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"Tenken: Japanese Mythology, Manga-Style"

by Jon Ton June 14, 2011
Plenty of classical myths and legends have gotten a modern reinterpretation, filtered to suit the tastes of present-day audiences. Tenken is the latest such offering from this genre. Based on the Japanese myth of Susano and Yamata-no-Orochi, which is handily summarized in text form at the beginning of the book, Tenken, from new publisher One […]

"Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom": Bleakness in Three Acts

by Jon Ton March 3, 2011
Ever got to the end of a story and wondered what the point of it all was? That’s exactly the thought I had after watching Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. That’s not to say the series is badly made, of course. But the story it tells is so utterly nihilistic that there really doesn’t seem […]

"Linebarrels of Iron Part 2 & OVA": The Ends Justify The Means?

by Jon Ton December 7, 2010
After what seems an almost-inordinate amount of time (actually a still somewhat surprising nine months), the final half of Linebarrels of Iron reaches DVD courtesy of anime power-house Funimation. Following the frivolity of the preceding beach-based episode on the first volume, this second set of episodes begins almost quite literally with a bang, as the […]

"Linebarrels of Iron Part 1": With Great Power Comes Great Irresponsibility

by Jon Ton March 11, 2010
It’s rarely a good idea to judge a serialized story by its first episode. And here comes Linebarrels of Iron, one of the best demonstrations of the wisdom of this adage I’ve seen in recent years. The series, which takes place in the year 2019, initially introduces us to the main protagonist, the lowly Kouichi […]

The "Sands of Destruction" Cover Little New Ground, But Still Entertain

by Jon Ton February 17, 2010
Sands of Destruction provides an interesting counterpoint to the countless typical action/adventure series out there. This one isn’t about a bunch of altruistic characters trying to save the world; it’s about a group that is trying to destroy it. It’s set in a world where beastmen and humans co-exist, but where the humans are effectively […]

Toonzone Presents 12-Page Preview of cereal:geek Magazine, Available via Previews

by Jon Ton January 28, 2010
Toonzone News is proud to host the following 12-page preview of cereal:geek magazine, now available for pre-order at comic book specialty shops through Diamond Comics’ January issue of Previews magazine. Launched in 2007, cereal:geek focuses on 1980’s animation, with each magazine containing interviews, behind-the-scenes artwork, and more. Click on any image below to enlarge to […]

"The Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV": Successful Science-Fiction Silliness

by Jon Ton November 12, 2009
Having been an anime fan since the days of the early 90s, I have often read about The Irresponsible Captain Tylor but never actively sought it out. I never thought it looked like a bad series, but it never looked like one suited to my tastes. Now that I’ve watched it, I find that I […]

"The Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA": Tylor Grows Up

by Jon Ton November 12, 2009
Allowing characters to actually noticeably grow and gain some emotional experience with longer-running, successful properties can be a tricky thing. If you’ve got what appears to be a successful formula, there’s the danger that in making characters change with time, they might lose what made them popular in the first place, and there are many […]

"Heroic Age Part 2": Battling Robots, Starship Fights, and A Hint Of Plot

by Jon Ton September 2, 2009
And so we come to the conclusion of Heroic Age, which wastes a lot of the drive that the preceding volume had built up. “Age” becomes an ironically apt descriptor, as whole eras seem to pass as we wait for the next round of story development to unfold between the series’ almost innumerable battles. Naturally […]

"Heroic Age Part 1" Forges Myths And Legends In Deep Space

by Jon Ton June 16, 2009
Some space opera stories, like Star Wars, have often been compared to stories of ancient legend, and Heroic Age from Xebec presents a more overt union of the two. Heroic Age is a space opera saga with distinct mythological elements, as the series’ story begins with a recounted tale of ancient beings known as the […]