By Alexander Jones / March 5th, 2016
A little over a month ago, Sentai Filmworks announced that they had obtained the license for the anime Strawberry Marshmallow and were planning on re-releasing the series on DVD. The distribution rights once belonged to now-defunct Geneon Entertainment, and the original DVD release has been long since out of print. Though this covered the original series release, this left some wondering whether or not the OVAs would ever see a localized release. As an answer, Sentai more recently publicized that they also plan to release at least some of the OVAs both digitally and for home release as well for the first time.
Strawberry Marshmallow is a comedic slice-of-life series about four elementary-age girls and their older sister figure as they interact throughout the various seasons of the year. In addition to the 12-episode series in 2005, two separate OVA series released in 2007 and 2009, the latter of which known as Strawberry Marshmallow Encore. Sentai Filmworks did not make clear if Encore would be coming to the West, only confirming that the three 2007 OVAs would receive release. It would be odd if Sentai did not release the second OVA series eventually, but it remains to be seen as to when.
No word was given on a time frame for the release of the OVAs other than “soon.” Hopefully that really means “soon!”
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