Interurban car 1207

A look back at the interurbans

Even though the Downtown Historic Railway is out-of-service, you can still experience the heritage interurbans online. Browse through pictures and brush-up on the routes these versatile rail cars took on their journeys through the Lower Mainland.

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.

 

Big Hero 6 to become playable level in upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game

Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 concept art

Conceptual artwork featuring Sora and Baymax battling an evil Baymax clone over San Fransokyo.

A new world for the in progress Kingdom Hearts III has been revealed this past Sunday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. In a video posted to YouTube, Roy Conli, producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, introduced the city of San Fransokyo from the movie Big Hero 6 as a playable level.

Concept artwork from the game portrays Sora riding an armoured Baymax fighting an evil version of the healthcare robot over the skies of the metropolis. No further details on the level or characters were mentioned.

D23 Expo is a biennial event for the Walt Disney Company to give fans an update on the many projects the media giant is working on; everything from movies and television and video games to its theme parks and attractions. D23 Expo was held August 14th through 16th, 2015.

Work on Kingdom Hearts III is still underway; no release date was mentioned and will be available on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Sources: Facebook, YouTube

Boruto: Naruto the Movie coming to select Canadian theatres October 2015

Poster for Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Canadian Naruto fans will be able catch Boruto: Naruto the Movie on the big screen. According to Cineplex’s web site, there will be limited showings at select theatres across the country on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Only two locations in the Metro Vancouver region will be screening this ninja adventure (Burnaby’s SilverCity Metropolis and downtown Vancouver’s Cineplex Odeon International Village), so be sure to act fast!

Canada was skipped over for a release of The Last: Naruto the Movie which premiered in US theatres earlier this year. The last Naruto film shown in Canadian cinemas was Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie in September 2014.

With the Hidden Leaf Village preparing for the annual Chunin Exams, ninja from five allied villages are lined up to prove themselves capable of passing the grueling tests. Boruto, along with Sasuke’s daughter Sarada and the enigmatic Mitsuki, are lined up for the shinobi’s assessment. Boruto, looking to surpass his father, begs for Sasuke to train him so he can achieve his goal.

In the midst of the Chunin Exams, Naruto is attacked by two shadowy figures from another dimension, the same people Sasuke was fighting years befoe. Before disappearing, Naruto entrusts Boruto to Sasuke. What evil power awaits Boruto, Sasuke and the Five Kage? Will Naruto survive? It’s sure to be an action-packed experience!

ELEVEN ARTS has posted to their web site a list of the ten Cineplex locations that will be screening Boruto: Naruto the Movie on Saturday, October 10th.

  • Calgary, AB at the Scotiabank Theatre Chinook on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Edmonton, AB at the Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Vancouver, BC at the Cineplex Odeon International Village on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Vancouver, BC at the SilverCity Metropolis on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Winnipeg, MB at the SilverCity Polo Park on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Halifax, NS at the Cineplex Odeon Park Lane on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Mississauga, ON at the Cineplex Odeon Courtney Park on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Toronto, ON at the Cineplex Odeon Yonge Dundas & VIP on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Ottawa, ON at the SilverCity Gloucester on Saturday, October 10th at 12:55 PM
  • Montreal, QC at the Scotiabank Theatre Montreal on Saturday, October 10th at 12:50 PM

Sources: Cineplex, ELEVEN ARTS

Editor’s Note
Added list of the ten Cineplex locations showing Boruto: Naruto the Movie from ELEVEN ARTS.

Photos from Anime Revolution 2015

With Anime Revolution, or AniRevo for short, this past weekend, there comes cosplay. With thousands descending on Canada Place over the span of three days, many in costume, it was a colourful and fun event.

Unable to make it to AniRevo or just want to relive the memories? Browse through my collection of photos now available on Gallery.

Simon will pierce the heavens! Kuja will make you into his canary... or whatever evil plots he's scheming. Sailor Moon will dispense lunar justice on evil!
It's Kairi, Sora and Donald from Kingdom Hearts! Natsu is all pumped up! Edward and Ein are ready for another adventure!

Boruto: Naruto the Movie coming to US theatres October 2015

Poster for Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

ELEVEN ARTS and Viz Media are bringing Boruto: Naruto the Movie to select theatres across the United States this October. Naruto has achieved his dream of becoming Hokage and has started a family; but his own son, Boruto, wants to make a name for himself.

With the Hidden Leaf Village preparing for the annual Chunin Exams, ninja from five allied villages are lined up to prove themselves capable of passing the grueling tests. Boruto, along with Sasuke’s daughter Sarada and the enigmatic Mitsuki, are lined up for the shinobi’s assessment. Boruto, looking to surpass his father, begs for Sasuke to train him.

