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.

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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…

 

Blue Exorcist volume 12

Frederick Linsmeyer • September 14, 2014 • Manga
Blue Exorcist volume 12

Blue Exorcist volume 12

With the festival at the True Cross Academy in full swing, another party is about to start. Searching for Izumo Kamiki, Rin Okumura and his friends uncover a story of betrayal and tragedy about Izumo. This information pits the Knights of the True Cross against the Illuminati in an all out battle.

Volume 12 of the Blue Exorcist manga will be available for purchase on November 4th, 2014.

Naruto volume 67

Frederick Linsmeyer • September 14, 2014 • Manga
Naruto volume 67

Naruto volume 67

In an effort to stay one step ahead of the shinobi troops, Obito reveals himself as the container of the Ten-Tailed Beast. Harnessing the power of the Sage of Six Paths, Obito’s quest for unquenchable strength has now made him terrifying.

With the help of the resurrected fourth hokage, Naruto might be able overcome the frightening new creature. Will the father-son teamwork be enough to stop Obito’s advance?

Volume 67 of Naruto will be available for purchase on October 7th, 2014.

Fraser Valley Food Show returns for 2014

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 31, 2014 • Food and Drink
Fraser Valley Food Show

Inside the Tradex at the Fraser Valley Food Show

The seventh annual Fraser Valley Food Show is just around the corner. Head on down to the Tradex in Abbotsford from October 3rd to 5th, 2014, to enjoy everything about food and drink — from where it’s grown, prepared and finally, to your table.

There’s plenty to see and taste at the Fraser Valley Food Show. Returning for the third year is the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition where professional sausage makers showcase their best work for awards. Watch some of the best chefs in the province demonstrate on the Celebrity Cooking Stage. Sample different cheeses at the Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars. Explore some of the dishes from local restaurants in Bite of the Valley. And, for the adults, pair your visit with a drink from wide selection in the Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion.

Of course, there’s all sorts of vendors displaying their creations, services and products. Everything from food processors to health and wellness items, and even treats for your furry companions.

Tickets for this year’s Fraser Valley Food Show can be purchased in advance online for $7 (or $5 for children) or in person at Tradex. Remember to bring your appetite!

Anime Revolution 2014

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 29, 2014 • Conventions
Anime Revolution overtakes the main hallway at Canada Place

Anime Revolution overtakes the main hallway at Canada Place

You might have thought it was Halloween this past weekend with throngs of people dressed up in costumes. Since it’s not the end of October, it has to be a convention. Anime Revolution (or AniRevo) turned Canada Place into a three-day event, from Friday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 24th, celebrating all things anime and manga. A collection of photos from Anime Revolution are available on Gallery.
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Link and other Nintendo characters to appear in Mario Kart 8

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 26, 2014 • Gaming
Link speeds along in Mario Kart 8

Link speeds along in Mario Kart 8.

A little bit of Hyrule has made its way into Mario Kart 8. Nintendo has announced two new content packs for the latest release of its popular racing series on the Wii U, one of which will include Link as a playable character.

In addition to Link, the first content pack will include Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, with the second pack will contain the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Dry Bowser. Each pack comes with four vehicles and eight courses — some of which are favourites from previous versions of Mario Kart and new maps from the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing series.

Both packs are priced at $7.99 USD each, or $11.99 USD for the two-pack bundle, with advance purchase beginning August 27th, 2014. The first pack, the one with Link, will be available for download in November 2014, while the second pack is scheduled for May 2015. Purchasers of either the individual pack or bundle will receive eight new colours for Yoshi and Shy Guy immediately.

Source: Nintendo

Anime Revolution 2014 photos

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 24, 2014 • In Pictures

Three days goes by quickly when you’re having fun. Costumes overtook Canada Place this past weekend for Anime Revolution (or AniRevo) to celebrate Japanese animation and comics. As Canada Place is multipurpose (with a cruise ship terminal and tourist attractions), out of town visitors got quite the surprise seeing everyone dressed as their favourite characters. Photos from the three-day event are available on Gallery.

Princess Hilda from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds The Flame Alchemist, Roy Mustang Misa Amane and Rem
Seras Victoria means business with that gun. Fairy Tail photo shoot with Erza Scarlet and Laxus Dreyar The water-loving boys of the Iwatobi Swim Club.

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Canadian dates for Naruto movie announced

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 16, 2014 • Anime, Videos

Last month, the American dates and locations for the English dub of Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie were made public, with no mention of Canada. Fear not Canadians, Eleven Arts has just posted a schedule of the theatre locations across Canada that will be showing the film on two dates: September 7th and 11th, 2014.

Select Cineplex locations will be screening Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie in major markets only once on the two days.

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Ganondorf now playable in Hyrule Warriors

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 6, 2014 • Gaming
Ganondorf as he appears in Hyrule Warriors

Ganondorf as he appears in Hyrule Warriors

Nintendo has announced another playable name in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors game for the Wii U. The ultimate in evil, Ganondorf, the bane of all that is good, makes his appearance. Watch the Nintendo Direct video to learn more about the game dynamics, items and stages.

Ganondorf has received an updated costume design and is more imposing than before. With long crimson hair and a similar crown that he wore in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Ganondorf is sheathed in armour and wields two massive swords. As a bonus, Club Nintendo members who register their copy of Hyrule Warriors within four weeks of the game’s launch will have the opportunity to download additional in-game costumes for Ganondorf. Additional outfits include that from his form in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Playable characters so far announced in Hyrule Warriors are: Link, Zelda, Sheik, Impa, Midna, Agitha, Darunia, Princess Ruto, Fi, Zant, Ghirahim and Lana.

Hyrule Warriors is scheduled for release in North America on September 26th, 2014.

Source: Nintendo

Honda Celebration of Light 2014 – Team Japan

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 3, 2014 • In Pictures

Japan lit up the sky with their performance on the final night of the Honda Celebration of Light. Akariya Fireworks wowed the thousands who made their way out to the beaches around English Bay to catch the pyrotechnical show.

Don’t like the crowds or just want to relive the colourful display of explosions from Saturday night? Check out the impressive collection of photos on Gallery.

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A flight across the water

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 3, 2014 • In Pictures, Local
Houses along the beach in Tsawwassen.

Houses along the beach in Tsawwassen.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to take a short flight across the Strait of Georgia in a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk courtesy of my brother. Since it’s the long weekend, we left early to avoid the possibility of encountering too many other aerial enthusiasts from filling the airspace around Vancouver.

Flying in a single-engine aircraft is a very different experience from commercial aviation. There’s no security, no limits to what you can bring on, no line-ups, and you can use your phone and other electrical devices during take-off and landing. I did, however, get the traditional safety instructions, complete with the lifejacket in the little pouch underneath the seat.

Additional benefits include being faster than BC Ferries — 50 minutes, one-way, from Boundary Bay Airport in Delta to Qualicum Beach Airport on Vancouver Island as opposed to taking the ferry from Tsawwassen to Duke Point at 2 ½ hours one-way.

In the air, the ride at 4,500 feet is smooth and breathtaking. Once the initial fear of not being on the ground had gone away, I was out snapping photos as we ascended over Tsawwassen and Point Roberts. It really is amazing to see parts of the region from a different angle and you get an idea just how big (or small) everything really is. I also got to see how the smog just floats over Metro Vancouver.

The flight path we were cleared for took us south across Tsawwassen and Point Roberts, west towards Active Pass, and then north along the Gulf Islands and over Nanaimo to Qualicum Beach. The return trip had us follow the same route, but in reverse.

You can view my trip through the collection of photos available on Gallery.

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Beach Silty Spirit of Vancouver Island

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