ADV Films Anime Expo Round-Up

Jul 6th 2005
ADV FILMS ANIME EXPO ROUNDUP



ADV Grabs Four Expo Awards, Including

‘BEST COMPANY’ and ‘BEST PUBLICATION’



NEON GENESIS EVANGELION to Air On Adult Swim



CHRONO CRUSADE, PEACEMAKER Slated for Showtime



THE FUCCONS Coming to America!



HOUSTON, Tuesday, July 5—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, once again reaffirmed its preeminence at last weekend's Anime Expo in Anaheim, California. ADV left Anaheim with four major Anime Expo awards, including Best Company, Best Publication (for Newtype USA), Best OVA (for Happy Lesson: Mama Mia!), and Best Male Character, US Release (for Sosuke Sagura of Full Metal Panic!).



In addition to cleaning up at the Anime Expo Awards, ADV made a number of important announcements. Among the highlights are the Adult Swim's plan to broadcast Neon Genesis Evangelion the greatest anime series of all time; Chrono Crusade and Peace Maker's new home on Showtime; and ADV's acquisition of the “live action” comedy phenomenon The Fuccons.





The Fuccons Coming to America!



At the ADV release panel, held at 1pm Saturday July 2nd, President & CEO John Ledford, ADV co-founder Matt Greenfield, and representative David Williams announced several new title acquisitions, the first of which was The Fuccons, a surreal comedy series of shorts from Japan that defies categorization.



Shot in live action, The Fuccons' cast consists entirely of mannequins – and that's just the beginning of the weirdness. Known in Japan as “OH! Mikey,” The Fuccons portrays the misadventures of a young American boy named Mikey, who moves to Japan with his somewhat demented parents. The off-kilter comedy has become a pop culture phenomenon in Japan, where there are now even Fuccon-themed restaurants and loads of licensed merchandise. ADV did not announce a specific release date for the DVD series, but the official ADV Fuccons website, with original trailers and background on the series, is set to go live soon.





Shadow Skill and Macross Acquisitions



ADV announced its acquisition of the action anime Shadow Skill, the 26 episode series based upon a hit video game. ADV also announced its acquisition of the original Macross series. Macross is best known in North America as the first leg of the enormously successful Robotech Trilogy, also released on home video by ADV. Although the series has been previously released in a subtitled edition through another distributor, ADV will be joining forces with master licensor Harmony Gold to expand the scope of the Macross release, with plans in the works to re-dub the entire series in English. Release dates are yet to be determined.





Chrono Crusade and Peace Maker to Showtime, Neon Genesis Evangelion to Adult Swim



Finally, the ADV representatives were pleased to announce that, in addition to their ongoing broadcast distribution of hundreds of ADV titles via The Anime Network, deals have been signed with both Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and Showtime to bring ADV's hit series to an even wider audience. Showtime has taken delivery of masters for two of ADV's most current hits, Chrono Crusade and Peace Maker, while Adult Swim is set to begin broadcasting one of the all time gems in the ADV catalog, the original Neon Genesis Evangelion. Specific details concerning the broadcast dates and times for these series was unknown at the time of the panel, but the ADV reps promised that details would be posted on their website, www.ADVFilms.com, as soon as they became available.





In Other News



* This fall Newtype USA will begin serializing the much-anticipated Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel manga, which will be retitled Evangelion: Angelic Days. The manga is based on the popular Girlfriend of Steel 2 videogame.



* ADV will release the first volume of Legend of Moby Dick in November 2005. The exact title of the ADV release is subject to confirmation.



* ADV has acquired Vermillion Pleasure Nights, a live action sketch comedy series from Japan. Release dates are yet to be determined.



* G4 – videogame tv is set to broadcast the ADV Films series Colorful. The series launch date is yet to be determined.



* In September ADV will release the dub version of Sakura Diaries with previously missing footage.



* ADV announced that the long-awaited second volume in the critically-acclaimed series Princess Tutu will be released this fall. The exact release date is yet to be determined.



* ADV will begin releasing the second season of the fan-favorite series Kaleido Star this winter. Details to be announced.





About ADV Films:

In the 13 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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