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ADV Films June 20 Releases Gatchaman, Sister Princess Collections


HOUSTON, April 27, 2006 — ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four exciting new titles set to hit the streets on June 20, including the seventh Gatchaman collection and volumes 13 and 14, plus the new thin-packed Sister Princess Complete Collection!


“Featuring 10 times the action, heart and humor of its ‘Americanized’ versions, Gatchaman is the one that really started it all.” – MTV.com

ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is proud to announce a June 20 release date for the thirteenth and fourteenth volumes of Gatchaman as well as the seventh Gatchaman Collection, a box set containing both new volumes and a jam-packed extras disk. ADV's critically-acclaimed collections have introduced Gatchaman to a whole new generation of fans. As one reviewer put it, “There's no other style like Birdstyle, and you won't want to miss this!” (Underland Online)

Acclaimed comics illustrator Alex Ross provides the artwork for all eighteen volumes of the Gatchaman series, which is being released for the first time in North America in its entirety, uncut and unedited. ADV has recorded a brand new English dub and assembled loads of commentaries, documentary footage, archival material, and other extras for the classic series. This is the most deluxe anime event of the year!

Gatchaman is the seminal 1970s anime series from Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Robotech), which was recut for broadcast in the US as Battle of the Planets and later G-Force. In whatever form it appeared, Gatchaman introduced fans around the world to the wonders of Japanese animation. The cool character designs, over-the-top storylines, and complex team dynamic set Gatchaman apart from other shows – and set a standard that later programs emulated. It may well be the most influential anime series of all time. More information on the Gatchaman legacy can be found at ADV's official website here!

ADV's DVD series has proven to be a critical and commercial success. In awarding the first Gatchaman Collection a rare five-star rating, Anime Jump called it “truly top-notch – it's got good subtitles, a wonderfully accessible new dub, and a collector's package that even casual fans can afford and enjoy. This is one of the finest releases of the year, bar none.”

Series synopsis: In the 21st century, the evil organization Galactor has its sights set on global conquest. Their use of tyrannical terrorism and high-tech mayhem has the world in the clutches of fear! The only thing standing in the way of complete global dominance is the International Science Organization (ISO) and its chief scientist, Professor Kozaburou Nambu. Dr. Nambu's primary weapon in the fight for freedom is his top secret experiment: the five kids who make up the Science Ninja Team. Bird, Go!

Gatchaman 13: Ghost Water & the Jungle of Death (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 73-78, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a “Minions & Mayhem” commentary with Josh Grelle, Glenn Fraser, and Chris Ayres, plus a new “Gatchaman Karaoke,” clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Gatchaman 14: Iron Spiders & Delirium Beams (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 79-84, presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include an episode commentary track with Marty Fleck (Director Anderson) and ADR Director Charles Campbell, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Gatchaman Collection 7 (SRP $34.98 DVD) is a three-disk box set containing volumes thirteen and fourteen plus a disk full of extras. The Collection comes in a chipboard box with breathtaking art by Alex Ross. Video extras include a Dr. Nambu Profile, character sketches of Dr. Nambu, and interview with voice actor Andy McAvin (Dr. Nambu), Dr. Nambu Audition Footage, Episode Sketches, Gatchaman Music, and another installment of the Gatchaman Manga – “Mortal Blow! Gatchaman Fire.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 13 & 14 of 18

Running Time: 150 Minutes Each
Age Rating: TV PG (V)

CAT: DGTM/013 Volume 13

DGTM/014 Volume 14

DGTM/BX7 Collectors Box 7

UPC: 702727138126 Volume 13

702727138225 Volume 14

702727135224 Collectors Box 7

Pre-Book Date: 5/23/2006
Street Date: 6/20/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $14.98 each Volumes 13 & 14 $34.98 Collectors Box 7

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“It's funny, it's cute, it's bright, and it plays well to female anime fans.” – DVD Talk

ADV Films is proud to announce the release of Sister Princess Complete Collection, a thin-pack compilation of the fan-favorite series hitting store shelves June 20.

Based on a popular dating sim in Japan, Sister Princess follows the quirky story of a boy who discovers he has twelve sisters, all of whom are trying to win his undying affection. This situational comedy is great for fans of His or Her Circumstances and Azumanga Daioh!

Synopsis: Wataru Minakami was at the top of his class in middle school and had a pretty comfy life in Tokyo. When he unexpectedly fails his only high school entrance exam because of a computer glitch, his life is suddenly thrown into utter chaos! Jeeves, Wataru's trusted butler, sends him off to attend school at Stargazer's Hill in a mysterious place called Promised Island. Upon his arrival, Wataru encounters many friendly, cute girls. This isn't a problem – until he finds out they are all his sisters! For most kids, adjusting to life at a new school in a different town is tough enough. But for Wataru Minakami, high school will be the easy part! Twelve sisters all at once… What would YOU do?

Sister Princess Complete Collection (SRP $49.98 DVD) is a thin-packed DVD release including all 650 minutes of the fan-favorite series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 650 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

UPC: 702727145926

Pre-Book Date: 05/23/2006
Street Date: 06/20/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $49.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

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 D.N.Angel. 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. The readers of Anime News Network designated ADV Films “Overall Favorite Anime Company” in both 2004 and 2005.

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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