Update: May 5, 2010: The [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com Sentai Filmworks website]] is now online.

On September 1, 2009, Creator/ADVFilms announced that it sold most of its assets to five different companies, all of whom are based in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, Texas. Although it may appear that the company is essentially dead, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/editorial/2009-09-01/what-happening-with-adv-films some industry observers]] believe that the move is an attempt to end a relationship with a hostile shareholder that has damaged the company while still maintaining its core competency and catalog.

* Creator/SwitchbladePictures acquired Japanese live-action films properties for distribution in the North American market.
* Sentai Filmworks is the [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=85 licensor company]] for acquiring Japanese anime into the North American market.
* Creator/{{AEsir Holdings}} has licensed rights to most of ADV Films' former library of titles (some titles are licensed directly by Sentai Filmworks).
* Creator/SeraphimDigitalStudios acquired Amusement Park Media, ADV's production studio.
* Valkyrie Media Partners acquired the Creator/AnimeNetwork. [[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/ The Anime Network website]] (on-line player and forum) continues to operate as it did before the sale.
* Creator/Section23Films is a distributor and marketing company of Switchblade Pictures, Sentai Filmworks, and Creator/{{AEsir Holdings}}.

After the September 2009, new releases typically have these credits:

|| (anime) Licensed by||Sentai Filmworks ||
|| (live action) Licensed by||Creator/SwitchbladePictures ||
|| Distributor||Creator/Section23Films ||
|| DVD Production||Creator/SeraphimDigitalStudios ||
|| Internet Streaming||Creator/AnimeNetwork ||

See Creator/Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by Creator/ADVFilms.

!!List of Anime released by Creator/SentaiFilmworks:
* ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes''
* ''Manga/AChannel''
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill''
* ''Anime/AKB0048'' (Both seasons)
* ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia''
* ''[[LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou The Ambition of Oda Nobuna]]''
* ''Anime/AngelBeats''
* ''[[Manga/AoHaruRide Blue Spring Ride]]''
* ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' (2004 movie formerly licensed by Geneon. The Blu-Ray rerelease, along with the first english dub by Animaze, features a second english dub produced by Seraphim Digital Studios using the dub cast from ''Appleseed Ex Machina'')
* ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' (TV Series; movie remains unlicensed)
* ''LightNovel/BlackBullet''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', ''CLANNAD ~After Story~'' and the movie.
* ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika''
* ''[[Manga/MangakasanToAssistantsanTo The Comic Artist and His Assistants]]''
* ''Manga/CuticleDetectiveInaba''
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''
* ''Anime/DDFistOfTheNorthStar''
* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers''
* ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' (TV Series License Rescued from Synch-Point. Specials are Sub Only)
* ''LightNovel/DogAndScissors'' (originally released Sub-Only, getting an English dub re-release in January 2015)
* ''Manga/EngagedToTheUnidentified''
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' (All 4 Seasons.) (Seasons 2 and 3 are sub only)
* ''LightNovel/FantasistaDoll''
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and the ''Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works'' movie. (Rescued from Geneon.)
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld''
* ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''
* ''Anime/GhostHound''
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' (both the anime series and the movie. The former was released sub-only, while the latter was released with an english dub)
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' (TV Series and First 6 [=OVAs=]; Anzio [=OVA=] and upcoming movie are unlicensed)
* ''LightNovel/GoldenTime''
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' (previously released by Creator/CentralParkMedia and ADV Films. Like their rerelease of ''Appleseed'', the Blu-Ray rerelease includes a second english dub by Seraphim Digital Studios, along with the original Central Park Media dub)
* ''Manga/GugureKokkurisan''
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' (Both seasons)
* ''[[Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa Is The Order a Rabbit?]]''
* ''Manga/KOn'' (originally released Season 2 and the movie, eventually re-aquired season 1 in 2014) (dubbed by BangZoomEntertainment)
* ''Manga/KillMeBaby''
* ''Manga/KiniroMosaic''
* ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'' (Home video rights only; Streaming rights owned by Netflix)
* ''Manga/{{Kobato}}''
* ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti''
* ''Manga/LegendsOfTheDarkKing[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar : A Fist of the North Star Story]]'' (originally released only on DVD with subtitles, was then rereleased on both DVD and Blu-Ray with a dub)
* ''LightNovel/LogHorizon''
* ''[[LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!]]'' (originally released sub-only, but after an InternetBackdraft and feedback from fans, they decided to re-release this series with an English dub with being the first title to be given a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition)
* ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}''
* ''Literature/MardockScramble Trilogy''
* ''Anime/MariaHolic'' (Both seasons) (originally released sub only, was given a dub in 2014)
* ''[[Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun]]''
* ''Manga/{{Needless}}''
* ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife''
* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany''
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' (dubbed by BangZoomEntertainment)
* ''[[LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo The Pet Girl of Sakurasou]]''
* ''LightNovel/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey''
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' (All seasons) (OVAs dubbed by BangZoomEntertainment, Zurückspulen dubbed by Creator/SeraphimDigitalStudios)
* ''Manga/{{Sabagebu}}''
* ''Manga/SakuraTrick''
* ''[[Anime/SakuraWarsTV Sakura Wars]]'' ([=TV=] Series only)
* ''LightNovel/SpecialA'' (originally released sub-only in 2009-2010, was re-released with an English dub in 2013)
* ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}''
* ''[[LightNovel/KamisamaNoInaiNichiyoubi Sunday Without God]]''
* ''Anime/TamakoMarket''
* ''Manga/TasogareOtomeXAmnesia''
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' (Already released the first two seasons; with the ''Tenri-hen'' [=OVAs=] and the ''Goddesses Arc'' in production)
* ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]''

