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On September 1, 2009, longtime anime licensor Creator/ADVFilms – which had spent the previous two years enduring a spectacular public collapse[[labelnote:†]] (although the immediate reason for ADV's destruction was a toxic working relationship with Japanese company Sojitz that resulted in ADV losing three years worth of assets literally overnight, the root cause of their troubles was the same as what killed Creator/{{Geneon}}, Creator/CentralParkMedia, and eventually Creator/{{Bandai|Entertainment}}: investing too much money in a market that couldn't support it, driving up costs to the point that the entire industry became unsustainable – a classic bubble; the loss of major retail nodes like Suncoast/FYE and Best Buy only accelerated the industry's collapse)[[/labelnote]] – announced that it sold most of its assets to five different companies, all of which are based in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/editorial/2009-09-01/what-happening-with-adv-films Industry observers generally believed]] that the move was an attempt to end a relationship with a hostile shareholder while still maintaining its core competency and what assets it had left.

So, the old ADV is now dead, at least legally. Here is what arose out of its ashes…

* Creator/Section23Films is a distributor and marketing company of Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, and [=AEsir=] Holdings. Go here if you want to know which titles were licensed by the pre-collapse ADV.
* 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. It is, essentially, ADV under a new name. [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com Here's their website.]]
** Sentai operates several title-dependent sub-labels, including Maiden Japan and (occasionally) [[UnusualEuphemism Happy Carrot]].
* 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.
* Switchblade Pictures acquires Japanese live-action films for distribution in the North American market.
* [=AEsir=] Holdings licensed rights to most of ADV Films' former library of titles (some titles were later licensed directly by Sentai Filmworks). This was the dumping ground for ADV's "toxic" assets.

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

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|| (anime) Licensed by||Sentai Filmworks ||
|| (live action) Licensed by||Switchblade Pictures ||
|| 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 Sentai Filmworks:
[[index]]
* ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes''
* ''Manga/AChannel''
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' – first anime from their catalog to air on Creator/{{Toonami}}
* ''Anime/AKB0048'' – Both seasons
* ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark''
* ''Manga/AoharuXMachinegun''
* ''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'')-]
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' [-(previously released by Creator/{{Bandai|Entertainment}}; has yet to reenter print)-]
* ''LightNovel/BlackBullet''
* ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' – TV Series; movie remains unlicensed
* ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', ''~After Story~'', and TheMovie [-(TV series originally released sub-only, but dubbed later due to fan demand)-]
* ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika''
* ''Manga/TheComicArtistAndHisAssistants''
* ''Manga/CuticleDetectiveInaba''
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''
* ''Anime/DDFistOfTheNorthStar''
* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers''
* ''Manga/DuskMaidenOfAmnesia''
* ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' [-(TV Series License Rescued from Synch-Point. Specials are Sub Only)-]
* ''LightNovel/DogAndScissors'' [-(originally released Sub-Only, got an English dub re-release in January 2015)-]
* ''Manga/EngagedToTheUnidentified''
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' – All 4 Seasons [-(Seasons 2-4 are sub only)-]
* ''LightNovel/FantasistaDoll''
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and the ''Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works'' movie [-(Rescued from Creator/{{Geneon}})-]
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld''
* ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''
* ''[[Literature/{{Gate}} Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in Another Land]]''
* ''Anime/GhostHound''
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' – two seasons of the TV series plus TheMovie [-(TV series was released sub-only; movie got 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 release includes a second English dub by Seraphim Digital Studios, along with the original CPM dub)-]
* ''Manga/GugureKokkurisan''
* ''[[Manga/HakkendenTouhouHakkenIbun Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East]]''
* ''Anime/{{Hamatora}}''
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' – both seasons and [=OVAs=] [-(the second season and [=OVAs=] will likely be sub only)-]
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' – Both seasons
* ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon''
* ''[[Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa Is The Order a Rabbit?]]''
* ''Manga/KOn'' [-(originally released Season 2 and the movie; eventually rescued Season 1 in 2014 – all dubbed by Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}})-]
* ''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/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!]]''
* ''LightNovel/LogHorizon''
* ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' [-(originally released sub-only, but after an InternetBackdraft and feedback from fans, they decided to re-release this series with an English dub and was the first Sentai title to be given a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition)-]
* ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' – both seasons and OVA [-(TV series was a Geneon rescue; OVA was dubbed by Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}} with the TV series cast)-]
* ''Literature/MardockScramble Trilogy''
* ''Anime/MariaHolic'' – Both seasons [-(originally released sub only, was given a dub in 2014)-]
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun''
* ''Manga/{{Needless}}''
* ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife''
* ''Anime/NobunagaTheFool''
* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany''
* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' – Their second show to hit Toonami
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' [-(dubbed by Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}})-]
* ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou''
* ''LightNovel/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey''
* ''Anime/{{Punchline}}''
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}''
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' – All seasons [-(OVA's dubbed by Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}} with TV series cast; Zurückspulen dubbed in-house)-]
* ''Manga/{{Sabagebu}}''
* ''Manga/SakuraTrick''
* ''[[Anime/SakuraWarsTV Sakura Wars]]'' ([=TV=] Series only)
* ''Manga/SchoolLive''
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' [-(previously released by Creator/{{Bandai|Entertainment}}; has yet to reenter print)-]
* ''LightNovel/SpecialA'' [-(originally released sub-only in 2009-2010, was re-released with an English dub in 2013)-]
* ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}''
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma''
* ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod''
* ''Anime/TamakoMarket''
* ''Manga/UshioAndTora''
* ''Manga/WakabaGirl''
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' [-(re-release with a brand new English dub; it does not include the original Creator/{{Streamline|Pictures}} dub)-]
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' – first two seasons released, with the ''Tenri-hen'' [=OVAs=] and the ''Goddesses Arc'' in production
* ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]''
[[/index]]


