4 New Release Dates

Jul 18th 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR ZAION: I WISH YOU WERE HERE-EPIDEMIC

FIRST VOLUME OF THIS TIMELY AND INTRIGUING TALE OF A LETHAL VIRUS OUTBREAK AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 30, 2003; COLLECTOR'S EDITION AVAILABLE

HOUSTON, July 18, 2003-ADV Films today announced a September 30, 2003 release date for the first volume of the thrilling sci-fi anime series Zaion: I Wish You Were Here. Directed by Seiji Muzushima (Dai-Guard, Generator Gawl) and produced by Gonzo Digimation (Full Metal Panic!, Hellsing, Blue Sub No. 6), Zaion found success with Japanese fans not only through its 2001 television release, but also with a groundbreaking Internet broadcast of the first episode. Praise for the series has traveled across the Pacific, increasing U.S. anticipation for the four-episode series, praised for its plot, its character designs and its successful combination of CG and traditional cel animation.

Collector's Edition Available!
ADV's release of Zaion will be available in two versions: as a DVD in its standard case, or as a collector's edition including the DVD and a custom series art box, sized to hold both volumes of the series.

The Story:
A meteorite crashes to Earth, bringing with it a deadly virus known as M34 that infects humans, turning them into lethal beast-like monsters. The world's top organizations gather to form the organization CURE to combat the infectious disease. One organization, NOA, stands in the virus' destructive path by using solders implanted with super nanotechnology to fight the vicious disease. But as the virus continues to spread and mutate into different strains, mankind's only hope may be a sixteen-year-old girl...

Zaion: I Wish You Were Here-Epidemic (SRP $24.98 DVD only; $29.98 Collector's Edition) is a DVD-only release, including two complete episodes. Includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, and English subtitles. Extras include: Japanese promotional clip, interviews with director Seiji Mizushima and with the president of Gonzo Digimation, production sketches, and ADV Previews.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

ZAION: I WISH YOU WERE HERE-EPIDEMIC
Running Time: 60 minutes; Age Rating: 13+
Pre-Book Date: 9/2/03
Street Date: 9/30/03
Format SRP
DVD $24.98
Collector's Edition $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE SET FOR NAJICA BLITZ TACTICS: VOLUME 2

SECOND VOLUME OF RACY ACTION SERIES SET FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2003; EYE-OPENING COLLECTOR'S BOX ALSO AVAILABLE

HOUSTON, July 18, 2003-ADV Films has set a street date of September 30, 2003 for the release of the second volume of the thrilling and racy 12-episode Japanese animated series Najica Blitz Tactics.

Directed by Katsuihiko Nishijima (Project A-Ko, Labyrinth of Flames), and with animation direction by Noriyasu Yamauchi (Guyver: Out of Control), Najica Blitz Tactics is a fast-paced "spy-fi" thriller, packed with hard-hitting action and more than a little eye-candy for the fans.

The Story:
CRI super agent Najica Hiiragi and her partner Lila are back to save the world! The fun starts when they must race against time to stop the madman Ricardo Kidel from using a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile to stage a coup.

Then the Humaritt version of Pandora's box is opened when a Humaritt combat model gets activated without orders or a master. The Humaritt escapes, and Najica and the CRI team have to find this android before disaster ensues! While Lila recovers from injuries, Najica must work solo to help teenage math prodigy Swaney and her guardian Daniela from being re-captured by the repressive government of Kirnovf.

If that weren't enough, the rogue Humaritt Toni takes a hostage-Azusa Katsuragi-to prevent the destruction of a stolen jet fighter, the Oboro. Najica and Lila must recover both while going up against Toni's master, the weapons dealer Rasse Pewnt! It's all in a day's work for Najica Blitz Tactics!

Najica Blitz Tactics: Volume 2 ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes, in both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. DVD extras include audio commentary by Andy McAvin ("Gento") and Mike Kleinhenz ("Majima"); Lila's On-Call Mission Announcement; production sketches; Japanese television spots; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV Previews.

Pantyriffic Collector's Edition Available!
Volume 1 of Najica Blitz Tactics is still available in a collectors' edition including the DVD and a custom series art box, sized to hold the entire series AND an exclusive pair of white cotton Najica Blitz Tactics bikini-cut panties! (Sorry, gents; one size only...)

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

NAJICA BLITZ TACTICS: VOLUME 2
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 17+
Pre-Book Date: 9/2/03
Street Date: 9/30/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SAKURA WARS TV: INTERMISSION

FOURTH VOLUME OF THE HIT ANIME TV SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 30, 2003; TIES IN TO POPULAR SAKURA WARS OVA, VIDEO GAMES

HOUSTON, July 18, 2003-ADV Films today announced a September 30, 2003 release date for Sakura Wars TV: Intermission, fourth volume of ADV's DVD release of the title.

Well known for its enthusiastic genre hopping, including robot combat, musical theatre, romance, a dose of history lesson and more, the Sakura Wars franchise-including video games, OVAs and this television series-has proven an enduring fan favorite.

The Story:
The nefarious Satani is up to his tricks again-and the only thing more horrifying than the wickedness of his actions is the revelation of his true identity! Meanwhile, Sakura must face the Spirit World in order to make peace with the troubled soul of her father; Iris finally gets her hands on her own Koubu; and the Crimson Lady is back for another death match. Just your average day on the job for the Imperial Flower Combat Troop!

The adventure continues as the girls of the Koubu face off against the lords of destruction in a tag-team, steam-punk fight to the finish!

Sakura Wars TV: Intermission ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing four complete episodes. It includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, and English subtitles. DVD extras include: a 16-page printed booklet including production sketches; production notes; clean opening and closing animation; character bios; and ADV previews.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

SAKURA WARS TV: INTERMISSION
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 9/2/03
Street Date: 9/30/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98


OROCHI: THE EIGHT-HEADED DRAGON SLATED FOR FIRST-EVER DVD RELEASE

FANTASY-THRILLER TITLE FROM THE MAKERS OF GODZILLA TO HIT STORES SEPTEMBER 30, 2003

HOUSTON, July 18, 2003-ADV Films today announced a street date of September 30, 2003 for the first-ever DVD release of Orochi: The Eight-Headed Dragon, the live-action monster motion picture that thrilled U.S. fans in its original VHS release. Orochi: The Eight-Headed Dragon is slated for release on ADV Films' Rubbersuit Pictures imprint. Orochi: The Eight-Headed Dragon was produced by TOHO Studios, famed for the beloved Godzilla movies, and directed by Takao Okawara (Godzilla Vs. Destroyer, Godzilla Vs. Mothra).

The Story:
Born under an evil sign, Takeru Yamato's own father orders him executed at birth, but the Gods intervene and a hero is born! Motion-picture technology finally catches up with the grandeur of the epic myth as TOHO Studios unleashes an unparalleled spectacle of swordplay and mass destruction! Utilizing state of the art special effects and stunning sets, Orochi: The Eight-Headed Dragon breathes awe-inspiring life into Takeru's legendary confrontations with black sorcerers, fire demons and the monstrous Orochi!

Orochi: The Eight-Headed Dragon (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release including English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Includes ADV Previews.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.



OROCHI: THE EIGHT-HEADED DRAGON
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 13+
Pre-Book Date: 9/2/03
Street Date: 9/30/03
Format SRP
DVD $19.98

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