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ADV UK DVD Releases For May 2005

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2005 [12:22] | Posted By: Joe

Those nice people over at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their May DVD releases. They plan to release the following:

- Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Collection
- Chrono Crusade Volume 2
- Gad Guard Volume 3
- Get Backers Volume 3
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 4
- Rune Soldier Volume 6

The Otaku News Crew recommend the Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Collection, since it's it's good to watch, plus it's the whole series at a reasonable price along with Chrono Crusade Volume 2, since some of us just can't get enough of Nuns and Guns. ^_-
Full Story
Press release as follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES ANIME CLASSIC BUBBLEGUM CRISIS TOKYO 2040: COMPLETE COLLECTION

ROCK 'N' ROLL CYBERPUNK SF EPIC FINALLY COLLECTED TOGETHER 16th MAY 2005

LONDON, UK, 30th MARCH 2005 - ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., today formally announced a 16th May 2005 street date for the DVD release of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Complete Collection, collecting all six volumes in Nexpak's smart M-Lock 6 case, wrapped up in UK exclusive artwork.

Arguably one of the best-known titles in the history of Japanese animation, Bubblegum Crisis began its life as one of the first major hits of a mid-eighties boom in made-for-video animations. Original co-producers AIC and original series director Hayami Hayashi reunited to produce Bubblegum Crisis 2040, a twenty-six episode TV series using computer-assisted animation, featuring new character designs and a more intricate and fully developed storyline. BGC 2040 is not a sequel to the original but a new interpretation and elaboration on the same basic plot, characters and concept. With this new Collection, the complete story can now be followed through to its dramatic and exciting conclusion.

The Story:
The Apocalypse is coming - and only four women can stop it! Get ready for the ultimate assault on the senses as the wildest action series to ever roll out of Japan is reborn with the state-of-the-art animation and a thunderous rock-and-roll soundtrack! In the aftermath of the great earthquake, one ruthless corporation stands ready to take over the devastated city of Tokyo with an army of synthetic monsters. Only a single band of female mercenaries opposes the monolithic power of Genom! Armed with the most incredible combat suits ever designed, the Knight Sabers wage a desperate war in the shadows, combating the monstrous by-products of technology run amok with courage, sweat, and blood! Don't miss the fury as Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 explodes onto DVD in this exclusive box set!

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Complete Collection (RRP 59.99) is a DVD-only release, including all 26 episodes across six discs, in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles, and ADV previews.

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Complete Collection
Running Time: 650m approx.
Street Date: 16/05/05
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 12
Cat#: DBG-BX1
RRP: 59.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES SECOND VOLUME OF ACTION-HORROR EXTRAVAGANZA CHRONO CRUSADE

SECOND VOLUME IN NEW SERIES FROM HELLSING CREATORS OUT 16th MAY 2005

LONDON, UK, 30th MARCH 2005 - ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., today formally announced a 16th May 2005 street date for the DVD release of Chrono Crusade: A Plague of Demons, the second volume in the unique and thrilling new anime series that merges spectacular action with graphic horror.

Based on the hit graphic novel series created by Daisuke Moriyama, available in specialist stores from ADV Manga, Chrono Crusade already had a huge fan following, affectionately known as "Nuns With Guns" by the online community. An "A" list of production talent, including heavy hitter GONZO (Hellsing, Last Exile, Full Metal Panic!), stepped in to make the animated version, and, to compliment this potent list of talent, ADV Films' DVD release contains numerous bonus features, as well as both the original Japanese version and an all new 5.1 English language version produced by top-ranked dubbing studio ISM.

The Story:
The year is 1928. Jazz is hot, bootleg liquor is king and the idle rich of a nation have discovered a horrifying new past time: summoning demons! To combat this growing threat, a new order of Holy Warriors has arisen. This is the story of Sister Rosette, an elite Exorcist in the Order of Magdalene, whose soul has been bound by alchemy to that of the devil Chrono. Armed with Sacred ammo, they form an unstoppable team, ready to wage war at a moments notice... because when the gates of hell are opened, someone has to put the devils back!

Chrono Crusade volume 2: Holy War (RRP 19.99) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening/closing animation, production sketches, Azmaria's Extras Classes, original on-air openings, the Chrono Crusade Chronicle, and ADV previews.

