Kids on the Slope, K-ON! The Movie, and More on DVD/Blu-Ray in May




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by Marlan Moore | staff editor

Hot on the heels of their licensing announcement, Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films already have a release date for K-On! The MovieColorful, and more for May. Joining the titled mentioned in yesterday’s news post are Kids on the Slope and more. See below for Section23′s full May release slate.

May 7, 2013


Kids on the Slope SF-KOS100Kids on the Slope Complete Collection

Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1966 and high school freshman Kaoru Nishimi is struggling to adjust to the latest of many moves in his young life, this time to his uncle’s home in the seaside town of Kyushu. It’s never easy adjusting. It’s never easy fitting in. But this time will be different. This time he’ll meet friends who will change his life forever. And he’ll discover a new passion, one that grabs his heart and rocks him to his very soul. It’s music. A beat. A whole new way of looking at life. It’s called jazz, and together with bad boy Sentaro and music store girl Ritsuko, they’re going to follow their muse to wherever their music takes them! You think garage bands are something new? Think again and travel to a time when dreams and a couple of musical instruments really could change the world!  Get ready to be blown away by a tale of life, love and all that jazz in THE KIDS ON THE SLOPE!

Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98/$69.98

Natsuyuki Rendezvous SF-NYR100Natsuyuki Rendezvous Complete Collection

Synopsis: Hazuki may be near-sighted, but he knows true beauty when he sees it and the delicate form of flower shop owner Rokka draws him in like a bee to honey.  So, hoping to cultivate a relationship between them, Hazuki takes a part time job at her shop, only to discover two huge thorns preventing the nurturing of any romance.  The first, the fact that Rokka is still grieving for her late husband Shimao, would be enough to snip most men’s ardor short, but it’s the second that really threatens to make Hazuki’s forlorn hopes wilt.  Because while Shimao is most definitely deceased, he hasn’t yet departed and his spirit is still living in Rokka’s apartment!  Except only Hazuki can see him, which leads to a very strange romantic triangle indeed.  Are Hazuki’s chances with Rokka as dead as the man who still lives in her house?  Or can he somehow make love blossom even though there’s an interloper pushing up the daisies between them?  One way or another, the ground’s going to be rocky and someone or something’s likely to get nipped in the bud in NATSUYUKI RENDEZVOUS!

Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

May 14, 2013


Colorful The Motion Picture SF-CM001Colorful: The Motion Picture

Synopsis: There is a train station on the other side of death, yet not all who arrive on the platform will be judged ready for passage onwards.  For one unready soul, there will be both a test and a second chance.  Rather than be reborn, this soul will awake in the body of 14-year-old suicide Makoto Kobayashi where it must not only find a way to fit into Makoto’s existence, but also unravel two mysteries.  What is the secret of the great sin it committed in its own previous life and what were the reasons that led to Makoto’s suicide?  While some may believe the truth to be as plain to see as black and white, “Makoto” soon finds that the real world is overlaid with so many shades of grey and rainbows of colors that even the most obvious of “facts” are not what they seem.  With the soul’s time in Makoto’s body quickly running out, the answers to all life’s mysteries await discovery in the acclaimed animation masterpiece that won the 34th Japanese Academy Prize for Excellence in Animation: Colorful ~ The Motion Picture.

Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98/$39.98

Kampfer SF-KM010Kämpfer für die Liebe

Synopsis: Natsuru used to dream of being a lady killer.  Instead, he got turned into a Kämpfer – a lady who’s supposed to fight and kill other girls in mortal combat!  Now, he’s stuck splitting his/her days between being a typically average Japanese boy and a very untypical Japanese girl.  And to make matters even more complex, Natsuru’s allowed him/herself to be convinced to move in with three other gorgeous Kämpfers, who are definitely all woman all of the time, for their “mutual defense.”  Of course, the fact that more than one of them may have less than honorable designs upon one or the other of his/her two alternate sexualities couldn’t possibly be a problem, could it?  Of course it could, and things really get hopping when Natsuru has to take a job at the Bunnygirl Café and ends up in the hot box!  Getting in touch with your feminine side’s a full-contact, no-holds-barred, Amazon action-fest as feelings are bared and titans clash in Kämpfer für die Liebe!

Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

May 21, 2013


K-ON! The Movie SF-KNT001K-On! The Movie

Synopsis: Graduation time is finally here, but the girls of the Sakuragaoka Girl’s High Light Music Club aren’t going to let the end of high school be the end of all they’ve built together.  First though, they have to keep a promise to take a trip together, and like everything else they do, they’re not doing it halfway.  So it’s time to hop on the bus – the double-decker bus that is – and go around the world as the band heads for the birthplace of the British Invasion: the United Kingdom!  And on the way they’re going to have to solve that one last big puzzle that’s been vexing them: what to get for their underclassman rhythm guitarist Azusa, who will be taking over the club once they don their caps and gowns and leave Sakuragaoka for the last time.  Get ready for a Magical Musical Tour as the whole gang takes in the sights and sounds of London and prepares for one last amazing encore in the climatic finale of K-ON! THE MOVIE!

Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98/$39.98

Love Love MJ-0107Love ♥ Love? Complete Collection

Synopsis: It’s said that Heaven and Hell can be the same place, depending upon your situation, and Naoto Ooizumi is learning that lesson the hard way.  At only 17 years old, he’s working on the set of Cosmopolitan Prayers (CosPrayers for short,) one of the hottest TV soaps on the air, and the girl of his dreams, Natsumi Magami, is playing the lead.  The problem: as much as he wants to start a relationship with her, he keeps getting romantically intercepted by the OTHER cute girls in the show.  It’s not like they’re just trying to stop a Naoto/Natsumi hook up.  They seem to be actively “interested” in the cute young man who’s running the behind the scenes production camera!  But that’s not the biggest twist, because unknown to anyone except the show’s producer, Ooizumi ISN’T just a camera operator, he’s also the show’s WRITER!  So what do you do when you’re able to put any words you want in the mouth of the girl you love, but you’re contractually obligated to put similar things between the lips of the girls that love you?  The pros and cons abound as romance goes wildly off script in LOVE ♥ LOVE?!

Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

May 28, 2013

Okamikakushi SF-OKK100Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf Complete Collection

Synopsis: From the moment Hiroshi and his family arrive in J?ga, he senses something odd about the isolated village.  It’s not that the people are cold and aloof.  Except for his beautiful class president, Nemuru, most welcome him quite warmly.  But some also simply disappear.  Students transfer out of his school without any notice, and Hiroshi’s next door neighbor Isuzu, who seems quite infatuated with him, warns him to stay away from the old part of town.  The upcoming Haasaku Festival, which celebrates the town’s unique oranges, seems to be generating an unusual level of concern, and groups of masked people roam the streets by night, hunting… something.  Could the legends of man-sized wolves roaming the mountains surrounding J?ga be real?  Who is the girl with the scythe?  What is the real purpose of the festival?  And how does this all revolve around something called a Temptation?  Hiroshi and his new circle of friends have little time to solve these riddles before the answers will become far more dangerous and personal than he could ever imagine!  Beneath the mask of society and the skin of humanity, something ancient awaits in Okamikakushi – MASQUE OF THE WOLF!

Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

Phi-Brain 2 SF-PB102Phi-Brain ~ Season 1 Collection 2

Synopsis: Kaito’s spent his whole life solving puzzles, and now his life depends on being able to solve some of the world’s most difficult – and deadly – puzzles.  Designated as Puzzles of Fools, these puzzles are designed to push Kaito’s solving abilities to their limits and beyond, or destroy him in the attempt.  Each one is more fiendish than the last, and they’re all intended to prepare Kaito for his attempt to solve the Puzzle of God.  There’s just one catch: Kaito doesn’t want to solve the Puzzle of God; that’s all the POG’s idea.  And when Kaito discovers the identity of the mastermind behind the POG, the sinister group that’s been endangering him and his friends with their cruel puzzles, it may just be the final solution.  Solving puzzles has never been more challenging or potentially lethal than in Phi-Brain ~ Puzzle of God Season 1 Collection 2!

Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98/$69.98

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