ADV Films Announces June 8 Street Dates

Apr 21st 2004
Azumanga Daioh: Festivals!; Aura Battler Dunbine: Battlers of Byston Well; Happy Lesson: Mama Mia! OAV; and Wedding Peach: Spring Storm

HOUSTON, April 21, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced its June 8 street dates.


AZUMANGA DAIOH: FESTIVALS!

ADV Films today formally announced a June 8, 2004 street date for the second volume on DVD of Azumanga Daioh, an acclaimed anime series that premiered in early 2002 in Japan. Produced by GENCO (Serial Experiments Lain) and J.C. Staff (Excel Saga), Azumanga Daioh follows the day-to-day adventures of a comical group of high school girls and their equally eccentric friends and teachers.

The popular Azumanga Daioh manga series was released by ADV Manga late last year, with the fourth and final installment being released April 20, 2004.

It's fall, and that means festivals! Yukari and Minamo's life-long rivalry shifts into high gear as their students square off in a winner-take-all, school-wide sports contest. Later, even more madness is unleashed when the culture fest brings out the animal in students and teachers alike.

Of course, if you thought everyday life with these girls was surreal, a series of revealing (and sorta freaky) dreams shows that reality is nothing compared to what goes on in their heads!

Whether it's a sports fest, a culture fest, a carnival of dreams or a host of crazy cat antics, every moment is sure to be a laugh fest! The second kitty-chasing, relay-racing, Osaka-spacing volume of Azumanga Daioh will have you in stitches!

Collector's Edition Available: The first volume of Azumanga Daioh is still available in the standard single DVD and in a custom series art box sized to hold the entire six volume series, plus this collector's edition also includes the first two of five limited edition character collector's pins. The third character pin will be packaged with volume three, the fourth in volume five and the fifth in volume six. ($39.98 SRP)

Azumanga Daioh, Festivals! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes. It includes English-5.1 and Japanese-2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean closing animation; production sketches; 12-page booklet with translator notes; and ADV previews.

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
Pre-Book Date: 5/11/2004
Street Date: 6/8/2004
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: BATTLERS OF BYSTON WELL

ADV Films today announced a June 8, 2004 release date for Aura Battler Dunbine: Battlers of Byston Well, the sixth volume of the 49-episode anime classic.

First broadcast in Japan in the mid 1980's, Aura Battler Dunbine is widely considered one of the finest and most significant titles from the “golden age” of televised anime. Conceived by Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator and director of Gundam) and based on Tomino's novel Wings of Lin, Aura Battler Dunbine has long been celebrated not only for its exciting plot and extraordinary mecha designs (by Studio Nue, of Macross fame), but also for the series' emphasis on strong and detailed characterization and the consistently excellent quality of its animation (produced by Sunrise Animation).

While the crew of the Zelerna repair then battle-damaged aura ships, they must contend with a new challenge – what to do with Lady Elmelie – who recently joined their ranks after escaping from Laas Wau. Elmelie's presence puts a serious kink in the delicate interpersonal balance between Neal Givens, Show Zama and Marvel Frozen. Meanwhile Todd Guinness re-enters the fight – only this time as a hired mercenary for the treacherous King Bishott.

Aura Battler Dunbine: Battles of Byston Well (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes. Includes both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: a production portfolio; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 5/11/04
Street Date: 6/8/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


HAPPY LESSON: MAMA MIA! OVA
ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today formally announced a June 8, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Mama Mia!, the Happy Lesson OAV. Happy Lesson tells of Chitose, a teenager who suddenly finds himself surrounded by a bevy of beauties. But these ladies aren't vying for Chitose's romantic affection—they all want to be his mother! Happy Lesson: Mama Mia! revisits these characters by telling all-new stories that serve as companions to the TV series. Happy Lesson was produced by KSS (Wedding Peach, Oh My Goddess!) and directed by Akira Suzuki (Blue Submarine #6, MAZE).

The series you love is back for extra credit! After following Chitose through fourteen episodes of mayhem you may think there isn't any more insanity left. But you would be wrong. And these three expanded episodes of Happy Lesson are living proof!

Things get off to a hilarious start with an alternate version of the very first episode. Then join the whole extended family as they take a vacation… and take a quiet seaside resort by storm. Finally, the holiday season will never be the same once you've spent a crazy (and heartbreaking) Christmas with Chitose, Minazuki, Hazuki, and the Five Moms.

Maybe you thought you'd seen it all, but you haven't seen anything yet! So make sure you get to your seat in time to catch the ultimate Happy Lesson experience!

Happy Lesson: Mama Mia! OAV (SRP $29.98) 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: reversible cover; production sketches; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

Running Time: 75 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 5/11/2004
Street Date: 6/8/2004
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, a reversible cover and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Wedding Peach is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Love Wave DVD, an attractive custom series art box to house volumes 1-5, 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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