Chrono Crusade volume 2: Holy War
Running Time: 100m approx.
Street Date: 16/05/05
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 12
Cat#: DCHC-002
RRP: 19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE SET FOR GAD GUARD VOL.3: PERSONA

THIRD VOLUME OF ELECTRIC FANTASY AVAILABLE 16TH MAY 2005

LONDON, UK, 30th FEBRUARY 2005 - ADV Films today announced a 16th May 2005 release date for Gad Guard Volume 3: Persona, the third volume in this atmospheric and original electric fantasy.

With signature 2D and 3D animation and a stunning attention to fantasy detail, GONZO give us a fantasy take on the mecha genre, a story that mixes metal and magic, where the city is another character, and 80s skateboards mix with 60s scooters amidst the traffic. Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori (Angelic Layer, Azumanga Daioh), the original character designs are from Masahiro Aizawa (Zone of the Enders: Idolo, Slayers Gorgeous), the mechanical designs from Toshiharu Murata (Hellsing, Colorful, You're Under Arrest, Get Backers) and scripts from Reiko Yoshida (Samurai X: Reflection, King of Bandit Jing, Kaleido Star).

The Story:
You know you never really know someone until you see into their past. Katana returns to his roots while Hajiki remembers his father and gathers new direction in his life. However, will Hajiki be able to handle the darker aspects of this and retain his moral standards when the underground makes use of his services? And will Hajiki be able to complete his job when circumstances seem to continually pull him away? Night Town seems to be a little darker nowadays. But there are some things in life that can place a little light into the world. Maybe even multiple lights...

Gad Guards Vol.3: Persona (RRP 19.99) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes, and includes English and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: promotional trailer, clean opening, promo art gallery, and ADV Previews.

Gad Guard Vol.3: Persona
Running Time: 100m approx.
Street Date: 16/05/04
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: PG
Cat#: DGAD-003
RRP: 19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE SET FOR ACTION-COMEDY GET BACKERS VOL.3: INTO THE LIMITLESS FORTRESS

THIRD VOLUME OF YOUR NEW FAVOURITE ANIME AVAILABLE 16th MAY 2005

LONDON, UK, 30th MARCH 2005 - ADV Films today announced a 16th May 2005 release date for Get Backers Volume 3: Into The Limitless Fortress, the third exciting and comical volume in this action-packed series. The Get Backers volumes are based on the hit manga by Rando Ayamine and Yuya Aoki as seen in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Japanese), and now available in UK stores. Studio Deen, who has brought fans popular series such as King of Bandit Jing and Cowboy Bebop, animated the high stakes action scenes.

The Story:
Ban and Ginji teamed up with Shido when the going got tough. They got help from Himiko when she was in a good mood. But what on earth could possibly force them to make nice with...Doctor Jackal?! Only the most dangerous mission the GetBackers have faced to date. And it's gonna take them straight into the heart of the most dangerous location in town: the Limitless Fortress. A mysterious client wants them to recover an object so classified, it can only be called by its initials: IL. Can the GetBackers survive this strange alliance to get back the IL?

Get Backers Vol. 3: Into The Limitless Fortress (RRP 19.99) is a DVD-only release, containing five complete episodes presented in widescreen anamorphic format, and includes English 5.1-language and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: episode commentaries, behind the scenes, clean opening and closing animation, and ADV Previews.

Get Backers Vol. 3: Into The Limitless Fortress
Running Time: 125m approx.
Street Date: 16/05/04
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 12
Cat#: DGBK-003
RRP: 19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE SET FOR MADCAP COMEDY MAGICAL SHOPPING ARCADE ABENOBASHI VOL.4: THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

FINAL VOLUME OF GAINAX COMEDY CLASSIC AVAILABLE 16th MAY 2005

LONDON, UK, 30th MARCH 2005 - ADV Films today announced a 16th May 2005 release date for Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 4: There's No Place Like Home. Fusing thrilling action, slapstick comedy and a bit of family drama with uproariously clever parodies of anime, video games and any other pop culture target that stumbles into its crosshairs, the series is the latest creation of GAINAX, the mega-talented production studio that revolutionized the anime industry in the nineties with Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the early 21st century with FLCL. Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi was directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Wings of Honneamise) and co-produced by Madhouse (Vampire Hunter D, Trigun, Ninja Scroll).

