Sentai Filmworks & AMC Networks Reach Major Distribution Deal with MBS

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AMC Networks has announced a major anime partnership and distribution agreement between its subsidiary Sentai Filmworks and Japan’s Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS). The new deal provides AMC Networks with the exclusive rights to distribute part of MBS’s future programming line-up on its anime-focused HIDIVE streaming service for global markets outside of Asia. 

The distribution deal is Sentai Filmworks’ largest agreement for anime content and gives the company access to a wide slate of MBS’ popular manga and light novel series. All of the shows will be simulcast exclusively on HIDIVE, which is available via paid subscription or through a premium subscription on Amazon Prime or The Roku Channel.

To celebrate news of the agreement, Sentai and MBS revealed that the upcoming anime series The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior will be part of HIDIVE’s exclusive programming line-up. The anime will be a 12-episode series based on the Ichijinsha’s fantasy light novels written by Tenichi and illustrated by Suzunosuke. It will premiere sometime in July 2023, with OLM serving as the animation production company. 

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MBS’ current slate of shows on HIDIVE includes Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte as part of its Winter 2023 simulcast lineup. More titles from MBS will be announced in the future.

Sentai Filmworks has entered into a variety of distribution and licensing deals throughout the past decade. In March 2017, the company signed a deal with Amazon to stream the majority of anime on its now defunct Anime Strike channel via Amazon Prime Video in the United States. On August 1, 2019, it received an investment of US$30 million dollars from the Cool Japan Fund for shares of the company, with an additional US$3.6 million being made in September 2020. 

In January 2022, AMC Networks acquired Sentai Filmworks’ parent company Sentai Holdings, LLC, and all its assets and subsidiaries that included HIDIVE and Anime Network. 

Source: press release 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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