ADV Announces Venus Vs. Virus, Blade of the Phantom Master for Nov. 13

Sep 14th 2007
Includes Launch of New Series Venus Versus Virus

HOUSTON, September 14, 2007—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to present four great new titles, including the standalone feature Blade of the Phantom Master: Shin Angyo Onshi, an low-priced thin-pack collection of Shadow Skill, a new volume in the Xenosaga series, and the first volume in the highly-anticipated new series Venus Versus Virus. These titles will be available on store shelves November 13.


VENUS VERSUS VIRUS: OUTBREAK

ADV Films is pleased to present the exciting new series Venus Versus Virus. The first volume hits store shelves November 13.

From veteran director Shinichiro Kimura (Maburaho, Burn Up Excess) and the production team at Studio Hibari (Nerima Daikon Brothers) comes an exciting new adventure title rife with monsters, mayhem, and Gothic Lolita heroines with plenty of 'tude! Venus Versus Virus first aired on Japanese television in January of 2007. Based on the hit manga series, this hot new series is an action-packed treat for fans of Underworld, Chrono Crusade, and other high-energy supernatural actioners.

Synopsis: We all have our demons. Lucia has our backs! Sumire is your average everyday schoolgirl. That is, if your average everyday schoolgirl can not only sense ghosts and demons, but can also dispose of them accordingly. So, when she finally meets Lucia, a specter-fighting, eyepatch-wearing power-girl from the Venus Vanguard, it's a match made in heaven. Or rather - Hell, as it were. Together, these two will work to rid the world of the dark forces called Virus that lurk amongst us - trying to add innocent souls to their masses. They will learn from each other why a life is worth saving. They will learn from their enemies that they each have their own potential for evil. And they will hunt down the Virus and give it the beating it truly deserves. Get ready, it's time for your vaccination.

Venus Versus Virus (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only anamorphic release including the first four episodes, presented in both English 2.0 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 3
Running Time: 100 mins.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, L)
CAT: DVV/001
UPC: 702727173721
Pre-Book Date: 10/16/2007
Street Date: 11/13/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


BLADE OF THE PHANTOM MASTER:
SHIN ANGYO ONSHI

ADV Films is pleased to present Blade of the Phantom Master: Shin Angyo Onshi, available in stores November 13.

From Oriental Light and Magic comes a full-length anime feature about a lone warrior and the strange living weapon he commands. Blade of the Phantom Master: Shin Angyo Onshi is distinguished by great character designs, an involving plot, and plenty of action.

Synopsis: In the ashes of Justice, Two Heroes Stand Alone! Long ago, the legends say, there was a secret army. Unseen until needed, these warriors struck from the shadows, protecting justice and defending the Jushin Empire from both tyrants and thieves. They were called the Amen Osa, The Phantom Masters.

But now Jushin has fallen, its kingdoms destroyed and its citizens left to the mercy of zombies, beasts and sadists. Yet from the ashes of destruction, a hero has appeared to defend the people. His name is unknown, and no man knows who he serves... But there are clues: the strange symbol he wears around his neck and the female living weapon he commands. Is he the last of the Amen Osa? The answer will be revealed, when the Blade of the Phantom Master is unleashed!

Blade of the Phantom Master: Shin Angyo Onshi (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only anamorphic release presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. On disc extras include a “Making Of” video, storyboards, production sketches, interviews with the Japanese cast, original Japanese Theatrical Trailers and TV spots, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 90 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V)
CAT: DSHA/001
UPC: 702727173929
Pre-Book Date: 10/16/2007
Street Date: 11/13/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


XENOSAGA: VOICES FROM THE PAST

ADV Films is pleased to bring you the second volume of Xenosaga, the epic science-fiction adventure based off the beloved video game trilogy, in stores November 13.

From acclaimed studio Toei Animation (Yu-Gi-Oh!, Air Gear) comes a 12 episode series that gamers and anime fans are sure to enjoy. The Xenosaga anime is inspired by the first installment of the Xenosaga video game trilogy for the PlayStation 2, Episode One: Der Wille zur Macht. The Xenosaga games gained great acclaim from fans and critics alike, ranking as one of the most popular role-playing game series of its generation. Whether you enjoyed the video game series or pulse-pounding space adventures, Xenosaga will have you feeling right at home!

Synopsis: New Enemies. New Allies. New Powers. With the destruction of the Federation's flagship and its fleet, the survivors are now on the run, fleeing the unstoppable Gnosis. Now wary of the hidden machinations of a mysterious organization, Shion and her friends desperately search for both a safe haven and the truth behind what really happened to the Woglinde and the fleet. Together with new allies from the mercenary ship, Elsa, and the mega-battleship, Durandal of the Kukai Foundation, Shion's quest will force them to relive painful memories and reveal an amazing power of the anti-Gnosis android KOS-MOS! The anime adaptation of the internationally acclaimed RPG continues in the second stunning installment of Xenosaga: The Animation!!

Xenosaga: Voices From the Past (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the episodes five through eight, 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: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
CAT: DXS/002
UPC: 702727178528
Pre-Book Date: 10/16/2007
Street Date: 11/13/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


SHADOW SKILL COMPLETE COLLECTION

ADV Films is pleased to announce yet another beautiful, affordable new thin-pack collection. Shadow Skill Complete Collection hits store shelves November 13. “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: The kingdom of Kuruda has known many warriors, none greater than the Sevalle, an elite breed whose mastery of martial arts has made them legendary. But for the 59th Sevalle, Elle Ragu, a.k.a. Shadow Skill, being a legend is shaping up to be something of a drag. After all, adventure alone doesn't pay the rent, and living check to check takes its toll on even the fiercest warrior. Strong as an ox and stubborn as a mule she may be, but it's drinking like a fish that usually gets Elle in trouble. And as she travels alongside her brother Gau, leaving property damage and unpaid bar-tabs in their wake, a new threat looms on the horizon: spies from the kingdom of Solfan have entered the picture, and Kuruda seems to be headed for war...

Shadow Skill Complete Collection (SRP $49.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the entire series, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 650 mins.
Age Rating: TV PG (V)
CAT: DSSK/BX1
UPC: 702727180927
Pre-Book Date: 10/16/2007
Street Date: 11/13/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $49.98

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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