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"Naruto Shippuden Volume 4 (UK Release)": Less Stealth Equals More Enjoyment

by Grant Whiteon January 14, 2011
For those coming in late: Naruto is a hit Japanese comic series that quickly received an animated adaptation and then spread to international success. The series is set in an alternate world where special ninja villages provide the armed forces for their respective nations. In the peaceful Hidden Leaf village, 12-year-old orphan Naruto Uzumaki dreams […]

MCM Group Celebrates Decade Of Londo Expo with 'Paul' Premiere Competition

by Grant Whiteon December 22, 2010
To mark the 10 year anniversary of their MCM Expo London in 2011, the MCM Group is holding a contest to win a pair of tickets to the premiere of Universal Picture’s new sci-fi comedy Paul. Details of how to enter can be found on the expo’s website. Due to be held May 27th-29th, the […]

"Transformers: Prime": Change We Need

by Grant Whiteon November 25, 2010
Every so often the Transformers franchise will reach a key turning point: a story idea or character concept which will basically become inseparable with the brand. There’s no denying that in the last few years, these haven’t come any larger than the interpretation established in the big screen live action movies, so it’s not really […]

Gundam Unicorn Now Available On Xbox Live & Zune Marketplace

by Grant Whiteon November 17, 2010
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) NOW ON Zune® / Xbox LIVE® Available in 11 countries in North America and Europe Tokyo, Japan – November 17, 2010 – Bandai Channel Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese company delivering Japanese animation on-demand, also known by its brand name ANIMECHANNEL, is pleased to announce that both episodes one and […]

toonzone attends MCM Expo London 2010

by Grant Whiteon November 10, 2010
Long had I heard the glorious legends from across the globe, tales of historic meetings between masses of fans, encounters with mighty creators and the plundering of loot that made wallets weep. These incredible adventures finally stirred my heart to the point where I thought I should – nay, must! – attend one of these […]

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Volume 2 14 Minute Preview

by Grant Whiteon October 23, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Paris, France, October 2010. Latest episode from “Mobile Suit Gundam UC” first 14 minutes shown for free before premier on PSN® and Blu-ray street date Tokyo, Japan, October 18, 2010 – Bandai Channel Co., Ltd. has announced a sneak pre-release preview of the newest animation work “Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn): […]

"Phineas and Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas": A Decent Stocking Stuffer

by Grant Whiteon October 15, 2010
About a year ago I reviewed Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation (it having been Christmas then, you see?). As is the trend with Christmas specials/movies, a year later we get a home video release in the form of A Very Perry Christmas. For those unfamiliar, Phineas and Ferb is a Disney animated series which focuses […]

"Timmy Time": A Pre-school Show That Doesn't Try To Pull The Wool Over Your Eyes

by Grant Whiteon September 13, 2010
By this point it’s safe to say that Wallace & Gromit are the most iconic Aardman characters, as important to their home studio as Mickey and Bugs are to theirs. Even a new show like Shaun the Sheep reinforces the Wallace & Gromit primacy, since it is a spin-off from one of the Wallace & […]

"Zeta Gundam: A New Translation": I'm Not Sure, But I Think He Said He's Happy

by Grant Whiteon September 1, 2010
Gundam is often criticized as money for old rope, a franchise that has survived for 30 years despite allegedly telling the same story over and over. It’s a certainly an argument that original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino has offered, feeling that Gundam should be put to rest so that new stories can be told in original […]

"Transformers Animated: The AllSpark Almanac II": You Can Win If You Dare!

by Grant Whiteon August 4, 2010
I’ll begin with a thank you. Thank you to the many who purchased the original AllSpark Almanac. We’ve been rewarded with a sequel, the fittingly titled AllSpark Almanac II. The original Almanac covered the show’s first two seasons, themselves running back to back as a single mega season. It makes sense then that this second […]