ADV Announces January 16 Releases


HOUSTON, November 17, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to announce two new and exciting titles, and one thin-packed classic. The first volumes of both Coyote Ragtime Show and Utawarerumono, and the Area 88 TV Complete Collection are all slated to hit store shelves on January 16!


It's Sci-Fi On The Wild Side! So Strap In And Enjoy The Ride!

ADV Films is proud to announce the arrival of the first volume of Coyote Ragtime Show, the over-the-top sci-fi action series the fans have been clamoring for since it first aired on Japanese television. Volume one will hit the streets running on January 16!

Nonstop action, super-smooth animation and cool character designs help Coyote Ragtime Show set a new high water mark for the “Girls with Guns” genre. Sexy robot assassins tangle with two hot federal agents in a prison break that leaves dozens dead or wounded, and that's just the first episode! Fans of Cowboy Bebop will feel right at home. This is the series that has it all!

Synopsis: Insurrection will not be tolerated! To prove that point, the government has set a big, bad bomb to blast the planet Graceland right out of the sky. To make matters worse, The King is dead. However, before the Pirate King Bruce died, he hid billions in stolen loot on the doomed planet. Now, the galaxies most infamous criminal - a mystery man known only as "Mister" - has busted out of the slammer to get his hands on the booty before it's too late! Along with King Bruce's daughter and his misfit band of "Coyotes," Mister sidesteps government goons, dodges a hotty investigator on his tail and fends off a dozen Gothic Lolita androids programmed to kill, kill, KILL! Bullets, blades, bombs, beauty and boobs...all capable of destruction or distraction in this chilling, thrilling, killing, blood-spilling first volume of Coyote Ragtime Show!

Coyote Ragtime Show: Fox Trop (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including the first four episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. Extras include a production artwork gallery, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 3

Running Time: 100 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V,L)

UPC: 702727169021

Pre-Book Date: 12/19/2006
Street Date: 1/16/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


A Man With No Past May Hold The Key To The Future

ADV Films is pleased to announce the release of a highly-anticipated series with a large built-in fan base. The first volume of Utawarerumono is scheduled to hit the street on January 16!

From Oriental Light and Magic studios (Berserk, Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor) comes the tale of a man in a mask he can't remove. With a heart-felt story and exciting action set in a far off land, Utawarerumono will appeal to fans of Inuyasha. Join Hakuoro and friends as they unravel the mystery of the mask!

Synopsis: Everything about him is shrouded in mystery. The mask he can't remove, a past he can't unravel and the very survival of the people who have chosen them as their leader. But what Hakuoro doesn't know is this: He was gravely injured in the forest and left for dead. A kind, young girl named Eluluu found him and nursed him back to health. Welcomed into a barren land where strange creatures roam, an angry god seeks vengeance and an oppressive government slaughters the innocent, a bloody war looms on the horizon. Will the masked hero be able to liberate the people who saved him? Can he unlock the memories that elude him, or will he remain a stranger…even to himself. The answers are right before your eyes (or are they?) in the thrilling killing and pillaging first volume of Utawarerumono!

Utawarerumono: Mask of a Stranger (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the first five episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a character art gallery, extended episode previews, the “Omake Theatre” video short, a glossary of terms, plus previews of upcoming ADV releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 6

Running Time: 125 min.
Age Rating: TV PG (V)

CAT: DUM/001
UPC: 702727161223

Pre-Book Date: 12/19/2006

Street Date: 1/16/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“From The First Battle To The Last, I Was Hooked.” –

ADV Films is pleased to bring you the thin-packed release of a series sure to hit you fast and hard! The Area 88 TV Complete Collection, which features meticulously rendered fighter planes and realistic dogfights that will keep you on the edge of your seat, is set to soar on to street shelves on January 16!

First broadcast on Japanese television a little over a year ago, Area 88 is based on the classic manga by Kaoru Shintani with a screenplay by Hiroshi Onogi (RahXephon, Macross Zero). It tells the story of Shin Kazama, an ace pilot on the verge of a comfortable life with a commercial airline. Tricked into joining a motley crew of mercenary fighter pilots, Shin's only way out is to complete the three year term or pay $1.5 million to break the contract. Truly innovative animation and heart-pounding suspense transport you to a world where every breath could be your last. At Area 88, there's no such thing as a normal day.

Synopsis: Welcome to Area 88, a desolate outpost in the sun-blasted desert where mercenary fighter pilots risk their lives in service to the Kingdom of Aslan. Any skilled pilot will do - no questions asked. They literally kill for cash as they fight for the government of a country torn apart by a bloody civil war. Who are these pilots and why do they suffer the pains of the desert to serve a country that isn't their own? Some fight because it's all they know. Some have nowhere else to go. Some fly for the thrill of the game. Shin Kazama, the only Japanese pilot on the base, is different from the rest. He may be the only pilot capable of earning enough money to buy out his contract... if he lives long enough. But Shin fights only to return to Japan, to a life and a love that was stolen from him in cruel act of betrayal. Stunningly realistic animation and sound transport you into the soul of Area 88 where you can almost feel the jet wash on the desert wind. Once you're in, there's no going back

Area 88 TV Complete Collection (SRP $44.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including all 12 episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Previews of upcoming ADV releases will be included.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 300 min.
Age Rating: TV PG

UPC: 702727150128

Pre-Book Date: 12/19/2006
Street Date: 1/16/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $44.98

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”) 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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