Interurban car 1207

A look back at the interurbans

Even though the Downtown Historic Railway is out-of-service, you can still experience the heritage interurbans online. Browse through pictures and brush-up on the routes these versatile rail cars took on their journeys through the Lower Mainland.

Anime Conventions

What is an anime convention?

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.

Welcome to Vancouver

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 Last: Naruto the Movie US date announced

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 19, 2014 • Anime
The Last: Naruto the Movie

The Last: Naruto the Movie poster.

The latest movie of the animated Naruto series is about to reach North America. Viz Media and Eleven Arts will be screening The Last: Naruto the Movie in select theatres across the United States on Friday, February 20th, 2015.

Eleven Arts announced that the movie will be shown in 20 cities across the US including New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle with the potential for more locations to be added.

The ninja world is being threatened once again, but this time by a celestial menace: the moon. With time running out, a grown-up Naruto will need to team up with his friends to stop the evil and prevent the moon from wreaking chaos on an already fragile planet.

The Last: Naruto the Movie will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles and limited quantities of a commemorative poster will be handed out to moviegoers. Advance tickets and complete location list will be made available on Eleven Arts’ web site in middle of January 2015.

A Canadian schedule was not mentioned in the press release.

Naruto volume 69

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 14, 2014 • Manga
Naruto volume 69

Naruto volume 69

Now that Obito has been crushed, attention turns to Madara who remains on the battlefield. With Team 7 partially restored, Naruto and Sasuke continue their alliance together to take down Madara. Do the two friends have enough strength and chakra left to defeat the revived Uchiha clan villain? Or will Naruto succumb to the effects of having the Nine Tails spirit removed from him?

Volume 69 of Naruto will be available for purchase on March 3rd, 2015.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2014

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 14, 2014 • In Pictures
Jolly ol' Saint Nick at Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

Jolly ol’ Saint Nick at Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

Now that the Christmas season is upon us, Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns to turn those dark December evenings into a magical display of colour and fun.

Some three million lights have been strung up by volunteers in the plaza outside of the Miniature Train and Klahowya Village. While the festive displays are free, donations are welcome and support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank  and BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. A separate admission fee is required to ride the Miniature Train.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs until January 4th, 2015. Tickets for the Miniature Train and schedules can be found on the City of Vancouver web site.

Can’t make it out? You can enjoy the photos of the lights posted on Gallery.

New Zelda Wii U teaser

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 5, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

In the midst of the 2014 Game Awards, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé introduced a short video segment hosted by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma playing the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title for Wii U.

In the video, Aonuma is leading Link up a mountain to survey the vast valley below. Using the Wii U Game Pad, Miyamoto and Aonuma discuss the immense size of the overworld map. As in the E3 trailer, Link is able to ride a horse, but with improved controls allowing players to use their sword or bow to target enemies, as well as making surprising dismounts.

During the short demo, it was revealed that a new Star Fox title for Wii U will be released in 2015, but before The Legend of Zelda and that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS has been a ten-year work in progress to improve gameplay and make it intuitive for the handheld release.

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is still slated for launch in 2015.

Source: SnappyTV

Zelda concert returns for third tour

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 2, 2014 • Gaming
Orpheum stage before The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest

Stage for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC

If you missed the first two The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tours, you’re in luck. Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. are teaming up again to bring The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest back with stops across the North America, Europe and Japan.

The four-movement symphony will include new musical selections and visuals to recreate the experience brought forth in the Legend of Zelda series. Performed with local orchestras, this is a night to celebrate the iconic 28 year-old video game franchise.

United States

  • January 21, 22, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • January 30, 2015 in Honolulu, HI at the Concert Hall
  • February 27, 2015 in Boston, MA at the Symphony Hall
  • April 30, 2015 in Atlanta, GA at the Cobb Energy Center
  • June 20, 2015 in Austin, TX at the The Long Center PAC
  • October 22, 2015 in Houston, TX at the Jones Hall


  • March 20, 2015 in Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre PAC
  • May 20, 2015 in Edmonton, AB at the Northern Jubilee Hall
  • May 22, 2015 in Vancouver, BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • May 23, 2015 in Calgary, AB at the Southern Jubilee
  • May 30, 2015 in Montreal, QC at the Place des Arts


  • March 6, 2015 in Monterrey at the Arena Monterrey
  • March 8, 2015 in Mexico City at the Arena de Ciudad


  • February 7, 2015 in Tokyo at the Tokyo International Forum


  • April 16, 2015 in Stockholm at the Ericcson Globe

United Kingdom

  • April 17, 2015 in London at the SSE/ Wembley Arena


  • April 19, 2015 in Dusseldorf at the Mitsubishi Electric Hall


  • April 23, 2015 in Paris at the Palais de Congres


  • April 24, 2015 in Milan at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi

Tickets for some of the performances are on sale through the Zelda Symphony web site with more becoming available on December 8, 2014.

Free! Eternal Summer English Cast Revealed

Frederick Linsmeyer • November 14, 2014 • Anime

Grab your towels and get ready to dive in the pool with English cast of Free! Eternal Summer. All this week, FUNimation has been releasing the names behinds the Iwatobi Swim Club and the rival Samezuka Swim Team.

