Five ADV Street Date Announcements

Aug 15th 2003
HOUSTON, August 15, 2003-ADV Films today set a release date of October 28, 2003 for All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH! Mode 1, first volume of the OVA tie-in to the fan favorite Nuku Nuku series, based on a manga by Yuzo Takada (3x3 Eyes, Blue Seed). This version of the title puts a whole new spin on the first OVA, combining teenage romance with exciting action sequences. (In a special note, ADV Films' sister division, ADV Manga, will be releasing the Nuku Nuku manga in an English-language edition!)

The Story:
It's love at first sight when 14-year-old Ryunoske Natsume has a chance encounter with the purr-fect beauty he will come to know as Nuku Nuku. Atsuko Higuchi, aka Nuku Nuku, shows up at the Natsume residence one afternoon not knowing where she came from or where she will end up.


One person, however, knows more about the elusive Nuku Nuku than he is letting on. While Kyusaku tries to discover the secrets of this androbot All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl, his son Ryunoske is tormented by his deepening love for his new live-in companion. Meanwhile, Akiko Natsume finds herself being reassigned at Mashima Industries and heading up an impossible mission. As Nuku Nuku tries to adjust to life with the Natsumes', she finds herself up against a string of adversaries, but little does she know it's Akiko who is the deadliest foe. This is the All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl like you've never seen her before!

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH! Mode 1 (DVD $29.98 SRP) includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras in the title include clean open and closing animation 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.

ALL-PURPOSE CULTURAL CAT GIRL NUKU NUKU DASH! MODE 1
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR NOIR: THE END OF THE MATTER

CONCLUDING VOLUME OF THRILLING SMASH-HIT ANIME ACTION SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2003

HOUSTON, August 15, 2003-ADV Films today announced a release date of October 28, 2003 for NOIR: The End of the Matter, the seventh gripping DVD volume of the widely acclaimed, huge-selling anime thriller.

The series, which premiered in Japan in 2001, was directed by Koichi Mashimo (Dirty Pair, Dominion). Viewers praise NOIR's spectacular animation, the use of music, its exotic settings (largely in western Europe) and an enduringly complex storyline, based on a relationship between a duo of female assassins who cannot trust one another, but who need each other to survive. Critics have favorably compared NOIR to such genre-defining live-action suspense films as The Professional and La Femme Nikita; Phantasmagoria Online raves, "NOIR is a series that grips you tightly and doesn't let go."

The Story:
In a place forgotten by time, the darkest ritual of the Soldats has begun. At long last, all of the mysteries that set Mireille and Kirika on their journey have been answered. However, there is one question that has yet to be decided: who will live and who will die? Four deadly women come together for the ultimate battle in the seventh and final volume of NOIR.

NOIR: The End of the Matter (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release including three complete episodes. The DVD offers both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: interviews with English-language voice actors; production sketches; clean opening and closing animation; 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.

NOIR: THE END OF THE MATTER
Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SUPERGALS!: NEVER BREAK A GAL'S HEART

SECOND VOLUME OF FUN-FILLED ANIME SERIES AVAILABLE IN STORES OCTOBER 28, 2003

HOUSTON, August 15, 2003-ADV Films today announced a street date of October 28, 2003 for the second volume of the popular shoujo anime series Super GALS Without losing any time for shopping, high-school gossip, and teen romance, the Super GALS-the three hippest girls in Shibuya-keep their eyes open for adventure in the next five episodes in the second volume, Never Break a GAL's Heart.

The Story:
Ran Kotobuki, the World's Greatest Gal, is back. No part of Shibuya is safe as she hunts relentlessly for those items essential to a gal's existence... namely fake nails, Hawaiian jewelry and karaoke. But some serious opposition is closing in. A ruthless pair of Bukuro gals plans to stomp the Shibuya gals into their own stomping ground. To protect her territory from these predatory females, Ran may have to break those fake nails.

At the same time, her best friend Miyu is forced to remember a rough past she'd rather forget. Aya is falling for Champion High School Student Rei. And a love-struck Yuya is vainly wooing an oblivious Ran. But does Second Place have competition? Will a dirt-poor show boy from Machida capture our heroine's heart... and break Yuya's? As Hachikou, the faithful dog that waits outside Shibuya Station would say, Ran is living in an interesting time. But she'll be the first to tell you that no matter what happens...

