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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 […]

Anime Expo 2010: Day 1

ANIME EXPO 2010 The largest anime convention of the year, Anime Expo, hit the Los Angeles Convention Center for the July Fourth weekend.  I was live in attendance, so here is what went down on Thursday, day one of the convention.  The day stated off well with a trivia contest at the Gundam 31st Anniversary […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

To mark the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender live-action movie, the staff of Toonzone News came together to name their picks for a “Best. Episode. Ever!” dedicated to the original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series. The rest of this article assumes you’re already seen the show, and contains spoilers. Loads of […]

Revisiting Childhood: "Scamper the Penguin"

Once in a while, it’s nice to revisit shows and movies you watched as a young child, if nothing else to see what easily entertained you back then.  For me, one of these movies from my early childhood was Scamper the Penguin, a 1988 animated film released in North America under the Feature Films For Families […]

Cool Stuff: Your Choice!

This short is a creation of Japanese director Koji Yamamura, an independent filmmaker who most notably received an Oscar nomination for his animated short Mt. Head in 2003. As the message at the beginning announces, the inspiration for the film came from an unusual source; it was “…the result of a series of children’s animation […]

Cool Stuff: Fester Fish

What would happen if you took some 1930′s cartoon conventions, Tex Avery-style sight gags and married it with total debauchery? Your result would be Aaron Long’s Fester Fish. In the short, Fester’s Nephew, Fester is annoyed that babysitting his nephew conflicts with the hot date he has lined up.  According to Aaron, Fester was modeled after […]

Cool Stuff: Grendizer Returns

A creation of Go Nagai and a cousin of sorts to the famous Mazinger Z, UFO Robot Grendizer was one of many super robot cartoons produced in Japan during the 1970s. The story followed the adventures of Prince Duke Fleed, who flees to Earth with the titular robot after an invasion of his home planet […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - Amazing Zorro

Japanese animation commonly adapts domestic creations, such as its horde of manga. However, as we have previously observed with Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics, it has also been willing and able to adapt ideas from all over the world. Another such example is the famous swashbuckling hero Zorro, who received one of his many adaptations in […]

Cool Stuff: Azureus Rising

Azureus Rising is a slick sci-fi short from Black Sun Entertainment. It was created as proof of concept test for a feature film trilogy. The story arc of which will follow, Azureus, who becomes a freedom fighter after escaping death and experiencing a life-altering journey. This short is an action sequence. In it, the hero […]

Publish (Online) or Perish: The Bullet Manga and Comics Have To Bite (Or Else.)

Recently, an alliance of Japanese and American manga publishers announced a crackdown on various manga scanlation sites. This news itself comes hot on the heels of some shocking revelations about said piracy sites. First off, some of them are so popular as to place in the top 1000 googled sites on the internet. Even more […]

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