ADV Announces May 2 Releases

Mar 14th 2006
HOUSTON, March 14, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce three exciting titles set to hit the streets on May 2 including the third and final volume of Misaki Chronicles, the fourth volume of Shadow Skill, and the series finale of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda!





MISAKI CHRONICLES: CONTINUUM



“High-concept sci-fi, balanced with affecting emotional issues” – Zap2it.com



ADV Films is pleased to announce the third and final volume to the follow up series to Divergence Eve. Misaki Chronicles: Continuum will be available everywhere anime is sold May 2.



When a bevy of beauties is forced to put their lives on the line to answer the call of duty, they begin a voyage leading directly into the heart of evil. A dark tale enlivened by a shocking mystery, which will have you guessing until the final fade out. Featuring deliciously ripe character designs by fan-favorite Toshinari Yamashita (Burn Up W), Misaki Chronicles is an addictive sci-fi series in the modern mold.



Synopsis: Deep in the quantum core, a tearful reunion provides Misaki with the answers she has been seeking all her life. Unfortunately, the path through which Misaki arrived at her goal has left LeBlanc a means to take complete control of Watcher's Nest and its Residential Ring. In a bold move, Lieutenant Commander Lyar von Ertiana severs all links across the temporal barrier to prevent this takeover. But the Ghoul have already breached the wall holding them back and begun pouring into the universe at an astonishing rate. The pilots of Seraphim must collapse the Inflation Hole to halt the invasion, even if it costs them their ticket home...and their connection to Misaki. The trickling tributaries of time converge into a roaring river as Misaki and her friends engage the enemy head-on in the electrifying final battle of Misaki Chronicles!



Misaki Chronicles: Continuum (SRP $29.98 DVD)is a DVD-only anamorphic release including episodes ten through thirteen, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include a Misaki Chronicles “Mini-Manga,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 3 of 3

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

CAT: DMSC/003
UPC: 702727106026

Pre-Book Date: 4/4/2006
Street Date: 5/2/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98





Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





SHADOW SKILL: THE FALL



“A combination of Slayers and Fist of the North Star”—Denkyū.com



ADV Films is proud to present the fourth volume in its new fighting anime series, Shadow Skill: The Fall, which will hit store shelves May 2. “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: It was the ancient people of the Holy Nation of Ashlianna who first recognized the existence of a power which coursed through all matter. “Soma,” they called it, residing in all worldly things, flowing freely through space and time like waves rolling in upon the shores of existence. To this day it continues to bestow the greatest concentration of its blessed energy upon the people of Ashlianna, descended from those very ancients who first gave it its name. But these days a shadow looms over Soma, and bad omens hang in the very winds which blow through the countryside. As the ancient ruins reveal their secrets, evidence suggests that these are the dark days prophesized in the hieroglyphs. Now, with the Apocalypse on the horizon, demons roam the streets of Kuruda, none more vicious than “G,” the 58th Sevalle, back from a journey through madness and death, on a deranged vendetta against King Iba Sutra. Is this the spark with which Solfan will ignite the dreaded “annihilation of the holy nation”? And when the flames die down, and Kuruda lies in ruins, which of our heroes will lay dead? As new characters enter and exit the fray, you may be sure of one thing: from hereon out, nothing will ever be the same!



Shadow Skill: The Fall (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes fourteen through seventeen, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include a commentary track with Tiffany Grant (Lai), Kira Vincent Davis (Fais) and John Swasey (ADR Director), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details

Volume: 4 of 6

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

CAT: DSSK/004
UPC: 702727135828

Pre-Book Date: 4/4/2006
Street Date: 5/2/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98





Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA SEASON 5 COLLECTION 5



The Series Finale Now on DVD!



ADV Films is pleased to announce a May 2 street date for the series finale of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Season 5 Collection 5, collecting episodes nineteen through twenty-two 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: The series finale of one of the most beloved science fiction TV series of all time! 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.





Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Season 5 Collection 5 (SRP $39.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including episodes nineteen through twenty-two of season five. The release is packed with extras, including a “Meet the Cast” segment with Steve Bacic (Telemachus Rhade) and two “Behind the Scenes” mini-documentaries with Costume Designer Toni Burroughs-Rutterwith and Props Manager Don Buchanan. Other video extras include the “And Night Falls: Farewell to Andromeda” behind-the-scenes featurette, plus TV promos, an image gallery, deleted scenes, and (of course) bloopers!



DVD Product Details

Volume: 5 of 5

Running Time: 200 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DAN/5D5
UPC: 702727097027

Pre-Book Date: 4/4/2006
Street Date: 5/2/2006

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. 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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