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Creator: Sentai Filmworks

Update: May 5, 2010: The Sentai Filmworks website is now online.

On September 1, 2009, ADV Films announced that it sold most of its assets to five different companies, all of whom are based in Houston, Texas. Although it may appear that the company is essentially dead, 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.

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

(anime) Licensed bySentai Filmworks
(live action) Licensed bySwitchblade Pictures
DistributorSection 23 Films
DVD ProductionSeraphim Digital Studios
Internet StreamingAnime Network

See Section 23 Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV Films.

List of Anime released by Sentai Filmworks:

Tropes Related to Sentai Filmworks

  • All-Star Cast: Generally avoided, as Sentai tends to cast newer voice actors like Margaret Mc Donald, Blake Shepard, Caitlynn French, and Genevieve Simmons.
  • Breakthrough Hit: CLANNAD, which established them as the sucessor to ADV Films after it shut down in 2009, as well as a rival to the larger anime distributor, FUNimation.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: The company is based in Houston.
  • Fanservice: While not much of the biggest offender when compared to Media Blasters and Funimation, a few of their romantic comedy and ecchi titles fall into this. Bonus points that two of the tiles they've licensed involves the Sengoku Period.
  • Friendly Rivalry: To the Dallas-based FUNimation. Despite its infamous lawsuit mentioned, 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.
  • Forced Meme: The "lewd" card. Comes from a scene in episode five of Infinite Stratos second season where Maya gave Charolette in a pageant contest a red card for lewdness. Needless to say, this image is often thrown around in regards to Jessica Calvello note  or whenever Sentai Filmworks licenses an anime that is a bit sexually explicit.
  • Improbably Female Cast: 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 some of the titles they have licensed are usually Harem romantic comedy fanservice series (or Key Visual Arts titles). Hence, this is why there are more voice actresses working with Sentai Filmworks than male voice actors.
  • No Budget: Sort of. Unlike the larger anime licensors like Funimation and Viz Media, Sentai Filmworks runs in a slightly limited budget. Thus, this is one of the main reasons why most of their dubs rarely hire out-of-town or even out-of-state voice talents, along with the fact that they have a tendency to rush things at times (even for their sub-only releases), as well as avoiding All Star Casts in their dubs. Although they aren't as bad when compared to Media Blasters.
  • No Dub for You: Was a big proponent of this trope until 2011. Nowadays, they release a good number of their titles with English dubs from Seraphim Digital Studios, while they also release several of their 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 Special A and Maria†Holic.
  • The Other Darrin: While they normally use Bang Zoom for continuity of dubs that was done in California in the past, two of their titles Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA and Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen had them use their in-house studio and their own voice actors instead outsourcing to Bang Zoom. The reasons are truly unknown, although some fans speculate that it's either because it's much cheaper to use their own voice talent over Californian voice actors; or the fact that the two titles mentioned are spinoffs of the original work. note 
  • Production Posse: Tends to cast the following VAs: Emily Neves, Margaret Mc Donald, Blake Shepard, Caitlynn French, Genevieve Simmons, and Jessica Calvello.
  • Seinen: The company releases a lot of titles for this demographic.
  • Shoujo: Many of Sentai Filmwork's catalog falls into this demographic, and some titles are even given dub treatment.
  • Spiritual Successor: To ADV Films.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Many of their shows they licensed have at least one loli in them, and two of the voice actresses they use specialize in this trope (with a third one slowly specializing on this trope as well)

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