ADV Films Announces Bite-Size DVD Collection

May 4th 2004
ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced an ultra cool new DVD collection called AniMini™.


AniMinis are new bite-sized DVDs that pack a big-size taste for a new generation of young girls. From your pocket to your player – these cute and colorful 3-inch DVDs are all the rage because they're easy to collect and trade! This new line is affordably priced at SRP $6.98, and each disc contains a complete first episode of the series.


The mini DVDs double as coupons and are redeemable for $10 off a regular full-size multi-episode DVD title of the same name when purchased through the ADV Films website.


“AniMinis are easy to collect and trade, like the popular trading cards of the past,” said Anne Armogida, director of marketing, ADV Films. “This is a great new line of products that will have widespread fan appeal because of its unique look. Our next line-up will include titles for our male fans, too, so they can enjoy and collect our new funky, fun, fresh line of DVDs!”


The following “shoujo” (anime with a strong girl appeal) AniMini titles by ADV Films will hit the streets June 15, 2004:


Azumanga Daioh: An acclaimed anime series that premiered in early 2002 in Japan, Azumanga Daioh follows the day-to-day adventures of a comical group of high school girls and their equally eccentric friends and teachers.
Happy Lesson: The light-hearted, laugh-out-loud anime series that follows the beloved shounen tradition of Oh My Goddess! and Love Hina. 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!
Hello Kitty & Friends: The first Hello Kitty & Friends home video release, Fairy Tale Fantasy, features the adorable, instantly recognizable Hello Kitty in the beloved classic fairy tale Cinderella and Snow White.
Kaleido Star: 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.
Noir: The series, which premiered in Japan in 2001, was directed by Koichi Mashimo (Dirty Pair, Dominion). Viewers praise NOIR's spectacular animation, the use of music, its exotic settings (largely in western Europe) and an enduringly complex storyline, based on a relationship between a duo of female assassins who cannot trust one another, but who need each other to survive.
Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat: Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat is a loosely-structured tale of a young princess named Dejiko who devotes her time to making people happy. A cast of friends and other characters are along for the ride, of course. Throughout the title, the emphasis is on great fun, and on an ever-growing series of in-jokes.
Pretear: A mahou shoujo series, Pretear combines elements of the fairy tales Cinderella (new stepmother and evil stepsisters) and Snow White (seven knights instead of seven dwarves). On its 2001 Japanese release, the title was lauded for its intense animation, in-depth characterizations, exciting battle scenes, and its beautiful soundtrack. The opening song “White Destiny” is sung by Japanese singing sensation Yoko Ishida.
Princess Nine: A highly entertaining anime series that Anime on DVD said was “definitely a recommended title for any shoujo fan…” Princess Nine follows the story of a group of nine young women who defy the male-dominated tradition of Japanese sports—not to create a league of their own, but to take on the boys on their own artificial turf and prove there's nothing a man can do that a woman can't do just as well! The hallowed stadiums of Japanese baseball become a battlefield as the bats crack, the sweat flies and every hard-earned run becomes another step in the long road-trip to victory.
Super GALS : Without losing any time for shopping, high-school gossip, and teen romance, the Super GALS—the three hippest girls in Shibuya—keep their eyes out for adventure in the first five episodes of the initial volume, GALS Gotta Have Heart.
Wedding Peach: A charming magical girl series championing the power of love over evil. Armed with a makeup compact, lip liner and wristwatch, schoolgirl Momoko and her two best friends take on love-hating demons. But before they can do anything, they have to go through a quick costume change—into wedding dresses!

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