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Oscar-nominated Film "Chico and Rita" Coming to U.S. DVD and Blu-ray on Sept 18, 2012

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2012
Cinedigm Entertainment has solicited Fernando Trueba and Javier Marisca’s Spanish-animated feature film Chico and Rita for home video release in the United States on September 18, 2012 and for digital release on August 21st. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2011 Academy Awards alongside the winner Rango, A Cat in Paris, […]
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Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actress Brina Palencia

by Todd DuBoison August 7, 2012
Between such roles as the diminutive talking reindeer Chopper in One Piece, the wolf-deity Holo in Spice and Wolf and young boys like Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, voice actress Brina Palencia has had a career as diverse as it has been prolific in recent years. Her major roles include Natsuki Shinohara in the movie Summer […]

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Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Director and Actor Michael Sinterniklaas

by Todd DuBoison August 6, 2012
A veteran of the voice acting business, Michael Sinterniklaas has distinguished himself as an actor, ADR director and script writer. In the year 2000 he founded the recording studio NYAV Post, which has produced English dubs for a wide variety of animation such as The Venture Bros, Robotomy, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Huntik: Secrets […]
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Otakon 2012: Viz Media Panel Report

by Todd DuBoison July 30, 2012
Viz Media’s industry panel was hosted by Eric Eberhardt, Marketing Manager for Weekly Shonen Jmp Alpha and ShonenJump.com writer Urian Brown. The pair began by promoting Viz’s upcoming 24-hour, subscription-based channel Neon Alley, which will include weekly premieres of dubbed and uncut anime. In mid-July, the channel’s platform was confirmed to be the Playstation 3 […]

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Otakon 2012: Sentai Filmworks Announces "Grave of the Fireflies" Blu-ray and More

by Todd DuBoison July 29, 2012
At its industry panel on Sunday morning, Sentai Filmworks’ David Williams announced that the company had acquired the rights to release the Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies on Blu-ray. Directed by Isao Takahata, the film is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka that depicts the struggle of two Japanese […]
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Otakon 2012: NIS America Announces "Umineko: When They Cry", Talks English Localization

by Todd DuBoison July 29, 2012
NIS America’s industry panel on Saturday morning was hosted by PR and Marketing Coordinator Ryan Philips, anime producer Mitsu Hiraoka, and localization director Eugene Chen. The company had one brand new title to announce, the 2009 mystery series Umineko: When They Cry. It is based on a visual novel done by 07th Expansion, the creators […]

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New "Sailor Moon" Anime Announced At Paris' Japan Expo

by Todd DuBoison July 6, 2012
During a 20th anniversary celebration event for the animation of Sailor Moon at the 2012 Japan Expo, a special announcement was made that a new anime will be produced. The event was broadcast live on the Japanese Nico Nico video website. The event featured appearances by Kotono Mitsuishi and Toru Furuya, who played Usagi Tsukino […]

Adult Swim Website Announces Return of "Toonami" Programming Block (updated)

by Todd DuBoison May 16, 2012
Via twitter and a newly-launched web page, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block has announced the return of the Toonami programming block on May 26th, 2012. This news comes in advance of Adult Swim’s upfront this Wednesday evening and weeks after “Toonami on Adult Swim” aired on April 1st as a joke. Afterward Adult Swim posted […]

"The Legend of the Legendary Heroes" Only Has Legendary Mediocrity

by Todd DuBoison May 1, 2012
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes is the most unsatisfying fantasy anime that I have ever encountered. It strives to tell a sweeping tale yet never feels epic. Its plot meanders. It alternates between a comedic and deadly serious tone to the point that it portrays Takaya Kagami’s successful light novel series as a work […]

Fate/Zero - "The Bloody Battle of Mion River" Episode 14 Recap

by Todd DuBoison April 25, 2012
Season one of Fate/Zero ended on a dire cliffhanger, with Fuyuki City in grave danger from the massive, grotesque monster that the homidical Caster has made himself into. As his master Ryuonsuke delightfully observes the ensuing carnage, Lancer, Saber and Rider temporarily join forces to finally bring down Caster for good. For all their efforts […]