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"Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" DVD: An Object Lesson in Editing

NOTE: Spoilers ahead. The release of Marvel Animation’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol. 1 on DVD provides an interesting object lesson on how editing decisions can greatly alter a film or TV show’s final production. When the show premiered on TV back in October, Marvel released extremely short 5-minute “micro-episodes” to introduce the cast members […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks Cowboy Bebop

Today Toonzone’s “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature returns to discuss Cowboy Bebop, a show that has undoubtedly been one of the best-loved Japanese animated series in North America since it began airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in 2001. What this “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature does is simple; we get some of the TZ staff […]

Spring 2011 Anime Preview

As a new crop of Japanese animation hits the airwaves this spring, Nick Hobbs and I are back again to comment on our best hopes for anime between now and the start of Summer. Some are already simulcasted or likely to be, some are possibly-unlikely licenses that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Have a look, enjoy […]

Introversion in Anime and Comics

Today, Japanese animation and American television don’t really mix. The former is hardly gone from the airwaves, of course. Disney XD has Naruto Shippuden. Nicktoons runs Dragon Ball Z Kai, as does 4Kids’ “Toonzai” block on The CW along with Sonic X and Yu-Gi-Oh–well, until now perhaps.The Hub has got Deltora Quest running next to […]

Katsucon 2011: Premiere Impressions

The weekend of Katsucon 2011, FUNimation Entertainment screened English-dubbed premieres for multiple titles well in advance of their releases on home video. I was there for the film Eden of the East: King of Eden and the TV series Hero Tales and RideBack. King of Eden is the first of two movies continuing the story […]

Reading Room: Superman

While American newspaper comic strips were published in collected form since the middle of the 19th century, the true launch of the American comic book industry is generally accepted to begin with the launch of its first and arguably most famous original character: Superman. Introduced in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman was a smash […]

Fall 2010 Anime Preview

Autumn has arrived and October is here, and that means a large new crop of Japanese animation coming out on the other side of the Pacific as many longer Spring 2010 series and shorter Summer series come to an end. Once again I am joined by Nick Hobbs (you may remember him as Lelouch!), and […]

A Review of "Book It!" with Mary Lynn Wissner

The popular view of voice acting is doing voices for cartoons, especially among the would-be voice over actors frequenting a site like Toonzone. However, the truth is that most voice actors’ bread-and-butter work is in promotions and advertising, even for the bigger, recognizable cartoon voice over names. We may know Corey Burton as the voice […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

To mark the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender live-action movie, the staff of Toonzone News came together to name their picks for a “Best. Episode. Ever!” dedicated to the original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series. The rest of this article assumes you’re already seen the show, and contains spoilers. Loads of […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing - Part 2

Today, we continue our overview of some quality Geneon anime currently in limbo that, with any luck, might be picked up for distribution in the coming weeks and months. Read on and give voice to your own opinions! 5. Space Pirate Captain Herlock – The Endless Odyssey: Outside Legend Before this oddly-titled OVA series came […]

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