Eagle

Over the last few weeks, plenty of eagles have chosen to congregate in Delta. While stopping alongside the highway wasn’t a really great option, nearby Deas Island Regional Park is a safer spot where you can find these majestic birds perched on the bare tree branches.

An eagle surveys his surroundings from a tree in Deas Island Regional Park.

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

Yuri Katsuki Nendoroid announced for pre-order

Yuri Katsuki Nendoroid

Yuri Katsuki is about to leap into our hearts with a triple lutz

It’s time to lace up your skates and hit the ice with the star of YURI!!! on Ice with Yuri Katsuki! He’s the latest in Good Smile Company’s line of collectible Nendoroid mini figures.

Yuri wears the black with silver trimmed outfit from his Eros performance, choreographed by his coach, Victor Nikiforov. This costume was also worn by Victor before on the ice.

Each Nendoroid comes with accessories and are interchangeable with other Nendoroid figures. Included are three different facial expressions: his seductive face from his Eros recital, a happy expression, and one of embarrassment. Yuri also comes with two hair styles — one that’s slicked back and the other tousled. Even he can’t stay away from his favourite food: a bowl of steaming hot katsudon (pork cutlet with egg over rice), complete with tiny chopsticks.

Plus, there’s a bonus — a small rubber charm featuring the likeness of Yuri, but only if purchased through Good Smile Company’s online shop.

Yuri Katsuki Nendoroid Yuri Katsuki Nendoroid

Pre-orders for this adorable representation of Yuri Katsuki close on March 16th, 2017 and is expected to ship later in July. Suggested retail price is ¥4,167 JPY (or about $48.91 CAD).

Source: Good Smile Company

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

Let TransLink know how you feel about fares

Compass Cards

TransLink wants your feedback on its current fare structure.

Are you frustrated with the cost of taking transit around Metro Vancouver? Does the current zone system confuse you? Now’s your chance to let TransLink hear your opinion with the transit fare review survey.

Current fares on SkyTrain, bus and SeaBus are determined by how many zones travelled. While all bus rides are one zone, SkyTrain has three zones — but the number of zones differs depending on the time of day (three zones during peak/rush hours and one zone for evening hours/weekend/holidays). This perplexes people not familiar with the system and those who use it infrequently.

This feedback aims to make adjustments to the fare structure based on distance travelled, time of travel and method of transport used.

So what would you like to see? Fares based on distance (such as paying less to travel from Joyce-Collingwood to Metrotown), time of day (more for travel during rush hour Monday morning instead of early afternoon on a Wednesday) or service (it’s cheaper to take a bus than it is to ride SkyTrain or the West Coast Express).

The survey closes on Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Source: TransLink

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

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

READY TO MEET Tokyo 2020 AMBASSADORS? 🇯🇵😍😍😍

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

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