ADV Announces June 7 Releases

May 25th 2005
ADV ANNOUNCES JUNE 7 RELEASES



HOUSTON, May 23, 2005 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce a riot of top-selling anime releases for June 7, 2005: including the notorious best-seller Gantz 5, the smash hit D.N.Angel 5, and the girls-with-guns spectacle Madlax 2, plus E’s Otherwise 3, Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection 3, and Petite Princess Yucie 5!





GANTZ: PROCESS OF ELIMINATION



Fifth Volume Shocks, Awes June 7



The most controversial anime series of 2005 ups the ante when Gantz: Process of Elimination goes on sale June 7. Notorious for its off-the-wall premise and over-the-top violence, the fifth volume of Gantz promises a bloodbath as a biker gang, a grandmother, and a small child enter the deadly game.



Described as “gruesome” (Anime Source), “sadistic” (Anime Daze), and “addictive” (Active Anime), Gantz is one of the top-selling series of 2005. With a new release every month and an unusually low price, the series has developed a following well beyond the anime fan community, with first-month sales on volume three exceeding those on the first volume by a significant margin. Retailers have struggled to keep the new disks on the shelf.



Directed by Ichiro Itano and produced by Gonzo Digimation (Chrono Crusade, Full Metal Panic!), Gantz is based on the ultra-violent, totally twisted manga series by Hiroya Oku (HEN, Zero One). If anything, the anime series surpasses its source material for sheer spectacle – so much so that it had to be heavily edited for broadcast on Japanese television. ADV Films has restored Gantz to its original, uncut form for its DVD release, much to people's surprise.



Synopsis: The violence erupts as the second game not only pits the resurrectees against aliens, but against each other as well! As the new group of players fight amongst themselves, a newer and deadlier alien menace is thrown against them. Against the sonic screams and ever increasing numbers of their new opponents, the enhanced power suits and weapons provided by the Gantz are no guarantee of survival... and for the unsuited Kurono the likelihood of survival is almost non-existent!



Gantz: Process of Elimination (SRP $17.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 9 and 10, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation, the original Japanese TV spots, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Limited Collectors Edition Still Available!



The Gantz Collectors Box is still available while supplies last. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Gantz, plus a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the first seven volumes in the hit series (SRP $39.98).



DVD Product Details



Volume: 5
Running Time: 50 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)
CAT: DGZ/005
UPC: 702727116629
Pre-Book Date: 5/10/2005
Street Date: 6/7/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $17.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





DNANGEL: DARKSIDE OF LOVE



Hit Anime Based on the Best-Selling Manga Series



The best-selling anime series continues on June 7, when D.N.Angel: Darkside of Love hits video retailers everywhere. One of the top anime series of 2005, it's based on the ongoing manga series that's taken North America by storm. The fifth DVD of D.N.Angel is sure to appeal to anime fans and manga fans alike.



D.N.Angel is the story of Daisuke Niwa, who's a bit of a loser but has a dashing alter-ego, the legendary Phantom Thief, Dark. The problem is that the girl of his dreams, Risa, wants nothing to do with Daisuke – she digs Dark instead!



Based on the hugely popular manga by Yukiru Sugisaki, the D.N.Angel anime is produced by Dentsu (Angelic Layer), Kadokawa Shoten (Full Metal Panic!, Ringu), TV Tokyo (Cowboy Bebop), and Xebec (Sorceror Hunters).



Synopsis: Daisuke Niwa is not a normal junior high student. However, for the next 6 days he gets to act like one! Daisuke and his classmates head to the seaside for a week of fun and studying. While there, Daisuke finally realizes his true feelings and gives his heart to a young lady. Which girl is it? Yet paradise can't last forever and it couldn't get any worse back at home. He was cast in his school play but as a girl! His maid and pet are going bonkers! And then there's Mio…



D.N.Angel: Darkside of Love (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 17 through 20, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. It's loaded with extras, including three separate video segments on the making of D.N.Angel and a special commentary track with ADV's DVD Coordinator Mariela Ortiz and ADR Director David Williams, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Still Available!



Limited quantities of D.N.Angel: Darkside of Love are still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of D.N.Angel, plus a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire series (SRP $39.98).



DVD Product Details



Volume: 5 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DDNA/005
UPC: 702727087721
Pre-Book Date: 5/10/2005
Street Date: 6/7/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







MADLAX: THE RED BOOK



Sexy Assassin, Shy Schoolgirl Team Up for Perfect Anime Series



ADV Films takes the “girls with guns” genre to new heights with the release of Madlax: The Red Book, which hits stores on June 7. This tour de force from the creators of Noir pairs an unassuming teen with the gun-for-hire Madlax in an action-packed mystery with more twists than a corkscrew.



Madlax is a great looking series… emotionally resonant opening theme song, smooth animation, convincing explosions, and other technical touches that make it shine” (DVD Verdict).



Directed by Koichi Mashimo (Noir, .hack//sign, Sorcerer Hunters) and designed by the full Noir team of Satoshi Osawa, Minako Shiba, Satoko Miyachi and Kinji Teraoka, MADLAX was produced by animation powerhouses Bee Train (Noir, .hack//sign) and Victor Entertainment (Excel Saga, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, RahXephon).



