Previous Kingdom Hearts titles coming to Xbox One in 2020

The Kingdom Hearts series has spanned nearly two decades and a handful of consoles (both Sony and Nintendo). With Kingdom Hearts III being available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Square Enix has revealed they are bringing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue to the Xbox One in 2020.

These titles are remasters of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts χ which included improved gameplay and enhanced cinematics, which as released for the PlayStation 3.

No date for when the Xbox One versions of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was provided.

If you've never played a KINGDOM HEARTS game before, want to play some titles you missed out on, or relive the magical experiences once again then look no further! KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX & KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are coming to Xbox One in 2020!

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

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Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure to tour North America in 2020

Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure
Promotional artwork for Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure.

A symphonic concert will tour North America as part of the thirtieth anniversary of the Dragon Ball series through 2020, starting with Chicago, Illinois on Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Funimation and Toei Animation have partnered with Overlook Events and AWR Music Productions (the group behind the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concerts), to bring the music from the Dragon Ball anime to life by a live orchestra using taiko drumming, and a score by Japanese composer Shunsuke Kikuchi.

While Chicago is listed as the first stop, no other cities were provided. As Funimation’s blog post mentioned “North America”, it is hoped that some Canadian cities would be included in the tour.

Tickets for the Chicago date of the Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10:00 am CST, on Friday, November 15th, 2019.

Source: Funimation

Vancouver Christmas Market celebrates 10th anniversary

The central tower at the Vancouver Christmas Market.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is celebrating their tenth anniversary, with their German-themed market returning to Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 through Tuesday, December 24th, 2019.

Over 80 huts will serve up European food, decorations, toys, and other crafts. Plus there’s live music, a carousel for the young and young at heart to ride, and of course, Santa Claus himself.

Tickets are available for purchase online or at the market itself. The Vancouver Christmas Market opens daily from 11:30 am PST and closest 9:30 pm PST, except on Christmas Eve, when it closes at 6:00 pm PST.

My Hero Academia volume 22

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Cover artwork for volume 22 of My Hero Academia.

The students of Class 1-A and 1-B are participating together in joint training, however the first class is surprised by how the second is using their Quirks in battle. The training is intended for the students to understand their own strengths and to reflect on how much they’ve accomplished during their attendance at U.A. High School. For Class 1-A to show they are the better group of students, they turn to Todoroki and Bakugo give them the edge needed.

Volume 22 of the My Hero Academia manga by Kohei Horikoshi goes on sale in North America on December 3rd, 2019.

Goku to return to the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

Last year, Dragon Ball‘s Goku made his first appearance in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the distinction of being the first anime character in doing so.

In partnership with Toei Animation and Funimation, Goku is presented in his Super Saiyan Blue form, used in the 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Images of Goku soaring about midtown Manhattan in 2018 were shared on Funimation’s Twitter account.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is being held on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 and starts at 9:00 am EST.

Source: Funimation

Remembrance Day services in Metro Vancouver for 2019

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A portrait is held aloft during Remembrance Day in 2017.

On Monday, November 11th, 2019, communities throughout Metro Vancouver will hold ceremonies to honour the men and women who have served (and continue to serve) and have given their lives for Canada for Remembrance Day. The weather is expected to be wet, so dress appropriately. Remember to wear your poppy in honour of Canada’s veterans.

CTV Vancouver (channel 4 on Shaw, channel 101 on Telus) will broadcast the service from Vancouver’s Victory Square live at 10:30 am PST.

  • Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 10:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:40 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am PST.
  • New Westminster – Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue). Starts at 10:30 am PST.
  • Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road). Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am PST.
  • Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84th Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am PST.
  • Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am PST.
  • North Vancouver – Service and Parade at the North Vancouver Cenotaph (100 East Keith Road). Parade starts at 9:20 am PST, with the service at 10:45 am PST.
  • White Rock – Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at the White Rock City Hall Cenotaph. Parade begins at 10:30 am PST from Johnston Road at Roper Avenue.
  • Port Moody – Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony at 2425 St Johns Street. Parade and ceremony starts at 10:30 am PST; other events continue in the afternoon.

Crunchyroll Hosting Special Anime Holiday Event in Toronto

Anime fans in Toronto can get into the Christmas spirit this December with the 2nd Annual Crunchyroll Holiday Party – Anime for the Holidays on Friday, December 13th, 2019.

This festive party will include live music, and a gift box for the first 100 attendees that arrive. The gift box includes a lanyard, stickers and a gift card with a free 30-day subscription to Crunchyroll Premium.

Local DJs include Virus, Pete Ellison, Epikuro, Sixtroke and Panic Pop and they’ll be serving up some hot anime tunes all night long.

The Crunchyroll Holiday Party – Anime for the Holidays is at See-Scape at 347 Keele Street in Toronto, Ontario. Doors open at 9:30 pm EST on Friday, December 13th, 2019 and runs until 3:30 am EST on Saturday, December 14th, 2019. Admission is $10 CAD at the door.

Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai shows off new fighter Terry Bogard

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Terry Bogard as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This morning, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai dedicated a 48-minute Nintendo Direct video to Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, who was announced as the newest downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Accompanying Terry in the download pack, is the King of Fighters Stadium stage, plus 50 musical selections from various SNK titles. Players who have purchased the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass or the Challenger Pack 4 can download this content today.

