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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Dirty Pair: Project Eden" (1986)

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The opening credits sequence to the Dirty Pair: Project Eden OVA movie are a tantalizing blend of sex, technology, and spy thrillers, along with some bracingly bizarre images and segues. It reminds me of the best Maurice Binder opening sequences to the James Bond movies, using powerfully evocative imagery to create a distinctive artistic statement […]

Review: "Aria the Scarlet Ammo" is a .22 Caliber Series in a .45 Caliber World

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I don’t follow anime terribly closely, but is there some sub-genre dedicated to stories about gaggles of girls that range from dingbats to the thoroughly disagreeable, all of whom are determined to fling themselves vehemently at a lead boy character with little to no personality? I thought the patronizing idiocy of Freezing was a one-off, […]

Review: "Freezing" == "Pokémon" + Blood + Breasts - Humor

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Toonzone News recently received two copies of Freezing: a DVD-release and a Blu-ray copy. Maxie Zeus and Ed Liu watched each. Here, in classic Siskel-and-Ebert style, are their thoughts on this recent FUNimation release: Maxie Zeus: Let’s get the obvious pun out of the way: Freezing is a series to make the blood run cold. […]

Review: "Fairy Tail Part 4" (UK Edition): Armour Ready For More!

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The previous volume of Fairy Tail raised suspicions that the spell was broken on me: more David Blaine then Dynamo. Luckily Volume 4 proves that the wizards have still got it. Continuing on our heroes are making their way through the Tower of Heaven, an evil structure constructed by Erza’s former friend Jellal. The story […]

PR: GKIDS' Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective Returns to NYC IFC Center from November 16 - December 20, 2012

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: GKIDS’ STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATION RETROSPECTIVE RETURNS TO NYC’S IFC CENTER FOR FIVE WEEKS   CASTLES IN THE SKY MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI 15 FILMS FROM 1984 TO 2009 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY”   AND WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

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Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]

Review: "Texhnolyze" DVD Boxset Reissue: Still Highbrow Yet Hardcore

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During the anime of boom of the late 1990s to early 2000s, weird shows were par from the course. What Evangelion started became one of the dominant trends during the boom, as shows like Serial Experiments: Lain and Boogiepop Phantom focused around strange, intellectually complex tales in bizarre, almost-surreal worlds with heavy doses of paranormal […]

Review: "Dragon Ball Z" Series Three (UK Edition): The Purple-Headed Monster

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As I said last time, the first half of the Namek arc was essentially build up for the events of this third volume. With even his most elite forces dispatched by Goku and his friends, Frieza has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. As Goku recuperates from Ginyu’s failed attempt to […]

Classic Anime "Princess Knight", "Rose of Versailles" Coming to DVD in 2013

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Wednesday afternoon, Right Stuf, Inc. announced that it would be releasing the 1967 series Princess Knight on DVD under its Nozomi Entertainment label. The 52-episode anime is based on the fantasy adventure manga by Osamu Tezuka, which was translated into English and released by Vertical Publishing last year. The story follows the adventures of Sapphire, […]

UK "Ninja Scroll" Screenings Kick Off With Premium Event

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Manga Entertainment UK will begin a select series of screenings of famed Japanese classic Ninja Scroll with a special showing at the Hackney Picturehouse Cinema on Friday 16th November. The event, limited to 300 tickets, will include a screening of the film, a copy of the standard edition Blu-ray and a limited signed and numbered […]

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