  • Gou Matsuoka – Jamie Marchi (Panty – Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, Narrator – Hetalia)
  • Sousuke Yamazaki – Ian Sinclair (Romano – Hetalia, Dandy – Space Dandy)
  • Nitori Aiichiro – Josh Grelle (Armin Arlert – Attack on Titan, Sadou Maou – The Devil is a Part-Timer)
  • Momotaro Mikoshiba – Jerry Jewell (Russia – Hetalia, Kyo Sohma – Fruits Basket)
  • Rin Matsuoka – Vic Mignogna (Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou – Ouran High School Host Club)
  • Haruka Nanase – Todd Haberkorn (Hikaru Hitachiin – Ouran High School Host Club, Natsu Dragneel – Fairy Tail)
  • Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch (Artemis – Sailor Moon, Yukio Okumura – Blue Exorcist)
  • Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres (Kaoru Hitachiin – Ouran High School Host Club, Shion – No. 6)
  • Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum (Kyoya Otori – Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis – Black Butler)

FUNimation still has two more names from the Samezuka team waiting to be announced over the weekend.

No formal announcement has been made on when the English dub of Free! Eternal Summer will be available. In the meantime, you can stream the series on FUNimation or Crunchyroll.

Editor’s Note
The names for Gou Matsuoka, Sousuke Yamazaki, Nitori Aiichiro, and Momotaro Mikoshiba have been added to the list.

Sources: FUNimation, Facebook [1, 2]

S.H.Figuarts Uzumaki Naruto

Frederick Linsmeyer • November 12, 2014 • The Otaku Culture
Naruto is enjoying the Vancouver skyline

Naruto is enjoying the Vancouver skyline

It’s hard to believe that Naruto has been around for 15 years now. Now that the series has ended, I decided to take my recently acquired Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H.Figuarts Uzumaki Naruto out for some photos around Vancouver.

I asked a friend of mine to purchase Naruto after he found it for sale at the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas, a few days before I was set to visit. The figure was about $44 USD, but you can find him online cheaper for about $34 CAD.

This 5.5 inch (140mm) tall figure is flexible and comes with many accessories to modify his appearance. Naruto comes with 13 different hand combinations, four facial expressions, two kunai, a rasengan, pouch and headband. The faces are easily swapped and show the ninja as happy, determined, angry and ready to kick some Akatsuki butt.

The hands are probably the most unique part of the figure since there are so many of them — six left hands and seven right. The seventh hand piece is used to hold the rasengan accessory, but in all honesty, I would need a second figure to make the attack believable. I found getting the kunai in the hands to be a little challenging, but once in they make Naruto threatening (No, really, those kunai are sharp).

I love how detailed Naruto is, right down to the little rivets on the headband, the ribbed collar on his jacket, and his eyes. It’s a really well made figure and very adjustable.

And yes, Bandai Tamashii Nations will have a Uchiha Sasuke figure to compliment the aspiring hokage. Sasuke is expected to be released in February 2015.

On a mission in the forest Determination RASENGAN!!

Remembrance Day 2014 Ceremonies

Frederick Linsmeyer • November 10, 2014 • Local

A number of ceremonies and events will be held throughout Metro Vancouver on Tuesday, November 11th to honour the men and women who have and continue to serve in the Canadian Forces.

You can also find an ceremony through the Veterans Affairs Canada Calendar of Events web site.

  • Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 9:45 am, followed by the parade at 11:30 am.
  • Vancouver – Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza at 8:45 am.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Starts at 10:30 am.
    Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:30 am.
  • New Westminster – Ceremony at Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries and Queens Avenue United Church (Queens Avenue and Sixth Street) with Parade to the Cenotaph at City Hall. Starts at 10:00 am.
  • Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park. Parade starts at 10:15 am followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am.
  • Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84 Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am.
  • Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am.
  • Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall. Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am.

Majora’s Mask announced for Nintendo 3DS

Frederick Linsmeyer • November 5, 2014 • Gaming
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is being re-released for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.

Get ready to save the world again as Nintendo has revealed a title many have been waiting for on the Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS was announced during a Nintendo Direct video posted to the Internet Wednesday afternoon.

A remake of the original Nintendo 64 title, Majora’s Mask throws a young Link in the midst of a world in chaos — a descending moon threatens the land of Termina with destruction in three days.  Classic items and weapons join new tools to help Link overcome puzzles and tasks that are all intertwined into the lives of the residents.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS is expected to hit store shelves in spring 2015.

Source: Nintendo

Naruto volume 68

Frederick Linsmeyer • November 4, 2014 • Manga
Naruto volume 68

Naruto volume 68

Despite the strength of the Shinobi Alliance, Obito seems almost impossible to defeat now that he’s in control of the Ten-Tailed Beast. Unfazed, Naruto partners up with Sasuke once again. Will this teamwork be enough to stop Obito? Can the shinobi forces give Naruto and Sasuke the back-up they need?

Volume 68 of Naruto will be available for purchase on December 2nd, 2014.

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