ADV Announces March 21 Releases

Jan 17th 2006
ADV ANNOUNCES MARCH 21 RELEASES

HOUSTON, January 17, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four exciting new titles set to hit the streets March 21, including the fourth volumes of Godannar, Princess Tutu, and Yugo the Negotiator and volume six of E’s Otherwise.

GODANNAR: TWO'S A COMBAT TEAM, THREE'S A CROWD

“A Must-See Title” – Anime News Network

ADV Films is pleased to announce that the fourth volume in the smash hit mecha series, Godannar: Two's A Combat Team, Three's A Crowd, is set to hit store shelves everywhere March 21. “The combination of frantic action, manic humor and delicious fanservice is near perfection.” (Anime On DVD)

Godannar is a genre-bending mecha anime series best described as equal parts action, adventure, and domestic soap opera. While much of anime is populated by high school vixens, magical fairies, and femme fatales, it's rare to find a married couple at the center of the story. And that's just one of the reasons Godannar stands out. That, and a female giant robot that jiggles. And a fantastic opening theme song.

Five years ago, as the Mimetic Beasts laid waste to Japan, Dannar Pilot Go saved young Anna Aoi's life. As they prepare to march down the aisle, a new Beast appears and Go is summoned into battle once more. But he's not going alone, not if his blushing bride-to-be can help it! If they can mate their robots' interlocking parts, they'll form the ultimate marriage of man, woman, and machine!

Synopsis: When someone takes your man AND your robot, what's a girl to do? With Shizuru's robot destroyed and Mira taking Anna's place as both Goh's partner and the pilot of the Neo Okusaer, the Dannar team is just barely able to keep up against the new wave of Mimetic Beasts. But as the attacks continue, it becomes increasingly apparent that something is very wrong with Mira herself. With the Earth in danger and a new robot in the wings, Anna is forced to make a painful decision: will she quit piloting forever or will she swallow back the pain and sign up for a second tour of duty… both wifely and in the cockpit? There's angst, action and extra-marital affairs ahead in the fourth electrifying volume of GODANNAR!

Godannar: Two's A Combat Team, Three's A Crowd (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including episodes fourteen through seventeen, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include character profiles, mech profiles, production sketches, a swimsuit gallery, “Top Secret Case Files,” and a special segment, “The Seven Mysteries,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Limited Collectors Edition Still Available!

The Godannar Collectors Box is still available in limited quantities. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Godannar 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: 4 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, S)
CAT: DGOD/004
UPC: 702727128721
Pre-Book Date: 2/21/2006
Street Date: 3/21/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



PRINCESS TUTU: PRINZ UND RABE

“Will Charm and Delight” – Anime on DVD

ADV Films is proud to present the next volume in the most beloved anime series of the year. Princess Tutu: Prinz Und Rabe, the fourth volume in the critically-acclaimed six disk series, is slated to hit stores March 21. “With entertaining characters, impressive production, and an unpredictable, secret-laden plot, Princess Tutu is a title to watch out for” (Aint It Cool News).

Directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star) and Shōgo Kōmoto (You're Under Arrest! Season 2) and produced by Hal Film Maker (Kaleido Star) and TBS (Chobits), Princess Tutu is a classic fairy tale story with a twist of mystery, magic and romance. Darkness hid the pieces of her beloved's shattered heart, and time is running out for Princess Tutu to find them. Her dream of becoming a human girl has come true. However, peril lurks in the unseen shadows. Using the power of an enchanted amulet, she must unravel a dark and twisted mystery to keep her Prince and herself alive.

Synopsis: The once pure prince is undergoing a change of heart – or simply going under. The Raven, though still imprisoned, has begun to flex his talons, directing Kraehe to render unto him a heart that he can devour. Tutu must preserve the hearts of the innocent, but she will have to contend with her nemesis… and her beloved.

Princess Tutu: Prinz Und Rabe (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes fourteen through eighteen, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include a staff commentary with translators Sarah Lindholm and ADR writer Mike Yantosca, an “In the Studio” segment with the English-language voice actors, “Chapter of the Egg Suite,” the first of three Princess Tutu specials, this one recapping the first season, “Etude,” a video extra with information on the classical music selections used in the second season, split episode previews for the second season, the special on-air opening and ending used for the second season, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details
Volume: 4 of 6
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14
CAT: DPTT/004
UPC: 702727096327
Pre-Book Date: 2/21/2006
Street Date: 3/21/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


