ADV Films Announces Five Titles for Release

Apr 14th 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES FIVE TITLES FOR HOME VIDEO RELEASE

Final Fantasy: Unlimited—Phase 6; Knights of the Zodiac: The Fire of the Phoenix; Nuku Nuku TV: Life on the Streets; Orphen 2: Revelations; and Wedding Peach: Spring Storm

HOUSTON, April 14, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S, today announced street dates for Final Fantasy: Unlimited—Phase 6; Knights of the Zodiac: The Fire of the Phoenix; Nuku Nuku TV: Life on the Streets; Orphen 2: Revelations; and Wedding Peach: Spring Storm.

FINAL FANTASY: UNLIMITED—PHASE 6

ADV Films has set a May 25, 2004 street date for the sixth volume of Final Fantasy: Unlimited, the anime television series inspired by the popular Final Fantasy role-playing video games.

Final Fantasy: Unlimited's director Mahiro Maeda was hand-picked to direct two of the animated shorts included in The Animatrix, the anime side project based on the hit feature film The Matrix. Producers for the series are SQUARE, TV Tokyo (NOIR) and Dentsu (Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). The title's sharp, vibrant animation is from the brilliant team at Gonzo Digimation, animators of Hellsing, Full Metal Panic! and several more of anime's most popular recent titles.

In what seems to be a freak accident, Pist's machinations deposit Jane within a stone's throw of Gaudium. While Cid and the crew try to bring the submarine up to full operation, Chobi and Yu infiltrate the massive floating fortress. It seems the Earl has been waiting for them, and he has something to show Yu...

The trials are far from over, though. The group again finds itself brought to another cube, a desert planet, where the locals face a towering tsunami of terror. A trip down Memory Lane brings with it a new ally, but it won't do the twins any good if they can't extract themselves from the temptations of the past.

Final Fantasy: Unlimited—Phase 6 (SRP $24.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, containing three complete episodes. Includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: voice actor/actress commentary; production sketches; Final Fantasy: Unlimited Style Guide Part 2; reversible cover; printed character booklet; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.


Collector's Edition Available!

Also available is a collector's edition of the series, which includes the first volume of Final Fantasy: Unlimited and a custom series art box sized to hold the entire series (SRP $39.98).


Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 4/27/04
Street Date: 5/25/04
Format SRP
DVD $24.98


KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: THE FIRE OF THE PHOENIX

ADV Films today announced a June 1, 2004 release date for the fourth volume of Knights of the Zodiac, the 40-episode version of the 1980s classic fantasy-action anime series Saint Seiya. ADV Films will release Knights of the Zodiac: The Fire of the Phoenix on DVD and VHS.

Edited for broadcast by DiC Entertainment, Knights of the Zodiac premiered in August on the Cartoon Network's Saturday night line-up to great fanfare. The Knights of the Zodiac is being released simultaneously with the ADV Films' release of the unedited Saint Seiya series, which is based on a manga by Masami Kurumada and produced by one of Japan's top animation studios, Toei Animation (Digimon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball).

The Black Knights are unrestrained by an attachment to anyone. The Bronze Knights find strength in what binds them together. Shiryu must risk his powers to save Seiya as he battles the Black Dragon. Andromeda seeks to redeem his brother Ikki after he succumbed to the evil of the Island of Doom.

Who wins the final Showdown with the Phoenix to claim the Gold Cloth will ultimately decide if greed is more powerful than sacrifice, friendship stronger than hate. To do so, the Bronze Knights must fight as one!

Knights of the Zodiac: The Fire of the Phoenix (SRP $14.98 DVD; SRP $9.98 VHS) contains four complete episodes in English 2.0. Closed captioning is available on VHS and DVD releases. Includes ADV previews.


About DiC Entertainment:

DiC Entertainment is a leading children's entertainment company with more than 3,000 half-hours of programming in its prolific library, ranked as the largest independent library of animation. DIC has also amassed a family of domestic and international broadcasters who air DIC programming in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. Some of DIC's popular properties include Sailor Moon™, and such new shows as Strawberry Shortcake™, Super Duper Sumos™, Liberty's Kids™, and Mary-Kate and Ashley, In Action!™ More than 25 million children watch DIC's popular programs each week. DIC is a full service studio with production, development, distribution, home video, marketing and licensing departments.

Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: All
Pre-Book Date: 5/4/04
Street Date: 6/1/04
Format SRP
DVD $14.98
VHS $9.98


ALL-PURPOSE CULTURAL CAT GIRL NUKU NUKU TV: LIFE ON THE STREETS

ADV Films today set a street date of May 25, 2004 for the third volume of the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV series, the television series tie-in to the fan-favorite OVA series All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, based on a manga by Yuzo Takada (3x3 Eyes, Blue Seed). Nuku Nuku TV guarantees thrilling action and side-splitting humor, as a teenaged boy juggles his new (and gorgeous) cat-brained android, wild attacks from robotic home appliances, and his parent's ongoing divorce.

Nuku Nuku returns for more madcap adventures in Maneki City! Trouble brews when Nuku Nuku beats spoiled rich girl Chieko to the last fried noodle bun, an unpardonable offence that causes Chieko to unleash an all-out war of retribution on our favorite cat-brain Androbot!

Then Ryunosuke finds himself transformed into a pink alligator when he accidentally consumes a DNA transformation potion cooked up by the bumbling Dr. Oh-Izumi. Unless Akiko's minions Arisa and Kyouko get the antidote to Ryunosuke in time, he will lose all chance of ever becoming human again!

And the New Year begins sadly when Nuku Nuku wakes up and realizes Kyusaku, Akiko, and Rynosuke are nowhere to be found. Fearing that the Natsumes have abandoned her, Nuku Nuku goes on a trek to find where she belongs. Along the way, she learns about her classmates' families and the importance of having one. Don't miss this heart-warming installment of Nuku Nuku TV!

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV: Life on the Streets (DVD $29.98 SRP) includes three complete episodes, both English- and Japanese-language versions with English subtitles. Extras in the title include clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.


Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 4/27/04
Street Date: 5/25/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


ORPHEN SEASON TWO: REVENGE – REVELATIONS

ADV Films today announced a June 1, 2004 release date for Revelations, the fifth volume of Orphen Season Two: Revenge, a sequel that stays loyal to the first season's winning combination of stylish animation, exciting action and quick wit. Orphen is a spells-and-sorcery favorite based on Yoshinobu Akita's popular series of Japanese fantasy novels, which spawned both this anime series and the hit PlayStation® 2 video game.

Orphen and his friends come back to Totokanta, and it seems that this might be the end of their travels together. Majic starts taking sorcery lessons from the mysterious Esperanza. Lycoris becomes more and more troubled as memories of her family come back to her. And Orphen seems content just to sleep. But will this rest last long? Don't count on it...

Orphen Season Two: Revenge – Volume Five: Revelations (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes. In both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. DVD extras include: fold-out poster; clean opening and closing animation; outtakes; and ADV previews.


Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 5/4/04
Street Date: 6/1/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


WEDDING PEACH: SPRING STORM

ADV Films today announced a street date of June 1, 2004 for the third volume of Wedding Peach, Spring Storm.

A charming, magical, girl series championing the power of love over evil, Wedding Peach is based on a manga by Sukehiro Tomita (Sailor Moon), Nao Yazawa and Tenyu, with animation produced by KSS, known for other bright, vibrantly animated comedies such as Happy Lesson, Oh My Goddess! and To Heart. The stellar staff also includes Pokémon films' Director Kunihiko Yuyama and Character Designer Kazuko Tadano of Sailor Moon fame.

Fireworks fly as Pluie steals Momoko's mysterious ruby ring and takes it back to the Devil World. But can the Love Angels get it back? And speaking of fireworks, Yosuke and Momoko are sparking up some of their own as they inch closer and closer to each other. But what happens when he finds out her true identity? And what about that dreamy new soccer star with the red sports car? Can this be love? Not if Lady Raindevilla has anything to do with it! The icy queen unleashes her most vicious attack yet, trying to wipe out everything in her path, including her trusted henchman, Pluie. But does Momoko dare to save him?

Wedding Peach – Volume 3: Spring Storm (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes in both English and Japanese language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; reversible cover; and ADV previews.

Don't forget to check out the Wedding Peach fansite for character bios, series information, downloadable goodies, and more! Visit www.advfilms.com/titles/weddingpeach.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Wedding Peach is also available as a Limited Edition Collector's Box, which includes the Volume 1: Love Wave DVD, an attractive custom series art box to house the first half of the series, inflatable beach ball featuring character art and a bonus DVD filled with extras (SRP $39.98).


Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 13+
Pre-Book Date: 5/4/04
Street Date: 6/1/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $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, 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.

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