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"Megamind": Mind Over Mediocrity

An altogether enjoyable family film, Dreamworks Animation’s Megamind is a self-aware and affectionate parody of superheroics rather than a deconstruction and a satire in the way that Shrek lampooned fairy tale tropes. When a galactic cataclysm strikes a distant solar system, two planets in the vicinity send a single child away to Earth. One ends […]

"Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer" A Stunning, Audacious Finale

Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer is the first and last sequel to a television series that arguably didn’t need one. To be sure, it ended in a manner that left fans with questions to speculate over, but it also concluded the story built up over the series’ fifty episodes. Lead protagonist […]

NYCC2010: The DCU First Look Panel

On Friday night the IGN theater at the Javits Center was packed full for the DC Universe First Look panel, which proved to be a great show for the fans in attendance. Gary Miereanu of Warner Home Animation played host at the podium throughout the panel for executive producer Bruce Timm and Superman/Shazam: The Return […]

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 […]

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