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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Made in Abyss, DanMachi Films

posted on by Karen Ressler
Made in Abyss compilation films to open in theaters

Anime News Network's coverage of Anime NYC 2018 is sponsored by Yen Press.

Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Made in Abyss compilation films and the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of Orion! (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka: Arrow of the Orion) film. The company will release all three films in U.S. theaters in 2019.

The first Made in Abyss film, Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (Journey's Dawn), will open in Japan on January 4, followed by the second film, Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight), on January 18.

The first 13-episode television anime series based on Akihito Tsukushi's manga premiered in Japan in July 2017. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series and released it on Blu-ray Disc on October 23. The English-subtitled version of the show streamed in the United States on Amazon's Anime Strike service, and HIDIVE streamed the series outside of the United States. The dub is also streaming exclusively on HIDIVE later this year.

Production of a sequel is underway.

In the story, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of Orion! will open in at least seven theaters in Japan, including three in Tokyo, on February 15.

Katsushi Sakurabi (Flying Witch, Heaven's Memo Pad, Lostorage incited WIXOSS), an episode director on the television anime, is directing the film at J.C. Staff instead of the television anime's series director Yoshiki Yamakawa. Fujino Ōmori, the author of the original light novel series, is writing the screenplay instead of the television anime's staff writers. Shigeki Kimoto is once again adapting Suzuhito Yasuda's original character designs for animation. Keiji Inai is composing the music as he did for the television anime, and Warner Brothers is distributing the film in Japan.

Maaya Sakamoto will join the cast as a new character named Artemis.

J.C. Staff adapted the novels into a television anime in 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

Source: Sentai Filmworks' Anime NYC Panel (Rai Kelly), Email Correspondence

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