"Persona 4" Headlines Section23's September Release Slate

Joins North American home video debuts of "Hakuoki", "Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth", and "Intrigue in the Bakumatsu"

Section23 has a nicely diverse selection of anime scheduled to offset the end of summer vacation. September releases from the distributor include the North American home video debuts of Hakuoki, Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth, Intrigue in the Bakumatsu, and, to top things off, the Persona 4 anime. 

 

Title:                 INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU ~ IROHANIHOHETO COLLECTION 1

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      9/4/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS:  In the final years of the Bakumatsu, wandering mercenary Yojiro Akizuki travels the length and breadth of Japan. And while he employs his sword in the usual fashion, he also uses it help him locate supernatural items which he pursues with single-minded determination, often with bloody results.  In the course of his quest, he crosses paths with a traveling theater group whose members have their own dark agenda. Is it a chance meeting or the result of some, as yet, undiscovered conspiracy? Swords will swing and sorcery make itself felt in Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto Collection 1!

 

Title:                 INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU ~ IROHANIHOHETO COLLECTION 1

BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      9/4/2012

Format:             BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98

 

Title:                 PSYCHIC SQUAD COLLECTION 3

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         325 min.

Street Date:      9/4/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS:  Between training and field experience, the abilities of the three girls in the esper team "The Children" have continued to expand and diversify. However, as Aoi, Kaoru and Shiho keep learning new ways to apply and utilize their powers, it soon becomes obvious that the real question is not how they use their powers, but rather what they might use them for.  With sinister organizations like P.A.N.D.R.A. and its teams of espers as an example, and capabilities that are already far beyond those of any normal human, are they becoming TOO powerful?  But if that's so, why is Ichirou Tanizaki suddenly teaching the girls how to understand the way that criminals think?  And just what is this secret mission that Koichi has left on without them?  Are they lambs being intentionally led astray, or are they closely watched wolves in good girls' clothing? And whether they're really heroes or prisoners, their already chaotic existences are about to be shaken to the core once again as a new psychic force enters their world in PSYCHIC SQUAD- COLLECTION 3!

 

 

Title                  CLUSTER EDGE COLLECTION 1

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      9/11/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

 

SYNOPSIS:  Cluster Edge Academy isn't just any school; it's THE school, where the offspring of the elite come together to prepare for their roles running a world where artificial soldiers and religious sects are major factors in the battle for total control.  Which may be part of why new transfer student Agate Fluorite doesn't quite seem to fit in.  It's not just that Agate's enthusiastic attitude stands out among the somber, brooding balance of the student body.  There's something about him that demands notice, even from jaded honors students like Beryl Jasper, and from the moment of arrival he's been at the center of a series of mysteries that not even Agate understands.  Because Agate's not just another student, he's part of a something so momentous, and dangerous, that the world that built Cluster Edge may not survive its passing.  And while it may take a miracle to survive the deadly forces already in motion against him, Agate may just be able to produce one in CLUSTER EDGE - COLLECTION ONE!

 

 

Title:                 THE CURSE M (live action)

Published by:    Switchblade Pictures

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         71 min.

Street Date:      9/11/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $19.98

SYNOPSIS:  She's tantalizing.  Spellbinding.  Irresistible.  And yet freelance photographer Uemura fights his attraction for the beautiful Mari with all his might.  For not only is she the wife of the prominent head of a prestigious hospital, but all of those who've previously had affairs with this sensual succubus seem to have expired prematurely.  It's a losing battle, however, and Uemura soon finds himself pulled into the arms of the voluptuous Mari and the jaws of a trap designed to suck men dry and spit out the husks.  For it seems that Mari's husband, Ginjiro, is all too aware of who's been sleeping in his wife's bed, and the sexual predation that follows will pull Uemura into a world of bondage and depravity.  From the novels of the late legendary SM Master Oniroku Dan, comes a twisted tale of ties that bind until only death can part them - THE CURSE M!

 

Title:                 UFO ULTRAMAIDEN COLLECTION

Published by:    ADV FILMS

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         670 min.

