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PR: VIZ Media & Eleven Arts Announce "Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising" Theatrical Premiere in March 2014

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VIZ MEDIA AND ELEVEN ARTS ANNOUNCE THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING IN MAJOR U.S. CITIES IN MARCH Catch Japan’s Favorite Corporately Sponsored Superheroes On The Big Screen With A New Look, New Heroes, And An Intense Battle Against A New Cast Of Powerful Villains San Francisco, CA, January 31, 2014 […]

Pokémon Animation Launches on Hulu

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The Pokémon Company International and Hulu have announced that a variety of Pokémon animation will be coming to Hulu and Hulu Plus starting now. Visitors to Hulu Kids can now stream the Pokémon Origins special and five episodes of the Diamond & Pearl story arc, while subscribers to Hulu Plus can get access to the […]

Review: "Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0-You Can (Not) Redo" - The Return of Stupid Shinji

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Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo is a very difficult movie to approach.  The third of four movies in the Rebuild of Evangelion project, 3.0 drops a viewer directly into the middle of a rescue operation at the edge of the atmosphere involving everyone’s favorite unpleasant red head, Asuka Langley, and a large ship manned […]

Cross Media International Will Bring Osamu Tezuka's Cast of Characters to North America

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Astro Boy and friends have a new representative. Cross Media International, a San Franscisco-based production and management company, announced today that it entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions of Japan to develop distribution opportunities for Osamu Tezuka’s properties and characters in North America. Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga” and the “Walt Disney […]

Sakura Has Full Lupin Plates

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If you are one of the lucky residents of the town of Sakura in Japan this month, then you don’t need to be told what to get excited about, but for those not currently residing under a Japanese rock, Sakura has been awarded 3000 limited edition motorcycle license plates bearing the image of anime superstar […]

Animation Dominates Japan 2013 Box Office Charts

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that the 2013 annual box office results in Japan are dominated by animation, with 7 out of the top 10 grossing films of the year being animated, and one prominently featuring a CGI character in a live-action movie. Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) was the #1 top grossing film […]

2014 Best Animated Short Candidates: Shuhei Morita's "Possessions"

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In the run-up to the announcement of the nominees for the 2014 Best Animated Short Film, Toonzone is taking a look at some of the shortlisted candidates for the category. Out of the ten shortlisted films, three to five candidates will be nominated. Longtime Toonzone readers may recall Shuhei Morita’s name from the short film […]

PR: "Kids on the Slope" Jazz Anime Premieres on Neon Alley on January 17, 2014

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF JAZZ ANIME DRAMA KIDS ON THE SLOPE ON NEON ALLEY NEXT WEEK Launching On The 24/7 Digital Anime Channel, Series By The Acclaimed Team Behind Cowboy Bebop Follows A Group Of Young Jazz Musicians In 60s Era Japan San Francisco, CA, January 9, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ […]

Review: "Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail" Deserves to Be Followed

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Japanese Government Launches "Cool Japan" Initiative

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Anime News Network reports that the Japanese government has funded a new “Japan Channel” dedicated to exporting Japanese cultural programming internationally, including anime, dramas, music, and travel program. The initial seed money of 15.5 billion yen (approximately $14.7 million) is for subtitling and dubbing costs and publicity, as well as setting up foreign broadcasting offices […]

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