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Sgt. Frog's Dub: A Success?

As most attentive anime fans know by now, the popular comedy anime Sgt. Frog is emerging from a long limbo outside of Japan. The series’ trials have certainly been tougher than most, with the series suffering delays similar to another currently successful former A.D. Vision title, Gurren Lagann. Sgt. Frog is finally streaming online in […]

Otakon 2009: The Wrap Up

Jellyfish…Dinosaurs…OTAKU!!!!!!!!!! The otaku have come, and it was good. Otakon 2009, bigger than ever. Better, well, depends on who you ask. Unoficially so far there were a touch over 26,000 attendees at Otakon this year. That’s about twice the full house capacity of the arena where they staged the cosplay masquerade this year. That number […]

Toon Zone Top 5 Ways "G.I. Joe" Was (and Is) Ahead of History

To commemorate the return of G.I. Joe to DVD, thanks to Hasbro and the Shout! Factory, Toon Zone presents our next Top 5 list: the top 5 ways that G.I. Joe was (or still is) ahead of history. Face front, strap on your K-pots, check your gear, stow that tongue firmly in cheek, and lock […]

The Chico Marx Effect

During his Presidential campaign, Barack Obama asked for a new, freer, and more open conversation about issues of race, saying, “I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle,” and “that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial […]

Cartoon Network Real: The Sky Is Not Falling

It is easy to see why so many people are upset over the sudden influx of live-action programming on Cartoon Network.  Once groundbreaking for airing animated content around the clock, the network appears to be forsaking its roots in a desperate attempt to catch up with its competitors.  This has sparked boundless fears that the […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 3-This is the End, Beautiful Friend the End...

Anime Boston, Day three. Sunday, traditionally the dead day of the con as half the attendees make an early break for the exit, or just have an early flight to catch. Generally speaking there aren’t too many major events going on during Convention Sunday. Anime Boston 2009 was no exception. In fact, the only events […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 2: Marching on Boston

Saturday. The big day. The one where the heavy hitters come out to play. The concerts, the costume masquerade, the hentai dubbing party. Yes, you heard me right, a panel dedicated to fan dubbing animated porn, but more on that later. Lots of fun to be had all around today and thankfully a lack of […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 1: The Times They Are A Changin'

Stepping back into the Hynes. So many memories, both good and not so good. All good so far this year, starting off with a far improved registration process that had everyone flying right through. Thank you Thursday night registration. Overall the crowd this year is good without being too overwhelming, though we shall see what […]

Toon Zone Top 5 Things I Learned in Bob Bergen's Voice-Over Class

Me in the recording booth under Bob Bergen’s watchful eye. One of the most common fantasies of animation fans is to become a voice actor. “How do I become a voice actor?” is probably the most common question asked at voice actor panels at conventions or signings. After interviewing a few different voice actors and […]

From "Gotham Knight" to Rising Sun: Discovering Anime via Gotham City

Walking into the anime section of your local video store or retailer can be a rather intimidating experience. It’s like walking into the jazz or classical section of the CD section: without a little bit of knowledge, the breadth of the selection and the many similar-sounding names can result in confusion, bewilderment, and a lot […]

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