"Gundam 00 Season 2, Part 4": Successful Innovation

We’re finally into the homestretch with the final volume of Gundam 00. The stakes are set high right out of the gate with the surprise reveal of a traitor within Celestial Being—well it surprises the main cast, anyway. The identity of the traitor is a plot thread that has been dangled in clear view of […]

"Gundam 00 Season 2, Part 3": Always Clenching

When last we left off, the crew of the Ptolemy had successfully destroyed the Memento Mori space laser in a Star Wars-style attack run. However, this moment of victory proves short lived, as this volume opens with the revelation that Ribbons had predicted their victory and in fact had a further A-Laws force waiting nearby. […]

toonzone goes to MCM Expo May 2011: The Cat Came Back

Back in October last year, I made my first convention pilgrimage to MCM Expo London. Fun was had and I concluded my thoughts by saying I was keen to go again. Luckily for me, the event is held twice a year.               In general, things were setup much the same […]

'2000 AD' and 'The Thrill Electric' To Appear At MCM London

The MCM Expo group has announced two further special guests appearing at their London Expo set for this May. 2000 AD, the long running British sci-fi comic which is home to Judge Dredd amongst others, will mark its first attendance at the event. The title will have a booth selling discounted merchandise in addition to […]

"Axis Powers Hetalia Season 2 (UK Edition)" Loses a Little Something In Translation

Axis Powers Hetalia has a fairly novel concept. Every country in the world has a human avatar, a personification of its national identity, and their interactions mirror those of the countries themselves. The story primarily focuses on the World War II era. Germany is crumbling under the pressure, helped only a little by his well-meaning […]

"Bamboo Blade Part 2" (UK Version): Join Our Club!

Bamboo Blade focuses on a Japanese high school kendo team whose teacher, a former kendo competitor himself, is forced to form it as part of a bet. Finding interest generally lacking from male students (bar two), he’s able to cultivate a five-person girls’ team instead. The star of the team is the diminutive and quiet […]

"Vampire Knight Volumes 3 & 4 (UK Edition)": Blood Thinner

There’s no denying that the last few years have seen a resurgence in the popularity of vampires. But though once restricted to the horror genre, today they range farther afield, and thanks to such works as the much-criticised Twilight series have even become the focus of interspecies romance stories. There’s no denying that the basic […]

"Gundam 00 Season 2- Part 2": Well Excuse Me, Sexless Man-Woman

As if a strong run of episodes wasn’t enough, the first volume of Gundam 00 season two offered quite an intriguing cliffhanger: an individual with an face identical to Tieria’s. It was a juicy plot hook that the season’s second volume wastes absolutely no time getting into. The stranger introduces himself … herself … itself […]

"Summer Wars (UK Edition)": A Love Machine

I remember seeing the initial publicity for Summer Wars some years ago. It looked kind of interesting, but most of the trailers left me fairly bewildered as to what was going on. So when the chance came to get some answers, I eagerly jumped in. The film is set in what is essentially the not […]

Comic Book Heroes & Writers Lead The Way At MCM Expo London

A gathering of comic book talent both real and fictional will be involved with the next MCM Expo, due to be held 27-29th May in London. DC’s live action Green Lantern movie will serve as the event sponsor whilst the writers of X-Men: First Class and Thor, Ashley Miller and Jack Stentz, will be panel […]

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