April 2019

All articles posted in April 2019.

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019

My Hero Academia & Promised Never Land - Free Comic Book Day 2019

Cover art for the My Hero Academia & Promised Never Land available for this year’s Free Comic Book Day.

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, (which is also Star Wars Day) head on over to your favourite comic store and choose from a selection of popular series — all free!

In addition to classics like Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Canuck and Little Lulu, there’s a few manga up for grabs. This year’s assortment includes:

    • My Hero Academia & Promised Neverland by Kouhei Horikoshi / Kaiu Shirai, Kouhei Horikoshi, Posuka Demizu from Viz Media.
    • Pokémon: I Choose You! & Pokémon Adventures by Ryo Takamisaki / Mato and Ryo Takamisaki from Viz Media.
    • Kino’s Journey by Keiichi Sigsawa Iruka Shiomiya from Vertical Comics.
    • Street Fighter Sakura VS Karin by Ken Siu-Chong and Omar Dogan by UDON.
    • Witch Hat Atelier / Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector’s Edition / Magus of the Library by Kamome Shirahama / CLAMP / Mitsu Izumi from Kodansha.

For a complete list of available titles, free previews and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Source: Free Comic Book Day

Photos from Sakura-Con 2019

This past Easter weekend, downtown Seattle was filled with many amazing costumes as thousands of Japanese pop-culture fans descended on the Sakura-Con anime convention. For three days, there was plenty of cosplay, live music, vendors and fun.


Couldn’t make it down or want to relive the weekend? View the rest of the photos on Gallery.

Photos from Sakura Days Japan Fair 2019

Grey clouds and periods of rain presided over the opening day of the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair in the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, but that didn’t stop festivities.

Though many trees had already shed their blossoms, there were a few still in bloom to celebrate this springtime tradition next to an assortment of Japanese food stalls, live entertainment including musical guests from Japan and booths selling traditional clothing and trinkets.


Couldn’t make it out or did the rain hold you back? View the rest of photos on Gallery.

Honda Celebration of Light 2019 dates and countries revealed

Japan’s performance in 2017

The Honda Celebration of Light returns to Vancouver’s English Bay this summer with three fun filled nights of fireworks synchronized to music. For 2019, the line-up includes two new participant countries are joining host country Canada – India and Croatia.

This is the 29th year the event has lit up the city, with India starting first on Saturday, July 27th, 2019, followed by Canada on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 and then Croatia on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019.

Leading up to the pyrotechnic display, which begins at 10:00 pm, there will be live music and a selection of food trucks. For those wanting a more comfortable seat, there are three viewing lounges offering premium views (at a price); tickets are available online through the Honda Celebration of Light web site.

Source: Honda Celebration of Light

Crunchyroll to regularly share data on popular anime streams

The top 20 total titles on Crunchyroll for the last week of March 2019

With 45 million users, Crunchyroll streams anime to all corners of the world and plans to release statistics on a steady basis of what their fans watch and from where.

Over a one week period, from March 25th to 31st, 2019, Crunchyroll provided an alphabetical list of their 20 most watched series.

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DARLING in the FRANXX
  • Domestic Girlfriend
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Fairy Tale
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
  • Sword Art Online
  • THE PROMISED NEVERLAND
  • The Quintessential Quintuples
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Also included were top ten lists from different countries, including Canada. Canada’s most watched series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Black Clover
  • Fairy Tail
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Sword Art Online
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

As Crunchyroll serves anime fans in over 200 countries, for the week of March 25th to 31st, 2019, the top ten countries per subscriber paints an interesting picture of where the service is being enjoyed.

  1. Uruguay
  2. Portugal
  3. India
  4. Philippines
  5. Italy
  6. Colombia
  7. Poland
  8. Dominican Republic
  9. Ecuador
  10. Peru

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