ADV Announces January 9 Releases

Nov 9th 2006
ADV ANNOUNCES JANUARY 9 RELEASES



HOUSTON, November 9, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to announce five titles heading your way on January 9. Prepare yourself for the first volume of Best Student Council, the fifth volume of Michel, the second volume of the second season of UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, and the thin-packed Yumeria and Hello Kitty's Animation Theatre Complete Collections!





BEST STUDENT COUNCIL:

NEW HOME AND NEW FRIENDS



They Rule The School With An Iron Fist In A Velvet…Puppet?



ADV Films is proud to announce the arrival Best Student Council, a new series that is sure to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. The council is in session when the first volume arrives in stores on January 9!



From the Production Team at J.C. Staff (Azumanga Daioh) and Director Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina) comes the most highly anticipated comedy of the year. Join the girls of the academy and the infamous Pucchan the puppet on one ride that is sure to leave you laughing.



Synopsis: At first glance, Miyagami Private Academy seems like a typical all-girls' school. But beneath its placid surface is a highly-disciplined student council engaged in an unceasing struggle to keep Miyagami Private Academy safe from the outside (adult) world! Complete with covert and assault divisions, all student council members have their own special abilities. So how did cute little transfer student Rando Rino make the cut?



Best Student Council: New Home and New Friends (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the first five episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a character art gallery, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





DVD Product Details



Volume: 1 of 6

Running Time: 125 min.
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DGOS/001

UPC: 702727166822

Pre-Book Date: 12/12/2006
Street Date: 1/9/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





MICHEL:

THE GOLDEN FEATHER AND THE TIME MACHINE



“Food For A Young Animation Fan” – Ain't It Cool News



ADV Films is pleased to bring you the fifth volume of the first animated series completely produced and directed by acclaimed animation studio DR Movie (Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Dragon Drive). The fifth volume of Michel arrives on January 9!



Michel is a magical adventure sure to delight all ages. On the island of Sitel, Michel lives amongst fairies that have the power to keep nature in harmony. One fateful day, the Black Hammers chasing after Kim accidentally stumble upon the fairies and learn of their power and quickly kidnap them. Now it's up to Michel, Kim, and the rest of the fairies to rescue their friends from captivity and save the world.



Synopsis: Kim, Michel and Poyo continue their quest to rescue the fairies from the Black Hammer Gang so the Tree of Life can be fully restored. Salome persists in transforming fairies into monsters to aid her in carrying out her evil schemes. The Black Hammers attempt to steal a golden feather, a priceless crystal statue, a family crest and even time itself! Will our tireless heroes be able to keep up with Salome and the nefarious Suspense Brothers? The adventures are wackier and the battles are bigger than ever in this action-packed volume of Michel!



Michel: The Golden Feather and the Time Machine (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including four episodes presented in both English 2.0 and Korean 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews up upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 5 of 6

Running Time: 100 min.
Age Rating: TV Y7 (FV)

CAT: DMCH/005
UPC: 702727118722

Pre-Book Date: 12/12/2006
Street Date: 1/9/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $14.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE 2:

SONGS FROM THE DARK SIDE



“Simply Stunning” – Anime Advanced



ADV Films is pleased to bring you the second installment from the second season of UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie. Join the babes at the bathhouse when they hit store shelves on January 9!



Created by Kaishaku (Steel Angel Kurumi) with characters designed by Maki Fujii (Strawberry Eggs), UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie is a fast-paced thrill ride that should appeal to fans of Maburaho. Featuring equal parts action, comedy, and fan service, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie has something for everyone!



Synopsis: Heat up the bathwater, find your rubber ducky, and lose the clothes because, around here, when the going gets rough the tough get in the buff! Not only that, but having a diabolical version of Valkyrie running around is actually the tamest thing that happens as season two gets cooking! Kazuto may get his heart sucked dry by a vampire from space! Everyone has turned into kindergarteners and Val has to learn the joys of single motherhood! A karaoke contest is coming to town and Spot was last seen tuning his guitar! How could things get any more insane? Well, Ms. Sanada and the Catgirls just chartered a bus for a wild weekend getaway and spooky Auntie Mehm has bought a miniskirt! Be afraid. Be very afraid. Stab it and steer it and brace yourself for impact into another bouncy, busty, bodacious volume of UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie!



UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Songs From The Dark Side (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including four episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include “Valkyrie World Notes,” “Anime Encounters,” video jukeboxes for “B-Myself” and “Kirei na Namida Kirei na Namida Yashashi Kimochi,” more “Messages from the Seiyuu,” “Interviews with the Staff,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 3

Running Time: 100 min.
Age Rating: TV MA (S, L)

CAT: DUPV/006
UPC: 702727155727

Pre-Book Date: 12/12/2006
Street Date: 1/9/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







YUMERIA COMPLETE COLLECTION



“Scantily-Clad Cute Girls, Over-The-Top Humor, And Stylized Sci-Fi Action.” –

DVD Verdict



ADV Films is proud to announce the thin-packed Yumeria Complete Collection, set to hit store shelves on January 9!



Produced by the famed Studio DEEN (Cowboy Bebop, Fruits Basket), Yumeria introduces us to Tomokazu, a pretty typical high school loser who can't get a date. All that changes when he begins visiting an alternate world through his dreams – one in which he is transformed into a hero of destiny imbued with strange powers. But this dream world is threatened by the evil Faydooms, who have fiendish designs on the real world. Only Tomokazu can stop them, aided by five hotties from his very own high school, all of whom have undergone their own wondrous transformations!



Synopsis: Meet Tomokazu Mikuri: Typical high-school freshman, certifiable loser, and self-admitted pervert. Just an ordinary, unmotivated slacker. But when he falls asleep on the eve of his 16th birthday, things start to change in a big way! He enters a fantastical dream world, where he's surrounded by a gaggle of gorgeous girls, oodles of otherworldly predators, and an ever-increasing influx of all-out weirdness! (Did we mention all the gorgeous girls?) It's a test of good versus evil, real world versus dream world, and lots of action-packed, scantily clad battles for the very survival of mankind! Will Tomokazu save the world? Will he finally get lucky? Or will he just die trying? The answer is right here in the funny, freaky Yumeria Collection!



Yumeria Complete Collection (SRP $44.98 DVD) is an Anamorphic DVD-only release including all 12 episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 300 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (S, D)

CAT: DYUM/BX1
UPC: 702727150029

Pre-Book Date: 12/12/2006
Street Date: 1/9/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $44.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





HELLO KITTY'S ANIMATION THEATRE COMPLETE COLLECTION



“This DVD is the perfect addition for any lover of Hello Kitty.” – Active Anime



ADV Films is pleased to bring you the thin-packed collection of one of animations most beloved little fur-balls. The Hello Kitty's Animation Theatre Collection will hit store shelves on January 9!



Perfect for kids and kids-at-heart, Hello Kitty's Animation Theatre gives fans a chance to experience the original Japanese audio track, the first time a Hello Kitty feature has done this in the U.S.! Hello Kitty, the flagship brand of Sanrio, is loved and enjoyed by people of all ages around the world, and has a multi-million dollar retail presence with strong appeal for fans of Barbie Fantasy Tales Collection, Disney classics and Strawberry Shortcake.



Synopsis: For the ultimate Hello Kitty Collector, here's the entire compilation of Hello Kitty's Animation Theater! Everyone's favorite feline, Hello Kitty, stars in the best fairy tales of all time! Share in the enchantment and excitement with these twenty-six classic stories including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Nutcracker, Aladdin, Puss in Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. Come along with Hello Kitty, her twin sister Mimmy and their friends -- Bad Badtz-Maru, Pochacco, My Melody, Dear Daniel, Keroppi, Pekkle, Pom Pom Purin and many more – as Sanrio's most loved characters bring new versions of old favorites to life! This laugh-out-loud, make-you-smile series is a “must-have” for Hello Kitty fans of all ages!



Hello Kitty's Animation Theatre Complete Collection (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including all 13 episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 325 min.
Age Rating: TV Y

CAT: DHKT/BX1
UPC: 702727175923

Pre-Book Date: 12/12/2006
Street Date: 1/9/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98





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 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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