Section23 Films

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Section23 Films
Privately held company
Industry Anime
Japanese films
Predecessor A.D. Vision
Founded September 1, 2009
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Area served
United States, Canada
Products TV series
Theatrical films
Parent AEsir Media
Divisions Seraphim Digital, Anime Network

Section23 Films (legal name "SXION 23, LCC"[1]) is an American multimedia distributor specializing in anime and Japanese films. Founded in 2009, Section23 Films is one of five successors to ADV Films, as well as the distributor for Sentai Filmworks and Switchblade Films.[2] ADV had announced that it had sold its assets to a group of companies, including Section23, on September 1, 2009.[3] The company is based in Houston, Texas.


Section23 Films is a distribution company devoted to marketing and releasing titles into the North American market. The company distributes titles for Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan, and AEsir Holdings.[4]

List of Section23 Films clients[edit]

Sentai Filmworks[edit]

Main article: Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is an anime licensing studio. It was founded by Ledford in 2008 and partnered with ADV Films to distribute their anime onto the market including shows that were previously released and licensed by Geneon Entertainment USA, Urban Vision, Central Park Media, and Bandai Entertainment.[5] After ADV Films sold its assets, the ADV Films name was dropped as a production entity and folded into Sentai Filmworks, with distribution being handled by Section23.[2] Their first title was a re-release of Mahoromatic.[5]

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."

Switchblade Pictures[edit]

Switchblade Pictures is a licensing company that mostly licenses live-action Japanese films (mostly, uncut horror, erotic and shock value cinema). Along with Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade was formed in 2008 and ADV Films also provided initial distribution.[6] Since ADV's folding, distribution is handled by Section23. Their first release was Cruel Restaurant.[7]

Maiden Japan[edit]

Maiden Japan is an anime licensing studio, created in 2010, that licenses subtitled and English dubbed series and collections with distribution handled by Section23.[8] Maiden Japan is a sister label to Switchblade Pictures. Titles licensed include newer subtitled series as well as classic anime titles from the 80's and 90's (such as Patlabor, New Dominion Tank Police, and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise). The first release for Maiden Japan was the erotic comedy Papillon Rose as a subtitled DVD collection in 2010.

AEsir Holdings[edit]

AEsir Holdings is an anime licensing studio. They hold the rights to several titles which formerly belonged to ADV Films before its shutdown. Released titles include Princess Tutu, Petite Princess Yucie, Parasite Dolls, and Lady Death: The Movie.[9][10]

Kraken Releasing[edit]

Kraken Releasing is a licensing studio that specializes in licensing international films that are of the fantasy, science fiction and horror variety.[11] Like Maiden Japan, it is a sister label of Switchblade Pictures. So far its releases are Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and Godzilla vs. Gigan.

Foreign distribution[edit]

Section23 Films, Sentai Filmworks, Maiden Japan, and AEsir Holdings do not directly release their properties in non-North American (English-speaking) markets as opposed to their predecessor, A.D. Vision, instead sublicensing 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.

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  1. ^ "Office of Harris County District Clerk - Chris Daniel | Case (Cause) Details 201167220-7". Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Section23 Films Ships 1st DVDs Since Public Unveiling." Anime News Network. Retrieved on September 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Tribbey, Chris. "ADV Films Sells Assets." Home Media Magazine. September 1, 2009. Retrieved on September 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "ADV Films Shuts Down, Parent Transfers Assets to Other Companies." Anime News Network. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "ADV Films to Distribute Anime For Sentai Filmworks". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "ADV Gets Indian Summer, Five Live-Action Films". Anime News Network. August 10, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "ADV Reveals More Of Switchblade Pictures Lineup". Anime News Network. October 29, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Section23 Films Licenses Papillion Rose, La Corda D'oro (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 19, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Section23 Films Announces September Slate". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Section23 Films Announces October Slate". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kraken Releasing Licenses Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Godzilla vs. Gigan" (Press Release). Anime News Network. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 

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