History Creator / ADVFilms

23rd Jul '15 12:31:30 PM Soufriere
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Originally called "A.D. Vision" (what the "A.D." stands for [[strike:is a trade secret]] was mentioned on early covers as "Animation Dubbing") when it was founded in the early 1990s by a group of [[PromotedFanBoy hardcore otaku]], ADV Films was one of the pioneers of importing and dubbing anime television series for American audiences. This UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}-based production house made its debut with the release of ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' in 1993. In 1996, the company built its own ADR studio and began dubbing their shows, eventually earning a reputation for producing some of the best dubs in the North American market. At their height in 2005, ADV was the undisputed market leader (of an admittedly small niche), boasting the largest catalog of any anime company - including popular fan-favourite titles like ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', and plenty more. They also licensed and published {{manga}} (including a few series they didn't have anime rights to), and were the publishers of otaku magazine Newtype USA. They also created and ran The Creator/AnimeNetwork, a 24/7 satellite channel that exists (in heavily truncated form) to this day.

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Originally called "A.D. Vision" (what the "A.D." stands for [[strike:is a trade secret]] was mentioned on early covers as "Animation Dubbing") when it was founded in the early 1990s by a group of [[PromotedFanBoy hardcore otaku]], ADV Films was one of the pioneers of importing and dubbing anime television series for American audiences. This UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}-based production house made its debut with the release of ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' in 1993. In 1996, the company built its own ADR studio in West Houston and began dubbing their shows, eventually earning a reputation for producing some of the best dubs in the North American market. At their height in 2005, ADV was the undisputed market leader (of an admittedly small niche), boasting the largest catalog of any anime company - including popular fan-favourite titles like ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', and plenty more. They also licensed and published {{manga}} (including a few series they didn't have anime rights to), and were the publishers of otaku magazine Newtype USA. They also created and ran The Creator/AnimeNetwork, a 24/7 satellite channel that exists (in heavily truncated form) to this day.



ADV had also been raising funds and looking for talent for an incredibly ambitious project -- a Hollywood LiveActionAdaptation of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The project has gone far enough to have special effects house Creator/{{WETA}} produce some design sketches, but it seems highly unlikely it will ever make it out of DevelopmentHell.

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ADV had also been raising funds and looking for talent for an incredibly ambitious project -- a Hollywood LiveActionAdaptation of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The project has gone far enough to have special effects house Creator/{{WETA}} produce some design sketches, but it seems highly unlikely it will ever make it out of DevelopmentHell.
DevelopmentHell, especially since ADV filed a lawsuit against Studio Gainax over the film.



Their main anime division didn't last much longer. In January 2008, nearly 3 dozen titles representing two years worth of investment and work suddenly disappeared from their website without explanation, and DVD releases ceased. It turned out all of those titles had been acquired with help from Japan's Sojitz Corporation. ADV, which had gained a reputation for active communication with their customer base, fell eerily silent. A little over a month later, most of the missing shows were restored to the website and DVD releases resumed, although a couple of titles, notably ''GurrenLagann'', appeared in the possession of other US licensors. Finally, in July, the same 30 licenses that had disappeared in January were suddenly transferred to Creator/{{Funimation}}. This included some series that had not yet been fully-released on DVD, such as ''{{Kanon}}'' and ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''.

In October 2008, ADV "partnered" with a "new" company known as Creator/SentaiFilmworks and began to license titles again. For the most part, though, most of these acquisitions were titles previously held by other American companies (like ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' being a license-rescue from recently-dead Creator/{{Geneon}}), although there were a couple of newly-licensed series in the mix, most notably ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. The shows released by SentaiFilmworks that hadn't been released in the U.S. before were released as sub-only DVD's with a minimum of extras and only a basic menu. To some, this was an indication how far ADV had fallen from its glory days of only a couple years back.

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Their main anime division didn't last much longer. In January 2008, nearly 3 dozen titles representing two years worth of investment and work suddenly disappeared from their website without explanation, and DVD releases ceased. It turned out all of those titles had been acquired with help from Japan's Sojitz Corporation. ADV, which had gained a reputation for active communication with their customer base, fell eerily silent. A little over a month later, most of the missing shows were restored to the website and DVD releases resumed, although a couple of titles, notably ''GurrenLagann'', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', appeared in the possession of other US licensors. Finally, in July, the same 30 licenses that had disappeared in January were suddenly transferred to Creator/{{Funimation}}. This included some series that had not yet been fully-released on DVD, such as ''{{Kanon}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' and ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''.

