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Introversion in Anime and Comics

Today, Japanese animation and American television don’t really mix. The former is hardly gone from the airwaves, of course. Disney XD has Naruto Shippuden. Nicktoons runs Dragon Ball Z Kai, as does 4Kids’ “Toonzai” block on The CW along with Sonic X and Yu-Gi-Oh–well, until now perhaps.The Hub has got Deltora Quest running next to […]

Bandai Entertainment Solicits New June 2011 Titles Including "Tales of the Abyss"

Tales of the Abyss, a fantasy adventure series based on the titular Playstation 2 role-playing game, is due on DVD on 6/7/11. The first volume is priced at $29.98 for the regular edition and $34.98 for the limited edition, which will include volume one of the manga Tales of the Abyss: Asch the Blood. The […]

Full Trailer for Makoto Shinkai's "Hoshi o Ou Kodomo" Posted

The website Twitchfilm.com has posted the full theatrical trailer for Makoto Shinkai’s animated movie Hoshi o Ou Kodomo (a.k.a. Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below). It is Shinkai’s third full-length theatrical film after The Place Promised In Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second. The story centers on a young girl named […]

"Tales From Earthsea": A Troubled Fantasy

The immorality of this and the preciousness of mortal life is spoken of extensively throughout the climatic final act of the film, to the point that the topic is unfortunately explored at the expense of all else. The foremost problem lies with Arren, our intended protagonist. The specter of his father’s murder and his self-described […]

"Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" Coming to Blu-ray on June 28, 2011

Image Entertainment has announced a Blu-Ray edition of studio Sunrise’s 2001 film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, scheduled for release on June 28, 2011. In this complement to the popular science fiction television series, Spike Spiegel and his bounty hunter associates pursue an unprecedented reward for a dangerous criminal plotting to unleash a bioterror attack on […]

Syfy Channel Schedules "Star Blazers" Premiere For April 21, 2011

A recent schedule update at the official website of the Syfy Channel has slated Star Blazers: The Quest For Iscandar to premiere the night of Thursday, April 21st at 12:00 AM and 12:30 AM. Star Blazers was originally broadcast in syndication from 1979 to 1984 as an adaptation of the Japanese sci-fi series Space Battleship […]

Katsucon 2011: Premiere Impressions

The weekend of Katsucon 2011, FUNimation Entertainment screened English-dubbed premieres for multiple titles well in advance of their releases on home video. I was there for the film Eden of the East: King of Eden and the TV series Hero Tales and RideBack. King of Eden is the first of two movies continuing the story […]

Toonzone Interviews Peter S. Beagle on the Blu-ray Release of "The Last Unicorn"

An award-winning writer and fantasy novelist, Peter S. Beagle has created an impressive and growing body of work since his first novel was published in 1960. Among his creations are the novels A Fine and Private Place and Tamsin, the screenplay for Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and the episode […]

"Kaleido Star" Dazzles and Inspires

Relentlessly positive and fun-loving, Kaleido Star is the tale of a plucky teenager’s rise to stardom, and is possibly the best family-friendly Japanese cartoon that has not been picked up for U.S. television broadcast. Armed with big dreams matched by her great heart and gymnastics skills, Sora Naegino travels from Japan to California to audition […]

Shout! Factory To Release "Transformers", "Beast Wars", Takara Collections On DVD

Shout! Factory has recently announced its intention to rerelease The Transformers on DVD with a “The Transformers – The Complete Original Series” boxed set. The 15-disc collection will repackage the discs included in the prior boxed sets for the first four seasons. The set has been slated for release on May 24th, with the price […]

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