ADV Announces April 4 Titles

Feb 2nd 2006
ADV ANNOUNCES APRIL 4 TITLES

HOUSTON, February 2, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce two exciting new titles set to street April 4, including the fourth volume of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok and the second installment of Diamond Daydreams!

MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK: DESTINY'S CHILDREN

“If you're looking for some very intelligent humor, an interesting and endearing cast, a plot with a great deal of potential… Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok may be a very nice fit for you.” – Anime on DVD

ADV Films is proud to announce the fourth volume in the hit anime series Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: Destiny's Children, which hits stores everywhere April 4. “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: Funny what a little god can do! Odin's minions have failed him time and again, so the father of the gods sends the Norns after Loki. But this isn't your usual trio of assassins: these are the goddesses of fate themselves! And as if that weren't enough, Hati, the giant wolf, has come to swallow the moon. Can a father and his sons team up to stop the creature? Could this all be related to Mayura's new puppy? With so much happening at the Enjaku Detective Agency, add a spy in the house of Loki. The traitor's roots run deep: all the way back to Odin, in fact! With Loki sprouting back to his full-grown heartthrob self, no girl is safe from heartache! But a jealous Freya delivers the ultimate ultimatum: it's love or death for the god of mischief! What cards will the hands of fate deal in this volume of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok? Ask the Norns!

Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: Destiny's Children (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes thirteen through sixteen, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include Part II of an “actors talk” with Showtaro Morikubo (Narugami) and Romi Paku (Heimdall), a character art gallery, and Norse mythology notes, 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: 4 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DMSL/004
UPC: 702727130021
Pre-Book Date: 3/7/2006
Street Date: 4/4/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



DIAMOND DAYDREAMS: KYOKO / SUOMI

One Winter. Six Women. Countless Broken Hearts.

ADV Films is proud to announce the North American debut of Diamond Daydreams, a three-part modern romance from the heart of Japan. Diamond Daydreams: Atsuko / Karin will be available everywhere anime is sold February 7.

Directed by Bob Shirohata (Gravitation) and created by Oiji Hiroi (Sakura Wars), Diamond Daydreams is actually six stories of love and loss that become intertwined in the bitter cold winter of Hokkaido. Based on the popular Japanese videogame for the PS2, Diamond Daydreams is lushly animated by fan-favorite Studio DEEN (Fruits Basket, Maison Ikkoku).

Synopsis: The stuff of dreams is a cloudy haze–that is, until one comes true. Take a trip up north for a series of stories from six women and their trials of love, loss and life in Hokkaido.Kyoko is an aspiring young filmmaker. To create compelling stories and capture them in an engaging way has become her only goal in life. It is her passion – and she will stop at nothing to make it happen. In pursuit of her dream, she spends her college days obsessed with her craft and neglecting everything else around her. As her intensity for directing grows, so does the rift between Kyoko and her closest friends and colleagues. She has begun to lose her touch for the intimate world around her; and unfortunately, that is exactly where a true master of cinema draws their inspiration.

Suomi was born to be on the ice. Graceful and strong, she always commanded her skates to glide with delicate ease. As children, she and her friend Hanna often dreamed of winning tournaments and sharing medals when they grew up. But that was a long time ago. Suomi's star has faded and she and Hanna are no longer friends. Life has moved on – leaving Suomi's dreams behind. When it appears that Suomi may get the chance to perform again, a flood of memories take her back to her humble beginnings, to her once wonderful friend Hanna, and to a promise made long ago.

Diamond Daydreams: Atsuko / Karin (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes five through seven plus a special “bonus” episode, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include an interview with Ryota Yamaguchi (Series Organization). preview for the bonus episode, the ‘radio show’ segment “DDD Time,” featuring the original Japanese voice actresses who voice the main characters on this disc, a Hokkaido travelogue, and “Panda's Diamond Dust Drops Diary Part 2,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DDDT/002
UPC: 702727145223
Pre-Book Date: 3/7/2006
Street Date: 4/4/2006
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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