Sentai Filmworks came out with press releases announcing that they have licensed two anime series in the upcoming spring 2017 season, Atom: The Beginning and Frame Arms Girl. Both series will be simulcast as they release, with home releases following once the broadcast runs end.
Full details on the acquisitions can be found in the press releases below.
Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Frame Arms Girl”
HOUSTON, MARCH 30, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks unboxes their newest acquisition for the Spring 2017 anime simulcast season, Frame Arms Girl, inspired by the popular Frame Arms model kit series!
Ao Gennai, an ordinary high school girl, opens a package that was mistakenly delivered to her house. To her surprise, what lies within is a a small robot named Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl with an evolving personality. Ao discovers that Gourai is actually a newly developed prototype, and that she is the first person to activate her. Follow Ao’s antics as she learns the ups and downs of being Gourai’s owner … which will include putting her into competitive fights!
The series will be directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation), with sound direction by Satoki Iida (Persona 4: The Animation, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga) and series composition overseen by Deko Akao (Anonymous Noise, Flying Witch). The studios helming the project are studio A-CAT (Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser (movie 13)) and ZEXCS (Lady Jewelpet, Umi Monogatari).
Frame Arms Girl is scheduled for an April 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Spring 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow.
Sentai Filmworks Licenses “ATOM THE BEGINNING”
HOUSTON, MARCH 30, 2017 – Return to the astounding world of the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka (Black Jack, The Mighty Atom, Phoenix), in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: ATOM THE BEGINNING. Based on the original work by Tetsuro Kasahara, ATOM THE BEGINNING is the dramatic prequel series to Tezuka’s iconic manga, The Mighty Atom. The series will air exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.
After a great calamity in Japan, the world needed a hero: but did this hero need to be a god? Or a friend? Two young geniuses, Umataro Tenma and Hiroshi Ochanomizu, have labored extensively to create a powerful artificial intelligence to protect the future. The result of their collaboration was a robot, A106. In this previously untold story, Tenma and Ochanomizu lay the groundwork leading up to the birth of an android that would later change the world.
Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass, Ajin) acted as Chief Director, with Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates, Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne) as Director. Animation production for the series was helmed by Production I.G (Haikyu!!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Joker Game).
ATOM THE BEGINNING will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers can stream new episodes every Saturday starting April 15. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.