July 2016

All articles posted in July 2016.

Honda Celebration of Light 2016 – Team USA

With one of the largest crowds ever in attendance for the Honda Celebration of Light, Team USA closed off the three-night fireworks festival with a performance by the Walt Disney Company. Music from Disney films included Aladdin, The Lion King, Frozen, Pinocchio, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Fantasia synchronized to the pyrotechnics impressed the crowds. The only thing missing was the giant castle and Mickey Mouse.

See more photos from the evening on Gallery.

English version of Kuroko’s Basketball manga hits shelves August 2016

Kuroko's Basketball volume 1&2

Cover of Kuroko’s Basketball volume 1&2

VIZ Media brings Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s popular sports manga Kuroko’s Basketball to English readers in both physical and digital formats this August.

Tetsuya Kuroko is a rather unassuming teen; he doesn’t stand out even with his sky blue hair. This takes Taiga Kagami by surprise when he signs up for Seirin High’s basketball team. Kagami can’t believe that Kuroko once played as part of “The Miracle Generation”, a storied team from Teiko Junior High that were the best of the best. And now, he needs Kuroko’s help in beating these legendary players so he too can reach the top.

Kuroko’s Basketball is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms. The printed version is to be published on a bi-monthly schedule.

The combined copy of volumes one and two of Kuroko’s Basketball, goes on sale Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016.

Source: VIZ Media

Nintendo brings back NES with built-in games

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is so convenient, it fits in your hand!

If you’ve longed for the days of classic gaming without the fancy graphics or gimmicky accessories, you’re in for a treat. Nintendo is bringing back the NES console, this time in a convenient compact format with 30 classic titles included in the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.

No more blowing on the cartridges to get them to work anymore (even though that practice has been debunked), this miniature replica holds 30 games and connects to your television with an included HDMI cable. A power adapter and one retro-looking NES Classic Controller are also packaged together with the console, and all for the suggested retail price of $59.99. For those two player titles, a second controller is available separately at $9.99. Even better, the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are compatible.

The titles loaded into the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition are:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr.™
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • Galaga™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros.™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

Saving your games used to be tough, but with the new check-point feature, you can save your progress and return later to pick up where you left off.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition goes on sale Friday, November 11th, 2016.

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition Box Art

Source: Nintendo

Photos from Carnaval del Sol 2016

Even though the dark Vancouver clouds threatened rain, Concord Pacific Plaza was basking in the sun from Carnaval del Sol, an annual celebration of Latin American culture. Performances from many groups including Argentina’s Entangados and the local Nahualli Folklore Society helped add colour to what would otherwise be another dreary west coast day. If the weather scared you away, there’s still time to pop by for a visit on Sunday!

Entangados Carnitas y asada a la Mexicana tacos Nahualli Folklore Society

See more photos on Gallery!

VIZ Media brings Haikyu!! manga to English fans

Haikyu!! volume 1

Cover art for volume 1 of Haikyu!!

Haruichi Furudate’s popular sports manga Haikyu!! is finally available in English for purchase in both print and digital formats as of Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 thanks to VIZ Media.

Shoyo Hinata is fascinated with volleyball, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in determination. Managing to play one game in middle school, he encounters the intimidating “King of the Court”, Tobio Kageyama. Vowing to get better to challenge Kageyama, Hinata finds that his rival now plays on the same team!

VIZ Media will publish the English adaptation of Haikyu!! monthly to bring it in line with the Japanese version and is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms.

Haikyu!! made its first appearance back in 2012 in Weekly Shonen Jump and is also an anime series which is scheduled for a third season.

Source: VIZ Media

New Blue Exorcist anime to air in 2017

The countdown is over with the official Blue Exorcist web site unveiling a sneak peek for the next incarnation of the anime series: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc. This animated version of Kazue Kato’s manga is expected to air in 2017.

While the official trailer is restricted to Japan, other YouTube users have uploaded it to allow fans outside of the island nation a chance to see the video.

Tied into this announcement is new promotional artwork which is freely available for download as a wallpaper on multiple devices.

In addition to all the new visuals, the vocal cast line-up for Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc has Nobuhiko Okamoto returning as Rin Okumura, along with Jun Fukuyama as Yukio Okumura. Remaining cast members include:

  • Kana Hanazawa as Shiemi Moriyama
  • Kazuya Nakai as Ryuji Suguro
  • Koji Yusa as Renzo Shima
  • Yuuki Kaji as Konekomaru Miwa
  • Eri Kitamura as Izumo Kamiki
  • Ayahi Takagaki as Kuro
  • Rina Satou as Shura Kirigakure
  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Mephisto Pheles
  • Keiji Fujiwara as Father Shiro Fujimoto

The announcement coincides with Blue Exorcist manga artist Kazue Kato attending Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California.

Sources: Anime News Network, YouTube, Blue Exorcist

Bleach manga series to end this year

Tite Kubo’s manga series Bleach is coming to a close. The 73rd volume hit Japanese store shelves today, July 4th, 2016.

Highschool student Ichigo Kurosaki unwittingly becomes a part-time soul reaper tasked following his ability to see spirits. Upon rescuing an injured soul reaper, Ichigo’s temporary assignment becomes permanent when the society he is reluctant to join depends on him to save it.

Published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, Bleach has branched out into an anime, movies, video games and a live musical.

The final volume, numbered 74, has an anticipated release in the fall of 2016.

Source: Natalie

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