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NYCC: Central Park Media Calls Otaku Unite! over VOTOMS, Negadon, and Manhwa

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
The Central Park Media crew set the tone for their panel early by handing out snacks and declaring their panel “The New York Comic-Con Panel and Nacho Party.” Run by John O’Donnell and Peter Tatara, the panel was easily the most entertaining of the panels run by the anime companies. In between a lot of […]

NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut Naruto, Full Moon, Inu Yasha & Maison Ikkoku

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
If VIZ Media has a problem in the industry, it’s that public demand is too great. This is a problem that most companies would like to have. The VIZ Media panel at the New York Comic-Con was run by Anthony Jiwa, Liza Coppola, and Gonzalo Ferreyra. The hottest news of the panel was the announcement […]

Back to the Future, Divergence Eve Style: Misaki Chronicles Vol. 2

by Classic Speedyon February 27, 2006
Divergence Eve is one of those series that I always feel gets a bum wrap. Part of it is its own fault; the cover art and promotional materials for the show make it out to be this air-headed, boob-filled fanservice fest, when in reality it’s a very serious story with very few dedicated “moments” in […]

"Ultimate Avengers" Television Premiere on Toonami (Updated: 2/27)

by William C. Mauneon February 27, 2006
Ultimate Avengers: The Movie will make its television premiere on Cartoon Network’s Toonami bloc. The animated movie features Marvel characters Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. Toon Zone News’ review of today’s DVD release of the film can be read here. [Source: Cartoon Network] Updated 2/27: The premiere has been pushed back from […]

NYCC: ADV Films Acquires Prefectural Earth Defense Force, Expands Anime Network

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
The ADV Films panel at the New York Comic-Con was run by co-founder Matt Greenfield, who went almost immediately to a question-and-answer with the audience after a very brief introduction. The highly interactive nature of the panel ensured the maximum content of interest to the attendees. Greenfield announced Prefectural Earth Defense Force, with a release […]

NYCC: Heard on the Show Floor

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
While roaming the incredibly packed show floor at the New York Comic-Con, Toon Zone News heard a few tidbits of news from a variety of sources: – Lions Gate repeated that Ultimate Avengers 2 would be coming to DVD this summer. They also promised Foodfight!, a new animated feature film coming in 2007-2008, and their […]

"The Backyardigans" Takes Viewers Abroad

by Zeddon February 26, 2006
Nick Jr. will take preschoolers on a music-filled journey across land, snow and sea in the new half-hour episode of The Backyardigans entitled “Race Around the World,” premiering Friday, March 10, at 10:30am (ET/PT). The “Race Around the World” episode will also air on Nick Jr.’s sister network NOGGIN on Friday, March 10, at 4:30pm […]

"Panda-Z" Vol. 3 & 4: So Cute!

by Dukeon February 26, 2006
There are few things in life so adorably cute and charming as a giant panda robot. It doesn’t really matter what said giant panda robot is doing, it’s cute just the same. Cuteness will override any sense of judgement a person has and compel them to buy anything. Case in point: Panda-Z Volumes 3 and […]

NYCC: CPM Announces VOTOMS, Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Negadon

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2006
The Central Park Media panel at the New York Comic-Con provided mayhem and anime news. The first volume of Armored Trooper VOTOMS was just released, bringing the classic hard sci-fi series to DVD. Otaku Unite!, a documentary film on anime fandom, will be released on March 7. In addition, CPM announced street dates for several […]

NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut "Naruto" Box, "Full Moon" DVD

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2006
At the New York Comic-Con, VIZ Media announced an uncut Naruto boxed set to be released on July 4, 2006. The set will include 13 episodes on 3 DVDs, with complete English and Japanese language soundtracks and several extras which have not been released in the U.S. or Japan. They also announced a Full Moon […]