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Otakon 2014: Interview - Sunao Katabuchi Talks His New Film, "In This Corner of the World"

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Sunao Katabuchi might be most recognizable to English-speaking anime fans as the director of the gritty Black Lagoon presently airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, but he’s also a veteran of the anime industry whose early credits include scriptwriting for Hayao Miyazaki’s Sherlock Hound TV series and the position of assistant director on Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery […]

Otakon 2014: Linda Ballantyne, Katie Griffin, and John Stocker on the 1990s "Sailor Moon" Dub

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Long before Before VIZ Media’s reacquisition of Sailor Moon and even before its arrival on DVD in the early 00s, the edited DiC / Cloverway English dub of the seminal magical girl show was making its mark and enrapturing a generation of fans in the course of a tenacious run on television. At first, a […]

Otakon 2014: Charlene Ingram, Stephanie Sheh and Robbie Daymond Discuss the "Sailor Moon" Redub

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Sailor Moon has spent years in the status most vexing for English-speaking animation fans: that of the fondly remembered classic out of print, kept unavailable by a seemingly intractable “licensing hell.” All that began to change starting in 2011 when Naoko Takeuchi’s original classic shoujo manga was reprinted and retranslated by Kodansha Comics USA. Then […]

Otakon 2014: FUNimation Announces "Hellsing Ultimate 9 & 10" and more

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At Otakon 2014, FUNimation made numerous licensing announcements, both for new and re-licensed properties, as well as cast announcements and a number of home video releases. The biggest new license announcement was the final two episodes, 9 and 10, of Hellsing Ultimate. They also announced the full rights for Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA. […]

Otakon 2014: Thoughts on Friday

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Well, so far so good this year. The weather is pretty decent if a touch humid, the con funk is minimal, and I think the registration line is finally gone, but I could be wrong about that. Apparently there were folks in line until after midnight Thursday who were told that they couldn’t get their […]

CON TV To Launch With Zombies

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CON TV – the new digital network from Wizard World designed to provide programming for fans of various Comic Con-like conventions around the country – will be launching later this year with “Fight of the Living Dead” where a smattering of YouTube stars see if they can navigate the first 24 hours of a post-zombie […]

Review: "Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (UK Edition)": Puts All Its Eggs In One Basket

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It’s become something of a pocket tradition since 2012 for me to review each successive film in the Mardock Scramble animated trilogy. I went into the series absolutely blind and found something that while fairly dark was also oddly engrossing. Of course with this being the third consecutive summer, it means we’re now at the […]

Smith Micro Debuts Animation Apps For Unity Game Devs

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Smith Micro Software has announced new versions of its Poser and Anime Studio software designed to help Unity game developers create and integrate 2D and 3D content directly into their projects. New Poser Pro Game Dev allows content developers to quickly transform high resolution Poser 3D characters into efficient assets suitable for real-time gaming while […]

It’s Official – Studio Ghibli Feature Films On Hiatus

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As expected, Studio Ghibli made the announcement that they will be putting their feature film producing on temporary hiatus while concentrating on “restructuring and rebuilding” the famed animation studio. The high cost of the animation production process combined with the Studio Ghibli’s tradition of relying on its own workforce rather than sub-contracting studio work has […]

SDCC2014: Tales of Hearts R Preview (PS Vita)

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Toonzone had some hands-on time with Tales of Hearts R for the PS Vita at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC2014). The game was originally released as Tales of Hearts in Japan for the Nintendo DS back in 2008. It was remade for the PS Vita in Japan last year and is finally making its way stateside. […]

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