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"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Three New Fourth Generation Pokémon Revealed

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Last month, Nintendo revealed a new Pokémon, Manaphy, who is a legendary in the upcoming Pokémon Diamond/Pearl video games for the Nintendo DS, and the star of the 9th Pokémon movie, Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy. When Manaphy was revealed, three other Pokémon were shadowed out, promised to be revealed later […]

CN Announces New Shows, Renewals at Upfront (Updated)

At the first part of their upfront presentation in New York this morning, Cartoon Network announced their slate of new projects and acquisitions for the coming year. CN offically announced a new original series titled Squirrel Boy, created and produced by Everett Peck, creator of Duckman. In Squirrel Boy, Andy, voiced by Pamela S. Adlon, […]

"Baki the Grappler" Return of the Gore

Over the various volumes, I’ve actually grown to enjoy Baki the Grappler. However, it has now moved to a tournament-style plotline, which has plagued many, many shonen anime over the years. Baki has been training for two years to become stronger than his father and has entered the Underground Fighting Circuit. One year after his […]

NY Artexpo Animation Pavilion at Javits This Weekend

An item in the New York Times Arts section notes the gathering of animation industry luminaries at this weekend’s Artexpo (registration required). Artexpo’s Animation Pavilion will host artists Bill Melendez (Peanuts) and Dick Duerrstein (Looney Tunes). Other events include the unveiling of a Dr. Seuss statue, an auction by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity […]

NYCC: Central Park Media Calls Otaku Unite! over VOTOMS, Negadon, and Manhwa

The Central Park Media crew set the tone for their panel early by handing out snacks and declaring their panel “The New York Comic-Con Panel and Nacho Party.” Run by John O’Donnell and Peter Tatara, the panel was easily the most entertaining of the panels run by the anime companies. In between a lot of […]

NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut Naruto, Full Moon, Inu Yasha & Maison Ikkoku

If VIZ Media has a problem in the industry, it’s that public demand is too great. This is a problem that most companies would like to have. The VIZ Media panel at the New York Comic-Con was run by Anthony Jiwa, Liza Coppola, and Gonzalo Ferreyra. The hottest news of the panel was the announcement […]

NYCC: ADV Films Acquires Prefectural Earth Defense Force, Expands Anime Network

The ADV Films panel at the New York Comic-Con was run by co-founder Matt Greenfield, who went almost immediately to a question-and-answer with the audience after a very brief introduction. The highly interactive nature of the panel ensured the maximum content of interest to the attendees. Greenfield announced Prefectural Earth Defense Force, with a release […]

SpongeBob Soaks Up Record Ratings

The half-hour special episode of SpongeBob SquarePants entitled “Lost In Time” marked the highest-rated program on all TV with kids 2-11 for the year behind the Super Bowl, as well as the highest-rated play on all of Nickelodeon since 2001. PR Newswire has more.

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