July 2019

All articles posted in July 2019.

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

Crunchyroll shares top countries from The Rising of the Shield Hero post card promo

Back in June, Crunchyroll had partnered with Postable to allow fans of The Rising of the Shield Hero send physical post cards to their friends and family for free. Crunchyroll shared some statistics from this promotion, showing that Canadians sent the second most post cards (third if the United States is factored in).

A map of all countries that took part in the The Rising of the Shield Hero post card promotion.

Four post card designs were available: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo or Melty. Each card also includes a message and autograph from the English voice cast of the series, including Billy Kametz (Naofumi), Erica Mendez (Raphtalia), Brianna Knickerbocker (Filo) and Jackie Lastra (Melty).

In all, fans from over 60 countries participated, with the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil and Mexico in the top six.

Top six countries in The Rising of the Shield Hero post card promotion.

Fire at Kyoto Animation Company kills 33 people

At 10:30 am local time (6:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time), a fire broke out at building that housed the Kyoto Animation Company in Kyoto, Japan. A man in his 40s was suspected of starting the fire which killed 33 people, with another 36 injured, according to NHK.

Witnesses to the event recall seeing the suspect pour an accelerant on the building and shouting before starting the fire. He was arrested and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Kyoto Animation Company was founded in 1981 and worked on a number of anime series including K-ON, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Free!.

Anime fans from around the world took to social media posting messages of condolence and support for those affected by the fire.

 

 

Source: NHK

Nintendo Switch Joy Cons suffer from control stick drift

We’ve all experienced it in video games at one point in time, you let go of a control stick, yet your character still keeps moving on screen instead of standing still. With the Nintendo Switch, this issue affecting the control sticks for the Joy Con controllers is becoming all too common.


An example of the Joy Con control stick drift while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In the past, this issue was attributed to the control stick being held outside of its default position when the console was powered up, but could also be caused by dirt, physical damage or faulty manufacturing. However, with the Joy Con controllers, the cause is not 100% certain at this time.

Online, it’s not hard to find gamers reporting their frustrations and solutions to the malfunctioning control sticks. Some are suggesting cleaning the sticks using contact cleaner, or going to the extreme, by replacing the actual sticks with spare parts ordered from the Internet. (Some of these methods may invalidate your warranty, so proceed with care). Purchasing replacement Joy Cons are expensive, with most retailing for approximately $100 CAD (or $80 USD).

Kotaku even posted an article, detailing how a number of their own staffers are suffering through faulty Joy Cons, and tried reaching out to Nintendo for a statement on this issue. None was provided at the time of their publication.

I’ve owned my Switch for less than a year, and I started experiencing the drifting with the left Joy Con control stick two to three months ago. I would reset the calibration for the troublesome controller to the default settings, which would stave off the drifting for a few days before returning. Now, even toying with the calibration has no effect. I use my Switch almost every day as I work out (I play while riding my stationary bike) or when I can’t get TV time with the PlayStation 4.

Nintendo offers support online to correct the issue, which (in my experience) is only temporary as the problem re-appears shortly after. As a last resort, there is an online repair process where defective Joy Con controllers are sent to Nintendo for replacement for a small fee (approximately $4 according to some sources). However, this method is only available for those who reside in Canada or the United States.

Nintendo announces lighter, more portable version of Switch

The long rumored redesign to the Nintendo Switch was announced this morning with the Japanese gaming company unveiling the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Designed for portable play, the Switch Lite lacks many of the features of the original console. This includes having the controllers fixed to the console body, a 5.5″ (8.8 cm) touch screen, and lacks compatibility with the Nintendo Switch dock for connection to a television (an HDMI cable is not included). Also removed is the kickstand for table-top play. The Switch Light weighs in at .61 lbs (276 grams). Battery life is expected to range between 3 to 7 hours (roughly 30 minutes more than the original Switch), depending on the title being played.

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in three colours.

Unique to the Switch Lite is the directional pad (D Pad) on the left side of the console; an input that doesn’t exist on the current Switch model.

The Switch Lite also comes in three colours: yellow, gray and turquoise. A limited edition design with Zacian and Zamazenta from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games was also shown.

Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta

Limited edition Nintendo Switch Lite with Zacian and Zamazenta for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Titles that play in handheld mode will function on the Switch Lite. Certain titles that do not support handheld mode are still playable if used with separate Joy-Con controllers (though these controllers cannot be charged through the Switch Light).

System functionality isn’t affected as it works with the Nintendo eShop and can play wirelessly with other Nintendo Switch consoles — either locally or over the Internet.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has a suggested price of $199.99 USD and launches on September 20th, 2019. The Zacian and Zamazenta Edition Nintendo Switch Lite releases November 8th, 2019.

Source: Nintendo

New trailer for Digimon Adventure movie released, has Spring 2020 launch

A new teaser for the upcoming film Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna was unveiled by Toei Animation at a special screening during Anime Expo this past Sunday.

This brief trailer has Agumon asking Tai if they will remain together as Tai grows older. Tai reassures his digital friend that he will always remember him as they go on one last adventure together.

Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna is expected for a spring 2020 release in the United States.

Source: Facebook

Photos from Carnaval del Sol 2019

Even though the only sunshine was liquid, this year’s Carnaval del Sol still shone brightly through the grey west coast weather. With plenty of live music, food, vendors and entertainment, there were still crowds out for the 11th year of celebrating Latin American culture.


Couldn’t attend this year’s Carnaval del Sol? Check out the photos on Gallery.

 

 

New My Hero Academia movie to screen in Japan December 2019

My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising promotional artwork.

My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising promotional artwork.

The title and date of the upcoming My Hero Academia film was unveiled earlier today. My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising will hit theatres in Japan on Friday, December 20th, 2019.

Also included was a new visual with Katsuki Bakugo and Izuku Midoriya standing together in front of All Might.

Source: 『僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング』公式サイト

Crunchyroll announces Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle

Crunchyroll Games has a new mobile game coming this fall, based on the popular supernatural comedy anime Mob Psycho 100 titled Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle.

Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama is ready to fight in Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle.

This original turn-based RPG allows players to become their own espers and build a team of up to five characters in a 3D environment that is open for exploration and battles. Each character has their own unique moves, complete with an animated cutscene and voices from the original vocal cast from the Mob Psycho 100 anime.

Canadian fans can pre-register for Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle before it’s released this fall on Android and iOS devices.

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