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New Japanese Tours Target Anime Fans

An article in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper notes the rise of anime-related tourism in Japan. Many local governments, including that for the Tokyo metropolitan area, are giving anime top billing in their tourism promotion efforts, and a growing number of travel package tours offer overseas visitors behind-the-scenes tours at anime studios and trips to anime […]

Two New Anime Series Come to YTV

YTV has announced plans for two new anime series — .hack//Sign premieres during Bionix, YTV’s Friday night action/anime block, on Friday, April 1, at 10:30pm; Battle B’Daman joins the network’s Saturday morning Vortex block starting Saturday, April 23, at 7:30am and 2:30pm. Additionally, YTV will host the Canadian television premiere of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across […]

"Stellvia Foundation III" - The Better The Show Gets, The Sparser The Extras Are

Stellvia Volume 2 ended with Shima Katase (a.k.a. Shipon) a bit upbeat but a bit defeated as well. On one hand, she’s led her school to victory on the Astroball court and she’s the only first year student at Stellvia who will participate in The Great Mission to protect the Earth from a wave of […]

Make My May: Actress Erin Fitzgerald Talks to Toon Zone

Voice actress Erin Fitzgerald is probably best known to today’s TV viewers from her work on Ed, Edd n Eddy, but she’s had a busy and varied career lending voices to many other characters and projects. She recently was kind enough to talk to Toon Zone about her career, her talents, her recent turn “doing […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Cast Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted the English-language cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The cast includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Blythe Danner. In reporting the news, Nausicaa.net also states that the movie will open in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on June 10 and expand to 60 other cities one week later.

ADV Lays Off Staff in Manga and Anime Divisions

A report in Publishers Weekly states that ADV has laid off as many as 40 employees, with perhaps 25 coming from the manga side of the company. The company confirmed the layoffs without stating specific figures, and claimed market saturation and more discerning customers leading to new challenges in selling their product.

"Gravion Zwei Volume 1": Return to the "Eye Of The Storm"

Soldiers of the Gran Knighthood, combine once again! After a period of peace, the Zeravire have returned to invade the planet. But the pilots of the Gran-Divas won’t be the only ones to form a giant robot. The Earth Federation Government has now initiated the G-Soldier Squadron program to find pilots for man-made mechs officially […]

Fred Patten Hospitalized by Stroke

Pioneering manga and anime enthusiast Fred Patten has been hospitalized by a stroke, according to a report in Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Patten co-founded the first anime fan club in 1977 and has written articles about anime and manga for more than 20 years.

"Samurai X: Reflection Director's Cut" Back To The Cutting Room... Please!

A wandering samurai, Kenshin Himura, uses his reverse blade sword to defend those wronged, atoning for the sins he committed as “Battousai the Manslayer.” With a wife and child, the desire to make things right is too strong; Kenshin leaves home to ensure a better future for others. As Kenshin and Kaoru’s health begins to […]

"Samurai X": Trust That This Disc Won't Betray You

Most of the people reading this have seen the television series Rurouni Kenshin on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block sometime in the past two years. The series was about a wandering swordsman, atoning for his past. Once known as the Hitokiri Battousai, Kenshin Himura has vowed not to kill in order to allow himself peace after […]

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