!!Tropes Related to Creator/SentaiFilmworks
* AllStarCast: Generally avoided, as Sentai tends to use newer voice actors like Creator/MargaretMcDonald, Creator/BlakeShepard, Creator/CaitlynnFrench, and Creator/GenevieveSimmons. However, it's relatively common to see some of the old ADV veterans show up in lead roles, occasionally even on the same dub.
* AmateurCast: When they do dubs, they tend to lean towards casting newer voice actors, similar to how Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}} now does.
* BreakthroughHit: ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', which established them as a worthy successor to ADV after the old studio's collapse, as well as a rival to the larger anime distributor, Creator/{{Funimation}}.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: They are more likely to dub anime titles that fall into this category nowadays, particularly ''[[VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers Diabolik Lovers]]'' and ''[[Manga/HakkendenTouhouHakkenIbun Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East]]''
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: The company, like its predecessor, 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 very limited budget. 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 L.A. based recording studio Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}}!, they try to avoid giving their dubs [[AllStarCast A-level casts]], in favor of newer (cheaper) talent. Fortunately, they aren't as bad when compared to Creator/MediaBlasters.[[note]] Media Blasters, which has been on the verge of death for several years at this point, got into a lot of trouble when it was revealed that the folks behind the ''Anime/SquidGirl'' dub were never paid for their work.[[/note]]
** To put it in perspective, Creator/GregAyres has stated that the time and budget Sentai gives the dubbing staff to complete 12-13 episodes is equivalent to what ADV gave them to make ''four'' episodes.
* NoDubForYou: Up until around 2011, they released almost all of their properties on DVD with Japanese audio only – ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' and ''Anime/GhostHound'' were the only major exceptions prior to this (and even those two were originally sub-only). Nowadays, they release a decent number of their titles with English dubs from Creator/SeraphimDigitalStudios, though they still release several 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 ''Anime/SpecialA'' and ''Anime/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/BangZoomEntertainment for continuity with the dubs of properties 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. The reasons are 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]]
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Due to the fact that Sentai Filmworks (as well as ADV Films) had a good history of using the same voice actors in their dubs, it's not uncommon for several voice actors who work with Sentai Filmworks to be associated to certain character archetypes. Some notable examples include Creator/GregAyres as a kid hero, Creator/BrittneyKarbowski as the TokenMiniMoe or {{tsundere}}, Creator/DavidWald as a father type character or a {{badass}}, and Creator/MonicaRial as TokenMiniMoe. In some cases, some of their voice actors share the same roles with the Japanese VA (i.e. Creator/DavidWald with Creator/KeijiFujiwara and Creator/BrittneyKarbowski with Creator/RinaHidaka being the most famous examples).
* ProductionPosse: Tends to cast the following [=VA=]s in their dubs in general: Creator/EmilyNeves, Creator/MargaretMcDonald, Creator/BlakeShepard, Creator/CaitlynnFrench, Creator/GenevieveSimmons, and Creator/JessicaCalvello. Meanwhile, veteran mainstays from the ADV years such as Creator/GregAyres, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/BrittneyKarbowski, and Creator/LuciChristian are likely to be cast as major characters… if they're not too busy working on Creator/{{Funimation}} titles up in Dallas.
* {{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 other companies passed on (a sub-only release of a title Creator/{{Funimation}} rejected 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 years of 2004-2007.
* 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 cast]] 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 (including the old ADV, which did this only on a few occasions), 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 Funimation, by contrast, almost always does.
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