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Katsucon 2011: Premiere Impressions

by Todd DuBoison February 24, 2011
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

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2011
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

by Todd DuBoison October 1, 2010
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

by Ed Liuon July 19, 2010
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”

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2010
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

by Todd DuBoison June 8, 2010
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 […]

The New Thundercats and the Retro Revival

by Todd DuBoison June 2, 2010
Today’s unexpected news about the development of Warner Bros’ new ThunderCats cartoon for a 2011 premiere is welcome and interesting for a few reasons worth noting. First of all, I think it’s fair to say that assorted animation news in the past nine months has introduced a fad of retro revival. What young adults grew […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing – Part 1

by Todd DuBoison May 31, 2010
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 During the recent Anime North convention in Toronto, a Canadian blogger reported on twitter that FUNimation entertainment stated its intention to announce “new Geneon license rescues” at Anime Expo, which will take place July 1st through July 4th in San Francisco. Such news is good and unsurprising; a considerable portion of Geneon […]

Bratty Otaku vs. Soulja Boy: No, This Isn’t A MC Battle

by on May 31, 2010
I’m going to lead this off by saying the following: I don’t like Soulja Boy as an MC. However, he wasn’t in the wrong on this. He did what every other rapper who makes mixtapes does, just with something besides the backing music, and with something outside of the mainstream HipHop milieu. The site that […]

Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

by Ed Liuon May 11, 2010
Hit with emotional content! Below, we’ve selected our picks for the Top 5 Animated Martial Arts Fights. Our main standard for judgment was that these fights had to work as both “Animation” and “Martial Arts.” It wasn’t enough for a bout to be well-choreographed and well-animated if it could have been done as well or […]