Sentai Filmworks, LLC is an American 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.
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Sentai Filmworks is the premiere anime licensing company in North American and a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. We offer thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms. Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan to the fans. With hit series that include No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Revue Starlight, Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes Aura Battler Dunbine.
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.”
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.