ADV Acquires Maburaho

HOUSTON, March 8, 2004-ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced it has acquired exclusive home video and broadcast rights in North America for Maburaho, an action-packed comic romance about magic, love, friendship and deception.

About Maburaho

High school student, Kazuki Shikimori attends school at the elite Aoi Academy where students learn the intricacies of using their magical powers. Blessed with highly sought-after DNA, Kazuki is cursed. He can only use his powers eight times until he turns into dust. Enter three magical hotties, Yuna, Kuriko and Yin. These lovely ladies join forces to help Kazuki increase his magical powers. But are they after his heart or his DNA?

"Maburaho is a wonderful, magical anime chock full of twists and turns," said John Ledford, president, CEO and co-founder of ADV Films. "Already popular in Japan, fans have been anticipating the U.S. arrival of this beautifully animated series."

Release Plans

ADV Films has not yet announced specific release plans for the Maburaho anime series, but Ledford expects the title to debut sometime later this year.

About ADV Films:

In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine; operates Anime Network, broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day; and publishes ADV Manga, a line of Japanese and other East Asian comics, illustration books, graphic novels and more. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with additional offices and distribution across four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international multi-media entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at

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