ADV Announces May 24 Releases


HOUSTON, April 25, 2005 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce two exciting new titles set to hit the streets on May 24 – the hit samurai anime Peacemaker 5 and the next chapter in the live-action ninja splatter-fest, Shinobi 4.


Cross, Double-Cross Drive Fifth Volume Of Samurai Saga

The fan-favorite samurai series continues when Peacemaker: The Spider's Web hits store shelves everywhere May 24.

Known for its winning combination of elegant design, serious adventure, and sharp comedy, Peacemaker was produced by the acclaimed GONZO Digimation (Gantz, Chrono Crusade) with character designs by noted craftsman Akemi Hayashi (Fruits Basket). The series follows the career of 15-year old Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who joins the elite Shinsengumi swordsmen after his parents were murdered by Choshu rebels.

Synopsis: A web of treachery awaits the men of the Shinsengumi. Spun by an Onmyou mystic in the charge of a fallen and unbalanced lord, it threatens to destroy the Shinsengumi altogether. At the same time, a man posing as Okita has begun cutting down Shogunate patrols, while a band of Choshu ronin make a brazen assault in broad daylight! But the Shinsengumi have their own web-weavers – and they send a spy straight into the heart of the Choshu clan. As the trap closes its jaws, who is hunter and who is prey?

Peacemaker: The Spider's Web (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 16-18 of the anime series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include two new Character Collections plus production sketches, clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Still Available!

The Peacemaker Collectors Edition is still available. This special collectors edition contains everything the first volume of Peacemaker plus a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire seven volume series (SRP $39.98).

DVD Product Details

Volume: 5 of 7
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
UPC: 702727082122
Pre-Book Date: 4/26/05
Street Date: 5/24/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


Final Chapter For the Ninja Splatter-fest

The hit ninja saga concludes on a bloody note when ADV Films brings Shinobi: A Way Out to stores everywhere May 24.

Shinobi is the epic tale of two friends who defy the rigid ninja code and soon find themselves on the run from the clan they've rejected. Featuring furious martial arts and sword-play that will leave you breathless, Shinobi is directed by martial arts action guru Kenji Tanigaki (The Princess Blade, Blade II).

Synopsis: The country of Iga is deep in the throws of war. With smaller villages falling one by one, the largest families are in position to vie for their share of the power. Sankai of Minamiyama has his sinister eyes fixed – not only on total control of the area, but on Kagerou as well. After fleeing the village of Shiroyama, Kagerou and Aoi have been relentlessly hunted. And now, with the civil war in full flux, and Aoi in enemy hands, it is time for one last attempt to escape the clutches of the deadly Shinobi hierarchy – or die trying. They are all alone. They can trust no one. They must find a way out.

Shinobi: A Way Out (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include “Shinobi: The Literal Dub Part 4” as well as previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 4 of 4
Running Time: 90 minutes
Age Rating: 17+
UPC: 702727101526
Pre-Book Date: 4/26/05
Street Date: 5/24/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

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

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