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ADV Announces July 18 Releases

HOUSTON, May 17, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four new DVD titles set to hit the streets on July 18, including the second volume of Nanaka 6/17, volume six of Hakugei – Legend of the Moby Dick, volume four of Kaleido Star: New Wings, and a brand new thin-pack collection of Petite Princess Yucie.

NANAKA 6/17: REALITY! RIVALRY! RIDICULE!

From Queen of the Campus to Magical Princess!

ADV is proud to announce the second volume in the hilarious new comedy series featuring magical girls, high school hijinks and… head trauma? Get ready for a laugh riot when Nananka 6/17: Reality! Rivalry! Ridicule! goes on sale July 18.

Directed by Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School) and jointly produced by GENCO and J.C.Staff (Azumanga Daioh), Nanaka 6/17 is a high school comedy with magical charm. 17 year old Nanaka Kirisato has it all: she’s beautiful, she’s bright, and she’s at the top of her class. But somewhere along the way, Nanaka lost touch with her classmates – including her best friend Nenji – who think she’s become an arrogant snob! One day, in the midst of an argument with Nenji, Nanaka falls down a flight of stairs and gets seriously injured. The diagnosis is acute amnesia, and now Nanaka thinks she is six years old – and a magical princess! To add to the fun, she believes that Nenji also made a wish to become an adult. Let the magical misunderstandings commence!

Synopsis: Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, Nanaka and the gang are even more out of control! As Nanaka slips between 6-year-old delusions and 17-year-old reality, her buddy Nenji is reaching his wit’s end. Does he prefer silly Nanka? Or serious Nanaka? Then, when a rival 6-year-old declares her undying love for him, it’s kindergartener versus “kinda-kindergartener” – in an all-out, all-WRONG battle for Nenji’s affection. And whether she’s on a class trip to Kyoto, or an outrageous outing to a theme park called Pop’n Land, poor Nanaka can’t escape constant judgment from her jealous classmates. She’s funny! She’s frazzled! And she’s back with a vengeance in Volume 2 of Nanaka 6/17.

Nanaka 6/17: Reality! Rivalry! Ridicule! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 5-8, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a special music video, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG (V)
CAT: DNK/002
UPC: 702727140723
Pre-Book Date: 6/20/2006
Street Date: 7/18/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

KALEIDO STAR: NEW WINGS: RETURN TO THE RISING SUN

“An Extraordinary Series In A Class All Its Own.” – Underland Online

ADV Films is pleased to announce a July 18 street date for Kaleido Star New Wings: Return to the Rising Sun, the fourth volume in the second season of the acclaimed anime series. “Kaleido Star is something you fall in love with” (Anime Advanced).

Directed by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sailor Moon), Kaleido Star is a charming animated series aimed at tweens and teens, combining playful elements of children’s anime with the sophisticated vision of Cirque du Soleil. Kaleido Star combines a sense of fun and play—such a crucial element of Sailor Moon—with a believably positive storyline that emphasizes empowerment through bravery and determination.

Synopsis: All the world is a stage and Sora Naegino is learning that the hard way. After dropping out of the Circus Festival Competition Sora decides to quit the Kaleido Stage and she goes home to Japan to spend time with her family. What she wasn’t expecting is that her old friends have been influenced by her success and are now chasing their dreams. They return the favor by supporting her and by pushing her to never lose sight of her own dream. Sora heads back to Kaleido Stage and ends up working backstage where she begins to realize her true dream. She wants to create a Kaleido Stage with no competition that both the cast and the audience can enjoy. However May’s competitive instincts stand in her way. She’s determined to compete with Sora and beat her even if she loses her partner Leon in the process. Meanwhile Leon has formed a bond with Sora. A bond that proves to be dangerous… It all wraps up with a mystery wedding proposal! All of this and more in this next exciting volume of KaleidoStar!

Kaleido Star New Wings: Return to the Rising Sun (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 14-18, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include production sketches, Kaleido Star comics, and an interview with Director Yoshimasa Hiraike, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 4 of 6
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DKS/010
UPC: 702727086526
Pre-Book Date: 6/20/2006
Street Date: 7/18/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

HAKUGEI – LEGEND OF THE MOBY DICK: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

“A great spin on a classic story that has withstood the test of time.”- Anime Frontier

ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the sixth and concluding volume in its adaptation of Melville’s classic tale of obsession, Hakugei – Legend of the Moby Dick: The Final Countdown, which is set to hit the streets on July 18!

PLAY magazine has hailed Legend of the Moby Dick as “the sleeper hit of 2005,” and the series has been well received by fans and critics alike. Anime Frontier describes Legend of the Moby Dick as “a great spin on a classic story that has withstood the test of time,” and Active Anime’s reviewer said it “rocket-launches the classic tale of Moby Dick into the starry expanse of space adventure.

Directed by Osamu Dezaki (The Rose of Versailles), Legend of the Moby Dick is distinguished by lush artwork and dazzling panoramas. Set in the far distant future, this series relocates the search for the great white to a crew of space borne scavengers and the doomed planet they must rally to protect.

Synopsis: The Great Space Show of 4701 is about to begin! With less than two months until Moad’s destruction, Ahab and his crew are still without Dew, without a plan and without so much as a hope for survival. To make matters worse, the Federation has declared all-out war on the inhabitants of Moad, and won’t rest until no one is left standing. After a brutal air raid decimates the Moad Resistance Movement, Ahab is forced to make a few unlikely allies to unlock the secret of Dew’s mysterious connection to Moby Dick. With the fate of Moad in his hands, Ahab prepares for the greatest whale hunt of his life. Secrets will be revealed, friends will be lost and a new legend will be born in the final volume of Moby Dick.

Hakugei – Legend of the Moby Dick: The Final Countdown (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 23-26, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include sketches and another installment of the “Space Whalers Lexicon,” plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 6 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DGWW/006
UPC: 702727119422
Pre-Book Date: 6/20/2006
Street Date: 7/18/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

PETITE PRINCESS YUCIE COMPLETE COLLECTION

“The animation and character designs are stunning… and the writing tugs at your heartstrings. Five stars!” – THEM

ADV is proud to announce that the new Petite Princess Yucie Complete Collection, collecting all 650 minutes of the fan-favorite series in a single thin-pack, is set to hit stores July 18.

With supervising direction by the legendary Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia) and directed by Masahiko Otsuka (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Grrl Power), Petite Princess Yucie is a project so big that it required a joint venture of two of Japan’s greatest animation powerhouses to realize: GAINAX (Evangelion, FLCL) and AIC (Tenchi Muyo!, Bubblegum Crisis). With bizarre creatures, extraordinary characters and a basic sub-text of overcoming one’s own limitations to achieve a dream, no matter what the cost, Petite Princess Yucie is a true anime classic.

Synopsis: Meet Yucie, a girl under a spell. Yucie wants to be a Platinum Princess, and the only way to do that is to attend the Princess Academy. Like, duh! But that’s not as easy as it sounds. Under the guidance of Queen Ercell and with the unwitting help of a schoolmate named Glenda (who just so happens to be a princess from the Demon World,) Yucie finds herself embarking on an epic quest to obtain the Eternal Tiara! The road ahead is full of trouble and odd jobs, but this is one future-princess who’s not giving up without a fight!

Petite Princess Yucie Complete Collection (SRP $59.98 DVD) is a thin-pack release including all 26 episodes of the fan-favorite series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 650 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DYC/BX1
UPC: 702727155123
Pre-Book Date: 6/20/2006
Street Date: 7/18/2006
Format: DVD
SRP: $59.98

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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