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Arthur Smith Posts an Open Letter About the State of the Anime Industry

by Weathermanon December 20, 2007
Arthur Smith, President of GDH International (the owners of GONZO Digimation), has posted an open letter to the anime fan community concerning the state of the industry. In it, he notes that sales of anime DVDs, according to the Videoscan service, have dropped over 50% from their peak time in 2005. At the same time […]

PR: Cartoon Network and Hasbro Roll Out New Series TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED

by Matt Hazudaon December 20, 2007
There’s MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE when Cartoon Network premieres a 90-minute feature presentation of Transformers Animated Special: “Transform and Roll Out”on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at 8 p.m. (ET, PT). The adventure begins when OPTIMUS PRIME and his small crew of AUTOBOTS come into possession of the ALLSPARK, a powerful Cybertronian artifact that attracts […]

Toon Zone Interviews Pamela Hayden on Being Millhouse for "The Simpsons"

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2007
At The Simpsons Movie DVD Release event in Bryant Park, New York City, Toon Zone News got the chance to sit down briefly with the funny and charming Pamela Hayden, the voice actress who provides the voice of Milhouse, Rod Flanders, Sarah Wiggum, Janey Powell, and several other supporting characters on the show. We are […]

"JL: New Frontier" Trailer at IGN

by Maxie Zeuson December 19, 2007
IGN has posted a new trailer for the upcoming DTV Justice League: The New Frontier. It can be found here. (via Toon Zone member Teo)

"Gurren Lagann" Jump Starts New Broadband Broadcasts

by Maxie Zeuson December 19, 2007
Broadcasts of Gurren Lagann will inaugurate The Anime Network’s new ad-supported broadband service (available at www.theanimenetworkonline.com) beginning today, the company says. The channel also says it plans to use the broadband service to regularly broadcast series that have not yet been released to home video in North America. Such series will be shown in Japanese […]

PR: Anime Network Launches New Broadband Service

by Maxie Zeuson December 19, 2007
New Hit Series Gurren Lagann Leads Off Lineup December 19, 2007 – Anime Network, America’s #1 Anime Channel, today announced a new broadband service to stream high-quality anime on the Internet. This new service is free to the consumer, who can expect to find over 20 full episodes of classic and brand new anime series […]

IESB.net Gets Sneak Peek at "Gatchaman"

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2007
The IESB.net website has posted a sneak peek at Gatchaman, the CGI-animated feature film coming in 2009. The article includes comments about the setting, tone, and storyline of the film from co-directors Kevin Munroe (TMNT) and Tom Tanaka. Three new still images from the movie accompany the article. The movie is based on the anime […]

Newsarama Interviews Marty Isenberg on "Transformers: Animated"

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has spoken with producer Marty Isenberg about the upcoming Transformers: Animated, which debuts as a TV movie on Cartoon Network on December 26, 2007, to launch a new series in 2008. Isenberg discusses how the series was started, plot elements and changes that were made because of the successful live-action movie, […]

Anime Network Adds Four New Series

by Maxie Zeuson December 19, 2007
Four new anime series will get a VOD television premiere in January 2008 courtesy of The Anime Network, the network announced today. Premiering on January 3 will be Studio Gonzo’s Magikano, about a seemingly ordinary middle school student and his three witch sisters. It is directed by Seiji Kishi. January 17 will bring 5 Centimeters […]

FUNimation Recalls "My Santa!" DVDs Due to Ratings Misprint

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2007
FUNimation has announced a recall of the romance/comedy anime DVD Ittsudate My Santa! due to a ratings misprint. DVDs were shipped originally with a TV-PG rating (parental guidance suggested) when they should have been rated TV-MA (mature audiences only) due to animated nudity and other content inappropriate for younger viewers. FUNimation plans to re-release of […]