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ADV Films Announces December 7 Release Dates

Date: 2004 November 05 19:19

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The people over at ADV US have just sent us the release details for December 7. Peacemaker Volume 2, the 3rd and the final volume of Aquarian Age, plus live action TV show Mutant X volume 5 will all be hitting the shelves in time for the holidays.

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Peacemaker: Of Swords & Strength Cover


HOUSTON, November 5, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S, is excited to announce the latest batch of hot titles to be released December 7.


ADV Films proudly announced today a December 7, 2004 release date for Peacemaker: Of Swords & Strength, a masterpiece by GONZO Digimation (Full Metal Panic, Chrono Crusade). 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 expect a mix of merciless action and hilarious comedy.

To kill or not to kill? That is the burning question for vengeful young Tetsunosuke Ichimura. Could he actually bring himself to take a life? On top of that, although he's been accepted into the tight-knit ranks of the Shinsengumi swordsmen (sort of), they still won't let him carry a sword. Things start to get ugly when a band of rebel ninjas shows up in Kyoto to kick some Shinsengumi butt! Is Tetsu any closer to finding the elusive strength he longs for? What's the real story behind those peculiar young girls he befriends? And will he ever take a sword in hand?

Limited Collector's Edition Available with FREE Peacemaker Kurogane MANGA included!

The first volume, Peacemaker: Innocence Lost, is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD, volume one of the Peacemaker Kurogane manga, and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Peacemaker: Of Swords & Strength (SRP $29.98 DVD) 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 and closing animation, production sketches, Character Collection 1, voice actor commentary, original Japanese DVD spots, reversible cover, production fold-out insert and ADV Films previews.

Volume: 2 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
UPC: 702727077524
Pre-Book Date: 11/9/04
Street Date: 12/7/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


ADV Films is pleased to announce a street date of December 7, 2004 for the DVD release of Aquarian Age: Destiny, the third and final volume in this intriguing series. Adapted from a popular Japanese trading card game, Aquarian Age's original storyline was undertaken by Broccoli (Di Gi Charat). The series was produced by Madhouse Studios (Sakura Wars, Chobits, X) and presented by Victor Entertainment, Inc., (Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, RahXephon: The Movie) with music composed by Yuki Kajiura (.hack//SIGN, Noir). The mystical series follows the story of a young man who is unwittingly dragged into a cosmic war that has been building for centuries.

Success never comes easy, but for Kyouta, it may not be worth the price! Shingo and Junichi have morphed into the harshest of music critics, pop idol Ryuusei finds fault with everything Kyouta does and girlfriend Yoriko thinks his songs are boring! Of course, Yoriko is not quite herself anymore either. Reveling in her newfound powers, she rather enjoys wreaking havoc on others. And no one seems capable of stopping her madness! Let's not forget Abuto, either: He just decided it's time for Kanae to slice open Kyouta and his friends. Ack! If Kyouta survives this obstacle course, he may get a chance to save the woman he loves, but he'll have to drop everything and take the risk of missing his own debut concert! What's a boy to do?

Limited Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Aquarian Age is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Awakening DVD, original Japanese trading cards and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Aquarian Age: Destiny (SRP $29.98 DVD) 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: reversible cover, an 8-page production booklet, clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, original Japanese trailer and DVD spots, Behind the Anime feature and ADV previews.

Volume: 3 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DAQ/003
UPC: 702727080722
Pre-Book Date: 11/9/04
Street Date: 12/07/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


ADV Films today announced a December 7, 2004 street date for Mutant X: Season 2, Discs 9-10, a two-disc DVD release of the final five episodes from the second season of the hot syndicated television series.

Produced in association with Tribune Entertainment, Marvel Studios and Fireworks Entertainment, the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X stars John Shea as "Adam," leader of a group of reluctant heroes who are unwitting victims of genetic experimentation with astonishing, and sometimes deadly, powers. They are thrust into situations and secret missions to help others when conventional methods have failed.

Hidden from the eyes of the world, the Genomex Corporation conducted radical genetic experiments. But something went terribly wrong. Now, the human results of the experiments are all grown up -- young mutants… with powerful abilities. There's Shalimar, a sensual and agile feral with human and animal DNA, Brennan, who can fire bolts of electricity from his hands, Jesse, who can instantly change his body from solid as a stone to intangible as air, Emma, a pretty "telepath" who can feel what you feel and turn your emotions against you, and Adam, their leader and, ironically, the scientist who created them.

The Stories:

"Inferno" (Episode 218)
The Mutant X team sets out to stop a vengeful mutant arsonist who's been setting deadly fires. When a heroic fireman dies in a blaze, his spirit enters Emma.

"One Step Closer" (Episode 219)
The Mutant X team must save a prominent Senator's daughter, who is kidnapped. Their efforts are hampered when Brennan's powers begin to mutate out of control.

"Reality Check" (Episode 220)
The Mutant X team faces off against a powerful, Cold War-era mutant who can alter a person's reality - shattering their mind in the process.

"Reawakening" (Episode 221)
Aboard an ocean research vessel, the Mutant X team discovers that the Protocanth - a prehistoric creature believed to be extinct – is stalking the crew.

"Lest He Become" (Episode 222, Season finale)
Shalimar reluctantly reconnects with her estranged father when the Mutant X team learns his company is involved in genetic testing and manipulation.

Mutant X: Season 2, Discs 9-10 ($19.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release including five complete episodes, presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Audio is presented in English 2.0 with closed captioning. Extras include: behind the scenes – stunt filming, image gallery, Mutant X TV promos, interview with Forbes March (Jesse Kilmartin), behind the scenes – props and ADV previews.

Volume: 5 of 5
Running Time: 250 minutes
Age Rating: N/A
UPC: 702727069024
Pre-Book Date: 11/9/04
Street Date: 12/7/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

About ADV Films:

In the 12 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. 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.

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. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys™, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

Source: ADV US
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