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Monday, July 26, 2004
 
ADV Films announce September releases

ADV Films have announced their September releases. Out on the 20th will be:
Hellsing: The Collection Limited Edition
Mazinkaiser Vol.1: Turbo Smashing Sensation!
Go Nagaiís New Cutey Honey: Collection 1
Rune Soldier Vol.2: Adventure for Dummies
Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Phase Four
Pretear Volume 4
Slayers Gorgeous

Here is the full blurb for the new stuff:

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR HELLSING: THE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION

THE COMPLETE GOTHIC ACTION-HORROR SERIES RISES FROM THE DEAD ONCE MORE ON 20TH
SEPTEMBER 2004

LONDON, UK, 23rd July 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 20th September
2004 release date for Hellsing: the Collection, the complete action-horror
anime. ADV Films is releasing Hellsing:The Collection as a limited edition
4-disc set with unique art & packaging.

A bloody blend of vampires, gunplay and Gothic England (thatís Gothic as in
Slimelight, not Byron), Hellsing was enthusiastically received by viewers
in Japan, the US, Australia, and the UK.  Total DVD described it as "far
superior to the overrated Vampire Hunter D", top anime website Az:uKís
Jonathan Haylock called it "a classic in the making" and added "If ever an
anime should appeal to the UK fan, then this is the one", while SciFi
Channelís Jonathan Clements praised the animation, calling it "a vampire
anime with a refreshingly European look", benefiting from "a script that
recalls some of the better horror of recent years". Based on creator Kouta
Hiranoís popular manga of the same name, the series was produced by GONZO
Digimation (Blue Sub No. 6, Full Metal Panic!, Zaion and the upcoming Last
Exile).

Hellsing: The Collection (RRP £49.99) is a DVD-only release, including the
complete series of 13 episodes in both English and Japanese language
versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: music video, staff
interview, creditless endings, concept art collection and ADV Previews.


Running Time: 335m        BBFC Classification: 15
Street Date: 20/09/04     Cat#: DHS/100
Format: DVD               RRP: £49.99

 
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR MAZINKAISER VOL.1: TURBO SMASHING
SENSATION!

FIRST VOLUME OF OUTSTANDING RETRO-STYLED OVA TIE-IN TO CLASSIC MECHA SERIES
MAZINGER Z AVAILABLE FROM 20TH SEPTEMBER 2004

LONDON, UK, 23rd July 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 20th September 2004
release date for the first volume of the Mazinkaiser OVA series, the latest
tie-in to legendary director Go Nagaiís mecha classic Mazinger Z.

Nagai, an elder statesman in the world of anime and manga, is the renowned
creator of such anime touchstones as Getter Robo Grandizer, the Devilman
series, New Cutey Honey (also released by ADV this month) and The Devil Lady.
His Mazinger Z was the first-ever anime or manga robot piloted by a human
and the title is credited with launching the super-robot era of 1970s anime.
Mazinkaiser has since its 2001 release in Japan earned richly deserved kudos
as a stylish old-school update on the giant robot genre.

Mazinkaiser Vol.1: Turbo Smashing Sensation! (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only
release, including four complete 16:9 anamorphic widescreen episodes in both
English- and Japanese-language versions with English subtitles. Extras
include technical specs, original Japanese artwork, production sketches,
clean opening and closing animations, and ADV Previews.

Running Time: 100m         BBFC Classification: 15
Street Date: 20/09/04      Cat#: DMK-001
Format: DVD                RRP: £19.99

 
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR GO NAGAIíS NEW CUTEY HONEY: COLLECTION 1

FIRST DISC OF UPDATED SEXY ACTION CLASSIC OUT 20th SEPTEMBER 2004

LONDON, UK, 23rd July 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 20th September
2004 release date for the DVD release of New Cutey Honey: Collection 1.
This first volume contains four complete episodes, and debuts complete &
uncut on region 2 DVD.

Legendary manga and anime creator Go (Mazinkaiser, The Devil Lady) Nagai
revisits here his classic 70s series Cutey Honey, now enjoying a further 
revival in Japan courtesy of a live-action theatrical release adapted by
director Hideaki (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gunbuster) Anno.  This 8-part
series picks up Honeyís story a decade after the end of the first series,
but takes a more mature approach to the storylines and visuals. 

New Cutey Honey: Collection 1 (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, containing
four episodes in English and Japanese language versions, with English
subtitles. Extras include a live Press Conference, Phone Messages, a
Production Portfolio, a live Cosplay event, and ADV previews.

Running Time: 100m          BBFC Classification: 15
Street Date: 20/09/04       Cat#: DC-001
Format: DVD                 RRP: £19.99


ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SLAYERS GORGEOUS

MOVIE TIE-IN TO FAN-FAVOURITE SLAYERS FANTASY-ADVENTURE SERIES AVAILABLE
20th SEPTEMBER 2004

LONDON, UK, 23rd July 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 20th September
2004 release date for Slayers: Gorgeous, the fourth movie tie-in (after
Slayers: the Motion Picture, Slayers Return and Slayers Great) to the fan-
favourite fantasy-adventure anime series Slayers.

Slayers: Gorgeous brings back odd couple Lina Inverse and the buxom Naga
the Serpent to entertain fans with more (mis) adventures that are equal
parts action and comedy. The movie is scripted by original novelist & manga
author Hajime Kanzaka (Lost Universe), and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe
(King of Bandit Jing, Orphen, the upcoming Detective Loki). 

