ADV Films in October (including Gun Crazy!)
ADV Films have kindly sent through details on their UK Region 2 line-up for October 2004. They have six new titles on the cards including Gun Crazy, the first in a series of live-action titles from Asia they have planned. Arriving on 18th October 2004 all titles will retail at £19.99 each...
Kino's Journey Vol. 1: Idle Adventurer - Kino’s Journey started life as a novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and published by Dengeki Bunko. The story follows the unique travels of a young adventurer named Kino as well as Kino's traveling companion, a talking motorcycle named Hermes. This sensational novel series was first released back in July 2000, and currently, a total of 6 volumes are on sale in Japan. Kino’s saga was made into a TV anime series in late 2003, by the impeccable combination of director Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain) and screenwriter Sadayuki Murai (Perfect Blue, Cowboy Bebop, Boogiepop Phantom, Millenium Actress, the upcoming Steamboy).
The DVD includes four complete episodes in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen, and includes both English 5.1 and Japanese language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean closing animation; production sketches; and ADV Previews.
Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden Vol. 1 - Part of the “Robot Maid” subgenre in anime, Mahoromatic sees Gainax letting down their hair after the epic mecha tragedy that was Evangelion. Based on the manga by writer Bunjuro Nakayama and artist Bow Ditama, Mahoro’s adventures are brought to life by a tal;ented team headed up by director Hiroyuki Yamaga (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Wings of Honneamise) and character designer & animator Kazuhiro Takamura (Steel Angel Kurumi, FLCL).
The DVD includes four complete episodes in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, and includes both English 5.1 and Japanese language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean closing animation; and ADV Previews.
Gun Crazy: A Woman From Nowhere - The first in a series of “Girls With Guns” action films from cult director Atsushi Muroga (Score, Junk). The sequel, Gun Crazy: Beyond The Law, will be released in December.
A crime action film designed as a modern take on classic “spaghetti” westerns, it stars Ryoko Yonekura, former ballerina and currently one of Japan’s top celebrities. Highly visible on Japanese TV and in fashion, model/actress Yonekura’s role in Gun Crazy is a major departure from her public personality. Sure to appeal to fans of “femme fatale” features such as La Femme Nikita and The Long Kiss Goodnight, as well as similar Japanese film series The Black Angel and Zero Woman, this is certain to bring Ms.Yonekura a whole new set of fans!
The DVD includes the complete 70m feature in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include an interview with lead actress Ryoko Yonekura, and ADV previews.
The remaining titles for release in October include the latest volumes in three ongoing series...
Azumanga Daioh Vol. 2: Festivals! - The second volume in this acclaimed and completely wacky anime series includes four complete episodes, and includes both English-5.1 and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and clean closing animation; production sketches; ADV Previews, 12-page booklet with translator notes, Japanese staff comments, and an art study on Ayumu aka “Osaka”.
Angelic Layer vol.4: Faith, Hope & Love - The fourth volume of Clamp's first Shonen title includes four complete episodes in both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: production artwork; voice-actor commentary; character profiles; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV Previews.
Related reviews: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3
Full Metal Panic! Mission 07 - The final volume of this popular series includes three complete episodes in both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: a reversible cover; a fold-out poster; production sketches; clean opening and closing animations; Japanese piracy warnings; and ADV Previews.
Related reviews: Vol. 1