All posts by Frederick Linsmeyer

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.

Primitive Skateboarding announces Naruto Shippuden collaboration

Primitive Skateboarding revealed they are working on a Naruto Shippuden product line according to a post on Instagram.

The minimalist image included the Primitive Skateboarding and Naruto Shippuden logos, but with no information. Primitive recently worked on a collaboration with designs from Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series.

No release date or other information was provided.

Source: Instagram

Novel follow up to Bleach scheduled for Summer 2020

While the manga and anime series for Tite Kubo’s Bleach ended rather hastily, there is some good news. There’s an official novel which continues after the series conclusion, but it was only available in Japan.

Viz Media revealed they have acquired the rights to Can’t Fear Your Own World at New York Comic Con 2019 earlier in October. This novelisation is scheduled to hit bookstore shelves in the summer of 2020 in North America.

A tweet posted to Viz Media’s Twitter account shows the cover artwork for volume one of Can’t Fear Your Own World. Written by Ryohogo Narita with artwork by Tite Kubo, the story is based around Shuhei Hisagi, the sub-lieutenant of the ninth division in the Soul Society.

Can’t Fear Your Own World was published in Japan over three volumes since 2016.

Sources: Comicbook.com, Twitter

UBC Apple Festival returns October 19-20, 2019

Grimes Golden

A bag of Grimes Golden apples at the UBC Apple Festival.

Take a bite into fall with the UBC Apple Festival this October! On Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 2019, between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm PDT, you can sink your teeth into everything apple related at the UBC Botanical Gardens on the west side of the university campus.

Some 40 types of new and heritage BC-grown apples are lined up, along with pears, and individual apple trees for purchase. A list cultivars for this year is available online, including Arlet, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Melrose, Nicola, Salish (a personal favourite), Topaz and Winesap.

Admission is $5 (cash only), or free for those aged 12 and under, which gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between the Botanical Gardens and the West Parkade and the Fraser River Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Dress accordingly for the weather and remember your reusable bags and boxes.

Crunchyroll shares streaming data for August, September 2019

Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll for August-September, 2019

Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll for August-September, 2019

Crunchyroll is publishing some of its viewership data from the months of August and September 2019. The anime streaming service has over 50 million registered users and 30 million followers through its social media channels.

Serving more than 200 countries, Crunchyroll shared the top streaming countries per subscriber for this time period. These include:

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

Worldwide, Crunchyroll users spends roughly 85 minutes a day watching anime; below are the top 20 series, listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • Bleach
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Fairy Tail
  • Fire Force
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • Isekai Cheat Magician
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

For Canada, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Fairy Tail
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For the United Kingdom, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden

For the Mexico, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • 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

For the Brazil, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • 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

For the Russia, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DR. STONE
  • Fairy Tail
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One-Punch Man
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

Source: Crunchyroll

PlayStation 5 to launch in winter 2020 with new controller technology

The next Sony console to succeed the PlayStation 4 is the PlayStation 5 and it is expected to launch in late 2020, near the holiday period.

An article posted to PlayStation.Blog also unveiled new technology being included in the controllers for the console. Replacing the existing “rumble” function in the controllers is “haptic” feedback. Haptic feedback allows for changes in the way movement is felt when playing, so that “…crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field.” according to the article.

Another new feature is called “adaptive triggers” on the L2 and R2 buttons. This technology allows variations in feeling when pressed, allowing the player to feel the difference between “…drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.”

Developers have received this new hardware so they can begin creating unique experiences to draw players further into the immersive environment envisioned in the next generation of gaming.

No other details on hardware specifications for the PlayStation 5, or a specific release date, were provided.

Source: PlayStation.Blog

Crunchyroll to stream NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 on October 9, 2019

To celebrate the 20 years of Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto, Crunchyroll is set to stream the 24-hour event NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 which begins at 6:00 pm PDT (9:00 pm EDT), on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 and ends at 6:00 pm PDT (9:00 pm EDT) on Thursday, October 10th, 2019.

NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019

Promotional artwork for NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019.

NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 will include performances from the bands FLOW, KANA-BOON, Game-Jikkyosha Wakuwaku Band, Little Glee Monster, SNOWKEL, DISH//, and FUJIFABRIC. The Japanese voice cast from the anime series Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will live-read special episodes in character. The cast includes Junko Takeuchi as Naruto Uzumaki, Noriaki Sugiyama as Sasuke Uchiha, Chie Nakamura as Sakura Uchiha, Nana Mizuki as Hinata Uzumaki, Yuko Sanpei as Boruto Uzumaki, Cocoro Kikuchi as Sarada Uchiha, Ryuichi Kijima as Mitsuki and Kensho Ono as Shikadai Nara.

