ADV Announces January 8 Releases

HOUSTON, November 14, 2007 – ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to bring you volume five of Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy and the attractive new thin-packed Ghost Stories Complete Collection, both of which hit store shelves January 8.


ADV Films is pleased to present the next volume of the wildly popular second season of the Ah! My Goddess series. The fifth volume, That Old Black Magic, goes on sale January 8.

With over 23 volumes of the manga currently published in the U.S. and several anime adaptations, Ah! My Goddess already has a built-in audience of loyal fans. Season two picks up right where season one left off, telling the stories of Keiichi and the angelic “goddess” Belldandy as they grow closer and closer. Reprising their roles from season one are the original cast of English voice actors that fans have come to know and love!

Synopsis: Things were already grim with Mara around, but the situation becomes much more ominous when Hild – the Ruler of all Demonkind – arrives. But when Hild offers to resolve Mara's mess, the price may be more than Urd and Belldandy are willing to pay. Even then, Mara is not content to leave Keiichi and the goddesses alone. An undaunted Mara hatches yet another scheme to seek revenge on the foursome. On the other hand, when one of Skuld's new inventions doesn't work quite as planned, Keiichi soon realizes that not all his problems are related to demons!!

Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy – That Old Black Magic (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including episodes 17-20, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include a commentary track with Alyssa Brodsky (Marller) and Kevin Collins (Senbei), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 5 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
UPC: 702727169922
Pre-Book Date: 12/11/2007
Street Date: 1/8/2008
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“A Pee-In-Your-Pants Laugh Riot” —DVD Verdict

ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is proud to present a special collection of “one of the funniest things to come out of any anime studio in quite a while”(Anime News Network). Ghost Stories Complete Collection hits stores January 8, and it's sure to have fans rolling in the aisles.

The series has sparked a fair amount of debate among anime enthusiasts. Just to be clear, ADV's English dub of Ghost Stories follows the plot of the original exactly. But in place of a written script, ADR director Steven Foster simply blocked out scenes and let the actors go. The result is a fresh, lively, funny dub with a spontaneous energy that stands apart. “Your jaw will need to be picked up off the floor after five minutes of any given episode, and you very well may have to change pants” (DVD Verdict).

Of course, it's the performers that make the series sing. The voice credits read like an anime dream team! “Ghost Stories is definitely something English dub voice actor fans will eat up. … In other words if you're a fan of the ADV regulars (Chris Patton, Christine Auten, Greg Ayres, Hilary Haag, Illich Guardiola, Monica Rial and Rob Mungle), it becomes a run out and buy purchase” (Ain't It Cool News).

Synopsis: A reluctant ghost hunter. Her babbling baby brother. A horny pre-teen. The nerd. A fundamentalist hottie. And a demon-possessed cat. Join the most hysterical group of Scooby-don'ts you've ever seen in the most gleefully controversial and gut-bustingly funny anime of the year!

Ghost Stories Complete Collection (SRP $49.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including all 20 episodes of the TV series, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles, plus all the commentary tracks and other extras presented on the original serialized discs.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 550 mins.
Age Rating: TV 14 (L)
UPC: 702727186424
Pre-Book Date: 12/11/2007
Street Date: 1/8/2008
Format: DVD
SRP: $49.98

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

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