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ADV Films Releases for June 8

ADV Films has announced its June 8, 2004 street dates. The titles include: AZUMANGA DAIOH: FESTIVALS!, AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: BATTLERS OF BYSTON WELL and HAPPY LESSON: MAMA MIA! OVA.

This second volume of AZUMANGA DAIOH: FESTIVALS! was produced by Genco (SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN) and JC Staff (EXCEL SAGA). The show follows the day-to-day adventures of a comical group of high school girls and their equally eccentric friends and teachers. AZUMANGA DAIOH, FESTIVALS! ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes. It includes English-5.1 and Japanese-2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean closing animation; production sketches; 12-page booklet with translator notes and ADV previews.

This the sixth volume in the 49-episode anime classic -- AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: BATTLERS OF BYSTON WELL was first broadcast in Japan in the mid 1980's and is widely considered one of the finest and most significant titles from the "golden age" of televised anime. Conceived by Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator and director of GUNDAM) and based on Tomino's novel WINGS OF LIN, AURA BATTLER DUNBINE follows the crew of the Zelerna as they repair their battle-damaged aura ships and deal with Lady Elmelie, who puts a serious kink in the delicate interpersonal balance between Neal Givens, Show Zama and Marvel Frozen. AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: BATTLES OF BYSTON WELL ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes. Includes both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: a production portfolio; clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

HAPPY LESSON: MAMA MIA! OVA tells the tale of Chitose, a teenager who suddenly finds himself surrounded by a bevy of beauties, who all want to be his mother! HAPPY LESSON was produced by KSS (WEDDING PEACH, OH MY GODDESS!) and directed by Akira Suzuki (BLUE SUBMARINE #6, MAZE). HAPPY LESSON: MAMA MIA! OVA ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, containing three complete episodes. Includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: reversible cover; production sketches; clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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