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Fall 2010 Anime Preview

Autumn has arrived and October is here, and that means a large new crop of Japanese animation coming out on the other side of the Pacific as many longer Spring 2010 series and shorter Summer series come to an end. Once again I am joined by Nick Hobbs (you may remember him as Lelouch!), and […]

"Dragon Ball Season Five" Grows Up But Doesn't Get Old

If there is one part of the original Dragon Ball series that a fan who got started on Dragon Ball Z or Dragon Ball Z Kai should watch, it would be this fifth and final season. The majority of it is occupied by the last and best tournament arc of the original series; it introduces […]

Otakon2010: Of Unicorns and Gundam Unicorn

Although final days at conventions are only half days and can be less substantial than the first two days in my experience, my Sunday at Otakon 2010 was fully occupied by two satisfying events. Longtime readers may recall the tribute I paid to what I consider one of the finest Rankin-Bass productions and a marvelous […]

Otakon2010: Bandai Entertainment Announces Two New Titles, K-On Casting

At their “Bandai After Dark” panel at Otakon, Bandai Entertainment announced the licensing of two new anime titles for home video release. The first was The Girl Who Leapt Through Space (a.k.a. Sora Kake Girl), a sci-fi action series starring three girls who are mecha pilots in a future where humanity has emigrated to space […]

Otakon2010: Industry Panel Reports

This past weekend, Otakon 2010′s programming included three industry panels hosted by significant players in the anime market: FUNimation Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment, and Aniplex of America, Inc. These panels are always anticipated for possible news about the licensing of excellent titles from the land of the rising sun that anime fans are hoping for, and […]

Otakon2010: Early Thoughts

Otakon 2010, the largest anime convention on the east coast, runs from July 30th to August 1st this weekend. With fresh premiers and certainty of substantial industry news emerging out of this convention once again, it should be an exciting three days for devotees of Japanese animation. In advance of Toonzone’s coverage of this event […]

Cool Stuff: Your Choice!

This short is a creation of Japanese director Koji Yamamura, an independent filmmaker who most notably received an Oscar nomination for his animated short Mt. Head in 2003. As the message at the beginning announces, the inspiration for the film came from an unusual source; it was “…the result of a series of children’s animation […]

Cool Stuff: Grendizer Returns

A creation of Go Nagai and a cousin of sorts to the famous Mazinger Z, UFO Robot Grendizer was one of many super robot cartoons produced in Japan during the 1970s. The story followed the adventures of Prince Duke Fleed, who flees to Earth with the titular robot after an invasion of his home planet […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - Amazing Zorro

Japanese animation commonly adapts domestic creations, such as its horde of manga. However, as we have previously observed with Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics, it has also been willing and able to adapt ideas from all over the world. Another such example is the famous swashbuckling hero Zorro, who received one of his many adaptations in […]

"The Law of Ueki" Needs The Talent To Be Exciting

In the first five minutes of The Law of Ueki, the green-haired hero of the title beats up random thugs and shows off a superpower that lets him turn ordinary trash into tree lumber that he can control and manipulate at will. His junior high classmate Ai Mori observes this and promptly freaks out. Then […]

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