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Sentai Snags: Eyeshield 21, Samurai Harem, Hellgirl, Appleseed Blu Ray

Are you ready for some football?

Oh Section 23, its like you have a tin can connected to my heart. Time again for a round up of their recently released acquisitions, all of which are tabled for May.
 

Eyeshield 21:

  Run Time: 325 min. (13 episodes)
Street Date: 5/18/2010 
SRP: $49.98 
 

Eyeshield 21 is a comedy football shonen. Really all you "need" to know, but more information is as follows. New kid on campus, Sena Kobayakawa, is convinced to join the Deimon High School Football team(as in American Football, not everywhere else Football.) For reasons too conventional and fun to bother explaining, Sena is forced to hide his identity, and dons a tinted "Eyeshield" over the jersey marked "21." Volia! The secret weapon/team ace Eyeshield 21 is ready to take the team all the way to the Christmas Bowl

 
I mean, what were you expecting... its a shonen football series. You know you love it already. Though previously unlicensed, Eyeshield 21 is currently streaming on Crunchy Roll. It'll be interesting to see Crunchy Roll will be able to maintain the title in the light of Section 23's sub only release.
 


Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors

Run Time: 325 min. (13 episodes, Half of Season 2)
Street Date: 5/25/2010 
SRP: $49.98 

When you say your job is hellish, its probably just a figure of speech. However, that's part of the contract in Enma Ai's job. "Hell Girl" is an episodic look at society, guided from the eyes of an infernal little girl. Following a formula, each episode follows characters who find such grief and woe that they log onto a mysterious website at night, and sign a contract with Enma to drag someone down to hell. A loan shark, school rival, woman about to marry your true love... people find many reasons to damn those around them, but its at the cost of damning themselves.
 
Season 2 picks up shortly after the first, and weaves a new set of stories, including the appearance of a second Hell Girl.

Even though I may have just typed it, I'll reinforce... this show is methodical. High style, high presentation, but can be a little daunting at times. The Neo-Brectian approach taken to distance the viewer from the cast works, though occasionally too well.
 
Astute shoppers are probably aware that season 1 was released by FUNimation, though it seems the reception didn't initially warrant a look at the 2nd or 3rd seasons.
 

 

Samurai Harem

Run Time: 300 min. (12 episodes, Complete Series)
Street Date: 5/11/2010 
SRP: $49.98  

More commonly known as Asu no yoichi, Samurai Harem is the yet another look at the highly talented, yet socially inept youth. Focused on 17 year old Yoichi Karasuma, he's a brilliant swordsman, though his remote mountain training couldn't prepare him for the modern world... oh, and boobs.

You can fill in the rest.


Appleseed

Run Time: 105 min. 
Street Date: 5/18/2010 
SRP: $39.98 
Format: Blu-Ray 
 

After the end of World War 3, the world is a very different place. Mercenary Deunan Knute has been so far removed she continued fighting, oblivious to the wars end. Eventually she is brought to Olympus, the Utopian pride of the post-war civilization. Inhabited mostly by half human, half clone people called Bioroids, Utopia isn't quite as perfect at first thought. Its up to Denuan and her former love, now-cyborg Briareos to find out what lies right underneath the surface of paradise.

Technically not a "new" release either, I think I even own Appleseed on UMD. Though, this marks three things...
 
A) Appleseed's first Blu-Ray release
B) Sentai Filmwork's First Blu-Ray
C) Sentai Filmworks First English Dubbed Release
  
Despite ownership, I could never bring myself to watch movies on my psp, and thus I never got around to checking it out. Though, its creator is Shirow Masamune, of Ghost in the Shell fame, so I could definitely get behind the vibe.

HeeroYuyon Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:33 a.m.
The dub was already done in the case of the 2004 Appleseed, so I don't think that should count... (though I'll probably buy it anyways since I thought it was a spectacular movie deserving of a bluray release)
 
Also, EYESHIELDO NIJU-ICHI!! Yeah, I'm gonna stick to streaming on crunchyroll for that one.
HSaabedraon Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.
@HeeroYuy said:
" The dub was already done in the case of the 2004 Appleseed, so I don't think that should count... (though I'll probably buy it anyways since I thought it was a spectacular movie deserving of a bluray release) Also, EYESHIELDO NIJU-ICHI!! Yeah, I'm gonna stick to streaming on crunchyroll for that one. "
Its a new dub with the voice cast of Appleseed: Ex Machina according to the release.
Halberdierv2on Feb. 26, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
@HeeroYuy: YAAA-HAAA!!!
MorpheusDreamweaveron Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.
I'm excited about more Hell Girl getting licensed. It's definitely going on my "buy" list and I'm gonna hope it does well enough for them to pick up season three.
 
I would think about Eyeshield 21, but it's like a million episodes. I hope Sentai/Section 23 knows what they're doing...
HeeroYuyon Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:58 p.m.
@Halberdierv2:  FUUUUNRABAAA!!!
 
@HSaabedra: The one with Luci Christian as Deunan? ehh... I dunno how I feel about it then... I rather liked Geneon's dub for it a lot, it was rather fitting (Ex Machina's just felt weird... or maybe I was just too distracted by the stupid plot to enjoy it).
HSaabedraon Feb. 26, 2010 at 3:03 p.m.
@HeeroYuy: I'm the same way.  Not to take anything away from Luci who did a decent enough job, but the plot wasn't very good.
metalsnakezeroon Feb. 26, 2010 at 4:29 p.m.
Eyeshield 21: \(^_^)/
Hell Girl: \(^_^)/ \(^_^)/
Asu No Yoichi: HELL NO!
Appleseed: Not sure.
deathfromabove1993on Feb. 26, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.
 
I thank Sentai and Section23 for giving us these top-notch shows, even though some are subbed, but that's ok. So buying Eyeshield 21 and Hell Girl. I wish I could buy Appleseed, but I don't have a Blu-ray player.
Halberdierv2on Feb. 26, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.
@Halberdierv2:  EXCITED MAX!!!
Fanason March 7, 2010 at 7:26 p.m.

I hate Section 23/Sentai.  They don't dub any of their anime.  I own about 70 full series on dvd, and let me tell you I don't buy them so I can sit back and READ them.  I have the first season of Hellgirl from FUNimation and now I won't be able to complete it because these lazy jerks got their grubby hands on it.  Thanks for killing my anime collecting hobby, Sentai.  If I'm going to watch subbed anime, I'm going to watch it for free online, not pay money for dvds that cost the same as dubbed anime.  I'd wish you luck with your sales to others, but I'd be lying thru my teeth.
Dream moderator is online on March 7, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.
@Fanas: Considering Sentai is the "new ADV," the company likely still doesn't have the money to make any new dubs at the moment. Still, there haven't been too many titles that have caught my interest from the company. The only title I've bought from them thus far is Blue Drop and I already bought Petite Cossette from when it was still being released by Geneon.
cfatalison March 7, 2010 at 8:46 p.m.
mmm i do like subs better than dubs, so yeah
 
i will go and buy skullman next week
John_Martoneon March 8, 2010 at 4:16 p.m.
@Dream said:

" @Fanas: Considering Sentai is the "new ADV," the company likely still doesn't have the money to make any new dubs at the moment. Still, there haven't been too many titles that have caught my interest from the company. The only title I've bought from them thus far is Blue Drop and I already bought Petite Cossette from when it was still being released by Geneon. "

However, they still can. They held onto the now Seraphim Studio, who did the English soundtrack of Halo Legends. 
Seraphim Studios = Dubbing studio (which only applies to halo legends right now)
Sentai Filmworks = Anime
Switchblade Pictures = Live Action

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