ADV Launches Michel May 9

Mar 16th 2006
HOUSTON, March 15, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to launch the magical new DVD series Michel along with the second volume of UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie in stores everywhere May 9!

MICHEL: THE PILOT AND THE PRINCE
New From DR Movie (Final Fantasy: Unlimited)

ADV is proud to announce the North American home video release of the first animated series completely produced and directed by acclaimed animation studio DR Movie (Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Dragon Drive). Prepare to be dazzled when Michel: The Pilot and the Prince hits stores everywhere May 9.

Michel is a magical adventure sure to delight all ages. On the island of Sitel, Michel lives amongst fairies that have the power to keep nature in harmony. One fateful day, the Black Hammers chasing after Kim accidentally stumble upon the fairies and learn of their power and quickly kidnap them. Now it's up to Michel, Kim, and the rest of the fairies to rescue their friends from captivity and save the world.

Synopsis: Underneath the dazzling Sun; far across the sparkling, blue ocean; and beyond lush forests, you will find a beautiful island called Sitel Island. On that mythical island stands the Tree of Life. This magnificent tree is the guardian of nature and has stood there since the Earth was created. On that island I saw him for the first time… The protector of nature and its fairies – Michel.

Based on one of the best loved literary characters of the last century, Michel is a “Little Prince” of a boy who holds the secrets of life. But the evil Black Hammers are out to take the precious goods that belong to Michel's magical and mystical world. In flies Kim to the rescue! In a vintage plane, with a few tricks of her own; this amazing girl is the only one who can save Michel and the fairies. Michel is a classic character on a big adventure… A sure hit for kids of all ages!

Michel: The Pilot and the Prince (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes one through five.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 6
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV 7 (FY)
CAT: DMCH/001
UPC: 702727118326
Pre-Book Date: 4/11/2006
Street Date: 5/9/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $14.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE: CRASH COURSE IN CRAZINESS!

Hilarious New Series from the Creator of Steel Angel Karumi

ADV is proud to announce the second DVD in the hilarious action comedy series featuring a bevy of bathing beauties from beyond the stars! UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Crash Course In Craziness! goes on sale May 9.

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: At the Tokino bathhouse, life seems to get weirder by the second. The Interstellar Pirate Guild wants to kidnap Valkyrie. Yet another spaceship crash-lands on Earth, piloted by a deceptive, shape-shifting she-devil who will stop at nothing to win Valkyrie's love. And finally, when a gaggle of overworked catgirls boards a bus to head for a vacation at the beach, the hilarity goes into overdrive! There's plenty of skin. Lots of outrageous skirmishes. And a sinfully silly karaoke session that you've got to see (and hear) to believe! So sit down, strap in and get ready for a laugh-out-loud ride – in the second zany installment of UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie!

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Crash Course In Craziness! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes five through eight, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. The DVD is chock full of video extras, including "Tokinoyu Bathhouse UFO Chat Part I” with original Japanese cast members Ken'ichi Suzumura (Kazuto), Rie Tanaka (Ms. Sanda), Chinami Nishimura (Hydra) and Hisayo Mochizuki (Young Valkyrie), “The Valkyrie World Notes,” “Messages from the Seiyuu and Staff,” and “Moochi's Poyoyon Recording Our Miracle,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (S, L)
CAT: DUPV/002
UPC: 702727124327
Pre-Book Date: 4/11/2006
Street Date: 5/9/2006
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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