ADV Films makes ACen Announcements



ANIME CENTRAL, May 17, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., announced the acquisition of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Peacemaker and Gatchaman for both home video release by ADV Films and broadcast on the Anime Network. The announcements were made from Anime Central on Saturday, May 15, 2004.

“These three impressive, action-filled titles are a great acquisition for us,” said John Ledford, president, CEO and co-founder of ADV Films. “From the intricate animation to the adventuresome plot lines, these titles are sure to have anime fans on the edge of their seats with excitement.”

About Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Get ready for the second thrilling installation of Full Metal Panic! Deftly combining mecha combat, martial arts, international criminal intrigue and high school politics with a dash of teen romance on the side, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu returns to the world established in the first best-selling series. This time Sergeant Sousuke has taken a break from the military to go back to high school, but can this battle-scarred veteran put aside his soldier-like instincts and be a regular high school kid? Hysterical antics and chaos ensue as Sousuke and Ms. Chidori turn the halls of higher education into a war zone!

No release date has been announced for the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu anime.

About Peacemaker

This action-packed film is beautifully animated by the talented team at Gonzo Digimation (Final Fantasy: Unlimited and Full Metal Panic!). Fans of Samurai X are sure to enjoy Peacemaker when they notice the heroic similarities between the two main characters.

Tetsunosuke Ichimura had always been a runt, the smallest, weakest kid in his village, but after seeing his parents murdered by a dangerous and evil assassin, Tetsunoke vows to become strong enough to avenge his parents' deaths. Now, at only 15 years of age, he has made up his mind to join the army in order to gain that strength… but what he doesn't know is that the army he's chosen isn't a normal army at all! Now a frightening choice awaits him; to achieve his revenge, will Tetsunosuke be willing to forsake his very humanity for demonic powers? The roads to vengeance and hell may be one and the same in Peacemaker.

ADV Films announces a fall 2004 release for Peacemaker.

About Gatchaman

The timeless classic that spawned the hit series' G-Force and Battle of the Planets, Gatchaman is the action–filled story of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, five young heroes who must come together to defend Earth from the threat of Galactor, an international terrorist group fronted by a mysterious outer space being, and its army of mechanized menaces! Skilled in the art of ninjitsu, and equipped with special weapons, powers and the amazing spacecraft, the Phoenix, the Gatchaman team joins with the International Scientific Organization (ISO) to battle both deteriorating conditions across the Earth and the evil Galactor's attempts to conquer the entire planet. The all time classic series comes to North America uncut and uncensored for the first time in Gatchaman!

No release date has been announced for the Gatchaman anime.

About ADV Films:

ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market with best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh. ADV Films' product line also includes live-action science fiction programs including The Jim Henson Company's Farscape. Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and operates Anime Network™, broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston and with additional offices in Europe and Japan, the company operates ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels, and ADV Toys, a new division that creates exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. For more information, visit

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