CN’s Terry Kalagian Interviewed at

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column at has interviewed Terry Kalagian, Cartoon Network VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Among the topics discussed are the ratings for CN’s various anime properties, new acquisitions (or the inability of Kalagian to say anything about them), and details behind the airing of Marvel’s new animated movies.

"Kodocha" Vol. 4: Child’s Toy for the Whole Family

by on March 8, 2006
Sana Kurata, despite only being 12, has accomplished more than most people accomplish in their entire lives. Between being the star of the popular TV series Child’s Toy, appearing in commercials, and attending school full-time, it’s amazing that she still manages to fix every personal problem of those around her. She’s tamed the class lone […]

Bandai Announces New Titles For June

by SB20xxon March 7, 2006
The re-packaging of older Bandai titles continues in the month of June, as Galaxy Angel, Mobile Fighter G-Gundam, Love Hina, and Banner of the Stars 2 get full series re-releases in the Anime Legends line. Other releases slated for June include the final volume of Cowboy Bebop Remix, a second volume of Eureka 7, more […]

"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

by on March 7, 2006
There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Animation Expert Tim Eldred on "Armored Trooper VOTOMS" (UPDATED March 6)

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Tim Eldred, animation director, anime enthusiast and VOTOMS expert, at the New York Comic-Con on February 25 and 26, 2006, with some supplemental material provided via e-mail TOON ZONE: How did you get into anime and manga professionally? TIM ELDRED: I started out doing comics. Anime played a huge […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 7: Moments of Character

by on March 5, 2006
The fallout from the Elric brothers’ trip to Laboratory 5 sets the stage for the latter half of the series, and claims the life of one of its’ most beloved characters. On a spoiler-laden, somber note, lets jump right in… The first episode on the disc proves to be both exciting and depressing. As Edward […]

Yamato USA Announces Anime Action Figures

by Zeddon March 5, 2006
Yamato USA, the North American division of the Yamato Toy Group, has announced several releases from Yamato’s Story! Image! Figure! collections: Cowboy Bebop — Spike Speigel PVC Statue; Cutie Honey — Hurricane Honey & Sister Jill PVC Statues; Please Twins Karen Onodera & Miina Miyafujii PVC Statues; and Monkey Punch Girls Collection Trading Figures. More […]

Dragonball Z "Crash Course": It’s The End Of The Run As We Know It

by on March 4, 2006
Seven years after the fight with the monster Cell, life has returned to normal. The Z Warriors have all gone their seperate ways since Goku’s death; Gohan is going to High School, Bulma and Vegeta have (relatively) settled down, and the children Trunks and Goten have been sparring. Gohan’s double life as the Great Saiyaman […]

"Baki the Grappler" Return of the Gore

by on March 3, 2006
Over the various volumes, I’ve actually grown to enjoy Baki the Grappler. However, it has now moved to a tournament-style plotline, which has plagued many, many shonen anime over the years. Baki has been training for two years to become stronger than his father and has entered the Underground Fighting Circuit. One year after his […]