Frederick Linsmeyer • December 4, 2013 • Anime
A live-action film rendition of Hajime Isayama’s popular Attack on Titan manga and anime series will be directed by Shinji Higuchi with Yusuke Watanabe writing the screenplay.
Higuchi has worked as the special effects director on the Gamera film trilogy and Nobou no Shiro. Watanabe has also written for the live-action GANTZ movie previously.
The Attack on Titan series follows Eren Jaeger and his friends as they strive to defend the last of humanity which has been herded into walled communities from the titans. These massive creatures eat humans and it’s up to Eren and the rest of the Survey Corps to stop the giants at any cost.
Filming is expected to commence during the summer of 2014 with an estimated release in 2015.
Frederick Linsmeyer • December 2, 2013 • Anime
Canadians will be able to catch Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo in theatres on two dates next month: January 11th and 16th, 2014 at limited Cineplex locations. A detailed listing of theatres and showtimes has not yet been made available.
Last month, ELEVEN ARTS and FUNimation had issued a press release announcing the third film would hit silver screens across Canada and the United States in January 2014. American Evangelion fans will get to enjoy Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo at select theatres on January 10th, 2014.
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 27, 2013 • Hockey
The way Canadians watch hockey is about to change. Broadcasting giant Rogers has signed a 12-year, $5.2 billion CAD contract with the National Hockey League for the media rights of NHL games across the country this past Tuesday.
The agreement, which starts during the 2014-15 NHL season, gives Rogers the right to all NHL games in all languages on all media platforms from coast-to-coast through to the 2025-26 season. All regular season, post season, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star and NHL Draft games will become available on Rogers’ vast portfolio of media platforms. With Rogers’ wide reach, hockey fans can not only watch their favourite teams on television through City and Sportsnet channels, but on mobile devices (phones and tablets), the World Wide Web and satellite radio. Rogers will also manage the NHL Centre Ice and NHL Game Centre digital cable packages. The NHL is promising that there won’t be any blackouts or regionalization of games involving Canadian teams.
Currently, Canadian broadcast rights in English are held by TSN (a joint venture between Bell Media and ESPN). Rogers mentioned that it is sub-licensing English-language broadcasts to the CBC for Hockey Night in Canada and to TVA for French-language transmissions. And yes, Don Cherry is expected to continue making appearances with his colourful suits and commentaries.
Rogers CEO, Nadir Mohamed made the announcement with other senior Rogers executives alongside NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the communication company’s Toronto offices. This monumental contract still needs to be reviewed and approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors who are set to convene on December 9th – 10th, 2013.
Sources: Rogers, 680 News, NHL
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 24, 2013 • Local
Polar bears on a field of glowing blue snow in 2012
Lighten up the dark December nights with Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Millions of brilliant Christmas lights will be strung up in the plaza outside the Stanley Park Train from December 5th, 2013 through to January 5th, 2014.
For the last 14 years, Bright Nights in Stanley Park has made twinkling displays of traditional Christmas trees, ornaments and themes into a fun event for all ages. You can view pictures from previous years on Gallery.
Entry to Bright Nights in Stanley Park is by donation which benefits the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. The Miniature Train requires separate admission and tickets sell out quickly. For hours and prices, visit the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park web site.
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 23, 2013 • Manga
Blue Exorcist volume 11
Rin and his friends are making progress on the Seven Mysteries under the supervision of Yukio who begins to question his own emotions. Can he still guide the Exwires as they tackle True Cross Academy’s troublesome apparitions?
Afterwards, the school gets ready to host a festival and Rin needs help with running his food booth. An unlikely student breaks out of their comfort zone to answer Rin’s call.
Volume 11 of the Blue Exorcist manga will be available for purchase on March 4th, 2014.
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 13, 2013 • Gaming
In anticipation of the upcoming launch of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo is hosting celebrations in Toronto and Montreal this weekend.
