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.

Texas Flag

The Lone Star State

Howdy y’all! Get ready to visit the real Texas online. Wander through the state capital in Austin. Follow the mission trail in San Antonio. Gaze out into the Gulf of Mexico from Boca Chica Beach. Admire the historic border town of Brownsville. And let’s not forget a few anime conventions as well…


Anime voice actor line-up at Fan Expo Vancouver 2014

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 12, 2014 • Conventions
Steve Blum speaks at Realms Con 2010.

Steve Blum speaks at Realms Con 2010.

Now that Fan Expo Vancouver has moved to a three-day weekend format, the number of guests has increased. Aside from the traditional comic book and actors, some big names in English-dubbed anime are making the trip to Vancouver.

Steve Blum, best remembered for his role as Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, will be in attendance. Maille Flanagan, who voices Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is expected. Also named are Colleen Clinkenbeard (Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece), Trina Nishimura (Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan), Jamie Marchi (Panty from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), Monica Rial (Stocking from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), and Megan Fahlenbock (Jenny from Bakugan Battle Brawlers).

Fan Expo Vancouver returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre and starts Friday, April 18th and runs until Sunday, April 20th, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the convention centre.

Trevor Linden named as Canucks’ president

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 9, 2014 • Hockey, Videos
Trevor Linden during a pre-game skate in January 2008

Trevor Linden during a pre-game skate in January 2008

Barely a day after Mike Gillis was relieved of his position as president and general manager for the Vancouver Canucks, a familiar face makes a return. Former captain Trevor Linden has been announced as the new president of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks.

During a press interview this morning, co-owner Francesco Aquilini introduced Trevor Linden to the media before hosting a question and answer session.

Linden, who hails from Medicine Hat, Alberta, retired in 2008 after playing some 20 years in the NHL. Linden has also worked with NHL Players Association both as a representative and president.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Canucks dismiss Mike Gillis

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 8, 2014 • Hockey

The Vancouver Canucks issued a brief statement today that they have parted ways with Mike Gillis who held the position of president and general manager of the team.

Leading up to Gillis’ dismissal, the Canucks had an abysmal season that saw the hiring of controversial coach John Tortorelladeparture of goaltender Roberto Luongo and the first time in six seasons that the team has missed the playoffs.

Names for the positions of president and general manager were not mentioned, but rumours online include former Canucks captain Trevor Linden. Linden has said he has not been contacted by the team with regards to the topic.

Sources: Vancouver Canucks, Global News

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2014 photos

Frederick Linsmeyer • April 6, 2014 • In Pictures

While the ever predictable Vancouver weather made its presence known, it didn’t dampen the experience at the Sakura Days Japan Fair. With the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in full bloom, it was an enjoyable weekend of food, performances, music, fun and even some cosplay. If the Saturday rain and Sunday crowds deterred you or if you just want to reminisce, there are photos available on Gallery.

Grassy field Negi shio ramen Rhododendrons blooming
Cosplay! Turtles! Sakura

Naruto volume 65

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 28, 2014 • Manga
Naruto volume 65

Naruto volume 65

With the Ten Tails revived, Obito and Madara Uchiha are now poised to move forward with their goal of wiping out the remaining shinobi — something Naruto won’t let happen.

Meanwhile, Sasuke and his team are lead to a ruined temple on the outskirts of Konohagakure. Orochimaru finds what he’s looking for and ultimately awakens four of the village’s most powerful leaders. Orochimaru has something big planned…

Volume 65 of Naruto will be available for purchase on April 1st, 2014.

Sonic: Lost World Zelda trailer

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 27, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

Sonic the Hedgehog travels a lot. Not only has he attended multiple Olympics, but he can now add Hyrule to his passport. New downloadable content for Sonic: Lost World includes a Legend of Zelda-based level which is available starting today, for free, through the Wii U eShop.

But that’s not all: Sonic dons Link’s signature green tunic and hat, plus his gauntlets and boots. There’s no rings, only rupees. Familiar foes, including stalchildren, keese and Deku scrubs, return to stand in Sonic’s way. Even Link, in his form from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, makes an appearance.

Sonic: Lost World is available on the Nintendo Wii U.

Source: IGN

Spring in Qualicum Beach

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 26, 2014 • In Pictures

Sunday lived up to its name over on Vancouver Island. After spending the weekend in Qualicum Beach, I was able to get out for a nice walk along the oceanfront with the sun breaking through the clouds. Plenty of people were out enjoying the weather, and the wildlife even posed for a few photos. Browse through the rest of the shoreline action on Gallery.

Relax for a while Mirrored Trees
Deer Seagull with lunch Tracks

Short Peace to premiere in North America this April, May

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 25, 2014 • Anime
Short Peace promotional poster

Short Peace promotional poster

What’s better than one anime film? How about four films in one? How about four films by some of Japan’s best in anime? Eleven Arts and Sentai Filmworks have announced dates for the North American premiere the film anthology Short Peace.

Conceived by Katsuhiro Otomo, best known for Akira, Memories and Steamboy, Short Peace is a collection of four story segments. In Possessions (Tsukumo), a vagabond explores an abandoned shrine that isn’t really empty. Directed by Shuhei Morita (Coicent, Kakurenbo), Possessions was nominated for an Academy Award® 2013. A royal family is terrorized by a red demon in Gambo, until a white bear comes to the family’s aid. Gambo is directed by Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!). Farewell to Weapons pits humans and robots in an all out futuristic assault in the ruins of Tokyo for survival. Farewell to Weapons is directed by Hajime Katoki (Mobile Suit Gundam). Combustible, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, returns to Japan in the past through a saga of love and tragedy caught between the flames.

Short Peace will appear in 45 theatres throughout the United States on April 18th, 2014 while Canadian theatres are scheduled for early May 2014. A complete list of participating locations is available on Eleven Arts’ web site.

Short Peace was originally released in Japan on July 20th, 2013.

Downtown Historic Railway no longer feasible

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 24, 2014 • Local, Trains
Ex-BCER car 1207 rests at the Granville Island station.

Ex-BCER car 1207 rests at the Granville Island station.

The City of Vancouver considers the heritage interurban cars unsafe and the cost to upgrade and maintain the vehicles could be put towards other projects.

A memo posted to city councillor Geoff Meggs’ web site outlines numerous challenges in operating the historic interurbans — reliability, maintenance, lack of qualified volunteers and low passenger volume. One of the recommendations suggests placing car 1231 on display while repairing and returning car 1207 to its private owner.

During weekends of summers past, cars 1207 and 1231 could be seen riding the rails between Granville Island, the Olympic Village Canada Line station and, for a brief period, out to Science World. Volunteers from the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) operated the interurbans while sharing stories of the cars’ history and routes.

The Downtown Historic Railway has been on hiatus since 2012 due to a lack of funding.

Photos of the Downtown Historic Railway are available on Gallery.

Source: News1130

Bryce Papenbrook to voice Eren in Attack on Titan

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 23, 2014 • Anime, Videos
Bryce Papenbrook at Sakura-Con 2013

Bryce Papenbrook at Sakura-Con 2013

FUNimation has released the name of Eren Jaeger’s voice actor for the English dub of Attack on Titan. Bryce Papenbrook, who has starred as Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist and Zidane Tribal in Dissidia Final Fantasy, will take on the role of Eren.

The announcement was made during a special screening to fans at Anime Boston this past weekend. Leading up to the convention, FUNimation listed off the the voice actors for the remaining cast of Attack on Titan.

Source: FUNimation

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