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…


Honda Celebration of Light starts Saturday

Frederick Linsmeyer • July 24, 2014 • Local
The UK dazzles in 2013

The UK dazzles in 2013

The United States is the first country to light up the sky of the three-evening Honda Celebration of Light this July and August. Fireworks start at 10:00 pm PDT on Saturday, July 26th, followed by France’s presentation on Wednesday, July 30th and with Japan closing on Saturday, August 2nd.

Each show is 30 minutes in length, and will be broadcast live on Shaw TV. Leading up to the pyrotechnics display is SHOREFEST, a series of concerts featuring Canadian bands on two stages — one at Sunset Beach and the other at English Bay.

Sunset Beach Stage

Saturday, July 26th

  • 7:30 pm PDT Scarlett Jane
  • 8:30 pm PDT Current Swell

Wednesday, July 30th

  • 7:30 pm PDT Locarno
  • 8:30 pm PDT Spirit of the West

Saturday, August 2nd

  • 7:30 pm PDT Jon and Roy
  • 8:30 pm PDT Jim Byrens & The Sojourners

English Bay Stage

Saturday, July 26th

  • 7:15 pm PDT Dear Rouge
  • 8:30 pm PDT 5440

Wednesday, July 30th

  • 7:15 pm PDT Hey Ocean
  • 8:30 pm PDT The Sheepdogs

Saturday, August 2nd

  • 7:15 pm PDT The Matinee
  • 8:30 pm PDT Odds

TransLink is also beefing up transit services on the three nights with additional buses and trains. Tickets can be purchased in advance at select SkyTrain stations to save time heading home after the fireworks.

Dragon Ball Z movie to hit the big screen in August

Frederick Linsmeyer • July 20, 2014 • Anime, Videos

It’s been at least 17 years since Goku and his friends made an appearance in theatre. Now you can catch the legendary Saiyan in his newest feature film this August, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Peace on Earth doesn’t last long as a new threat looms over the planet. The God of Destruction, Beerus, begins scouring the galaxy in search of the one who crushed Frieza so that he can fight him. Goku, the one Beerus is looking for, isn’t strong enough to take on this powerful new enemy. In order to face the God of Destruction, Goku must become a God himself. Can Goku save the Earth?

While there are two showings in the United States, Canadian fans will be able to watch Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at select Cineplex locations. Check your theatre for showtimes and tickets.

Sources: Dragon Ball Z, Cineplex.Com

Naruto movie to be shown in the US

Frederick Linsmeyer • July 7, 2014 • Anime
Road to Ninja - Naruto the Movie

Poster for Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie.

Naruto is back on the big screen for a limited time release this summer! The English dub of Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie will be screened at select theatres in major cities across the United States on Friday, August 29th, 2014.

Before the birth of Naruto, the Nine-Tailed Fox demon ravaged the Village Hidden in the Leaves, released by a mysterious masked shinobi. Together Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, and Kushina Uzumaki, his wife, subdued the beast, sealing it in their newly born child: Naruto. With the village saved, the defeated shinobi disappears.

With Naruto grown up, another threat has emerged — the return of the Akatsuki. The group once considered dead, is once again conquered, but this time by Naruto and his friends. While the village rejoices over the victory, Naruto encounters a shadowy figure, the very same shinobi behind the death of his parents.

Tickets for Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie can be purchased starting Friday, July 11th, 2014. A Canadian schedule was not mentioned in the press release.

Sailor Moon English cast released

Frederick Linsmeyer • July 6, 2014 • Anime

Viz Media has announced the names of the English voice cast for the re-release of Sailor Moon yesterday at their panel during Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

Some of the names might sound familiar — Stephanie Sheh voices Hinata Hyuuga in Naruto, Kate Higgins voices Sakura Haruna in Naruto and C.C. in Code Geass, Cristina Vee voices Morgiana in Magi and Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Amanda Miller voices young Cassim and young Jamil in Magi, and Cherami Leigh voices Asuna in Sword Art Online and Patty Thompson in Soul Eater.

  • Stephanie Sheh as Sailor Moon
  • Kate Higgins as Sailor Mercury
  • Cristina Vee as Sailor Mars
  • Amanda Miller as Sailor Jupiter
  • Cherami Leigh as Sailor Venus
  • Robbie Daymond as Tuxedo Mask
  • Michelle Ruff as Luna
  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Artemis
  • Danielle Nicole as Naru Osaka
  • Ben Diskin as Gurio Umino
  • Tara Platt as Ikuko Tsukino
  • Keith Silverstein as Kenji Tsukino
  • Nicolas Roye as Shingo Tsukino

Viz Media acquired the North American rights to the Sailor Moon series this past May. Sailor Moon is being streamed through Viz Media’s Neon Alley and Hulu, both of which are unavailable for Canadian fans.

