Anime

Anime, or Japanese animation, along with manga is becoming increasingly popular outside of Japan. The latest DVD releases, new series announcements and other goodies can be found here. Dattebayo!

Yowamushi Pedal to return for fourth season January 2018

Grab your helmets as Yowamushi Pedal is back for a fourth season starting January 2018! The announcement came at the Le Tour de Yowapeda 2017 event Sunday for the third season of the animated cycling series.

Also mentioned at the event was Yowamushi Pedal Re: Generation, a movie using footage from the third season, with additional scenes added in. It’s scheduled for screening October 2017 in Japan.

Yowamushi Pedal is based on the manga of the same name by Wataru Watanabe.

Source: Natalie

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

Sword Art Online movie in limited Canadian theatrical run March 2017

Get ready to enter the immersive realm of Sword Art Online in the anime title’s first feature film, Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- which is coming to theatres across North America. If you live in Canada, there’s only five Cineplex locations across the country that are showing this movie; the upside is they’ll have multiple showtimes.

These five cities include:

  • Calgary, AB – Cineplex Eau Claire Market Cinemas on March 17th at 7:00 PM and March 18th and 19th at 4:00 PM
  • Vancouver, BC – Cineplex The Park Theatre on March 17th at 7:00 PM and March 18th and 19th at 4:00 PM
  • Halifax, NS – Cineplex Cinemas Parklane on March 17th at 7:00 PM and March 18th at 4:10 PM
  • Ottawa, ON – Cineplex South Keys Cinemas on March 17th at 7:00 PM and March 18th and 19th at 4:00 PM and March 19th 4:30 PM
  • Toronto, ON – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP on March 17th at 7:00 PM and March 18th and 19th at 4:00 PM

With a new game comes a new world. Technology has improved with new devices called Augma and a new game, Ordinal Scale. Donning the augmented reality headset, Kirito reunites with his friends from earlier adventures as they explore this new game and discover its dark realities.

Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- runs for two hours and will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source: Eleven Arts

Sailor Moon R – The Movie coming to Cineplex in Canada

Get ready to fight evil with the power of the moon as Sailor Moon R – The Movie comes to Canadian theatres! Some 39 Cineplex locations across the country will host the legendary Sailor Scouts for a one day showing on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

As a child, Mamoru Chiba presented another boy with a rose, who in turn promises to hand a flower back to Mamoru. Fast forward to the future where Mamoru fends off a flirtatious Usagi Tsukino in a garden. The boy from his past re-appears, coming between him and Usagi, intent on making good on his promise. Concerned over this mysterious person, the Sailor Scouts meet at Rei Hino’s temple where they learn of an asteroid headed towards Earth. This asteroid is home to small amounts of life which leads to monsters attacking Tokyo in an attempt to harvest energy from its human population. What connection does this enigmatic boy have in connection with Mamoru and will the Usagi and her friends be able to save Earth from destruction?

Also being shown is the 15 minute short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians, with Usagi and Chibiusa.

Sailor Moon R – The Movie includes some scenes with flashing lights which could be uncomfortable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Tickets are available for purchase online.

Sources: Cineplex, Eleven Arts

Second season of Attack on Titan to air April 1, 2017

Attack on Titan season 2 promo

Promotional artwork for the second season of Attack on Titan

It’s no joke, the long-awaited second season of Attack on Titan has a date: Saturday, April 1st, 2017. The colossal creatures who devour hapless humans will also stream for fans in North America through FUNimation on the same day.

In this upcoming season, we learn that the titans terrorizing the last of humanity have kept many other, never before seen monsters at bay, including the Sasquatch-like beast titan. With Eren Jaeger’s power to transform into one of these fearsome beings, he just may turn the tide against the female titan… Japanese rock band Linked Horizon returns to perform the opening theme (they recorded the two intro songs in the first season). Perhaps we’ll finally get to see what Eren Jaeger’s key unlocks…

Attack on Titan airs in Japan on Tokyo MX and on MBS.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter, FUNimation

HMV to close, depriving Canadians another place to buy anime

An HMV store on Robson Street

An HMV store on Robson Street

Another Canadian retailer is exiting the market. HMV, purveyors of all things entertainment, is winding down its operations and closing all 102 store locations over the next couple of months. It also marks the end of the few physical merchants selling anime products within Canada.

Aside from grabbing the latest movie, or that classic vinyl record, HMV had a fairly decent selection of anime. While many other shops hosted a limited choice of more popular titles, HMV could be counted on for a wider assortment of anime, albeit at a higher price. Plus, they also sold various collectibles and knickknacks including mugs, posters, apparel and plushes.

The closure announcement came on January 27th, 2017, due to competition from online sources that could offer more items at lower prices and on-demand streaming services with vast libraries of music and video at modest monthly rates.

HMV’s online site is no longer available for browsing. Stores remain open to clear out remaining inventory on discount.

Source: HMV

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

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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