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Treehouse Animation Gives "Phantom of the Opera" a Backstory

Treehouse Animation, makers of the “LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick and Clone Trooper Orchestra” animated shorts, will be publishing The Trap-Door Maker, billed as a prequel to Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Two pages of preview artwork and the cover are provided with the article.

TZ at Otakon: Central Park Media Announces "Kuromi 2," "Outlanders," & Discount DVDs

At Otakon, Central Park Media announced a number of new titles coming in 2006, including Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Outlanders, the fan-financed Munto 2, Vatoms complete collection boxset, and Otaku Unite, which includes photographs from conventions across America, including Otakon 2005. Coming in 2005 are Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek Volume 1 in October at a […]

"Gundam 08th MS Team" Gundam At Its Very Best.

The other two Gundam side stories, 0080 and 0083, were created to shed light on the One Year War and act as a bridge between the original Gundam and Zeta Gundam. But with the Universal Century now over and the alternate universes of G Gundam and Gundam Wing king, something had to be done to […]

"Gundam 0083" Fantastic Action Surrounded By Torturous Characters

Ah, the Gundam side stories. Because of their short length and cheap price, most people who like Gundam choose these to view the One Year War and the Universal Century. Unfortunately, just because it’s part of the Universal Century doesn’t automatically make it good. While 0080 was decent and 08th MS Team was excellent, 0083 […]

"Gundam 0080": War is Hell, But You Knew That Already

Ah, the Universal Century. The original and by far the longest in Gundam‘s timelines, and still the mainstay of the series. Because of the popularity of the original Gundam, three side stories (the other two are 0083 and 08th MS Team) were made to capitalize on its success and offer a new point of view […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: Guu is Good (and Coming Soon)

This year at Otakon 2005, Anime Nation announced that the long awaited series Hare Guu Volume 1 is tentatively scheduled for a December 28, 2005, release. This series, which is being dubbed by Bang Zoom, is reportedly awaiting disk replication for volume one and is in the midst of the the ADR Process for volume […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: ADV to Small Dish Owners: Let Your Voice Be Heard

ADV at Otakon 2005: Good reactions, and a time to make one’s move. This year, ADV displayed some clips from their upcoming series GODANNAR. This is a series which takes the combination of fan service and giant mecha anime to new heights. This series will be released October 4, 2005. Before that release date though, […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: Where's Bandai? Viz?

This year at Otakon, anime industry heavyweights VIZ Media and Bandai did not make an appearance. No official reason was given for the Bandai’s absence, but longtime company spokesman Jerry Chu recently left the company. VIZ Media did not attend due to a conflict with previously scheduled events. Needless to say, hundreds of convention-goers that […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: Geneon Showcases Indigo

Geneon had Panels at Otakon 2005. While much of their panel was devoted to showcasing “The Indigo”, one of Otakon’s performing musical guests this year, Geneon did run their promotional video from Anime Expo 2005, which among other upcoming series included the Hellsing Ultimate Promo video. A roller coaster of character cameos, awesome shots of […]

Unheroic Box-Office Performance for Disney's "Valiant"

The CGI British import Valiant, brought to our shores under the Disney banner, took seventh place at the weekend box office with just under $6.1 million. The low placement was far below the double digit industry expectations for the new CGI animated feature, a tale about the exploits of heroic homing pigeons during the Second […]

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