YUGO THE NEGOTIATOR: RUSSIA 2 – REBIRTH

“Suspenseful, Edgy, and Absolutely Gripping” – Anime News Network

ADV is proud to present the fourth and final volume in the innovative new anime series Yugo the Negotiator: Russia 2 – Rebirth, available everywhere anime DVDs are sold March 21. The unusual series is garnering a strong response from critics and fans alike. “Highly Addictive. It's Fresh, It's Interesting, and It's Realistic. Don't Miss This!”(Animenfo.com). Yugo the Negotiator looks “as if somehow CNN had decided to produce an anime out of the Gulf War.” (DVD Verdict)

Yugo the Negotiator is an anime tour of the world's hot spots, where terrorism is hatched and kidnappings are commonplace. Our hero is not a dashing spy or unstoppable soldier, but a globe-trotting negotiator whose mastery of multiple languages, psychology, and iron will set him apart from all others in his trade.

Based upon the original manga by Shinji Makari and Shu Akana, Yugo the Negotiator breaks into a fresh new genre of anime by featuring a highly realistic storyline and setting. Sometimes, a strong wit and a sharp tongue are the deadliest weapons a soldier can wield.

Synopsis: In a harsh and frozen land, the prayer of a child will guide a dying nation to rebirth. Surviving snowstorms, betrayals and mind-numbing torture, Yugo has managed to infiltrate a KGB military base. Manipulating the organization from the inside out, he constructs a plan to negotiate with Major General Garrachova. Feared by enemies and allies alike, Garrachova would sooner see Yugo dead than meet his demands. Subjected to an interrogation that makes the rest of his trip seem like a vacation, Yugo must unlock the mystery of the Romanovski rings or be sentenced to death. His only hope lies in the hands of Nadenka, the rightful heir to the Romanovski fortune. Russia's past, present and future collide as the age-old mystery of the rings is finally unlocked in the dramatic conclusion to Yugo the Negotiator.

Yugo the Negotiator: Russia 2 – Rebirth (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes five through seven, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include an interview with Director Hanai, an interview with Kenichi Imaizumi (Character Designs) and Kenichi Kanemaki (Series Planning), an interview with Scott McClennen and Eddie Shannon Jr. on the Japanese depiction of Russia, a “Russia Music Video,” and a “Character Relationship Chart,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Still Available At a Super Low Price!

Limited quantities of the Yugo the Negotiator Collectors Box are still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Yugo the Negotiator in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire four volume series. Best of all, this beautiful collectors box edition is being offered at the super low suggested retail price of just $19.98.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 4 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, L)
CAT: DYG/004
UPC: 702727124822
Pre-Book Date: 2/21/2006
Street Date: 3/21/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


E'S OTHERWISE: CALVARIA – THE WILL OF THE PLANET, THE FATE OF THE CHOSEN

“One Of The Best Psychic-Action Series To Date.” – Active Anime

ADV presents the sixth and final volume of the fan-favorite sci-fi series, E’s Otherwise: Calvaria – The Will of the Planet, the Fate of the Chosen, hitting stores March 31. “E’s Otherwise takes some of the best elements from science fiction and superhero tales and merges them into a very fine and captivating presentation” (Underland Online).

A psychically charged, high-energy adventure focused around the future of human evolution and its possible consequences, E’s Otherwise is based on the hit comic series that original appeared in G Fantasy Monthly. The spectacular, state of the art animation was directed by Masami Shimoda (Macross 7, Saber Marionette J) and produced by Studio Pierrot (Saiyuki, Naruto).

Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Gald, all hell breaks loose as Kai, Sherry, Kyou, Maxim, Maria, and the rest of the psychics turn the heat up full blast. Kai is trying to save Hikaru. Shen-Lon just wants his sister, Shin-Lu, back the way she was. Meanwhile, Eiji is realizing his evil plan is coming to fruition. He wants to rid the world of humans and have a population of only psychics...of which he is now one. Kai still believes the two races can co-exist, but Eiji will have nothing to do with that concept...no matter the cost. The secret of the Sacrament of Calvaria is finally revealed. Will it mean destruction for Gald? Will Eiji and Ashurum finally succeed in their diabolical plan? Can Yuuki, Kai, and Asuka save the world from what seems to be its inevitable doom and fate? You've come this far. Now see how it all ends...on the final volume of the mind bending world of E’s Otherwise!

E’s Otherwise: Calvaria – The Will of the Planet, the Fate of the Chosen (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 23-26, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include an interview with English-language voice actors John Swasey and Chris Patton, “Actor PSI Profiles,” and production sketches, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 6 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14
CAT: DEOW/006
UPC: 702727100727
Pre-Book Date: 2/21/2006
Street Date: 3/21/2006
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. The readers of Anime News Network designated ADV Films “Overall Favorite Anime Company” in both 2004 and 2005.

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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