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"Wrath of the Ninja": New History - Now With Monsters!

by Chris Woodon October 31, 2006
In the 1990s, as anime began to demonstrate its popularity on home video American distributors started releasing whatever they could lay their hands on. Thanks to the early success of exploitation titles like Fist of the North Star, their only criteria seemed to be that there was plentiful bloodshed. With a few notable exceptions like […]

'The Invincible Iron Man' DTV Specs, Synopsis And Cover Announced

by Stuon October 31, 2006
Toon Zone News has learned that Lions Gate/Marvel will release The Invincible Iron Man directly to DVD on January 23rd, 2007. The Invincible Iron Man is the third of eight planned Direct To DVD features from the Marvel/Lions Gate partnership. Lions Gate has also provided Toon Zone News with the film’s synopsis and DVD specs. […]

J. Torres Talks "Ninja Scroll" Comics

by Ed Liuon October 30, 2006
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has interviewed writer J. Torres about his adaptation of the Ninja Scroll anime into a comic for DC/Wildstorm. The interview covers how he landed the job to write Ninja Scroll, where it fits in between the movie and the TV series, and how he approaches writing his many different licensed property comics […]

NY Times on "Hellboy: Sword of Storms"

by Ed Liuon October 30, 2006
The New York Times has published a brief article about Hellboy: Sword of Storms, the direct-to-video animated movie based on the comic book by Mike Mignola (registration required). The article contains comments by actor Ron Perlman on what it’s like to be Hellboy and from creator Mike Mignola on the success of the property and […]

Darwyn Cooke's "The Spirit" #1 Preview

by Ed Liuon October 30, 2006
DC Comics has released a three-page preview of The Spirit #1 by Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond, Catwoman) and J. Bone, currently scheduled for release on December 20, 2006. The comic is based on Will Eisner’s iconic Spirit comic strip and character about a police detective who operates incognito after his own supposed murder. DC also […]

Season One of "Loonatics" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson October 29, 2006
TVshowsondvd.com reports that Season 1 of Loonatics: Unleashed will be on DVD on March 13, 2007. The toon is about the descendants of Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Tasmanian Devil. But a meteor crashed to Earth in the 27th Century and gave them superpowers. Season 1 is a 2 disc […]

Press Release: VIZ Media Signs Latin America Rep for Zatch Bell! and Naruto

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VIZ MEDIA SIGNS NEW REPRESENTATIVE IN LATIN AMERICA FOR ZATCH BELL! AND NARUTO San Francisco, CA, October 26, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has selected Licensing & Promotions Latin America as its new representative for ZATCH […]

Press Release: Newtype USA November Issue Details

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2006
World exclusive Guyver cover in November Newtype USA Plus, North American debut of new manga insert And: Free DVD with three full episodes! HOUSTON, October 26, 2006—Newtype USA, the leading anime magazine in North America, has a special surprise for collectors and casual fans alike—a world exclusive cover on Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor, the hottest […]

Press Release: VIZ Grants Great Eastern Entertainment, Inc License for "Bleach"

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 27, 2006 VIZ MEDIA’S LICENSING NEWS FLASH!!! THE “SCOOP”: VIZ MEDIA LICENSES RECENTLY GRANTED THE “PROPERTY”: BLEACH BLEACH, based on the best selling manga series from VIZ Media with over 1.4 million copies in print in North America, is now seen on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. BLEACH is the […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The "Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 1 Collection

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2006
Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]