ADV Films Announces December 14 Release Dates

Nov 30th 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 14 RELEASE DATES

HOUSTON, November 30, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S, is excited to announce several titles to be released December 14.

GET BACKERS: INTO THE LIMITLESS FORTRESS

ADV Films has set a street date of December 14, 2004 for the DVD release of Getbackers: Into the Limitless Fortress, the third exciting volume in this action-packed series. Ginji Amano and Ban Midou , two continually broke guys who seem to always be down on their luck, have made it their calling to retrieve items that have been stolen or lost, for a price of course. Though they appear to be a normal duo, Ginji and Ban both have powers that allow them to take on impressive enemies. They'll dodge bullets, defeat supernatural enemies, even risk their own deaths; whatever it takes.

Based on the hit manga by Rando Ayamine and Yuya Aoki, Getbackers' high stakes action scenes were animated by Studio DEEN (King of Bandit Jing, Cowboy Bebop).

Ban and Ginji teamed up with Shido when the going got tough. They got help from Himiko when she was in a good mood. But what on earth could possibly force them to make nice with…Doctor Jackal?! Only the most dangerous mission the Getbackers have faced to date. And it's gonna take them straight into the heart of the most dangerous location in town: the Limitless Fortress. A mysterious client wants them to recover an object so classified, it can only be called by its initials: IL. Can the Getbackers survive this strange alliance to get back the IL?

Getbackers: Into the Limitless Fortress (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: clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, behind the scenes, commentaries and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Getbackers is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: G & B on the Case DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house volumes 1-5 (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 3 of 10
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DGBK/003
UPC: 702727084928
Pre-Book Date: 11/16/04
Street Date: 12/14/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


MEZZO: SHELL TWO

ADV Films today announced a December 14, 2004 release date for Mezzo: Shell Two, the second sizzling volume in the hot new girls with guns series. Created by Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite), Mezzo is jam packed with hard-boiled action, sci-fi wonder, and kick-ass babes with guns.

For the best-looking team in the ass-kicking game, high-stakes action with low-life criminals is just another day at the office. It was hard enough already to wake up alive every day, but for Mikura, Harada, and Kurokawa it just keeps getting harder. Along with their squeaky killer-in-training, Asami, the DSA team is learning just how deceiving appearances can be. Is it a video game or a torture chamber? A clown or a bloodthirsty maniac? For the DSA, the cost of the answers may cost them their lives!

Mezzo: Shell Two (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, production sketches and ADV Films previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume, Mezzo: Shell One, is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $34.98).

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DMF/002
UPC: 702727092527
Pre-Book Date: 11/16/04
Street Date: 12/14/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


NEW FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: WHEN A MAN CARRIES SORROW

ADV Films is pleased to announce a December 14, 2004 street date for third and final DVD of the superb trilogy, the New Fist of the North Star: When a Man Carries Sorrow. The New Fist of the North Star trilogy, released in Japan this year, is based on the popular Fist of the North Star manga series and classic anime feature film.

The Fist of the North Star manga debuted in the early 1980s, enthralling audiences and selling a staggering 60 million copies in five languages worldwide. The epic saga's success brought international renown to creators Buronson (writer) and Hara Tetsuo (artist,) and led to two hit television series, two animated feature films and one live action movie prior to this all new original animation version, the first to be written by Mr. Buronson himself. Fist of the North Star's trademark over-the-top violence and wildly exciting action sequences quickly became legendary, making the series a staple of Japanese pop culture. The series has been parodied in several prominent anime titles over the years, most recently in fan favorites Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi and Excel Saga, both of which are also available from ADV Films.

After escaping from the tower where Seiji imprisoned them, Tobi rallies the townspeople against Seiji, calling them to a holy war in the name of Lord Doha. When Kenshiro finally returns, he finds that the entire city has been thrown into a maelstrom of blood and agony. The war of attrition which Tobi initiated has eaten away at his soul. In a deft and devious act of betrayal, Tobi confines Kenshiro before setting off to launch his final all-out assault against Seiji and his guard. Can Kenshiro summon the power to break free from his prison? Will the justice of the North Star prevail?

New Fist of the North Star: When a Man Carries Sorrow (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including a 55-minute feature presented in letterbox format with audio in English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. Extras include: Behind the Scenes: ADR, interview with Sifu Moy Saup Tung, Aaron Vyvial & the American Ving Tsun Kung Fu Academy, commentary with the English voice actors, character bios, trailers for the Italian release of New Fist of the North Star and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available

The New First of the North Star trilogy is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the first DVD of the trilogy and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $34.98).

Part: 3 of 3
Running Time: 55 minutes
Age Rating: 17+
CAT: DFNS/003
UPC: 702727084621
Pre-Book Date: 11/16/04
Street Date: 12/14/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


SAINT SEIYA: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

ADV Films has set a December 14, 2004 street date for Saint Seiya: Challenge Accepted, the ninth volume of the hit fantasy-action title. Saint Seiya is based on the manga by Masami Kurumada and produced by Toei Animation (Digimon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball). The DVD release of Saint Seiya accompanies the popular airing of Knights of the Zodiac, an edited version of the title, on the Cartoon Network.

The attack on the Sanctuary begins! With all the Saints finally together, they depart on their journey to stop Pope Ares and his vile plans of world domination. The Bronze Saints must pass through each house of the Zodiac, defeating the Gold Saint who guards it. And they have only twelve hours to complete this task, or Saori dies. Hurry Saints! Race to save Saori!

Saint Seiya: Challenge Accepted (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes; English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. DVD features include: “The Mythology of Saint Seiya,” clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Part: 9 of 12
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DSE/009
UPC: 702727050022
Pre-Book Date: 11/16/04
Street Date: 12/14/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


SISTER PRINCESS: SIBLING REVELRY

ADV Films today announced an December 14, 2004 release date for the second volume of the chaotic circus of siblings, Sister Princess: Sibling Revelry.

Based on a popular dating sim in Japan, Sister Princess follows the quirky story of a boy who discovers he has twelve sisters, all of whom are trying to win his undying affection. This situational comedy is great for fans of His or Her Circumstances and Azumanga Daioh!

Since Wataru arrived unexpectedly on Promised Island, he's had a lot of surprising discoveries – like finding out he has thirteen younger sisters! Wataru's attentions are constantly torn between the girls, who never stop vying for his affection. After Wataru becomes distracted corresponding with a new email friend, he's suddenly besieged by emails from all the girls at once. Next, he gets talked into participating in a talent show and other fanciful games of make-believe! Living with thirteen girls is certainly no fantasy on this island!

Sister Princess: Sibling Revelry (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, production sketches, a reversible cover, behind the scenes with Kaho, Yotsuba&! & Mami and ADV previews.

Limited Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume, Sister Princess: Oh, Brother!, is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the volume 1 DVD, a book of postcards from each of the twelve sisters and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 2 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DSPR/002
UPC: 702727081828
Pre-Book Date: 11/16/04
Street Date: 12/14/04
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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