Briefly: Catmull at SIGGRAPH; Animation at BYU

by on March 29, 2008
* Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull will be one of the featured speakers at SIGGRAPH 2008. [Business Wire] * Brigham Young University plans to revamp its animation curriculum, add faculty, and implement an animation center in its Fulton college of Engineering and Technology. [Deseret News] * Ram Mohan, who is credited with training a generation of […]

Oldest Anime Films Discovered and Restored for Screening in April 2008

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2008
Two silent anime short films from 1917 and 1918 have been found and restored by Japan’s National Museum of Modern Art. The two films are believed to be among the oldest anime films ever made, and were discovered in an antiques market in Osaka last year. The first film, Jun-ichi Kouchi’s Namakura-gatana (“An Obtuse Sword”), […]

Cartoon Network Confirms "One Piece" Will Not Return to Schedule

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2008
A representative of Cartoon Network confirmed for Toon Zone News that the anime series One Piece will not be returning to their schedule at this time. The representative stated that all their new episodes of One Piece have been aired already, and the series will not be repeated. The network will be replacing it in […]

"Welcome To The NHK: 1st Conspiracy": Welcome To An Awesome Beginning

by on March 29, 2008
In America, they’re “shut ins”. They are the people that contribute nothing to society. They exist only to take up space. They watch their cartoons, listen to the theme songs, play the video games. In Japan? They’re “hikikomori”. They lock themselves in their room or apartment. They contribute nothing to society. They sit on their […]

Media Blasters Acquires "Moribito" License (UPDATED March 28, 2008)

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2008
Anime News Network is reporting that Media Blasters has acquired the license for Seirei No Moribito (a.k.a., Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit). The acquisition is notable because the title’s North American license was originally held by Geneon Entertainment, and was left in limbo along with many other titles after Geneon shut down North American […]

Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda Announce New Film Projects

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2008
The Japanese anime studio Madhouse announced that directors Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) and Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) are at work on new feature films, according to a report on Akadot News. Kon’s new film is titled Yume-Miru Kikai (Dream Machine), and is reported to be a children’s film according to […]

Anime Gains Mindshare, If Not Money, in Overseas Markets

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2008
Two different articles in the mainstream media examine the effects of Japanese anime as a cultural export. One article in the Daily Yomiuri describes how the influence of anime and Japanese culture in general is being felt in numerous cultural centers in the United States, from the art galleries and conventions on the East Coast […]

Lebanon Reverses "Persepolis" Ban

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2008
Lebanese authorities have reversed a decision to ban the animated movie Persepolis due to a public outcry that the ban was intended to please Iranian and Shiite clerics rather than out of any sensitivity to Muslims or the Islamic faith. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi as a child […]

"Ramen Fighter Miki" Vol. 1: Fighting For Truth, Justice, and the Noodle Way!

by SB20xxon March 28, 2008
Ramen Fighter Miki is relentlessly silly, the kind of madcap comedy where anything can happen—and usually does. It’s also pretty unique: I can’t say I’ve seen any anime series solely centered around working at a noodle shop. Or, at least not one like this. Right from the start, we learn that the latest hired help, […]

Report from Anime Boston 2008

by Weathermanon March 27, 2008
Toon Zone News was able to attend three industry panels at Anime Boston 2008 for FUNimation, ADV and Bandai Entertainment. Bandai Visual USA had to cancel their panel due to their representatives being recalled to Japan. FUNimation was the first to take the stage in one of the big panel rooms with Events Manager Adam […]