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Otakon2010: Industry Panel Reports

This past weekend, Otakon 2010′s programming included three industry panels hosted by significant players in the anime market: FUNimation Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment, and Aniplex of America, Inc. These panels are always anticipated for possible news about the licensing of excellent titles from the land of the rising sun that anime fans are hoping for, and […]

Otakon2010: Day 1 - Adventure!

Going into this con there were a few things I thought to expect. I expected things to be crazy, I expected crazy costumes, and I expected rabid fans. Those expectations? Completely blown out of the water. Otakon truly is one of those events that you kind of have to be at to realize how extreme, […]

Otakon2010: Early Thoughts

Otakon 2010, the largest anime convention on the east coast, runs from July 30th to August 1st this weekend. With fresh premiers and certainty of substantial industry news emerging out of this convention once again, it should be an exciting three days for devotees of Japanese animation. In advance of Toonzone’s coverage of this event […]

Plamo Paradise Reviews - Brave Battle Warriors Kousonsan Ez8

About a year ago, I bemoaned the concept of SD Gundam Sangokuden Sidestory. As I stated at the time, the line looked to be an awkward lane change for the genuinely successful line with the only real plus being that storywise we’d be getting characters to give unseen areas of the story a bit more […]

Among the Living

The dead walk among us. While the practice has been occurring since the late 80′s with the Jetsons, the idea of reanimating a canceled show has become more common since the last decade. Some examples roaming the earth today are Family Guy and Futurama. There are more on the way as well, like the return […]

A Review of "Book It!" with Mary Lynn Wissner

The popular view of voice acting is doing voices for cartoons, especially among the would-be voice over actors frequenting a site like Toonzone. However, the truth is that most voice actors’ bread-and-butter work is in promotions and advertising, even for the bigger, recognizable cartoon voice over names. We may know Corey Burton as the voice […]

What is Animation?

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group responsible for the eponymous Academy Awards) decided that the technique of motion capture will no longer be considered to be “animation”. So, what does this mean for any animated Oscar hopefuls? According to AMPAS, the new definition for “animation” is something that consists of […]

The Incredible Disappearing Animation Channel

In 1992, millionaire media mogul Ted Turner decided to put his massive animation library to use and he created a revolutionary new cartoon network. He imaginatively titled it Cartoon Network, and later ran off to one of his four ranches in Montana to retire. The cable channel would be dedicated to showing animation 24/7. Over […]

Anime Expo 2010: Days 3 and 4

ANIME EXPO – DAY 3 VIZ INDUSTRY PANEL  Representatives of VIZ Media gave away prizes and presented their upcoming titles to attendees.  VIZ showed a preview for one of its recent anime licenses, Vampire Knight, which will get volume 2 and 3 DVD releases in September and November respectively.  The next uncut DVD boxset for Naruto Shippuden […]

Anime Expo 2010: Day 2

The Anime Expo 2010 adventure continued on Friday.  I started the day at the Geneon Universal industry panel which I recapped in another story.  Geneon is now back under the banner of Universal International Pictures.  Attendees received a fancy bag that also featured a Japanese anime preview magazine.  Now, if only I knew Japanese.  ANIME […]

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