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 […]

Clampett Collections Offering Marvel Animation Artwork

by on March 26, 2008
Clampett Studio Collections will begin distributing Marvel Animation art, Animation Magazine reports. The company’s offerings, which were showcased at the New York Art Expo, include pieces from Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, The Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, and other Marvel animated properties.

"Next Avengers" Trailer Now Online

by on March 26, 2008
Marvel has made the trailer available for their upcoming animated DTV, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. The feature will debut on DVD in August 2008. Marvel’s plot synopsis for the upcoming feature is, “The children of the Avengers must rise up to their parents’ legends and stop the villainous android Ultron in Marvel’s next feature […]

Manga Entertainment Lineup Available on iTunes

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2008
Starz Media announced that content from Starz and subsidiary Manga Entertainment will be available on Apple’s iTunes Store starting today. Titles available now include Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Noein, Tokko, and Tactics. Manga Entertainment joins FUNimation, Central Park Media. and Anime Works in providing anime content on iTunes. Single episodes are $1.99 […]