ADV Announces December 13 Releases

Oct 20th 2005
ADV ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 13 RELEASES



HOUSTON, October 20, 2005—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce five exciting new series set to hit the streets on December 13, including the second volume in the new hit series Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, plus the fifth volume of Madlax, the sixth Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection, the seventh Farscape Starburst Edition, and the new thin-packed Super GALS Iron-Clad Collection!





MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK: LOVE & WAR



Wee Gods, Big Mysteries Propel New Hit Series



ADV Films is proud to announce the second volume in the new hit series Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Love & War, which hits stores everywhere December 13. "Fans of all ages should give this extremely funny and action-packed show a look." – ToonZone.com



Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe (King of Bandit Jing, Video Girl Ai), Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok is funny, charming, and macabre. Loki is the Norse god of mischief, now banished to Earth by Odin. Forced to exist in exile in a little boy's body – but with all the powers of a god – Loki runs a private detective agency. Alongside his trusted assistant, Yamino, and a beautiful high school girl, Mayura, they set out to shine a light into the deepest corners of the paranormal. But there is one metaphysical mystery remains: Just what in the Heavens has Loki done to find himself banished to Earth?



Synopsis: Poor Loki. Feeling the full breadth of Odin's cold shoulder, he remains exiled on Earth in a child's body. As his sworn enemy Heimdall continues to play puppetmaster, recruiting new gods in his plot to destroy him, Loki and his companions Yamino and Mayura resume their detective work in earnest. This means taking on a whole new slew of thieves, thugs, and the occasional theatrical mastermind, all in the name of passing the time! But when a mysterious orphan named Reiya Oshima enters the Enjaku Detective Agency seeking help, what begins as just another investigation may lead to much more… like the arrival of a lost love from Loki's past, who may point the way back into Odin's favor. But will Loki get to her before Heimdall turns her against him?



Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: Love & War (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes five through eight, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include a character art gallery, the second part of a Loki “Actors Talk” featuring Yuriko Fuchizaki (original Japanese voice actress for Loki) and Takehito Koyasu (voice actor for Frey), and the original Japanese TV Warning, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Limited Quantities of the Collectors Edition Still Available!



The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok Collectors Box is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok 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 PG

CAT: DMSL/002
UPC: 702727129827

Pre-Book Date: 11/15/2005
Street Date: 12/13/2005

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





MADLAX: CONVERGENCE



Fifth Volume in the Sexy Spy Thriller



ADV Films is proud to announce the fifth volume in 2005's #1 sexy spy thriller, Madlax: Convergence, set to hit stores December 13. “Shows featuring girls and guns are always made more impressive with dark, sultry atmospheres, and Madlax is no exception” (Anime News Network).



“Girls with guns” is such a rich vein of material, it never gets tired – especially when its from Bee Train, the masterminds behind Noir! A cold blooded gun-for-hire teams up with an unassuming high school student to unlock the dark secret that unites them!



Synopsis: A language long forgotten has awakened – and anyone who has allowed it to cross either their eyes or lips has felt its eerie repercussions. Just as detective Maclay Morini was closing in on a murder case, the words entranced him into mindless drone. Literary researcher Eric Gillian sought out the language's origin and ultimately committed suicide. Now, Madlax and Margaret Burton are on the verge of discovering the true meaning behind the words' powers. Then we have Enfant, the secretly controlled hub overlooking the transfer of all the world's digital data. Led by the mysterious Friday Monday, the Enfant network is a clandestine conglomerate of the powerful, the loyal and those unaware of the deceptive depths to which they are involved. Enfant sees all. Enfant knows all. Enfant is responsible for the deaths of Piederica and Anne Moray, the disappearance of Chris Krana, and most importantly, Enfant is the force perpetuating the war in Gazth-Sonika. And now, Enfant is after Madlax and Vanessa Rene.



Madlax: Convergence (SRP $29.98 DVD) includes episodes 17-20, with anamorphic video presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include design schetches, the “nowhere” music video, a karaoke version of the “nowhere” video, a Limelda character video clip, original Japanese TV spots, and another “Conversations with SSS” segment, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Limited Quantities of the 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: 5 of 7

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)

CAT: DMAD/005
UPC: 702727118029

Pre-Book Date: 11/15/2005
Street Date: 12/13/2005

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





SAIYUKI DOUBLE BARREL COLLECTION 6



“A Fantastically Funny, Adventurous Anime” – Anime Frontier



ADV Films is pleased to announce the sixth and final Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection, a full 200 minutes of anime mayhem, hitting stores everywhere December 13.



Based on the Chinese folk tale that inspired Dragon Ball, Saiyuki is an anime classic with evil demons, larger than life heroes, and lots and lots of action. Directed by Hayato Date (Naruto) and featuring a star turn by veteran voice actor Greg Ayres, Saiyuki is a must-have for any anime fan.



Synopsis: Free from the restrictions of heaven, Homura and his team of dissenters have indulged in a little fun at the expense of Sanzo and crew, and delivered an ultimatum: turn over the Maten Scripture by morning…or else. For now it is time for the War God to complete his plan—to replace the universe with a new Heaven and Earth. And sacrificing Son Goku is a price he'll gladly pay to do it! Don't miss the final, stunning volume that blazes you with both barrels of anime action and excitement!



Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection 6 (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 43-50, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include production sketches, cultural background notes, the Saiyuki trailer, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 6 of 6

Running Time: 200 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, L)

CAT: DSY/1D6
UPC: 702727127427

Pre-Book Date: 11/15/2005
Street Date: 12/13/2005

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





SUPER GALS! THE IRON-CLAD COLLECTION



Girls Just Want To Have Fun… And Shop, And Eat, And Hang Out....



ADV Films is pleased to announce yet another in a string of irresistibly affordable thin-pack collections. Super GALS The Iron-Clad Collection will be available everywhere anime is sold December 13.



Produced by Studio Pierrot (Naruto, Ghost Stories), Super GALS introduces us to three girls who are smart, hip, and determined to shop 'til they drop! Meet the super chic Super GALS, the sharpest pack of high school escapees to ever roam the streets of Shibuya. Now available in a super-affordable thin-pack, Super GALS is a fun-filled ride through high school life you'll want to enjoy again and again!



Synopsis: Meet Ran Kotobuki, a 16-year-old “Gal” with a taste for the most fashionable clothing and accessories. No part of Shibuya is safe as she hunts relentlessly for those items essential to a Gal's existence… namely fake nails, Hawaiian jewelry and karaoke. She should be studying, but who can study when there are things to buy, people to see, places to go, food to eat? Join the hyperactive Ran and her two best friends Miya and Aya as they attempt to shop their way through school and into the history books as the most famous Gals ever!



Super GALS The Iron-Clad Collection (SRP $49.98 DVD) is a DVD thin-pack release including episodes 1-26, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 650 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (L)

CAT: DSG/BX2
UPC: 702727138621

Pre-Book Date: 11/15/2005
Street Date: 12/13/2005

Format: DVD

SRP: $ 49.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





FARSCAPE STARBURST EDITION 3.1



The Ultimate Farscape Collection Rockets Into the Third Season



ADV Films is pleased to announce the seventh installment of its wildly successful Farscape: Starburst Edition series, with an expanded and updated volume that takes us through the end of the second season of the classic sci-fi series. Farscape: Starburst Edition 3.1 will be available everywhere DVDs are sold on December 13.



Farscape is an adventure as broad and weird as the universe – full of strange creatures, bizarre twists, irreverent humor, raucous action, passion, and romance! Produced in Australia by The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment, Farscape has been called “The Best Sci-Fi on TV,” by TV Guide, and hailed as “TV's Best Space Series” by USA Today. Farscape also received the Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Series three years in a row (2001, 2002, 2003).



Synopsis: You will never know the wonders I've seen. The journey has never been easy for lost American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder), the escaped alien prisoners who are his friends, or their living ship, Moya, but the ride is wilder than ever this time around. Loves become deeper. Losses more tragic. With a mental clone of his nemesis, the sadistic Scorpius, tormenting his vulnerable human mind, John Crichton has everything at risk – his beloved Aeryn, his own life, and his distant home… planet Earth.



Praised by TV Guide as one of the “25 Top Cult Shows Ever," Farscape is an adventure as broad and weird as the universe – full of strange creatures, bizarre twists, irreverent humor, raucous action, passion, and romance! Produced in Australia with the incredible talents of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Farscape is the fantasy-scifi-drama-romance-comedy-adventure you will always remember!



Farscape: Starburst Edition 3.1 (SRP $24.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the first seven episodes of the third season and extensive special features on four DVDs, with audio presented in English 5.1 and stereo. Episodes in this collection: “Season of Death,” “Suns and Lovers,” “Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part I: Could'a, Would'a, Should'a,” “Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part II: Wait For the Wheel,” “Different Destinations,” “Eat Me,” and “Thanks For Sharing.” Each episode is subtitled for the hearing impaired.



Farscape Starburst Edition 3.1 is loaded with extensive extras fans will love. In fact, the fourth disc is exclusively devoted to extras! First off is a much-anticipated interview with actress Virginia Hey, who portrayed the beloved blue priestess Zhaan. In this intimate interview – filmed exclusively for this collection – Hey discusses her departure from the series. The collection also includes two more behind the scenes interviews – one with Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun), the other with Anthony Simcoe (Ka D'Argo). Farscape: Starburst Edition 3.1 celebrates the fantastic music of Farscape with three exciting extras featuring award-winning composer Guy Gross. There is an interview with Gross about the new Season 3 theme music, plus an insightful interview and full-length audio commentary about his score for the terrifying episode “Eat Me.” Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun) supplies an additional commentary for the heart-wrenching “Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part II: Wait For the Wheel.” Rounding out this packed collection are deleted scenes, the original Farscape TV promos, a special Season 3 promo created for the Television Critics Association, “Cool Farscape Facts” by Paul Simpson (author of Farscape: The Illustrated Companion), “Alien Encounters,” an extensive production design gallery, updated character histories, and previews of other coming attractions from ADV Films. Farscape: Starburst Edition 3.1 is the definitive edition of this amazing sci-fi series for new and established fans alike!



DVD Product Details



Volume: 1 of 3

Running Time: 350 minutes
Age Rating: n/a

CAT: DFSR/007
UPC: 702727104923

Pre-Book Date: 11/15/2005
Street Date: 12/13/2005

Format: DVD

SRP: $24.98



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. Always on the forefront, ADV is introducing North America to bold new anime franchises such as Gantz, Elfen Lied, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker and D.N.Angel. 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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