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ADV Releases Comic Party, Kalideo Star & Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok

On Sept. 19, 2006, ADV Films will release the first volume of COMIC PARTY: REVOLUTION TV, the fifth volume of KALIDEO STAR: NEW WINGS and the final volume of MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK. These titles follows ADVs previous September releases of MACROSS, MICHEL, NANAKA 6/17, JINKI: EXTEND, THIS UGLY YET BEAUTIFUL WORLD and THE UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE OVA.

COMIC PARTY REVOLUTION TV offers an insiders look at the world of fan comics.

After failing his examinations, Sendo Kazuki spends his days aimlessly that is, until his childhood friend, Taishi, drags Kazuki into the world of fan comics. But this harmless diversion soon becomes an obsession as Kazuki is drawn further into otaku culture. In the dog-eat-dog world of fan comics, you need more than talent to realize your dreams.

A man-made island sits on the edge of Tokyo, well off the beaten path. The time is drawing near when this island of cold concrete will be set afire with passion. People will gather to draw manga, search for manga, and get passionate about manga. Its a joyous celebration of individuals whove staked their entire youths on doujinshi. Its - Comic Party. We rejoin Kazuki and Mizuki as college students as they immerse themselves in the otaku subculture. Kazuki has grown more confident in his abilities as a doujinshi (amateur comic) artist, but will all the girls distract him or help him succeed? And what of Taishis plans for world domination? Parodies abound and wackiness ensues in the first chapter of Comic Party Revolution TV.

COMIC PARTY REVOLUTION TV: LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including the first five episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include interviews with Riko Sayama (Mizuki), Mie Sonozali (Aya), Shizuka Ishikawa (Eimi), and Sumie Baba (Chisa), a segment on The Language of Doujinshi, and What is Comic Party? (Part 1), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

KALEIDO STAR NEW WINGS: ANGEL & ANATHEMA is the fifth volume in the second season of the acclaimed anime series. Directed by Junichi Sato (PRINCESS TUTU, SAILOR MOON), KALEIDO STAR is a animated series aimed at tweens and teens, combining playful elements of childrens anime with the sophisticated vision of Cirque du Soleil.

Leon pushes Sora to new extremes as he continues her special training to perfect the Angels Maneuver. After experiencing new lows, she soars to new heights. Just when it seems that Soras dream will finally become a reality, a challenger for the lead role comes along. Soras determination to keep her role forces her to face her competition head on. Her heart starts racing. Her stomach is full of butterflies. She experiences the thrill of competition and she likes it. After an impressive audition, the lead role is decided and the show goes on. Will Sora be able to perform a perfect Angels Maneuver and awaken everyones angel hearts? Youll just have to watch to find out.

KALIDEO STAR NEW WINGS: ANGEL &ANATHEMA ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including four fun-filled episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include production sketches, Kaleido Star Comics, an interview with director Junichi Sato, commentary with Mike MacRae (Leon), another commentary with Illich Guardiola (Yuri), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK: END OF DAYS is the final volume in the hit anime series from director Hiroshi Watanabe (KING OF BANDIT JING, VIDEO GIRL AI).

In MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK, Loki is the Norse god of mischief, now banished to Earth by Odin. Forced to exist in exile in a little boys body but with all the powers of a god Loki runs a private detective agency. Alongside his trusted assistant, Yamino, and a beautiful high school girl, Mayura, they set out to shine a light into the deepest corners of the paranormal. But there is one metaphysical mystery remains: Just what in the Heavens has Loki done to find himself banished to Earth?

MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK: END OF DAYS ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including the final three episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a series commentary with Shiichiro Miki (Yamino) and Hiroshi Watanabe (director), plus Norse mythology notes, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

MACROSS: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE is the fifth of seven DVDs re-presenting the classic series in its entirety, featuring the uncut digitally restored video and for the first time ever, a faithful English dub in rich 5.1 surround sound.

Strange things are happening within the Zentradi fleet: secret meetings, use of contraband materials and even hints of civil disobedience from previously unshakable warriors. The female Meltran fleet is affected as well, as one of their finest abruptly goes rogue on a path of personal vengeance. Meanwhile, on the Macross, human lives are in equal disarray, as simple misunderstandings multiple into events that can and will shatter worlds. Love hurts and sex kills as the war of the worlds becomes the war of the sexes.

