ADV Manga May Releases

Apr 5th 2004
ADV MANGA ANNOUNCES MAY STREET DATES

SIX BRAND NEW TITLES AND FOUR CONTINUING EDITIONS

HOUSTON, April 5, 2004—ADV Manga today announced its May 2004 street dates, with six new titles including Blue Inferior, Chrono Crusade, Desert Coral, Kagerou-Nostalgia, Saint Marie and Prétear. Continuing editions are being announced for Figure 17, volume 2 of 2; Those Who Hunt Elves, volume 3 of 21; Steel Angel Kurumi, volume 4 of 9; and The Ruler of the Land, volume 2 of 31.

Blue Inferior, Volume 1 of 4
Blue Inferior offers intrigue, danger and friendship— making this adventure tale appealing to readers of all ages.

In a world virtually destroyed by environmental pollution, life is sparse and grim, with only a few civilized societies remaining in small pockets along the coast. Earth is no longer a lush variety of landscapes, but rather, a series of contaminated deserts. Stories of vicious sub-humans keep the inhabitants of these tiny oases nervous and apprehensive. They are in no way welcoming to outsiders, not even those such as Marine, a young girl who washes up on the shore. Remembering nothing of her past, and all alone, she is found and befriended by Kazuya, a young boy who loves the sea and has a natural curiosity about the outside world. But the rest of Kazuya's community is not so hospitable, and Marine is soon imprisoned by people who believe her to be a subhuman creature. It is up to Kazuya to help her escape and uncover the mystery of her past.

Street: 5/25/04
Genre: Adventure
Age Rating: All
200 pages, black and white
Author: Kyoko Shitou
SRP: $9.99

Chrono Crusade, Volume 1 of 2
With an anime of the same name recently acquired by ADV Films, Chrono Crusade follows an unlikely duo as they attempt to destroy supernatural evil through exorcisms in 1920's New York City.

America in the roaring '20s. On the surface, it's a positive, peaceful time after the violence of the Great War. But lurking in the shadows is a dark element ready to snatch that peace away. Sister Rosette Christopher, an exorcist working as a part of the Magdalan Order, is charged with the duty of fighting demons, before they can cause too much mayhem. But along with her companion, Chrono, she usually ends up causing more destruction than the demons themselves! On one particular mission, they meet a young girl with a beautiful voice named Azmaria, who is being targeted by her own stepfather. As Rosette and Chrono work to save her, more is revealed about the relationship between them. There is more to these two than meets the eye.

Street: 5/25/04
Genre: Action
Age Rating: 13+
184 pages, black and white
Author: Daisuke Moriyama
SRP: $9.99

Desert Coral, Volume 1 of 3
Desert Coral a tale of a boy who likes nothing more than to dream, but when his dreams become reality he finds himself in the adventure of his life!

Naoto Saki is a typical young boy, and he has quite an imagination. He dreams of fantasy worlds when he sleeps—rather, he dreams of one particular world of barren deserts and marvelous creatures. He is so involved with this illusory setting that he loves nothing more than to sleep, but his elaborate daydreams become reality when he is magically summoned into the very world of which he dreams. Suddenly, a boy's old fancies become a cause to panic, as Naoto is caught in a battle between the Elphis and the Sand Dusts, two types of creatures from his dream world. Naoto can feel pain here and experience real danger! His only wish is to return home, but the beautiful sorceress who summoned him has other plans…

Street: 5/25/04
Genre: Fantasy
Age Rating: All
184 pages, black and white
Author: Wataru Murayama
SRP: $9.99

Figure 17, Volume 2 of 2
Figure 17 deftly combines cutting-edge science-fiction and exciting action.

Tsubasa lived a normal (though lonely) life until she discovered the alien exoskeleton Figure 17. In this volume, Tsubasa and three friends team up and battle the alien Magure…but when Hikaru gets injured in battle, Tsubasa has doubts about just how long she can go on fighting. The rift between Tsubasa and Hikaru widens as Tsubasa loses the boy she cared for, and accuses Hikaru of not understanding because she isn't human! Follow Tsubasa on her journey of self-discovery and adventure!

Street: 05/25/2004
Genre: Science fiction
Age Rating: All
200 pages, black and white
Story: GENCO-OLM
Script and Comic: Guy Nakahira

Kagerou-Nostalgia, Volume 1 of 1
The first hot volume of Kagerou-Nostalgia is a spirit-lifting tale of dead warriors resurrected in the bodies of courageous teenage samurai.