In October 2008, ADV "partnered" with a "new" company known as Creator/SentaiFilmworks and began to license titles again. For the most part, though, most of these acquisitions were titles previously held by other American companies (like ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' being a license-rescue from recently-dead Creator/{{Geneon}}), although there were a couple of newly-licensed series in the mix, most notably ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. The shows released by SentaiFilmworks Sentai Filmworks that hadn't been released in the U.S. US before were released as sub-only DVD's with a minimum of extras and only a basic menu. To some, this was an indication how far ADV had fallen from its glory days of only a couple years back.



* SentaiFilmworks is the [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=85 licensor company]] for acquiring new (or rescued) Japanese anime into the North American market.
* Maiden Japan is another company distributed by Section 23 that licenses anime, usually female-driven titles. Originally, they released a couple small niche titles quietly on bare bones, sub-only releases, but has now moved into licensing more mainstream titles onto billingual DVD and Blu-ray, including some rescues like the VampirePrincessMiyu TV series and {{Patlabor}} franchise.
* [=AEsir=] Holdings got the rights to most of ADV Films' former library of titles (some titles became licensed directly by SentaiFilmworks and remain in print), and have re-released some of these former ADV titles to DVD themselves, such as ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' and ''ParasiteDolls''.

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* SentaiFilmworks Creator/SentaiFilmworks is the [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=85 licensor company]] for acquiring new (or rescued) Japanese anime into the North American market.
* Maiden Japan is another company distributed by Section 23 that licenses anime, usually female-driven titles. Originally, they released a couple small niche titles quietly on bare bones, sub-only releases, but has now moved into licensing more mainstream titles onto billingual bilingual DVD and Blu-ray, including some rescues like the VampirePrincessMiyu ''Anime/VampirePrincessMiyu'' TV series and {{Patlabor}} ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' franchise.
* [=AEsir=] Holdings got the rights to most of ADV Films' former library of titles (some titles became licensed directly by SentaiFilmworks Sentai and remain in print), and have re-released some of these former ADV titles to DVD themselves, such as ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' and ''ParasiteDolls''.''Anime/ParasiteDolls''.



* Creator/Section23Films is a distributor and marketing company of Switchblade Pictures, SentaiFilmworks, and [=AEsir=] Holdings.

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* Creator/Section23Films is a distributor and marketing company of Switchblade Pictures, SentaiFilmworks, Sentai Filmworks, and [=AEsir=] Holdings.



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See Creator/Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV. For what it's worth, nobody in North America was fooled by this legal shell-game; many fans will refer to the new companies as "Neo-ADV", "Zombie-ADV", or something similar.
In January 2012 Funimation, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated companies over the Sojitz licensing. The lawsuit was finally dropped in May 2014, with ADV apparently winning (though it's unclear if they settled out of court). For the future, Sentai/Section 23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.

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See Creator/Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV. For what it's worth, nobody in North America was fooled by this legal shell-game; shell-game – many fans will refer to the new companies as "Neo-ADV", "Zombie-ADV", or something similar.
similar. Even the people working at the studio have been known to call actors and accidentally use the old company names… "or whatever we're called now".

In January 2012 Funimation, 2012, Creator/{{Funimation}}, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated companies over the Sojitz licensing. The lawsuit was finally dropped in May 2014, with ADV apparently winning (though it's unclear if they settled out of court). For the future, Sentai/Section 23/whatever Sentai/[=Section23=]/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog catalog, and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.
2nd Jun '15 3:36:34 PM StFan
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Originally called "A.D. Vision" (what the "A.D." stands for [[strike:is a trade secret]] was mentioned on early covers as "Animation Dubbing") when it was founded in the early 1990s by a group of [[PromotedFanBoy hardcore otaku]], ADV Films was one of the pioneers of importing and dubbing anime television series for American audiences. This UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}-based production house made its debut with the release of ''DevilHunterYohko'' in 1993. In 1996, the company built its own ADR studio and began dubbing their shows, eventually earning a reputation for producing some of the best dubs in the North American market. At their height in 2005, ADV was the undisputed market leader (of an admittedly small niche), boasting the largest catalog of any anime company - including popular fan-favourite titles like ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', and plenty more. They also licensed and published {{manga}} (including a few series they didn't have anime rights to), and were the publishers of otaku magazine Newtype USA. They also created and ran The Creator/AnimeNetwork, a 24/7 satellite channel that exists (in heavily truncated form) to this day.