Fans will be given an opportunity to play the latest title in the Zelda series, watch an artist decorate a wall with art from the game, and take pictures with acclaimed Link cosplayer, Li Kovacs, better known as Pikmin Link. Those who show up in costume from their favourite Zelda game will be able to collect neat prizes.
The first event will be in Toronto, Ontario at the The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST.
The second event will be in Montreal, Quebec at the Square de l’église St-James, 463 Sainte-Catherine Ouest on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be available for purchase on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.
Sources: Nintendo, Pikmin Link
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 12, 2013 • Anime
It’s finally coming to North America! The third movie of the Evangelion reboot, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, will be screened in theatres across Canada and the United States January 2014 in English with select locations showing the movie in Japanese with English subtitles.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo picks up where Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance left off. Eva pilot Shinji Ikari has awoken some fourteen years following the the Third Impact. While his appearance hasn’t changed, the rest of the world has, with humanity struggling to survive. Forming a relationship with Kaworu whom he encounters at NERV’s base of operations, Shinji’s mental state begins to disintegrates and threatens the stability of life at a whole.
First shown in Japan in November 2012, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo has amassed more than 5 billion Yen. Directed by Hideaki Anno, the latest in the Evangelion movie saga, revisits the popular Neon Genesis Evangelion science-fiction anime series from the mid-1990s.
Check your local theatre listings for showtimes.
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 8, 2013 • Local
Veterans during the 2013 Chinese New Years Parade
This Monday, November 11th, there will be a number of ceremonies around Metro Vancouver to honour those who have served and continue to serve Canada. You can show your support through by wearing a red poppy from donation stands and veterans groups throughout the region.
For a list of events in your community, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada web site.
- Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony (Nelson Avenue and Imperial Street) at 10:30 am PST
- Ladner – Remembrance Day Ceremony at Memorial Park (Garry Street and 47th Avenue) at 10:30 am PST
- New Westminster – Remembrance Day Ceremonies at The Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries (530 Queens Avenue) at 9:30 am PST
- North Delta – Remembrance Day Public Ceremony (11415 84th Avenue) at 10:30 am PST
- North Vancouver – Remembrance Day Parade from the Victoria Park Cenotaph (Lonsdale Avenue and Keith Road East) at 10:30 am PST
- Richmond – Remembrance Day Parade from Minoru Park to the City Hall Cenotaph (6911 No. 3 Road) at 10:20 am PST
- Surrey – Surrey Remembers at the Surrey Museum (17710 56A Avenue) at 9:30 am PST
- Vancouver – Service at Victory Square (Cambie Street and Hastings Street) at 10:00 am PST
- Vancouver – Remembrance Day in Chinatown (Keefer Street and Columbia Street) at 12:30 pm PST
Lest we forget.
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 2, 2013 • Manga
Soul Eater volume 17
While battling Crona, Black Star learns that Medusa had removed his former friend’s memories while at the DWMA. Even though Crona manages to break free thanks to some outside help, Black Star manages to capture the witch Eruka instead.
Back at the DWMA, Shinigami commands the Spartoi team to enter the Book of Eibon and recover Death the Kid who is being consumed by the madness within. Can these elite meisters and weapons open the book and locate Kid before it’s too late?
Volume 17 of Soul Eater will be available for purchase on November 19th, 2013.
Frederick Linsmeyer • November 1, 2013 • Hockey
Daniel and Henrik Sedin during a pre-game skate.
Brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin have each signed four-year contracts with the Vancouver Canucks worth $28 million that will last through to the 2017-18 season.
The twins, both 33, have played in Vancouver their entire professional career. This season, Daniel has scored six goals with nine assists for a total of 15 points, while Henrik, the captain, has three goals with 15 assists and 18 points. In playing with the Canucks, Henrik has tallied 792 points over 629 games played, taking the record from former captain and neighbour Markus Naslund.
Both brothers hail from Örnsköldsvik, Sweden — during the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Daniel was selected second overall while Henrik was chosen third overall.
Sources: Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Sun