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Otakon2011: Press Conference with Anime Director Makoto Shinkai

Just two months after its release in Japan, Makoto Shinkai’s new movie, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, had its U.S. premiere at Otakon with English Subtitles. Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese Director known for Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second. After […]

"RideBack" Complete Series: Pick a Lane and Stick With it!

I can’t say I have ever heard of a story about a ballerina who turns into a mecha pilot. I’m always asking for anime to try new things, so right from the start I was pulled into Rideback by its new-to-me concept. Unfortunately, having a good concept does not automatically mean a series will be […]

Otakon2011: Toonzone Interviews Anime Japanese Voice Actor Akira Sasanuma

TOONZONE NEWS: Would you have any interest in returning to a Gundam series in the future? Perhaps in the Gundam Seed movie should it ever be made? AKIRA SASANUMA: If there is opportunity, very well. TOONZONE NEWS: What has been the most difficult role for you to voice, a role that has really pushed you […]

Otakon2011: Bandai Entertainment acquires Nichijou, Gosick and Manga Titles

During their Otakon panel Bandai Entertainment announced they have acquired Nichijou and Gosick. Bandai Entertainment also announced they have acquired the Nichijou manga and Code Geass: Renya of Darkness.

Otakon2011: "Hetalia Paint it, White" - Premiere Press Screening

I’ve always had rather strong reservations about Hetalia. Not really because it is blunt with its material but because I didn’t think I would find the same jokes funny when they are used over and over again. The short episode length format was a smart move by the creators; for I feel silly in-your-face humor […]

Otakon2011: "Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below" Review

The plot begins to take off when Shun’s younger brother, Shin, is introduced, and Asuna journeys into Agartha. Even then, the story as a whole suffers from pacing problems, with Asuna and Mr. Morisaki wandering through Agartha camping. This is in part due to the fact that there is very little action in Children Who […]

Otakon2011: FUNimation Acquires "Heaven's Lost Property" Movie

During their Otakon panel FUNimation Entertainment announced that they have acquired the Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork, a romantic comedy due for a 2012 release on DVD and Blu-Ray. FUNimation had previously acquired home video and digital rights to both seasons of the television series.

Otakon2011: Aniplex Announces Plans for Blue Exorcist, Oreimo, Madoka Magica

During their Industry panel at Otakon Aniplex announced DVD releases for Blue Exorcist, Oreimo and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Blue Exorcist will be released in four parts with English subtitles, the first part is set to be released on October 18th 2011, with preorders being available starting August 1st. Included in the release will be […]

"Deadman Wonderland" Episodes 1-8 Streaming: Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?

Most shows and movies require the suspension of a certain amount of disbelief, and a show like Deadman Wonderland, whose characters can manipulate their blood to act like weapons, requires a lot. Unfortunately, it also missed the memo about not crossing the line into the blatantly ridiculous, and at times really presses the limits of […]

"Blue Exorcist" Episodes 1-9 Streaming: Shonen Fans Won't Feel Blue

Certain genres feature certain staple elements, and for a fairly simple reason: because they work. Blue Exorcist is a shonen title, and so it comes with all the genre staples: the underdog protagonist, the smooth/cunning rival/friend, and the storylines where the protagonist continues to prove himself no matter how dire the circumstances. None of these […]

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