There’s also additional treats to appear during this 24-hour event, so tune in to Crunchyroll to catch it.

Naruto first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in September 1999.

The character, Naruto Uzumaki, has his birthday on Thursday, October 10th.

Editor’s Note:
To watch on Crunchyroll, visit this link.

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll shares list of anime to relax with this fall

Looking to unwind after a long day at school or work, but can’t think of what to watch? Or perhaps you’re all caught up and need something new. The team at Crunchyroll assembled a list of anime to share for those looking to relax and get comfortable with this autumn season.

Yuru Camp
Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to Motosu, she’s forced to turn back because of worsening weather. Unable to set her eyes on her goal, she faints partway to her destination. When she wakes up, it’s night, in a place she’s never been before, with no way of knowing how to get home. Nadeshiko is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girl’s story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin.

A Place Further than the Universe
Scenery that we have never seen. Sounds that we have never heard. Scent that we have never smelled. Food that we have never tasted. And the surge of emotion that we have never experienced. This is the expedition of recollecting the pieces torn apart and sensation left alone. When we reach that place, what will we think? Howling, 40-degree angle. Raging, 50-degree angle. Shouting, 60-degree angle. A wilderness beyond the heavy sea. The furthest south, far from civilization. At the top of the Earth. We will find lights through the girls’ eyes to live tomorrow.

NEW GAME!
After graduating high school, Suzukaze Aoba joins Eagle Jump, the game company that developed Fairies Story, the game she obsessed over as a kid. On her first day as a working member of society, Aoba heads to work swaying in a packed, morning rush hour train. She manages to get to the office building all right but hesitates, wondering if it was really okay for her to take that last step and go inside. That’s when a senior member of staff, Toyama Rin, shows up at work and safely leads Aoba inside the offices of Eagle Jump.

Flying Witch
Aomori, Japan In a land blessed by nature’s bountiful beauty, bizarre things begin to take place. Makoto Kowata, 15 years old, is a professional witch. She left Yokohama with Chito, her black cat, to live in the house of her relatives in Aomori. This is where she begins to train as a witch. Even though Makoto’s powers are still limited to just flying through the sky, she and her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu surely make the most out of each and every day.

Kino´s Journey
“The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.” A story about Kino, who travels around the world with nothing but guns for protection and the talking motorcycle Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people, and learns about the world through their stories, at times conjuring humor and inspiration or other times piercing cynicism. However, Kino’s own custom is to stay no longer than three days in every town without exception, as it is enough time to learn almost everything important about the place while still leaving time to explore new lands.

sweetness & lightning
Kohei is a single father and high school teacher who lives with his only daughter. A chance encounter brings him together with Kotori, one of his students. The three of them start to meet together to make meals. None of them know how to cook, but they all love delicious food! ”sweetness & lightning” is a heartwarming and fun experience that you’re sure to love!

Tsukigakirei
It’s the third year of middle school. Kotaro, a bookish boy aspiring to become a novelist, and Akane, a track girl who loves to run, meet in the same class together for the first time. They’re put in charge of the equipment for the sports festival and slowly grow closer via LINE. How does Kotaro deal with his growing feelings for her? Meanwhile, Takumi has been in love with Akane since first year, and Akane’s friend, Chinatsu, becomes interested in Kotaro. A refreshing story of young love set in Kawagoe.

Restaurant to Another World
There is a certain restaurant in the first basement level of a multi-tenant building in one corner of a shopping street near the office district. The historical restaurant, marked by a sign with a picture of a cat, is called “Western Cuisine Nekoya.” This restaurant looks completely normal through the week, but on Saturdays, it opens in secret exclusively to some very unique guests. During these hours, doors in various areas of a parallel world open to allow customers of many different races and cultures into the restaurant.

Wakakozake
Murasaki Wakako is a 26-year-old OL that loves nothing more than delicious food and drink. Wakako’s favorite thing to do for relaxation is to go off by herself after work and go to various places to eat and drink, even if she’s never been there before. The moment Wakako is able to taste the pairing between the food she wants to eat and the perfect accompanying drink, the happy sound of “Pshuuu” leaves her lips. Now, then. Where shall we drink tonight? *(available as both a 12 episode anime or a 24 episode live-action drama)

Ore MONOGATARI
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?

Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
Adapted from the popular web manga series published by Square Enix, this unconventional, surrealist comedy follows an exhausted high school boy who, despite multiple attempts from his friends, still manages to spectacularly… sleep. Much to the chagrin of the energetic (at times bossy) Ohta, Tanaka is often found in a blissful state of lethargy, possessing the ability to doze off in any situation, especially in mid-sentence!

