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Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2014: Shinichiro Watanabe Interview

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On the closing Sunday of MCM London Comic Con October 2014, Toonzone was given the chance to pose some questions to legendary anime director Shinichiro Watanabe. TOONZONE NEWS: In the past year you’ve directed both Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance, two shows with vastly different tones. What do you look for when considering involvement […]

Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2014: Anime Industry Panel

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Presided over by Anime Limited’s Andrew Partridge and Manga Entertainment’s Jeremy Graves (MVM’s Tony Allen was unfortunately unable to attend the panel due to the sheer number of customers shopping at the MVM booth), the panel began with the now traditional summary of announcements for the major UK anime companies for the year ahead. MVM […]

Review: "Hal DVD/Blu-ray Combi (UK Edition)": Do Androids Dream Of Human Girlfriends?

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I first became aware of Wit Studio’s Hal last year, shortly after its Japanese premiere. Just a few months later I got a chance to talk to director Ryotaro Makihara, which only whet my curiosity about the film further. Just shy of a year later I am finally able to sample the film itself. Was […]

Review: "Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition Blu-ray (UK Edition)": Well met, fellows!

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Ah, Gurren Lagann. Arguably the jewel of the 2007 anime schedule and a show that seven years on still receives a lot of love and converts. It seemed that when the show was originally airing you couldn’t stop people from praising it. If you’re familiar with my reviews, you’ll know I often talk about the […]

Anime Limited Licenses 'Gundam Reconguista in G' For UK & Republic of Ireland

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Scottish based anime licensor Anime Limited have this evening announced they have obtained UK rights to Gundam Reconguista in G, original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino’s series for the franchise’s 35th anniversary. The announcement (which follows a similar one by Madman’s Anime Lab for Australia/New Zealand and Wakanim for France) includes simulcast and home media rights, with […]

PR: Anime ace Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con

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MCM LONDON COMIC CON – EXCEL LONDON – 24-26 OCTOBER   Anime ace Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con   Top anime director Shinichiro Watanabe will be the Anime Guest of Honour at October’s MCM London Comic Con, show organisers have announced. Famed as the director of  critically-acclaimed series such as Cowboy […]

Review: "Outlaw Star - Complete Collection (UK Edition)": Going On The Lam In Nostalgia County

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Maybe it’s just because my most coherent formative years were part of it and that most of the initial Japanese titles I sampled came from it, but I have a soft spot for 90’s anime. There just seems to be an energy in the titles from the decade that I don’t think quite transitioned into […]

Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con May 2014: Anime UK Industry Panel

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A few hours after the Aniplex panel, the collective representatives of the UK anime industry took to the stage- Jeremy Graves of Manga Entertainment, Andrew Partridge of Anime Limited, Yosuke Kodaka of Aniplex US and Ross Liversidge of MVM. MVM announced a slate of forthcoming titles- Garden of Sinners in October, Kokoro Connect, Blast of […]

Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con May 2014: Aniplex Panel

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Hosted by Yosuke Kodaka, Aniplex US’ Licensing Manager, the panel began with a brief video montage of popular titles that Aniplex were involved with including Kill La Kill. Stating that it was the companies first time hosting a UK panel, he asked for a show of hands to gauge awareness of the company over here […]

Review: "Patema Inverted (UK Kickstarter Project/Theatrical Release)": Makes Your Spirit Soar

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The opening moments of Patema Inverted successfully grab one’s attention and curiousity. As we watch through what appears to be a video camera and hear panicked, static-riddled cries in different languages, a city’s worth of buildings begin to rupture and float upwards into the vast sky. Instead of being a misguided attempt to turn Pixar’s […]

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