ADV Announces April 17 Releases

Feb 22nd 2007
ADV ANNOUNCES APRIL 17 RELEASES



HOUSTON, March 22, 2007 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to bring you the continuation of two titles, including the second volume of Le Chevalier D'Eon, and the third volume of the crazy comedy Paniponi Dash! Both titles are slated to arrive on stores shelves on April 17.





LE CHEVALIER D'EON:

AGENT PROVOCATEUR



“There Are Few AnimeWorks That Are This Promising This Early.” – Ain't It Cool News



ADV Films is proud to announce the arrival of a title that will have everyone re-thinking what anime is and what it can be. Le Chevalier D'Eon is one of the most anticipated and unique series of the new year. You can not miss out on what Underland Online calls “a series that is going to breed enthusiasm in anime fans, undoubtedly attract some new newcomers to the genre, and take historical fantasy to a higher level than has ever been achieved before.” The revolution and revelations continue in volume two on April 17! Volume two is also available in a custom series art box.



From Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Getbackers, Rurouni Kenshin TV/Samurai X) and Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Blood+) comes a tale of murder, mystery and mysticism. Le Chevalier D'Eon is a masterful fictionalization of the real life Charles D'Eon de Beaumont, a diplomat, writer, spy, and Freemason known as one of the best swordsman in France, whose true gender was a source of speculation well into the late 18th century.



Synopsis: Searching for clues to her murder, D'Eon discovers his sister's life in the King's court was more than jeweled gowns and priceless perfumes. It involved dark sorcerers, manipulative royals, and a violet-eyed vixen whose dangerous power turns innocent mongrels into slobbering, rabid monsters. D'Eon and his comrades slip from Versailles to Russia, seeking an emperor who appears to control magic-wielding followers. And serving a queen who seems far too pleased to have Lia's spirit possess her brother's body. A tormented beauty's soul that is not resting in peace, but is alive and well—and looking for vengeance.



Le Chevalier D'Eon: Agent Provocateur (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including episodes five through eight, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. This DVD is packed full of extras, including historical notes, the video short “Crossed Swords and Cross-Dressing: A Photographic Profile,” “Conversations with Knights: Commentary with the Swordsman of Le Chevalier,” The Royal Mystique: Commentary with the Royal Women of Le Chevalier,” a video short of a Japanese Le Chevalier promotional event, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.





Collectors Edition Now Available!



Le Chevalier D'Eon is now available in a special collector edition box. This special collector's edition contains the second volume of Le Chevalier D'Eon in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire six volume series (SRP $39.98).







DVD Product Details



Volume: 2 of 6

Running Time: 100 min.

Age Rating: TV 14 (V)

CAT: DCDE/002 (Vol. 2)

DCDE/BX1 (Vol. 2 + Box)

UPC: 702727176326 (Vol. 2)

702727171222 (Vol. 2 + Box)

Pre-Book Date: 3/20/2007

Street Date: 4/17/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98 (Vol. 2)

$39.98 (Vol. 2 + Box)



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





PANIPONI DASH!: CLASS OF DEATH



“Paniponi Dash is at the top of our radar for 2007.” – Denkyū.com



ADV Films is pleased to bring a series sure to leave your stomach aching with laughter! Make sure to check out what Anime News Network calls, “A colorful comedy packed with so many gags, it demands multiple viewings.” The third lethal installment of Paniponi Dash! is slated to hit store shelves on April 17.



From studios GANSIS and Shaft (Negima) and Director Akiyuki Shinobi (Petite Cossette) comes a hilarious new high school comedy that should appeal to fans of Excel Saga and Azumanga Daioh. Join Becky, the gang, and one really depressed bunny as they get themselves into all sorts of trouble on and around campus.



Synopsis: When the girls discover No. 6 seems to have a secret crush, they'll stop at nothing to discover who he, or she, is. But how to find her beloved's identity? Coerce Becky into helping them! (Little does the 11-year old teacher know how dangerous that job is.) But it's nothing compared to the danger of a strange red bull-monster in lust with another one of the girls! Or a giant evil robot attacking their school! Add to that AD Vid-notes ™, hilarious behind-the-scenes extras with the gorgeous cast, and you have the hottest magna-laugh-loudly anime of the year!



Paniponi Dash!: Class of Death (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including four episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include AD Vid-notes ™, the video short “Pani Poni X”, the continuation of the “In Class with the Cast” video short, a special opening, a staff interview with episode opening sequence director Tatsuya Oishi., plus clean closing animations and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.







DVD Product Details



Volume: 3 of 6

Running Time: 100 min.

Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DPPD/003

UPC: 702727158520

Pre-Book Date: 3/20/2007

Street Date: 4/17/2007

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98



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 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 #1 Anime Channel” reaching more than 40 million households. It is the nation's top video-on-demand (VOD) offering as well as a 24/7 linear cable channel and is the first television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide. 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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