!!Tropes Related to Creator/SentaiFilmworks
* AllStarCast: Generally avoided, as Sentai tends to use newer voice actors like Creator/MargaretMcDonald, Creator/BlakeShepard, Creator/CaitlynnFrench, and Genevieve Simmons. However, occasionally some of their titles will happen to get a number of veterans cast into the lead roles.
* AmateurCast: When they do dubs, they tend to lean towards casting newer voice actors, similar to how Creator/BangZoomEntertainment does.
* BreakthroughHit: ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', which established them as the sucessor to ADVFilms after it shut down in 2009, as well as a rival to the larger anime distributor, Creator/FUNimation.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: The company is based in Houston.
* {{Fanservice}}: While not the biggest offender when compared to Creator/MediaBlasters and Creator/{{Funimation}}, a few of their romantic comedy and ecchi titles fall into this. Bonus points that [[Anime/SengokuOtome two of]] [[LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls the tiles]] they've licensed involves the Sengoku Period.
* FriendlyRivalry: To the Dallas-based Creator/FUNimation. Despite the now infamous lawsuit Funimation filed against Sentai in 2012 regarding a contract issue, their respective representatives and public relations managers like to tease each other through various social media websites and some are good friends with each other. Additionally, many of the voice actors and staff that Sentai employs also will do work on Funimation dubs.
* ForcedMeme: [[https://twitter.com/Sentaifilmworks/status/426476717914349570/photo/1 The "lewd" card]]. Comes from a scene in episode five of ''Anime/InfiniteStratos'' season 2, where Maya gave Charlotte a red card for lewd behavior in the episode's pageant scene. Needless to say, this image is often thrown around in regards to Creator/JessicaCalvello [[note]]At the time when it was introduced, Calvello (who plays Tatenashi Sarashiki in the second season) herself wasn't in the Infinite Stratos dub yet, this was related to her role in Anime/MariaHolic[[/note]] or whenever Sentai Filmworks licenses an anime that is a bit sexually explicit.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: A lot of their anime they pick up tend to have disproportionately large female casts. Bonus points if some of their shows get an English dub. A justified trope, because many of the titles they've licensed are {{Harem}} romantic comedy {{fanservice}} series (or Creator/KeyVisualArts titles). Hence, this is why there are more voice actresses working with Sentai Filmworks than male voice actors.
* NoBudget: Sort of. Unlike the larger anime license companies like Creator/{{Funimation}}, Creator/VizMedia, and even their direct predecessor Creator/ADVFilms, Sentai Filmworks runs on a slightly limited budget. Thus, this is one of the main reasons why most of their dubs very rarely cast people outside of their usual pool of voice actors. They also have a tendency to rush things because of this (even for their sub-only releases), which leads to their generally bare-bones releases (no extra features other than clean openings and endings, and trailers), and on some occasions, lackluster adaptations, a few of which have unfortunately even sported errors or inconsistencies in translation. Also, like the L.A. based recording studio, Creator/BangZoomEntertainment, they try to avoid giving their dubs {{All Star Cast}}s, in favor of casting newer talent. Fortunately, they aren't as bad when compared to Creator/MediaBlasters.
* NoDubForYou: Up until 2011, they were guilty of releasing almost all of their properties on DVD with Japanese audio only. Nowadays, they release a good number of their titles with English dubs from Creator/SeraphimDigitalStudios, though they still release some titles sub-only. In recent years, they even re-released some of their titles that were initially sub only with all-new English dubs, such as ''SpecialA'' and ''MariaHolic''. In general, they're most likely to dub shows that have proved to be popular (even originally sub-only home video release) and/or seem to appeal to western audiences, as that would mean they'll probably sell well and therefore justify the production of said dub.
