick, a former swordsman who runs the Le Coeur Bakery  with his three beautiful coworkers Neris, Amil and Airy, knows this all  too well, having been found on the beach with a profound case of amnesia  himself.  Perhaps that’s why Rick takes a quick interest in Kaguya, a  girl who arrives in Windaria in a similar fashion.  Whatever the reason,  it soon becomes apparent that his skills with a sword may be required  to protect the lovely castaway.  For dark forces are on the move, the  red moon is on the rise and a deathly wind is blowing into Windaria in  the form of pirates, brigands and other strangers, all of whom seem to  be seeking Kaguya!  Or is it the mysterious pendant that she wears that  they’re after?  The one thing that’s sure is that there will be no time  for loafing around the bakery now, because everything’s about to come  out of the oven and go into the fire in SHINING HEARTS!

Title:                 NEW DOMINION: TANK POLICE COMPLETE
Published by:    Maiden Japan
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         180 min.
Street Date:      8/20/2013
Format:             DVD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $29.98

SYNOPSIS:  When tanks are outlawed, only outlaws will have tanks.  Or at least,  that’s what Mayor Weatherby of New Port seems to be forgetting in his  efforts to ban certain forms of weapons, including those used by  tank-driving policewoman Leona Ozaki and her partner Al.  Granted, the  city’s Tank Police DO seem to cause a lot of collateral damage, but New  Port’s a dangerous place.  Especially with the felonious and partially  feline Puma sisters back on the prowl, and the Dai Nippon Geiken  Corporation is building even more nefarious devices of evil intent that  are finding their way into the hands of local terrorists.  Unfortunately  for DNGC, they may be connected to the murder of Leona’s former  partner, and once this hard-headed heroine sinks her treads into a case,  there’s no backing up!  And as for the Pumas?  It’s going to be like  cats and police dogs, but there are few problems that a little carefully  applied mobile artillery can’t cure!  There’s no place to h ide, from  the good guys OR the bad guys, as law and order meets chaos theory in  NEW DOMINION TANK POLICE!

Title:                 TSURITAMA COMPLETE
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      8/20/2013
Format:             DVD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS:  When Yuki Sanada ends up living in Enoshima with his grandmother, it’s  just one more in a long line of transfers to a new school and new  friends.  Except Yuki doesn’t make friends easily, so he’s used to  making do without any.  All that’s about to change, however, when the  other new transfer student arrives in class – complete with a rod and  reel – and announces that he’s an alien.  Now as he learns to fine art  of fishing, Yuki finds himself drawn into a friendship with Haru the  alien, moody Natsuki the Fishing Prince, and the mysterious Akira with  his pet duck, Tapioca.  But there’s something sinister afoot in  Enoshima, and more than Yuki’s new found friendships is at stake.  If  Yuki can’t make the catch of the day, the whole of Japan, and perhaps  the world itself, will be caught in an alien net.  Get ready for the  biggest fish tale ever in tsuritama!

Title:                 TSURITAMA COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      8/20/2013
Format:             BD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS:  When Yuki Sanada ends up living in Enoshima with his grandmother, it’s  just one more in a long line of transfers to a new school and new  friends.  Except Yuki doesn’t make friends easily, so he’s used to  making do without any.  All that’s about to change, however, when the  other new transfer student arrives in class – complete with a rod and  reel – and announces that he’s an alien.  Now as he learns to fine art  of fishing, Yuki finds himself drawn into a friendship with Haru the  alien, moody Natsuki the Fishing Prince, and the mysterious Akira with  his pet duck, Tapioca.  But there’s something sinister afoot in  Enoshima, and more than Yuki’s new found friendships is at stake.  If  Yuki can’t make the catch of the day, the whole of Japan, and perhaps  the world itself, will be caught in an alien net.  Get ready for the  biggest fish tale ever in tsuritama!

Title:                 MEDAKA BOX COMPLETE
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      8/27/2013
Format:             DVD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS:  When newly elected Student Council President Medaka Kurokami instituted  her idea for a suggestion box where people can suggest problems that  need to be solved, she was expecting things like rescuing lost puppies  and giving advice.  What she and her best friend Zenkichi find instead,  however, are the first hints of an unbelievable secret and their school,  Hakoniwa Academy, and Medaka herself, are somehow at the very center of  the growing maelstrom!  As what seemed like an innocent past time turns  into a dangerous game, Medaka and her recruits to the Student Council  discover new depths to both themselves and their own unexpected  abilities.  And then things get REALLY out of control!  Get ready for a  battle royal unlike anything you’ve ever seen before as the simple power  of suggestion unlocks the secrets of MEDAKA BOX!

Title:                 MEDAKA BOX COMPLETE BLU-RAY
Published by:    Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by:  Section23 Films
Run Time:         300 min.
Street Date:      8/27/2013
Format:             BD
Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS:  When newly elected Student Council President Medaka Kurokami instituted  her idea for a suggestion box where people can suggest problems that  need to be solved, she was expecting things like rescuing lost puppies  and giving advice.  What she and her best friend Zenkichi find instead,  however, are the first hints of an unbelievable secret and their school,  Hakoniwa Academy, and Medaka herself, are somehow at the very center of  the growing maelstrom!  As what seemed like an innocent past time turns  into a dangerous game, Medaka and her recruits to the Student Council  discover new depths to both themselves and their own unexpected  abilities.  And then things get REALLY out of control!  Get ready for a  battle royal unlike anything you’ve ever seen before as the simple power  of suggestion unlocks the secrets of MEDAKA BOX!

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