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Review: “Akira” Blu-ray – The Masterwork Back in High Definition

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2013
The history of Akira on home video turns out to encapsulate the history of anime on home video in the United States as well. The success of the film in Japan led to the first VHS releases in the early 1990’s, in both dubbed and subtitled versions as well as in full-frame and letterboxed releases. […]
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“Adventure Time” Season 3 Coming to Blu-ray and DVD

by Todd DuBoison November 15, 2013
Warner Home video has reportedly scheduled the release of the third season of Cartoon Network’s award-winning comedy Adventure Time on home video. “Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season” will be released on February 25th, 2014 on both Blu-ray and DVD for $32.07 and $26.95 MSRP respectively, following the example of prior releases for the first […]

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Review: “Hellsing Ultimate” is Truly Ultimate

by Chad Boninon November 15, 2013
Lurking in the dark of night are fiends that would love to suck the very blood from your veins: vampires! Rising out of the past in an effort to bring upon their glorious future: nazis! The one warrior who can save Queen and Country from such unending foes: Alucard, and the Hellsing Organization! Hellsing Ultimate […]
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The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Internet” Recap

by on November 14, 2013
When Gumball accidentally uploads an embarrassing video of himself onto the internet, he becomes the laughing stock of the world. If he ever wants to live a normal life, he’ll have to find a way to get it removed. Gumball has always had incredible scope. The nature of its world allows it to do many […]

Toonzone Interviews Gainax Co-Founder and Anime Producer Hiroaki Inoue

by Todd DuBoison November 14, 2013
A bona fide veteran of the anime industry, Hiroaki Inoue began his career as an animator at Tezuka Productions and would ultimately go on to be a successful producer as well as a co-founder of the animation studio Gainax during the 1980s. In addition to producing Lensman, the first anime work to use 3D graphics, […]

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ComicsAlliance Interviews Kevin Shinick on “MAD” 100th Episode

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
On the eve of its 100th episode, ComicsAlliance has interviewed Kevin Shinick, creator and producer of Warner Bros. Animation’s MAD animated series, which brings the famed parody magazine to life in a “mini animation film festival” weekly on Cartoon Network. Among other topics, Shinick discusses how he landed the gig on the show, his goals […]
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Voice Talent for “Maya the Bee Movie” Announced at AFM

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, and Noah Taylor have been announced as voice talent for the Australian-German co-production Maya the Bee Movie at the America Film Market 2013 conference. The movie will be the first 3D animated kids feature for Australian studio Flying Bark, and will be based on the Maya […]

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NY Times on the Uncertain Reception for Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises”

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
The New York Times has looked at the potential trouble spots in the US release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises, based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter. While right-wing elements in Japan have criticized the film for being too pacifistic, the concern is that the […]
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Wall Street Journal on Hollywood vs. Vancouver Over China’s Animation Market

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
The Wall Street Journal‘s China weblog has noted recent efforts to promote Vancouver-based animation studios for content partnerships with Chinese companies, with Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson touring the country last week with digital animation executives in tow touting lower production costs and tax incentives vs. Hollywood animation studios. Hollywood has spent significant money and resources […]