* TheOtherDarrin: While they have used Creator/BangZoom for continuity with the dubs of properties that they rescued from Bandai and Geneon, two of their titles Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya and [[Manga/RozenMaiden Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen]], which are related to rescue licenses, had them use their in-house studio and their own voice actors instead outsourcing to Creator/BangZoom. The reasons are truly unknown, although some fans speculate that it's because it's much cheaper to use their own voice talent over Californian voice actors. It makes some sense, as the two titles mentioned are spinoffs of the original work rather than being a continuation of the actual series so its not ''quite'' as glaring to use different voice actors. [[note]]It also doesn't help to note that some of the voice actors in the original dubs, such as Creator/RebeccaForstadt and Creator/SherryLynn aren't as active in anime dubs as they were in the past[[/note]]
* ProductionPosse: Tends to cast the following [=VA=]s in their dubs in general: Creator/EmilyNeves, Creator/MargaretMcDonald, Creator/BlakeShepard, Creator/CaitlynnFrench, Genevieve Simmons, and Creator/JessicaCalvello. Meanwhile, veteran mainstays from the days of ADVFilms such as Creator/GregAyres, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/BrittneyKarbowski and Creator/LuciChristian are likely to be cast as major characters.
* {{Seinen}}: The vast majority of Sentai's licenses fall into this category.
* {{Shoujo}}: A good-sized portion of Sentai Filmwork's catalog also falls into this demographic, and some have been lucky enough to get dub treatment [[note]]Shoujo series are, in general, less fortunate when it comes to getting licensed; other companies tend to only license shoujo if there's already a significant amount of interest from fans[[/note]].
* SliceOfLife: When compared to other anime licensors and distributors, Sentai Filmworks are more likely to license anime in this genre than other licensors. However, most of their SliceOfLife anime releases (particularly the Magazine/MangaTimeKirara titles) are often released sub-only. [[note]]This is mostly because, rare exceptions aside, it's not lucrative to dub slice of life titles nowadays.[[/note]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Creator/ADVFilms, inheriting many of their staff and voice talents.
** It started out as TheRemnant of ADV, leading some to nickname them "Neo-ADV" - referring to the Neo-Zeon remnants that cling around in ''Gundam''. To the surprise of many, however, through snatching up titles that FUNimation passed on (a subs-only release of a title FUNimation passed on was better than nothing for the consumer), combined with business savvy and sheer tenacity...they actually nickel and dimed their way up by the mid New Tens into being a respectably sized and reasonably stable company - though they're still a shadow of what they were in the ADV boom days of 2004.
* TokenMiniMoe: Many of their shows they licensed have at least one loli in them, and [[Creator/HilaryHaag two of the]] [[Creator/MonicaRial voice actresses]] they use specialize in this trope (with [[Creator/BrittneyKarbowski a third one]] slowly specializing on this trope and two more voice actresses [[Creator/CaitlynnFrench being]] [[Creator/MargaretMcDonald casted]] into these characters as well)
* TooLongDidntDub: Sentai dubs have a much greater tendency to keep Japanese honorifics and {{Verbal Tic}}s of the characters compared to dubs made by other companies, as the latter generally try to avoid this as much as possible. They also almost never dub in-universe songs [[note]]Though recently there have been a few exceptions like singing the Ankou Dance song in the 9th Episode and 4th OVA of ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer, and Kanako singing Cosplay Angel in one of the episodes of Maria Holic[[/note]], something which in contrast, Funimation always does.