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.

New artwork for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations shown

Viz Media shared artwork on Friday of the next story arc for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime series which was unveiled at this year’s Jump Festa in Japan.

The new story arc is an adaptation of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga written by Ukyo Kodachi and drawn by Mikio Ikemoto under the supervision of Naruto‘s Masashi Kishimoto.

The new storyline is expected to air in late January 2020. Both Crunchyroll and Viz Media stream the Boruto series online.

Source: Twitter

Tacko Fall wears Naruto-themed sneakers in NBA game

Boston Celtics centre Tacko Fall is a fan of Naruto. In last night’s NBA game against the Detroit Pistons, Fall appeared on court wearing a pair of custom Nike Zoom Rize with characters from the anime.

The left shoe is decorated with Naruto’s face in Sage Mode, while the right has the young ninja’s mentor Jiraiya. Both sneakers include a black upper with the red apostrophe-like collar design from Naruto’s Six Paths Sage Mode.

Fall, who is 24, is seven feet six inches tall, and wears an astounding size 22 sneaker.

Boston beat Detroit with a final score of 114 to 93.

Sources: Twitter, Baller Shoes DB

Funko to release new Naruto Pop! figures

Today Funko shared photos of new figures of their Pop! Animation line-up that feature characters from the Naruto Shippuden series.

Four new designs include Naruto Uzumaki running (with his arms stretched out back), Gaara summoning sand from his gourd, Orochimaru wielding a sword and snakes, and Tsunade in a battle stance. Two US retailer-specific variants were also shown: Naruto and Sasuke fighting each other, which GameStop will carry, and Sexy Jutsu Naruto that BoxLunch will sell.

No date was provided for when these news Pop! figures will be available for purchase.

Sources: Funko, Facebook

BC Ferries to drop fuel surcharge from fares on December 17, 2019

BC Ferries vessel MV Spirit of Vancouver Island navigates the Salish Sea.
BC Ferries vessel MV Spirit of Vancouver Island navigates the Salish Sea.

Starting Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, BC Ferries is removing the 1.5% fuel surcharge from its fares; amounting to a savings of 25 cents for walk-on passengers, and 85 cents for vehicles on major routes.

The surcharge was added on June 1st, 2019 as the cost of fuel had gone up. BC Ferries adds surcharges and rebates depending on the price of fuel.

Fuel is the second largest expense for the company, according to the comments provided by a spokesperson to the CBC.

Sources: CBC, BC Ferries

Second My Hero Academia movie coming to North American theatres in 2020

Fans of the My Hero Academia anime, get your hero costumes ready as Funimation announced today the movie My Hero Academia The Movie: Heroes Rising is coming to theatres in Canada and the United States in 2020.

This is the second movie from the anime, following My Hero Academia: Two Heroes which also was screened in theatres across North America in 2018.

My Hero Academia The Movie: Heroes Rising opens in Japanese theatres this Friday, December 20th, 2019.

A specific date for the North American screening of My Hero Academia The Movie: Heroes Rising was not provided.

Source: Funimation

Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X

Microsoft has announced the name of their newest video game console: Xbox Series X.

In a tweet from the official Xbox Twitter account, a short 1 minute 53 second video opens with the creation of a world, rocks forming, water swirling and forests growing before cutting into sequences from a racing game, soccer match and scenes from the Halo franchise. The video ends with images of the console itself, followed by the phrase “Power your dreams” and a prospective launch date of “Holiday 2020”.

The Xbox Series X console is that of an elongated rectangle with a disc drive at one end and small Xbox logo at other. The sides of console feature circular vents covering its signature green insides; a very simplistic and sleek style — the flashiness is focused on the interior power of the device instead of its physical appearance. The console is shown to be standing vertical; though it may also work horizontally if space is an issue.

As the video mentions, the Xbox Series X is expected sometime in late 2020.

Source: Twitter

Square Enix shows of FFVII Remake teaser at The Game Awards

Square Enix shared a new teaser of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake during The Game Awards 2019, which celebrates the best in the world of video gaming and e-sports.

In the 90 second video, hero-for-hire Cloud Strife is shown fighting alongside members of AVALANCHE as they struggle to save the planet from the energy sucking Mako reactors from the Shinra Company. Fans of the series will recognize appearances by the infamous Guard Scorpion and Reno of the Turks; plus Cloud’s interactions with Tifa, Aerith, and Barrett.

Final Fantasy VII Remake releases for the PlayStation 4 on March 3rd, 2020.

Source: Twitter

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