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Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2014: Shinichiro Watanabe Interview

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On the closing Sunday of MCM London Comic Con October 2014, Toonzone was given the chance to pose some questions to legendary anime director Shinichiro Watanabe. TOONZONE NEWS: In the past year you’ve directed both Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance, two shows with vastly different tones. What do you look for when considering involvement […]

PR: Anime ace Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con

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MCM LONDON COMIC CON – EXCEL LONDON – 24-26 OCTOBER   Anime ace Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con   Top anime director Shinichiro Watanabe will be the Anime Guest of Honour at October’s MCM London Comic Con, show organisers have announced. Famed as the director of  critically-acclaimed series such as Cowboy […]

Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con May 2014: Anime UK Industry Panel

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A few hours after the Aniplex panel, the collective representatives of the UK anime industry took to the stage- Jeremy Graves of Manga Entertainment, Andrew Partridge of Anime Limited, Yosuke Kodaka of Aniplex US and Ross Liversidge of MVM. MVM announced a slate of forthcoming titles- Garden of Sinners in October, Kokoro Connect, Blast of […]

Otakon 2013: Press Conference and Public Q&A With Director Shinichiro Watanabe

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Few figures in the anime industry today can boast of a career as rich as that of Shinichiro Watanabe. A successful screenwriter, music producer and director, Watanabe got his first big directing break co-directing the admired OVA series Macross Plus with Shoji Kawamori before going on to direct the eclectic landmark titles Cowboy Bebop and […]

Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

Hit with emotional content! Below, we’ve selected our picks for the Top 5 Animated Martial Arts Fights. Our main standard for judgment was that these fights had to work as both “Animation” and “Martial Arts.” It wasn’t enough for a bout to be well-choreographed and well-animated if it could have been done as well or […]

Best Anime Import of 2009: "Samurai Champloo"

This week, Toon Zone News looks back at 2009 by reposting our reviews of what we felt was the best that the year had to offer. We begin with our staff pick for the Best Anime Import of 2009, meaning the best anime series to receive a “Complete” DVD set release during the year. The […]

"Samurai Champloo": Can't Stop the Beat

Samurai Champloo is the esteemed “spiritual successor” to Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe’s first show. It is in every way worthy of this title. It’s rare to find a show so perfectly crafted: magnificently choreographed fight scenes, detailed to an almost ridiculous extreme; character designs that are neither hard to recognize nor overly flashy; superbly realized […]

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