ADV: Elfen Lied, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Place Promised July 12

Jun 21st 2005
HOUSTON, June 20, 2005 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, regrets to announce a July 12 slate that will leave fans breathless – and strapped – going into the dog days of summer: volume two of Elfen Lied, the second installment of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, the fourth disk of Hello Kitty's Animation Theater®, and the critically-acclaimed animated feature film The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

ELFEN LIED: VECTOR TWO

Killer Waif Arouses Fear, Self-Loathing In Fans Worldwide

ADV Films is pleased to announce the July 12 DVD release of the second volume in the bloodiest, most disturbing, most mesmerizing anime series since GantzElfen Lied Vector Two. In a genre known for a fair bit of violence, this series is one for the books. As one reviewer put it, Elfen Lied is “weird and surprisingly sadistic. After watching only a few episodes I felt kind of dirty, but in a good way” (Gamerz Edge).

Tens of thousands of anime fans agree that Elfen Lied is a spectacle not to be missed, and they've voted with their dollars. No wonder, when you consider what makes this series hum! Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the government to be the ultimate weapon. Armed with unfathomable powers, she escapes her handlers, but loses her memory in the process. Fortunately, our young waif is taken in by two well-meaning students. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultra-violence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it's too late.

Elfen Lied showcases the beautiful character designs and mind-bending animation fans have come to expect from ADV Films. It's the story line, however, featuring the dichotomy of a sweet young girl and blood-soaked violence, which has caught fans' attention. Provocative yet tantalizing, Elfen Lied is thoroughly unsettling.

Synopsis: At the core of a conspiracy for a new world order lives a mutant girl who's made an army's worth of enemies. Protected only by a couple of college kids, Kohta and Yuka, the horn-headed Nyu is pursued by those who would destroy her and those who would use her to destroy humanity. But, as her caregivers catch glimpses of Nyu's past as the vicious Lucy, will they continue to risk their lives to protect hers? Is Lucy's trail of carnage somehow connected to Kohta's own dark past? It won't take much to upset this fragile peace. Between the bubble baths and the bloodbaths, the predators and the puppies, the world of Elfen Lied is a world of pure innocence and explosive chaos. When the dust settles, the future of the human race depends on one horn-headed girl.

Elfen Lied Vector Two (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 5-7, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. Extras include video segments covering character artwork and production artwork, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Limited Collectors Edition Still Available!



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


DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, S, L)
CAT: DELF/002
UPC: 702727111020
Pre-Book Date: 6/14/2005
Street Date: 7/12/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





FULL METAL PANIC? FUMOFFU: FULL METAL FRACAS!



Anime's Favorite Odd Couple Are Back – With A Bang!



ADV is pleased to announce the DVD release of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Full Metal Fracas!, the second installment in the FUMOFFU series, in stores July 12.



Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is only the latest face of the Full Metal franchise, which includes the original prose novel, two successful manga series, and the first hit anime series ADV Films brought to America in 2003. But whereas the first Full Metal Panic! anime series was a sci-fi drama with bits of comedy mixed in, this new series doesn't even pretend to be serious! Featuring more explosions, more high school drama, and a batch of hilarious new characters, FUMOFFU really is a whole new Panic!



Directed by Kouichi Chigara (Gate Keepers, Phantom Quest Corps), Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu reintroduces anime's favorite odd couple: the popular (if fiery) Kaname, and Sosuke, the teenaged commando sworn to protect her – from high school? Sosuke has a little trouble telling friend from foe, but you can count on Kaname to set him straight! FUMOFFU features loads of slapstick humor, leavened by romantic misunderstandings and the occasional round of gunfire.



