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Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Anime That Made It To U.S. TV

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Through all the ups and downs, the 2000’s have been a remarkable decade of opportunity for dedicated fans of Japanese animation. The success of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block was soon followed by other programming that featured anime. For a time, the former TechTV hosted its own Anime […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces New February Titles Including "Kurokami"

Kurokami, a Sunrise-animated fantasy series which debuted early this year, makes its region 1 debut in both DVD and Blu-ray forms. Both will be released on 2/9/10; however, the DVD and Blu-ray releases have different contents. The DVD version runs 150 minutes and is priced at $29.98, while the Blu-ray version only runs 100 minutes, […]

Media Blasters Licenses "Great Guardians" and "Queen's Blade"

Today, John Sirabella of Media Blasters announced they have the rights to Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians, the third series in the ecchi martial arts anime series, as well as Queen’s Blade, a similarly ecchi fantasy series based off a combat picture book game. Both series are set to include an English dub, and both Queen’s […]

Media Blasters Announces New February Titles Including "Dairugger"

The 1982 mecha anime series Dairugger, which is in the same family as Voltron, makes its R1 DVD debut on 2/23/10 with its first collection, which runs 450 minutes. It’s priced at $34.99 and is sub only. In addition, the following DVDs are expected in February: * Gao-Gai-Gar Season 1 Collection (Litebox): 2/9/10 – 625 […]

"When They Cry: The Complete Series": Absolutely Heart-Stopping Horror

A lot of anime try to be scary; and a lot try to do multiple short multi-episode arcs; and a lot try to fuse genres. Some of them even try all those at once. When They Cry is one of the few that succeeds. The story begins in the tiny town of Hinamizawa, deep in […]

Media Blasters Announces New January '10 Titles Including "Ikki Tousen DD" Vol. 2

Media Blasters has provided release dates for the following animated titles: * Blade of the Immortal vol. 3: 1/26/10 – 100 min. – $24.99 * Genshiken 2 vol. 3 w/artbox: 1/19/10 – 100 min. – $34.99 * Huntik vol. 3: 1/12/10 – 175 min. – $16.99 * Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny vol. 2: 1/26/10 – […]

NYAF2009: Toon Zone Interviews "Soul Eater"'s Laura Bailey & Travis Willingham

With dozens of titles between them, Laura Bailey and Travis Willingham are clearly battle-scarred veterans of the anime voice acting scene. Both kicked off their careers with parts in Dragon Ball Z, and have gone on to give voice to many of the most popular characters in anime today, with Bailey providing the voice for […]

Out for the Count: "Gankutsuou" Triumphant!

I always find it fascinating when a piece of art endures longer than its author intended. Conan Doyle never considered his Sherlock Holmes stories masterpieces. It was work for a periodical that took on a life of its own, so much so that when he tried to kill the detective off he was forced to […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces "Hayate the Combat Butler" Part 4

The sole new Bandai DVD solicitation for January 2010 is Hayate the Combat Butler Part 4, which is slated for 1/5/10, runs 175 minutes and is priced at $39.98. Additionally, the following titles are delayed to the new dates below: * Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Part 2: 11/17/09 * Hayate the Combat […]

"Shonen Onmyouji" Vols. 5 & 6: The Absolute End

… It’s done, right? Having spent the first set of episodes on a completely different subject, Shonen Onmyouji in its concluding episodes sends its heroes lurching their way through yet more poorly animated stories that only feebly make ancient Japanese history and mysticism interesting. I don’t mean to imply that Japanese history and mysticism are […]

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