Salish Sea Coastline from the Air

The coastline of south-western British Columbia is beautiful jewel, filled with lush islands, sandy beaches and plenty of marine activity. See this amazing landscape from the air in a collection of photos on Gallery. It truly is breathtaking part of our world.

Forest Fire Risk

Now that summer is upon us, the temperatures soar and British Columbia’s dense forests dry out and become prone to forest fires. Small fires, including camp fires, are now banned through much of the province due to the risk. If you see a forest fire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile device. For more info, click here.

Canada turns 150

Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary since Confederation in 1867. Throughout 2017, communities across the country are hosting events to commemorate this occasion. Here’s to 150 years of the true north, strong and free! #Canada150

 

KH3 trailers at D23 showcases new worlds, new song from Utada Hikaru

With D23 Expo taking place in Japan, the talk has focused around Kingdom Hearts III and if a new trailer for the title would drop. Square Enix and Disney surprised everyone with not one, but two teasers for Kingdom Hearts III.

The first video unveils a new world from Monsters, Inc., where Sora, Donald and Goofy, team up with Sully and Mike to scare children as they settle in for bed. Our protagonists even transform into these creatures, keeping inline with the rest of this denizens from this Disney comedy. There’s also additional scenes from the Toy Story and Tangled worlds, where Sora gets to showoff some of his new moves. Interestingly enough, some familiar faces from Organization XIII make a return.


Utada Hikaru is back for a new song, titled Oath. She also performed the theme songs for the previous games in the series with Simple and Clean in Kingdom Hearts and Sanctuary in Kingdom Hearts II. Visuals include scenes with Riku, King Mickey, Xemnas and old villains Maleficent and Pete.

Kingdom Hearts III is expected sometime in 2018 for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sources: YouTube [1, 2]

Japanese pair skates to Yuri!!! on Ice song at Winter Olympics

How often is it you get to hear music from an anime at a sporting event? Japanese ice skaters Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara thrilled anime fans with a song from the series Yuri!!! on Ice for their pairs performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The song, titled Yuri on Ice, was used by the main character, Yuri Katsuki, as the song for his free-style skating in the hit 2016 anime.

It wasn’t long before social media lit up with reactions from those watching. Yuri!!! on Ice creator, Mitsurou Kubo, even responded with her approval on Instagram with a photo of the pair skating overlaid by an image of Principal Skinner from the Simpsons giving a thumbs up pose.

Mitsurou Kubo’s Instagram featured a still photo of her watching the duo.

Don’t expect to find too many videos of Suzaki’s and Kihara’s dance online; the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very strict over use of video taken at Olympic events.

Even the BBC reported on it, where it appeared in their trending news section.

Sources: Instagram, BBC

Olympic cauldron to be lit for Winter Olympics on February 8

Vancouver Olympic Cauldron

The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza.

On Thursday, February 8th, 2018, the Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza next to the west building of the Vancouver Convention Centre will be lit in honour of the upcoming Olympic winter games.

A tweet posted by the Vancouver Convention Centre asks visitors to wear their red and white to show support for Canadian athletes when the cauldron is fired u at 5:00 pm PST.

Other Vancouver buildings will glow red for our teams including Vancouver City Hall, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Burrard Bridge.

The 2018 games are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
 
 

Sources: Twitter, City of Vancouver

Boruto volume 3

Boruto volume 3

Boruto volume 3

The fight against Momoshiki continues, with Naruto and Sasuke finally gaining an advantage. However, Momoshiki still has a few tricks left up his sleeve, seemingly turning the tide of battle in his favour. Will Naruto and Sasuke be able to overcome the monstrous Momoshiki? And can Boruto lend his strength to his father in his time of need?

Volume 3 of the Boruto manga by Ukyo Kodachi and‎ Mikio Ikemoto goes on sale in North America on March 6th, 2018.

My Hero Academia season 3 starts April 7, 2018

On Saturday, April 7th, 2018, My Hero Academia returns to Japanese airwaves for its third season. A promotional image with this date features All Might, Katsuki Bakugo, and Izuku Midoriya.

The series will air in Japan at 5:30 pm JST; FUNimation will stream it online with English subtitles.

My Hero Academia Season 3 premiers on Saturday, April 7th 2018 🔥

Posted by My Hero Academia on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Source: Facebook

Live-action Gintama movie to screen in Canada

Hideaki Sorachi’s action-comedy manga series Gintama comes to life in a full-length feature film titled after the manga series of the same name from director Yuichi Fukuda. The film will be shown in Canada at select Cineplex locations in Japanese with English subtitles.

An alien group has overrun Japan, driving many samurai into hiding and giving up their trade. One such samurai, Gintoki Sakata, becomes a handyman, filling in wherever he’s needed to work. Another swordsman approaches Gintoki with a job, to seek out and secure the cursed sword Benizakura. If Benizakura falls into the wrong hands, the consequences for humanity become dire.

