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"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time": Of Life, Fun and Time Travel

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time represents the first collaboration between director Mamoru Hosoda and the Japanese animation studio Madhouse (The second was 2009′s much-acclaimed Summer Wars). Drawing inspiration from the original novelized story by Yasutaka Tsutsui (Paprika), the film uses the concept of time travel as a hook but draws its greatest strength from […]

"Gundam Unicorn Volume 1" Is Expensive But Outstanding

This is not the review I expected to write. When the the six-part OVA Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (a.k.a. Gundam UC) was first announced in 2009 as the flagship commemoration of the long-running Gundam franchise’s 30th anniversary, I was hoping for a high-quality product with strong characterization and thrilling giant robot action, but I was […]

Spring 2010 Anime Preview

In a just a matter of days, a new slate of animated programming will begin in Japan. As the fandom fires up its anticipation for what could be a fruitful spring for Japanese animation, here at the toonzone blog we’re going to try focusing in on what we think some of the highlights of the […]

"Sword of the Stranger" Offers Dazzling Style, Satisfying Storytelling

If Afro Samurai is the closest thing to the current generation’s Ninja Scroll, studio Bones’ Sword of the Stranger is a genuine step forward for animated samurai action. It does not carry a deep, art house-worthy message or explore bold, new narrative territory. But it brings a captivating, excellently paced story to vivid life with […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - Superbook

Devoted anime fans probably at least know the name of Tatsunoko Production. One of the oldest animation companies in Japan, it was founded in 1962 by Tatsuo Yoshia and his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (a.k.a. Ippei Kuri) and is remembered for such titles as Speed Racer, Gachaman, Space Knight Tekkaman, Yatterman, Casshan: Robot Hunter, and […]

Toons of the 2000s: Reviewed Cartoons You Probably Haven't Seen, But Really Should

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Throughout this decade, toonzone’s news team has reviewed a truly impressive number of cartoons. Along the way there have been many disappointments, but also many strong works well deserving of praise. From time to time, they’ve even had occasion to review exceptional achievements that may eventually be […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Toonami Programs

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Toonami. From 1997 until its end in 2008, Cartoon Network’s popular and long-lived programming block was the perfect home for action cartoons. It gathered old cartoons from the 80′s and 90′s, Japanese animation, and Cartoon Network originals to create an appealing smorgasbord of programming that no animation […]

Toons of the 2000s: Anime We Hope Never Come to America

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Japanese animation has hit many high notes over the years and in this decade. Yet for all of that success, any anime fan that’s been paying attention to Japan’s latest knows that a lot of anime gets made that is flat out mediocre, if not downright terrible. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Anime That Made It To U.S. TV

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Through all the ups and downs, the 2000′s have been a remarkable decade of opportunity for dedicated fans of Japanese animation. The success of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block was soon followed by other programming that featured anime. For a time, the former TechTV hosted its own Anime […]

Why "Epilogue" Honors Terry McGinnis

Epilogue just might be one of the best remembered episodes of Justice League Unlimited, if not the DC Animated Universe itself. For DC animation fans, it hardly needs introduction. In terms of chronology it currently stands as the last DCAU episode, and it ended it where it began: with Batman. Rather than the usual action […]

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