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PR: FUNimation Entertainment Acquires the Fantasy Action Adventure Series Fairy Tail

by Todd DuBoison April 22, 2011
Flower Mound, TX (April 22, 2011) – FUNimation(R) Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, digital, mobile and merchandise rights for the first 48 episodes of the magical anime series “Fairy Tail” from KODANSHA LTD. Based on the manga of the same name by Hiro Mashima originally serialized in the Weekly Shonen […]

FUNimation Announces New July Titles Including "Shin Chan" Season 3, Part 1

by Todd DuBoison April 18, 2011
FUNimation Entertainment has solicited its home video releases for the month of July. New that month is season 3, part one of their comedy series Shin Chan on DVD for $39.98 on 7/26/11. The set has a running time of 300 minutes. Part 5 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will be released on 7/26/11 for $54.98 […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks Cowboy Bebop

by Todd DuBoison April 17, 2011
Today Toonzone’s “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature returns to discuss Cowboy Bebop, a show that has undoubtedly been one of the best-loved Japanese animated series in North America since it began airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in 2001. What this “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature does is simple; we get some of the TZ staff […]

Tokyopop to End Publishing for North America

by Todd DuBoison April 16, 2011
Tokyopop has announced the end of its publishing operations in North America and the closing of its headquarters in Los Angeles, California effective May 31st, 2011. The company’s European operations and film production division will remain active. The status of ongoing manga releases published by Tokyopop are currently unknown. A public relations representative has issued […]

Spring 2011 Anime Preview

by Todd DuBoison March 30, 2011
As a new crop of Japanese animation hits the airwaves this spring, Nick Hobbs and I are back again to comment on our best hopes for anime between now and the start of Summer. Some are already simulcasted or likely to be, some are possibly-unlikely licenses that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Have a look, enjoy […]

Introversion in Anime and Comics

by Todd DuBoison March 28, 2011
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"

by Todd DuBoison March 23, 2011
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

by Todd DuBoison March 21, 2011
The website 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

by Todd DuBoison March 16, 2011
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

by Todd DuBoison March 3, 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 […]