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"Katanagatari" Part 2: Surprise! It's Less Boring!

by Classic Speedyon November 8, 2011
I wasn’t exactly thrilled with Katanagatari‘s first six episodes. As a professional, though, I agreed to review the last six of this familiar story of two characters, strategist Togame and isolated villager Shichika, out to collect twelve fabled swords, all with different characteristics. To my surprise, I did find the second half superior to the […]

"Rocko's Modern Life" Season 2 Coming in February

by Classic Speedyon November 3, 2011
Rocko’s Modern Life continues on DVD with the second season, due out on 2/7/12 for $19.93. The 2-disc set will contain all 13 episodes from season 2, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Episodes included: – I Have No Son (9/25/1994) – Pipe Dreams / Tickled Pinky (10/2/1994) – Lounge Singer, The / She’s the […]

"Looney Tunes: The Essential Daffy Duck": Essentially Reprocessed

by Classic Speedyon November 2, 2011
Following in the footsteps of “Looney Tunes: The Essential Bugs Bunny”, we have another double dip, best-of release. This time, Daffy Duck gets his due. The first disc mostly repeats from the Golden Collections and Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl. However, “Porky’s Duck Hunt” (1937, Tex Avery) is new to DVD, and even better, it features […]

"Tom & Jerry" Golden Collection Vol. 1: Not Purr-Fect, But Pretty Good

by Classic Speedyon November 1, 2011
Do I really need to describe Tom & Jerry? I don’t think I do. Aside from the fact that the premise of their cartoons (cat chases mouse) is so simple to describe, I think most everyone knows these iconic characters. Plus, I’ve described the series in previous Toonzone reviews, so I won’t waste your time. […]

FUNimation Announces New January Titles Including "B Gata H Kei"

by Classic Speedyon October 12, 2011
B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time, a romantic comedy about a teenage virgin who wants to have a sexual encounter with 100 people, will be released on 1/31/12 for $64.98 (or $69.98 for the limited edition). It will be released as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and runs 300 minutes. Additionally, the following are expected: […]

RIP Charles Napier (1936-2011)

by Classic Speedyon October 7, 2011
The Washington Post reports that actor Charles Napier passed away on 10/5 at the age of 75 in Bakersfield, CA. He played a number of live action roles throughout the last few decades (usually playing gruff authority figures, such as General Hawk in Austin Powers), but he also was known for his voiceover work, and […]

"The Lion King" Blu-ray: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion

by Classic Speedyon October 5, 2011
The songs are also some of the best Disney’s done, with “Hakuna Matata” and “Be Prepared” memorable for different reasons; the former for its instantly hummable melody, laid back feel, and gorgeous lush jungle visuals to go with it, and the latter for its menacing nature and not-so-subtle allusions to Nazi Germany with Scar’s goose-stepping […]

Sentai/Section23 Announce New December Titles Including "Rozen Maiden"

by Classic Speedyon September 21, 2011
Rozen Maiden, formerly a Geneon license, has been rescued by Sentai Filmworks and will get a complete collection (that is, both the first series and its sequel, Träumend) on 12/6/11 for $49.98. The DVD set will run 650 minutes. In addition to this, the two-episode OAV Rozen Maiden Ouvertüre has been licensed as well, with […]

RIP Earl Kress

by Classic Speedyon September 19, 2011
Mark Evanier reports the sad news that Earl Kress, animation writer, storyboard artist, actor, and historian, has passed away at the age of 60 from cancer. Earl’s animation career began in the mid ’70s and included writing and storyboarding credits for The Oddball Couple, Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania, The Transformers, Pound Puppies, Pinky and the […]

FUNimation Announces New Dec. Titles Including "Heaven's Lost Property"

by Classic Speedyon September 17, 2011
Heaven’s Lost Property (aka Sora no Otoshimono), a comedy series about a boy who gets an angel servant, comes to DVD and Blu-ray in a combo set on 12/20/11 for $64.98 (regular edition) or $69.98 (limited edition). It will contain the complete first season, running 350 minutes. Other December releases, broken down by types: (items […]