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Review: “Shirobako” – How Anime, Friendships and Careers Are Made

by Karl Olsonon July 3, 2015
Anime and manga production as the topic of anime and manga is nothing new. However, it’s often an excuse to be meta in the context of a broader work, whether that’s members of the Genshiken sweating over a doujinshi right before before Comiket, or the titular character of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun gradually roping all of […]

Review: “Martian Successor Nadesico” Complete DVD Boxset – A Truly Super Robot Show

by Karl Olsonon September 18, 2013
In the post-Evangelion landscape, mecha anime became even more serious, deeply philosophical and emotionally overwrought. I say even more, because really those wheels had been set in motion since Gundam, which marked a major shift away from super robots as toyetic kids shows, and towards “war is hell” allegories. However, post-Evangelion, stories tended to be […]


Review: “Wander Over Yonder” – You Should Wander Over Immediately

by Karl Olsonon September 13, 2013
It’s been awhile since we last saw Craig McCracken in action. The genius creator of The Powerpuff Girls and co-creator of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends seemed to disappear as a wave of new talent spilled onto the US animation scene. While young blood like Pendleton Ward, J.G. Quintel and Alex Hirsch have been delivering […]

Review: “Is This A Zombie?” Is a Delicious Genre Stew

by Karl Olsonon February 27, 2013
Let’s be real for a moment. It’s 2013, and zombies and zombie humor have become so culturally rampant that even complaining about their over exposure is itself a bit trite and played out. So, if you’re in the “not another freakin’ zombie-related thing” camp, just leave. In fact, if you can’t handle healthy dose of […]


Review: “Texhnolyze” DVD Boxset Reissue: Still Highbrow Yet Hardcore

by Karl Olsonon October 31, 2012
During the anime of boom of the late 1990s to early 2000s, weird shows were par from the course. What Evangelion started became one of the dominant trends during the boom, as shows like Serial Experiments: Lain and Boogiepop Phantom focused around strange, intellectually complex tales in bizarre, almost-surreal worlds with heavy doses of paranormal […]
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Review: “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt” DVD Box Set: Subversively Sardonic But Egregious In English

by Karl Olsonon October 24, 2012
The last decade of anime has been dominated by one trend above all others. Moe. I could spend some lines describing what exactly that means, but I think this is easier: Moe is the opposite of character like Fujiko Mine from Lupin The 3rd and Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Instead of a strong, adult […]


Review: “Gasaraki” Still Holds Up Over A Decade Later

by Karl Olsonon October 11, 2012
I’ve said before on toonzone that I think that 1998 may be Sunrise animation’s finest single year. Whether it was it was the pair of wild west space adventures in Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star, or the unusually good ren-ai game adaptation in Sentimental Journey, Sunrise was simply on fire. Part of that amazing run […]

Review: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” Vol. 2 LE: Die a Hero or Become a Villain

by Karl Olsonon August 21, 2012
Well, we’re now on volume 2 of fan favorite and deconstructionist magical girl anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The so-called Evangelion of magical girl series continues to shock and delight with intense revelations and fantastic character development, yet the question still lingers from volume 1: is this worth $100 a volume for it’s limited editions? […]