ADV Announces March 14 releases

Jan 11th 2006
ADV ANNOUNCES MARCH 14 RELEASES



HOUSTON, January 11, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four exciting titles for March 14, including the second volume of Macross and Kaleido Star New Wings, the third installment of Hakugei – Legend of the Moby Dick, and new thin-pack collection of Wedding Peach Season 2.





MACROSS: UNDER CRIMSON SKIES



“One of the Best Series of All Time” – Anime Frontier



ADV is proud to announce a March 14 street date for Macross: Under Crimson Skies, the second of seven DVDs re-presenting the classic series in its entirety – and for the first time ever with an English dub! This deluxe package, featuring digitally-restored video and a brand-new 5.1 soundtrack, includes so many episodes, interviews, commentaries, and other extras that it's become a must-have for every anime fan! “Macross has never looked or sounded this good! This is the edition to own my friends!” (Japan Hero)



For many Americans, Robotech was their first exposure to anime. That classic series, which was first aired on American TV in 1985, is a sprawling epic that showcases the complex storylines, morally ambiguous characters, and sheer spectacle that are hallmarks of anime.



Before Robotech, however, there was Macross – one of three Japanese Anime series that were spliced together with a whole new script for an American audience. The original Macross has only been available to American fans in Japanese language only with subtitles.



Now at long last ADV Films is making Macross available to a new generation of American anime fans in a deluxe package featuring the uncut digitally restored video and for the first time ever, a faithful English dub in rich 5.1 surround sound.



This watershed release is made all the more special with the inclusion of Mari Iijima, who is reprising her role as the Lynn Minmay, one of the central characters in the Macross saga. This is one of the few times a voice actor from the original Japanese cast has participated in the English dub – and by far the most important. Ms. Iijima is a professional singer-songwriter with numerous top 10 albums in Japan and has only appeared as a voice actress in limited fashion, with her only anime role being Lynn Minmay.



Synopsis: Locked in mortal combat with the attacking Zentradi fleets, the Macross has finally fought its way across the solar system to Mars, where an abandoned base may offer temporary safe haven. But this planet is named after the god of war and the hoped for sanctuary proves to be a deadly trap. With the lives of 56,000 human survivors hanging in the balance, Misa Hayase must put her own life on the line in a desperate gamble that will most likely cost her everything. As the crimson sands of the red planet demand an offering of blood, newly promoted pilot Hikaru Ichijo must find the courage to meet the ultimate test!

Macross: Under Crimson Skies (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes seven through eleven, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include an interview with Mari Iijima, an interview with series translator Javier Lopez, a commentary track with Mari Iijima and Vic Mignogna (Rick), liner notes, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Still Available!



The limited-edition Collectors Box for Macross is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Macross 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: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)

CAT: DMCR/002
UPC: 702727141829

Pre-Book Date: 2/14/2006
Street Date: 3/14/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





KALEIDO STAR NEW WINGS: A TALE OF TWO RIVALS



“An Extraordinary Series In A Class All Its Own.” – Underland Online



ADV Films is pleased to announce a March 14 street date for Kaleido Star New Wings: A Tale of Two Rivals, the second volume in the second season of the acclaimed anime series. “Kaleido Star is something you fall in love with.” (Anime Advanced)



Directed by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sailor Moon), Kaleido Star is a charming animated series aimed at tweens and teens, combining playful elements of children's anime with the sophisticated vision of Cirque du Soleil. Kaleido Star combines a sense of fun and play—such a crucial element of Sailor Moon—with a believably positive storyline that emphasizes empowerment through bravery and determination.



Synopsis: At Kaleido Stage, the competition to become Leon's partner heats up when Dracula is turned into an ice-skating show. Sora and May give it their all, but neither is sure what will satisfy the fickle Leon. Then, tired of being typecast, Rosetta startles Kalos with a promise: She'll learn the trapeze in three days—or quit Kaleido Stage! Even with Sora's help, the odds aren't good.



In New York, Layla finds a new dream ON/OFF Broadway and invites Sora to be a guest star. May, however, has her own plans and will stop at nothing to steal Sora's part! And closer to home, Sora discovers a secret: Marion loves the trampoline. But she won't do it for fear of hurting her father. Marion's talent, though, is undeniable. Is there some way Sora can persuade Marion to perform?



Kaleido Star New Wings: A Tale of Two Rivals (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes six through nine, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include production sketches, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 7

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DKS/008
UPC: 702727086328

Pre-Book Date: 2/14/2006
Street Date: 3/14/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





HAKUGEI – LEGEND OF THE MOBY DICK: THE MOAD TRAIL



“A Hidden Masterpiece Packed with High Adventure” – Newtype USA



ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the third volume in its adaptation of Melville's classic tale of obsession, Hakugei – Legend of the Moby Dick: The Moad Trail, which is set to hit the streets on March 14!



The first volume in Legend of the Moby Dick, which PLAY magazine hailed as “the sleeper hit of 2005,” has been well received by fans and critics alike. Anime Frontier describes Legend of the Moby Dick as “a great spin on a classic story that has withstood the test of time,” and Active Anime's reviewer said it “rocket-launches the classic tale of Moby Dick into the starry expanse of space adventure.



Directed by Osamu Dezaki (The Rose of Versailles), Legend of the Moby Dick is distinguished by lush artwork and dazzling panoramas. Set in the far distant future, this series relocates the search for the great white to a crew of space borne scavengers and the doomed planet they must rally to protect.



Synopsis: From a sea of stars to a sea of sand, Ahab's journey knows no bounds!

As Ahab and his crew finally arrive on Planet Moad, Lucky's home planet, they are greeted by none other than Moby Dick, himself. Facing off with his old adversary, Ahab is once again humbled and barely escapes with his life. The situation on Moad seems much worse than Lucky let on, as the crew finds the planet on its dying breath. As they march across a scorching desert to meet with the Moad Civilian Movement, tempers flare and friendships are tested in the sweltering sun. To make matters worse, the Federation forces, lead by the fearsome android Murato, pursue them at every turn.



Hakugei – Legend of the Moby Dick: The Moad Trail (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes eleven through 14, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include character sketches and a “Space Whalers Lexicon,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 3 of 6

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DGWW/003
UPC: 702727119125

Pre-Book Date: 2/14/2006
Street Date: 3/14/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





WEDDING PEACH SEASON 2



“Pure Pastel Adorable Cuteness” – Revolution SF



ADV is pleased to announce a March 14 street date for Wedding Peach Season 2, a thin-pack release containing 700 minutes of the Magical Girl classic for just $39.98!



Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (Pokémon), Wedding Peach follows a group of super-powered heroines in their struggle with a malevolent harpy out to destroy love. This action-packed series is marked by “frothy, absurd humor, soap-opera romance, and engaging characters” (DVD Verdict).



Synopsis: The Love Angels play cupid as they try to hook their friends Akiko and Tajima up on a double date with Momoko and Yosuke! But the fire devil Igneous has other plans and unleashes a devil-wolf on our unsuspecting heroes. And as if fighting the devils wasn't hard enough, Momoko's got some new competition for Yosuke's love from the new transfer student... and boy is she jealous! Will she finally admit her true feelings? And who's that dressing up as Wedding Peach? Have the secret identities of the Love Angels finally been discovered???



Wedding Peach Season 2 (SRP $39.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the entire second season plus the four sequel OVAs, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 700 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)

CAT: DWP/BX4
UPC: 702727144929

Pre-Book Date: 2/14/2006
Street Date: 3/14/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



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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