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ADV Announces July 11 Releases

HOUSTON, May 16, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four exciting new titles set to hit the streets on July 11 – the sixth volume of Godannar, volume four of Macross, volume two of Michel, and the third and final edition of The Fuccons!

GODANNAR: DEEP PENETRATION

“A Must-See Title” – Anime News Network

ADV Films is pleased to announce that the sixth volume in the smash hit mecha series, Godannar: Deep Penetration, is set to hit store shelves everywhere July 11. “The combination of frantic action, manic humor and delicious fanservice is near perfection” (Anime On DVD).

Godannar is a genre-bending mecha anime series best described as equal parts action, adventure, and domestic soap opera. While much of anime is populated by high school vixens, magical fairies, and femme fatales, it’s rare to find a married couple at the center of the story. And that’s just one of the reasons Godannar stands out. That, and a female giant robot that jiggles. And a fantastic opening theme song.

Five years ago, as the Mimetic Beasts laid waste to Japan, Dannar Pilot Go saved young Anna Aoi’s life. As they prepare to march down the aisle, a new Beast appears and Go is summoned into battle once more. But he’s not going alone, not if his blushing bride-to-be can help it! If they can mate their robots’ interlocking parts, they’ll form the ultimate marriage of man, woman, and machine!

Synopsis: As the Insania contagion rips through their ranks, the staggered Dannar team struggles to recover. With more pilots grounded, and the Mimetic Beasts attacking in ever greater numbers, simply keeping the robots flying becomes a Herculean task… except that Hercules never had curves like this! Meanwhile Lou finds herself grappling with Ken’s true plans for her. Is this her mission of revenge… or his? The biggest surprises yet are about to be unveiled in the sixth shocking volume of Godannar!

Godannar: Deep Penetration (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic release including episodes 21-23, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include the Season 1 on-air open and close, a collection of all the original Japanese Godannar television commercials, and production sketches, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Limited Collectors Edition Still Available!

The Godannar Collectors Box is still available in limited quantities. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Godannar in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire seven volume series (SRP $39.98).

DVD Product Details

Volume: 6 of 7
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, S)
CAT: DGOD/006
UPC: 702727147524
Pre-Book Date: 6/13/2006
Street Date: 7/11/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

MACROSS: FALLEN ANGELS

“One of the Best Series of All Time.” – Anime Frontier

ADV is proud to announce a July 11 street date for Macross: Fallen Angels, the fourth of seven DVDs re-presenting the classic series in its entirety – and for the first time ever with an English dub! This deluxe package, featuring digitally-restored video and a brand-new 5.1 soundtrack, includes so many episodes, interviews, commentaries, and other extras that it’s become a must-have for every anime fan! “Macross has never looked or sounded this good! This is the edition to own my friends!” (Japan Hero)

For many Americans, Robotech was their first exposure to anime. That classic series, which was first aired on American TV in 1985, is a sprawling epic that showcases the complex storylines, morally ambiguous characters, and sheer spectacle that are hallmarks of anime. Before Robotech, however, there was Macross – one of three Japanese Anime series that were spliced together with a whole new script for an American audience. The original Macross has only been available to American fans in Japanese language only with subtitles.

Now at long last ADV Films is making Macross available to a new generation of American anime fans in a deluxe package featuring the uncut digitally restored video and for the first time ever, a faithful English dub in rich 5.1 surround sound.

This watershed release is made all the more special with the inclusion of Mari Iijima, who is reprising her role as the Lynn Minmay, one of the central characters in the Macross saga. This is one of the few times a voice actor from the original Japanese cast has participated in the English dub – and by far the most important. Ms. Iijima is a professional singer-songwriter with numerous top 10 albums in Japan and has only appeared as a voice actress in limited fashion, with her only anime role being Lynn Minmay.

Synopsis: Betrayed by the military of their own planet, the crew of the Macross find themselves trapped on the Earth, unable to evacuate their civilian passengers even as the Zentradi attacks continue to rain down from the skies. In the air, a new rivalry begins as enemy ace pilot Millia finds her ultimate opponent in the person of Max Jenius, while on the ground Misa is consumed by guilt after an accident that sends a critically wounded Hikaru to the infirmary. And even as the young lieutenant struggles for his own life, the battle takes a grimmer toll as his teammates and friends begin to die in his place. The war of attrition continues in the fourth staggering volume of Macross!

