ADV Announces Release of Maburaho: Bewitched and Bewildered


Harry never had it this hard!

HOUSTON, March 22, 2005 – When a wizard is down on his luck, usually the world cowers in fear of the terrible consequences. However, the less-than-adequate pseudo-wizard Kazuki is certainly not about to be feared by anyone! But he sure has a lot to be afraid of when three powerfully beautiful (and completely insane) magical babes are out to get him for his genes! The magically-charged romantic comedy Maburaho is ready to conjure up some fun when it hits the shelves on April 19th.

Adapted from the best-selling Japanese series of novels, Maburaho is sure to leave you spellbound with its hilarious antics, heart-warming romance, and high-energy magical mischief. The series was directed by Shinchiro Kimura (Cosplay Complex, Burn Up! Excess) and features the character-design work of Yasunari Nitta (Azumanga Daioh, Sister Princess, Yu Yu Hakusho).

High school student Kazuki Shikimori comes from a line of powerful magicians with extraordinary DNA and he attends the most prestigious school for wizards in all of Japan. It would seem that life is good for Kazuki. Unfortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth. He's not the most smooth when it comes to the ladies, his grades are poor, his athletic skill is next to none, and to top it all off, he can only use his magic eight times before he turns into dust! However, three magical hotties have learned of his genetic secret and are all after him! Suddenly he has become the most “popular” kid in class. Are all these girls out to romance him, or are they only after his DNA?

Limited Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Maburaho is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Maburaho: Bewitched and Bewildered Volume 1 DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house all seven volumes of the series (SRP $39.98).

Manga Series Launches in April!

This April ADV is launching the Maburaho manga series as well. Written and illustrated by Miki Miyashita, volume 1 of the hilarious new manga runs 168 pages and is available at bookstores everywhere this April for $9.99.

Also, be sure to check out the super sexy schoolgirl-sorceress Yuna as she struts her stuff in the steamy centerfold poster for the May issue of Newtype USA, the number one English-language source of anime and manga news.

Maburaho: Bewitched and Bewildered (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release featuring four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include: “The Magic Times” insert, clean opening and closing animation, The Art of Maburaho, translator's comments, original Japanese promos, and ADV previews.

About ADV Films:

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. 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. 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.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga™, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys™, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

Volume: 1 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (S, D)
CAT: DMB/001 (DVD), DMB/BX1 (Collector's Box)
UPC: 702727123429 (DVD), 702727082627 (Collector's Box)
Pre-Book Date: 03/22/05
Street Date: 04/19/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98 (DVD), $39.98 (Collector's Box)

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