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Originally called "A.D. Vision" (what the "A.D." stands for [[strike:is a trade secret]] was mentioned on early covers as "Animation Dubbing") when it was founded in the early 1990s by a group of [[PromotedFanBoy hardcore otaku]], ADV Films was one of the pioneers of importing and dubbing anime television series for American audiences. This UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}-based production house made its debut with the release of ''DevilHunterYohko'' ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' in 1993. In 1996, the company built its own ADR studio and began dubbing their shows, eventually earning a reputation for producing some of the best dubs in the North American market. At their height in 2005, ADV was the undisputed market leader (of an admittedly small niche), boasting the largest catalog of any anime company - including popular fan-favourite titles like ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', and plenty more. They also licensed and published {{manga}} (including a few series they didn't have anime rights to), and were the publishers of otaku magazine Newtype USA. They also created and ran The Creator/AnimeNetwork, a 24/7 satellite channel that exists (in heavily truncated form) to this day.
17th Dec '14 3:27:45 PM TheDragonDemands
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In January 2012 Funimation, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated companies over the Sojitz licensing. Given the slow pace of the courts, it may take a while for there to be a decision. In the meantime, Sentai/Section 23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.

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In January 2012 Funimation, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated companies over the Sojitz licensing. Given The lawsuit was finally dropped in May 2014, with ADV apparently winning (though it's unclear if they settled out of court). For the slow pace of the courts, it may take a while for there to be a decision. In the meantime, future, Sentai/Section 23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.
2nd Sep '14 7:13:58 PM Prfnoff
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Because of a total lack of any sort of voice actor pool in Texas at the time, ADV drew heavily from the local theatre scenes in Houston and Austin. Over the next dozen years, the studio groomed a large crop of voice actors, several of whom became regular faces on the convention circuit. A few have gone on to become directors and producers themselves. Among the actors who got their voice-acting start at ADV (some still live in Houston and continue to record the occasional dub for ADV's successor) are Creator/AmandaWinnLee, Creator/JessicaCalvello, Creator/SpikeSpencer, TiffanyGrant, Creator/KiraVincentDavis, Creator/VicMignogna, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/LuciChristian, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/HilaryHaag.

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Because of a total lack of any sort of voice actor pool in Texas at the time, ADV drew heavily from the local theatre scenes in Houston and Austin. Over the next dozen years, the studio groomed a large crop of voice actors, several of whom became regular faces on the convention circuit. A few have gone on to become directors and producers themselves. Among the actors who got their voice-acting start at ADV (some still live in Houston and continue to record the occasional dub for ADV's successor) are Creator/AmandaWinnLee, Creator/JessicaCalvello, Creator/SpikeSpencer, TiffanyGrant, Creator/TiffanyGrant, Creator/KiraVincentDavis, Creator/VicMignogna, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/LuciChristian, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/HilaryHaag.
1st Sep '14 6:06:49 AM Prfnoff
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Because of a total lack of any sort of voice actor pool in Texas at the time, ADV drew heavily from the local theatre scenes in Houston and Austin. Over the next dozen years, the studio groomed a large crop of voice actors, several of whom became regular faces on the convention circuit. A few have gone on to become directors and producers themselves. Among the actors who got their voice-acting start at ADV (some still live in Houston and continue to record the occasional dub for ADV's successor) are Creator/AmandaWinnLee, JessicaCalvello, Creator/SpikeSpencer, TiffanyGrant, [[KiraVincentDavis Kira Vincent-Davis]], Creator/VicMignogna, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/LuciChristian, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/HilaryHaag.

