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Viz Expands Home Video Offering; "Full Moon" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon February 18, 2006
VIZ Media has announced the further expansion of its Shojo Beat imprint with the launch of Shojo Beat Home Video, aimed at delivering a variety of anime series targeted at female fans in North America. The first release under Shojo Beat Home Video will be Full Moon, a bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy and […]

"Armored Trooper Votoms Stage 1": It’s Gundamn Great!

by Chris Woodon February 17, 2006
I like to think that I have seen most of the truly great anime sci-fi epics. The latest such epic is Armored Trooper Votoms (1983), a riveting, mature tale of love and war in the distant future. Well, really robots and war, but I didn’t want to lose the female readership this early. Stage 1 […]

Bandai Announces New Titles For May

by Classic Speedyon February 17, 2006
Bandai’s Anime Legends series, which sells complete series of older titles in their catalog at lower prices, is in full swing during the month of May. Among the titles getting re-released are Banner of the Stars, Betterman, Geneshaft, Mobile Fighter G-Gundam, and Saber Marionette J to X. In addition, new volumes of such series as […]

"Zatch Bell" Ending in Japan, Replaced by "Digimon Savers"

by Dukeon February 16, 2006
According to Moonphase, Konjiki no Gash Bell, known in the United States as Zatch Bell, will be airing its final episode in Japan on March 26, 2006. The series, which will end with 150 episodes total, will be replaced with Digimon Savers, the fifth season in the franchise. Oddly enough, Gash Bell originally took the […]

"Diamond Daydreams:" Nothing New, Yet Still Enjoyable

by Karl Olsonon February 16, 2006
When I heard of Diamond Daydreams‘ premise, I could have sworn I’d heard it somewhere before: a series comprised of relatively short vignettes about women searching for true love in the face of adversity, or at least that’s a good byline for it. Then I remembered where I’d heard it – Sunrise Studios’ Sentimental Journey, […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Comes to YTV

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
Fullmetal Alchemist has been picked up by YTV for broadcast in Canada. The anime series will premiere on YTV on March 3. It will air on YTV Fridays at 10:00pm, with repeat performances at 1:00am. General information about the series is available at www.fullmetalalchemist.com. [Source: FUNimation]

"Dragon Ball Z" Returns to Cartoon Network

by Zeddon February 15, 2006
Dragon Ball Z has returned to weeknight programming on Cartoon Network. The anime series has arrived in its new programming slot and will air Monday – Thursday at 10:30pm (ET). [Source: FUNimation]

"Hyper Force" Is a Barrel of Bananas!

by Bird Boyon February 13, 2006
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go! (yes, that’s quite the mouthful!) is the brainchild of Teen Titans director Ciro Neili. The show airs on the action/adventure Jetix block on Toon Disney. Monday, February 13th and 20th will show the airings of the two-part “Wormhole” and “Belly of the Beast.” Fans already know what to […]

Denver Rocked by Anime Civil War

by Chris Woodon February 12, 2006
A feud has developed between two Denver anime retailers over the legality of bootleg anime imports. Citing a corresponding loss of sales, Gimme Anime’s Roger Morse reported bootleg seller Animeniacs’ Joseph Henderson to the FBI for intellectual property theft. Local anime convention Nan Desu Kan, enforcing a strict ban on bootlegged products, has blacklisted Henderson […]

Toonzone Podcast Episode 7

by Eileen Cruzon February 11, 2006
Editor in chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, graphics editor Matthew Williams and former editor in chief Jay Allman dissect: The fusion of Pixar & Disney, and of UPN and the WB The animated Oscar nominations Tartakovsky’s Dark Crystal sequel The end of Bonus Stage? Plus, we talk about commercial machinema on the TV with […]