ADV Films Announces 3 Essential Anime

Aug 26th 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES THREE ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION TITLES

SLAYERS: THE MOTION PICTURE, DRAGON HALF AND MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO, VOLUME ONE

HOUSTON, August 26, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in U.S., today announced street dates for three titles in its must-have Essential Anime Collection, Slayers - The Motion Picture, Dragon Half and Martian Successor Nadesico, Volume 1.

SLAYERS THE MOTION PICTURE: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION

ADV Films has set a September 28, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Slayers - The Motion Picture: Essential Anime Collection, a fantasy with a good dose of humor.

Slayers - The Motion Picture, a popular anime with a strong fan following, was animated by the talented team at by J.C. Staff (Azumanga Daioh, Maburaho, Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemi). The story was written by Hajime Kanzaka (Lost Universe).

Plagued by a recurring dream, master thief and sorceress Lina Inverse discovers ancient evil and lovers cruelly parted. Dragged into a vortex of time, she must fight to restore history to its proper course. But what will she do when the fearsome power of the Dragon Slave spell fails her as she tries to change the past and save the future!

Slayers - The Motion Picture: Essential Anime Collection (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, includes a 75-minute feature in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include: commentary with Cynthia Martinez (Lina) and Kelly Manison (Naga), and English Dub Producer Matt Greenfield, in addition to characters bios and ADV previews.


Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DSL/100
UPC: 702727098826
Pre-Book Date: 8/31/04
Street Date: 9/28/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


DRAGON HALF: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION

ADV Films has set a September 28, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Dragon Half: Essential Anime Collection, a fan favorite that combines comedy, action and fantasy

Based on the popular manga by Ryusuke Mita, Dragon Half is widely considered to be one of the silliest anime series ever produced. With bizarre animation and a staggeringly stupid set of main characters, this title is the perfect precursor for fans of Slayers, and Excel Saga.

You think your adolescence was challenged? Consider poor Mink. Her dad's a famous Dragon Slayer and her Mom's a dragon. While that does have the advantage of making her abnormally strong, it's also left her with a cute pair of wings and a big green tail! Oh yes, and horns. Try explaining that your prom date! And to complicate things even more, Mink's got the hots for Dick Saucer, a fabulously popular pop idol who also happens to be a professional dragon killer. Big romantic complication! In order to beat her arch rival, the nasty Princess Vena, to Dick's affections, Mink and her inept band of friends set off in search of a spell that will make her Dragon Half human. Along the way they'll face evil wizards, demons and a monstrously stupid warrior who's so dumb that he has to keep saying his own name just to remember it! The world of fantasy has never been quite so weird, in the wacky comedy classic Dragon Half!

Dragon Half: Essential Anime Collection (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, includes a two complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include commentary with English Dub Producer Matt Greenfield, Brett Weaver, and Tiffany Grant as well as ADV previews.


Running Time: 50 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DDH/002
UPC: 702727098925
Pre-Book Date: 8/31/04
Street Date: 9/28/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98



MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION, VOLUME 1

ADV Films has set a September 28, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Martian Successor Nadesico: Essential Anime Collection, Volume 1, perfect for science fiction fans.

Martian Successor Nadesico was voted the “Best Anime Show of All Time” by Japanese animation fans. This intriguing anime was produced by XEBEC (D.N.Angel, Sorcerer Hunters, Steam Detectives). The character designs were done by Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade, Sorcerer Hunters, Those Who Hunt Elves, Gate Keepers)

The Jovian Invaders have destroyed our base on Mars, wiped out our space fleets, and now they're headed for Earth! Our only defense line is the High Mobile Battleship Nadesico with its unorthodox crew – an assistant cook as a pilot, a General's daughter in command and the largest contingent of geeks and misfits ever sent into orbit!

Martian Successor Nadesico: Essential Anime Collection, Volume 1 (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, includes two discs with nine complete episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include commentary with Brett Weaver (Gai), John Swasey (Uribatake), Mark X Laskowski (Jun), and English Dub Producer Matt Greenfield, as well as production sketches and ADV previews.


Running Time: 225 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DND/010
UPC: 702727104121
Volume: 1 of 3
Pre-Book Date: 8/31/04
Street Date: 9/28/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98



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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