ADV Launches Kanon January 1

Nov 13th 2007
Also Jinki:Extend and Martian Successor Nadesico Collections

HOUSTON, November 13, 2007 – ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to announce the launch of Kanon, the highly-anticipated six-part series from the creators of Air TV, as well as the Jinki:Extend Complete Collection and the Martian Successor Nadesico Perfect Collection. All three titles will be available on store shelves New Year's Day 2008.


KANON VOLUME ONE

“A Beautiful Romance Everyone Can Enjoy.” – Anime World

ADV Films is pleased to bring you the first volume in Kanon, the highly-anticipated new series from the creators of Air TV. Kanon Volume 1 goes on sale January 1, 2008.

Fans have been looking forward to Kanon since it first aired on Japanese television in 2006. Some describe it as a romantic comedy with a lot of drama; others call it a romance with plenty of comedy. Animated by Kyoto Animation (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), just goes to show that the five overlapping narratives that come together in Kanon offer something for everyone.

Synopsis: Yuichi Aizawa used to visit his cousin Nayuki all the time when he was younger, but now he can hardly remember a thing about those visits. And upon his return to finish his senior year in high school while living with his Aunt Akiko and his cousin, the blank spots in his memory have become more and more worrisome. After a seven year absence, Yuichi makes a valiant effort to adjust to his vaguely familiar surroundings. Bits and pieces of his past come back to him, but his memories elude him still. Why canÕt he remember? What is he blocking out? From the same animation studio that brought you AIR TV, a poignant concerto of tears, laughter and pinky promises make up a mystical world in Kanon.

Kanon Volume One (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only anamorphic release including the first four episodes, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Video extras include an inside look at the making of Kanon, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.


DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 (of 6)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DKN/001
UPC: 702727185229
Pre-Book Date: 12/4/2007
Street Date: 1/1/2008
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



JINKI: EXTEND COMPLETE COLLECTION

“A Serious Story About Cute Girl Mecha Pilots” – Anime News Network

ADV Films is pleased to present an attractive, highly affordable new thin-pack collection of the mecha masterpiece Jinki:Extend. The Jinki:Extend Complete Collection hits store shelves January 1.

From Director Mazahiko Murata (Gilgamesh, MazinKaiser), Jinki:Extend revitalized the mecha genre with a gripping blend of giant robot action and soap opera intrigue. The elite organization Angel pilots the mighty Jinki, giant robots employed to fight the evil Kyomu. But Angel needs new recruits, and it just so happens that a set of beautiful girls were born with the innate ability to be the best Jinki pilots ever! What happens when these cuties become Earth's last line of defense?

Synopsis: In 13-year-old Aoba Tsuzaki's world, everything seems normal. An over-the-top modeling fanatic, she spends her days locked in her room, happily building plastic robots. But rumbling beneath the surface, an evil enemy of mankind (the Ancient Jinki) threatens to destroy the Earth. And when a cross-dressing kidnapper brings Aoba face-to-face with a real fighting machine, her robot dreams give way to frightening nightmares. She is unwittingly recruited into Angel, an elite fighting force who not only pits its giant robots against the Ancient Jinki, but against an unseen evil that is working behind the scenes. Jinki:Extend is a world of explosive action, arresting intrigue, and battle-trained babes who are bent on revenge! Nothing is what it seems, and no one can be trusted. But one thing is for sure – you're in for a seriously wild ride!

Jinki:Extend Complete Collection (SRP $59.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD release including all 13 episodes of the original series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles, plus all the video extras from the original releases.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 325 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)
CAT: DJK/BX1
UPC: 702727156229
Pre-Book Date: 12/4/2007
Street Date: 1/1/2008
Format: DVD
SRP: $59.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.



MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO
PERFECT COLLECTION

“Tremendous Fun” – TheOtaku.com

ADV Films is pleased to celebrate one of Japan's top anime series with a beautiful and affordable new thin-packed collection. The Martian Successor Nadesico Perfect Collection hits store shelves January 1.

From acclaimed studio Xebec (Negima) comes the beloved anime series that combines comedy, romance, space opera, and inside jokes aplenty in one classic package. “Martian Successor Nadesico was initially criticized in Japan for making fun of both anime and fan culture, but its unbridled and ultimately good-natured silliness won over critics – and large audiences on both sides of the Pacific. … In America, only Rocky and Bullwinkle and The Simpsons have dared such outrageous self-parody” (Charles Solomon, Amazon.com).

Synopsis: The Earth, the Moon, and our Martian Colonies are under alien attack and our space fleets are powerless to stop the invasion. Disgusted by the incompentence of the Terran military, the independent arms manufacturer Nergal builds its own space battle cruiser and launches a new offensive in a desperate attempt to save the Earth. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of trained military personnel, the crew is a little unorthodox… With a reluctant assistant cook as a pilot, a ditsy General's daughter in command, and the largest contingent of geeks, misfits and anime fans ever sent into orbit, the poor enemy Jovians won't stand a chance! There's love, war and giant robots galore in the award-winning anime masterpiece Martian Successor Nadesico!

Martian Successor Nadesico Perfect Collection (SRP $49.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including all 26 episodes, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles, plus all the video extras from the original serialized releases, including three commentary tracks, character profiles, and clean opening and ending sequences.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 650 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, D)
CAT: DND/BX1
UPC: 702727186523
Pre-Book Date: 12/4/2007
Street Date: 1/1/2008
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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