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Toonzone Interviews Gainax Co-Founder and Anime Producer Hiroaki Inoue

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A bona fide veteran of the anime industry, Hiroaki Inoue began his career as an animator at Tezuka Productions and would ultimately go on to be a successful producer as well as a co-founder of the animation studio Gainax during the 1980s. In addition to producing Lensman, the first anime work to use 3D graphics, […]

Anime USA 2011: Every Time We Say...Good Bye.....

So we’ve reached the end of another Con year, and the closing of a book, truth be told. 6 Cons, 4 full weekends, 2 day trips…and the final departure from the Crystal City Hyatt Regency. Starting in 2012 Anime USA will be housed at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, leaving the Crystal City […]

Anime USA 2010: Ending the Convention Year on a Smooth Note

November. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, the otaku are taking over a hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. Anime USA has one again returned to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City near National Airport for a weekend of mirth, merriment and mischief. This particular hotel has a very long and storied history with anime […]

Anime USA 2009: FUNimation Announces Three New Titles

FUNimation has announced the acquisition of three new titles at the Anime USA convention. The first title announced was the first season of Full Metal Panic! The acquisition completes the Full Metal Panic collection for FUNimation, which had previously licensed Full Metal Panic!: Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid. The second title announcement […]

AnimeUSA Leaves Weatherman Feeling All Patriotic

USA! USA! USA! USA! Patriotic for Japan, but patriotism’s patriotism, right? Rising from the depths of the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Virginia, AnimeUSA brings out the best, the worst and the weirdest in the local population for three days of mirth, merriment and more than occasional bit of debauchery and bacchanalia. For anyone familiar with […]

Toon Zone Was There: Anime USA Overview

For anyone asking what Anime USA is, it’s an anime convention. To be a little more direct to the point, Anime USA is an anime convention now in its 7th year held in Northern Virginia–as of late in the Sheraton Premiere Tyson’s Corner. For a convention that started with about 75 non-staff people, Anime USA […]

Toon Zone was There: Shin Chan comes to Adult Swim

I had the pleasure of attending Virginia’s Anime USA 2006, where FUNimation voice actress Catlin Glass confirmed that Shin Chan‘s test run was indeed successful and that the series will again be airing on Adult Swim in the future.

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