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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: "Robotech" Panel Report

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Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever hosted the Robotech Panel at New York Comic Con 2012, giving a quick rundown of the state of the Robotech universe before opening up the bulk of the panel to audience Q&A (and giving away a pretty hefty pile of Robotech swag to people asking questions). He quickly breezed through the […]

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, […]

Review: "Gasaraki" Still Holds Up Over A Decade Later

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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 […]

PR: English Language Voice Cast Announced for "From Up on Poppy Hill"; Nominated for 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Award

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GKIDS, KENNEDY/MARSHALL AND STUDIO GHIBLI ANNOUNCE THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR “FROM UP ON POPPY HILL” CAST INCLUDES: GILLIAN ANDERSON SARAH BOLGER BEAU BRIDGES JAMIE LEE CURTIS BRUCE DERN JEFF DUNHAM ISABELLE FUHRMAN CHRISTINA HENDRICKS RON HOWARD CHRIS NOTH EMILY OSMENT AUBREY PLAZA CHARLIE SAXTON ALEX WOLFF ANTON YELCHIN #1 GROSSING JAPANESE FILM OF 2011 […]

PR: Platform International Animation Festival Honors Katsuhiro Otomo with Lifetime Achievement Award

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PLATFORM INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL HONORS KATSUHIRO OTOMO WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The October 27th event is the first public U.S. appearance of Otomo since 1990 Los Angeles, CA — PLATFORM, the internationally acclaimed animation festival, will present renowned Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, October 27th at 9:30pm. The evening […]

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

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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 […]

Review: "Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror" Reflects Real Emotion

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Oblivion Island: Haruka and The Magic Mirror, is an exciting, colorful fantasy adventure. But it’s also a movie that will resonate strongly with anyone who has ever unexpectedly or tragically lost a loved one. There’s a special kind of guilt that comes along with that kind of loss. It’s the guilt of forgetting. No matter […]

Review: "The Squid Girl" (UK Edition): Squids In

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In the middle of summer, a Japanese beach café is intruded upon by a visitor from the sea. Calling herself Squid Girl, the pintsized invader announces her intent to conquer the surface world for the damage mankind has caused to the oceans. Luckily for humanity, the would be overlord is none too bright, and it […]

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