Popping Out for "Popotan": DVD Shrugs Off Its Hentai Roots

by Jameson December 11, 2007
Quests. Difficult things really; they have a start, a middle and an end. For Popotan, the story has arguably one, maybe two of these elements as three sisters partake a quest to find fulfillment—I think. What is it with anime characters and facial tics? I had the fortunate luxury of going into this DVD box […]

Funimation Voice Actor Randy Tallman Has Passed Away

by Weathermanon December 11, 2007
Voice actress Caitlin Glass reported on the forums on Sunday night that fellow character voice Randy Tallman had passed away on November 20. He was 67. He had roles in about 24 Funimation productions. Among his credits were Ryuuhei in Moon Phase, Fei Wong Reed in Tsubasa: RESIVoir CHRoNiCLE, and Booker Kudo in Case […]

Toon Zone News Covers the New York Anime Festival 2007 (UPDATED Dec 10, 2007)

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2007
Toon Zone News got to attend the first annual New York Anime Festival, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from December 7 – 9, 2007. Run by Reed Exhibitions, the same organization that manages the New York Comic Con, the New York Anime Festival promises a wealth of information, merchandise, and exclusive first looks […]

NYAF 2007: State of the Anime Industry Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2007
On Sunday afternoon, the New York Anime Festival was host to a cross-company “State of the Anime Industry” panel. Hosted by Chris Macdonald, editor-in-chief of Anime News Network, the participants included Adam Sheehan of FUNimation, Ken Iyadomi of Bandai Entertainment, Satoshi Kanuma of Kadokawa Pictures USA, Chris Oarr of ADV Films; John O’Donnell of Central […]

"The Penguins of Madagascar" Series Coming to Nick in Early 2009

by Classic Speedyon December 10, 2007
The Penguins of Madagascar, a tentatively titled series based on the 2005 Dreamworks Animation’s CG film Madagascar, is coming to Nickelodeon in early 2009. The studio will be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, CA. Its executive producers are Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible, Hercules), and features the voices of Danny […]

"Haré+Guu": The Rumble (and Bumble, and Stumble) in the Jungle

by Dukeon December 10, 2007
You know, we haven’t really had that many anime comedies lately that aren’t harem/fanservice-laden, and even fewer that take place in the wild arena known as the jungle. Well, the wackiness of the jungle comes home in Haré+Guu. Ten-year-old Haré led a simple life. He got up, cooked breakfast, did laundry, cleaned the house, went […]

NYAF 2007: Central Park Media Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2007
One of the last panels at the New York Anime Festival was for Central Park Media, anime and manga publishers for over 18 years. The panel was hosted by the affable John O’Donnell, managing director and co-founder of CPM. He began the panel first by handing out red plastic CPM bags, saying he would be […]

NYAF 2007: Bandai Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2007
The Bandai Entertainment panel at the New York Anime Festival was hosted by Robert Place Napton and Ken Iyadomi, and kicked off quickly with information about the much-anticipated Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. After a brief preview, Iyadomi stated that it will be coming soon in 2008, and will be broadcast on Adult Swim. […]

NYAF 2007: ADV Films Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 9, 2007
The ADV Films panel at the New York Anime Festival was packed with trailers and news about newly released DVDs and upcoming titles and projects coming in 2008. The panel was hosted by Chris Oarr (sales and marketing) and Mike Bailiff (senior vice-president of sales and marketing), the latter of whom was also revealed as […]

NYAF 2007: FUNimation Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 9, 2007
FUNimation’s Brand Manager Adam Sheehan ran the FUNimation panel at the New York Anime Festival 2007 to fill in fans on the company’s new releases and upcoming events for 2008. We got into the panel a few minutes late, when Sheehan was already discussing the success of FUNimation on iTunes. Sheehan said that iTunes sales […]