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ADV UK DVD Releases for July 2006

Date: Thursday 8th June 2006 [17:18] | Posted By: Joe

Those nice folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details of their July DVD releases. The following is due to hit the stores:

- Gilgamesh Volume 2
- MADLAX Volume 3
- Full Metal Panic?! FUMOFFU Volume 4 (Final)
- Peacemaker Volume 6

All four releases this month are worth looking at, however we highly recomend Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU as it's the end of the excellent series, along with Peacemaker as we like Shinsengumi! ^_^
Full Story
Press release as follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GOTH ANIME GILGAMESH THROWS AWAY THE KEY!

the new goth SF Saga WILL HAVE YOU LOCKED AND CAGED on 17th JULY 2006

LONDON, UK, 7th June 2006

ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., delivers a gothic tour-de-force with the release of Gilgamesh - Tablet 02: Cage Without A Key, in stores across the UK from 17th July 2006.

Gilgamesh is the new sci-fi masterpiece from Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider). Ishinomori has created a dark, post-apocalyptic world where the sky has been turned into a psychedelic mirror, and civilization is only a shadow of its former self. Where beautiful assasins transform into terrifying winged creatures. Where children are born with amazing powers. And where a brother and sister are hunted by organizations with shadowy agendas. Gorgeous animation, breakthrough character designs, and stunning visuals make this suspenseful, addictive tale of mystery, magic, and espionage the first gothic masterpiece of the new millennium!

What the Press Said:
"The first truly remarkable anime of the decade." Moviehole.net
"Dark, gorgeous, mysterious, eerie, suspenseful." Anime News Network
"A mind-bending plot with dizzying twists." DVD Verdict
"Intriguing ... mysterious... a slow-burner" SFX Magazine
"A deliciously mature mystery thriller." NEO Magazine

The Story:

When subtle seduction doesn’t work, the black-clad clan of Gilgamesh uses force, kidnapping Kiyoko and trying to coerce her to join their cause. The dark Countess and her band of young mutants, however, continue with their own attempt to sway Kiyoko and her brother Tatsuya to side with them-and as Tatsuya’s psychic powers increase under their guidance, their plan seems to be working. But the real battles are just beginning.

Gilgamesh - Tablet 02: Cage Without A Key (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, including four uncut episodes in English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animations; production & character art & sketches; a special behind-the-scenes segment "REVELATIONS: In The Studio With Orga"; and ADV Previews.

Gilgamesh - Tablet 02: Cage Without A Key
Running Time: 100m
Street Date: 17/07/06
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 12
Cat#: DGLM-002
RRP: £19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES MADLAX: THE IN-BETWEEN

MYSTERIES DEEPEN FOR THE "GIRLS WITH GUNS" FROM 17th JULY 2006

LONDON, UK, 7th June 2006

ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., takes the "girls with guns" genre to new heights with the release of MADLAX: The In-Between, in stores across the UK from 17th July 2006. This tour de force from the creators of Noir pairs an unassuming teen with the gun-for-hire Madlax in an action-packed mystery with more twists than a corkscrew.

Directed by Koichi Mashimo (Noir, .hack//sign, Sorcerer Hunters) and designed by the full Noir team of Satoshi Osawa, Minako Shiba, Satoko Miyachi and Kinji Teraoka, MADLAX was produced by animation powerhouses Bee Train (Noir, .hack//sign) and Victor Entertainment (Excel Saga, Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, RahXephon). Once again the wonderfully evocative score is from Yuki Kajiura, while the English language version has been put together with the full resources and finest VAs that Industrial Smoke & Mirrors can provide.

What the Press Said:
"A series that defines anime as an intelligent form of entertainment" Az:uK Online
"A respectable, sexy mix of action and mystery" Anime News Network
"This years action-hit." Eyeonanime.co.uk
"A good mix of conspiracy and action ... beautifully presented" AnimeonDVD.com

The Story:
The largest company in the world, Bookwald Industries has investments and interests spread far and wide in dizzying capacity. And with such breadth of scope comes great power and influence. Bookwald, wary of its deep roots in the war-torn Gazth-Sonika, has gone to great length to not only ensure survival, but perhaps something more devious as well. Only the company’s directors and secret operative Carrossea Doon seem to know the true nature of their intentions. But even that is mere speculation.

Vanessa Rene, a business-savvy brunette, is perhaps a bit too smart for her own good. Her intuitive suspicions have all too often been both correct and dangerous. Most recently, she has uncovered reasons to believe that her own place of employment, Bookwald Industries, is meddling in some adverse affairs. She has discovered links to the war in Gazth-Sonika in addition to the highly covert intelligence organisation know as Enfant. This time, she may have dug too deep. Madlax may be her only hope.

MADLAX: The In-Between (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, including four episodes in English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animations; design sketches; Japanese TV spots; Conversations with SSS; and ADV Previews.

