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"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

by Dukeon March 7, 2006
There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Writing Workshop with Ty Templeton Beginning March 23

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Max the Mutt Animation School will be conducting a workshop on writing for comics with writer/artist Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures, Bigg Time), beginning March 23, 2006, at the school’s campus in Toronto. Enrollment is limited, and full details can be found at the Max the Mutt Animation School website.

Animation Expert Tim Eldred on "Armored Trooper VOTOMS" (UPDATED March 6)

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Tim Eldred, animation director, anime enthusiast and VOTOMS expert, at the New York Comic-Con on February 25 and 26, 2006, with some supplemental material provided via e-mail TOON ZONE: How did you get into anime and manga professionally? TIM ELDRED: I started out doing comics. Anime played a huge […]

TV Movies Form Backbone of New CN Slate, Live Action Downplayed (Updated)

by Benon March 5, 2006
At their upfront presentation in New York this morning, Cartoon Network announced a major new TV-movie initiative, saying 12 straight-to-TV movies were in the works, including both originals and features based on existing series. The most ambitious is a two-hour original live action-animated hybrid film called Re-Animated, created by Adam Pava and Tim Mckeon (both […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 7: Moments of Character

by James915on March 5, 2006
The fallout from the Elric brothers’ trip to Laboratory 5 sets the stage for the latter half of the series, and claims the life of one of its’ most beloved characters. On a spoiler-laden, somber note, lets jump right in… The first episode on the disc proves to be both exciting and depressing. As Edward […]

Yamato USA Announces Anime Action Figures

by Zeddon March 5, 2006
Yamato USA, the North American division of the Yamato Toy Group, has announced several releases from Yamato’s Story! Image! Figure! collections: Cowboy Bebop — Spike Speigel PVC Statue; Cutie Honey — Hurricane Honey & Sister Jill PVC Statues; Please Twins Karen Onodera & Miina Miyafujii PVC Statues; and Monkey Punch Girls Collection Trading Figures. More […]

Batman Featured on Boomerang

by Zeddon March 5, 2006
Boomerang, the sister station of Cartoon Network, will feature Batman as their character spotlight for March. Episodes of the animated series will air Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00pm – 4:00pm (ET). [Source: CartoonNetwork.com] (via Dan Collins)

"Minoriteam" Comes to Adult Swim Sunday, March 19

by Zeddon March 5, 2006
The new Adult Swim series Minoriteam, created by Adam de la Peña, Todd James and Peter Girardi, will debut on Sunday, March 19, at 12:00am (ET/PT). [Source: Cartoon Network]

"Robot Chicken" Season 2 Premieres April 2

by Zeddon March 5, 2006
The second season of Robot Chicken — the animated series that parodies politics, celebrity culture, and everything else by animating customized toys and action figures — arrives on Adult Swim on Sunday, April 2, at 11:30pm (ET/PT). Season two of Robot Chicken, created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, will air weekly and will include […]