ADV Films announces August 31 Releases

Jun 28th 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES AUGUST 31 RELEASE DATES

HOUSTON, June 28, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced its August 31, 2004 street dates.


AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: INVADERS FROM BYSTON WELL

ADV Films announced a street date of August 31, 2004 for the DVD release of Aura Battler Dunbine: Invaders from Byston Well, the eighth volume in this hit series.

Inspired by the novel Wings of Lin by Yoshiyuki Tomino and adapted by the creators of Gundam and Robotech® comes an epic science-fiction fantasy about love, duty and the tragic spoils of war. Anime fans recognize it as one of the classics from the “golden age” of televised anime.

Realizing that the escalating conflict above threatens Byston Well, the Feeorine use their magic to catapult deadly machines onto the Aura Road causing them to surface on Upper Earth. Now the stage has been set for war to determine the future of Byston Well, a war where the fate of two worlds now hangs in the balance.

Aura Battler Dunbine: Invaders from Byston Well (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: production portfolio, clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The seventh volume of Aura Battler Dunbine also is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 7: Mysteries of Byston Well DVD and a custom series art box sized to fit volumes 7-12 (SRP $24.98).

Volume: 8 of 12
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DDB/008
UPC: 702727041129
Pre-Book Date: 8/3/04
Street Date: 8/31/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98



AZUMANGA DAIOH: FRIENDS!

ADV Films announced an August 31, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Azumanga Daioh: Friends!, the fourth volume in this adorably funny series.

Produced by GENCO (Serial Experiments Lain) and J.C. Staff (Excel Saga), this acclaimed anime series premiered in early 2002 in Japan. ADV Manga released the popular Azumanga Daioh manga series late last year to the delight of anime fans.

Festival season is back! So get ready for a slew of crazy new challenges in the sports fest that wouldn't be complete without an action-packed 10-K race. Tomo is as hyper as ever and dying for excitement, Osaka is just plain scared of dying and Chiyo is scrambling to put together the culture fest. You don't want to miss the hysterics of this charming volume!

Azumanga Daioh: Friends! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, reversible cover, 12-page booklet with translator notes and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Azumanga Daioh also is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Entrance! DVD, a custom series art box sized to hold the entire six volume series and 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).

Volume: 4 of 6
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DAZ/004
UPC: 702727068027
Pre-Book Date: 8/3/04
Street Date: 8/31/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



PANYO PANYO DI GI CHARAT: MYA!

ADV Films announced an August 31, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat: Mya!, the third volume in this delightfully funny children's series.

This series began with manga artist Kage Donbo drawing the main character, Dejiko, as a small, big-eyed adorable girl. Soon she became the mascot of a popular Japanese retail chain. Today Dejiko's face is probably one of the most recognizable characters ever created in the world of anime.

It's a ghostbustin' good time for Princess Dejiko as she takes on poltergeists, goblins and her arch nemesis Piyoko! Later the Di Gi Charat crew becomes bodyguards for a pop diva and a visiting prince. Then it's time to enjoy your favorite fairy tales Di Gi Charat style. Get ready for a hilarious good time as the super cute crusaders fight crime once again!

Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat: Mya! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including 12 mini episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: voice actress commentary, production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, character descriptions, a sticker sheet with 10 colorful stickers and ADV previews.

Volume: 3 of 4
Running Time: 85 minutes
Age Rating: ALL
CAT: DDC/003
UPC: 702727073823
Pre-Book Date: 8/3/04
Street Date: 8/31/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



THE SUPER MILK-CHAN SHOW: MILK SHAKE

ADV Films announced an August 31, 2004 street date for the DVD release of The Super Milk-chan Show: Milk Shake, the second in a hilarious series that mixes animation and live-action!

With animation production by Studio Pierrot (GTO and Saiyuki), it includes both American and Japanese versions in a two-disc set perfect for fans of South Park and Adult Swim.

With alien abductions, homeless hobos, a dysfunctional crew, overdue rent bills and an insecure ruler calling her all the time, Milk doesn't have time to relax enough to play games or watch her shows. And if you think she has it bad wait until a thunderstorm hits the studios and really shakes things up for the actors in the show. So sit down and pour yourself another sweet serving of Milk!

The Super Milk-chan Show: Milk Shake (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release in a 2-disc set with reversible cover art. Disc 1 includes: three complete episodes and three vintage episodes in English 5.1 audio, live behind-the-scenes breaks, character Q&A and ADV previews. Disc 2 includes: original Japanese episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles, original video haiku breaks, new opening “Disco Milk” animation, original opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Volume: 2 of 4
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 17+
CAT: DMC/002
UPC: 702727051821
Pre-Book Date: 8/3/04
Street Date: 8/31/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



About ADV Films:

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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