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New Japanese Tours Target Anime Fans

An article in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper notes the rise of anime-related tourism in Japan. Many local governments, including that for the Tokyo metropolitan area, are giving anime top billing in their tourism promotion efforts, and a growing number of travel package tours offer overseas visitors behind-the-scenes tours at anime studios and trips to anime […]

Mark Powers on "G.I. Joe" Comic Book Franchise

ComicBookResources.com has spoken to Devil’s Due Publishing editor Mark Powers about the future of the G.I. Joe comic book franchise. Powers discusses the shakeups currently underway in the battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra, the ‘G.I. Joe Arashikage Showdown’ manga-sized graphic novel, and the upcoming G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #0 relaunch by Joe Casey and […]

ADV Announces Four Releases for April

ADV Films will release Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum:07, Wandaba Style: Idol Invasion, Hello Kitty’s Animation Theater: Far Away Lands, and Cyberteam in Akihabara: Cyber Rebirth to DVD on April 19, the company said yesterday. The DVD-only Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum:07 will include the original television versions of episodes 24, 25 and 26 along with a […]

"Venture Bros." Gets New Season; New Pilots Premiere on Adult Swim

The Venture Bros. will return to Adult Swim in early 2006 with thirteen new episodes, Cartoon Network said today. The announcement came as part of the network’s upfront presentation. In addition to The Venture Bros., Adult Swim has ordered new episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force to debut in December of 2005. New episodes of […]

Two New Anime Series Come to YTV

YTV has announced plans for two new anime series — .hack//Sign premieres during Bionix, YTV’s Friday night action/anime block, on Friday, April 1, at 10:30pm; Battle B’Daman joins the network’s Saturday morning Vortex block starting Saturday, April 23, at 7:30am and 2:30pm. Additionally, YTV will host the Canadian television premiere of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across […]

"Princess Natasha" Jumps from Online to TV & Books

An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Time Warner plans to announce a new TV cartoon and series of books based on Princess Natasha, an original animated feature available to America Online subscribers (free registration required). The 5-minute show about a princess who is also a spy will get a 20-episode run on […]

Eisner Says Iger's the Boss

A report by Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen states that Michael Eisner has effectively handed control of the Disney Corporation to Robert Iger, according to the Los Angeles Times (free registration required). Eisner is scheduled to step down as Disney’s CEO on October 1, but described himself as the “junior partner” at this point.

"Krypto" Makes Great Fun For Kids (and Grown-Ups Too)

Before I begin, let me say this: Krypto is a show for children. You’d have to be pretty wanged in the head to hold it to the same standards as its more complex animated brethren. I seriously doubt many readers on Toon Zone (or even on the Internet) will make it a point to spend […]

Animated "Rambo" Comes to DVD This Summer

TVShowsOnDVD reports that the animated 80′s Rambo series is coming to DVD on June 14 in two separate volumes, each containing 11 episodes, from Lions Gate.

Croc Bites "The Batman" in Season Two

review has learned that episode #17 of The Batman, the fourth episode of the sophomore season, is entitled “Swamped.” This new episode will bring Killer Croc into The Batman lore. A past shrouded in mystery, a new crime boss comes to Gotham City named Killer Croc. The episode will premiere this Sunday on the Canadian […]

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