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 […]

Bandai Buys "Rocket Girls"

by on March 27, 2008
Bandai Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the anime series Rocket Girls, the company announced yesterday. The twelve-episode comedy adventure series is about a high school girl who starts by searching for her father on Solomon Island and winds up as an astronaut. The story is by Rika Nakase, whose past credits include Bleach […]

Briefly: More Anime on iTunes; Honors for Cartoon One; Studio Wants Old Pilot

by on March 27, 2008
* Episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Noein, Tokko, and Tactics are now available for purchase through the iTunes Store. [AWN] * Cartoons on the Bay will present Italy’s Cartoon One animation studio with the Pulcinella Award. [The Hollywood Reporter] * Israel’s Highlander Productions is soliciting pilot episodes of unproduced animated series […]

PR: Mo Willems Headlines Kids Day at NY Comic Con

by on March 27, 2008
Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2008 – New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced that Mo Willems will appear as a Guest of Honor at its 2008 event which takes place April 18 – 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Mr. Willems, a celebrated artist, creator, script-writer and author, has written Emmy-Award winning scripts for […]

"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" Space Ghost, Are You a Leprechaun?

by on March 27, 2008
“Would you feel better if I jabbed you in the eye?” If the above line made you laugh out loud, go out and buy Space Ghost Coast to Coast: The 1998 Episodes right now and just skip this review. If your reaction was instead “Uh, what? That was just stupid,” then maybe Space Ghost isn’t […]