ADV Announces Acquisition of The Place Promised in our Early Days


2004's “Best Animated Film” In Theaters May, On DVD This Summer

HOUSTON, May 4, 2005 – ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is proud to announce the acquisition of The Place Promised in Our Early Days, the highly anticipated, award-winning full-length feature film by world famous animator and director Makoto Shinkai. This announcement was made by ADV Films at the Anime Boston convention last Saturday, April 30th.

Referred to as “the new Miyazaki”, creator Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star) has created a beautifully lush science-fiction masterpiece that explores the powerful complexities of love, the driving force of curiosity, and the enduring value of a promise. Recently released in theaters across Japan, The Place Promised in Our Early Days was awarded the Animation Film Award (the Grand Prize in animation) at the 59th annual Mainichi Film Concours, the same award which had been awarded to Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away in the past.

“This is without a doubt one of the most exciting and most talked about animated feature films to come out of Japan in years, as demonstrated by Japan's record-breaking theater attendance.” said John Ledford, President and C.E.O of ADV Films. “We are thrilled and very proud to bring this highly acclaimed film to North American audiences!”

Synopsis: Set in an alternate universe, this sci-fi story centers around three teenagers, a rip in the space-time continuum, and the perseverance to keep a promise against all odds. The film captures slice-of-life beauty between three friends, while epic events threaten to drive them apart.

“The animation is breathtaking. The backdrops are stunning; it's so life-like that it's hard to believe it is animated. Every outdoor scene is exquisite, as is every shot of sky, whether cloudy, sunny, nighttime, raining or intensely blue.”—Active Anime

The Place Promised in Our Early Days begins its U.S. theatrical run at The Tribeca Grand Theatre in New York City May 10, 2005, with other major cities to follow. The DVD will be released later this summer.

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

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