Anime Film ‘The Wonderland’ Available for Home Viewing Oct. 6

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts have announced an Oct. 6 home release date for The Wonderland, a 2019 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy adventure film directed by Keiichi Hara.

The film will be available for digital download, on demand, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and also as a standalone DVD.

Based on the 1988 children’s story Chikashitru Kara no Fushigi na Tabi (Strange Journey from the Basement), the film follows the story of a girl named Akane with little self-confidence, who, on her birthday, meets a mysterious alchemist named Hippocrates who brings her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. Though things seem peaceful on the surface, he reveals this world is in danger and Akane finds herself being labeled as the Wonderland’s savior.

Bonus features include interviews with the Japanese voice cast, featuring the talent of Mayu Matsuoka (Young Shoya, A Silent Voice) as Akane and audio commentary with character designer and concept artist Ilya Kuvshinov.

Shout! Factory, Eleven Arts Set Home Release Dates for ‘Sound! Euphonium: The Movie’

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts on March 9 announced home release dates for Sound! Euphonium: The Movie — Our Promise: A Brand New Day.

The anime film will be released on digital download and On Demand on May 19, and in a Blu-ray Disc plus DVD combo pack on June 6.

Sound! Euphonium comes from Kyoto Animation, the critically acclaimed studio behind A Silent Voice: The Movie, Liz and the Blue Bird, and Violet Evergarden.

Bonus features include interviews with the English voice cast, featuring the talent of Christian La Monte (Shuichi Tsukamoto, director of English dub), Laura Post (Reina Kousaka) and Xanthe Huynh (Satsuki Suzuki).

In the film, Kumiko is now in her second year at Kitauji High School, “and with a new year comes new problems,” according to a news release. “As if making it to Nationals wasn’t hard enough, Kumiko is tasked with mentoring the concert band’s troublesome first years — each with their own distinct personality and problems to solve. With Kumiko busy juggling both the concert band and her new role as senpai, how does her relationship with Shuichi fit into the picture?”

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Sound! Euphonium is a popular franchise, starting as a series of YA novels and adapted into a manga and an anime series that ran for two seasons.

Eleven Arts is a Los Angeles-based distribution company known for bringing acclaimed anime films to North America. Eleven Arts’ anime titles most recently include A Silent Voice, Millennium Actress, Penguin Highway, Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms, Laughing Under The Clouds: Gaiden, Liz and the Blue Bird, Penguin Highway, and The Wonderland.

Shout! Factory Signs Distribution Alliance With Anime Studio Eleven Arts

Multi-platform entertainment distributor Shout! Factory has signed a multiyear distribution agreement for new content from anime studio Eleven Arts.

“We look forward to presenting their anime title to fans and collectors across many entertainment platforms,” Shout! Factory founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.

“We are so excited to be working with our friends at Shout! Factory. They are an awesome group of anime fans, dedicated to bringing the best anime to North America,” said said Ko Mori, CEO of Eleven Arts. “While we are still dedicated to the theatrical experience of anime, we understand that our fans want to watch our titles again and again. This partnership will help make that a reality.”

Eleven Arts Anime Studio is a Los Angeles-based company specializing in bringing anime from Japan to North America. Titles include Girls Und Panzer Der Film, Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, “Digimon Adventure Tri,” “Evangelion,” “Naruto,” Sailor Moon R: The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, among others.