Synopsis: The Gazth-Sonika Civil War – As the death toll mounts, so do questions about both the conflict's purpose and its highly secretive facilitators. Even the ruling power's Army Commander hired mercenary Madlax to carry out his own assassination in the hopes of putting an end to the madness. Meanwhile, the quest for answers continues. Before being murdered by his bizarrely entranced daughter, resistance operative Piederica Morey sent a young boy named Chris deep into Gazth-Sonika in order to find the truth – and turn the tide of the war.



Madlax: The Red Book (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 5 – 8, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include design sketches, the original Japanese promotional trailers, and a special segment with SSS, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Still Available!



The Madlax Collectors Box is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Madlax in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire seven volume series (SRP $39.98).



DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
CAT: DMAD/002
UPC: 702727117725
Pre-Book Date: 5/10/2005
Street Date: 6/7/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





SAIYUKI DOUBLE BARREL COLLECTION 3



Classic Series Now Available In a Stunning New Package – and an Unbeatable Price!



The Saiyuki saga is essential viewing for any true anime fan. Now, thanks to ADV Films, there's no reason not to own it! The third volume in the Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection, containing over 200 minutes of classic demon-hunting action on two disks for just $29.98, hits stores everywhere June 7.



Based on the original 16th-century Chinese novel Xiyouji by Wu Cheng-En, Saiyuki first began to take shape with an animated version of the tale in the late 1960s. The current incarnation features a colorful cast of characters based on the popular manga by Kazuya Minekura and features the production work of TV Tokyo (Noir), Dentsu Inc. (Final Fantasy: Unlimited) and Studio Pierrot (The Super Milk-chan Show, Naruto).



Synopsis: The Sanzo Party heads further into the thick of the demon plague terrorizing the Earth, and dangers threaten them every step of the way. And no matter how far west they go, the group's past is always one step behind! Every member has something they would like to forget. A fact they must confront as the party is holed up to wait out a storm. Five more episodes lead Sanzo and his band deeper into demon territory, and reveals more about each of your favorite demon slayer's mysterious origins.



Saiyuki: Double Barrel Collection Volume 3 ($29.98 SRP) is a 2-disc DVD-only release including 8 complete episodes presented on 2 DVDs. Audio is presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include cultural background notes, production sketches, cleaning opening and closing animation, Saiyuki trailer, and ADV previews.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 3 of 6
Running Time: 200 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, L)
CAT: DSY/1D3
UPC: 702727121920
Pre-Book Date: 5/10/2005
Street Date: 6/7/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





E'S OTHERWISE: HEADSPIN



Heads Spin, Explode In Sci-Fi Thriller



ADV presents the third volume in the fan-favorite sci-fi series, E’s Otherwise: Headspin, hitting stores June 7. “If you like action, magic, and a good plot, this show is for you.”—Animesou.com.



A psychically charged, high-energy adventure focused around the future of human evolution and its possible consequences, E’s Otherwise is based on the hit comic series that original appeared in G Fantasy Monthly. The spectacular, state of the art animation was directed by Masami Shimoda (Macross 7, Saber Marionette J) and produced by Studio Pierrot (Saiyuki, Naruto).



Synopsis: As the twelve corporations continue their manipulation of the psychics they control, the most ruthless conglomerate, Ashurum, ratchets up their devious techniques. One of their newest developments? A machine that locates psychics and renders them powerless—and Kai becomes an unwitting accomplice in the machine's test run. Meanwhile, gentle Asuka finds she has a psychic connection with the leader of the resistance group. But as other alliances are formed, still others are torn apart when the formerly close siblings Shen-Lon and Shin-Lu find themselves in a deadly training game. And when Shin-Lu finds her powers increasing to dangerous levels, her relationship with her brother becomes less like Hansel & Gretel and more like Cain and Abel.



E’s Otherwise: Headspin ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animations, Actor PSI profiles, production sketches and ADV previews.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 3 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14
CAT: DEOW/003
UPC: 702727100420
Pre-Book Date: 5/10/05
Street Date: 6/7/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





PETITE PRINCESS YUCIE: ECHOES FROM THE PAST



“Five Stars” – THEM



ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the United States, is announcing the fifth volume in the smash hit fantasy series from Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Petite Princess Yucie: Echoes From the Past, on store shelves everywhere June 7.



Created by Takami Akai (Japan's mega-hit Princess Maker computer game,) with supervising direction by the legendary Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia,) and directed by Masahiko Otsuka (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Grrl Power), Petite Princess Yucie is a project so big that it required a joint venture of two of Japan's greatest animation powerhouses to realize: GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Nadia) and AIC (Tenchi Muyo!, Bubblegum Crisis , Dual!, Bubblegum Crisis 2040, El Hazard.)



Synopsis: Yucie and our Princesses are getting down to business! There's only one crystal flower to go and the Platinum Princess Concert awaits. Yucie herself takes another step closer to unraveling the mystery of Arc and the prince. But not all is intrigue as our ladies must still work as maids for one mean old man…



Petite Princess Yucie: Echoes From the Past (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release with four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, production sketches, and ADV previews.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 5 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DYC/005
UPC: 702727093128
Pre-Book Date: 5/10/2005
Street Date: 6/7/2005
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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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