BC conventions for 2019

2019 is a packed year for those who enjoy anime, comics, gaming, pop culture and cosplay with a number events and gatherings across British Columbia. Don your favourite outfit and join others who share your love for this media with our list of conventions for 2019.

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Salish Sea Coastline from the Air

The coastline of south-western British Columbia is beautiful jewel, filled with lush islands, sandy beaches and plenty of marine activity. See this amazing landscape from the air in a collection of photos on Gallery. It truly is breathtaking part of our world.

Matamoros Bus

Taking the bus in Matamoros

The border towns of Mexico are the gateway to this amazing country. Getting around Matamoros in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas by bus is a world apart from public transit in Canada and the US, but opens up the what this bustling city has to offer.

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YURI!!! on ICE movie delayed

The much anticipated YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE which was scheduled to screen in theatres in 2019 is delayed.

According to a post made on the official YURI!!! on ICE web site, the reason for this delay is to “scale up the content” of the film to provide a more robust final product.

A new release date for YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE was not provided but will be shared once a date is settled on.

Source: YURI!!! on ICE web site

Viz Media to celebrate 20 years of Naruto

To celebrate 20 years of Masashi Kishimoto’s popular manga series Naruto, Viz Media revealed they are hosting a year-long celebration for the orange-clad ninja.

Announced on their official blog, Viz Media will begin the Year of Naruto with events at New York Comic Con (October 3rd-6th, 2019 in New York City) with limited merchandise, such as a skateboard deck, posters, and other artwork. The celebration will continue into 2020 that will feature video games, events, discussions, and collaborations with other brands and companies. Viz Media will release details regarding these events as they become available.

Naruto first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1999.

Source: Viz Media

New promotional artwork for upcoming My Hero Academia season

My Hero Academia season 4 promo artwork

Promotional artwork for season four of My Hero Academia.

With the fourth season of My Hero Academia just over a month away, a new piece of artwork was released in Japan today. Funimation shared this visual on their Facebook this morning.

In the image, In the image, student heroes Katsuki Bakugo, Ochaco Uraraka, Shoto Todoroki, Momo Yaoyorozu, Izuku Midoriya, Tamaki Amajiki, Nejire Hado, Sir Nighteye, Eijiro Kirishima, and Mirio Togata pose on a massive “My Hero Academia” word art while a giant All Might stands behind destroyed buildings.

This fourth season is adapted from the Shie Hassaikai story arc from the manga series of the same name by Kohei Horikoshi.

Season four of My Hero Academia airs in Japan on October 12th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

Crunchyroll Games launches RWBY: Crystal Match

A screenshot of gameplay from RWBY: Crystal Match.

Crunchyroll Games in partnership with EGLS Technology released today RWBY: Crystal Match, a free to play jewel-style puzzle mobile game. This title is based on the RWBY Chibi series and includes characters Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang.

Note: A previous article referred to the game as “RWBY: Crystal Quest“.

An additional four characters are also available, and customizable with seven different outfits. There’s almost 1,000 levels to keep busy with, not to mention updates planned to introduce new characters, guilds and other features and modes.

RWBY Chibi is a series of shorts that revolves around the main characters of RWBY, an anime-styled fantasy series that is available on both Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth.

RWBY: Crystal Match is available on both Android and iOS devices.

Crunchyroll Games also offers titles based on other franchises, including Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost, Grand Summoners and Attack on Titan: TACTICS which launches in fall 2019.

Response to a Vancouver Sun letter about video games and violence

In light of recent events, video games have been thrust into the spotlight once again. As the parade of individuals in elected office, the media and elsewhere begin pointing fingers at digital entertainment as a quick and easy method to distract the concerned public, it becomes clear many of them pass misinformation along to feel better themselves or resolve some sort of internal conflict they have.

As I was reading the Vancouver Sun this morning before getting ready for work, I spotted a letter from Doris Reidweg in Langley that called out violent video games as the source for three murders that occurred in northern British Columbia in July 2019. I won’t go into details about the murders, but the this particular letter, it’s tone and subject really caught my eye.

Now, I know newspapers won’t let subscribers publish full length essays due to publishing constraints, space, and other limitations, so it’s hard to determine the complete picture Doris is trying to make with her brief statement. But, here was an opinion that blatantly called out video games as the root cause behind the reprehensible actions of two teenage males that put a huge part of Canada on edge. With the recent information that these two males did not survive their cross-country flight from the authorities, it will be difficult assess why two tourists and a university lecturer were murdered.

Because we don’t have that information, the media (and others) are forced to glean as many details as possible from family, friends, the community, social media profiles and other sources in order to assemble it in such away that makes a picture to provide better insight and reasoning. Of course, during this information gathering process, emotions can run high, people get concerned of what they find and jump to conclusions. And should someone have an online account for a game, it’s fairly certain someone is going to draw a line between the heinous act and a game itself as a definitive conclusion. When one person blames video games, most everyone turn into a flock of sheep and follow the “leader”, confirming their claim. It happens every time and will continue to happen.

