ADV Manga February and March Street Dates

Feb 25th 2004
NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS FIGURE 17 AND LOUIE THE RUNE SOLDIER INCLUDED IN LINE-UP

HOUSTON, February 25, 2004—ADV Manga today announced its February and March street dates. In addition to first volumes for Figure 17 and Louie the Rune Soldier, ADV Manga announces Full Metal Panic! volume 3, Azumanga Daioh volume 3, Those Who Hunt Elves volume 2, Steel Angel Kurumi volume 3, Seven of Seven volume 3, and Darkside Blues.

LOUIE THE RUNE SOLDIER VOLUME 1

Known for his antics in the DVD release by ADV Films called Rune Solider, Louie is nothing if not an unlikely sorcerer—after all, what sort of sorcerer spends his time tossing back beers and picking fights with local street thugs? Nonetheless, the gorgeous adventurers Melissa, Merrill and Genie have just learned that Louie, by will of the gods, is actually a prophesized hero to whom they must pledge themselves to serve! Louie has to prove that he has what it takes to be a hero as he embarks on adventures that range from the harrowing to the bizarre.


Street: 3/23/04
Genre: Fantasy
Age Rating: 13+
176 pages, black and white
Author: Jun Sasameyuki
SRP: $9.99



FIGURE 17 VOLUME 1

Tsubasa is a lonely girl who has no direction after losing her mother. She just can't seem to fit in at school and has no friends. One night, she catches sight of a glowing object fall mysteriously from the sky and discovers it is an abandoned spaceship. Caught in the midst of a sudden alien attack, Tsubasa finds herself controlling an alien exoskeleton called a Figure! When the exoskeleton separates from Tsubasa, she finds that she has a strange new twin named Hikaru. Follow Tsubasa on her journey of self-discovery and adventure! Figure 17 is the basis for the popular anime.


Street: 2/24/04
Genre: Science fiction
Age Rating: All
192 pages, black and white
Story: GENCO-OLM
Script and Comic: Guy Nakahira
SRP: $9.99



FULL METAL PANIC VOLUME 3

Not-to-be-missed volume 3 of the smash-hit manga (and DVD) series (volume one was #7 on the national graphic novel bestsellers list), Full Metal Panic! deftly combines mecha combat, martial arts, international criminal intrigue, high-school politics and a dash of teen romance. High school student Kaname is starting to fall for her secret agent protector (disguised as a high school student) Sosuke—but he is getting distracted by a beautiful new American transfer student, Tessa.


Street: 2/24/04
Genre: Comedy
Age Rating: 13+
176 pages, black and white
Author: Shouji Gatou
Illustrator: Retsu Tateo
Character Creation: SHIKIDOUJI
SRP: $9.99



AZUMANGA DAIOH VOLUME 3

It's not manga—it's Azumanga! The 2004 release of the Azumanga Daioh anime (on ADV Films) already has anime fan excitement at a fever pitch! While they wait, here's the manga that started it all. Created by the iconoclastic Kiyohiko Azuma (hence the name…) Chiyo-chan, Sakaki, Tomo, Yomi, Osaka and Kagura are back! This time, we see them go from being juniors to full-fledged high school seniors. Come along and see Sakaki bitten by cats (again), embarrassing encounters with foreigners, Kaorin appointed class president, and the spectacle of the stuffed-animal themed coffee shop.



Street: 2/24/04
Genre: Comedy
Age Rating: 13+
168 black & white pages
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma
SRP: $9.99


THOSE WHO HUNT ELVES VOLUME 2

If you've seen the DVD anime release of Those Who Hunt Elves, you'll understand the excitement! An actress, a martial arts expert and a military specialist are magically transported to a strange land, filled with magic and mystery. Obviously, they have to get back to Japan, but how can they when the return spell has been cut to pieces and tattooed on the bodies of six female elves! In this volume, Junpei has an extreme one-on-one martial arts match, the elf-hunters discover a new species of plant-like elves, and Celcia is kidnapped!


Street: 2/24/04
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
Age Rating: 15+
192 black & white pages
Author: Yu Yagami
SRP: $9.99


STEEL ANGEL KURUMI VOLUME 3

When young Nakahito placed a single, innocent kiss on the lips of a sleeping girl, he got much more than he expected—the Steel Angel Kurumi, a lovely and very devoted robot companion who just happens to be a lethal warrior as well. Dr. X of the Academy for Advanced Sciences has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the countries of the world to a "Steel Fight" tournament to find out who the strongest Steel Angel is! To coax wary leaders into revealing their highly classified Steel Angel designs, an irresistible prize has been offered – the untold wealth of technological secrets that the Academy possesses! Don't miss the anime DVD series by ADV Films on this popular series.


Street: 3/23/04
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Rating: 16+
168 pages, black and white
Author: KAISHAKU
SRP: $9.99



SEVEN OF SEVEN VOLUME 3

The seven Nanas have enough to deal with just trying to live with each other, but with high school entrance exams looming and a new rival for their collective crush Yuichi Kamichika's affections, the Nanas have to come up with their most cunning tricks yet to pull off a successful end to their middle school career. The hilarity continues in this heartwarming conclusion of Seven of Seven. This time, the Nanas are playing hardball against their most fearsome rival ever—the beautiful and brilliant Tsukie!



Street: 03/23/04
Genre: Comedy
Age Rating: 13+
200 black & white pages
Author: Yasuhiro Imagawa
Illustrator: Azusa Kunihiro
SRP: $9.99



DARKSIDE BLUES

The evil Persona Century Corporation has brought all but a sliver of the world under its domination. There are just a few isolated pockets of resistance, where freedom seekers can find the safety of anonymity—one such refuge is Shinjuku, a lawless city home to both rebels and terrorists, but what happens when a mysterious, charismatic stranger who calls himself Darkside arrives in the city?


Street: 3/30/04
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Rating: 16+
352 black & white pages
Author: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrator: Yuho Ashibe
SRP: $14.98



About ADV Manga
Specializing in Japanese and other East Asian comics, illustration books, graphic novels and more, ADV Manga is the publishing division of A.D. Vision, Inc., parent company of ADV Films, Newtype USA, Anime Network and more. Founded in 2003, with nationwide mass-market distribution, ADV Manga is poised to dominate the explosively growing U.S. market for imported graphic novels and related published materials. More information is available at http://www.adv-manga.com.



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