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!

Arby’s advertising wins over anime and gaming fans with their marketing

Arby’s joins the ranks of fast food companies with awesome social media campaigns (including Wendy’s sassy Twitter posts). The sandwich chain uses their food and packaging to recreate various pop culture scenes from video games, anime, television shows and more. Here’s a selection of some of their most recent anime and video game posts from Facebook.

InuYasha

Sit boy!

Posted by Arby's on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Third season of My Hero Academia approved

With the second season of My Hero Academia wrapping up this weekend, there’s news that a third season of this action packed anime is on the way. Twitter user @YonkouProd posted a sneak peek from an upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealing the production is approved to move forward. When that season will air, though, is not known.

My Hero Academia is being streamed online by Crunchyroll.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter

Live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie comes to Canada

The live-action film of the popular horror manga Tokyo Ghoul is coming to Cineplex theatres across Canada. Sui Ishida’s work comes to life in this 2 hour showing named after the manga and anime series in Japanese with English subtitles on October 16th, 2017.

The world has become a mixture of humans and ghouls who eat flesh. University student Ken Kaneki is forced to undergo surgery with what’s supposedly a routine organ transplant. While the operation is successful, Kaneki develops a taste for human flesh; becoming something he hated. Now as a half-human half-ghoul, he must hide his fearful tendencies from the rest of the public and authorities, finding refuge in an unlikely place — with other ghouls. Can Keneki save himself and his newfound acquaintances?

Directed by Kentarō Hagiwara, the cast includes:

  • Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki
  • Fumika Shimizu as Toka Kirishima
  • Yu Aoi as Rize Kamishiro
  • Nobuyuki Suzuki as Kotaro Amon
  • Yo Oizumi as Kureo Mado
  • Shunya Shiraishi as Nishiki Nishio
  • Hiyori Sakurada as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Shoko Aida as Ryoko Fueguchi
  • Shuntaro Yanagi as Renji Yomo
  • Bandon Minosuke II as Uta

Visit the Cineplex web site for a list of showtimes, participating locations and to purchase tickets.

Sources: Cineplex, FUNimation

Canada showcased in anime short by staff who worked on film Your Name

If you’ve ever wondered what Canada would like if it were made into an anime, this would be it. The production staff behind the animated film Your Name created a 30 second short of winter in Canada for a promotional tourism campaign in Japan (in Japanese).

The video includes scenes in the Rocky Mountains at Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, two locations in Vancouver: Granville Island Public Market and the Drop sculpture at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, along with another two stops in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto Harbour. If you look closely, you can see the signs for JJ Bean and Duso’s Italia in the Granville Island scene; a testament to the artistic detail that went into this video.

The contest is only open to Japanese citizens and closes Thursday, November 30th, 2017.

Source: あったかい、冬カナダ | カナダシアター

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

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