MADLAX: The In-Between
Running Time: 100m
Street Date: 17/07/06
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 12
Cat#: DMAD-003
RRP: £19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES FULL METAL PANIC? FUMOFFU: FULL METAL MANIA!

FINAL VOLUME FROM FULL METAL PANIC! SPIN-OFF STREETS 17th JULY 2006

LONDON, UK, 7th June 2006

ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., is very pleased to announce that the final instalment of Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Mania!, is locked and loaded to hit store shelves on 17th July 2006.

Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU is only the latest face of the Full Metal franchise, which includes the original prose novel, two successful manga series, and the first hit anime series ADV Films brought to the UK in 2003. But whereas the first Full Metal Panic anime series was a sci-fi drama with bits of comedy mixed in, this new series doesn’t even pretend to be serious! Featuring more explosions, more high school drama, and a batch of hilarious new characters, FUMOFFU really is a whole new Panic!

What the Press Said:
"... the funniest anime series in years!" CBBC eXtra

"... the gags work well... entertaining..." SFX Magazine

"... plenty of homages to other anime series ... should appeal greatly." NEO Magazine - Silver Award (January)

"...hits all the right buttons right from the start and just keeps going." AnimeonDVD.com

"... explosive and bursting with fun ... some of the scenes are absolutely priceless." Anime News Network

The Story:

Here it is: the full-on, all-out-crazy finale to Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU! And it seems that EVERYONE has gone completely mad! First, a laugh-out-loud yakuza war brings gangster stereotypes to life, risks the lives of Kaname and Sousuke, and enlists an unlikely army of Bonta-kuns to save the day! Next, there’s a turf war on the school campus, and it’s nerd against nerd, in an ill-inspired contest to see which group of misfits can seduce the most girls! And finally, it’s scandal, scare, skin, and screamin’ hilarity - as a whole classroom of students discards common sense... just before they unwittingly discard their clothes! It’s a fitting finish to a frenzied frolic in full-metal frivolity - and you definitely don’t want to miss it!

Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Mania! (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, including three episodes in English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language, with English subtitles. Extras include: "The Mysteries of FUMOFFU"; clean opening and closing animations; original Japanese DVD preview; character artwork; Where’s Bonta-kun?! Game insert; and ADV Previews.

Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Mania!
Running Time: 75m
Street Date: 17/07/06
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: PG
Cat#: DFMF-004
RRP: £19.99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR PEACEMAKER: PRELUDE TO BATTLE

BLOODY SAMURAI ACTION WITH THE SHINSENGUMI SLICES ITS WAY INTO STORES 17th JULY 2006

LONDON, UK, 7th June 2006

ADV Films, the leading producer-distributor of anime in the U.K., today formally announced a 17th JuIy 2006 street date for Peacemaker: Prelude To Battle, the penultimate chapter in the latest masterpiece from GONZO (Chrono Crusade, Hellsing, Full Metal Panic). Known for its winning combination of elegant design, serious adventure, and sharp comedy, Peacemaker was produced by the acclaimed GONZO Digimation, with character designs by noted craftsman Akemi Hayashi (Fruits Basket). The series follows the career of 15-year old Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who joins the elite Shinsengumi swordsmen after his parents were murdered by Choshu rebels.

Adapted from the popular manga, Peacemaker Kurogane, and declared by fans to hold the record of "most amount of blood from one sword slash," Peacemaker is set in 19th century Japan at the beginning of the Meiji period. Fans of samurai action and intrigue can enjoy a mix of merciless action and hilarious comedy, while world cinema fans know, after seeing Gohatto and When The Last Sword Is Drawn (two very different looks at the legendary Shinsengumi), that tragedy must loom further down the road.

What the Press Said:
"a super cool mix of samurai action" CBBC eXtra
"a hugely enjoyable and well-made show" Otakunews.com
"well worth seeing ... a fantastic show." Animeboredom.co.uk
"Ninja and samurai? In one show? With spies?!?!!! And raucous humour that doesn’t require any brain power to laugh at? Brilliant!" Anime News Network

The Story:

Spurred on by an acute desire for justice, the Shinsengumi prepare to smoke out their enemies. But playing with fire can get out of hand, and pyromania sets in on both sides. The conflict reaches a fever pitch as hands all-too-eager for battle stoke the flames of war. But not everyone is prepared to fight. Deeds from the past paralyze Yamanami, and lingering memories send Tetsu into a catatonic fit. The question must be answered now: will he become a demon and run with wolves? Or will he choose a path of peace?

Peacemaker: Prelude To Battle (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, featuring three episodes in English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean open and close animation; production sketches; Character Collections 7 and 8; reversible cover; production foldout insert; and ADV Previews.

Peacemaker: Prelude To Battle
Running Time: 75m
Street Date: 17/07/06
Format: DVD
BBFC Classification: 15
Cat#: D PCM-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 films. 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.

Source: ADV Films UK

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