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 […]

"Gargoyles" Comic Planned for 2006

Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman says the upcoming comic, based on said characters, from Slave Labor Graphics will launch sometime between January and June 2006. He plans to reveal more information once a date is specifically nailed down.

Oscar Nominee Joins "X3"

Superhero Hype! reports that Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo will be playing the role of geneticist Dr. Kavita Rao, who comes up with a serum called Hope that would “cure” mutants of their mutations, in X3.

"Midori Days" Vol. 3: A Satisfying Conclusion to a Satisfying Drama

Before I begin, let me say this: Midori Days, despite what many people on the Internet claim, is not a zany comedy with gut-busting laughs every minute. Oh sure, it has some funny moments in each episode, most of them awkward and/or imaginary. And yes, it begins as more of a comedy: the general weirdness […]

"Hanaukyo Maid Team" Vol. 3 Kind of Messy

The newest maid anime in a long line of maid anime has reached its conclusion. But you wouldn’t know from watching it. In fact, the third and final disc of Hanaukyo Maid Team had me scrambling for information on when the next volume was coming out. Sadly, however, a fourth volume just isn’t in the […]

Japan's Oldest Anime Uncovered

A Japanese anime film believed to have been made shortly after 1900 has been uncovered in Kyoto. The film was discovered in a Kyoto home and later handed to Natsuki Matsumoto, an expert on iconography at the Osaka University of Arts. Both he and animation historian Nobuyuki Tsugata of the same school believe that the […]

"Hanuman" Gets Theatrical Release in India

Sahara-Percept is set to make a major theatrical push for Silvertoons’ 2D animated feature Hanuman, AWN reports, citing Animation ‘Xpress. Directed by VG Samant and based on the famed character from Indian culture, the story follows Hanuman’s antics as a child as he grows up, gaining superpowers and becoming a mighty warrior.

Peter Urie Joins TV-Loonland

Peter Urie has been appointed chief corporate development officer at TV-Loonland, World Screen reports. Urie will take responsibility for strategic business development and sourcing potential acquisitions to help grow the company’s portfolio. He will also serve as managing director at Metrodome, overseeing and managing their video and theatrical distribution business.

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