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Review: "Aria the Scarlet Ammo" is a .22 Caliber Series in a .45 Caliber World

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I don’t follow anime terribly closely, but is there some sub-genre dedicated to stories about gaggles of girls that range from dingbats to the thoroughly disagreeable, all of whom are determined to fling themselves vehemently at a lead boy character with little to no personality? I thought the patronizing idiocy of Freezing was a one-off, […]

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 […]

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: "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: FUNimation Announces "Wolf Children" Anime Film, "Toriko" English Dub

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At its industry panel Sunday afternoon, FUNimation Entertainment announced that it had recently closed a deal to release the 2012 anime film Wolf Children in 2013. Director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) conceived the story and wrote the screenplay along with Satoko Okudera. Wolf Children tells the story of a […]

Review: "Cat Planet Cuties" Scratches Playfully

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They’re coming to visit us! The Catians are Earth’s first contact with an alien species, and they look a lot like us. Except for the cat ears. And cat tails. And apparently predominantly females that can go into heat. They’ve fallen into the lap of Kio Kakazu, a guy who just likes to make films […]

Review: In "Fractale," Sometimes the Little Victories Are the Sweetest

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Some adventures are grand, sweeping affairs featuring hundreds of characters in massive worlds full of daring escapes, massive armies and all the other fun stuff: See Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc. etc. etc.  Others are more intimate adventures where a few people achieve a personal triumph on a much smaller scale: more Niea_7 […]

Review: "Heaven's Lost Property Forte" Flies Back For A Second Flight

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Another angeloid has appeared! Brandishing a sword and blonde locks, Astraea has it out for Tomoki. She could kill him in an instant, if she actually knew how to do so. She’s an idiot, and quickly joins Ikaros and Nymph as an ally of the heroes. It’s a good thing she does, as the new […]

AnimeExpo2012: FUNimation Panel Report

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FUNimation representatives Amanda Nanawa, Adam Sheehan, Justin Rojas, Adam Zehner and their new manager of conventions, Sarah Sullivan, took the stage for their company while FUNi’s Lance Heiskell hung back and filmed the whole event. “Event” seems like a good word as FUNi had so much to say their wasn’t any time for Q&A. Every […]

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