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Sentai to Distribute Pierre Ito’s Indie Anime Shorts

Sentai to Distribute Pierre Ito’s Indie Anime Shorts

1/20/2022 3:48:47 PM

HOUSTON, TX January 20, 2022 — Sentai announced today that they have acquired three fascinating short films produced by Studio KINGYOIRO and up-and-coming anime director Pierre Ito for audiences in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal and Central and South America. The trio of shorts includes Period of the Mouseman, Kenda Master Ken and World, Before You End. The films, independently produced outside the traditional anime studio system, demonstrate the power of ingenuity and raw imagination by a small yet gifted production team.

In Period of the Mouseman, a young man grapples with his transformation into a cyborg modeled after a mouse. Ito previously produced over 70 Mouseman anime shorts, acting as director, storyboarder and character designer. The original version of the film starred Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan) as the Mouseman.

In apocalyptic World, Before You End, two people separated by time and space must unravel their tangled history before the world comes to an end. The original version of the film starred Shuta Morishima (WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!) as Rui and Akiko Nakagawa (Inuyasha) as Michiru.

Kenda Master Ken chronicles the exploits of Ken Tamaki as he battles rivals using kendama, a traditional Japanese skill toy. The original version of the film starred Takeshi Maeda (Hunter x Hunter) as Ken Tamaki, Maya Okamoto (Burn Up Excess) as Saori and Misato (Date A Live) as Tamako.

Sentai will release the aforementioned works on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

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