Yes, there are some graphic games out there on the market. Yes, some of them do show gruesome scenes, and yes, some of them are excessive and over the top. But, there is something people quickly forget about video games: they are not real. They do not mimic the complex functions of handling a real gun. Anyone who has held a gun and played a video game knows that. But that’s lost on the general public; it’s just so much easier to say “he played Grand Theft Auto, so it’s the video game’s fault he did this!”. Have suspects in other events played video games? Quite probably. But there’s a bigger underlying picture, with video games (or any other media or propaganda) being one piece of the larger puzzle. There are so many questions that will go unanswered after this, and it’s important we don’t pervert the questions that are answered easily with knee-jerk reactions and emotions.

Everyone needs to take a step back, let the police and officials conduct their investigations fully and respect those affected by these tragic crimes by not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. This is not to defend the actions taken by suspects (or anyone else for that matter), but rather to focus on the facts instead of feelings. If you don’t like video games, that’s fine, but to pass out misinformation because of your dislike for this medium is misguided and dangerous. There are many out there who play video games and continue to lead constructive, positive lives, much to the detriment of newspaper letter writers like Doris.

Photos from AniRevo 2019

Downtown Vancouver was awash in cosplay as fans of anime and manga descended upon the west building of the Vancouver Convention Centre for AniRevo Summer 2019. While it is a three-day event, from Friday, August 9th thru Sunday, August 11th, 2019, I only hung around the outside of the venue for a few hours taking pictures of the fantastically dressed attendees.


View the rest of the photos from this afternoon on Gallery.

Adidas to release Kakashi-themed sneaker

Back in June, it was revealed that Adidas would be working on a new footwear line based on the Naruto manga series. A pair designed using Sakura Haruno’s colour theme was shown first; now it’s time for the legendary Copy Ninja Kakashi Hatake.

Photos of the prototype shoe are detailed using colours based off Kakashi’s hair and outfit: grey with olive green and navy. The tongue features a red mangekyou sharingan, and a Leaf Village headband adorns the laces. On the heel, there’s a red ANBU emblem with the Leaf Village emblem above it. Adidas is using the Copa Ultra Boost model as the base, and with Kakashi’s name in Japanese on the iconic styrofoam support.

No release date for when these Naruto-themed sneakers go on sale was mentioned.

Source: SneakerNews.com

New trailer for upcoming My Hero Academia film

A new teaser video for the upcoming film My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising was released on Wednesday.

The 30 second clip briefly introduces the villain, followed by the students of UA High School Class 1-A
before closing with Bakugo Katsuki and Izuku “Deku” Midoriya preparing for a fight.

My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Risingwill hit theatres in Japan on Friday, December 20th, 2019.

Source: YouTube

New promotional images and video for Live Spectacle Naruto stage show

New promotional images and videos for the upcoming Live Spectacle Naruto ~Song of the Akatsuki~ were released on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.

This live-action display performed on stage is based on the popular Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto, which started in 2015 and have held subsequent productions in 2016 and 2017. Japanese band FLOW, which had many of their songs used in the opening sequences of the animated series, recorded a new song for the show titled “Chasing Light”.

The first visual shows the heroes of the Hidden Leaf Village; Tsunade (Cecile Daigo), Sakura Haruno (Yui Ito), Naruto Uzumaki (Koudai Matsuoka), Kakashi Hatake (Yuuki Kimisawa), Yamato (Rei Fujita) and Sai (Fuuma Sadamoto). The second image is of the Akatsuki with Pain (Teruma), Tobi (Hironori Katayama), Itachi Uchiha (Shinji Rachi), Kisame Hoshigaki (Takeshi Hayashino) and Deidara (Ryo Tsuji).

The videos include comments from cast members of Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha (Ryuji Sato) and Itachi Uchiha.

Performances of Live Spectacle Naruto ~Song of the Akatsuki~ will be held from October 25th to November 4th, 2019 at the Osaka Mielparque Hall in Osaka, November 8th to November 10th, 2019 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo and November 15th to December 1st, 2019 at the Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo.

Sources: Natalie, Live Spectacle “NARUTO”

Death toll from Kyoto Animation fire increases to 34

The death toll from the tragic arson attack that devastated the Kyoto Animation Company in Kyoto, Japan has climbed to 34.

Kyoto police announced that a man admitted to hospital had succumbed to their injuries after Thursday’s fire.

Hideaki Hatta the president of Kyoto Animation, spoke with reporters on Friday morning, stating he was “crushed by the loss of colleagues” that he had worked with over the years.

The Twitter account for the Free! anime series posted a single tweet stating that the 2020 Summer update that was supposed to be released today is cancelled.

The third episode of the series Fire Force was also postponed, likely in respect to those affected by the fire, according to a tweet from Crunchyroll.

 

Sources: NHK 1, 2

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