|Privately held company|
|North America, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland|
Some of Sentai's notable licensed anime series include Clannad, K-On!, Highschool of the Dead, Angel Beats!, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, WataMote, Akame ga Kill!, Parasyte -the maxim-, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Made in Abyss; as well as the films Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Grave of the Fireflies, Ninja Scroll, The Garden of Words and Children Who Chase Lost Voices.
When asked by a fan on Facebook what the reason was for calling the company "Sentai", chief executive officer Matt Greenfield responded, "It's a multi-layered pun, mostly for the benefit of the Japanese. Although Sentai can be translated as Squadron, Regiment or Flotilla, it basically means a team or group assembled with specific training and equipment for a specific purpose. Plus, Sentai was formed to help keep the anime industry alive in the U.S., so the superhero aspect is a double-play on that that Americans can get."
Beginning in 2008, Sentai had started releasing its first titles, which included Clannad, Princess Resurrection, Indian Summer, Appleseed and Mahoromatic (formerly licensed by Geneon). The company's titles were initially distributed by ADV Films. On September 1, 2009, A.D. Vision had closed its doors and sold off its assets, which included transferring distribution rights to Section23 Films.
Sunrise & Tatsunoko dealsEdit
On July 4, 2013, during its industry panel at Anime Expo, Sentai Filmworks announced its plans to release a number of classic titles from Tatsunoko Production. The current list of released titles from the partnership include the original Gatchaman series and movie, Time Bokan: Royal Revival, and Casshan, and more titles followed.
Sunrise announced a licensing deal with Sentai Filmworks that included a number of titles from Sunrise’s library that were formerly licensed by Bandai Entertainment during its Otakon panel on August 8, 2013.
Localization and dubbingEdit
Sentai's anime titles were initially localized and produced by Seraphim Digital. Certain titles such as Queen's Blade Rebellion and Persona 4: The Animation were produced by NYAV Post and Bang Zoom! Entertainment, respectively. In 2014, Sentai Filmworks had opened its in-house localization and recording facility, Sentai Studios.
On June 1, 2015, Sentai made an announcement on its Web site that Akame ga Kill! had been picked up by Adult Swim for broadcast on its Toonami block, almost one week after its announcement at MomoCon 2015. The show began airing on August 8, 2015, and its premiere became the most watched in the block's history with over 1.8 million viewers. Another licensed title, Parasyte -the maxim-, premiered on October 3, 2015. Sentai has promoted the time that the two shows air as "#SentaiHour" on social media. As a result of Daylight Saving Time ending, Children Who Chase Lost Voices would air during the 1st week of the Intruder III event on November 5, 2016 at 3AM.
Anime Strike dealEdit
In March 2017, Sentai signed a deal with Amazon to stream the majority of its new licensees exclusively on Anime Strike in the United States and Prime Video in Canada, starting with the Spring 2017 season.
After the discontinuation of Anime Network Online, HIDIVE LLC, a new company not affiliated with Anime Network, Section23, or Sentai Filmworks, acquired the service's assets and spun them off into a new streaming service called HIDIVE. Former subscriptions for Anime Network Online were migrated over to HIDIVE.
HIDIVE is the exclusive carrier of selected licensed titles from Sentai and Section23, including English-language dubs, in addition to simulcasts, live-action titles, and older series. Following the closure of Anime Strike, HIDIVE began streaming titles that were previously exclusive to the former service.
On July 21, 2017, HIDIVE announced the service would start to offer selected anime titles with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
In April 2018, HIDIVE launched a service called Dubcast to compete against Funimation's simuldub program and other online streaming services that distribute simultaneous English dubs, such as Netflix. Similar to simuldubs, Dubcast streams dubs approximately two to three weeks after the initial Japanese broadcast.
Sentai Filmworks does not directly release its properties in non-North American (English-speaking) markets as opposed to its predecessor, A.D. Vision. Instead it sub-licenses to other companies such as Manga Entertainment, MVM Entertainment, Anime Limited and Animatsu Entertainment in the United Kingdom and Siren Visual, Madman Entertainment, and Hanabee in Australia and New Zealand. In 2011, MVM licensed Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful after Sentai's re-release of the series, and has done the same to Broken Blade, Dream Eater Merry, Rozen Maiden and Bodacious Space Pirates for release in the UK.
In Latin America, Sentai Filmworks sub-licenses their titles to companies like Crunchyroll and Amazon Prime Video. On July 21st, 2017, Hidive distributes selected Sentai Filmworks and simulcast titles with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. On March 2018, it was revealed that Sentai Filmworks holds distribution rights to the film No Game, No Life Zero that the company gave to the Mexican distributor Madness Entertainment. It was revealed that they directly commissioned a Spanish dubbed version for the movie. On March 15 of the same year, Sentai Filmworks announced the acquisition of the anime Alice or Alice to Spain and Portugal, making the first official announcement on Sentai's side of an anime title in these countries.
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