The cast of Gintama includes:

  • Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata
  • Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura
  • Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura
  • Masaki Okada as Kotaro Katsura
  • Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura
  • Murotsuyoshi as Gengai Hiraga
  • Kankuro Nakamura as Isao Kondo
  • Yuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata
  • Ryo Yoshizawa as Sogo Okita
  • Ken Yasuda as Testuya Murata
  • Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Murata
  • Hirofumi Arai as Nizo Okada
  • Jiro Sato as Henpeita Takechi
  • Nanao as Matako Kijima
  • Tsuyoshi Domoto as Shinsuke Takasugi

Gintama was originally released in Japanese theatres on July 14th, 2017.

Source: Azoland Pictures

British Columbia anime conventions for 2018

Even Fire Emblem’s Leo has a couple cons written down in Brynhildr.

Kick off 2018 with Japanese pop culture, comics, gaming and horror by attending a convention this year in British Columbia. While there’s plenty of events in and around Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • Tsukino-Con – February 10th – 12th, 2018 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • AniRevo Winter – February 11th – 12th, 2018 at the LaSalle College of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo Winter is a two-day event to bridge the year-long wait until their summer convention, filled with guests, artists, vendors and more.
  • Harumatsuri – March 17th, 2018 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Experience – March 23rd – 25th, 2018 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • AniRevo Summer – August 3rd – 5th, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo – September 28th – 30th, 2018 at Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.

Vancouver added as stop on Final Fantasy concert 2018 tour

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at the Orpheum in 2013.

The immense universe of music from the Final Fantasy franchise returns to Vancouver for another performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Friday, June 1st, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Led by conductor Arnie Roth, this 100-piece orchestra and chorus recreates the many themes, ballads, melodies and operas from more than 30 years of  this popular video game series. Complementing the live music are scenes from the Final Fantasy games, presented in HD, enveloping both the visual and aural senses.

Tickets for this single evening show go on sale at 10:00 am Friday, January 19th, 2018.

Vancouver is the only Canadian stop mentioned so far for 2018. Other cities on the tour include Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, St. Petersburg, FL, Portland, OR, Paris, France, Cleveland, OH, and San Francisco, CA.

Source: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

Nintendo Direct Mini unveils new games for 2018

Neku Sakuraba

Neku makes a return on the Nintendo Switch in The World Ends with You: Final Remix.

Nintendo kicked off 2018 with a brief Nintendo Direct video this morning announcing a bunch of upcoming titles for the Switch console.

After releasing a decade earlier on the Nintendo DS, The World Ends with You: Final Remix returns with improved graphics and an epilogue building on the existing storyline. Players can use the Joy Con controllers or the touch screen to interact with the game. This Square-Enix adventure is expected sometime this year.

The Pokémon x Tekken cross-over fighting game Pokkén Tournament DX gets two DLC packs this year. “Wave 1” includes Aegislash with Mimikyu and Mega Rayquaza as support Pokémon, while “Wave 2” includes Blastoise with Celebi and Mew for support. “Wave 1” is available January 31st, 2018, followed by “Wave 2” on March 23rd, 2018.

Kirby Star Allies brings everyone’s favourite pink ball onto the Switch with new abilities, including being an artist and using spiderwebs to capture enemies. Multiplayer functionality allows up to four friends to partake in the fun. Kirby Star Allies goes on sale March 16th, 2018.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is getting the Switch treatment. In addition to the existing 29 playable characters from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions, their levels and downloadable content, Link and Zelda can don attire from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Two players can play together sharing the Joy Con controllers in mobile mode. This title is scheduled for Spring 2018.

The ball is in your court with Mario Tennis Aces. Enhanced gameplay makes guessing an opponents next move far more formidable. A new story mode brings more ways to play, and challenging boss battles. This title is scheduled for Spring 2018.

It’s the epic story of survival in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. Adol barely makes it off of a sinking ship with his life and ends up on a deserted island. Enlisting the help of other survivors to build a camp and defend themselves from the vicious inhabitants of the island thru fast-paced battles. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is expected in summer 2018.

New downloadable content for Super Mario Odyssey makes for balloon-popping fun! Upon completing the main story, a new mode called Balloon World appears with two modes: Hide It and Find It. In Hide It, players must hide balloons in various worlds for others to find. In Find It, the player must find balloons secreted away by others. This update becomes available in February 2018.

SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ brings SNK’s famous idols together in a tag-team fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. Players can utilize special attacks and items to give themselves the advantage, making victory all the sweeter. This title is expected in summer 2018.

It’s payday! Pull of some expert pilferage with your friends locally or a world away with PAYDAY 2. Updated to take advantage of the Switch’s touchscreen and HD Rumble makes holdups that more sweeter. A new character exclusive to the Switch version introduces Joy, a Japanese hacker into the fray. PAYDAY 2 goes on sale February 27th, 2018.

Explore a forest and interact with its colourful flora and fauna in Fe. Advance through the forest by singing with the animals and plants to unlock its secrets; these songs come alive with feedback from the HD Rumble in the Joy Con controllers. Fe launches on February 16th, 2018.

In Celeste, Madeline must climb a mountain, using any terrain available, granted she has the stamina for it. Using her mid-air dash, Celeste can overcome obstacles in this dangerous environment. Adjust the difficulty by playing in Assist Mode, or unlock the B-side chapters for arduous adventures. Celeste launches on January 25th, 2018.

Source: Nintendo

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