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

Kingdom Hearts III DLC to come in Winter 2019

Square-Enix released a video for the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III which launched earlier this year titled Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind.

The trailer briefly shows interactions between Organization XIII members and scenes where Riku, Roxas and Aqua are playable in battle.

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind is expected in Winter 2019 and will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: YouTube

Carnaval del Sol brings Latin culture back for 2019

Latin American food brings everyone together at Carnaval del Sol.

Add some Latin American flair to your summer at Carnaval del Sol, returning for its eleventh year at Concord Pacific Place on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th, 2019.

This two-day event is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and incorporates food, fun, music and more from countries in Central and South America. Multiple plazas focus on many aspects of these cultures: food, arts, family, kids, health and wellness, kids, beer, and travel. Soccer is a huge part of Latin culture, so there’s also a soccer tournament during both days at Andy Livingstone Park.

Carnaval del Sol closes off the Latin American Week, which includes cruises, the Canada Day parade, a Latin film night, a look into Afro-Latin history, and wining and dancing.

Carnaval del Sol is hosted at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. There is a $2.00 admission this year for single day access (or a $15.00 VIP pass for use on both days, including access to the beer garden and VIP areas), and is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

Dr. STONE comes to Crunchyroll in July 2019

Dr. STONE Promotional Artwork

Promotional artwork for Dr. STONE.

The anime Dr. STONE, based on the manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi, is coming to Crunchyroll as their first simulcast for the summer.

Thousands of year after humanity was petrified during a global catastrophe, two friends trapped in their rocky prison manage to break themselves free. Now Senku Ishigami and Taiju Ōki must use their knowledge of science and physical strength together as they journey to recreate what was lost.

The Japanese voice cast features Yūsuke Kobayashi as Senku Ishigami, Makoto Furukawa as Taiju Ōki, Kana Ichinose as Yuzuriha Ogawa, and Yuuichi Nakamura as Tsukasa Shishiou.

Dr. STONE has sold more than 1,940,000 volumes in Japan since July 2017. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America.

Dr. STONE begins streaming on Crunchyroll in July 2019.

My Hero Academia volume 19

Cover artwork for My Hero Academia volume 19.

The students of Class 1-A are hard at working, readying their school for a cultural festival. Izuku Midoriya is also part of the preparations while advancing his training with All Might. A new group of villains make their moves, and Midoriya must now prepare himself before they cause too much trouble for U.A. High School.

Volume 19 of the My Hero Academia manga by Kohei Horikoshi goes on sale in North America on June 4th, 2019.

TransLink fares set to increase on July 1, 2019

Compass Cards

TransLink fares are increasing on Monday, July 1st, 2019.

On Monday, July 1st, 2019 transit fares around Metro Vancouver will rise as part of TransLink’s on-going improvements to SkyTrain, SeaBus, bus and other services.

Single trip fares will see a five cent increase, while concession fares go up five cents; monthly passes will cost three dollars more (concession by two dollars). Stored Value Compass cards will go up by ten cents. Purchasing a DayPass will cost 25 cents more. The table below breaks down the cost per zone and fare type.

 

 

 

Single Use/Cash Tickets
Zone Current Fare New Fare
   Adult
1 $2.95 $3.00
2 $4.20 $4.25
3 $5.70 $5.75
   Concession
1 $1.90 $1.95
2 $2.90 $2.95
3 $3.90 $3.95
Stored Value Compass Card
   Adult
1 $2.30 $2.40
2 $3.35 $3.45
3 $4.40 $4.50
   Concession
1 $1.85 $1.95
2 $2.85 $2.95
3 $3.85 $3.95
Monthly Pass
   Adult
1 $95.00 $98.00
2 $128.00 $131.00
3 $174.00 $177.00
   Concession
All Zones $54.00 $56.00
Day Pass
   Adult
All Zones $10.25 $10.50
   Concession
All Zones $8.00 $8.25

Source: TransLink

BC Ferries fares to go up June 1st, 2019

BC Ferries vessel MV Queen of Oak Bay arrives at Horseshoe Bay.

The cost of taking BC Ferries is about to go up thanks to a new 1.5% fuel surcharge starting June 1st, 2019.

On routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, this is an additional 25 cents for an adult passenger and 85 cents for a vehicle. For the smaller inter-island routes, this is 15 cents for adult passengers and 45 cents for a vehicle.

BC Ferries uses fuel surcharges/rebates to offset the fluctuations in the price of fuel. Rebates are given at time of ticket purchase when the cost of fuel is low, while surcharges are added when the prices are high.

Sources: BC Ferries

Crunchyroll brings free anime to Twitch Prime members

Crunchyroll Twitch Prime Partnership

Crunchyroll brings bring 30 days of free anime to Twitch Prime members.

Crunchyroll and Twitch Prime are working together to bring 30 days of free anime to Twitch Prime members. This bonus is the first non-gaming loot for Twitch Prime members.

Members of Twitch Prime have their choice of free PC games each month, with free in-game items, along with free channel subscriptions on Twitch, plus chat colours and emotes.

For the last two years, Twitch has hosted the live-stream for Crunchyroll’s annual Anime Awards, where 1.3 million viewers tuned into the pre-show anime marathon, consuming almost 19 million minutes. The official stream garnered half a million unique views.

Amazon Prime members are automatically given Twitch Prime membership and can take advantage of this offer through Twitch.

New trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake unveiled

Square Enix dropped a teaser video for the much anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is a total overhaul of the popular Final Fantasy VII that was released 20 years ago on the original PlayStation.

The brief video uses footage from the beginning of the game in the dismal city of Midgar and opens with Aerith and Cloud before introducing members of AVALANCHE: Barrett, Jessie, Biggs and Wedge. Of course, some familiar enemies make an appearance, including the feared Guard Scorpion with its feared tail laser.

There is no release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake as the title is still under development for the PlayStation 4.

More information is expected in June 2019, potentially during E3.

Source: YouTube

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019

My Hero Academia & Promised Never Land - Free Comic Book Day 2019

Cover art for the My Hero Academia & Promised Never Land available for this year’s Free Comic Book Day.

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, (which is also Star Wars Day) head on over to your favourite comic store and choose from a selection of popular series — all free!

In addition to classics like Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Canuck and Little Lulu, there’s a few manga up for grabs. This year’s assortment includes:

    • My Hero Academia & Promised Neverland by Kouhei Horikoshi / Kaiu Shirai, Kouhei Horikoshi, Posuka Demizu from Viz Media.
    • Pokémon: I Choose You! & Pokémon Adventures by Ryo Takamisaki / Mato and Ryo Takamisaki from Viz Media.
    • Kino’s Journey by Keiichi Sigsawa Iruka Shiomiya from Vertical Comics.
    • Street Fighter Sakura VS Karin by Ken Siu-Chong and Omar Dogan by UDON.
    • Witch Hat Atelier / Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector’s Edition / Magus of the Library by Kamome Shirahama / CLAMP / Mitsu Izumi from Kodansha.

For a complete list of available titles, free previews and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Source: Free Comic Book Day

Photos from Sakura-Con 2019

This past Easter weekend, downtown Seattle was filled with many amazing costumes as thousands of Japanese pop-culture fans descended on the Sakura-Con anime convention. For three days, there was plenty of cosplay, live music, vendors and fun.


Couldn’t make it down or want to relive the weekend? View the rest of the photos on Gallery.

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