ADV Sweeps Fan Polls, Recognized As "Favorite Anime Company"


Named “Overall Favorite Anime Company”
Second Year in a Row

HOUSTON, January 4, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is proud to announce a clean sweep of all three categories in the Anime News Network's year-end fan polls. Readers named ADV their “Favorite Anime Distribution Company” for quality of production, “Favorite Anime Licensor” for titles released, and “Overall Favorite Anime Company” for 2005.

Anime News Network is the Internet's most-trafficked English language site for anime news and reviews. Nearly 2700 fans responded to the poll, with more than a third of them naming ADV their “Overall Favorite Anime Company,” taking into account the quality of ADV releases, titles licensed, release schedule, customer service, and other factors.

“ADV Films has been doing a stellar job releasing a wide variety of very different fan favorites, including Gantz, Azumanga Daioh, and Full Metal Panic,” said Anime News Network Editor In Chief Christopher Macdonald. “ADV's wide variety of releases, which cover the entire spectrum of anime fandom, means they released many people's favorites, even though those favorites are completely different. This strategy is a clear winner, perhaps a better strategy than chasing after the one mega-title that everyone will like.”

“ADV is an anime company built by fans, for fans,” said Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing Mike Bailiff. “Fan support is very important to us, and we're extremely grateful for the recognition from Anime News Network's readers.”

This marks the second year in a row that ADV has won each of the Anime News Network's three poll categories. Full poll results can be found through the links below.

Overall Favorite Anime Company

Favorite Anime Licensor

Favorite Anime Distribution Company

About ADV Films:

In the 14 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. Always on the forefront, ADV is introducing North America to bold new anime franchises such as Gantz, Elfen Lied, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker and DNAngel. 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. In 2005 ADV Films was voted “Best Anime Company” in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America's largest anime convention.

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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