January 2017

All articles posted in January 2017.

British Columbia anime conventions for 2017

Even volleyball stars take a break for some photos at AniRevo Summer!

Even volleyball stars take a break for some photos at AniRevo Summer!

It’s a new year and fans of Japanese culture in British Columbia have a choice of conventions to choose for 2017. While there’s plenty of events in and around Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • AniRevo Winter February 12th – 13th, 2017 at the Art Institute of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
    A two-day event of anime, manga, cosplay and panels, with plans to expand in the future to a full three-day convention
  • Tsukino-Con February 17th – 19th, 2017 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Harumatsuri March 18th, 2017 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Xpo March 24th – 25th, 2017 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • AniRevo Summer August 4th – 6th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo October 12th – 15th, 2017 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver November 10th – 12th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is a massive gathering that combines everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie coming for home release this March

Boruto Blu-ray/DVD combo pack

Cover art of Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.

In 2015, Viz Media and Eleven Arts treated North American ninja fans to the theatrical release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, the first feature film around Naruto’s son Boruto. Now, a year and a half later, you can bring the action home with Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or DVD-only pack of the movie starting March 28th, 2017.

Intent on defending the village he once loathed, Sasuke barely escapes with his life after encountering two shadowy figures. With the Hidden Leaf Village preparing for the annual Chunin Exams, ninja from five allied villages are ready to prove themselves capable of passing the gruelling tests. Boruto, along with Sasuke’s daughter Sarada and the enigmatic Mitsuki, line up for the shinobi’s assessment. Boruto, looking to surpass his father, begs for Sasuke to train him to achieve his goal.

In the midst of the Chunin Exams, Naruto is attacked by the same two people Sasuke was investigating. Before disappearing, Naruto entrusts Boruto to Sasuke. What evil power awaits Boruto, Sasuke and the five kage? Will Naruto survive? It’s an action-packed experience!

The theatrical release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie was limited in Canada to a single day, while the United States and Mexico had multiple showings.

Source: Right Stuf

Anime stars as Tokyo 2020 ambassadors

Even though the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are three years away, get ready to see more the sporting event’s ambassadors as they showcase the host city’s facilities and attractions. These ambassadors might look familiar — they’re popular anime characters!

The cast of characters include:

  • Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece
  • Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto: Shippuden
  • Goku from Dragon Ball
  • Asahina Mirai and Izayoi Riko from Pretty Cure
  • Astro Boy from Astro Boy
  • Shinnosuke Nohara from Crayon Shin-chan
  • Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch

Merchandise featuring these animated heroes is already available online through the Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop in the form of hats and t-shirts.

Tokyo 2020 Official Ambassadors

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Posted by Olympic Channel on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Source: Olympic Channel

First Fire Emblem Direct of 2017 shows off three new titles

Fire Emblem Echoes amiibo package

Packaging of the Alm and Celica amiibos compatible with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Missed the Fire Emblem Direct from earlier this afternoon? Watch the replay below for the latest updates of popular strategy based role-playing franchise that are coming to Nintendo consoles and mobile devices throughout this year and into 2018.

From last week’s Nintendo Switch event featuring a deeper look into the new system, Fire Emblem Direct expands one the title from the previous presentation along with a couple of other new titles on the Nintendo 3DS and mobile platforms.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake the 1992 Famicon (NES) classic, Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was only available in Japan. An upgraded experiences expands the gameplay element with improved dungeons and enemies. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be available for the Nintendo 3DS on May 19th, 2017. An amiibo figure two-pack of Alm and Celica will also launch on the same day.

Fire Emblem Warriors brings the Fire Emblem franchise into a whole new world of combat akin to that of The Legend of Zelda series in Hyrule Warriors. Koei Tecmo is working on this title for both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS consoles. Fire Emblem Warriors is slated for a fall 2017 release.

Roy from Fire Emblem: The Sealed Sword as he appears in Fire Emblem Heroes.

Roy from Fire Emblem: The Sealed Swordas he appears in Fire Emblem Heroes.

Fire Emblem Heroes is part of Nintendo’s expansion into the mobile world. The game is free to download and play, but will include in-app purchases. New characters Alfonse, Sharena, Veronica, and Anna join along familiar faces including Marth, Roy, Lyn, Lucina, Robin and Takumi. Fire Emblem Heroes is available on both the iOS devices through Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store for Android devices on February 2nd, 2017. An official web site is online with character information and details of availability by country.

Lastly, another Fire Emblem title is also coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch and is expected to launch sometime in 2018.

Sources: Nintendo, YouTube, Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo Switch launch details announced

Official box art of the Nintendo Switch.

Official box art of the Nintendo Switch.

We now know more information about the Nintendo Switch, including price and release date thanks to an hour-long online video presentation hosted by the Japanese gaming giant. On March 3rd, 2017, the Nintendo Switch will hit store shelves in Japan, Canada, the United States of America, much of Europe, and Hong Kong. In Japan, the console has a suggested retail price of ¥29,980 JPY, $299.99 USD in the United States and $399 CAD in Canada. Read the rest of this article…

Watch the Nintendo Switch presentation live

Nintendo is hosting a presentation this evening at 8:00 pm PST (11:00 pm PST) to give everyone a better look at its next console, the Switch.

Tune in below with live video straight from Japan (where it’s Friday afternoon) to see what Nintendo has in store for its new portable entertainment device.

Yu-Gi-Oh! movie coming to Landmark Cinemas in Canada

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is coming to Landmark Cinema locations across Canada. It’s also being shown in US theatres as well, but only for a two-week period between Friday, January 27th through Thursday, February 9th, 2017. Exact Canadian dates were not made available.

With a story written by mangaka Kazuki Takahashi, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions sees the return of Yugi Muto with his pals Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner, and Bakura, along with the egotistical Seto Kaiba. One card is all it takes to change the tide of battle. It’s game on!

While the movie promoter has a list of available Landmark Cinemas locations, the theatre chain’s own web site makes no mention of the title at time of writing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premiered in Japanese theatres in April 2016.

Sources: Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! Tickets

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