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Because of a total lack of any sort of voice actor pool in Texas at the time, ADV drew heavily from the local theatre scenes in Houston and Austin. Over the next dozen years, the studio groomed a large crop of voice actors, several of whom became regular faces on the convention circuit. A few have gone on to become directors and producers themselves. Among the actors who got their voice-acting start at ADV (some still live in Houston and continue to record the occasional dub for ADV's successor) are Creator/AmandaWinnLee, JessicaCalvello, Creator/JessicaCalvello, Creator/SpikeSpencer, TiffanyGrant, [[KiraVincentDavis Kira Vincent-Davis]], Creator/KiraVincentDavis, Creator/VicMignogna, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/LuciChristian, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/HilaryHaag.
19th May '14 5:03:27 PM Aiguille
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On September 1, 2009, ADV Films announced that it sold most of its assets to five different companies, all of which are based in Houston (and based in the same block of condos) and was shutting down. Although it may appear that the company is essentially dead, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/editorial/2009-09-01/what-happening-with-adv-films some industry observers]] believe that the move is an attempt to end a relationship with a hostile shareholder that has damaged the company while still maintaining its core competency and catalog. This argument is bolstered by the name of the new production company, Section23Films, which is a not-so-subtle reference to a part of Texas tax law that allowed ADV to pretty much legally hide their assets from their creditors and the Japanese.

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On September 1, 2009, ADV Films announced that it sold most of its assets to five different companies, all of which are based in Houston (and based in the same block of condos) and was shutting down. Although it may appear that the company is essentially dead, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/editorial/2009-09-01/what-happening-with-adv-films some industry observers]] believe that the move is an attempt to end a relationship with a hostile shareholder that has damaged the company while still maintaining its core competency and catalog. This argument is bolstered by the name of the new production company, Section23Films, Creator/Section23Films, which is a not-so-subtle reference to a part of Texas tax law that allowed ADV to pretty much legally hide their assets from their creditors and the Japanese.



* Maiden Japan is another company distributed by Section23 that licenses anime, usually female-driven titles. Originally, they released a couple small niche titles quietly on bare bones, sub-only releases, but has now moved into licensing more mainstream titles onto billingual DVD and Blu-ray, including some rescues like the VampirePrincessMiyu TV series and {{Patlabor}} franchise.

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* Maiden Japan is another company distributed by Section23 Section 23 that licenses anime, usually female-driven titles. Originally, they released a couple small niche titles quietly on bare bones, sub-only releases, but has now moved into licensing more mainstream titles onto billingual DVD and Blu-ray, including some rescues like the VampirePrincessMiyu TV series and {{Patlabor}} franchise.



* Seraphim Digital Studios acquired Amusement Park Media, ADV's production studio. All of Section23's DVD and Blu-ray production is done here, as well as most of the dubbing.

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* Seraphim Digital Studios acquired Amusement Park Media, ADV's production studio. All of Section23's Section 23's DVD and Blu-ray production is done here, as well as most of the dubbing.



* Section23Films is a distributor and marketing company of Switchblade Pictures, SentaiFilmworks, and [=AEsir=] Holdings.

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* Section23Films Creator/Section23Films is a distributor and marketing company of Switchblade Pictures, SentaiFilmworks, and [=AEsir=] Holdings.



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See Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV. For what it's worth, nobody in North America was fooled by this legal shell-game; many fans will refer to the new companies as "Neo-ADV", "Zombie-ADV", or something similar.
In January 2012 Funimation, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated companies over the Sojitz licensing. Given the slow pace of the courts, it may take a while for there to be a decision. In the meantime, Sentai/Section23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.

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See Section23Films Creator/Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV. For what it's worth, nobody in North America was fooled by this legal shell-game; many fans will refer to the new companies as "Neo-ADV", "Zombie-ADV", or something similar.
In January 2012 Funimation, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated companies over the Sojitz licensing. Given the slow pace of the courts, it may take a while for there to be a decision. In the meantime, Sentai/Section23/whatever Sentai/Section 23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.
13th Apr '14 8:23:50 PM arromdee
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See Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV. For what it's worth, nobody in North America was fooled by this legal shell-game; many fans will refer to the new companies as "Neo-ADV", "Zombie-ADV", or something similar. Apparently most Japanese companies not called Sojitz are fine with it too, since Sentai/Section23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.