Eve No Jikan
“Time of EVE” is the latest work by Yasuhiro YOSHIURA, director of “Pale Cocoon” & “Aquatic Language”. The series, produced by Studio Rikka & DIRECTIONS, Inc. released in 2008-2009. A 2013 Kickstarter to fund the global release of “Time of EVE: The Movie” received worldwide support. The Blu-ray features an English dub by Michael Sinterniklaas/NYAV Post & the OST. It also led to the English publication of “Time of EVE: Official Fan Book” & the light novel “Time of EVE: Another Act.”

Yama no Susume: Season 3
Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children, they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

Fourth season of Haikyuu!! coming January 2020

Promotional artwork for season 4 of Haikyuu!!

With the fourth season of the volleyball series based on Haruichi Furudate’s manga Haikyuu!! postponed until January 2020, new artwork and a name for the season was revealed; titled “To The Top” in reference to Karasuno High School making their way to the National Tournament.

A teaser for the upcoming Haikyuu!! Land and Sky OVA which becomes available on January 22nd, 2020 was also released.

Karasuno High School has made it to the National Tournament, but the real challenge is about to begin. Tobio Kageyama joins a training camp, while Shoyo Hinata struggles in dealing with the first years at another training camp but eventually winds up presenting himself at the one Kageyama is attending…

Source: Natalie

Uniqlo to launch Dragon Ball t-shirt line November 2019

Following their release of the Manga UT, Sailor Moon UT collections, Uniqlo is coming out with new designs based around Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball for their UT graphic t-shirt line this November.

Uniqlo uploaded a video interview with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura who gives insight into some of his work and designs that are planned for the upcoming Dragon Ball UT collection.

The Dragon Ball UT collection is expected to hit Uniqlo stores and online November 2019.

Dragon Ball UT Collection

Dragon Ball as you’ve never seen before! Coming end of November! #uniqloUT #dragonball #WEARYOURWORLD

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, September 20, 2019

 

Source: Facebook

A drive through the French Quarter of New Orleans

New Orleans ckyline

Skyline of New Orleans with the Superdome.

For the longest time, I’d catch myself dreaming about a visit to New Orleans, Louisiana. Ever since reading about it in National Geographic when I was younger, I was interested in the architecture, the food, the history of this city on the banks of the Mississippi River. The colours of Mardi Gras. The smells of creole cuisine. The sounds of jazz. It was something I thought I’d never get to experience.

When we were planning our drive from Birmingham, Alabama to San Antonio, Texas for San Japan, I asked if we could make a stop in New Orleans on the way back. During the return trip after the convention, we drove into New Orleans along the I-10 and while the initial downpour of rain threatened to ruin our visit into the French Quarter (or Vieux Carré in French) we were treated to the sun and that southern humidity for the remainder of the day.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

A row of graves seen through the back gate of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Right off the highway exit ramp, we stopped at the venerable St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 for a look around, only to find out you need a tour to access the grounds. At $25 USD per person, we decided to skip the cemetery. Pressed for time (and the darkening skies), we hopped back into the car and navigated the narrow streets, with me hanging out the front passenger seat snapping away pictures on my phone.

Streets in the French Quarter are lined with elegant balconies and galleries (balconies are supported from the building, whereas galleries have pillars or columns from the ground), overflowing with lush greenery and bedecked with flags and banners. With resilient brickwork, weathered wood and intricate wrought iron, each building is unique and beautiful. Much of the architecture isn’t actually French, as it was destroyed during a fire, the buildings we see today were rebuilt during the Spanish occupation using materials and techniques available at the time.

Our drive took us down Conti Street south-east towards the Mississippi River, south-west along North Peters Street, up Canal Street to Chartres Street, back to Conti Street, onto Decatur Street. We meandered around the French Market including Barracks Street and Esplanade Street before returning to Decatur Street and leaving along St. Louis Street.

Rue Conti at Rue Chartres

The intersection at Rue Conti at Rue Chartres

While taking pictures, a number of pedestrians stopped to gawk at the vehicle, some snapping photos, others shouting how awesome it was to see a My Hero Academia-themed car in the Crescent City. And yes, this was where a fan parked their car in the middle of an intersection to grab a few shots of the car.

Sadly, due to time, (and trying to find affordable parking) I wouldn’t get to sample some of the food I’d been looking to try in their home: po’boy, jambalaya, oysters Rockefeller, or beignets. But just getting to see a section of this city with my own eyes, does help fulfill part of a dream, but doesn’t extinguish the desire to return. Perhaps on my next visit, I’ll get to explore more of the mystical city that is New Orleans.

View the rest of our brief trip through the French Quarter in New Orleans on Gallery.

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