ADV Announces Casshan Feature, Sakura Wars #6 Dates

Nov 14th 2003
ADV FILMS SET RELEASE DATE FOR CASSHAN: ROBOT HUNTER FEATURE

ALL FOUR OVA EPISODES EDITED INTO A SINGLE FEATURE IN SUBTITLED, JAPANESE-LANGUAGE VERSION; TO BE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 23, 2003

HOUSTON, November 14, 2003-ADV Films today announced a December 23, 2003 release for Casshan: Robot Hunter, the OVA follow-up to the enormously influential Casshan: Robot Hunter television series. The release combines all four OVA episodes into a haunting action-adventure feature that hearkens back to the sleek mecha animation from the original 1970s-era TV series. This special edition release will be available in the original Japanese language version, with English subtitles. Directed by Hiroyuki Fukushima (Speed Racer, Gatchaman) from a screenplay by Fukushima and Yasuomi Umezu (Angel Cop, Megazone 23), ADV's release continues an extraordinary pedigree with stateside production by the legendary Carl Macek (Robotech, Vampire Hunter D).

The Story:
Enslaved by an army of rebellious super-robots originally designed to help civilization avert a complete ecological cataclysm, mankind's only hope is CASSHAN, a legendary hero who wages a solitary war to defeat these NEOROIDS and restore the Earth to its rightful order. Ironically, Casshan's father is the same scientist who engineered the race of super androids now threatening to destroy all of mankind. On a crusade to clear the name of his father, Casshan must sacrifice his own humanity in order to attain the powers he needs to defeat mankind's powerful enemies. But Casshan's power does not come without a price. Haunted by the memories of his murdered mother and forced to deal with a super robot that has absorbed, and now manipulates, the consciousness of his father, Casshan must put aside his own emotions and fight to preserve the survival of the human race. An extraordinary tale of science fantasy and social relevance, CASSHAN is a story of man's best-laid plans paving the way to potential destruction. Animation is filled with bold action, pure adventure and remarkable depth.

Casshan: Robot Hunter ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release in both English 2.0 language and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Includes ADV Previews.

CASSHAN: ROBOT HUNTER
Running Time: 115 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 11/25/03
Street Date: 12/23/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

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ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SAKURA WARS TV: CURTAIN CALL

FINAL VOLUME OF THE HIT ANIME TV SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 23, 2003

HOUSTON, November 14, 2003, 2003-ADV Films today announced a December 23, 2003 release date for Sakura Wars TV: Curtain Call, the sixth and concluding volume of the series that has proved an enduring fan favorite, blending exciting robot combat, musical theatre, romance, and a dose of history lesson.

The Story:
Our heroes are on the run after the combined forces of evil destroy the headquarters of the Imperial Flower Combat Troop. Without a base of operations, the girls are at the mercy of Satani and his infernal crew. But the forces of good still have a few unplayed cards. Will it be too late in the game to win the jackpot?

Based on the video game that took the world by storm, Sakura Wars TV brings you even more of the beautiful warriors made popular in Sakura Wars. The grand adventure comes to an end with these four episodes of danger, despair, destruction, and defeat! When the fate of the globe hangs by a thread, the future depends on who holds the scissors.

The Sakura Wars franchise already had a dedicated fan base thanks to a series of OVAs and an enormously successful video game, but the television series has only compounded the story's success. "It has the perfect blend of characterization, action, and a touch of humor. ... Sakura Wars has all the right ingredients to become a winning series," raves Phantasmagoria Online.

Sakura Wars TV: Curtain Call ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing four complete episodes. It includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, and English subtitles. DVD extras include: an 8-page printed production notes booklet; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

SAKURA WARS TV: CURTAIN CALL
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 11/25/03
Street Date: 12/23/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

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 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 .

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