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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 on 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 on 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 on 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 […]

Toon Zone Talks to Voice-Actor Kirby Morrow

by on September 26, 2005
Chances are if you’ve taken to watching cartoons within the past few years, you’ll know who Kirby Morrow is. Morrow is one of today’s most prolific voice actors, and he currently stars in Stargate Atlantis. Toon Zone News recently caught up with him to talk about his work in animation. TZN: Do you have a […]

"Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki" Vol. 1: Here Comes The Bride, All Dressed in Exposition

by on September 26, 2005
Tenchi Masaki is the luckiest teenager in Japan. After a run-in with a space pirate years ago, he became the Prince of the Juraian Empire. What’s more, he’s surrounded by various space babes who want him. Life has been quiet since he wielded the three Light Hawk Wings in a climactic battle, but things are […]

"Dragon Ball GT" Vol. 1 to 4: The Unfantastic Four

by on September 25, 2005
At the end of Dragon Ball Z, the world was again at peace. Goku was training Ubuu, the reincarnation of the evil Buu, into a young warrior on the side of good. Pan, the daughter of Gohan and Videl, was showing her strength at the World Martial Arts Tournament. All was well and right, until […]

"Dragon Ball Z" Gohan’s Trials: Huzzah! More Filler!

by on September 25, 2005
Dragon Ball Z is one of those shows which don’t really need to be explained. Everybody (well, everybody reading this) knows about this show, and all about its characters. So why review it when everyone basically knows what’s in the DVD? Because it’s cool, that’s why! After losing his robot friend in the caves, Gohan […]

"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 1: Get Wacky!

by SB20xxon September 22, 2005
The comedy anime series Excel Saga is one of my all-time favorites. It has an uncontrolled comic energy that I hadn’t previously seen in anime and has more in common with an American cartoon like Animaniacs, Looney Tunes, or The Simpsons than, say, something like Evangelion, Sailor Moon, or heck, even other anime comedies. It […]

"La Portrait de Petit Cossette": Gothic Lolita Romantic Horror Doesn’t Bore

by on September 22, 2005
You know, what with Gothic Lolita tea parties at various anime cons, Gwen Stefani openly chilling with Harajuku-district Gothic Lolitas in her music videos and manga like Godchild, Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, and Doll all getting picked up for distribution in the States, it seems like it’s a safe bet that what started as a little […]