In the midst of the Chunin Exams, Naruto is attacked by two shadowy figures from another dimension, the same people Sasuke was fighting years befoe. Before disappearing, Naruto entrusts Boruto to Sasuke. What evil power awaits Boruto, Sasuke and the Five Kage? Will Naruto survive?

For available theatres, showtimes and to purchase tickets for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, visit the ELEVEN ARTS web site.

No Canadian theatre locations or dates were provided.

Source: ELEVEN ARTS

Cosplay photos from San Japan 8-Bit

While San Japan: 8-Bit concluded a week ago, it’s time to reminisce the fun three-day weekend with lots and lots of photos. Even in the sweltering Texas heat, everyone still suited up in amazing costumes to embrace their love for their favourite anime, cartoons and video game series.

Sealand is being represented at San Japan! Rin Kagamine and Miku Hatsune are enjoying San Japan! The Boy Wonder is here to protect the Alamo City.
Shulk is really feeling it today! Two Konans are feeling some Pain... Captain Hook seems to have captured Tinkerbell... again.

Couldn’t make it out? Browse through the Gallery to see what you missed!

China lights up English Bay during Honda Celebration of Light

The threat of rain and dark clouds didn’t dampen the thousands of people who came out to take in the first night of the Honda Celebration of Light. First on the list for the 25th anniversary of the fireworks festival was Lidu Fireworks for Team China. With spectacular colour and form, China’s performance drew many oohs and ahhs from the crowd.

Couldn’t make it out or wanted to avoid the throngs of people? Catch some of the best shots from the pyrotechnics display on Gallery!

There’s still two more nights of the colourful explosives: Brazil on Wednesday, July 29th, and Canada on Saturday, August 1st. The show starts promptly at 10:00 pm, so get there early!

Anime Evolution 2015 photos

The new Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia was packed with people for this year’s Anime Evolution convention. All sorts of people were dressed up in outfits from their favourite anime, video game or pop culture series for the three day event.

Here’s a small selection of Saturday’s cosplay from Anime Evolution. View the complete day’s photos on Gallery.

Sora and Biyomon from Digimon! Reese and Cyrus take a break from running ReTail in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Robin from the New 52 spreads his wings.
Pokémon's Mudkips can't believe he found The Legend of Zelda's Midna! You poor unfortunate soul. Crona and Ragnarok are ready for battle!

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ coming to Canadian theatres this August

The latest Dragon Ball Z movie is hitting Canadian theatres for one day only this summer! On August 6th, select Cineplex locations will be screening the English dub of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

Goku’s greatest nemesis is back! Following the epic battle against Beerus in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Frieza has been revived and seeks revenge on Goku and his friends on Earth. In an unlikely alliance, Goku partners up with Vegeta in hopes their combined strength will be enough to stop Frieza once and for all, while protecting the planet.

Check the Cineplex web site for available locations, show times and to purchase tickets for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

Cool down with Tea Sparrow’s Iced Tea Festival

With summer is already in full gear, beat the heat by stopping off at Tea Sparrow’s first annual Iced Tea Festival. Sample many loose-leaf iced teas from Germany, Canada, and the United States on Sunday, July 19th between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm at the Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

There will be 16 variations of tea available, each having passed stringent quality and taste tests before being served up. Individual teas will be available for purchase, and new Tea Sparrow subscribers will be able to choose their first four teas at 40% off regular price.

Tea Sparrow is a monthly tea club where subscribers receive a box containing a new selection of high quality, chemical-free teas through the mail. The leaves are critiqued and scored by Tea Sparrow’s staff; only the best gets passed along to its members.

Admission to Tea Sparrow’s first annual Iced Tea-Off can be purchased in advance, with 2 for $10 or $10 at the door on Sunday, July 19th. Further details and tickets can be found on Tea Sparrow’s web site.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at age 55

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., Ltd., has passed away at age 55 on July 11th, 2015. Nintendo issued a brief statement of Iwata’s death from a bile duct growth on their web site.

Iwata was a visible face for Japanese gaming giant, appearing in many promotional videos announcing the arrival of new gaming systems or titles. He joined the company in 2000 as a director for the Corporate Planning Division before being promoted to president in 2002, a title he held to his death.

Born in 1959, Iwata started his career in the video game industry with HAL Laboratory, Inc. working on Balloon Fight, EarthBound, and games in the Kirby series before becoming its president in 1993. He also had helped out with the coding in a number of Pokémon series titles including Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Stadium.

After joining Nintendo, Iwata was involved with a number of the company’s popular franchises including Mario, the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. Under Iwata’s tenure, Nintendo released the Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS consoles.

Sources: Nintendo, Kotaku, Wikipedia

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