Sentai Filmworks announced two new licenses this week.
The first acquisition is the new anime series Flying Witch. It has just begun broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV. It is based on Chihiro Ishizuka’s manga series, which is serialised in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. The series “follows the adventures of 15-year-old Makoto Kowata, a teen witch whose only talent (currently) is being able to fly. In this supernatural coming-of-age tale, Makoto and her familiar, a black cat named Chito, move in with her second cousins in the beautiful and quaint Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan, where she learns to hone her magical skills”. Animation production is being handled by J.C. Staff. The adaptation is being directed by Katsushi Sakurabi, with series composition being handled by Deko Akao.
The second acquisition is Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky. This is the second film based on the popular series. It “continues the story of Chizuru Yukimura’s search for her father. The famed Shinsengumi are combating the dangerous beings within Kyoto’s shadows, and it won’t be easy. As Chizuru and the men of the Shinsengumi fight for their city, and for their lives, the battle may draw closer than any of them ever imagined”. It was directed and scripted by Osamu Yamasaki. Atsuko Nakajima handled the animation direction and character design and Yone Kazuki provided the original character designs.
Both titles will eventually be released on home video.