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.

Kingdom Hearts III DLC to arrive in Jan/Feb 2020

Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. Though the information and video were accidentally leaked a few days prior; it is now official. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC becomes available on January 23th, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and on February 25th, 2020 for Xbox One consoles.

In the video, Final Fantasy characters Aerith, Yuffie and Leon return, as well as delving deeper into the pain Aqua suffers through. Also shown is Sora’s ability to set glowing rails that he can glide upon through worlds; even Kairi becomes playable for certain battle sequences.

Pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind went on sale today.

Sources: Facebook, YouTube

Bring home the holidays with anime on Crunchyroll

With the weather outside getting colder, the team at Crunchyroll has made a list (and checked it twice) for keep warm with this Christmas. So grab some hot cocoa, a blanket and let this wonderful selection of anime get you in the spirit!

Laid-Back Camp (Episode 12 “Mount Fuji and the Laid-Back Camp Girls” is one of our faves!)
The scenery in this wholesome tale about two outdoorsy girls is breathtaking and it’s almost enough to make you fall in love with camping. The story begins when Rin decides to cycle to the base of Mount Fuji. On the way there, she comes across Nadeshiko who is always falling asleep. She’s lost and soon the girls end up sharing ramen by the campfire where they plan another camping trip. There isn’t a snowflake in sight, but you can almost smell Christmas with acres of pine trees stretching into the distance.

A Place Further Than the Universe (Episode 10 “Partial Friendship” is one of our faves!)
Scenery that we have never seen. Sounds that we have never heard. Scents 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.

KONOSUBA (Episode 8 “Sightseeing in This Pitiful City” is one of our faves!)
After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

Gintama (Episodes 37, 200, and 201 — “People Who Say that Santa Doesn’t Really Exist Actually Want to Believe in Him / Prayer Won’t Make Your Worldly Desires Go Away! Control Yourself”, “Santa Claus Red is Blood Red“, and “Everybody’s a Santa” — are some of our faves!)
In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motorbikes have replaced the simple life of Earth inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai, Gintoki Sakata, otherwise known as Yorozuya Gin-san. As reckless as he is, Gintoki carries his own resolve and is ready to take on any challenge with his fellow companions.

My Little Monster (Episode 10 “Christmas” is one of our faves!)
Impassive girl meets trouble maker in a brand new love story! After Mizutani Shizuku, a girl whose sole interest is studying, is asked to deliver some handouts to Yoshida Haru, a boy who hasn’t come to school after spilling blood on the first day, she finds herself the target of his affection. This is a story about a boy and a girl who struggle with love and friendship. Opening yourself up to other people forces you to be honest with yourself.

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying (Episode 12 “Baby Skip Beat” is one of our faves!)
Kaoru is an OL you can find anywhere, serious and works diligently, but her husband is a super otaku and more-or-less a NEET. She is caught up in one of her husband’s whims one day or the subject of his concerns another, but the two are so close that it’s embarrassing to even watch them!

School Babysitters
The heartwarming tale of Ryuichi and his baby brother Kotaro who lost their parents in a plane crash. They are taken in by a scary woman with a huge cloud of grey curls who lost her son and daughter-in-law in the same crash. She will give them a home on the condition that Ryuichi babysits the big-eyed kids at the creche in the school that she runs. “Every man must work for his daily bread,” she shrieks and so he does. It’s funny, cute and moving.

When Narumiya Minato joins Prefectural Kazemai High School, he was quickly invited to join the archery club by the club’s advisor, Tommy-sensei. His childhood friends Takehaya Seiya and Yamanouchi Ryohei swiftly agree to join, but Minato is hesitant at first. Because Minato is the rare student with experience in archery, Tommy-sensei orders him to give a demonstration, which Minato does… except his arrow doesn’t hit the target. It is revealed that Minato has developed a terrible dysfunction regarding archery.

A family-friendly show about the secret life of kittens who live in bananas that grow at the foot of a mountain shaped like a cat. As stories go, it’s pretty out there, but it’s fun, stupidly cute and is sure to be a hit this Christmas if you have little ones.

Cardcaptor Sakura
This is a classic anime for all ages about a popular, sporty 10-year-old girl named Sakura who finds a mysterious book containing a set of cards. When a gust of wind scatters said cards across the globe, a beast called Kerochan tells her that they are the work of a sorcerer called Clow and have powers that pose a grave danger. It is then up to Sakura to prevent the cards from causing chaos with the help of her best friend Tomoyo.

Pokémon to feature in Jeopardy! episode tonight

Trivia and Pokémon fans, get ready for a televised battle! This evening’s episode of Jeopardy! will include a segment featuring Pokémon, according to a photo posted to the game show’s Instagram page.

Categories revealed in the post show tongue-in-cheek selections Peek A Choo-Choo, Geo, Dude, Odd-ish, Slowpoke, Nine Tales, and Pokémon.

