Sentai Filmworks

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Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Privately held company
Industry Multimedia entertainment
Genre Anime
Founded 2008
Founder John Ledford
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Area served
United States, Canada

Sentai Filmworks is an entertainment anime licensing company based in Houston, Texas, specializing in Japanese animation and film. The company was formed in 2008 by John Ledford, formerly of A.D. Vision.

Some of Sentai's notable licensed anime series include Clannad, Highschool of the Dead, Angel Beats, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, WataMote, Akame ga Kill!, and Parasyte -the maxim-, as well as the films Grave of the Fireflies, and Short Peace.


Beginning in 2008, Sentai had started releasing their first titles, which included Clannad, Princess Resurrection, Indian Summer and Mahoromatic (formerly licensed by Geneon).[1] Their titles were initially distributed by ADV Films.[2] On September 1, 2009, A.D. Vision had closed their doors and sold off their assets, which included transferring distribution rights to Section23 Films.[3]

Sunrise & Tatsunoko deals[edit]

On July 4, 2013, during their industry panel at Anime Expo, Sentai Filmworks announced their plans to release a number of classic titles from Tatsunoko Production.[4] The current list of released titles from the partnership include the original Gatchaman series, Time Bokan: Royal Revival, Casshan, and Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie, with more titles to follow.

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 their Otakon panel on August 8, 2013.[5]

Localization and dubbing[edit]

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 their in-house localization and recording facility, Sentai Studios.[6]

Foreign distribution[edit]

Sentai Filmworks does not directly release its properties in non-North American (English-speaking) markets as opposed to its 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. In 2010, 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.

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