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Review: In “King of Thorn,” Even the Apocalypse Wants to Be Green

by Weathermanon November 21, 2012
What would you do if the world was coming to an end and you were given a way out? Or you thought you had a way out? King of Thorn tosses you straight into that world. Yes, apocalyptic-themed sci-fi is all the rage these days, but King of Thorn isn’t just another “2012” blow ’em […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

by Christopher Glennonon November 12, 2012
Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]

“Dragon Ball Kai” Receives New Episodes for International Broadcast

by Jacob T. Paschalon November 7, 2012
Veteran voice actress Mayumi Tanaka revealed via her blog that she and her fellow co-stars were recording new Dragon Ball Kai episodes for international release, with no plans for release or broadcast of these episodes in Japan at this time. Dragon Ball Kai ended broadcast March 27, 2011 amid the 2011 Touhoku earthquake and tsunami, […]
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Review: “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt” DVD Box Set: Subversively Sardonic But Egregious In English

by Karl Olsonon October 24, 2012
The last decade of anime has been dominated by one trend above all others. Moe. I could spend some lines describing what exactly that means, but I think this is easier: Moe is the opposite of character like Fujiko Mine from Lupin The 3rd and Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Instead of a strong, adult […]

NYCC 2012: Sunrise Anime Panel Report

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2012
On Friday afternoon, a gathering of talent from Sunrise Animation Studios gathered at New York Comic Con to give anime fans a sample of current and upcoming projects. In attendance were Masayuki Ozaki, director of Sunrise; Akane Hagino, manager of the international sales department; Kazuhiko Tamura, producer of Tiger and Bunny; Dai Otsuka, who does […]

NYCC 2012: Aniplex of America Panel Report

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2012
The Aniplex panel at New York Comic Con 2012 was hosted by E.J. Rivera, who gave a quick rundown of Aniplex’s recent and upcoming offerings. Blue Exorcist is available in full on DVD now in a subtitled version only, though a dubbed version is exclusively available on VIZ Media’s Neon Alley streaming channel. Bryce Papenbrook, […]

Review: “Gasaraki” Still Holds Up Over A Decade Later

by Karl Olsonon October 11, 2012
I’ve said before on toonzone that I think that 1998 may be Sunrise animation’s finest single year. Whether it was it was the pair of wild west space adventures in Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star, or the unusually good ren-ai game adaptation in Sentimental Journey, Sunrise was simply on fire. Part of that amazing run […]

Production I.G. Running Kickstarter Campaign for “Kick-Heart” Animated Short

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison October 8, 2012
The Japanese animation studio Production I.G. has launched a project on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter for a 10-minute short film titled Kick-Heart. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Kaiba, Kemonozume, The Tatami Galaxy), the short and its Kickstarter initiative are intended as an “experiment” to pioneer a new way of supporting “artistically driven […]

PR: Section 23 Films Announces December 2012 Slate

by Ed Liuon September 13, 2012
SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES DECEMBER SLATE NINJA SCROLL Available on December 4th HOUSTON, September 12, 2012 – Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its December slate of releases; including the classic anime masterpiece: Ninja Scroll.  The movie that’s been called a “gateway drug to anime” will be available for the first time ever on Blu-Ray, […]

PR: Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee,” “Ninja Scroll,” and “Penguin Drum”

by Ed Liuon September 12, 2012
SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE” HOUSTON, September 10, 2012 — Sentai Filmworks’ is pleased to announce their latest acquisition: Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee.  Directed by Akira Iwanaga with character designs by Minako Shiba (Black Butler, Noir) and music by Kunihiko Ryo (Emma: A Victorian Romance, Level E). In a dark land of near-perpetual […]