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…


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.


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.

Boundary Bay Airport Lower Mainland Parksville
Beach Silty Spirit of Vancouver Island

Honda Celebration of Light 2014 – Team USA

Frederick Linsmeyer • July 27, 2014 • In Pictures

First up on the three-night fireworks festival was the United States of America. The Vitale family’s Pyrotecnico lit up the skies over English Bay with their theme of love and it’s safe to say the audience felt the same way of the performance.

Couldn’t make it out? Not a fan of the crowds? Then check out some of the sweet shots from the beach at English Bay without having to leave your computer.

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France is up next on Wednesday, July 30th, followed by Japan on Saturday, August 2nd. The show starts at 10:00 pm PDT sharp, so get there early to find a good spot to watch.

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.

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