Anime distributor ADV Films has acquired rights the animated TV series Le Chevalier D’Eon from Shochiku, one of Japan’s leading entertainment conglomerates. Under the deal, ADV will handle North American TV and VOD distribution of the series and also takes theatrical, home video and TV rights to the live-action feature films Ghost Train and Synesthesia. The company plans to release all three titles before the summer of 2007.
Shochiku’s popular gothic mystery series Le Chevalier D’Eon is directed by acclaimed director Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Get Backers, Rurouni Kenshin) from an original story by Tow Ubukata (Fafner), who is also credited as story supervisor. The show is based on a real-life exploits of a handsome intellect and diplomat who lived in the 18th century and traveled various countries passing himself off as a woman.
The live-action feature Ghost Train has an 18-year-old high school girl named looking after her younger sister, Noriko, while their mother is in the hospital. Nana’s world turns into a nightmare when Noriko suddenly disappears and the only clue she has is a train commuter’s pass and the dark shadow that follows Noriko in the surveillance camera.
Directed by Toru Matsuura, Synesthesia is a suspense thriller based on the neurological condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another. Unsolved mysteries and serial murder ensue when two lonely souls who possess the same puzzle of mind meet each other.
ADV Films’ best-selling titles the anime favorites Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh. The company is also introducing North American audiences to new anime franchises such as Gantz, Elfen Lied, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker and DNAngel. In 2005 ADV was voted Best Anime Company in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime convention.