ADV Announces September 13 Releases

Jul 25th 2005
ADV ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 13 RELEASES



HOUSTON, July 22, 2005—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce brand new installments of three hit series as well as a classic anime compilation, all set to hit the streets on September 13: the third volume in the hit comedy Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, the seventh and final volume of the samurai epic Peacemaker, and the second chapter in the high-flying fighter jet series Area 88, plus the low priced thin-pack Rune Soldier: Complete Collection.





FULL METAL PANIC? FUMOFFU: FULL METAL FERVOR!



“Incredibly Funny, Strong Cast Of Characters, Wonderful Visuals” – Anime News Network



ADV is pleased to announce the DVD release of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Full Metal Fervor!, the third installment in the FUMOFFU series, in stores September 13.



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: Bring it on! Sport is war. At least, that's the attitude Sousuke takes when he and Kaname get enlisted to help Jindai High's flagging, pacifist rugby team. Against Kaname's will, Sousuke decides to bring the spineless squad up to speed with a little over-the-top, all-out-hilarious “basic training.” And while school may be in session for Sousuke and Kaname, vacation has just started for Tessa. Her destination: Jindai High…and a nearby hot spring! Mao and Kurz are there to provide backup for Tessa, but it may be Sousuke who needs it! Tessa has her sights set on him, and nothing – not even Kaname – is gonna stop her! Sports, skirmishes, slapstick, and skin – it's all here in the third pulse-pounding volume of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu!



Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Full Metal Fervor! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes seven through nine, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include character artwork, the original Japanese DVD Promo, and a new installment in 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: 3 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)
CAT: DFMF/003
UPC: 702727110627
Pre-Book Date: 8/16/2005
Street Date: 9/13/2005

Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





PEACEMAKER: DECISION



Seventh and Final Volume in Top Samurai Series of 2005



The fan-favorite samurai series concludes when Peacemaker: Decision hits store shelves everywhere Sepember 13. “With a good mixture of serious adventure and comedy, this show is a winner. Highly Recommended” (DVD Talk).



Known for its winning combination of elegant design, serious adventure, and sharp comedy, Peacemaker was produced by the acclaimed Gonzo Digimation (Gantz, Chrono Crusade) with character designs by noted craftsman Akemi Hayashi (Fruits Basket). The series follows the career of 15-year old Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who joins the elite Shinsengumi swordsmen after his parents are murdered by Choshu rebels.



Synopsis: The time: July 8, 1864. The place: Ikedaya. In hushed tones, the Choshu rebels plot their most sinister undertaking yet: the burning of Kyoto. Outside, all is quiet. But suddenly, the doors fling open and the Shinsengumi announce themselves with a battle cry as they set upon the Choshu clansmen. Meanwhile, on the rooftops, Susumu squares off with his nemesis, the mysterious female ninja. But for Tetsu, the battle rages within. Away from the fighting, he struggles to come to grips with what he must and cannot do. Can he fulfill his promise to Saya? His vow to his parents? Whichever path he chooses, he can no longer dodge the question. With lightning precision, the swords of the Choshu and the Shinsengumi will clash in a spectacular battle! You won't want to miss a second of this gripping conclusion to Peacemaker!



Peacemaker: Decision (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 22-24, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include production sketches (video), an Ikedaya music clip, Character Collection 9: Toshimaru Yoshida, Character Collection 10: Saya, and the video section “Gion,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Still Available!



The Peacemaker Collectors Box is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Peacemaker in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire 7 volume series (SRP $39.98).



The Hit Anime Is Also A Best-Selling Manga Series!



ADV Manga publishes the American edition of the ongoing Peacemaker manga series. Three volumes have been published to date. For more details, visit www.ADV-manga.com.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 7 of 7
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DPCM/007
UPC: 702727095726
Pre-Book Date: 8/16/2005
Street Date: 9/13/2005

Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98





Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





AREA 88: A LONELY CROSSING OF PATHS



Second Volume In Jet Fighter Anime Series



ADV Films is pleased to announce the September 13 release of Area 88: A Lonely Crossing of Paths. This is the second volume in the high-flying anime series, which features meticulously rendered fighter planes and realistic dogfights that will keep you on the edge of your seat!



First broadcast on Japanese television a little over a year ago, Area 88 is based on the classic manga by Kaoru Shintani with a screenplay by Hiroshi Onogi (RahXephon, Macross Zero). It tells the story of Shin Kazama, an ace pilot on the verge of a comfortable life with a commercial airline. Tricked into joining a motley crew of mercenary fighter pilots, Shin's only way out is to complete the three year term or pay $1.5 million to break the contract. Truly innovative animation and heart-pounding suspense transport you to a world where every breath could be your last. At Area 88, there's no such thing as a normal day.



Synopsis: In every life there comes a moment when skill is pushed to the limit, when the only thing that stands in the path of death is the strength of the spirit and the shEar will to survive. Out numbered and overpowered, Shin is forced to ditch his plane and parachute into the barren, unforgiving desert where he is haunted by memories of his past as he struggles to survive. Back on base a new pilot is turning heads, and she… yes, she… has the skill of an ace and the beauty to match. But Shin is oblivious to her obvious advances as he impatiently waits for his new plane to arrive. Amid thoughts of the life, and love, he left behind, Shin is confronted with the face of the friend who took it all away, and in the last place he would expect it, in the cockpit of the 747 barreling toward him through the clouds.



Area 88: A Lonely Crossing Of Paths (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes four through six, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include an interview with Isamu Imakake (Director) and Horoshi Koujina (Character Designer), another interview featuring the director and Kenjiro Kawando (Supervising Producer), production sketches, aircraft specs, and character bios, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Still Available!



An Area 88 Collectors Box is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Area 88 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
CAT: DAET/002
UPC: 702727115929
Pre-Book Date: 8/16/2005
Street Date: 9/13/2005

Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98





Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





RUNE SOLDIER: COMPLETE COLLECTION



Finally, An Affordable Thin-pack Collects the Action-Comedy Masterpiece



ADV Films is pleased to announce a September 13 release date for Rune Soldier: Complete Collection, a thin-pack compilation of the entire Rune Soldier series.



Rune Soldier was created by Ryo Mizuno, the mind behind the acclaimed Record of Lodoss War anime. It is an anime adventure tale combining fantasy, magic and epic quests in a hilarious, irreverent package. PLAY magazine described Rune Soldier as having “an excellent script and beautiful detail… a production that's polished in every respect.”



Synopsis: Armed with Merrill's cunning, Genie's strength, and Melissa's prayers, this all female band has no trouble raiding ancient ruins—unless a magic seal blocks the way. As an investment, the girls decide to hire a magician. Any magician. But all the magicians prefer reading to raiding—except Louie. Swallowing their pride (and several pints), the girls take on the loud, brash novice. In return, the hapless Louie gives them all the adventure they can handle—and then some!



Rune Soldier: Complete Collection (SRP $39.98 DVD) is a six disk DVD-only release in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 600 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, D)
CAT: DLR/BX1
UPC: 702727127922
Pre-Book Date: 8/16/2005
Street Date: 9/13/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $39.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





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. In 2005 ADV Films was voted “Best Anime Company” in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America's largest anime convention.



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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