All posts by Frederick Linsmeyer

A regular pop-drinking, hockey-watching, snow-shovelling Canadian, Frederick, aka Nephrus, loves his anime. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Frederick runs amok between his hometown and the states of Illinois and Texas, spending time with friends, at anime conventions and looking for some good burgers or sashimi.

Nintendo unveils Super NES Classic Edition console

Super NES Classic Edition

The portable size of the Super NES Classic Edition.

Following the success of the NES Classic Edition console, Nintendo revealed the Super NES Classic Edition console today. Included are 21 pre-installed games (see the list below), two controllers, an HDMI cable and USB power cable. This version of the retro console is  smaller than its original form; it’s easily held in one hand.

The pre-installed software library is a selection of popular series from the 90’s, along with the never-before-released game, Star Fox 2; which is unlockable upon completing the first level of Star Fox.

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man® X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

The Super NES Classic Edition goes on sale September 29th, 2017, with a suggested retail price of $79.99.

It’s hoped that Nintendo will increase stock availability for this console, as the NES Classic Edition was plagued with limited inventory causing sellouts at some retailers and reports of scalpers dumping the console online for exorbitant prices.

Super NES Classic Edition console box

Source: Nintendo

Dragon Boat Festival returns to False Creek for three days June 2017

Dragon Boats ply eastern False Creek

Dragon Boats ply eastern False Creek

The beating of drums. The cheering crowd. The detailed dragon-head prows. These are all part of the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, which takes over False Creek Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th, 2017.

But there’s much more than just watching the boats glide up and down the eastern end of False Creek. Live music with local bands, food trucks, a beer garden and vendors selling wares related to boating and fashion will line the seawall.

So come on down, rain or shine, and support your favourite team this weekend; and best of all, it’s free to attend! The easiest way of getting to the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is with transit — the Main Street-Science World SkyTrain station is just a quick five-minute walk away.

Attack on Titan season 3 to air in 2018

With the second season of Attack on Titan now over, there’s another video for the popular animated series announcing a third season in 2018.

In the video, artwork of the characters flips by before stopping at one of Eren, Mikasa and Armin standing in front of the ocean, with a caption over the image: “behold, the sea…”.

This comes as good news for fans of Attack on Titan who endured a four-year drought between the first and second seasons (2013 and 2017 respectively).

Attack on Titan Season 3 Preview Video

Attack on Titan Season 3 is confirmed to arrive in 2018! Stay tuned for more details on Funimation.com/attackontitan!

Posted by Attack on Titan on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Source: Facebook

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions coming to Blu-ray & DVD

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and Digital HD cover.

After being screened at theatres across Canada and the United States earlier this yearYu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is now on its way to Blu-ray and DVD on June 27th, 2017.

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. From another dimension comes a boy intent on challenging the Pharaoh Atem by befriending Yugi. With lost pieces of the Millennium Puzzle finally acquired, Yugi must fight to save his life and those of his friends. One card is all it takes to change the tide of battle. It’s game on!

Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic in Canadian theatres June 2017

The first animated Black Butler film, Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, is sailing into select Cineplex across Canada this June. Two versions of the movie are being screened: in Japanese with English subtitles and in English only.

Aristrocrat Ciel Phantomhive and his demonic servant Sebastian Michaelis book passage on the liner Campania upon learning of a secret group that can raise the dead would also be on board. Ciel and Sebastian must infiltrate this group, the Aurora Society, and get to the bottom of the rumors. In addition to being assaulted by a reincarnated body, they have to deal with Grell Sutcliff and Ronald Knox! The seas come alive in this captivating adventure.

Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic screens for two days: on Monday, June 12th in Japanese with English subtitles, and on Thursday, June 15th in English. Visit the Cineplex web site for locations, showtimes and to book tickets.

Source: Cineplex

Kingdom Hearts III keeps getting more beautiful with a new trailer

In the days leading up to E3, Square Enix has tossed us yet another tantalizing teaser of a video for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. This latest clip shows just how much work the developers are squeezing into this title; another video is expected on July 15th, 2017 during D23 Expo 2017, including a peek at a new world.

Sora dives into Olympus from the movie Hercules and instantly engages swarms of heartless, being able to lock on to multiple enemies and unleash a devastating attack. The battle with Lythos, the colossal rock titan, takes place under pouring rain where the water flows down the sheer cliffs akin to tears of joy. The graphics have gotten smoother, looking almost cinematic where the characters in the cut scenes are in focus while the backgrounds are softened. The user interface remains the same as in previous games, utilizing minimalism styles to focus on the action.

Unsurprisingly, a release date for Kingdom Hearts III was not mentioned in the video.

Source: Square Enix

Celebrate the sun with Carnaval del Sol

Argentinean band Entangados in 2016

Argentinean band Entangados in 2016

With summer just around the corner, the sun is out and so are the festivities. Carnaval del Sol returns to Concord Pacific Place for two days of Latin American food, music, crafts and fun July 8th and 9th, 2017.

Enjoy live performances with bands from Central and South America, fresh cooked treats from Mexico to Argentina, relax with a cold one in the beer garden, browse handicrafts and even take in a game of soccer! Or take a trip without having to board a plane at the YVR Travel Plaza and learn about a new culture through cooking demonstrations. Of course, Carnaval del Sol has events for children in the Kids Plaza — fun for the whole family!