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See Section23Films for the list of anime series formerly licensed by ADV. For what it's worth, nobody in North America was fooled by this legal shell-game; many fans will refer to the new companies as "Neo-ADV", "Zombie-ADV", or something similar. Apparently most Japanese
In January 2012 Funimation, who wasn't fooled either, sued ADV and its associated
companies not called over the Sojitz are fine with licensing. Given the slow pace of the courts, it too, since may take a while for there to be a decision. In the meantime, Sentai/Section23/whatever continues to license anime to this day, now regularly dub most of their catalog and release them to DVD and Blu-ray.
24th Mar '14 11:25:00 AM MarkLungo
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In October 2008, ADV "partnered" with a "new" company known as [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com/ Sentai Filmworks]] and began to license titles again. For the most part, though, most of these acquisitions were titles previously held by other American companies (like ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' being a license-rescue from recently-dead Creator/{{Geneon}}), although there were a couple of newly-licensed series in the mix, most notably ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. The shows released by SentaiFilmworks that hadn't been released in the U.S. before were released as sub-only DVD's with a minimum of extras and only a basic menu. To some, this was an indication how far ADV had fallen from its glory days of only a couple years back.

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In October 2008, ADV "partnered" with a "new" company known as [[http://www.sentai-filmworks.com/ Sentai Filmworks]] Creator/SentaiFilmworks and began to license titles again. For the most part, though, most of these acquisitions were titles previously held by other American companies (like ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' being a license-rescue from recently-dead Creator/{{Geneon}}), although there were a couple of newly-licensed series in the mix, most notably ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. The shows released by SentaiFilmworks that hadn't been released in the U.S. before were released as sub-only DVD's with a minimum of extras and only a basic menu. To some, this was an indication how far ADV had fallen from its glory days of only a couple years back.
24th Mar '14 2:52:11 AM Discontent
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Their main anime division didn't last much longer. In January 2008, nearly 3 dozen titles representing two years worth of investment and work suddenly disappeared from their website without explanation, and DVD releases ceased. It turned out all of those titles had been acquired with help from Japan's Sojitz Corporation. ADV, which had gained a reputation for active communication with their customer base, fell eerily silent. A little over a month later, most of the missing shows were restored to the website and DVD releases resumed, although a couple of titles, notably ''GurrenLagann'', appeared in the possession of other US licensors. Finally, in July, the same 30 licenses that had disappeared in January were suddenly transferred to Creator/{{Funimation}}. This included some series that had not yet been fully-released on DVD, such as ''{{Kanon}}'' and ''WelcomeToTheNHK''.

to:

Their main anime division didn't last much longer. In January 2008, nearly 3 dozen titles representing two years worth of investment and work suddenly disappeared from their website without explanation, and DVD releases ceased. It turned out all of those titles had been acquired with help from Japan's Sojitz Corporation. ADV, which had gained a reputation for active communication with their customer base, fell eerily silent. A little over a month later, most of the missing shows were restored to the website and DVD releases resumed, although a couple of titles, notably ''GurrenLagann'', appeared in the possession of other US licensors. Finally, in July, the same 30 licenses that had disappeared in January were suddenly transferred to Creator/{{Funimation}}. This included some series that had not yet been fully-released on DVD, such as ''{{Kanon}}'' and ''WelcomeToTheNHK''.
''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''.
4th Feb '14 10:08:01 AM Prfnoff
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Because of a total lack of any sort of voice actor pool in Texas at the time, ADV drew heavily from the local theatre scenes in Houston and Austin. Over the next dozen years, the studio groomed a large crop of voice actors, several of whom became regular faces on the convention circuit. A few have gone on to become directors and producers themselves. Among the actors who got their voice-acting start at ADV (some still live in Houston and continue to record the occasional dub for ADV's successor) are Creator/AmandaWinnLee, JessicaCalvello, Creator/SpikeSpencer, TiffanyGrant, [[KiraVincentDavis Kira Vincent-Davis]], Creator/VicMignogna, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/LuciChristian, GregAyres, and Creator/HilaryHaag.

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Because of a total lack of any sort of voice actor pool in Texas at the time, ADV drew heavily from the local theatre scenes in Houston and Austin. Over the next dozen years, the studio groomed a large crop of voice actors, several of whom became regular faces on the convention circuit. A few have gone on to become directors and producers themselves. Among the actors who got their voice-acting start at ADV (some still live in Houston and continue to record the occasional dub for ADV's successor) are Creator/AmandaWinnLee, JessicaCalvello, Creator/SpikeSpencer, TiffanyGrant, [[KiraVincentDavis Kira Vincent-Davis]], Creator/VicMignogna, Creator/MonicaRial, Creator/LuciChristian, GregAyres, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/HilaryHaag.
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