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FUNimation Announces New April Titles

by Dr. Daedaluson January 23, 2007
Peach Girl makes its debut on DVD on 4/17/07, and will come in both regular ($29.98) and limited editions with artbox ($44.98). New releases on 4/3/07 include: Case Closed (Case 3, vol. 1), Kodocha (vol. 12), and Moon Phase (vol. 5). Solty Rei (vol. 3) gets a 4/17/07 release, and Speed Grapher finishes up on […]

'Le Chevalier D'Eon' Episode 1 Online

by Nobuyuki samaon January 23, 2007
As they have with other recent series such as Air Gear and Coyote Ragtime Show, ADV Films is offering as a preview the first episode, in English, of their upcoming release of Le Chevalier D’Eon, the 24-episode TV series directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and animated by Production I.G. Like the previous offerings, the streaming feed […]

Nicktoons Picks Up 'Planet Sketch' For Spring Broadcast

by Nobuyuki samaon January 23, 2007
Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation network, has ordered all 26 11-minute episodes of DECODE Entertainment’s animated series Planet Sketch for launch this spring. The series is commissioned by Canada’s Teletoon and the U.K.’s CiTV and co-produced with Aardman Animations. It is a series of shorts that features the Street Rappers, a collection of young rappers […]

FUNimation Announces "Ragnarok: The Animation"

by Dr. Daedaluson January 22, 2007
Ragnarok: The Animation, a 2004 anime based on the MMORPG, has been licensed by FUNimation. The series contains 26 episodes, and the first DVD volume is expected to hit shelves by the fall of this year. FUNimation will be announcing news every day this week at noon (CST). Stay tuned to Toon Zone News for […]

"Blackstar The Complete Series" Review: He's No Man, He's a Star

by Chris Woodon January 22, 2007
Dungeons and Dragons, Conan the Barbarian, and He-Man are arguably the only sword and sorcery properties to have notably endured beyond the genre’s brief boom in the early 1980s. Most of the many also-ran properties have been all but forgotten, regrettably including the two animated series that blazed the trail for He-Man. Ruby Spears’ excellent […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Takes Worst Director, Worst Film at Japanese Razzies

by Benon January 22, 2007
Tales from Earthsea, the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, took home the dubious Worst Director and Worst Film honors at the Japanese Bunshun Raspberry Awards. The “awards” are voted on by 32 Japanese movie critics, a group that had no particular affection for the younger Miyazaki’s work […]

"Paprika" Opens Stateside May 25, Screens at Rotterdam February

by Benon January 22, 2007
Paprika, the new film from director Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue) will open in select U.S. theaters May 25. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the film will play at the International Film Festival Rotterdam from Feb. 1-3. [via Anime News Network]

Fanboy Planet Interviews Marc Worden on Voicing "Iron Man"

by Ed Liuon January 22, 2007
The Fanboy Planet website has posted an interview with Marc Worden, the voice actor for Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming direct-to-video movie The Invincible Iron Man. Topics discussed include Worden’s history with the new Mickey Mouse Club, the creative decisions made with the Iron Man DVD, the difference between working for Disney and for […]

Marvel Produces "Teen Avengers"

by Dan Collinson January 21, 2007
AWN reports that Marvel will produce a direct-to-video film entitled Teen Avengers. According to Craig Kyle, Vice President of creative development for animation at Marvel Studios, the video will be targeted toward younger audiences. Kyle also stated that the film is not based on the Young Avengers series.

"The Invincible Iron Man": Hero of Iron, Movie of Tin

by Chris Woodon January 20, 2007
My favorite superheroes have always relied on advanced technology or physical skills rather than magic superpowers; maybe it’s just because I love elaborate weaponry. And no one does that like Iron Man. Recent comic developments notwithstanding, old shellhead has often been stuck in supporting roles over his long career, so I was thrilled that Marvel […]