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Otakon 2014: FUNimation Announces "Hellsing Ultimate 9 & 10" and more

FUNimation at Otakon 2014

At Otakon 2014, FUNimation made numerous licensing announcements, both for new and re-licensed properties, as well as cast announcements and a number of home video releases. The biggest new license announcement was the final two episodes, 9 and 10, of Hellsing Ultimate. They also announced the full rights for Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA. […]

Otakon 2014: Thoughts on Friday

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Well, so far so good this year. The weather is pretty decent if a touch humid, the con funk is minimal, and I think the registration line is finally gone, but I could be wrong about that. Apparently there were folks in line until after midnight Thursday who were told that they couldn’t get their […]

CON TV To Launch With Zombies

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CON TV – the new digital network from Wizard World designed to provide programming for fans of various Comic Con-like conventions around the country – will be launching later this year with “Fight of the Living Dead” where a smattering of YouTube stars see if they can navigate the first 24 hours of a post-zombie […]

Review: "Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (UK Edition)": Puts All Its Eggs In One Basket

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It’s become something of a pocket tradition since 2012 for me to review each successive film in the Mardock Scramble animated trilogy. I went into the series absolutely blind and found something that while fairly dark was also oddly engrossing. Of course with this being the third consecutive summer, it means we’re now at the […]

Smith Micro Debuts Animation Apps For Unity Game Devs

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Smith Micro Software has announced new versions of its Poser and Anime Studio software designed to help Unity game developers create and integrate 2D and 3D content directly into their projects. New Poser Pro Game Dev allows content developers to quickly transform high resolution Poser 3D characters into efficient assets suitable for real-time gaming while […]

It’s Official – Studio Ghibli Feature Films On Hiatus

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As expected, Studio Ghibli made the announcement that they will be putting their feature film producing on temporary hiatus while concentrating on “restructuring and rebuilding” the famed animation studio. The high cost of the animation production process combined with the Studio Ghibli’s tradition of relying on its own workforce rather than sub-contracting studio work has […]

SDCC2014: Tales of Hearts R Preview (PS Vita)

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Toonzone had some hands-on time with Tales of Hearts R for the PS Vita at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC2014). The game was originally released as Tales of Hearts in Japan for the Nintendo DS back in 2008. It was remade for the PS Vita in Japan last year and is finally making its way stateside. […]

Soul ReViver Revived As Feature Film

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Japanese manga series “Soul ReViver” will be getting a full English-language, live-action feature film treatment. The manga series created two years ago by Tohru Fujisawa and Manabu Akishige follows “soul revivers” Jin and Clara as they navigate between the worlds of the living and dead to bring back souls whose missions were not completed while […]

Dragon Ball Z Live-Action Trailer

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Funimation employed the services of low-budget comedy skitsters Mega64 [Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield] to perform a live-action version of the upcoming animated “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods” due to hit theaters August 5, 2014 and the results are below and somebody skipped Level Nine…

"Patema Inverted" Opens August 29, 2014, at IFC Center in NYC

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PATEMA INVERTED OPENS August 29, 2014 AT THE FOLLOWING THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY: IFC CENTER 323 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10014 Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of […]

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