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A regular pop-drinking, hockey-watching, snow-shovelling Canadian, Frederick, aka Nephrus, loves his anime. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Frederick runs amok between his hometown and the states of Washington and Texas, spending time with friends, at anime conventions and looking for some good burgers, brisket or sashimi.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga volume 8

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations volume 8
Cover art for volume 8 of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Kawaki grows closer with Boruto and his friends, and starts training with Naruto’s son. Unbeknownst to them, members of Kara have snuck into the village with instructions to steal back Kawaki. However, they end up facing Naruto — can father and son defeat the intruders and protect Kawaki?

Volume 8 of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga by Ukyo Kodachi and Mikio Ikemoto goes on sale in North America on April 7th, 2020.

Byleth from Fire Emblem revealed as latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter

During this morning’s Super Smash Bros. Direct video, Masahiro Sakurai revealed the level of secrecy undertaken to protect the identity of the latest fighter to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. Byleth, from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, is the newest playable character for Nintendo’s venerable fighting game on the Switch.

The professor of Garreg Mach Monastery joins seven other characters from the Fire Emblem franchise: Marth, Roy, Ike, Lucina, Robin, Corrin and Chrom. Accompanying Byleth is the aforementioned monastery which is the fighter’s home stage. As a ranged fighter, Byleth wields a sword, axe, lance and bow which create for interesting offense and defense manoeuvres. Fear not, Edelgard, Claude and Dimitri will make appearances in the Garreg Mach Monastery.

Also shown were new outfits for Mii Fighters from series Cuphead, Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, and Mega Man. The Cuphead costume also comes with the song Floral Fury which played during the battle with Cagney Carnation.

Byleth, the Garreg Mach Monastery stage, as well as the Mii Fighter outfits become available on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.

Six more fighters are coming as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2; they will be announced at later dates.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available only on the Nintendo Switch.

Source: Nintendo

Metro Vancouver to endure more winter weather

The south coast of British Columbia has seen some wild winter weather in the last few days, and it’s not over yet. Another storm is expected to hit the region overnight bringing high winds and more snow.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has posted wind and snow warnings for Metro Vancouver for the rest of the day. The snow is expected to change into scattered showers and flurries on Thursday.

BC Ferries has cancelled all remaining sailings for Wednesday afternoon and evening due to the high wind warning.

Crews are out on local roads and highways clearing out accumulated snow and are asking for drivers to be careful and patient as they work to keep routes clear. Drivers are also asked to clean slow from their vehicles (not just the front windshield) and use proper tires or chains.

TransLink is advising commuters to prepare for delays as SkyTrain and bus service are heavily impacted by the weather.

Square Enix pushes back Final Fantasy VII Remake release to April 10, 2020

The release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake is being pushed back to April 10th, 2020 according to an announcement from Square Enix today.

A message from producer Yoshinori Kitase apologized for the change in date, explaining that the development team wanted to spend extra time to ensure the game was completed to meet not only their expectations, but that of the fans as well.

“We know that so many of you are looking forward to the release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE and have been waiting patiently to experience what we have been working on. In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020.

We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience. I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.

Thank you for your patience and continued support”

Final Fantasy VII Remake originally was scheduled for March 3rd, 2020.

Source: Square Enix

Crunchyroll shares viewer data from October-December 2019

Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll Oct-Dec 2019
The top 20 anime titles on Crunchyroll for October-December 2019.

Even though 2019 is now behind us, Crunchyroll has released their viewership statistics for the final three months of last year. With over 50 million subscribers (and 30 million through social media channels), Crunchyroll regularly shares data from their platform giving a look into what countries around the world are watching.

