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NYCC 2014: “The Legend of Korra” Book 4 Panel

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison October 14, 2014
With the fourth and final season of The Legend of Korra underway the show’s panel at NYCC had an air of finality to it, and familiar guests were introduced by Nickelodeon VP of series animation Megan Casey: Executive producers Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were joined by voice cast members Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino […]
Transformers Robots in Disguise

NYCC 2014: Hasbro Talks “Transformers: Robots In Disguise”

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison October 13, 2014
Thursday at New York Comic Con Hasbro held a panel for Transformers: Robots In Disguise, which was recently announced for a 2015 premiere on Cartoon Network after initially being slated for the Hub Network. In attendance at the panel was executive producer Jeff Kline, producer and writer Adam Beechen, art director Jose Lopez, and four […]


NYCC 2014: Sunrise Strikes New Deal for “Gundam” Franchise in the U.S. (Updated)

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison October 12, 2014
At its official panel at New York Comic Con Saturday afternoon, Japanese animation studio Sunrise, Inc had a major announcement in store for American fans of its long-lived Mobile Suit Gundam mecha anime franchise. Sunrise has reached a deal to once again distribute its Gundam animation on home video in the United States, in partnership […]
Ben Stassen Thunder and the House of Magic

Review: “Thunder and the House of Magic” – Come for the Cat, Stay for the Magic

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison October 1, 2014
Thunder and the House of Magic is one half of a very good movie. This movie was expanded from a short fixated on the “House of Magic” part of the title, and it shows. Everything to do with the original short shows signs of real creative spark, but its rudimentary plot is unlikely to engage […]


Details for Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “The Wind Rises” on Disney Blu-ray

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison September 25, 2014
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release three films from Studio Ghibli and retired director Hayao Miyazaki on Blu-ray for the first time in North America: Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke and The Wind Rises. In keeping with the company’s other Ghibli releases each movie will be released as a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack, each retailing […]

CBS Orders “Supergirl” Live Action TV Series

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison September 19, 2014
CBS has given a series commitment to a television show centered on DC Comics’ Supergirl character, per Deadline Friday morning. The deal for the pickup was closed Thursday evening, on the heels of the project being pitched to the broadcast networks on Wednesday September 17th. News of the series’ development first broke early this month. […]


DreamWorks Animation, Studio Mir Strike TV Cartoon Coproduction Deal

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison August 28, 2014
DreamWorks Animation has reached a deal with the South Korean animation studio Studio Mir to produce as many as four animated series for television over the next four years, according to the Seoul-based English language newspaper The Korea Herald. Founded in 2011 by Jae Myung Yoo, an animation director for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, […]

Otakon 2014: Interview – Masao Maruyama on Studio MAPPA and its Works

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison August 22, 2014
Masao Maruyama’s storied career spans the lifetime of the modern anime industry itself. He started out with Mushi Productions before going on to found the animation studio Madhouse in 1972, where he spent over four decades producing scores of noteworthy anime titles and working with some of the finest talent in the business. Such series […]

In This Corner of the World Studio MAPPA

Otakon 2014: Interview – Sunao Katabuchi Talks His New Film, “In This Corner of the World”

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison August 22, 2014
Sunao Katabuchi might be most recognizable to English-speaking anime fans as the director of the gritty Black Lagoon presently airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, but he’s also a veteran of the anime industry whose early credits include scriptwriting for Hayao Miyazaki’s Sherlock Hound TV series and the position of assistant director on Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery […]
Toy Story of Terror Jessie, Buzz, and Woody

Review: “Toy Story of Terror!” Delights On Blu-ray

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison August 20, 2014
All right, I’ll admit it: nobody really needed more Toy Story. Toy Story 3 closed the book on it all, anything that comes after can only be epilogue. On paper a Halloween special sounds gimmicky and a perhaps a gateway to a half dozen derivative spinoffs: what about a Toy Story Christmas? Toy Story at […]