ADV Dec 11th releases

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 11 RELEASES

HOUSTON, October 9 – ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to announce five great new titles, including the new Megazone 23 Complete Collection, the much-anticipated Air Movie, the fifth volume in Kurau Phantom Memory, volume two of Pumpkin Scissors, and featuring the launch of Tokyo Majin, the best new action anime around!  All these new DVD titles will be available on store shelves December 11, just in time for holiday shopping.

TOKYO MAJIN

DARK ARTS: DRAGON STREAM

The Action Series of 2008 Is Here!

ADV Films is pleased to present Tokyo Majin, an exciting, action packed anime series that everyone will be talking about.  Volume one, Dark Arts: Dragon Steam, is due to hit store shelves December 11.

Produced by AIC Spirits (Tokko) and Bestack (The World of Narue), Tokyo Majin is a 26 episode series loaded with lots of action, great characters, and cool monsters. Launched on Japanese TV in January, Tokyo Majin is one of the hottest new shows of 2007!

Synopsis: Tokyo.  A wave of mysterious deaths ripples throughout the city.  Corpses of the un-dead, controlled by monstrous creatures, scour the urban underworld at the bidding of their dark master, seeking a power that could bring about the final apocalypse.  With the police helpless in the face of these unnamable horrors, the fate of the world hangs on five unlikely saviors- the students of Tokyo Majin!  Armed with their own incredible powers, they must battle an unholy swarm of evil beings, against everything from Alchemists through Zombies!  It’s a deadly war fought in shadows, and they’re completely outmatched except for one thing:  they never learned when to say die!  The back alleys of Japan’s largest city are the site of the biggest supernatural rumble ever in Tokyo Majin!    

Tokyo Majin – Dark Arts: Dragon Stream (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including the first five episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles.  Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases. 

DVD Product Details

Volume:                              1 of 6

Running Time:     125 mins.

Age Rating:          TV MA (V)

CAT:                     DTMG/001

UPC:                     702727184420

Pre-Book Date:   11/13/2007

Street Date:          12/11/2007

Format:                 DVD

SRP:                     $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

PUMPKIN SCISSORS: THE ENEMY WITHIN

Also Available With

Limited Edition Collectors Box

ADV Films is pleased to bring you the volume two of Pumpkin Scissors, the action-packed new series that “stands alone as being one of the more unique wartime titles” (Anime Planet).   Pumpkin Scissors: The Enemy Within hits store shelves December 11 and is also available with a limited edition collectors box.

Powerhouse studios GONZO (Afro Samurai, Chrono Crusade) and AIC (Solty Rei, Ah! My Goddess) have teamed up with famed director Katsuhito Akiyama (Thundercats, Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor) to create a masterpiece that has revitalized the war genre in anime. With gorgeous animation, hardboiled characters, and exciting action, Pumpkin Scissors is a series that has it all. The six volume manga upon which the anime series is based will be published in North America by Del Rey Manga

Synopsis: As deadly as the minefields of the shattered Empire may be, the most dangerous threats lie buried within each survivor’s soul.  Tortured by his past as a chemically-enhanced super soldier, Randel Oland must now fight a war on two fronts… both to restore peace to his war-torn nation and against the demons that haunt his memories.  Meanwhile, Alice Malvin desperately fends off attacks from all sides as her new command, the elite Pumpkin Scissors unit, comes under a staggering blitzkrieg of combined enemy and friendly fire… including what could be the most personal assault of all: a family forced marriage!   Bullets fly and fields of snow burn, but will wedding bells ring?  The costs of war will be felt by all in the second volume of Pumpkin Scissors!

Pumpkin Scissors: The Enemy Within (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including episodes five through eight, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.  Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases. 

DVD Product Details

Volume:                              2 of 6

Running Time:     100 mins.

Age Rating:          TV 14 (V, L)

CAT:                     DPMP/002

                              DPMP/BX1         (Collectors Box)

UPC:                     702727151521

                              702727170126   (Collectors Box)

Pre-Book Date:   11/13/2007

Street Date:          12/11/2007

Format:                 DVD

SRP:                     $29.98

                              $39.98                  (Collectors Box)

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

Collectors Edition Available!

A limited edition Collectors Box for Pumpkin Scissors is available.  This special collectors edition contains the second volume of Pumpkin Scissors in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire six volume series (SRP $39.98).

KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY: TWIN DESTINIES

“One of the More Exciting Releases of 2007” Anime News Network

ADV Films is pleased to bring you Kurau Phantom Memory: Twin Destinies, the fifth disc in the six volume series, on store shelves December 11.