The Story:
All the world-hopping, eye-popping, role-swapping, non-stop madness has come down to this-the fantastical final volume of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi! And the action and mystery don't let up until the last satisfying minute! First, Sasshi and Arumi go to war-both figuratively and literally-as they face off in a contest of wills over the prospect of returning home, all while dodging bombs, bullets and more than a few militaristic bullies. Then, it's off to a seriously "Holly-weird" episode that lets the crazy Hollywood references fly! Suddenly, our homesick duo runs smack dab into a revelation that could change their lives forever. If our intrepid heroes manage to find their way home, things may never be the same for them again. The magical journey's end is in your hands-in the oh-so-revealing wrap-up of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi!

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Vol.4: There's No Place Like Home (RRP 19.99) is a DVD-only release, containing three complete episodes presented in widescreen anamorphic format, and includes English 5.1-language and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: exclusive twelve-page color booklet, AD Vid-Notes(tm); clean opening and closing animation, and ADV Previews.

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Vol.4: There's No Place Like Home
Running Time: 75m approx.
Street Date: 16/05/04
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 15
Cat#: DMSS-004
RRP: 19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR RUNE SOLDIER VOL.6: LOUIE PUNCH!

ROLLICKING FANTASY ADVENTURE-COMEDY FINISHES ON 16th MAY 2005

LONDON, UK, 30th MARCH 2005 - ADV Films today announced a 16th May 2005 release date for the DVD release of Rune Soldier Vol.6: Louie Punch. This final volume contains four complete episodes, and debuts complete & uncut on region 2 DVD.

The talented crew behind this animated version of the original manga by Ryo Mizuno (RECORD OF LODOSS WAR) include writer Katsuhiko Chiba (Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star, Inu Yasha), animator-turned-director Yoshitaka Koyama (Dirty Pair Flash, Dragon Ball Z - the Movie 3), character designer Kazunori Iwakura (Burn up Excess, Slayers Great), animation director Takashi Wada (the upcoming Azumanga Daioh) and prolific composer Kenji Kawai (Dai-Guard, Zaion: I Wish You Were Here, Ghost In The Shell, Patlabor and the Ring movies). The varied humour will be appreciated as much by sitcom fans as role-playing aficionados, running the gamut from verbal wit to slapstick.

The Story:
What happens when you put one finicky priestess together with the part-time work schedule from hell? Melissa reaches the end of her rope filling in for a fever-stricken Merrill. When Louie hears of her plight, he vows to help-that is, if Melissa's juniors will let him! Then, disaster strikes when a partisan army invades Ohfun. Taking his most trusted advisors, the king leads his army to battle, leaving the capital open to a coup d'etat. It's up to all the adventurers to band together and rescue the country from a traitor's clutches! Don't miss the climactic confrontation between soldiers and sorcerers alike! It's an all-out battle to decide the fate of a nation in this final, spellbinding volume of Rune Soldier!

Rune Soldier Vol. 6: Louie Punch (RRP 19.99) is a DVD-only release, containing four episodes in English and Japanese language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, and ADV previews.

RUNE SOLDIER VOL.6: LOUIE PUNCH
Running Time: 100m approx.
Street Date: 16/05/04
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: PG
Cat#: DLR/006
RRP: 19.99

About ADV Films:
ADV Films is the leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation ("anime") in the United Kingdom, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Spriggan, Samurai X, RahXephon, Hellsing, Martian Successor Nadesico and Full Metal Panic! In addition, ADV Films distributes select fine programming in other genres, including live-action science-fiction titles such as the legendary updated Gamera trilogy. Aside from moving-picture content production and distribution, ADV Films' U.S. parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., is the publisher of Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and is the operator of North America's Anime Network cable channel. In addition to the London office, A.D. Vision, Inc. maintains world headquarters in Houston, Texas, USA with additional studios in Austin, Texas and offices in Tokyo. For more information, please visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.co.uk.

Source: ADV Films UK

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