ADV Announces February 6 Releases

Dec 6th 2006
ADV ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 6 RELEASES



HOUSTON, December 6, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to bring you three exciting titles, including the first volume of Air Gear, the second volume of Paniponi Dash!, and the fourth volume of Papuwa. All three titles are set to hit the streets on February 6!





AIR GEAR: EAST SIDE SHOWDOWN



Ride Hard, Fly High!



ADV Films is proud to announce the inaugural arrival of Air Gear, one of the most anticipated series of the new year. Volume one of this high-flying shounen adventure rolls on to the streets February 6.



Based on the hit manga series by OhGreat! (Tenjho Tenge) and produced by Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, Zatch Bell), Air Gear is set in a world with a need for speed. This is the un-edited version that fans have been waiting for, so say good-bye to the crows and get ready for Air Gear to go!



Synopsis: Welcome to the world of Storm Riders, where motor-powered inline skates called "Air Treks" take extreme sports to a whole new level. Those who dare to ride with these high tech devices risk life and limb in a struggle for fame, power and wings to take to the sky. Enter Ikki Minami, the toughest fighter on the east side of town. He rules his school, takes on violent gangs single-handedly and lives with the Noyamanos; four sexy sisters with a surprising secret. And after a humiliating defeat to a terrifying gang of Storm Riders, the sisters welcome him to the world of Air Trek, where his strength, speed and ambitions soar to brand new heights. Now, with powerful new wings, he must protect his friends, his school and his pride in fierce Air Trek battles known as "Parts Wars". One mistake could cost him everything, but each victory brings him one step closer to becoming the king of the sky.



Air Gear: East Side Showdown (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the first four episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 1 of 7

Running Time: 100 min.
Age Rating: TV MA (L,S)

CAT: DAG/001
UPC: 702727168024

Pre-Book Date: 1/9/2007
Street Date: 2/6/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





PANIPONI DASH!: GIRLS N' ROSES



“Its Wonderfully Bizarre, Frenetic, Abstract And To-Die-For Funny!” – DVD Talk



ADV Films is pleased to bring a series sure to leave your stomach aching with laughter! The second installment of Paniponi Dash! is slated to hit store shelves on February 6. The second volume will also be available in a special collector's edition box featuring gorgeous artwork!



From studios GANSIS and Shaft (Negima) and Director Akiyuki Shinobi (Petite Cossette) comes a hilarious new high school comedy that should appeal to fans of Excel Saga and Azumanga Daioh. Join Becky, the gang, and one really depressed bunny as they get themselves into all sorts of trouble on and around campus.



Synopsis: While most classes take excursions to museums or zoos, if your teacher is an 11 year-old genius with a penchant for trouble—and your class is filled with high-wired teenage girls—your field trips are definitely trippier. You do things like investigate a haunted schoolhouse, crash on a strange island, shake it like Shakira at Brazil's carnivale, or maybe even practice your bomb detonating skills. (Uh-oh.) Yes, the bell has rung and it's time to start another semester of the hilariously explosive comedy Anime News Network says is “so random and goofy one can't help but smile the whole time.”



Paniponi Dash!: Girls N' Roses (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including five episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include AD Vid-notes™, the video short “In Class With the Cast”, a “CD Spot Medley”, clean closing animation, plus previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Collectors Edition Now Available!



Paniponi Dash! is now available in a special collector edition box. This special collector's edition contains the second volume of Paniponi Dash! in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire six volume series (SRP $39.98).





DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 6

Running Time: 125 min.
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DPPD/002 (Volume 2)

DPPD/BX1 (Volume 2 + Box)

UPC: 702727158421 (Volume 2)

702727158926 (Volume 2 + Box)

Pre-Book Date: 1/9/2007
Street Date: 2/6/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98 (Volume 2)

$39.98 (Volume 2 + Box)



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



PAPUWA: MACHO MARATHON



“The Most Hilarious Anime I've Ever Seen.” – Anime-Planet.com



ADV is proud to bring you the fourth volume of the series bound to delight all lovers of weirdness. The crazy, goofy, loopy fun continues when Papuwa: Macho Marathon hits store shelves on February 6!



Pretty boy Kotaro finds himself stranded on a remote tropical island with no memory of how he got there. Now, under the questionable care of the young Papuwa, Kotaro begins his new life of bizarre adventures in a world of transvestite fish, fruity pink dinosaurs and hallucination-inducing mushrooms. Join the zany characters and goofy good times that make Papuwa a great comedy!



Synopsis: Are you man enough to be a maid? In an attempt to shed his girly exterior and become a man among men, Kotaro has ventured deep into the musty Man Hole. To pass the treacherous trial he must face a sexy squid man, blood sucking bats and hungry hamsters with a taste for human flesh. To make matters worse, a sudden flood awakens a haunting memory that opens the door to his tragic past. Next, Liquid's patience is put to the test on the manliest of holidays: Father's Day. Kotaro and Papuwa empty his bank account and buy him a series of life-threatening gifts including a rodent-powered papier-mâché low-rider. After a one-way trip to a bad case of whiplash, the miserable maid is invited to a dangerously alcoholic tea party, where the demented drunkards of the Special Battle Unit share a series of shockingly disturbing memories of their fathers. The rainy season brings more doom and gloom for Liquid as a violent run-in with Koji and his estrogen-impaired sister renders him unable to complete the housework. Before the dirty dishes can pile up, Papuwa prepares a death-defying obstacle course to decide who will fill his man maid's shoes. Maid applicants must hustle and flex their muscle as they walk planks, whack weeds and take flying drumsticks to the face in the manliest maid match up of the millennium. Experience alien abductions, bone-crushing brotherly love and home-cooking from hell in the fourth, hamster-powered volume of Papuwa.



Papuwa: Macho Marathon (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including four side-splitting episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include translator notes, a character art gallery, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 4 of 6

Running Time: 100 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (L,V)

CAT: DPA/004
UPC: 702727154522

Pre-Book Date: 1/9/2007
Street Date: 2/6/2007

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”) outside of Japan and has the largest English-language anime library in the world. 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 #1 Anime Channel” reaching more than 40 million households. It is the nation's top video-on-demand (VOD) offering as well as a 24/7 linear cable channel and is the first television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide. 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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