ADV Announces May 30 Releases

Apr 24th 2006
ADV ANNOUNCES MAY 30 RELEASES



HOUSTON, April 24, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce two exciting new anime titles set to hit the streets on May 30 – the fifth volume of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok and the brand new thin-pack collection of Legend of the Mystical Ninja!





MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK: SISTERS OF FURY



“Wonderful!” – Underland Online



ADV Films is proud to announce the fifth volume in the hit anime series Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: Sisters of Fury, which hits stores everywhere May 30. “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: They are the Norns, governesses of fate and impartial chaperones to the dance of the living. But now, with Ragnarök on the horizon, Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld have abandoned their posts in Asgard to join in the fun with the mortals of Earth. Will these new arrivals find allies among the horde of gods living on Earth, or just pesky little deities constantly underfoot? Can this ethereal (and lethal) trio of sisters finally claim the bounty on Loki's head? And don't forget the mystery! With the gods themselves as threads on their loom, what reasons could the Norns possibly have for allying themselves with Odin? What chance does Loki stand against assassins who know the future? And when all is said and done, and the tapestry of fate finally unravels, who will be left holding the thread?



Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: Sisters of Fur (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 17-20, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include the first half of a two part Actors Talk with Rika Komatsu (Reiya) and Yui Horie (Mayura), a Character Art Gallery, and background notes on Norse Mythology, 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: 5 of 7

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DMSL/005
UPC: 702727130120

Pre-Book Date: 5/2/2006
Street Date: 5/30/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





LEGEND OF THE MYSTICAL NINJA COMPLETE COLLECTION



The Fan-Favorite Series Now Available In an Affordable Thin-Pack



ADV Films is excited to present Legend of the Mystical Ninja Complete Collection, available for the first time ever in an attractive, affordable thin-pack collection May 30. “Canned fun rarely tastes this good” (PLAY Magazine).



Legend of the Mystical Ninja is based on an original concept from Konami, makers of the videogame by the same name. They've crossed dimensional bridges to defeat evil. They've fought bad guys of all shapes and sizes, in the city, in the country, even in a time warp. But when Mudanashi hijacks a shuttle and launches himself into outer space, Goemon and his friends know the game has jumped way up to the next level. And if they're not up to speed, the final round will spell doom for everyone on earth!



Synopsis: A god of unparalleled evil lurks at the edge of the Game World. This vile creature, Makuamuuge, declares a revolt against the Game World and sends his loyal and steadfast foot soldiers into the Human World to unleash his master plan. Not if Goemon and friends can help it!

Leaping from the virtual dimension of video games and into the world of humans comes Goemon, an energetic ninja with special abilities that draw their power from his sweet bean cakes. With his comical band of friends and the help of their 10-yearold pal Tsukasa, in whose home they live,

our heroes will work hard to rid the human world of this video game menace.



Legend of the Mystical Ninja Complete Collection (SRP $49.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including all 23 episodes of the fan-favorite series, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 575 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DGO/BX1
UPC: 702727145728

Pre-Book Date: 5/2/2006
Street Date: 5/30/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $49.98



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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