PR: Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment Launches Aria the Animation Website

by Ed Liuon September 30, 2008
RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Launches Official Site for ARIA The ANIMATION at aria.rightstuf.comCelebrates release of ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection GRIMES, IA, September 30, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to celebrate the September 30 release of the ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection with the launch of […]

"Gundam SEED Destiny TV Movie I"- Shattered World, Shattered Expectations?

by Grant Whiteon September 30, 2008
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is probably one of the most controversial anime series of the last few years. A sequel to the popular Gundam SEED, the series was plagued by a variety of behind the scenes dramas that led to its being used as a prime example of what happens when a series with […]

Toon Zone Goes to New York Anime Festival 2008 (UPDATED Sept 30, 2008 with Pictures)

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The New York Anime Festival is underway in New York City at the Jacob K. Javtis Convention Center, and Toon Zone News is on the scene. Below are links to all of our convention coverage. Keep watching this article for further updates, including more panel reports, news items from the show floor, and a link […]

NYAF2008: Digging into Anime’s American Success with "Japanamerica"

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The “Japanamerica” panel was one of the last of the 2008 New York Anime Festival on Sunday afternoon. The description said that author Roland Kelts would “share the raw experiences that were the basis for his book, Japanamerica,” but the end result stretched well beyond that. When time was up, the small but rapt audience […]

"The Mindscape of Alan Moore" Offers Many Fascinating Observations on Reality

by Jon Ton September 29, 2008
There are few comic book creators as critically acclaimed as Alan Moore. For as long as I have been collecting comics, his work has been held up as some of the finest latter-day writing the medium has ever seen. The first Moore story I read was from one of his brief forays into true mainstream […]

NYAF2008: "State of the Anime Industry" Panel Report

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The annual “State of the Anime Industry” panel was held on Sunday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival. In attendance were Ken Iyadomi, President and CEO of Bandai Entertainment; Christopher Macdonald, owner and Editor-in-Chief of Anime News Network; Kevin McKeever, Marketing Coordinator for Harmony Gold; and Adam Sheehan, Senior Events Manager for FUNimation […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" The Complete Book 3’s Flawed Triumph

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. If you already own the first two boxed sets of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, you don’t really need me to tell you that the Avatar the Last Airbender Complete Book 3 Collection is an obligatory purchase. If nothing else, you need to know how […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

NYAF2008: Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever Gets Bowled Over by "Anime in China"

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
On Saturday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, Harmony Gold’s Marketing Coordinator Kevin McKeever hosted a panel titled “Anime in China.” This turned out to be a slightly deceptive title, since the panel really focused on McKeever’s trip in May 2007 to the 3rd Annual China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) in […]

NYAF2008: Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano Talk "Vampire Hunter D"

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
In 1983, the first Vampire Hunter D novel debuted in Japan. Soon afterwards, it was adapted for anime, soon becoming one of the first exports to the United States. Its following has never abated, with new novels still coming out and the anime gaining new fans all the time. The 2008 New York Anime Festival […]