All Gals want to do is have fun!

Super GALS Never Break A GAL's Heart (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes in both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: "The Super GALS Explain It All" segment explaining the series' cultural references; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV Previews.

Collector's Edition Available!
A special collector's edition including the first volume of Super GALS: GALS Gotta Have Heart is also a custom series art box, sized to hold the entire series, is also available (SRP $39.98).

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.

SUPERGALS! NEVER BREAK A GAL'S HEART
Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR MAZINKAISER: A FIRE BLAST FROM THE PAST!

SECOND VOLUME OF OUTSTANDING RETRO-STYLED OVA TIE-IN TO CLASSIC MECHA SERIES MAZINGER Z TO BE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2003

HOUSTON, August 15, 2003-ADV Films today announced an October 28, 2003 release date for the second and final volume of the MazinKaiser OAV series, the latest tie-in to legendary director Go Nagai's mecha classic Mazinger Z. Nagai, an elder statesman in the world of anime and manga, is the renowned creator of such anime touchstones as Getter Robo, Grandizer, the Devilman series, and The Devil Lady. His Mazinger Z was the first-ever anime or manga robot piloted by a human, and the title is credited with launching the super-robot era of 1970s anime.

MazinKaiser has, since its 2001 release in Japan, earned richly deserved kudos as a stylish old-school update on the giant robot genre, and U.S. fans have been anticipating ADV Films' release for months.

The Story:
Kouji Kabuto may have met his match in his evil nemesis Dr. Hell. As fast as the young warrior and his team can defeat the onslaught of the evil mechanical horde, Dr. Hell is developing new weapons to take over the world! The whole Photon Team is at risk from being infected by the sinister hybrid parasite or just flung into the heart of Mount Fuji! Could it be the end of MazinKaiser and Venus Ace?

Find out in the final battle to end all battles against the evil plots of Baron Ashura and the malevolent Dr. Hell. It's unto the breach with blistering battle action and enough photon power to set the world on fire!

MazinKaiser: A Fire Blast From the Past! (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes in both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include technical specs, original Japanese artwork, production sketches, original Japanese opening, 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.

MAZINKAISER: A FIRE BLAST FROM THE PAST!
Running Time: 90 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR HELLO KITTY'S PARADISE: THE HOLIDAY BOX SET

COLLECTING ENTIRE ACCLAIMED SERIES, FEATURING BELOVED SANRIO CHARACTER HELLO KITTY(r), IN CHEERY SEASONAL BOX SET; AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2003

HOUSTON, August 15, 2003-ADV Films today announced a release date of October 28, 2003 for Hello Kitty's Paradise: The Holiday Box Set, collecting all 16 episodes from the four volumes of the acclaimed animated children's series Hello Kitty's Paradise. The series has been enormously popular, with the title's warm-hearted combination of learning and fun making it a favorite with parents and little ones alike. The Hello Kitty's Paradise: The Holiday Box Set is a DVD-only release, including a custom seasonal art box!

Hello Kitty's Paradise is another successful element of the Sanrio Company's wildly popular Hello Kitty(r) franchise, built around the adorable, instantly recognizable kitten character. The title centers around the adventures of Hello Kitty(r), her best friend Mimmy(tm) and their friends from school. Hello Kitty's Paradise is a joyful take on childhood adventures, with a healthy smattering of educational content about such important skills as sharing, having good table manners, writing letters and being polite.

Hello Kitty's Paradise: The Holiday Box Set ($39.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release, including 16 complete episodes (32 segments) on four discs. Includes loads of "Fun & Games" special features, such as "Animals! Animals!," "Guess the Shape," "Kitty's Caterpillar Quiz," "Guess the Shape" and much more.

About Sanrio:
Sanrio is a world-wide designer and distributor of character-branded stationery, school supplies, gifts and accessories. Founded in 1960 by Mr. Shintaro Tsuji, Sanrio is perhaps best known for Hello Kitty(r), the firm's star character and corporate symbol. For more information, visit http://www.Sanrio.com.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films (ADV) began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Medabots, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV has also expanded into other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and Farscape, and classic science fiction such as Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. ADV's corporate parent, A.D. Vision, Inc., publishes Newtype USA, the premiere anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network, 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 is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

HELLO KITTY'S PARADISE: HOLIDAY BOX SET
Running Time: 360 minutes; Age Rating: All
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
DVD $39.98

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