For centuries, the lands of medieval Japan have been plagued by conflict, and the people are no strangers to suffering. Blood has been continuously shed by the swords of two power-hungry clans whose greed has taken the lives of many soldiers. The battles seem endless, until the eleventh princess of the Hikami clan is brutally murdered, and a new era is born. The souls of those who lost their lives through centuries of battles have been resurrected, housed within the bodies of an extraordinary group of teenagers, who soon realize that they must ban together to once again face their enemy—the bloodthirsty Shogun. The Shogun is a master of the black arts, and the young soldiers' only chance is to develop their own supernatural power…

Street: 05/25/2004
Genre: Action
Age Rating: All
184 pages, black and white
Author and illustrator: Satomi Kubo
SRP: $9.99

Prétear, Volume 1 of 4
An ordinary girl takes a trip to an extraordinary land in Prétear. Don't miss the companion anime by ADV Films!

Himeno is a high school freshman who's having trouble adjusting to her new wealthy lifestyle. Her father Kaoru, a famous author of young girls' novels, married one of his greatest fans, the super-rich Natsue. But Himeno's life is far from rosy. Her dad tends to take Natsue's side of things, and Himeno's two stepsisters aren't very fond of her, either. All this changes when Himeno takes a shortcut to school and meets a young boy. When she takes the boy's hand, she's transported to a fantasy world that lies on the brink of extinction. And the one person that can stop it is the girl called “Prétear.”

Street: 05/25/2004
Genre: Fantasy
Age Rating: All
184 pages, black and white
Author and illustrators: Kaori Naruse and Junichi Satou
SRP: $9.99

Saint Marie, Volume 1 of 4
Saint Marie a manga like no other, filled with teenage angst and telekinesis—a deadly combination!

Dah-In Hyun is an ordinary student at Saint Marie's private school. Before she knows it, Dah-In finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil being waged on the school grounds. Through the death of her best friend, Dah-In learns that she has been chosen as one of the soldiers in this battle—a battle which could result in her own death as well.

Street: 5/25/04
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Rating: 13+
184 pages, black and white
Author and illustrator: Yuh Jin Yang
SRP: $9.99

Steel Angel Kurumi, Volume 4 of 9
An international battle of female androids—the Steel Angels of Steel Angel Kurumi! Don't miss the popular companion anime DVD series by ADV Films.

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. Now, the world's top androids are descending upon Japan to compete for the title of the strongest Steel Angel, presenting new, unexpected, and action-packed adventures for Nakahito, Kurumi, Saki, and even the evil-minded Karinka!

Street: 05/25/2004
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Rating: 16+
168 pages, black and white
Author: KAISHAKU

Those Who Hunt Elves, Volume 3 of 21
If you've seen the DVD anime release of Those Who Hunt Elves, you'll understand the excitement! The anime series is currently broadcasting on Anime Network, and Season Two of the series is currently in DVD release from ADV Films

The hilarious adventure of the elf hunters continues! Actress Airi, martial arts expert Junpei and military specialist Ritsuko must find and strip six female elves, each of whom has a fragment of the spell that can return them to Japan. In this volume, Junpei, Airi and Ritsuko must rescue their friend (and powerful elf sorceress) Celcia (aka Spot) so they can continue their search for the spell fragments. The zany escapades of the elf hunters get even more outrageous (if you can believe that) in volume 3!

Street: 05/25/2004
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
Age Rating: 13+
200 pages, black and white
Author: Yu Yagami
SRP: $9.99


The Ruler of the Land, Volume 2 of 31
The Ruler of the Land, ADV Manga's first Korean graphic novel release, has proven appeal—it already has an estimated five million readers worldwide and has inspired several successful computer games.

Swordsman Bi-Kwang and the “protectress” of the Sword of the Flowers, Hwa-Rin, lose their treasure to Sang-Pil “Gold Cobra” Jin and his men. As they regroup to retrieve it, they learn that a third group, Master Yoo and the Black Serpents are also seeking it. Why? Because the Sword of the Flowers is the key to finding Hwa-Rin's grandfather—the greatest fighter of the land!

Street: 05/25/2004
Genre: Comedy
Age Rating: 13+
Author: JEON KEUK-JIN
200 pages, black and white


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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