Tales from Earthsea

Review: “Tales from Earthsea” – Patronizing Boredom in Fantasy Form

by Neo Yion February 5, 2015
Tales From Earthsea has an infamous shadow hanging over it, being the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki. At the height of its release, there was a nervous air as Studio Ghibli’s fans wondered if lightning can strike twice from the same family. Whether he expected it or not, there was an immense […]
The Book of Life I Love You Too Much

Review: “The Book of Life” Blu-ray is a Delightful Feast of Excess

by Ed Liuon February 4, 2015
The Book of Life is an exuberant, almost overwhelming riot of a movie that is a blast of fresh air in the increasingly crowded field of kids’ animated feature films. It delivers a carefully calibrated measure of excess, overwhelming audiences with its visual flair and energy by drawing on Mexican folk art traditions, especially those […]


Review: “Blood Lad” Blu-ray (UK Edition): An Otaku Vampire In Demon World

by Grant Whiteon February 2, 2015
Staz Charlie Blood is the progeny of a noble vampire bloodline. Although Staz is aware of the common trappings and behaviours his heritage entails, he has no interest in such things and instead uses his power to rule as the fair boss of the Eastern territory of Demon World while building up his apartment shrine […]
Justice League Throne of Atlantis

Review: “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis” – Sink or Swim?

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2015
The good news is that Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is considerably better than Justice League: War. The bad news is that this mostly reflects poorly on Justice League: War. There is a lot to like about Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which brings a new animated version of Aquaman to the “New 52” inspired […]


Review: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love” – A Madea Film For The Chirren

by 90'sCartoonManon January 28, 2015
Tyler Perry is so well known that the mere mention of his name conjures up thoughts of a 6’5 man dressed as an elderly woman.  He rose to prominence through plays about relationships, faith, and the human struggle. Naturally, Hollywood got a hold of them and made a film franchise that quickly downplayed the human […]
Batman the Brave and the Bold Menace of the Madniks!

Review: “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and the Blu-ray – Seasons 1 and 2

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2015
I’ve read a lot of reviews of Batman: The Brave and the Bold by writers (including here) who feel the need to bend over backwards explaining how they can like the show even though it’s not 100% serious in the way that Batman: The Animated Series or Beware the Batman are. I think the fact […]


Review: “Cowboy Bebop” Blu-ray Yields Big Bang for Your Buck

by Chad Boninon January 21, 2015
It’s hard to be objective about Cowboy Bebop. This is the show that helped cement action on Adult Swim years ago (and is still a mainstay even now on the new Toonami block). This is the “gateway drug” for so many fans of Japanese animation. This is the reference point for “good dubs.” This is […]

Review: Amazon’s 2015 Pilots – “Buddy: Tech Detective,” “Niko and the Sword of Light,” “Sara Solves It,” & “Stinky & Dirty Show”

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2015
Amazon Studios already shook up the television industry by taking home several Golden Globe awards at this year’s ceremony. They show no signs of slowing down, at least judging by their latest wave of pilots, available via Amazon Prime Instant Video starting today, January 15, 2015. Of the 13 new shows offered, four are animated […]


Review: “High School DxD New” – Between Heaven and Hell

by macattackon January 12, 2015
With this review, High School DxD has the dubious honor on Toonzone of being the first anime franchise that necessitated a change in reviewers from one season to the next due to its content alone. For the reasons why, please read Speedy Boris’ review of Season One. Is the 2nd season, High School DxD New, […]

Review: “Sweet Blue Flowers” Looks Nice, Does Nothing

by Chad Boninon January 9, 2015
Being a girl in high school is tough for anybody. For Fumi Manjōme, she’s got an extra issue to come to grips with. As a student at Matsuoka Girl’s High School, she faces her feelings as a lesbian. Thankfully, this trying time is balanced by a chance encounter with her old childhood friend, Akira “Achan” […]