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Looking Back: Chowder

This month, two cartoons will have ended their runs permanently on the Cartoon Network. Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack represent the beginning of an era to some and the end of one to others. Their relatively short lifespans have been marked by high drama, extreme office politics, and a chuckle here or there. […]

Cool Stuff: MakingOf speaks with "Despicable Me" screenwriters, Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul

MakingOf has an interview up with Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul as they discuss pitching ideas to financiers. What struck my fancy was their pitch style, which doesn’t include many visuals. Also, they sing. In the pitches. For more on their interesting approach, watch the video below.     

Otakon2010: A Decade Under the Influence

The sun is shining, the air smells like warm root beer and the fire alarms are blaring. Otakon 2010 is in the books, another one has come and gone. Ten times I have gone to the Baltimore Convention Center, and now the Baltimore Hilton Convention Center. Ten times. At this point almost everyone else who […]

Otakon2010: Press Conference For The Creators of Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW

On Sunday morning, I got to attend a press conference featuring the creators of Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW; Koji Masunari, Masashi Ishihama and Tomonori Ochikoshi. While there was quite a bit discussed such as giant robot shows, how they relax and their plans for the future, the main focus was obviously on the movie […]

Otakon2010: Of Unicorns and Gundam Unicorn

Although final days at conventions are only half days and can be less substantial than the first two days in my experience, my Sunday at Otakon 2010 was fully occupied by two satisfying events. Longtime readers may recall the tribute I paid to what I consider one of the finest Rankin-Bass productions and a marvelous […]

Otakon2010: Days 2 and 3

Otakon Day 2  Day two started out rather calm for me, mainly because there wasn’t too much going on until a bit later in the day. As far as screenings go, I didn’t really get to check out any on Friday (I watched a small clip or two, but not an entire episode). So, in […]

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 […]

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