ADV Announces August 1 Releases

HOUSTON, June 22, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce two brand new thin-pack collections set to hit the streets on August 1 – the Cromartie High School Complete Collection and the Excel Saga Complete Collection.


“The Funniest Anime I've Ever Seen” – DVD Verdict

ADV Films is proud to announce a brand new thin-pack release of Japan's #1 comedy. Cromartie High School Complete Collection hits store shelves August 1.

Based on the award-winning manga series by Eiji Nonaka (published in the US by ADV Manga), Cromartie High School was produced by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell) in partnership with TV Tokyo (Final Fantasy: Unlimited). The top rated comedy series inspired a merchandizing craze in Japan, and American anime fans have waited for years to jump on board the Cromartie bandwagon.

Cromartie High serves up plenty of slapstick moments with broad appeal. But Cromartie's core audience is made up of sophisticated fans, who can hang with the offbeat timing and self-referential riffs that turn a goofy laff-fest into a smart meta-comedy. For those in the know, this is the series to watch. “Believe us when we tell you that Cromartie High is one of the best things we've seen in a long time” (Otaku Booty).

Synopsis: Poor Kamiyama! Somehow he has been enrolled in Cromartie High School, the infamous school for delinquents. When your classmates are the meanest, toughest (and often dumbest) students around, you do what you can to fit in. But when you add a 400-pound gorilla, a robot with an attitude, and a macho brute that bears a striking resemblance to a world famous celebrity, it makes blending much more difficult. So put on your best tough-guy swagger and get a lesson in insanity from the hilarious losers of Cromartie High!

Cromartie High School Complete Collection (SRP $44.98 DVD) is a thin-pack release including all 26 episodes of the series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles

The Hit Anime Is Also An Award-Winning Manga Series!

ADV Manga publishes the ongoing Cromartie High School manga series for the North American market. The third volume is scheduled for release in August. The Cromartie High School manga not only inspired the hit anime but won the Kodansha Award for Best Manga in 2002. In 2006 Cromartie High School was nominated for an Eisner Award. For more details, visit

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 325 Minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (L)

UPC: 702727155222

Pre-Book Date: 7/4/2006
Street Date: 8/1/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $44.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“The Holy Grail of Parody” – DVD Talk

ADV Films is proud to announce an August 1 street date for Excel Saga Complete Collection, a thin-pack compilation of the fan-favorite anime series. “Excel Saga is truly one of the best comedy series out there” (

Directed by Shinichi Watanabe (Lupin III) and produced by JC Staff (Azumanga Daioh) and Victor Entertainment (Noir), it is a must-have collection for fans of the hilarious South Park and Animaniacs.

Synopsis: They're cute, they're scantily clad and they're dying to please! But enough about those pesky alien Puchuus who're invading Earth! When it comes to dying for someone else's pleasure, there's no one who gets offed as often or delightfully as the femme fatales of Across! Join Excel Excel and Martian Princess Hyatt as they sacrifice dignity, common sense and life and limb in a vain attempt to satiate the globe-conquering whims of Lord Ilpalazzo, Across' sole and therefore most eligible bachelor. Can Excel ever please her hunky and heavily armored heartthrob? Will Hyatt stop expiring long enough to get a life? And what's the deal with the dysfunctional neighbors next door, that dead Pedro guy and the dude with the afro? Find out the answers in the Complete Thin-pack Collection of the most insane anime series ever produced: EXCEL SAGA!

Excel Saga Complete Collection (SRP $59.98 DVD) is a thin-pack release including all 26 episodes of the fan-favorite series presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 650 Minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)

UPC: 702727155321

Pre-Book Date: 7/4/2006
Street Date: 8/1/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $59.98

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 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. 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

bookmark/share with:

Press Release homepage / archives