"Kakurenbo": Freakily Satisfying

by Dukeon October 6, 2005
When Toon Zone covered the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, one of the short films highlighted was a piece by Shuhei Morita entitled Kakurenbo. After winning a bunch of awards, Central Park Media has brought this little piece over to our shores, but was it worth it? There is an old folk tale that […]

Omar Dogan Talks "Robotech: Preview to the Shadow Chronicles"

by Ed Liuon October 5, 2005
Artist Omar Dogan has spoken to’s PULSE News about his work on the Robotech: Preview to the Shadow Chronicles mini-series. Issue #1 of the bi-weekly mini-series is in comic book stores now, and the series will tie in to the upcoming anime.

Zixx Level Two: This "Pet Project" Recalls Unpleasant Ewoks

by Chad Boninon October 5, 2005
Lately on Zixx: Level Two, Zixx, Riley, Meghan, and Dwayne, along with the permanentally digital Flanngo, have been defending The Keep from aliens, most recently Mark O. Things get a little creepy in this week’s episode, “Pet Project,” as the world turns all Children Of The Corn with a freakish little girl. Can the heroes […]

"Melody of Oblivion" Vol. 2: Still Slow, Still Confusing, Still Intriguing

by Karl Olsonon October 5, 2005
Last time on Melody of Oblivion, our hero Bocca was in the middle of getting to the bottom of some mysteries related to the evil Monster Union and their relationship to a seaside village kept in a spooky eternal night by a constant mist which keeps the tourism business booming. He’d worked out that the […]

"Jubei-chan 2" Vol. 2 Continues Being Awesome

by Dukeon October 3, 2005
It’s amazing that Jubei-chan never made it to television. It features cool swordfights, fun characters, cute girls, entertaining stories, and no blood whatsoever. True, it doesn’t have bright colors, but most of the content is suitable for Toonami, and that block has aired tons of short series in its history. Well, Jubei-chan‘s excellence is not […]

"Baki the Grappler" Vol. 2: In a World Without Steroid Tests…

by Dukeon October 2, 2005
There aren’t too many super-muscled beat-’em-up anime nowadays. Fans had Fist of the North Star and that was about it, almost everything else that came over to the States wasn’t worth the time. Well, FUNimation’s aiming to take down Fist using the most muscular 13-year-old ever seen. After going through some grueling training the past […]

FUNimation Announces FUNimation Channel

by Ed Liuon September 30, 2005
A press release states that Navarre’s FUNimation Entertainment is launching the FUNimation channel, another 24-hour digital cable channel dedicated to anime. The channel will be distributed via OlympuSAT and should be available now to video service providers nationwide.

"Godannar" Vol. 1 – Engage and Destroy: Old School Robot Action Go!

by Chris Woodon September 29, 2005
Postmodernism has become very popular in the entertainment industry over the last decade or so. The anime series Daiguard successfully brought this approach to the giant robot genre, re-imagining the pilots as ordinary corporate drones and increasing realism. Godannar does the exact opposite, unapologetically embracing old school giant robot action in all its cheesy glory. […]

"Zixx Level Two": "Now You See Him." Just Not in the States

by Chad Boninon September 28, 2005
Zixx Phunkee Zee, Flanngo, and a host of humans from suburbia have, if you’ve been watching the show up in moose country or reading the reviews here on Toon Zone, been defending the planet from an alien threat. Their battleground is not just their streets, but The Keep, a digital world accessible by portals. But […]

"Gunslinger Girl" Vol. 3: When Everything Works

by Karl Olsonon September 28, 2005
Prefacing this review would be like trying to cover the aurora borealis with a dark lens: it just wouldn’t help. So I’ll get right to it: Gunslinger Girl Vol. 3 is fantastic. This is what series that try to have a more ambient, less keyed-up pace should strive for. It’s what voice actors should dream […]