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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 Illinois and Texas, spending time with friends, at anime conventions and looking for some good burgers or sashimi.

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.

Fourth season of Attack on Titan anime to be final in 2020

Pony Canyon, the distributor for the Attack on Titan anime series, announced that there is a fourth season coming in 2020, but that it will be the last for the animated series.

A brief, 15 second video posted to YouTube reveals this, and that it will be broadcast on NHK.

Funimation currently streams both subtitled and dubbed versions of Attack on Titan for North American viewers through their FunimationNow service.

Source: Funimation

Adidas working on Naruto sneaker collaboration

Fresh off the heels with their Dragon Ball Z footwear collaboration, Adidas is moving on to the next Shonen Jump series: Naruto Shippuden. While not too many details are available at the moment, there are a few images of the first pair which is themed on Sakura Haruno.

Naruto x Adidas T-7 Sakura Sneaker

Naruto x Adidas T-7 Sakura Sneaker

Using the familiar styrofoam-like Boost sole, Adidas based the T-7 design on Sakura’s red outfit and pink hair without anything overly announcing that this pair is styled off an anime character. The only real giveaway is that there’s an image of Sakura from Naruto Shippuden on the left insole.

No date for release or information on any other pairs was made available.

Source: SneakerNews.com

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