Carnaval del Sol runs Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. This free to attend event is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

TransLink fare increase kicks in July 1

Stored value and single use Compass Cards

TransLink fares go up on Canada Day 2017!

On Saturday, July 1st, 2017, the cost of taking transit in Metro Vancouver will rise as TransLink looks to fund projects on improving its services in the region. Fare increases are part of the agency’s funding model towards a ten year, $2 billion investment in service and infrastructure.

Single trip fares will see a ten cent increase, while concession fares go up five cents; monthly passes will cost two dollars more. The table below breaks down the cost per zone and fare type.

Single Use/Cash Tickets
Zone Current Fare New Fare
   Adult
1 $2.75 $2.85
2 $4.00 $4.10
3 $5.50 $5.60
   Concession
1 $1.75 $1.80
2 $2.75 $2.80
3 $3.75 $3.80
Stored Value Compass Card
   Adult
1 $2.10 $2.20
2 $3.15 $3.25
3 $4.20 $4.30
   Concession
1 $1.75 $1.80
2 $2.75 $2.80
3 $3.75 $3.80
Monthly Pass
   Adult
1 $91.00 $93.00
2 $124.00 $126.00
3 $170.00 $172.00
   Concession
All Zones $52.00 $53.00
Day Pass
   Adult
All Zones $9.75 $10.00
   Concession
All Zones $7.50 $7.75

 

Source: TransLink

Cosplay props and convention safety

This is not a topic I’d thought I would ever have to think about, much less write about, but the recent incident in Phoenix, Arizona has changed that. On Thursday, May 25thpolice arrested a man who had entered the Phoenix Comicon intending to kill actor Jason David Frank.

Frank was the target of Matthew Sterling who had entered the convention centre with a gun and other weapons. Sterling had also intended to kill any police officers who attempted to stop him. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Frank posted a statement on Facebook thanking his fans for support.

Following this unsettling event, Phoenix Comicon went ahead and banned all props, including those that didn’t look like weapons, from the convention centre. This isn’t the first time props have been banned from a convention; New York Comic Con has an incredibly strict policy on props and fake weapons.

Props, for those who aren’t familiar with term, are replicas of items used by a character in a game, comic, cartoon or television show, as part of a person’s costume. For example, someone dressed up as Link from The Legend of Zelda video game series would carry a copy of the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, both props, as part of their costume. Props can be made of any material — from cardboard, right up to plastic, fibreglass and metal. At certain conventions, attendees can bring in fake guns provided they have no trigger, no internal firing mechanism and marked with an orange tip. Many conventions ban props made of certain materials, including wood and metal, for obvious reasons.

Many conventions have prop checks/peace bonding at the main entrances. This is usually a set of tables where staff and/or law enforcement review any accessories brought into the venue to ensure it is not a safety hazard. Items that pass this inspection are marked with fluorescent ribbon as a visual indicator that the prop is approved for event. If staff find that the prop is being improperly brandished, the attendee in possession of that prop may be asked to take it back to their hotel room or vehicle or it could be confiscated by staff or police.

We live in a reactive society now, where one incident causes an immediate reaction to fix potential holes or to placate the public. Look at air travel — following several plots to destroy to aircraft with explosives hidden in shoes or liquid bombs, we’re subjugated to removing our footwear and pouring out our drinks before going through airport security. And that type of reaction now is spreading out to functions previously untouched by such stringent rules.

There’s two views on this topic: first in terms of safety and security, the banning of props is necessary to make sure staff and local law enforcement identify potential offenders easily and quickly, to minimize a dangerous scenario that could result in someone getting hurt. The second is that blanket banning all props is a knee-jerk reaction to an isolated event and unfair to all other participants because it covers everyone in costume and treats them as a likely threat.

You can argue that you can still cosplay without props. Sure, you can still dress up and look like the character, but it takes away from the experience. Continuing with using Link as the example, without the sword and shield, it’s just not the same. Sure, you can use one of other Link’s accessories, such as an ocarina, but it’s all up to the person based on their style and the look they want to achieve with their costume. But at the same time, there needs to be common sense — is it smart to bring a solid steel sword to a crowded venue? Or can that look be attained with a softer, plastic clone?

So now we’ve reached this point where we have to balance safety and fun. What are we allowed to bring in with our cosplay? Or do we just acquiesce because of the world we live in and accept it as the new norm that one idiot can ruin a space people can showcase their talent and love for a medium.

Hotel Vancouver ghost nothing more than red tarp

Earlier today, the Vancouver Sun ran a story about a ghost sighting in one of the city’s storied landmarks: the Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red. An elevator mechanic, Graham Scott, working on another building a block away, supposedly captured an image of the spirit using his cellphone. The image was also posted to Twitter.

According to legend, an ethereal woman clothed in a red dress haunts the upper floors of the Hotel Vancouver, which was built in 1939 and is the third structure to bear the name.

However, I happened to be on Burrard Street this morning, with my camera (of course) and looked up at the north side of the Hotel Vancouver. Lo and behold, there was a red square on one of the windows on the top floor. Using my 55-300 mm zoom, I snapped a clear shot of what looks to be a red tarp covering a shattered window.

Hotel Vancouver's Lady in Red

So, the mystery of the Lady in Red lives on.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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