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"Dragon Ball Season Four" Is More Of The Same, Except Better

Season four of Dragon Ball needs very little introduction. Even casual viewers of anime likely either remember Dragon Ball from its television run on Cartoon Network years ago, as I do, or they’ve at least heard of it thanks to the enduring popularity of its sequel, Dragon Ball Z. If the show is brand new […]

Top 5 Martial Artists of Animation

There have been many martial artists in animation. Some of these characters are the perfect embodiment of stealth and cunning, others wield remarkable power, and still others are remarkably skilled and look spectacularly awesome on the screen. As tough as it is to choose, the following is a list of five particularly impressive animated martial […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "The Simpsons"

Welcome to the very first “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature at the Toonzone blog! Rather than offering the usual ranked list, for this feature our goal was very simple: get a bunch of the Toonzone staff together and let them briefly reminisce about their favorite episodes from great cartoons. No ranks, no winners and losers, just […]

Cool Stuff: Round 6 - The Last Round

Round 6 is a 3D animated short by Snowball Studios. In short, it’s a cinematic trailer for a video game that doesn’t exist: Fragball. Say hello to Snap. Snap is after a detonation device that looks suspiciously similar to a football. Does he frag or get fragged? Well, there’s one way to find out….. (via […]

Cool Stuff: Jona/Tomberry

Today we feature the animated short Jona/Tomberry by Rosto, a Dutch filmmaker and creator of Studio Rosto A.D. in Amsterdam. It is one of three short films that tell part of the story of Mind My Gap, which is described as an online graphic novel. Its website is here; the website for Jona/Tomberry itself is […]

Cool Stuff: Jo Jo in the Stars

Directed and written by Marc Craste, Jo Jo in the Stars is officially described as “…a 12 minute story of love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy played out against a black and white world that is both nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful.” Indeed. I’d say that the mark of great execution is when you can’t imagine a different […]

The Censorship of South Park and Our Culture's Courage

  I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances—from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that […]

"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 […]

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