ADV Announces April 19th Releases

Mar 23rd 2005
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES APRIL 19TH RELEASES

HOUSTON, March 23, 2005—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in North America announces a street date of April 19, 2005 for four highly anticipated new releases.


NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PLATINUM: 07

The ultimate mecha series reaches its epic conclusion with the final volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition. Prepare to witness the ultimate Evangelion DVD experience with breathtaking re-mastered video and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound. Biblical prophecy, human drama and blistering hi-tech battle action collide as this award winning anime classic concludes in a blaze of glory.

“Every time I adapt to the unusual nature of this series, it mutates on me. How could you not love a show that's never the same twice?” – Sci Fi Weekly

A genre-defining anime classic that's been widely acclaimed as one of the best science fiction series ever created, Neon Genesis Evangelion is directed by Hideaki Anno (Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, His and Her Circumstances) and produced by the acclaimed animation studio GAINAX (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, FLCL, Wings of Honneamise,

In the deadly aftermath, the unexpected arrival of the Fifth Child hits like a hurricane. Has Shinji found a kindred soul… or does the unearthly Nagisa Kaoru have a soul at all? Prepare for the shocking conclusion to the most controversial animated series ever produced. Where Angels fear to tread, Shinji must go alone. The circle will be completed. It is Final Genesis.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum:07 (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including both the original television version of episodes 24, 25, and 26 as well as the new Directors' Cut for episode 24. The feature is presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles. The volume is housed in an exclusive metallic finish slipcover. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; The Mythology of Evangelion Part II, Animatics for Episode 24 and 25, Commentary with Matt Greenfield (ADR Director) & Sean McCoy, and ADV Previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum edition is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD with an exclusive metallic finish slipcover and an attractive custom series art box to house all seven volumes. Extras include: one-of-a-kind numbered decal; profile booklet filled with screen shots, Japanese commentaries and character profiles; Episode: 01 commentary by ADR director Matt Greenfield; Episode: 02 commentary by Matt Greenfield and Spike Spencer (“Shinji”); clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 7 of 7
Running Time: 105 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DNGE/007
UPC: 702727089923
Pre-Book Date: 03/22/05
Street Date: 04/19/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


WANDABA STYLE: IDOL INVASION


Their First Concert May Be Their Last!


It's the third and final volume of Wandaba Style, and our heroes are learning that making their dreams come true is only the beginning. With a trip to the moon and a chart-topping hit behind them, will the Mix Juice girls fall apart? Find out as the zany comedy that's out of this world reaches its conclusion on April 19, 2005.

“This show is as fun as it gets.” – Japan Hero


This hilarious series pays tribute to the television classic Thunderbirds as the crazy scientist Dr. Tsukumo propels the girls to the fame they crave by blasting them to the moon! Created by Junzo Mutusuki (Devil Hunter Yokho), this hilarious sci-fi series is filled with zany humor, wacky inventions, and out-of-this-world action that is perfect for fans of Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemy.

The girls of Mix Juice have risked life and limb to be the first band to perform live on the moon. Now that they've made the trip, how will they return to Earth? When Sakura, Ayame, Himawari!, and Yuri get caught between mad-scientist Tsukumo and his mother, the sparks fly and all tickets are strictly one-way

Wandaba Style: Idol Invasion ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release including four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, comedic outtakes, A Wandaba Style evening, and ADV previews.

Volume: 3 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: TV PG (L)
CAT: DWS/003
UPC: 702727094521
Pre-Book Date: 03/22/05
Street Date: 04/19/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


HELLO KITTY'S ANIMATION THEATER: FAR AWAY LANDS

Everyone's favorite feline, Hello Kitty®, returns to the stage with all her friends on April 19, 2005 in some of the best fairy tale stories of all time! Be sure to be on the lookout for the DVD and VHS release of Hello Kitty's Animation Theater: Far Away Lands, the second volume of this adorably cute series!

“This is perfect for children & Hello Kitty fans alike.” – Otaku News Network

Hello Kitty®, the flagship brand of Sanrio, is loved and enjoyed by people of all ages around the world, and has a multi-million dollar retail presence with strong appeal for fans of Barbie Fantasy Tales Collection, Disney classics and Strawberry Shortcake.

Come along and join Kitty, Mimmy, Badtz-Maru, Pochacco, My Melody and Dear Daniel as they re-tell your favorite classic tales in their own adorable style. This new Hello Kitty® collection gives fans a chance to experience the original Japanese audio track, the first time a Hello Kitty® feature has done this in the U.S.!

Hello Kitty's Animation Theater: Far Away Lands ($14.98 DVD, $9.98 VHS) is a DVD and VHS release, containing six complete episodes presented in English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Volume: 2 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: All
CAT: DHKT/002 (DVD), VHKT/002 (VHS)
UPC: 702727101724 (DVD), 702727081033 (VHS)
Pre-Book Date: 03/22/05
Street Date: 04/19/05
Format: DVD, VHS
SRP: $14.98 (DVD), $9.98 (VHS)

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



CYBERTEAM IN AKIHABARA: CYBER REBIRTH

They're the hottest toys on the market, but when Hibari and her friends each get their hands on one, they soon discover that their Pata-Pi's aren't just the cute and cuddly friends they appear to be! These adorable little creatures are in fact magical beings with the power to save mankind! Don't miss the action in the fourth exciting volume of the high-energy hijinks Cyberteam in Akhibara: Cyber Rebirth, hitting stores April 19, 2005!

“…a different type of genre fusion, it's like Sailor Moon meets Bubblegum Crisis!” - Animetric.com.

Director Yoshitaka Fujimoto (Nuku Nuku Dash, Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch) and Producers Tetsuo Gensho (Sakura Wars, Orphen, You're Under Arrest) and Hiroshi Kato (Vampire Hunter D) have teamed up to create this twisted tale of a popular toy that turns out to be much more than it seems.

Deriving its name from the celebrated wholesale electronics district of Tokyo, and simultaneously parodying both the Power Rangers and Pokémon merchandizing crazes with the occasional delirious side-trip into Sailor Moon-land, Cyberteam packs an awesome arsenal of animated in-jokes that's as overstuffed as its unsuspecting heroines amply filled out costumes. Don't miss the mayhem as the most demented crew of animators since Excel Saga take liberal potshots at everything under the Rising Sun.

As if being a kid weren't awkward enough, the arrival of the fifth Anima Mundi along with her mercilessly powerful Black Diva threatens to make mincemeat of the Cyber Team! With Parent/Teacher Night looming, Hibari, Suzume, Tsugumi, and Kamome struggle to keep their home-lives from bringing ruin to their ongoing war with the Rosenkreutz. As darkness gathers all around her, can Hibari hope to find the light at the end of the tunnel? Or will the darkness swallow her up, along with mankind's last chance for survival?

Cyberteam in Akihabara: Cyber Rebirth (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release with 4 complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, commentary with Christine Auten (Jun / Blood Falcon), Jessica Boone (Miyama / Death Crow) & Monica Rial (Hatoko / Dark Pigeon), and ADV previews.

Volume: 4 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: 13+
CAT: DCTA/004
UPC: 702727095221
Pre-Book Date: 03/22/05
Street Date: 04/19/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



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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