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Low-Budget "New Cutey Honey" is Low-Brow Fun

In Cosplay City, monsters are running amuck. Can the power of the beautiful Cutey Honey defend the city, or will her constant outfit changes prove futile? ADV revives its New Cutey Honey release as part of the Essential Anime Collection with this two-disc set. Does Honey retain her youthful fun, or is the decade-old heroine […]

Real Magic in "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobshi" Volume 2

It’s been a while since I got to see the parallel-universe adventures of Arumi and Sasshi, two kids from Osaka who are stuck traveling through alternate dimensions, visiting worlds that would look a lot like home if it weren’t for the dinosaurs or mafia crime families littering the landscape. I was instantly attracted to the […]

ADV's "Kino's Journey" AniMini: Great Show, Weak Format

Have you ever wanted to try out an anime before buying it, but not wanted to jump into the legal grey area that is fansubs? Well, ADV’s AniMini product is supposed to be the solution to your dilemma, giving anime fans a quick, cut-rate look at an anime series without having to shell out the […]

A Profound, Gentle, Beautiful Children's Cartoon--About a "Doggy Poo"

Doggy Poo is a tender story about a tender turd left behind on a country road. The poo chats with a bird, a clump of soil, a leaf, a chicken, and a dandelion before realizing his lifelong aspiration to become fertilizer. Done laughing? Good, because underneath the admittedly bizarre premise of this Korean children’s cartoon […]

Adult Swim Busts Boundaries With "ATHF," "Sealab 2021"

Yeah, okay, I know: Praising an animated series for its dialogue is like praising a landscape painter for his musical ability. It’s not what the art form is about. So maybe it’s best just to be up front about it and assert that Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 are “cartoons” by courtesy only. […]

SuperFriends' Greatest "Challenge": Keep the Audience from Laughing

There are very few animated franchises that develop into true television dynasties. Scooby Doo is one, and its Hanna Barbera cousin SuperFriends is another. From 1973 to 1985 SuperFriends was broadcast virtually nonstop, occupying a prime Saturday morning slot for most of this run. Some competitors aside, up until the debut of Batman: The Animated […]

"Gravitation Vol.1" Shonen-ai for the Straight Guy

Ah, shonen-ai, a sub-genre of anime known best for flimsy plots geared around getting two or more pretty boys romantically involved with each other, to the extent of on-screen kissing and (if possible) off-screen relations. For the most part, this genre only appeals to the fangirl demographic that keeps Inu-Yasha on the air. However, there […]

"Spider-Man: '67" Shines In Spectacular Box Set

First airing on ABC Television in 1967, Spider-Man has gone on to become a cult favourite, best known for its cheap animation, hammy voices, and, of course, its outstanding theme song. After releasing a few episodes as bonus features on other Spider-Man related DVDs, Disney has decided to release all 52 episodes of the classic […]

Emmy-Winner, Joe Alaskey Talks 'Duck Dodgers' (

With an Emmy under his belt for his current series, Duck Dodgers, and a history of voicing some of animation’s most beloved characters, Joe Alaskey has range that is a virtual “Who’s Who” of cartoon characters. And, luckily for us, he was able to find time to grant Toon Zone an interview, giving us a […]

"Spider-Man: Doc Ock" Falls Short, But Pleases

Aiming to cash in on the release of Sony’s Spider-Man 2, Buena Vista will release its fourth Spider-Man: The Animated Series DVD on June 29. And—will coincidences never cease—the DVD just happens to hype the villain to be be featured in the live-action film. I say “hypes” rather than “features,” because, in point of fact, […]

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