Terry joins a number of non-Nintendo franchise fighters, including Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy‘s Cloud Strife, Persona‘s Joker, Rare’s Banjo and Kazooie, and Dragon Quest‘s Hero. In 1991, the Legendary Wolf made his debut in the arcade title FATAL FURY: KING OF FIGHTERS from SNK, and went on to appear in over 80 games spanning nearly thirty years. Terry is easily identifiable with his baseball hat, long, golden hair and muscular upper body.

Terry and all his related content is available today for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.

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Konosuba anime film comes to Canadian theatres November 2019

KONOSUBA -God's blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson
KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson is coming to select Canadian theatres this November!

In it’s first event in Canada, Crunchyroll Movie Night is bringing the film KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson to select Cineplex locations on Monday, November 18th, 2019.

Shown in Japanese with English subtitles, Canadian fans will also be treated to an exclusive interview with Kazuma’s voice actor Jun Fukushima and Megumin’s voice actress Rie Takahashi.

Satou Kazuma loves to play video games, rarely venturing into the outside world, is hit by a truck. Reincarnated into a parallel world filled with familiar elements from MMORPG games, Kazuma teams up with water goddess Aqua, explosive wizard Megumin, and the disturbed knight Darkness to save Megumin’s home village from destruction. Together with Yunyun, Kazuma and his friends encounter their most dangerous foe yet. Kazuma, who’s lead a boring life so far, is in for the experience of a lifetime.

KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson originally screened in Japanese theatres on August 30th, 2019

Tickets are available for purchase online through Cineplex.com.

The problem with vintage anime shirts

Every once in a while, I find myself browsing eBay or Instagram and I find older Naruto shirts being classified as “vintage”. Maybe I have a different expectation of what that word means, but seeing as how there’s so much misinformation on the Internet these days, I feel like I must shed some light on this topic.

When I see auctions for officially licensed North American Naruto shirts that are supposedly from 2002, I can’t help but laugh considering the shirt didn’t exist that far back. Yes, Naruto, the manga, was available in 2002, but the anime didn’t start airing in Japan until 2002, and it wasn’t until 2005 that the series was broadcast on North American television (who remembers the Americanized opening theme?). Viz Media, with Ripple Junction, started making the tops for 2005 and selling them through Viz Media’s online store and retailers like Hot Topic and FYE. So when you see the 2002 and 2007 dates on a shirt tag, it’s for the copyright dates of the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series, not when the shirt was manufactured. By 2010, the tags on the neckline were replaced with the logo and license details printed on the inside to reduce costs; anything produced after that year doesn’t exactly fit into the vintage category.

Now, I’ve been buying anime-themed shirts for almost 15 years now and I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the bootlegs, I’ve ordered shirts from Japan, I’ve stocked up at conventions. I have some of the first Naruto t-shirts that were released for sale — you can determine this by the earlier “Shonen Jump’s” versus the newer “Shonen Jump” wordmark over the Naruto logo. Just like many sneakerheads, I can point out differences and give you an estimate from when that shirt was initially on the market.

How much are you willing to pay for an anime tee from the mid-2000’s?

But I think the real gem was a vintage reseller on Instagram revealed a hoard of new, never worn, with the price tags on tees from Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, InuYasha, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho and a few others. According to their Instagram story, the seller was going to drop the entire collection in the early morning and warned they would go quickly. So when they went up for grabs, I was astounded at the price — a handful started at $49.95 USD and went up, one clocking in at an astounding $149.95 USD (nearly $200 CAD after exchange). This was in August; it is now the end of October and some of those shirts are still waiting for a new home, still bearing hefty price tags. These shirts used to go for $17 USD a pop in the mid-2000’s, so you can see why I find the price beyond inflated.

Greed can get the best of us, and some see it as a way thinking they’ll get more than a few extra bucks from a hapless fan. Uniqlo shirts, originally from the Weekly Shonen Jump collaboration in 2018 and earlier this year, originally retailed at $14.90; you’ll be hard-pressed to find something from those lines under $30 USD or $40 USD today.

Not all resellers are greedy or dishonest. Many are nice people, who work hard to get things we may have missed out from back in the day. These are the respectable ones who are upfront with their prices and do their research into the articles they sell. For example, a good sneakerhead wouldn’t pass off a pair of 2010 retro Nike Air Jordan XI as originals from 1995; nor should a vintage reseller.

Now, there are some older shirts from the mid-to-late 1990’s that would come close to being vintage, those being from Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Akira to name a few. Keys to look for are the fabric weight (90’s tees were printed on much thicker cotton than today), the design and age. Some fade quite nicely, but shouldn’t appear to bright and vibrant as if they were printed just yesterday; image cracking is also a big giveaway. And don’t be afraid to compare or do an image search online. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

So, if you’re out looking for an anime shirt and you see the word “vintage” in title, ask yourself: Is it really vintage? Chances are you’re spending extra cash that you shouldn’t. I’m just waiting for the day when the apparel that’s available now is going to skyrocket in price under the premise that it’s vintage. Based on what everyone’s selling online, that may not be too far off.