Synopsis: Sousuke's in for the fight of his life! A simple art assignment turns deadly as the entire class gangs up on the mercenary-turned-model. Then he has to defend Kaname against Yakuza thugs, battle karate masters, escape a chainsaw-wielding janitor, and rein in a super-creepy stalker. And just when you thought it couldn't get crazier, Kaname and Sousuke head to a haunted hospital, where blood-spattered ghosts teach the pair a frightening lesson in deception. The combat and comedy never let up in the second volume of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! Hold onto your seats (and your sides), because this disc packs a full metal punch!



Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Full Metal Fracas! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 4 – 6, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include character artwork, the original Japanese preview, and a special insert, “The Mysteries of FUMOFFU, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Still Available!



The Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Collectors Box] is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire four volume series (SRP $39.98).



DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)
CAT: DFMF/002
UPC: 702727110528
Pre-Book Date: 6/14/2005
Street Date: 7/12/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS



ADV Brings 2004's “Best Animated Film” to DVD July 12



ADV Films, is proud to announce the July 12 DVD release of The Place Promised in Our Early Days, the highly anticipated, award-winning full-length feature film by world famous animator and director Makoto Shinkai. The Place Promised in Our Early Days comes to home video after a successful US theatrical run that kicked off in New York and continued through more than a dozen big US cities.



Referred to as “the new Miyazaki”, creator Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star) has created a beautifully lush science-fiction masterpiece that explores the powerful complexities of love, the driving force of curiosity, and the enduring value of a promise. Recently released in theaters across Japan, The Place Promised in Our Early Days was awarded the Animation Film Award (the Grand Prize in animation) at the 59th annual Mainichi Film Concours, the same award which had been awarded to Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away in the past.



“This is without a doubt one of the most exciting and most talked about animated feature films to come out of Japan in years, as demonstrated by Japan's record-breaking theater attendance.” said John Ledford, President and C.E.O of ADV Films. “We are thrilled and very proud to bring this highly acclaimed film to North American audiences!”



Synopsis: Set in an alternate universe, this sci-fi story centers around three teenagers, a rip in the space-time continuum, and the perseverance to keep a promise against all odds. The film captures slice-of-life beauty between three friends, while epic events threaten to drive them apart.



“The animation is breathtaking. The backdrops are stunning; it's so life-like that it's hard to believe it is animated. Every outdoor scene is exquisite, as is every shot of sky, whether cloudy, sunny, nighttime, raining or intensely blue.”—Active Anime



The Place Promised in Our Early Days (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include interviews with the Japanese cast and director, the original Japanese trailers, and previews of upcoming ADV releases.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 90 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DTPP/001
UPC: 702727127724
Pre-Book Date: 6/14/2005
Street Date: 7/12/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







HELLO KITTY'S® ANIMATION THEATRE 4: HAPPILY EVER AFTER



The Queen of All Media Roars Again July 12!



Hello Kitty® and friends take to the stage with a brand new collection of your favorite classic tales on July 12 with the DVD release of Hello Kitty's Animation Theater: Happily Ever After®.



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.



Synopsis: That one-of-a-kind girl, Hello Kitty, stars in more beloved fairy tales told as only she can! Join the excitement as Hello Kitty®, her twin sister Mimmy and their friends Pom Pom Purin, Pekkle and Dear Daniel journey once more to experience more magical adventures. In the final volume of Hello Kitty's Animation Theater, you get six action-packed episodes featuring some of Sanrio's most loveable characters:



Hello Kitty® in “Puss in Boots”

Pekkle in “The Ugly Duckling”

Hello Kitty® in “Thumbelina”

Pom Pom Purin in the “North Wind and the Sun”

Hello Kitty® and Dear Daniel in “The Snow Queen”

Hello Kitty, Mimmy and Dear Daniel in “The Three Little Pigs”



Hello Kitty's Animation Theater: Once Upon A Time ($14.98 DVD, $9.98 VHS) is a DVD and VHS release, containing eight complete episodes present in English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 4 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV Y
CAT: DHKT/004
UPC: 702727102028
Pre-Book Date: 6/14/2005
Street Date: 7/12/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $14.98



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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