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"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

by on March 7, 2006
There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Animation Expert Tim Eldred on "Armored Trooper VOTOMS" (UPDATED March 6)

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Tim Eldred, animation director, anime enthusiast and VOTOMS expert, at the New York Comic-Con on February 25 and 26, 2006, with some supplemental material provided via e-mail TOON ZONE: How did you get into anime and manga professionally? TIM ELDRED: I started out doing comics. Anime played a huge […]

TV Movies Form Backbone of New CN Slate, Live Action Downplayed (Updated)

by on March 5, 2006
At their upfront presentation in New York this morning, Cartoon Network announced a major new TV-movie initiative, saying 12 straight-to-TV movies were in the works, including both originals and features based on existing series. The most ambitious is a two-hour original live action-animated hybrid film called Re-Animated, created by Adam Pava and Tim Mckeon (both […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 7: Moments of Character

by on March 5, 2006
The fallout from the Elric brothers’ trip to Laboratory 5 sets the stage for the latter half of the series, and claims the life of one of its’ most beloved characters. On a spoiler-laden, somber note, lets jump right in… The first episode on the disc proves to be both exciting and depressing. As Edward […]

"Robot Chicken" Season 2 Premieres April 2

by Zeddon March 5, 2006
The second season of Robot Chicken — the animated series that parodies politics, celebrity culture, and everything else by animating customized toys and action figures — arrives on Adult Swim on Sunday, April 2, at 11:30pm (ET/PT). Season two of Robot Chicken, created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, will air weekly and will include […]

Dragonball Z "Crash Course": It’s The End Of The Run As We Know It

by on March 4, 2006
Seven years after the fight with the monster Cell, life has returned to normal. The Z Warriors have all gone their seperate ways since Goku’s death; Gohan is going to High School, Bulma and Vegeta have (relatively) settled down, and the children Trunks and Goten have been sparring. Gohan’s double life as the Great Saiyaman […]

CN Announces New Shows, Renewals at Upfront (Updated)

by on March 3, 2006
At the first part of their upfront presentation in New York this morning, Cartoon Network announced their slate of new projects and acquisitions for the coming year. CN offically announced a new original series titled Squirrel Boy, created and produced by Everett Peck, creator of Duckman. In Squirrel Boy, Andy, voiced by Pamela S. Adlon, […]

Bandai Launches "Eureka 7" Official Site

by SB20xxon March 2, 2006
Bandai launched the official English site for Eureka 7, a 2005-2006 mecha anime. Among the features on the site include story and character info, a trailer, wallpapers, and more. You can visit the site at the following address: http://eurekaseven.bandai-ent.com/. The first DVD volume of Eureka 7 streets on April 25th. (via Animeondvd.com)

May 17th: Oodles of New Madman Title Solicitations

by SB20xxon March 1, 2006
Madman Entertainment, one of the leading Australian anime distributors, is releasing a wide array of titles on May 17th. Among the many titles coming to shelves include Cowboy Bebop Remix Vol. 4, Gantz Vol. 6, Inu-Yasha Season 1, Jubei-Chan 2 Collection, Planetes Vol. 2, Ranma 1/2 Season 1, and more. The full list can be […]