ADV Films Announces October 26 Release Dates

Sep 22nd 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 26 RELEASE DATES

HOUSTON, September 22, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced its October 26, 2004 street dates.

AQUARIAN AGE: TROUBLED DREAMS

ADV Films is happy to announce a street date of October 26, 2004 for the DVD release of Aquarian Age: Troubled Dreams, the second compelling volume in this intriguing series. Adapted from a popular Japanese trading card game, Aquarian Age's original storyline was undertaken by Broccoli (Di Gi Charat). The series was produced by Madhouse Studios (Sakura Wars, Chobits, X) and presented by Victor Entertainment, Inc., (Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, RahXephon: The Movie) with music composed by Yuki Kajiura (.hack//SIGN, Noir). The mystical series follows the story of a young man who is unwittingly dragged into a cosmic war that has been building for centuries.

Kyota should be having the time of his life: The debut of his band has been set and beautiful girls are throwing themselves at him! Instead, he's singing the blues as the mystical war that surrounds him begins to heat up. Added to his misfortunes is his long time friend, Yoriko, who has been giving him the cold shoulder as her career as a movie star begins to take off. Why do people suddenly want to kill him and what's behind the sudden coldness in Yoriko's heart? Can he save her from the darkness sucking at her soul while keeping his own intact as well?

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: Troubled Dreams (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: reversible cover, an 8-page production booklet, clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, original Japanese trailer and DVD spots, Behind the Anime feature and ADV previews.

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DAQ/002
UPC: 702727080623
Pre-Book Date: 9/28/04
Street Date: 10/26/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


BUBBLEGUM CRISIS TOKYO 2040: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION

ADV Films is pleased to announce an October 26, 2004 street date for volume one of the DVD release, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040: Essential Anime Collection with an all new 5.1 audio mix and never before included commentary tracks! This acclaimed cyberpunk masterpiece features the bodacious babes of the Knight Sabers as they wage war with the evil machines of the Genom Corporation. These femme fatales pack a whopping punch and look good doing it in their high-tech battle suits.

In the aftermath of the great earthquake, one ruthless corporation stands ready to take over the devastated city of Tokyo with an army of synthetic monsters. Only a single band of female mercenaries oppose the monolithic power of Genom. With these four women, however, that's all it takes! Armed with the most incredible combat suits ever designed, the Knight Sabers wage a desperate war in the shadows, combating the monstrous by-products of technology with courage, sweat and blood! Get ready for the ultimate assault on the senses with one of the wildest action series to ever roll out of Japan.

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a 2-disc DVD-only release, including nine complete episodes in English 5.1, Spanish 2.0, and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, commentaries by Christine Auten (Priss), Kelly Manison (Linna), Jason Douglas (Leon), Chris Patton (Daley), Hilary Haag (Nene), Spike Spenser (Mackey), John Gremillion (Nigel), character biographies and ADV previews.

Volume: 1 of 3
Running Time: 225 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DBG/010
UPC: 702727099229
Pre-Book Date: 9/28/04
Street Date: 10/26/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


KALEIDO STAR: MASQUERADE

ADV Films announced a street date of October 26, 2004 for the DVD release of Kaleido Star: Masquerade, the fifth volume of this fun-filled anime series under the big top. Kaleido Star, the new series from renowned Japanese director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon) and studios GONZO and Hal Film Maker, combines playful elements of children's anime with the sophisticated vision of talented acrobats from the big top. This highly anticipated series tells the story of an orphaned girl's journey to independence and performing stardom with the support of her new circus family.

Kaleido Star is a great looking show… I cannot wait to get my hands on more…Very recommended,” said on AnimeOnDVD.com

Now that Kaleido Stage has a new owner and the cast has been scattered to the wind, Sora, Mia, and Anna find themselves homeless and unemployed. Mia must figure out how to create and cast a show with few performers and even fewer resources. But who's the mysterious star who finally saves the day? When the Sora and friends take the new show on the road to Vancouver, they find that they have once again fell victim to the evil plots of a rival.

Kaleido Star: Masquerade (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, a mini character poster, a bonus Kaleido Star character standee, production sketches and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Kaleido Star is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Welcome to the Kaleido Stage! DVD, an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series, a 3-D graphic lenticular card featuring the top three characters and a colorful mini cardboard stage (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 5 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DKS/005
UPC: 702727070426
Pre-Book Date: 9/28/04
Street Date: 10/26/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


SAKURA WARS: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION

ADV Films is excited to announce an October 26, 2004 street date for the DVD release of the steam-powered feature length spectacle, Sakura Wars: Essential Anime Collection, featuring four complete episodes from the first Sakura Wars OAV (Original Video Animation). The World barely survived the first Demon War, and the next is about to begin. Conventional weapons won't cut it, neither will conventional soldiers. Humanity needs the few, the proud, the pure: the Spirit Warriors. Recruited from around the world, these women are beautiful both inside and out, but can they master their steam-powered spirit weapons in time? This is the world of Sakura Wars, an animation epic based on the best-selling video game that took Japan by storm.

The year is 1919, and armies of mechanized soldiers are advancing on the capital. Luckily, Kanzaki Heavy Industries has developed a new weapon – giant steam-driven robots. The pilots, known as the Flower Brigade, are a group of courageous young women chosen from around the world for their unique psychic skills. Lack of leadership and the rise of disorganization is evident beneath the strain of rigorous practice runs and the oncoming onslaught of a faceless enemy. Rumors surface of a handsome young officer. Who is he, and can he organize the Flower Brigade into a powerful defense line in time?

Sakura Wars: OVA, Essential Anime Collection (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including four complete episodes in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Volume: 1 of 1
Running Time: 120 minutes
Age Rating: 7+
CAT: DSW/100
UPC: 702727099021
Pre-Book Date: 9/28/04
Street Date: 10/26/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


SUPER ATRAGON: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION

ADV Films has set a street date of October 26, 2004 for the Essential Anime DVD release of the feature length production in two parts, Super Atragon: Essential Anime Collection. This undersea science fiction classic, produced by TOHO International, the legendary producers of the Godzilla movie franchise, and co-producers of Akira and Spriggan, is based on Kaitei Gunkan, the 1900 Japanese science fiction novel by Shunro Oshikawa. With a brilliant story and stunning animation, Super Atragon is a must see!

Moments after an atomic bomb falls over Hiroshima, a secret Japanese submarine sails into battle against its American counterpart, and both are lost to history. Some fifty years later, a special UN task force sent to investigate unusual phenomena in Antarctica is threatened by a mysterious black cylinder. The incident in the Antarctic is only the first round in a cataclysmic battle of wills between two descendants of an ancient race dwelling within the Earth. Standing against them is a single, amazing ship, the RA, a Yamato-class battle sub secretly rebuilt after its supposed destruction in World War II.

Super Atragon (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a feature length DVD-only release, including two complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles and closed captioning. Extras include: clean opening animation and ADV previews.

Volume: 1 of 1
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DSA/002
UPC: 702727099120
Pre-Book Date: 9/28/04
Street Date: 10/26/04
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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