Source: Viz Media

Ryan Miller comes to Vancouver

Frederick Linsmeyer • July 2, 2014 • Hockey

There’s a new goaltender in town as Ryan Miller joins the Vancouver Canucks on a three-year contract after being signed on July 1st, 2014.

Miller, who hails from East Lansing, Michigan, played 59 games between the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres during the 2013-14 season, going 25-30-4 with 2.64 GAA (.918 Save %). During his NHL career, Miller has played in some 559 games going 294-194-60 with 2.59 GAA (.918 Save %) and 29 shutouts. The 33 year-old played in 53 post season games, reaching the Eastern Conference Final during the 2006 and 2007 NHL Playoffs. Miller also holds a Vezina Trophy for his performance during the 2009-10 season with a 41-18-8 record, 2.22 GAA (.929 Save %).

Hockey fans in Vancouver may remember Miller as he represented the United States in during the 2010 Winter Olympics, earning not only a silver medal, but tournament MVP, Olympic All-Star and Best Goalie awards.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Northwest Fan Fest 2014 photos

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 29, 2014 • In Pictures

Northwest Fan Fest merges three conventions (Anime Evolution, Cos & Effect and Vancouver Gaming Expo) into one convenient (well, not really) location. After its inaugural weekend, it’s now time to enjoy all the costumes that overtook the Student Union Building out at the University of British Columbia. Many of the pictures include some private photoshoots, the Disney photoshoot on Saturday and the Final Fantasy photoshoot on Sunday. If you weren’t able to attend, the entire weekend is on Gallery.


Eduard Khil a.k.a Trolololo guy Disney warrior princesses Frozen!
Cloud and Tifa share a moment Sabin does not like Cloud Len and Rin Kagamine

Canada Day events 2014

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 25, 2014 • Local
Happy 147th Birthday, Canada!

Happy 147th Birthday, Canada!

Since July 1st falls on a Tuesday, that won’t stop communities around the Lower Mainland throwing parties for Canada’s birthday. A list of events throughout Metro Vancouver can be found below. Many locations will have live music, food, cultural exhibits and performances, rides, and of course fireworks! Don’t forget to check your local community calendar for any that may not be on the list.

Soul Eater volume 21

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 24, 2014 • Manga
Soul Eater volume 21

Soul Eater volume 21

With Crona being accused of multiple crimes, Shinigami has no choice to but tormented ex-DWMA student to his list for execution.

In an attempt to locate Crona before the elite Spartoi, Maka unleashes her soul perception ability to comb the corners of the world for her friend. Unfortunately, Maka finds more than what she was looking for as her search reveals the Kishin’s hiding spot.

Will Maka be able to reach Crona first? And will the Kishin elude the approaching Death Scythes?

Volume 21 of Soul Eater will be available for purchase on July 22nd, 2014.

Canucks hire Willie Desjardins as coach

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 24, 2014 • Hockey

The Vancouver Canucks announced on Monday that Willie Desjardins has taken on the role as head coach of the Canucks.

In a statement made by Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning said that “Willie is a great teacher, motivator and communicator; his teams have competed with a style of play we believe will help us compete in our division and in the playoffs.” Benning added that the team looks “…forward to bringing back this team’s winning qualities.”

Desjardins, who hails from Climax, Saskatchewan, previously served as head coach for the AHL team Texas Stars and helped the team win their first Calder Cup for the 2013-14 AHL season. Before coaching the Texas Stars, Desjardins worked as an associate coach for the Dallas Stars for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Prior to that, he was head coach and general manager of the WHL Medicine Hat Tigers, leading them to two Memorial Cup Tournaments and a Memorial Cup Final.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Canucks post 2014-15 schedule

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 22, 2014 • Hockey

The Vancouver Canucks have released their schedule for the 2014-15 regular season. Vancouver plays its first game of the season in Calgary on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014.

Key games for the season include:

  • October 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM – Vancouver at Calgary (season opener)
  • October 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Edmonton at Vancouver (home opener)
  • October 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Montreal at Vancouver
  • December 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM – New York Rangers at Vancouver
  • January 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM – Los Angeles at Vancouver (first game with 2013-14 Stanley Cup champions)
  • April 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM – Edmonton at Vancouver (season finale)

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