Slayers: Gorgeous (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, letterboxed,
including both English and Japanese 2.0 versions, with English subtitles.
Extras include: Slayers trailers and ADV previews.

Running Time: 60m          BBFC Classification: U
Street Date: 20/09/04      Cat#: DSL/005
Format: DVD                RRP: £19.99

Monday, July 19, 2004
 
MVM add more future titles
MVM and Funimation are still busy aquiring new anime for release, with Trigun, Spiral, Gunslinger Girl and Tenchi Muyo OAV 3 now added to their list of future releases.  

In other MVM news, the release of the Love Hina Christmas Special has been posponed until next year. This is because Bandai has insisted that the special not be released until after the regular series has finished.  

To plug the resulting gap in ther release schedule, MVM have announced a Sailor Moon series one box set, which will be out on 4th October.  


Friday, July 09, 2004
 
ADV announce August releases
ADV Films have announced their August releases. Out on the 16 will be:
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Directors' Cut - Genesis Reborn
Azumanga Daioh Vol.1: Entrance!
Angelic Layer Vol.3: Idol Worship
Full Metal Panic! Mission 6
RahXephon: Orchestration Seven - Crescendo
You're Under Arrest: The Motion Picture.

Here is the full blurb for the new stuff:

ADV FILMS TO RELEASE NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: DIRECTORS' CUT - GENESIS
REBORN

LONDON, UK, 2nd July 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 16th August 2004
release date for Genesis Reborn, the second of two Directors' Cut volumes of
the enormously influential anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The
Directors' Cut is not just a remaster, but a revised and re-edited special
edition produced under the careful supervision of creators Hideaki Anno and
Gainax to include amazing new footage never before available outside of Japan.
The second volume contains Evangelion episodes 24-26 in both the extended
Directors' Cut versions and the original broadcast versions, allowing fans
to see the creative progression of this seminal title's final moments.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Directors' Cut- Genesis Reborn (£19.99 RRP) includes
episodes 24-26 in both director's cut and original broadcast versions. In both
English 2.0-languange and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English
subtitles. Includes ADV previews, clean opening animation; clean closing
animation; and sneak preview of the live-action movie.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: DIRECTOR'S' CUT - GENESIS REBORN

Running Time: 150m approx.     BBFC Classification: 12
Street Date: 16/08/04          Cat#: DEV/DC2
Format: DVD                    RRP: £19.99


ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR AZUMANGA DAIOH VOL.1: ENTRANCE 

LONDON, UK, 2nd July 2004 -  ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of
anime in the U.K., today formally announced a 16th August 2004 street date for
the first volume on DVD of Azumanga Daioh, an acclaimed anime series that
premiered in early 2002 in Japan.

Based on the popular Azumanga Daioh manga series (which has been released by
ADV Manga, and is available through import and specialist bookstores in the
UK) the manga's widespread popularity has often been attributed to its
unique design, with four-panel vertical strips giving it a distinctive and
appealing look that is easier to read for a western audience raised on similar
newspaper strips.  To reflect the concept of the manga, each episode of the
Azumanga Daioh anime consists of several loosely related, character-driven
segments, many of which adapt creator Azuma's original strips. Produced by
Genco (Serial Experiments Lain) and JC Staff (Excel Saga), Azumanga Daioh
follows the day-to-day adventures of a comical group of high school girls and
their equally eccentric friends and teachers.

AZUMANGA DAIOH VOL.1: ENTRANCE (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release containing
five complete episodes. Includes both English-5.1 and Japanese-language
versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean
closing animation; production sketches; ADV Previews, 12-page booklet with
translator notes, Japanese staff comments, and an art study on Chiyo.

Running Time: 125 minutes        BBFC Rating: 12
Street Date: 16/08/04            Cat#: DAZ-001
Format: DVD                      RRP: £19.99


ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR YOU'RE UNDER ARREST: THE MOTION PICTURE 

LONDON, UK, 2nd July 2004 - ADV Films today announced a release date of 16th
August 2004 for YOU'RE UNDER ARREST: THE MOTION PICTURE, a DVD-only
feature-length anime accompanying the You're Under Arrest! anime series and
based on the manga by Kosuke Fujishima creator of Oh My Goddess!

A long-running and hugely successful international franchise, spanning manga,
OVAs, TV series, comedy shorts, and now a widescreen movie, You're Under
Arrest follows the adventures of mismatched lady cops Miyuki and Natsumi
working out of their Tokyo precinct.  You're Under Arrest: The Motion Picture
places the safety of all Tokyo in the hands of our wild and wacky girls!

YOU'RE UNDER ARREST: THE MOTION PICTURE (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release
in letterboxed widescreen, with both English- and Japanese-2.0 soundtracks,
with English subtitles and ADV previews.

Running Time: 90 minutes        BBFC Rating: PG
Street Date: 16/08/04           Cat#: DYA/002
Format: DVD                     RRP: £19.99

Thursday, July 08, 2004
 
Manga Entertainment gets back into gear
After the pause in activity caused by the sale of the company, I have received the first details of Manga Entertainments new release schedule. This consists of two new releases on 16th August: Ghost Sweeper Mikami - A movie based on the manga by Takashi Shiina. English and Japanese soudtracks, 60 minutes, certificate PG, £15.99 AD Police - All three episodes of the original series on one DVD. English soundtrack, 180 minutes, certificate 18, £15.99.

 


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