ADV Announces First Volume of Kaleido Star

Mar 23rd 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR FIRST VOLUME OF KALEIDO STAR

SAILOR MOON® DIRECTOR JUNICHI SATO'S NEW SERIES TELLS STORY OF AN ORPHANED GIRL'S JOURNEY TO INDEPENDENCE AND PERFORMING STARDOM

HOUSTON, March 23, 2004 —ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced a May 11, 2004 street date for Welcome to the Kaleido Stage, the first volume of Kaleido Star, a new series from the renowned Japanese director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon®) and the studio Hal Film Maker.

Kaleido Star is a charming animated series aimed at tweens and teens, combining playful elements of children's anime with the sophisticated vision of Cirque du Soleil. Kaleido Star combines a sense of fun and play—such a crucial element of Sailor Moon—with a believably positive storyline that emphasizes empowerment through bravery and determination.

Visit the Kaleido Star fansite at http://advfilms.com/titles/Kaleido Star to view a trailer and sign up for updates. In related news, ADV Toys, the new division of A.D. Vision, Inc. that creates exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive film, manga (graphic novel) and original content holdings, announced its first toy, an exclusive Jonathan the Seal plush animal from the Kaleido Star anime series. For more information about the toy, visit www.advfilms.com/advtoys.


The Story:

The Kaleido Stage is a circus extravaganza with death defying stunts, flying trapeze artists, and magical clowns. The top performers of the Kaleido Stage are a handful super acrobats known as Kaleido Stars. When sixteen-year-old Sora Naegino arrives in the U.S. with little more than her dreams in tow, she has a chance encounter with mysterious man who immediately recognizes her potential for the stage. Sora can't believe her luck when the stranger turns out to be Kalos, owner of the Kaleido Stage. But things are never really that easy, and Sora will have to turn cartwheels to get past the power of a Kaleido Stage diva named Layla. Prepare yourself for high flying excitement, and jaw dropping beauty as you enter the world of the Kaleido Stage.

Kaleido Star: Welcome to the Kaleido Stage! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, containing five complete episodes. Includes English-5.1 and Japanese-2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean closing animation; production sketches; and ADV Previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The Collector's Edition (SRP $39.98 DVD) includes Volume 1: Welcome to the Kaleido Stage!, a custom series art box, sized to hold six volumes of the DVD series (volumes 2-6 are sold separately), a paper doll set and an exclusive character motion-lenticular card.


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, 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™, 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.



KALEIDO STAR: WELCOME TO THE KALEIDO STAGE!
Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 4/13/04
Street Date: 5/11/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98
Collector's Edition $39.98

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