ADV Manga sets streed dates for two new manga releases

HOUSTON, August 6, 2003-ADV Manga today formally announced street dates for the label's first two releases, Full Metal Panic! Mission 01 and Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1. Both titles will be available at bookstores and comic/specialty stores nationwide.

Full Metal Panic! Mission 01
A tie-in to the smash-hit ADV Films anime release of the same name, the Full Metal Panic! manga skillfully balances high-school comedy and hard-hitting action with the story of gung-ho young secret agent Sosuke Sagara, assigned to go undercover and protect high-school honor-student Kaname Chidori from a band of international terrorists. Needless to say, Sosuke's background as a counterinsurgent guerilla isn't the best possible preparation for high-school. Full Metal Panic! appeared serially in Newtype USA magazine, helping to build an enthusiastic audience for this ADV Manga release.

Prebook: 8/8/03
Street: 9/9/03
Genre: Action/Comedy
Age rating: 13+
168 black & white pages (color intro pages)
Author: Shouji Gatou
Illustrator: Retsu Tateo

Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1
It's not manga, it's Azumanga (and it's smart, fun and totally addictive)! Created by the iconoclastic Kiyohiko Azuma (hence the name), Azumanga Daioh is strongly character driven, telling the story of the precocious Chiyo (promoted to high-school at age 12), a group of her classmates, and their hilarious daily tribulations. Azumanga Daioh boasts exceptionally strong name recognition, including overwhelming fan enthusiasm about the anime series (forthcoming 2004 from ADV Films).

Prebook: 8/15/03
Street: 9/16/03
Genre: Comedy
Age Rating: 13+
168 black & white pages (color intro pages)
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma

About ADV Manga
Specializing in Japanese and other East Asian comics, illustration books, graphic novels and more, ADV Manga is the publishing division of A.D. Vision, Inc., parent company of ADV Films, Newtype USA, Anime Network and more. Founded in 2003, with nationwide mass-market distribution, ADV Manga is poised to dominate the explosively growing U.S. market for imported graphic novels and related published materials. More information is available at

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