ADV Films November 23 Releases

Oct 21st 2004
HOUSTON, October 21, 2004— ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S, is excited to announce a street date of November 23 for their latest pair of hit home video releases.



AZUMANGA DAIOH: GRADUATION!

ADV Films announces that school is back in session! Azumanga Daioh: Graduation!, the sixth and final volume in the hit anime series has a November 23, 2004 street date, and you won't believe how the girls finish up the school year!



Often referred to as the Seinfeld of anime for it's skill in finding blistering humor in the most mundane situations, Azumanga Daioh is based on the hit graphic novel series from ADV Manga™, and wryly reflects the trials and foibles of high school life through the eyes of an odd assortment of young women and their even odder teachers. If you ever counted the minutes on a clock or pined for the cute girl on the other side of the class, Azumanga Daioh is certain to make you laugh out loud. 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.



School's almost out! But, it ain't over yet…Mountains of career sheets and last minute homework threaten to drown the girls in a wave of paper and exams are looming larger than ever. To improve their chances, the girls go through all sorts of bizarre rituals, from splitting chopsticks to drawing fortunes. And even studying – a little. And then… the final face-off between Sakaki and the gray cat! The last tests the girls will ever have to take! It's all here in the final wacky, wild and whimsical volume of Azumanga Daioh!



Azumanga Daioh: Graduation! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: Azumanga Daioh mini-movie, Azumanga Daioh movie character art gallery, production sketches, the fourth character collector's pin, a 12-page booklet with translation notes, clean opening and closing animations, a reversible cover 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: 6 of 6
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DAZ/006
UPC: 702727068225
Pre-Book Date: 10/26/04
Street Date: 11/23/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: TERROR FROM BYSTON WELL

The war for Byston Well continues on November 23, 2004 with the DVD release of the tenth volume of the classic war-torn epic, Aura Battler Dunbine: Terror from Byston Wells!



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. Long hailed as a “golden age” classic, Dunbine remains a perennial favorite among giant robot fans and its innovative design work and storytelling techniques are the acknowledged inspiration for many of today's hottest anime releases. Aura Battler Dunbine - the stuff that legends are made of. An epic, one-of-a-kind adventure which dives headfirst into a rich, fully defined world to create one of the most unique anime experiences ever envisioned.



The capitals of Europe become “bargaining chips” as the civil war that rocked Byston Wells turns Upper Earth into a battle zone. The stakes have never been higher for Show and the crew of the Zelana as they desperately try to save Paris from total destruction. However, new revelations regarding the dark hidden nature of Aura Power could eventually spell their downfall.



Aura Battler Dunbine: Terror 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.



Volume: 10 of 12
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DDB/010
UPC: 702727036729
Pre-Book Date: 10/26/04
Street Date: 11/23/04
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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