Curious about what goes on at an anime convention? Ever wondered why people wear costumes to these events? Where can I find one that’s nearest to me? It’s my first time, what do I need to bring? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the all about anime conventions and the convention checklist articles.
A quick look at Vancouver
Perhaps you know the story behind Vancouver’s founding. How about the salty snack that ran for the mayor’s office? Or the only time that one of the city’s early hockey teams won the Stanley Cup? Read all about them and more in the Quick Facts of Vancouver.
The long awaited Blue Exorcist The Movie is hitting select theatres in the United States this August. For one Saturday only, catch Rin and Yukio Okumura as they defend their school and the world from Satan’s forces on the big screen. The movie will be dubbed in English.
Every eleven years, True Cross Academy celebrates a festival with the town that encompasses the school. While everyone is setting up for the carnival, the barriers protecting the town and school are being repaired at the same time. A ghost train seizes the opportunity to cause havoc and in turn, brothers Rin and Yukio Okumura are ordered to investigate, but find a demon posing as a young boy. Joining the Okumura twins is Cheng-Long Liu, an exorcist from Taiwan, but the mission begins to change for those involved.
Blue Exorcist The Movie was originally released on December 28th, 2012 in Japan.
When Nintendo shared images from the Wii U re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, we only got to see a brief glimpse of what was in store. Now that E3 is here, Nintendo produced a nearly two-minute trailer giving us a greater view of the enhanced game. Gone are the days of mindlessly sailing between islands — you can now speed across the water by holding the A button. While the graphics look nice, it seems they should have left the bloom in the water (algae bloom, okay, that was terrible) and not in the sky which gives the outdoor scenes a pale haze.
Aside from that, improvements include:
Re-done graphics at 1080p for those with HD televisions.
Better inventory management and maps with the Wii U GamePad.
The “Tingle Bottle” lets players connect through Miiverse to share comments and screen shots that will appear on friends’ shores akin to a message in a bottle.
The Pictograph Box can hold more pictures which can be shared through the player’s Miiverse.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD can be played on the Wii U GamePad if someone else is using the television.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is expected for release sometime in October 2013.
Celebrating ten years of anime conventions in Vancouver, Anime Evolution is returning for its first three-day weekend event. Last year saw the convention only for Saturday and Sunday in early November back at Simon Fraser University.
This year, Anime Evolution is back with an all-star guest line up. Voice actors including Bryce Papenbrook (Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist and Durarara), Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra), Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto, Code Geass and Tiger & Bunny), Tara Platt (Naruto, Tiger & Bunny and Fate/Stay Night), Jād Saxton (Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Ghost Hunt and Baccano!) and Lee Tockar (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Beast Wars and X-Men). Of course, there’s also Yaya Han, an acclaimed costume designer and everybody’s favourite parody group, Team Fourstar.
Anime Evolution runs the Canada Day long weekend from Friday, June 28th until Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at the University of British Columbia’s Student Union Building and Student Recreation Centre. Online registration has ended, but passes can be purchased onsite during the weekend.
Nintendo has revealed the title of the latest Nintendo 3DS adventure: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. As part of the E3 festivities this week, the latest incarnation in the Legend of Zelda series serves as a follow-up to the Super NES favourite The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
With all new game play and abilities, Link must traverse the vast world of Hyrule that remains infested with hostile creatures. The visuals released so far bring a mix of the 16-bit classic with some of the newer games — Link’s Hylian Shield, for example, takes its design from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, where as his drawing form is reminiscent of the historical artwork in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
No official date of release has been made available.
During this morning’s Nintendo Direct, the Japanese gaming giant announced the release of the next Super Smash Bros. game for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles.
Game director Masahiro Sakurai of Sora, LTD began the demonstration with the Nintendo 3DS version. To help distinguish the characters more easily, their colours and outlines are adjusted to make them more visible on the smaller screen. On the Wii U version, the characters will be in greater detail and have fluid movements with effects to show their speed and attacks.
Stages will vary based on the console used to play the game: the Wii U version will utilize levels from television-based consoles, whereas the Nintendo 3DS version will highlight levels from hand-held consoles.
Returning characters include Mario, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu and Pit. Three newcomers were also unveiled: Villager from Animal Crossing, Wii Fit Trainer and, most excitingly of all, Mega Man. Don’t expect the all of the attacks to be regurgitated from previous Super Smash Bros.: new moves and items keep the game exciting and fresh. Mega Man has some pretty awesome features if you watch the video below.
