Maiden Japan announced that they acquired the domestic rights to the Hinako anime franchise. The company will ship all three episodes in a single home-video release:
- Training With Hinako
- Sleeping With Hinako
- Bathing With Hinako
As of press time, details on the release have yet to be announced.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAIDEN JAPAN LICENSES ANIME “REALITY” SERIES HINAKO!
HOUSTON, June 15, 2017— It’s been said that if a film or television genre exists, someone in Japan has probably made an anime about it. As proof of this theorem, MAIDEN JAPAN submits HINAKO, Japan’s first interactive anime reality and exercise video series! Which may sound strange at first, but transforming robots, collecting virtual pets and dancing with video games were once all considered odd ideas as well, and look how that turned out. Beginning with TRAINING WITH HINAKO, the surprise hit that topped Amazon Japan’s and other internet retail sales charts for two consecutive weeks, HINAKO’s videos focus on a ‘self aware’ anime heroine who constantly stops to chat about her feelings with the audience. Of course, the fact that Hinako tends to be continuously bouncing up and down exercising or stretching, and that her videos’ scene order can be rearranged to create different scenarios, might be as responsible for her success in Japan as the innovative format. But whatever the case, HINAKO’s producers were quick to serve Hinako’s legion of fans with two more interactive video experiences, SLEEPING WITH HINAKO and BATHING WITH HINAKO, all three of which will be packaged together for Maiden Japan’s U.S. home video release.
Hinako used to be a normal girl, but then she became an anime character! Now she does things like play the heroine’s best friend, but unlike most people in anime, Hinako is completely aware that she’s being watched by an unseen audience! So, if she’s doing something and thinks of something to say, she’ll just say it to the people she can’t see. Or CAN she see them? The most self-aware anime character ever invites you to peek behind the screen and experience Training, Bathing and even Sleeping in the intimate interactive life of HINAKO!
About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is the exciting anime label with a distinctive library of the best new and classic anime. From landmark titles like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE, GUNBUSTER and PAT LABOR to newer masterpieces that include TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 and DEN-NOH COIL and extreme cult videos such as CORPSE PARTY, Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing Japan’s finest animated entertainment to you!
About Section23 Films:
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.