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:
See Section 23 Films
for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV Films
- Everything Is Big in Texas
- 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.
- 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.
- No Budget: Sort of. Unlike the larger anime licensors like Funimation and Viz Media, Sentai Filmworks runs in a 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 (even for their sub-only releases). 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.
- Shoujo: Many of Sentai Filmwork's catalog falls into this demographic, and some titles are even given dub treatment.