The gamers over at Kotaku have discovered that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be released sometime in 2014.
HMCS Vancouver docked at Canada Place for Canada Day
This Monday, July 1st, don your best red and white apparel to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday! Many locations around Metro Vancouver are hosting parties in honour of our nation, and below are a handful of confirmed events. Come out and join your fellow Canadians for a slice of cake, live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and fireworks!
It’s official — Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4, and in a surprising move, to the recently announced Xbox One console.
A brief trailer advertised at Sony’s E3 press conference shows the spikey-haired hero Sora on both the Destiny Islands and in Twilight Town versus a storm of Heartless wielding a different themed keyblade that isn’t the traditional Kingdom Key. The upgraded graphics in the video gives Sora a more refined look while utilizing some cel-shaded effects to preserve some of the animated qualities form the series. The menus and health icons retain their positions on the bottom corners of the screen and with the same data in the previous two games (Goofy and Donald included). As this is only intended to whet our appetites, expect many more changes to come before the final release.
No release date for Kingdom Hearts 3 was made available at press time.
This August holds a special celebration for one of Vancouver’s most admired and well-visited attractions: the 125th birthday of Stanley Park. A gleaming emerald in the crown of the city, this urban forest offers a great opportunity to experience nature and a break from our daily lives.
Even though the park was officially opened on September 27th, 1888, the weekend of August 24th–25th, 2013 will be filled with a number of events suitable for all ages, including:
Outdoor concerts, sports, food concessions and beer garden at Second Beach
Children’s entertainment, Coast Salish art, interactive ecological workshops and tours at Lumberman’s Arch
Historical tours, Shakespeare recitals and performances at the Rose Gardens
Rugby and cricket games and tutorials and Coast Salish Slahal games at Brockton Oval
Open house at the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Discovery on Deadman’s Island
Musical performances at Lost Lagoon
Considering that a summer weekend will draw extra visitors, it might be best to leave the car at home and either take transit or walk along the seawall and avoid the hassle of parking.
For further details on events be sure to follow Stanley Park 125 on Twitter and Facebook.
These adorable little figures are fun-sized interpretations of their larger counterparts. Nendoroids are molded in the super-deformed chibi-style: overly large heads and tiny extremities. The Japanese Good Smile Company has released an extensive line of nendoroids: Hatsune Miku, Sword Art Online, Death Note, Black Rock Shooter, even Sonic the Hedgehog and even the Avengers. I picked up the Vocaloid Len Kagamine at Sakura-Con just a month-and-a-half prior.
Len Kagamine, along with his twin sister Rin, is part of Miku Hatsune’s extended family in the Vocaloid world. Vocaloids are vocal synthesizer software made by Crypton Future Media that has blossomed in popularity over the past few years with their visual representations. I need to invest in Rin now since I don’t want Len to feel all left out.
What’s really neat about nendoroids is that they’re not static — each figure comes with additional faces with varying expressions, accessories and limbs. With Len, he comes with his keytar, three different faces (mouth open, embarrassed, smiling and blank), and bent knees and arms. This way, you can have a unique pose for each day of the week. Speaking of those poses, the figure comes with a clear plastic stand and flexible arm for maximum mobility.
While most nendoroids are limited in production, they can sell out really quickly. Most nendoroids range in price between ¥3,000 JPY and ¥4,000 JPY ($31.00 CAD and $41.00 CAD respectively) according to the Good Smile Company’s web site, but can easily reach higher denominations online and at conventions. Since Len was originally released in November of 2008, I dropped $40.00 USD on him as he’s no longer in production; something I don’t regret.
There’s no better way to spend a good portion of the day than enjoying what the culinary world has to offer. The annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival brings the best of the city’s restaurants and mixes them in with a generous portion of merchants, distributors, bakers, farmers from throughout the province and our neighbours abroad. It’s really neat that aside from tasting fare you may never had a chance before, but to learn about where it comes from and the people behind the growing and processing of what is put forth on our plates. Read the rest of this article…
For the Naruto fan, Hot Topic is now selling the Shippuden version of the blond ninja’s jacket. Ripple Junction, manufacturer of tees based on anime, cartoons and movies, has faithfully… Read the rest of this article…
Most anime series have loads of merchandise featuring images of the main characters or logos and replicas of items used in those series. There’s a lot of apparel from some… Read the rest of this article…