ADV Films Launches UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie

Jan 10th 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



ADV LAUNCHES UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE MARCH 7



Plus New Releases of Shadow Skill, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda





HOUSTON, January 10, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce a March 7 launch date for the action-comedy series UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, along with new releases for the fighting anime Shadow Skill and the hit TV series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda.





UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE: BEDLAM, BATHHOUSE AND BEYOND



Hilarious New Series from the Creator of Steel Angel Karumi



ADV is proud to announce the launch of a hilarious new action comedy series featuring a bevy of bathing beauties from beyond the stars! UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Bedlam, Bathouse and Beyond goes on sale March 7.



Created by Kaishaku (Steel Angel Kurumi) with characters designed by Maki Fujii (Strawberry Eggs), UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie is a fast-paced thrill ride that should appeal to fans of Maburaho. When Princess Valkyrie of the planet Valhalla crashes her spaceship into Earth teenager Kazuto Tokino, she saves his life by giving him half her soul. Of course there are side effects, foremost being her ensuing transformation from mighty princess warrior to mischievous eight-year old dependent on Kazuto for bed and board! Now this pair of unlikely soulmates must withstand an ever-increasing barrage of intergalactic suitors, servants, and rivals – and somehow find a way to keep the Tokino family bathhouse in business. Featuring equal parts action, comedy, and fan service, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie has something for everyone!



Synopsis: Despite his parents' protests, Kazuto Tokino has taken it upon himself to run his late grandfather's bathhouse. But with no previous management experience, Kazuto must rely on his sunny disposition to keep his new business afloat. And when the alien Princess Valkyrie destroys the bathhouse, mortally wounding Kazuto in the process, dark clouds seem poised to rain on his parade of optimism. With a magical kiss, the princess saves Kazuto's life, but at a grave cost to her own: transformed into an 8 year old, she is stranded on Earth, unable to fend for herself. Now, with an entire solar system out searching for her shrunken highness, Kazuto must defend the Tokino bathhouse, not only from hordes of alien invaders, but also from his new, hyper-adorable, sugary-sweet little houseguest!



UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Bedlam, Bathouse and Beyond (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes one through four, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Video extras include “Valkyrie World Notes,” messages from the original Japanese actors, a music video segment, the on-air opening for episode 3, and the original Japanese TV commercials, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 1 of 3

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (S, L)

CAT: DUPV/001
UPC: 702727124228

Pre-Book Date: 2/7/2006
Street Date: 3/7/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





SHADOW SKILL: THE CALL OF THE BLACK HOWLING



“Mixes Humor with Fantastic Fighting” – Anime Frontier



ADV Films is proud to present the third volume in its new fighting anime series, Shadow Skill: The Call of the Black Howling, which will hit store shelves March 7. “If you are a fan of anime such as Slayers, Inuyasha and Fushigi Yuugi, I definitely recommend checking out Shadow Skill.” (J!-Ent.com)



The warrior kingdom of Kuruda is home to the fiercest fighters in the world, men and women who live solely for the chance to fight and become the greatest in the world. Young Gau Ban dreams of becoming the warrior of his generation . Along with his adopted sister Elle and the legendary Scarface, Gau trains and battles for the mastery of the Shadow Skill. Produced by Studio DEEN (Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Getbackers), “Shadow Skill mixes some decent humor with fantastic fighting” (Anime Frontier).



Synopsis: She's dealt with demons, barbarians and thugs before, but Elle's toughest opponent now looms before her… a five thousand year old ceremony full of pomp and posturing. The ceremony of the Devas has begun, and the only thing more humiliating than Elle in her dress is Elle flubbing her lines. Will being a Deva mellow Elle's warrior ways? Can she put away her fists long enough for festivities? Do you even have to ask? Meanwhile Solfan seeks out Elle's brother Diaz in preparation for war. But does evil drive Solfan's army or is it hunger for Kurudan soil? Old friends return as the geriatric platoon of Jura forest must hold back an entire nation of have-nots hellbent on taking what Kuruda has: the power of Soma! And with war comes Gau's final lesson in his warrior's education… a crash course on killing! To become a warrior of legendary status how many must fall before him? Are a thousand souls enough? Will part of Gau have to die for him to be reborn… as the warrior known as “Black Howling”? Lots of questions, lots of answers… in the third battle-ready volume of Shadow Skill!



Shadow Skill: The Call of the Black Howling (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes nine through thirteen, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include a commentary track with Greg Ayres (Gua) and Christine Auten (Folli), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 3 of 6

Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)

CAT: DSSK/003
UPC: 702727135729

Pre-Book Date: 2/7/2006
Street Date: 3/7/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA SEASON 5 COLLECTION 4



As Seen On the Sci Fi Channel



ADV Films is pleased to announce a March 7 street date for Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Season 5 Collection 4, collecting episodes fifteen through eighteen of the award winning sci-fi series' fifth season and including more than an hour of exclusive special features on two DVDs!



Starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) as Captain Dylan Hunt and based on an original concept and unproduced stories found in the papers of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda features inspiring stories of genuine heroism laced with humor, thundering action, and spectacular visual effects. A massive hit with TV audiences around the world, the Gemini Award-winning and Saturn Award-nominated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda will thrill sci-fi and action fans of all ages!



Synopsis: Captain Dylan Hunt (Kevin Sorbo, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) has never had it easy. He's been trapped in time near a black hole for three hundred years… struggled with a less-than-cooperative crew of renegades, aliens, and androids… seen the Commonwealth government he sought to restore fall into the wrong hands and betray him. Now, he faces perhaps his greatest challenge – understanding his own past and ultimate destiny. On the meteor-scarred planet Seefra-1, Dylan and his crew uncover a mysterious secret… merging past, future, space, and time.



From an original concept found in the unpublished papers of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda features inspiring stories of genuine heroism laced with humor, thundering action, and spectacular visual effects. A massive hit with TV audiences around the world, the Gemini Award-winning and Saturn Award-nominated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda will thrill sci-fi and action fans of all ages!



Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Season 5 Collection 4 (SRP $39.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including fifteen through eighteen of season five. The release is packed with extras, including a “Meet the Cast” segment with Gordon Michael Woolvett (Seamus Harper) and “Behind the Scenes” mini-documentaries with Production Designer Brian Kane and Makeup Artist Francesca von Zimmerman. Other video extras include “Visual Effects: From Concept to Completion,” plus TV promos, an image gallery, deleted scenes, and (of course) bloopers!









DVD Product Details



Volume: 4 of 5

Running Time: 200 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DAN/5D4
UPC: 702727096921

Pre-Book Date: 2/7/2006
Street Date: 3/7/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $39.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



About ADV Films:

In the 14 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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