ADV Films Announces April 26 Releases

Mar 31st 2005
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES APRIL 26 RELEASES



HOUSTON, March 31, 2005 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four new DVDs for April 26, 2005:





DNANGEL: MAGICAL GIRLS



The Runaway Hit Manga Is Also One Of The Top Anime Series Of 2005!



Lauded by critics as “a fun show and an interesting adaptation of the manga series” (Anime on DVD) in which “the quality of animation and artwork is impressive” (Japan Hero), ADV's D.N.Angel DVD series has something for anime and manga fans alike. The seven disk series reaches its midpoint when the fourth volume, D.N.Angel: Magical Girls, hits store shelves April 26th.



Adapted from the international best-selling manga series by Yukiru Sugisaki, D.N.Angel is a funny romantic adventure with a fantastic premise. High school hottie Risa has two suitors: shy Daisuke and his dashing alter-ego, the magical thief Dark. Imagine losing out to your better half! Worse, it's Daisuke's love for Risa that triggers the change. The only way to cure this genetic disease is to win the heart of his true love – but that's not happening anytime soon!



Synopsis: How much can one kid handle? In the fourth exciting volume of D.N.Angel poor Daisuke Niwa finds himself in some precarious situations. After the souls of Risa and Saehara are locked away in a stone he travels to the future with the help of a new friend, Towa, to save his classmates and Dark. Daisuke has to deal with Mio Hio, a crazy new student in his class who has decided that Daisuke will be hers…whether he likes it or not. And if that wasn't enough, Daisuke finally gets a day off and somehow the Harada sisters and Mio end up at his house! So much for relaxation...



D.N.Angel: Magical Girls (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 13-16, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. The disk is loaded with extras, including commentary with Monica Rial (Towa) and Jessica Boone (Mio Hio), a special “Behind the Anime” segment with Miyo Irino and Shunichi Miyamoto, and a D.N.Angel Music Video Collection, plus clean opening animation, and clean closing animation.



Collectors Edition Available!



D.N.Angel: The Dawn of Dark Collector's Edition is still available. This special collectors edition contains everything from the first volume of D.N.Angel plus a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire seven volume series (SRP $39.98).



Volume: 4 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DDNA/004
UPC: 702727087622
Pre-Book Date: 3/29/2005
Street Date: 4/26/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







SHUTEN DOJI: BIRTH OF DEMONS



Classic Go Nagai Horror With a Sci-Fi Twist!



Calling all horror fans! Prepare to kick it old school with the Devil Man himself, Go Nagai, as ADV unleashes his classic tale of horror, bloodshed, and mystery, Shuten Doji: Birth of Demons on April 26.



Created by legendary anime mastermind Go Nagai (Devilman, Cutie Honey, Getter Robo) and directed by Junji Nishimura (Ranma ½, Your Under Arrest: The Motion Picture), Shuten Doji is a horrific journey into the strange and vicious world of a boy trapped between two realities.



Synopsis: Jiro Shutendo seems like a normal kid, but somehow he still feels different from his friends and schoolmates. It never crossed his mind that he might not be human at all! When Jiro's girlfriend is kidnapped by a band of evil monsters, he must journey through time and space to rescue her and discover his true origin.



Shuten Doji: Birth of Demons (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the first two episodes of the four-part series, presented in English and Japanese with English subtitles.



Volume: 1 of 2
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, S)
CAT: DSD/001
UPC: 702727088124
Pre-Book Date: 3/29/2005
Street Date: 4/26/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







DIVERGENCE EVE: CORE MISSION



In Space, No One Can Hear You Jiggle!



Anime's best-endowed sci-fi space thriller continues April 26 with Divergence Eve: Core Mission, the second disk in a three volume series.



Directed by Hiroshi Negishi (Tenchi Universe, Burn Up W), this futuristic high-flying epic is brimming with intense space battles, high-tech fighting robots, and babes who more than fill out their skimpy military uniforms.



An intoxicating blend of sci-fi and fan service, Divergence Eve takes place in the 24th century, just after faster-than-light travel has become a reality. At the furthest edges of space beings from a parallel universe threaten mankind's new colonies. But the greater danger comes from within the station itself, where someone is plotting something deadlier still.



Synopsis: Murder, mayhem and mystery hurl the young heroes of Watcher's Nest into an epic adventure that will have them fighting for their lives as dark forces move to attack. Secrets, betrayals and cosmic revelations raise more questions for Misaki – who ultimately becomes an unwilling element of a forbidden experiment. What more could you ask for than a bevy of beauties forced to put their lives on the line to answer the call of duty?



Divergence Eve: Core Mission (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes six through nine of the original series, presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a video look at the original Divergence Eve manga, plus clean opening and closing animation, original Japanese promo spots, and ADV previews.





Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
CAT: DDVE/002
UPC: 702727105623
Pre-Book Date: 3/29/2005
Street Date: 4/26/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







PETITE PRINCESS YUCIE: MAGICAL MISCHIEF



Many Vie for the Crown, But There Can Be But One Platinum Princess!



The creators of Neon Genesis Evangelion offer up another serving of their adorable galaxy-ranging fairy tale, when Petite Princess Yucie: Magical Mischief lands at Earth stores everywhere April 26.



“With its fine details and elegant images, Petite Princess Yucie accurately reflects the little princess in every girl,” according to Anime Source. Gainax (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenoboshi) and AIC (Tenchi Muyo! Bubblegum Crisis 2040) are to thank for the brilliant production, but it's the familiar story with the unique premise that makes Yucie truly special.



Yucie is a 17 year-old girl under a spell of enchantment that makes her look like a 10-year-old. As one of the chosen candidates for “Platinum Princess,” selected only once in a millennia, Yucie studies at the Princess Academy, where she and female beings from different worlds endure trials and learn how to be dazzling young ladies.



Synopsis: Things are looking up for Yucie. Having passed the Judgment of Light she's done with part-time work! But things don't seem to get any easier for her… or her friends. Arc, driven by his quest to find his mysterious “Person from the past,” is harboring some new tricks… and our ladies' stewards have a little spotlight of their own! The journey continues through the Fairy Realm, drops by the Harvest Festival, is disrupted by some very peculiar butterflies, and takes a run though… ahhhh…. KINDERGARTEN!



Petite Princess Yucie: Magical Mischief (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes fifteen though eighteen of the original series, presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and original production sketches, plus previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



Volume: 4 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DYC/004
UPC: 702727093029
Pre-Book Date: 3/29/05
Street Date: 4/26/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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