Host Alex Trebek doles out answers where the three contestants must phrase their responses in the form of a question.

It’s hoped that the contestants on tonight’s episode have a little more luck with the topic than those with previous game-themed categories.

Jeopardy! airs at 7:30 pm PST tonight.

Source: Instagram

Trailer for 25th James Bond film No Time To Die dropped today

A teaser newest James Bond film, No Time To Die, was released Wednesday morning. The two-and-a-half minute trailer reveals Daniel Craig’s performance as the fictional MI6 agent returning to active service following the events of Spectre (2015).

With the leader of Spectre locked up, Bond faces a new adversary, one the likes he’s never encountered before. Enlisting the help of CIA partner Felix Leiter, Bond must keep moving, but finds that those he knows harbour some dangerous secrets. Of course the legendary Aston Martin DB5, fitted with all of Q branch’s standard armaments, makes a return.

Joining Craig on-screen are Léa Seydoux (Madeline Swann), Rami Malik (Sofin), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld), Ana de Armas (Paloma), Lashana Lynch (Nomi), and David Dencik (Waldo).

No Time To Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga, will hit Canadian theatres April 2020.

Source: YouTube

VanDusen Botanical Gardens glows with the Fetival of Lights for 2019

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
An illuminated pathway at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in 2018.

December is a dark month with the sun setting earlier and earlier, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dreary, especially with the brilliant Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

Thousands of Christmas lights are strung up through the gardens, a light show synchronized to festive music at fountain by the entrance, food and drink vendors, and a carousel. It’s fun for the whole family!

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 5th, 2020. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Miku Expo to tour Canada and the United States in 2020

Miku Expo 2020 - Canada & United States
Promotional artwork for Miku Expo 2020.

Virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku is touring Canada and the United States in 2020 for the fifth anniversary of Miku Expo.

Miku is a Vocaloid (a computer-generated vocalist) easily recognisable by her long turqouise twin-ponytails, who performs on stage as a 3D hologram backed by live musicians playing guitars, drums and keyboards. Joining Miku are other Vocaloids Kagamine Len and Rin, Kaito, Meiko and Megurine Luka. Fans around the world have composed songs with her voice using the Vocaloid software.

There’s nine stops on the tour, with Vancouver being the first city.

  • April 4th, 2020 at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver, BC
  • April 14th, 2020 at the San Jose Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • April 21th, 2020 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
  • April 24th, 2020 at the Gateway Center Arena in Atlanta, GA
  • April 29th, 2020 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC
  • May 2nd, 2020 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ
  • May 5th, 2020 at the House of Blues Boston in Boston, MA
  • May 9th, 2020 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
  • May 13th, 2020 at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

FLOW to tour North America in 2020

FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.
FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.

Japanese rock band FLOW is touring the world in 2020 with stops in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Only two cities in Canada made the list: Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON.

Some of FLOW’s songs were used as opening themes for Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, including GO!!!, Re:member and Sign. Series including Eureka Seven and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion have also used songs recorded by the band.

North American cities on the tour are:

  • May 25th, 2020 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
  • May 26th, 2020 at Canton Hall in Dallas, TX
  • May 28th, 2020 at the City National Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • May 29th, 2020 at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA
  • May 31st, 2020 at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver, BC
  • June 3rd, 2020 at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto, ON
  • June 5th, 2020 at the Sony Theater in New York City, NY
  • June 7th, 2020 at Foro Didi in Monterrey, Nuevo León
  • June 9th, 2020 at Sala Puebla in Mexico City, Mexico

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

Kyoto Animation studio affected by arson to be torn down

The building that was home to a studio of Kyoto Animation that suffered an arson attack on July 18th, 2019 is to be torn down.

NHK reported that the animation company revealed its intention to demolish the structure with neighbouring residents and businesses on Saturday.

Before demolition can begin, which is expected to start in January 2020, the interior of the undergo further clean up, as well as scaffolding erected on the exterior. No details were provided about how the space is to be used once demolition is completed.

Hideaki Hatta, president and CEO of Kyoto Animation, had brought up the subject of demolition during a press conference in October. He added that it “…pained him deeply” seeing the damaged studio.

Source: NHK World

Last Cloudia comes to Crunchyroll Games with special Collection of Mana event

Last Cloudia - Screenshot
A screenshot from Last Cloudia from AIDIS, Inc. and Crunchyroll Games.

Crunchyroll Games has announced that the role-playing title Last Cloudia by AIDIS, Inc., joins their mobile gaming platform and is now available in Canada and the United States on iOS and Android devices.

This new title includes a collaboration with Square Enix and their Collection of Mana series that includes Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana; which goes live on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019. During this event, characters from Secret of Mana, Randi, Popoi, and Primm, are playable and come with their own special skill-sets and weapons from the Collection of Mana universe. The event ends on Friday, December 13th, 2019.

Last Cloudia is free to download and play, and contains in-app purchases.

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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