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Review: "Freezing" == "Pokémon" + Blood + Breasts - Humor

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Toonzone News recently received two copies of Freezing: a DVD-release and a Blu-ray copy. Maxie Zeus and Ed Liu watched each. Here, in classic Siskel-and-Ebert style, are their thoughts on this recent FUNimation release: Maxie Zeus: Let’s get the obvious pun out of the way: Freezing is a series to make the blood run cold. […]

Review: "One Piece" DVD Collection No. 8: Cloud Nine

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The serial sea-faring adventures of Captain Luffy and friends continue in One Piece Collection No. 8. Picking up from where Collection No. 7 left off, Luffy continues his heated battle with the God of Skypiea, Eneru. Eneru, having deemed the people of Skypiea unworthy, has set out to use his ‘Ark Maxim’ to amplify his […]

PR: GKIDS in Deal for "Grave of the Fireflies," Screening in Ghibli Retrospective; 25th Anniversary Release Planned for 2013

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GKIDS IN DEAL FOR GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES 1988 STUDIO GHIBLI MASTERPIECE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ISAO TAKAHATA FILM TO APPEAR IN NYC STUDIO GHIBLI RETROSPECTIVE AT IFC CENTER 25th ANNIVERSARY RELEASE PLANNED FOR 2013 NEW 35MM AND DIGITAL PRINTS New York, New York – November 20, 2012 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation […]

Review: "Strike Witches 2": More of the Same

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Hype is a funny thing.  Ever since Strike Witches debuted, all I heard from some anime fans was how it was nothing but creepy loli bait and an example of everything wrong with modern anime.  A big portion of the criticism was that the girls don’t wear pants or skirts, instead having a formal military […]

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

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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

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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

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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, […]

Review: "Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt" DVD Box Set: Subversively Sardonic But Egregious In English

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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

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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

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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, […]

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