ADV Anounces 3 February Releases

Dec 29th 2003
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR FULL METAL PANIC! MISSION 07

FINAL VOLUME OF HIT SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 17, 2004

HOUSTON, December 29, 2003-ADV Films today announced a February 17, 2004 release date for the seventh and concluding volume of Full Metal Panic!, the anime series that has astounded fans and critics alike with its intoxicating combination of side-spitting comedy and thrilling action, putting it on the fast track to becoming a modern classic.

The Tuatha de Danaan is under fire! A U.S. Navy captain with an axe to grind has targeted the sub. In order to stop this modern-day Ahab, Mithril's Lt. Commander Kalinin goes straight to the top.

But aboard the de Danaan, the chain of command is missing a few key links, leaving Sousuke and Kurz to find out just who is running the ship. Meanwhile, Kaname has to call on every ounce of her power as a Whispered. Boatloads of intrigue, dynamite action, and a knockdown, drag-out fight to the finish! It's all here in the final installment of Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic!, which was directed by Kouichi Chigara (Gate Keepers, Phantom Quest Corps) and produced by Gonzo Digimation (Hellsing, Blue Sub No. 6), successfully mixes mecha combat, martial arts, international criminal intrigue, and high-school politics with a final dash of teen romance to make this series an irresistible treat that appeals to everyone.

Critical Acclaim for the Series:
Reviews of Full Metal Panic! have overwhelmingly endorsed the title:

"Full Metal Panic! is at once a farce, a romantic comedy, a mech fantasy that looks about as good as the big budget special effects in movies, AND a nail-biting, action-adventure thriller."-Sequential Tart

"Full Metal Panic! is the anime of the year."-Anime-Reviews.net

"[Full Metal Panic!] is one of the most addictive and fun anime series that I've have seen in recent times." -Japan Hero

Full Metal Panic! Mission 07 (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes. Includes English 5.1- and 2.0-language versions and a Japanese 2.0-language version, with English subtitles. Extras include a reversible cover; a foldout poster; production sketches; clean opening and closing animations; Japanese piracy warnings; and ADV Previews.


Collector's Edition Available! The first volume of Full Metal Panic! is also available as a special collector's edition, which includes the DVD and a custom art box sized to fit the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Full Metal Panic! manga!
Don't forget to check out the bestselling Full Metal Panic! manga series, available in stores now from ADV Manga!

FULL METAL PANIC! MISSION 07
Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 1/20/04
Street Date: 2/17/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR ANGELIC LAYER: FAITH, HOPE & LOVE

FOURTH VOLUME OF CLAMP STUDIO'S FIRST SHONEN TITLE DUE OUT FEBRUARY 17, 2004

HOUSTON, December 29, 2003- ADV Films today announced a February 17, 2004 release date for the fourth volume of the remarkable and completely original series Angelic Layer, a shonen anime created by all-female studio CLAMP (Chobits, Rayearth, Tokyo Babylon) and revolving around fighting action figures in tournament combat.

It's the semifinal games in Kanto, and only the best player will survive and advance to the National Tournament. The stakes are high, and Misaki and Hatoko face their toughest competitors so far.

Tamayo and Kotaro are there to cheer the girls on, and it looks like Misaki has an important new supporter. The action heats up, and everything reaches a critical turning point, forcing each player to decide what it is they're fighting for.

As secrets are revealed, discover the truth about Icchan, and learn about Misaki's past while she gets ever nearer her destiny in the next thrilling chapter of Angelic Layer!

Angelic Layer was animated by BONES, the animators of the highly acclaimed RahXephon and Wolf's Rain.

Angelic Layer: Faith, Hope & Love (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean and opening closing animation; production artwork; commentary; a mini poster; and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available: The first volume of the series, Angelic Layer: Divine Inspiration, is also available as a collector's edition, which includes the DVD and a custom series art box, sized to fit the entire series.

ANGELIC LAYER: FAITH, HOPE & LOVE
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 13+
Pre-Book Date: 1/20/04
Street Date: 2/17/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR THIRD VOLUME OF PRETEAR

VOLUME THREE OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FANTASY ANIME SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 17, 2004

HOUSTON, December 29, 2003-ADV Films today announced a February 17, 2004 release date for the third volume of Pretear, the enchanting fantasy anime series created by Kaori Naruse and noted anime fantasy creator Junichi Sato (director of the first series of Sailor Moon and creator of Kaleido Star).

The title cleverly combines elements of the age-old fairy tales Cinderella (the heroine has a new family complete with a new stepmother and stepsisters) and Snow White (she finds friends, and romance, in seven handsome knights) under the umbrella of mahou shoujo anime.

No longer the Pretear, Himeno Awayuki is powerless to stop Takako, the Princess of Disaster, from nearly killing the knight Sasame. Distraught, Himeno finds comfort with her stepsister Mawata and solace in the arms of the knight Hayate. But when Takako threatens to kill all the Leafe Knights, Himeno rediscovers the will and the way to be Pretear!

Takako then sends demons to terrorize the Awayuki home. Both Himeno's family and the Leafe Knights try to exterminate these pests. But the search parties only get confused and lost. The search does turn up a secret, one that will cause Sasame to declare himself Takako's servant!

But Takako rejects Sasame. The only person she wants is the future Puppet of Darkness-Mawata! Himeno and the Knights retreat to Leafenia, which they think is safe. Then Sasame and Takako invade the realm. Takako will take Sasame as a servant, provided he prove his love-by killing Hayate!

Pretear: Volume 3 (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes. Includes English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: "Behind the Anime" with Paul Sidello, Monica Rial, Hilary Haag & Sasha Paysinger; production sketches; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available! The first volume of Pretear is also available as a special collector's edition, which includes the DVD and a custom art box sized to fit the entire series (SRP $39.98).

PRETEAR: VOLUME 3
Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 1/20/04
Street Date: 2/17/04
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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