From Studio BONES (Eureka 7, Fullmetal Alchemist, RahXephon), with Character Designs by Tomomi Ozaki (Le Chevalier D’Eon) Kurau Phantom Memory is a captivating story filled with intrigue, secrets, conspiracies and revelations.  Fans of Ghost in the Shell and Noir will feel right at home.  Great animation, a solid story, and plenty of action make Kurau: Phantom Memory the perfect title for any fan.  “Rarely is sci-fi done this well, animated or not” (The Anime Review).

Synopsis: The barriers between good and evil shatter as a shocking series of revelations turn Kurau’s world upside down!  While Ayaka finally learns the truth about her family’s murder, Kurau and Christmas are confronted with horrifying evidence that their opponents may have been right all along!  And if the Rynax really are a deadly threat to Humanity, on whose side must they stand?  With allegiances to ones own species in question, boundaries between friend and foe cease to exist and surprising new alliances are formed!  But as more rogue Rynax appear and the body count continues to rise, only Kurau can prevent the holocaust that may engulf both sides!   The fate of two races lies at stake in the fifth volume of Kurau Phantom Memory

Kurau Phantom Memory: Twin Destinies (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the episodes 17 through 20, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.  Video extras include a Key Words glossary and a Production Artwork gallery, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases. 

DVD Product Details

Volume:                              5 of 6

Running Time:     100 minutes

Age Rating:          TV 14 (V)

CAT:                     DKP/005

UPC:                     702727162220

Pre-Book Date:   11/13/2007

Street Date:          12/11/2007

Format:                 DVD

SRP:                     $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

AIR – THE MOVIE

The Feature-Length Follow Up to the

Summer’s Hottest New Series!

ADV Films is pleased to present the gorgeous feature film Air – The Movie, on store shelves December 11.

Produced by Toei Animation (Air Gear) and directed by Osamu Dezaki (The Rose of Versailles, Golgo 13: The Professional), Air – The Movie is a feature-length retelling of the “stunningly beautiful” and “heartwarming” story that ADV Films also issued as a DVD series (AnimeSource.com). 

Synopsis: Young Misuzu, despite her innocent cheerfulness, is a very sick little girl; a victim of a curse. She befriends Yukito, a traveler on a journey in search of the legendary Girl with Wings. As a school assignment, Misuzu decides to study the heart-wrenching story of Princess Kanna, a prisoner who longs to find her lost mother.  In this cinematic retelling of the award-winning television series, past and present become inexorably linked, while Misuzu and Yukito discover how the struggles of history have shaped their individual journeys of today.  Love’s true beauty and savage tragedy comes to pass in the unforgettable Air – the Movie.

Air Movie (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. 

DVD Product Details

Running Time:     85 mins.

Age Rating:          TV 14 (V)

CAT:                     DARM/001

UPC:                     702727172724

Pre-Book Date:   11/13/2007

Street Date:          12/11/2007

Format:                 DVD

SRP:                     $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

MEGAZONE 23 COMPLETE COLLECTION

“A Cyberpunk Classic” – SciFi.com

ADV Films is pleased to announce the Megazone 23 Complete Collection, which collects the entire classic series in a single affordable collection.  Megazone 23 Complete Collection goes on sale December 11. 

Megazone 23 is a classic example of 80s action-adventure and a must-have for any serious mecha fan.  Teenager Shougo and his friends just want to have fun, but one day one of Shougo’s older friends show up with what looks like a motorcycle but turns out to be much more.  Now ruthless men will stop at nothing to retrieve the strange machine.  Sucked into a secret world of danger and mystery, Shougo must fight for his survival – and his sanity.

Megazone 23 Complete Collection (SRP $39.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.  DVD extras include production sketches and a commentary track by Matt Greenfield, David Williams, and Janice Williams.

DVD Product Details

Running Time:     255 mins.

Age Rating:          TV MA (V)

CAT:                     DMZ/BX2

UPC:                     702727186226

Pre-Book Date:   11/13/2007

Street Date:          12/11/2007

Format:                 DVD     

SRP:                     $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About ADV Films:

In the 15 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) outside of Japan and has the largest English-language anime library in the world.  With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films’ extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. Always on the forefront, ADV is introducing North America to bold new anime franchises such as the new Guyver, Le Chevalier D’Eon, Gantz, and Elfen Lied.  ADV Films’ library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company’s Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.   In 2005 ADV Films was voted “Best Anime Company” in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime convention.  The readers of Anime News Network designated ADV Films “Overall Favorite Anime Company” in both 2004 and 2005.

Parent company A.D. Vision, Inc. encompasses a variety of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is “America‘s #1 Anime Channel,” reaching more than 40 million households.  Anime Network is the nation’s top video-on-demand (VOD) offering as well as a 24/7 linear cable channel and is the first television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide.  The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, North America’s top-selling anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga™, dedicated to publishing graphic novels.  Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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