Street Date:      9/11/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Valkyrie is a member of the Intergalagtic Royal Family of Valhalla. She is elegant, beautiful and a really bad driver. She crashes her spaceship right through the roof of the Tokino bathhouse and onto the head of its owner, Kazuto. To save his life, Valkyrie gives up half of her very soul. Oddly enough, it works! Katzuto is resurrected! But, there's one small side effect: Valkyrie. She has transformed into half her age. She's cute, cuddly and nutty as a pit-bull. (And then things start to get weird.) Valkyrie and Kazuto fall in love. Housekeeping cat girl Ms. Sanada is sent to protect Vakyrie. Hydra the warrior princess has some size issues. Princess Laine has some shopping issues. Earthly sweetheart Akina has some emotional issues. And, Valkryie's dog Spot has some issue issues. So grab a towel and take a dip into the silly, sexy space-romp - UFO Ultramaiden. It's time to answer the age-old question of the universe - does size matter?

 

Title:                 ALLISON & LILLIA COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         650 min.

Street Date:      9/18/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98

SYNOPSIS: On a world literally split in half by mountains and rivers, a series of wars have been waging for longer than history can remember, with the latest incarnation now in its 130th year of continuous conflict!  But when a hastily staged rescue attempt launches fighter pilot Allison and marksman and bibliophile Wil into the middle of the action, it initiates an incredible chain of events that could possibly end the wars forever!   But Allison and Wil can't do it all alone, and sometimes the torch has to be passed to the least likely of heroes.  So when Lillia, the daughter of two war heroes, goes off on a vacation, the last thing she's expecting is to have to rescue planeloads of orphans, dodge assassins and unravel a network of twisting plots and secret identities!  But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, and even if her boyfriend is literally turning out to be a royal pain, Lillia's going to stand by her prince now that he's come!  Some girls are always in the wrong place at the right time in ALLISON & LILLIA - COMPLETE COLLECTION!

 

 

Title:                 PERSONA 4 COLLECTION 1

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      9/18/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he's expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he's been used to in the big city.  What he isn't expecting is for his uncle's job as a police detective to spill over into his own life.  Or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu's own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it!  Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer, or lead him to his doom.  Journey into the Velvet Room and beyond as the hit PlayStation 2® game becomes a spectacular anime in PERSONA 4 Collection 1!

 

Title:                 PERSONA 4 COLLECTION 1 BLU-RAY

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      9/18/2012

Format:             BD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $69.98

 

Title:                 CROISEE IN A FOREIGN LABYRINTH COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      9/25/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Revolutions always wreck mayhem and carnage, and the Industrial Revolution is no different as it engulfs Europe, leaving outmoded businesses and millions stripped of their traditional ways of life forever as its casualties.  Cultural Revolutions are no less devastating, and as the 19th century comes to an end, young Yune has seen her native Japan shaken to its very core as the walls separating it from the western world have finally crumbled, sending an entire nation on a quest for a new identity.  But, like the phoenix, the new is inevitably born from the ashes of the old, and when Yune decides to accompany her new acquaintance, Oscar, to Paris where his family's metal declining shop is barely making ends meet in the face of its new competition, she may just be setting a new wave of changes into motion.  Could Yune be the critical spark needed to rekindle the fires in both the hearts and minds of the Enseignes du Roy?  As old worlds come to an end, new beginnings will be forged in Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth!

 

Title:                 HAKUOKI SEASON 1

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         300 min.

Street Date:      9/25/2012

Format:             DVD

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Disguised as a man, Chizuru Yukimura has come to Kyoto searching for her missing father, a doctor who developed a magical elixir that increases the drinker's speed, strength and healing abilities.  Instead of her father, however, she stumbles across a battle between the Shinsengumi and the Furies, evil vampire-like creatures of their own making.  As things turn out, the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father.  And when they discover who she is, they decide to take her into their custody for safe-keeping.  But her sex is not the only secret Chizuru has, and as more and more Furies begin appearing in Kyoto and the situation becomes ever deadlier, the Shinsengumi may find that the Furies are the least of their problems in Hakuoki!

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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