MACROSS: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including five episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include liner notes, character stats, the video The Men of Macross: An Interview with Vic Mignona (Hikaru), Brett Weaver (Roy), and John Swasey (Captain Global), Commentary with anime experts David Williams, and Janice Williams (ep 22), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

MICHEL: THE FOREST AND THE FOG is the next volume of the first animated series completely produced and directed by acclaimed animation studio DR Movie (FINAL FANTASY: UNLIMITED, DRAGON DRIVE).

On the island of Sitel, Michel lives amongst fairies that have the power to keep nature in harmony. One fateful day, the Black Hammers chasing after Kim accidentally stumble upon the fairies and learn of their power and quickly kidnap them. Now it's up to Michel, Kim, and the rest of the fairies to rescue their friends from captivity and save the world.

MICHEL: THE FOREST AND THE FOG ($14.98) is a DVD-only release including four full episodes presented in English 2.0. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

NANAKA 6/17: NANAKA VS. NANAKA! was directed by Hiroaki Sakurai (CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL) and jointly produced by GENCO and J.C.Staff (AZUMANGA DAIOH).

In NANAKA 6/17, 17-year-old Nanaka Kirisato has it all she's beautiful, she's bright and she's at the top of her class. But somewhere along the way, Nanaka lost touch with her classmates - including her best friend Nenji who think she's become an arrogant snob! One day, in the midst of an argument with Nenji, Nanaka falls down a flight of stairs and gets seriously injured. The diagnosis is acute amnesia, and now Nanaka thinks she is six years old and a magical princess. To add to the fun, she believes that Nenji also made a wish to become an adult. Let the magical misunderstandings commence!

NANAKA 6/17: NANAKA VS. NANAKA! ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including the final four episodes, plus a bonus episode, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include a video preview for the un-aired bonus episode plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

From director Mazahiko Murata (GILGAMESH, MAZINKAISER), JINKI: EXTEND follows the elite organization Angel pilots the mighty Jinki, giant robots employed to fight the evil Kyomu. But Angel needs new recruits, and it just so happens that a set of beautiful girls were born with the innate ability to be the best Jinki pilots ever. What happens when these cuties become Earths last line of defense?

In 13-year-old Aoba Tsuzakis world, everything seems normal. An over-the-top modeling fanatic, she spends her days locked in her room, happily building plastic robots. But rumbling beneath the surface, an evil enemy of mankind (the Ancient Jinki) threatens to destroy the Earth. And when a cross-dressing kidnapper brings Aoba face-to-face with a real fighting machine, her robot dreams give way to frightening nightmares. She is unwittingly recruited into Angel, an elite fighting force who not only pits its giant robots against the Ancient Jinki, but against an unseen evil that is working behind the scenes. Jinki:Extend is a world of explosive action, arresting intrigue, and battle-trained babes who are bent on revenge! Nothing is what it seems, and no one can be trusted.

JINKI: EXTEND ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including five full episodes, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include an interview with Fumiko Orikasa (Aoba), Takuma Takewaka (Ryohei), and Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (sound director), Venezuela location notes, and a glossary of terms, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

THIS UGLY YET BEAUTIFUL WORLD: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is the second volume in the new anime series from Studio Gainax (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, FLCL).

As Hikari and Takeru grow closer, Hikari begins to experience many sensations. That butterfly-like fluttering in her heart. The liquid warmth deep down inside. The urge to destroy. Whats a guy to do when he falls for a girl who just might not be all she appears to be a girl who has a great big secret to hide?

THIS UGLY YET BEAUTIFUL WORLD: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER ($29.98) is a DVD-only release includes four episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Video extras include translator notes, a Metamorphose Music Video, a Japanese Promotional Video, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKRYIE OVA: BRIDAL TRAINING was created by Kaishaku (STEEL ANGEL KURUMI) with characters designed by Maki Fujii (STRAWBERRY EGGS).

The big wedding is just around the corner, so its time to get prepared. Nope, its not the rehearsal dinner; its the rehearsal for married life. Princess Mehm is worried about the obvious complications surrounding the relationship between Kazuto and his age-challenged fiancee Valkyrie. So, the blue-lipped beauty has ordered the two to participate in a role-playing sim to see how they handle the day-to-day drudgery of til death do us part. Plus, just for kicks, the rest of the gang will be paired up and tested as well.

UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKRYIE OVA: BRIDAL TRAINING ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include interviews with the staff, Valkyrie World Notes, and the Japanese commercial, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

In the 14 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan and has the largest English-language anime library in the world. 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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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