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Toon Zone at Otakon: Where's Bandai? Viz?

by zmanjzon August 22, 2005
This year at Otakon, anime industry heavyweights VIZ Media and Bandai did not make an appearance. No official reason was given for the Bandai’s absence, but longtime company spokesman Jerry Chu recently left the company. VIZ Media did not attend due to a conflict with previously scheduled events. Needless to say, hundreds of convention-goers that […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: Geneon Showcases Indigo

by zmanjzon August 22, 2005
Geneon had Panels at Otakon 2005. While much of their panel was devoted to showcasing “The Indigo”, one of Otakon’s performing musical guests this year, Geneon did run their promotional video from Anime Expo 2005, which among other upcoming series included the Hellsing Ultimate Promo video. A roller coaster of character cameos, awesome shots of […]

"Midori Days" Vol. 3: A Satisfying Conclusion to a Satisfying Drama

by Dr. Daedaluson August 21, 2005
Before I begin, let me say this: Midori Days, despite what many people on the Internet claim, is not a zany comedy with gut-busting laughs every minute. Oh sure, it has some funny moments in each episode, most of them awkward and/or imaginary. And yes, it begins as more of a comedy: the general weirdness […]

"Hanaukyo Maid Team" Vol. 3 Kind of Messy

by James915on August 21, 2005
The newest maid anime in a long line of maid anime has reached its conclusion. But you wouldn’t know from watching it. In fact, the third and final disc of Hanaukyo Maid Team had me scrambling for information on when the next volume was coming out. Sadly, however, a fourth volume just isn’t in the […]

Japan's Oldest Anime Uncovered

by Zeddon August 21, 2005
A Japanese anime film believed to have been made shortly after 1900 has been uncovered in Kyoto. The film was discovered in a Kyoto home and later handed to Natsuki Matsumoto, an expert on iconography at the Osaka University of Arts. Both he and animation historian Nobuyuki Tsugata of the same school believe that the […]

"Daphne in the Brilliant Blue": No Real Need to "Getaway" This Time

by Chad Boninon August 19, 2005
Maia Mizuki’s the star of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, right? If that’s true, she’s had remarkably few breakout scenes in the series, outside of the premiere and two or so spotlight episodes. Either way, I’ve been decidedly more interested in the tanned beauty Gloria, intrigued by the nerdy techie Shizuka, wowed by the martial […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

by Ed Liuon August 18, 2005
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

"Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" DVDs Scheduled for Spring 2006 Release

by Ed Liuon August 17, 2005
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are scheduled for a Spring 2006 release on DVD, according to a trailer on Disney’s website for the Studio Ghibli DVD collection.

"Stroker and Hoop" Needs Puppets, And More Talking Car

by Dukeon August 17, 2005
I remember when the first promos for the pilot episode of Stroker & Hoop aired. Since the actual animation wasn’t finished yet, the guys and gals at Williams Street decided to make some early promos using paper puppets to simulate the actual plots. Now the actual show has arrived with its actual animation, and it’s […]

"The Place Promised in Our Early Days": A Modern Animated Classic

by Karl Olsonon August 15, 2005
Toon Zone is reviewing some of the films screened at this year’s Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is in competition in the feature film category. This is a review of the US DVD version. Makoto Shinkai, prior to The Place Promised in Our Early Days, was best […]