ADV Films Announces First Volume of Aquarian Age

Jul 12th 2004
HOUSTON, July 12, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., has set a street date of September 14, 2004 for the DVD release of Aquarian Age: Awakening, the first compelling volume in this intriguing series.

Aquarian Age was adapted from a popular Japanese trading card game and the original story was undertaken by Broccoli (Di Gi Charat). This must-see fantasy anime was produced by Madhouse Studios (Sakura Wars, Chobits, X) and presented by Victor Entertainment, Inc., (Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, RahXephon: The Movie). The awe-inspiring music was composed by Yuki Kajiura (.hack//SIGN, Noir)

Kyota and his pals Shingo and Junichi dream of becoming pop idols. At a New Year's show they get their lucky break when a Cosmopop agent discovers the trio and offers to manage their debut. Then things take a turn for the weird when Kyota begins having visions of magical girls battling one another in the air – only he's not dreaming! For centuries, five supernatural factions have waged war for supremacy over mankind with legend prophesizing that one day the Aquarian Age will begin and one group will reign supreme. Now Kyota's dreams must take a backseat to his destiny as he may hold the power to turn the tides of war in favor of whichever faction can control him.

Limited Collector's Edition Available!
The first volume of Aquarian Age is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Awakening DVD, original Japanese trading cards and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Aquarian Age: Awakening (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: reversible cover, 8-page production booklet, clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, original Japanese trailer, Behind the Anime video and ADV previews.

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.

AQUARIAN AGE: AWAKENING
Volume: 1 of 3
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DAQ/001 (DVD), DAQ/BX1 (Collector's Edition)
UPC: 702727080524 (DVD), 702727084324 (Collector's Edition)
Pre-Book Date: 8/17/04
Street Date: 9/14/04
Format: DVD, Collector's Edition
SRP: $29.98 (DVD); $39.98 (Collector's Edition)

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