ADV Announces December 4 Releases

Oct 9th 2007
Featuring the Hilarious New Magical Series Magikano

HOUSTON, October 8 – ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to announce four great new titles, including the sixth and final volume of Air Gear, a laff-driven double pack of Dragon Half & Puni Puni Poemy, the second installment in the dark comedy Welcome to the NHK, and the first volume in the hilarious new magical comedy Magikano. All these titles will be available on store shelves December 4.


MAGIKANO: A NEW WITCH IN TOWN

ADV Films is pleased to present the jiggly new magical comedy that will have you laughing straight out of the gate! Magicano: A New Witch In Town is the first of three DVD volumes, and it hits store shelves December 4.

Magikano is a magical comedy filled with mayhem, laughs, and good old fashioned fan service! Produced by Studio GONZO (Welcome to the NHK, Chrono Crusade) and directed by Seiji Kishi (Ragnarok The Animation), Magikano is just what the doctor ordered for fans of Maburaho.

Synopsis: Haruo Yoshikawa was your run-of-the-mill middle school student: Great attendance record, no real plans for the future, and three adorable, loving sisters. Normal, right? Wrong. Haruo and his sisters are, by blood, magic-users. However, Haruo is seemingly unaware of his powers. So his three witch sisters-Maika, Chiaki, and Fuyono- keep him in the dark, in the hopes that he'll live a normal life. And they have succeeded, until now! In the blink of an eye, Haruo's “normal” life does a 180 degree turn into the insane with the appearance of another witch, Ayumi, who for some reason is very interested in turning him into a “real man”…as well as awakening his dormant powers!

Magicano: A New Witch In Town (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 clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.


DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 3
Running Time: 125 mins.
Age Rating: TV 14 (S, L)
CAT: DMGK/001
UPC: 702727177125
Pre-Book Date: 11/6/2007
Street Date: 12/4/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


WELCOME TO THE NHK:
SECOND CONSPIRACY

“Beautiful, Fun, and Very Perverted” – J!-Ent

ADV Films is pleased to bring you the second volume in Welcome to the NHK, the dark comedy that shines a light on a serious social problem all geeks, nerds, and otaku can relate to. Welcome to the NHK: Second Conspiracy hits store shelves December 4 and is also available with a limited edition Collectors Box.
From Studio GONZO (Afro Samurai, Chrono Crusade) and director Yusuke Yamamoto (Sgt. Frog) comes Welcome to the NHK, the series that turns a humorous eye to the NEET generation (Not In Employment, Education, or Training). Throw agoraphobia into the mix and you've got comedy gold!
Originally a hit novel from critically-acclaimed author Tatsuhiko Takimoto, Welcome to the NHK has also been adapted into a manga series of the same name (published in North America by TOKYOPOP). Welcome to the NHK is a dark comedy filled with social satire, interesting characters, and crazy conspiracy theories that is sure to appeal to anyone with a little nerd in them. “Whether you are a proud otaku, a fan that lives in constant fear of being perceived as a geek by your friends, or a borderline hikikomori, you will see a part of yourself in it, and have lots of fun in the meantime” (Protoculture Addicts).
Synopsis: A ladies' man he isn't! If Sato's nerdy neighbor Yamazaki can score a cute girl, does Sato stand a chance? In a desperate bid to turn his miserable existence around, Sato agrees to Misaki's mysterious plan to cure him of his reclusive ways. Unfortunately, her so-called “counseling sessions” may prove to be yet another scam! Meanwhile, the little stability Sato's been able to develop is knocked down to its foundations when mom announces a surprise visit! When saving face means more than just clearing the piles of garbage from his room, can Sato convince some unfortunate girl to pretend to be his fiancée? And when Misaki cheerfully volunteers to play the part, the question is whether Sato's charms are finally starting to work, or if it's just another conspiracy!

Welcome to the NHK: Second Conspiracy (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including episodes five through eight, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Available!

A limited edition Collectors Box for Welcome to the NHK is available. This special collectors edition contains the second volume of Welcome to the NHK in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire three volume series (SRP $39.98).


DVD Product Details

Volume: 2 of 6
Running Time: 100 mins.
Age Rating: TV MA
CAT: DNHK/002
DNHK/BX1 Collectors Edition
UPC: 702727177729
702727178221 Collectors Edition
Pre-Book Date: 11/6/2007
Street Date: 12/4/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98
$39.98 Collectors Edition

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


AIR GEAR: KILL 'EM DEAD!

Concluding the High-Flying Anime Series

ADV Films is pleased to present the sixth volume in the high flying anime series that Anime News Network called “straight up cool!” Air Gear: Kill 'Em Dead! goes on sale December 4.

Based on the hit manga series by Oh! great (Tenjho Tenge) and produced by Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, Zatch Bell), Air Gear is set in a world with a need for spee!. This is the un-edited version that fans have been waiting for, so say good-bye to the crows and get ready for Air Gear to go! “Air Gear packs a nice giddy punch of charmingly goofy action married with good natured competitions delivered at a whiz bang pace” (DVD Verdict).

Synopsis: When it's all on the line, you either fly or you die! Now that Ikki and his Storm Riders have crushed the powerful Behemoth, he's in line to assume a new position – the position of leader of one of the strongest AT teams…Genesis! But only one question remains: Is this really what he wants? And just when he thinks all his battles are over, a school field trip just might prove to be the final battleground for Ikki and his mates. Meanwhile, the success of Simca's plan seems to be only a victory away, but Ikki doesn't want a free handout…he wants to kick ass HIS way! Ikki is ready to fly high and soar to his destiny. His path is clear and his road awaits. All he needs now is a little help from his friends. Kogarasumaru…Kill 'em Dead! So lace up and brace yourselves for this final bout in the breath-taking conclusion of Air Gear!

Air Gear: Kill 'Em Dead! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 22-25, presented in both English 5.1 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

Volume: 6 of 6
Running Time: 100 mins.
Age Rating: TV MA (L,S)
CAT: DAG/006
UPC: 702727168529
Pre-Book Date: 11/6/2007
Street Date: 12/4/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


DRAGON HALF / PUNI PUNI POEMY
DOUBLE PACK

Anime Laffs at a Bargain Price

ADV Films is pleased to bring you two hilarious anime classics re-released at a price that's no joke! The Dragon Half / Puni Puni Poemy Double Pack goes on sale at select outlets December 4.

Get silly with this outrageously low-priced comedy pack! In Dragon Half, watch what happens when the forbidden love between a dragon and a dragon-slayer produces a delightfully manic daughter! Then laugh to Puni Puni Poemy, from the creators of Excel Saga, possibly the weirdest, wildest, rudest and most demented anime ever made!

The Dragon Half / Puni Puni Poemy Double Pack (SRP $19.98 DVD) includes both full-length anime features on two separate DVDs.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 30 + 60 mins.
Age Rating: TV MA (L, S)
CAT: DDH/PP
UPC: 702727186127
Pre-Book Date: 11/6/2007
Street Date: 12/4/2007
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About ADV Films:
In the 15 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 the new Guyver, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Gantz, and Elfen Lied. 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 variety 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. Anime Network 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, North America's top-selling 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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