For October through December 2019, the top ten countries by subscribers are:

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

The data also shows that anime fans watch 85 minutes a day watching shows on the streaming service. Below are the top 20 titles, sorted alphabetically:

  1. ASSASSINS PRIDE
  2. Attack on Titan
  3. Black Clover
  4. Bleach
  5. BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  7. DR. STONE
  8. Fairy Tail
  9. Fire Force
  10. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  11. Hunter x Hunter
  12. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  13. My Hero Academia
  14. Naruto
  15. Naruto Shippuden
  16. One Piece
  17. Radiant
  18. Sword Art Online
  19. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  20. Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun

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

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Sword Art Online

In the United Kingdom, the top ten series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Sword Art Online

In Mexico, the top ten series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Sword Art Online

In Brazil, the top ten series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Sword Art Online

In Russia, the top ten series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DR. STONE
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

And finally, in Moldova, the top ten series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DARLING in the FRANXX
  • DR. STONE
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Sword Art Online
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

Masahiro Sakurai to present Super Smash Bros. livestream on January 16, 2020

On the morning of Thursday, January 16th, 2020, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai will host a livestreaming event at 6:00 am PST (9:00 am EST) in the morning to share new DLC.

The video is expected to last about 35 minutes and, like previous reveals, will show off the new fighter, their moves and skillset and any potential new levels and music.

No details regarding who the new DLC fighter is was provided.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released for Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018.

Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai on 1/16 at 6am PT for a roughly 35 minute video livestream featuring an in-depth look at an upcoming DLC fighter, which he will unveil in the video!

Posted by Super Smash Bros. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Source: Facebook

Royce O’Neale wears Dragon Ball Z-themed sneakers in NBA game

Following in the footsteps of Boston Celtics’ centre Tacko Fall, Royce O’Neale of the Utah Jazz was rocking a pair of anime-themed sneakers with Dragon Ball Z‘s Goku on the court this evening.

The custom orange-and-blue Nike Kobe AD sneakers designed by Andrew Lewis has two images of Goku with differing facial expressions in his Super Saiyan form on the quarter.

O’Neale and the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Hornets 109 to 92.

Source: Twitter

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to get downloadable content

Announced during Thursday’s Pokémon Direct live-stream, the Nintendo Switch titles Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are getting additional content digitally as Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass. This is a departure from when Game Freak released additional content as individual games (e.g. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon).

Included in the DLC are 200 existing Pokémon from the previous generations to the Galar Pokédex. Two new storylines build on the Galar region with Part 1 The Isle of Armor coming in June 2020, followed by Part 2 The Crown Tundra in Fall 2020. As Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield feature Pokémon and and Gym Leaders unique to each title, new rivals will follow suit: poison-type Klara in Pokémon Sword, while psychic-type Avery appears in Pokémon Shield.

Kubfu is the fighting-type legendary Pokémon for the The Isle of Armor; Kubfu’s evolution, Urshifu, will be able to Gigantamax. For The Crown Tundra, the legendary Pokémon is the psychic- and grass-type Calyrex.

Additionally, there’s new clothing and accessory styles, plus new upgrade options for the Rotom Bike.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released on November 15th, 2019.

Source: Nintendo

North American theatres to get My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising February 26, 2020

The movie My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is coming to theatres across North America on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020. According to Funimation, the anime film based on Kohei Horikoshi’s manga will be shown in both Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed in English.

The news was announced today through a video posted to Twitter of Bakugo’s English voice actor Clifford Chapin.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising opened in Japanese theatres on Friday, December 20th, 2019.

Source: Funimation

Crunchyroll Games to release Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle

Crunchyroll Games is bringing the supernatural world to the palm of your hand with the turn-based RPG mobile game Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle.

Fans of the anime can play as their favourite characters and their powers from the first and second seasons. There’s over 80 characters players can collect, utilising their own unique move set, complete with cut scenes. Voices are provided by the original Japanese actors: Setsuo Itō (Shigeo Kageyama), Takahiro Sakurai (Arataka Reigen), and Akio Ōtsuka (Dimple/Narrator). Training and improving characters unlocks new abilities, star levels, experience points and equipment. Players can traverse and fight in locations from the Mob Psycho 100 anime, either in teams using PVP or PVE, and in competitions. For those who are looking for a more relaxed experience, there’s mini games in the school, fishing tournaments and interactions with a pet. Also included are social elements of adding friends, chat functions, sharing and leaderboards.

Game play from Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle.

Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle is available in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and the United States on both Apple iOS and Android devices.