ADV Announces Final Gatchaman Collection October 17

“The One That Really Started It All.” –

HOUSTON, September 7, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to announce an October 17 street date for the seventeenth and eighteenth volumes of Gatchaman as well as the ninth and final 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.

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.”

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 17: Future Kill (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 96-100, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include commentary on episode 96 with Luci Christian (Jinpei) and George Manley (Narrator,) a new installment of “Gatchaman Karaoke,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Gatchaman 18: Final Justice (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 101-105, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include commentary for episode 105 with Leraldo Anzaldua (Ken) and Charles Campbell (ADR Director,) the final installment of “Gatchaman Karaoke,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Gatchaman Collection 9 (SRP $34.98) is a three-disk box set containing volumes seventeen and eighteen, plus a disk full of extras. The Collection comes in a chipboard box with breathtaking art by Alex Ross. Video extras include a voice actor round table talk video, Leader X auditions and profile, the video short “Gatchaman at the Alamo,” and much more!

DVD Product Details

Volume: 17 & 18 of 18

Running Time: 125 Minutes each
Age Rating: TV PG (V)

CAT: DGTM/017 Volume 17

DGTM/018 Volume 18

DGTM/BX9 Collection Box 9
UPC: 702727138522 Volume 17

702727158124 Volume 18

702727135422 Collection Box 9

Pre-Book Date: 9/19/2006
Street Date: 10/17/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $14.98 Volumes 17 & 18

$34.98 Collection Box 9

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”) outside of Japan and has the largest English-language anime library in the world. 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

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