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Section23 Films Adds Papillon Rose, La Corda D'Oro (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The North American anime distributor Section23 Films has announced Friday that Sentai Filmworks has licensed the shojo anime La Corda D'Oro - primo passo and the romantic comedy Brighter than the Dawning Blue for release in June. A new licensing company, Maiden Japan, which is using Section23 Films as a distributor, has licensed the erotic comedy Papillon Rose. Also slated for June is the Clannad complete collection including the recently announced dub track, to be released on June 15, and second collection of Gintama, to be released on June 29.

Papillon Rose is a six-episode parody TV series that originally aired in 2006. Papillon Rose was originally released as a fan-made original net anime preview episode in early 2001. A 25-episode original net anime series was announced, but never materialized, however the comedy, which parodies Sailor Moon and other bishoujo anime, was eventually released as a one-episode original animated video in 2004. Maiden Japan and Section23 Films will release a seven-episode complete collection on June 8.

La Corda D'Oro - primo passo was adapted from the first La Corda D'Oro game in 2006. The story takes place in an academy where a girl named Kahoko receives a magical violin to compete in the school's elite music program. Two other franchises in KOEI's Neo Romance line romance simulation games for female players, Angelique and Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time-, have also been adapted into television anime series. A sequel, La Corda D'Oro ~secondo passo~, aired in Spring 2009. Crunchyroll has been streaming the 26-episode series since March 2009. Viz Media will publish the 12th volume of Yuki Kure's manga version of La Corda D'Oro in North America in June. Section23 Films will release the first collection on June 22.

Brighter than the Dawning Blue is a 12-episode anime adapted from a Studio August visual novel game. The story is about a princess from the Sphere Kingdom who comes to live in in the house of a family on Earth during a time where tensions between the Sphere Kingdom and Earth run high. A manga adaptation by artist HoeHoe No-miso, under the title Yoake Mae yori Ruri-iro na, started serialization in Dengeki Daioh in 2005. Section23 will release the complete collection on June 1.

Updated: Licensing companies corrected, background information added.

Image © Kelmadick
©Yuki Kure, HAKUSENSHA, KOEI Co., Ltd. / Corda Committee
© August / Daume

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