Bandai Visual Upcoming Titles

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“Gunbuster 2,” “Demon Prince Enma,” “The Wings of Rean” and “Galaxy Angel Rune” set for May/June/July launches

TORRANCE, Calif., April 3, 2007 – Bandai Visual USA Inc., a leading innovator in Japanese animation, today announced the official North American release details for four much-anticipated anime titles.

“Gunbuster 2”
Sixteen years after the release of the original “Gunbuster” in Japan, legendary studio GAINAX returns with an epic sequel! Directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki (“FLCL”), “Gunbuster 2” is set thousands of years after “Gunbuster,” this sequel focuses on a space pilot wannabe named Nono from a lonely snow-bound village. Her efforts lead her to join the elite teenage pilot group called Topless in order to defend the Sol System with their superpowers. (Official Site: www.bandaivisual.us/gunbuster2)

Anamorphic widescreen format (extras in full screen format)
Japanese 5.1ch and Japanese stereo audio tracks with optional English subtitles
DVD extras include: long interviews with creators, textless ending, etc.
Each volume contains 20-page color booklet exploring the world of “Gunbuster 2”

GUNBUSTER 2 Vol. 1 (of 3)
Catalog #: BUDH0105; UPC#: 858604001059
Street Date: May 22, 2007; SRP: $39.99

GUNBUSTER 2 Vol. 2 (of 3)
Catalog #: BUDH0106; UPC#: 858604001066
Street Date: June 12, 2007; SRP: $39.99

GUNBUSTER 2 Vol. 3 (of 3)
Catalog #: BUDH0107; UPC#: 858604001073
Street Date: June 26, 2007; SRP: $39.99

“The Wings of Rean”
The newest work by famed “Gundam” director Yoshiyuki Tomino returns to the long-awaited Byston Well saga, in a culmination of his personal vision which explores a family torn apart by war and set against a sci-fi/fantasy backdrop. In “The Wings of Rean,” Sakomizu, a WWII kamikaze pilot has been transported to alternate world attempts to wreak havoc on present day Japan. (Official Site: www.bandaivisual.us/rean)

Anamorphic widescreen format (extras in full screen format)
Japanese 5.1ch with optional English subtitles
DVD extras include crosstalk with Director Tomino and singer Anna, textless ending, etc.
32-page color booklet (Vol. 3 with 16-page booklet of early sketches)

The Wings of Rean Vol. 1 (of 3)
Catalog #: BUDH0108; UPC#: 858604001080
Street Date: June 12, 2007; SRP: $39.99

The Wings of Rean Vol. 2 (of 3)
Catalog #: BUDH0109; UPC#: 858604001097
Street Date: July 10, 2007; SRP: $39.99

The Wings of Rean Vol. 3 (of 3)
Catalog #: BUDH0110; UPC#: 858604001103
Street Date: August 14, 2007; SRP: $39.99

“Demon Prince Enma”
An action horror animation series based on a manga created by Go Nagai, a master manga artist who brought classics such as “Devilman,” “Mazinger Z,” and “Cutey Honey.” Working as private investigator among humans, prince of demons Enma brings to justice those ghouls that stray into the human world. (Official Site: www.bandaivisual.us/enma)

Anamorphic widescreen format (extras in full screen format)
Japanese 5.1ch and Japanese stereo audio tracks with optional English subtitles
DVD extras include voice actor interviews
16-page booklet with four-panel mangas by Go Nagai and short stories

DEMON PRINCE ENMA Vol. 1 (of 2)
Catalog #: BUDH0111; UPC#: 858604001110
Street Date: May 22, 2007; SRP: $39.99

DEMON PRINCE ENMA Vol. 2 (of 2)
Catalog #: BUDH0112; UPC#: 858604001127
Street Date: June 26, 2007; SRP: $39.99

“Galaxy Angel Rune”
The popular moe comedy series “Galaxy Angel” now comes back to USA with a brand-new look! Featuring new pretty girls as main characters, “Galaxy Angel Rune” will steal your hearts with hyper-powered moe appeal and hard core sci-fi action. (Official Site: www.bandaivisual.us/garune)

Anamorphic widescreen format (extras in full screen format)
DVD extras include: concert clips, textless opening and ending, and promotional trailers
Each volume contains booklets which explores deep into the world of Galaxy Angel Rune (Vol. 1: 8 pages, Vol. 2 – 4: 16 pages)
Reversible DVD cover illustrated especially by Kanan (Original Character Design) and Kenji Shinohara (Character Design)

GALAXY ANGEL RUNE Vol. 1 (of 4)
Catalog #: BUDH0113; UPC#: 858604001134
Street Date: July 10, 2007; SRP: $19.99

GALAXY ANGEL RUNE Vol. 2 (of 4)
Catalog #: BUDH0114; UPC#: 858604001141
Street Date: August 28 10, 2007; SRP: $49.99

GALAXY ANGEL RUNE Vol. 3 (of 4)
Catalog #: BUDH0115; UPC#: 858604001158
Street Date: October 9, 2007; SRP: $49.99

GALAXY ANGEL RUNE Vol. 4 (of 4)
Catalog #: BUDH0116; UPC#: 858604001165
Street Date: November 13, 2007; SRP: $49.99

All of the titles will be distributed by Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc., a leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America. Updates and more information will also be available on the just-revamped Bandai Visual USA site on MySpace, www.myspace.com/honneamise.

Bandai Visual USA will be participating in several anime events around the country, including Sakura Con (Seattle, April 4-6), Anime Boston (Boston, April 20-22) and Fanime Con (San Jose, May 25-28). Additional events will be announced shortly.

About Bandai Visual USA Inc.
Bandai Visual USA Inc. (www.bandaivisual.us.) was established in 2005 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., a leading company in animation industry in Japan, with a mission to facilitate stronger, more active involvement in positioning, marketing and distribution of Bandai Visual programs in North America. From its base in Torrance, California, Bandai Visual USA has started marketing and distributing Japanese anime titles in 2006, under the concept of Bandai Visual’s business model which has been successful in Japan for many years. Bandai Visual USA will expand its business enthusiastically by releasing “authentic Japanese” products with a tight relationship with its parent company and affiliates. Bandai Visual USA titles on DVD and next generation media are released under its Honneamise label, named after the 1987 animation film that Bandai Visual first produced

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