Ah, Japan. Home of unapologetic perverts who get off on both gore and nudity. With Elfen Lied they’ve now combined two of their favorite styles. The equation is almost mathematical: Take Love Hina, subtract the humor, then add Kill Bill-levels of Tarintino-esque violence. Or you could describe it in terms of the cliches it uses: […]
Nerdcore rap artist MC Chris, best known among animation fans as the voice of Hesh on Sealab 2021 and the voice of MC Pee Pants on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, is currently concentrating on his musical career. Toon Zone had a chance to catch up with him after his performance at Mojo’s in Columbia, Missouri […]
Over the course of its Japanese run, Dragonball Z had thirteen theatrical releases. Continuity was always a problem with these: the series, running simultaneously with the movies, tried to stay relatively close to the manga, so it was hard to fit the new stories in. Instead, for the movies the producers usually just created new […]
Nearly a decade ago, Dragonball Z made its American premiere in syndication. The original dub infamously shoved 65 or so episodes into a 52-episode, syndication-ready package. The show eventually moved to Toonami, acquired a dub from FUNimation, and became the epic series we now know it today. In time, FUNi promised to go back and […]
It’s a new “case” for Case Closed. Seems that FUNimation likes to split up batches of episodes of this series into “Cases” the way they like to split up Dragonball and Yu-Yu Hakusho into “Sagas.” In those series, something changes, usually a major villain or location. The Namek Saga had the Z Warriors on Namek, […]
Sony’s all-anime channel Animax will launch in Latin America in July, World Screen reports. The channel will be distributed by HBO Latin America Group.
Tetsujin 28 (Vol.1) Monster Resurrected will be released to DVD on September 27, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $29.98; a collector’s edition with box will retail for $34.98.
ADV Films has acquired and will release to DVD Samurai Gun on August 16, the company says. The thirteen-episode series, which is based on a manga by Kazuhiro Kumagai, will get a four-volume release. Samurai Gun: Cocked and Loaded will feature the first four episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. […]
Go! Media Entertainment has announced Go! Comi, the company’s manga imprint scheduled for launch in October. Go! Comi‘s launch titles will include Cantarella by You Higuri, Her Majesty’s Dog by Mick Takeuchi, Crossroad by Mizuki Shioko, and Tenshi Ja Nai! (I’m No Angel!) by Takako Shigematsu.
In contrast to American animated films, a large percentage of anime features are adaptations of popular Japanese comic books, or manga (and they say Hollywood has run out of ideas). Such adaptations make perfect sense, of course, because they supply a powerful brand name, loyal fan base and plenty of material for possible sequels. On […]