Macross: Fallen Angels (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 17-21, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include Part 2 of “On Stage With Mari Iijima” and extensive liner notes, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Still Available!

The limited-edition Collectors Box for Macross is still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Macross in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire seven volume series (SRP $39.98).

DVD Product Details

Volume: 4 of 7
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)
CAT: DMCR/004
UPC: 702727142024
Pre-Book Date: 6/13/2006
Street Date: 7/11/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

MICHEL: THE ROSE & THE FOX

The Charming New Series From DR Movie (Final Fantasy: Unlimited)

ADV is proud to announce the North American home video release of the first animated series completely produced and directed by acclaimed animation studio DR Movie (Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Dragon Drive). Prepare to be dazzled when Michel: The Rose & The Fox hits stores everywhere July 11.

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: “The Tree of Life grew again and sprouted new leaves. However, our journey will continue until the Tree of Life grows to its full height. Our adventure to recover the fairies will continue to protect this beautiful nature and preserve it for all to enjoy.” From deep forests to desolate tundra, Kim and Michel pursue the Black Hammer Gang and recover the fairies one by one. The Tree of Life, though, has a long way to grow. Its champions must call upon untapped inner strength inside themselves as well as the fairies that they’ve rescued. In order to restore nature’s precious balance, they will have to face overwhelming odds, obstacles, and opponents, from a frosty snow queen to a fiery phoenix! Hitch a ride with Kim in Honeybee and take off into a world of high adventure, hazards, and hilarity that’s pure fun for both kids and kids at heart! All this awaits the intrepid viewer in Michel!

Michel: The Rose & The Fox (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes six through ten.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 2 of 6
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV Y7 (FV)
CAT: DMCH/002
UPC: 702727118425
Pre-Book Date: 6/13/2006
Street Date: 7/11/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $14.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

THE FUCCONS: FUCCON! FUCCON! FUCCON!

“A Cult Hit!”—IMDB.com

ADV Films is proud to present the third and final full-length DVD of Japan’s #1 dysfunctional mannequin family comedy series. The Fuccons: Fuccon! Fuccon! Fuccon! will be available in finer home media retail outlets everywhere June 27.

The Fuccons is nothing short of a full-blown pop culture phenomenon in Japan, where it’s not only taken over TV but inspired scads of licensed products – and even its own themed restaurants! The series has already been licensed to a number of markets in Asia and Europe. Now it’s America’s turn!

The allure of The Fuccons is hard to describe. It’s a series of short films about an American family that’s been transplanted to Japan. The fact that mom, dad, and son are 50′s-era mannequins only begins to describe The Fuccons’ overall weirdness. “It’s like what Leave It To Beaver must look like to guys who drop a whole lot of acid before they watch it” (Film Threat). The Fuccons is something you have to see to believe, but you can start getting the flavor of the show right now at the site www.fuccons.com, or by checking out the special low-priced introductory disc Meet the Fuccons (SRP $5.98), on sale now.

The Fuccons originally began as a segment on the Japanese variety show Vermillion Pleasure Night (also available from ADV Films), where it became such a hit that it was spun off into its own TV program (known there as “Oh Mikey!”). At about three minutes an episode, it runs as an interstitial or “bumper” between other programs. The short program has since become one of the biggest phenomena on Japanese TV!

Synopsis: Things haven’t gotten any better for poor Mikey the manequin. He’s still stuck living in Japan, his dad’s still mentally absent, his mom’s considering a divorce, and his cousin Laura is still out to make his life a living hell. But wait, things are about to get even stranger in the already bizarre alternate reality that Mikey inhabits. Prepare to meet the Blueberry King, Princess Isabella and, horror of horrors, the twisted Twins’ mothers! The incredibly strange Japanese hit that’s become an American comedy sensation continues in the third volume of The Fuccons!

The Fuccons: Fuccon! Fuccon! Fuccon! (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including 17 episodes presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 3 of 3
Running Time: 52 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (L, D)
CAT: DFC/003
UPC: 702727144622
Pre-Book Date: 6/13/2006
Street Date: 7/11/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

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”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. 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 www.advfilms.com.

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