ADV Announces New Gantz Collection, Final Guyver & More: Nov 6 Releases

Sep 6th 2007
ADV ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 6 RELEASES

Collectible New GANTZ Collection Leads off Stellar Lineup

HOUSTON, September 6, 2007 – ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to present four great new titles, including new volumes of Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy and Guyver, a bargain-priced Double Pack of Burn Up! & Plastic Little, and finally the ultimate Gantz collection! All four great new titles are set to hit stores November 6.


GANTZ PERFECT SCORE COLLECTION

“Ultra-Violent, Nihilistic and Addictive” - MTV.com

A tsunami of blood, guts, and stone-cold nihilism make Gantz the most notorious and controversial anime series of the 21st century. Now, just in time for the holidays, ADV salutes this cavalcade of ultraviolence with the Gantz Perfect Score Collection! This limited edition collection features every episode of Gantz in a beautiful black orb, just like the cruel puppetmaster at the center of the series. This is the must-have anime collectible of 2007, and it's in stores November 6!

Described as “gruesome” (Anime Source), “sadistic” (Anime Daze), and “addictive” (Active Anime), Gantz was one of the most popular new series of 2005 and 2006. The series has developed a following well beyond the anime fan community, and retailers have struggled to keep the new disks on the shelf. “This is a series that leaves you in awe the entire time” (Anime News Network).

Directed by Ichiroh Itano and produced by Gonzo Digimation (Chrono Crusade, Full Metal Panic!), Gantz is based on the ultra-violent, totally twisted manga series by Hiroya Oku (HEN, Zero One), soon to be released in the United States by Dark Horse Comics. If anything, the anime series surpasses its source material for sheer spectacle – so much so that it had to be heavily edited for broadcast on Japanese television. ADV Films has restored Gantz to its original, uncut form for its DVD release, and the result is nothing short of horrific.

Synopsis: He thought he was dead. The last thing Kei remembers is the train running over his own body. But now he is in a room filled with strangers, all resurrected by a strange, featureless black sphere known only as the Gantz. Caught in a strange realm between life and death, Kei and the others must undertake brutal missions that the Gantz assigns. Otherwise, none of them will live long enough to leave the room. Is it a game? A nightmare? All Kei knows is that this reprieve from death may only be temporary. If they fail, they will die again.

Gantz Perfect Score Collection (SRP $99.98 DVD) a DVD-only thin-pack release containing the entire 26 episode series, presented in anamorphic video with both English 5.1 sound and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. This collection contains all the on-disc extras presented with the original DVD series, including clean opening and closing animation, interviews with the production staff, original Japanese TV promo spots, and much more!

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 650 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)
CAT: DGZ/BX300
UPC: 702727151125
Pre-Book Date: 10/9/2007
Street Date: 11/6/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $99.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


GUYVER: THE BIOBOOSTED ARMOR
ARMOR OF THE GODS

ADV Films is pleased to present the soul-shattering conclusion of the hit series Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor. Volume seven, Armor of the Gods, goes on sale November 6.

The Guyver has been a cult-classic for over 20 years, spawning over 150 manga chapters, two live-action movies, an OVA, and a short series. Now, Director Katsuhito Akiyama (Bubblegum Crisis) breathes new life into the dark masterpiece, treating us to the most complete and captivating story to date.

Synopsis: The Relic has been destroyed and Sho is presumed dead. Apparently, the world now belongs to Chronos. A year has passed, and with both Guyvers missing in action, Chronos' grip on society grows tighter. Fugitives Tetsuro and Mizuki are forced into hiding, scrounging desperately for any news that Sho is still alive. When Chronos agents close in, they're forced to rely on Aptom to protect them from their Zoanoid adversaries. But what is his motive? Now, Makishima has emerged as the leader of an anti-Chronos movement and scours the globe for a mysterious chrysalis that he believes holds the secret to Sho's disappearance. He is forced into combat with a reoptimized ZX-Tole with seemingly unlimited power. With Aptom torn to shreds and Makishima utterly overpowered, Earth's only hope lies in a new Guyver which must be born to pierce the darkness of Chronos. Humanity's secrets will be unveiled in this electrifying conclusion of Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor.

Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor – Armor of the Gods (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including the episodes 24 through 26, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a manga to anime comparison of all three episodes, production sketches, commentary with Chris Patton (Sho), Lowell Bartholomee (Tetsuro) and Charles Campbell (ADR Director), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 7 of 7
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V)
CAT: DGUY/007
UPC: 702727157820
Pre-Book Date: 10/9/2007
Street Date: 11/6/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


AH! MY GODDESS: FLIGHTS OF FANCY
I'M A BELIEVER

ADV Films is pleased to bring you the next volume of the wildly popular second season of the Ah! My Goddess series. The fourth volume, I'm A Believer, will hit store shelves November 9.

With over 23 volumes of the manga currently published in the U.S. and several anime adaptations, Ah! My Goddess already has a built-in audience of loyal fans. Season two picks up right where season one left off, telling the stories of Keiichi and the angelic “goddess” Belldandy as they grow closer and closer. Reprising their roles from season one are the original cast of English voice actors that fans have come to know and love!
Synopsis: Skuld's tired of being called a kid. After all, she is a goddess. However, not only can Skuld not yet use her powers, she can't even ride a bicycle! When a boy offers her bike riding lessons, Skuld also learns something about the power of friendship. Next, Keiichi and the three goddesses go to a hot springs to relax. Much to their surprise, they encounter Mara who's apparently happy to see them. Still, due to the Lord of Terror fiasco, our heroes are understandably suspicious. Does Mara really want to make amends, or does she have other plans?

Ah! My Goddess - I'm A Believer (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release containing episodes 12 through 16, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include commentary with Annice Moriarty (Skuld) and Vibe Jones (Urd), 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 PG
CAT: DAMG/004
UPC: 702727169823
Pre-Book Date: 10/9/2007
Street Date: 11/6/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


BURN UP! / PLASTIC LITTLE
DOUBLEPACK

Two Anime Classics Together For One Low Price!
ADV Films is pleased to bring you two of our all-time favorite anime titles together for a bargain price you won't be able to pass up! The double-packed Burn Up! / Plastic Little will be available for purchase November 6.

Get naughty with the best bargain in anime! Burn Up! is a sci-fi romp bubbling over with babes, guns, and plenty of fan service; Plastic Little is the outer space adventure that practically invented fan service, featuring ADV's famous Jiggle Counter™! Together these two classic OVAs will knock today's otaku into orbit!

Synopsis – Burn Up!

Maki, Reimi and Yuka may not look like ace crime fighters, which is why they're stuck on traffic patrol, but all that changes when Yuka gets herself kidnapped. Then Maki and Reimi must don skin-tight battle armor and teach the kidnapper that when you play with fire, you're going to get your *** burned!

Synopsis – Plastic Little

Elise is on the run from the army because of what she knows about her murdered father's secret military project. Fortunately she's getting protection from Tita and her friends! Together, they will try to stop the imperialistic plans of the army commander Gaizel.

Burn Up! / Plastic Little Double Pack (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release includes both full-length anime features on two separate DVDs.


DVD Product Details

Running Time: 50 mins. + 50 mins.
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)
CAT: DBU/PL
UPC: 702727180828
Pre-Book Date: 10/9/2007
Street Date: 11/6/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



About ADV Films:
In the 15 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 the new Guyver, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Gantz, and Elfen Lied. 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 variety 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. Anime Network 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, North America's top-selling 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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