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Study on Cartoon-Watching Reveals Positive Impact on Bonding and Overall Well-Being

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A national survey commissioned by classic cartoon network TELETOON Retro and conducted by market research firm, The Strategic Counsel, shows that Canadians view cartoon-watching as a positive experience that facilitates family bonding, fosters well-being and builds memories between kids and parents. These findings counter the common misconception that television is mostly used as babysitting tool […]

Review: "Berserk: The Golden Age Movie I – The Egg of the King (UK Edition)": Hail to the King

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The problem with animated adaptations of serialised manga is that the creators are attempting to adapt a series that may be years away from its conclusion. This isn’t a problem if you’re pretty much guaranteed to get enough episodes to cover everything, as is practically a rule with Shonen Jump adaptations, but it can cause […]

Mixed Messages: Of Legos & Ponies

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In the twilight of 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic began to get the attention of older, male viewers. While many were skeptical of the show at the time, those viewers would go on to set the foundations for what the fandom – the bronies – would become. No matter what people thought about […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Dirty Pair: Project Eden" (1986)

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The opening credits sequence to the Dirty Pair: Project Eden OVA movie are a tantalizing blend of sex, technology, and spy thrillers, along with some bracingly bizarre images and segues. It reminds me of the best Maurice Binder opening sequences to the James Bond movies, using powerfully evocative imagery to create a distinctive artistic statement […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"

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Perhaps the greatest success of the still-young TV network The Hub is its hit children’s show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. If nothing else there is little question it has been one of its standout hits. Wholesome as it is fun, since its inception the program has been winning over not only young girls […]

The Vortexx of Saturday Mornings

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Saturday morning cartoons (and certain live-action programs like Beakman’s World and Power Rangers), once a childhood staple, are getting closer and closer to irrelevance. Some blame this on cable and its offerings of programs once exclusive to Saturday mornings. Others blame stringent FCC regulations that make it difficult to make money out of Saturday morning […]

Movie-Based Animated Programs: Hope For The Future?

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I have long been a proponent of movie-based animated programs. Perhaps I am unusual in that regard, but if I like a movie, I would like to see as much of its world as possible. Sure, it might not be as excellently portrayed on a TV budget, but at least you get to see its […]

Otakon 2012: In the End It Really Does Matter

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At last, we come to it, the end. Another Otakon gone by, another summer convention season drawing to a close. Not that Otakon closes slowly by any means. There was still a packed full dealer’s..well, room isn’t really appropriate. It’s more of a packed dealer’s hall that happens to be larger than a couple of […]

Otakon 2012: Saturday Night's Alright for Conning

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So it was less of a meltdown by Saturday and more a mass of swirling people, costumes, and odors. Seriously folks: deodorant, showers and fresh clothing are your friends. Compared to Friday it was cooler, but we’re not talking a massive cooldown here. More of “well, it’s not almost 100…..*flump*”. Thankfully it was possible to […]

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland Video Game Review (PS3)

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is a sequel to Atelier Roronoa: The Alchemist of Arland and the predecessor to Atelier Meruru: The Apparentice of Arland, which is due for release from NIS America in Q1 or Q2 2012. Newcomers need not be wary though, as I found this game to be enjoyable on its […]

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