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Crunchyroll Anime Awards live streams on Saturday, February 16, 2019

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2019

Crunchyroll Anime Awards streams live on Twitch

For this year’s Crunchyroll Anime Awards, the anime streaming service has partnered up with Twitch to bring more interactivity to the event this Saturday, February 16th, 2019.

During the show, viewers can take advantage of functions that allow them to cast votes for categories in real time during the live stream. Crunchyroll has also included 15 new custom Twitch emotes along with eight special emotes of their mascot Hime so viewers can share their reactions. Tier 1 subscribers to the Crunchyroll channel on Twitch can enjoy these emotes for free; subscriptions are $4.99 USD a month.

Over a thousand Twitch streamers have signed up to co-stream during the awards show, allowing their commentary to their own communities. Crunchyroll and Twitch are still welcoming more to join in. Co-streamers are also entered in for prizes if they take advantage of the voting extension, allowing their communities to entered in for one month premium memberships to Crunchyroll.

Viewers who correctly guess all the winners during the event using the #AnimeAwards hashtag on social media platforms will have a chance at a raffle to win cool prizes.

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards takes place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 6:00 pm PST.

Source: Crunchyroll

Dragon Ball Super: Broly surpasses $17 million USD

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Promotional artwork for Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

In the North American weekend premiere of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the anime film exceeded $17 million USD in revenue, and has become the fifth top anime film in the United States according to a Facebook post by FUNimation.

The legendary Super Saiyan Broly is here and ready to exact his revenge on those who banished him after childbirth. Goku and his friends band together to take on all-powerful Broly, but will they be able to stop him and save the Earth from his terror?

Canadian fans, don’t worry, Cineplex is still showing Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Be sure to visit the Cineplex web site for locations and showtimes.

Source: Facebook

Crunchyroll to host That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime party in Toronto

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Promotional artwork for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

Anime-streaming service Crunchyroll is throwing a party celebrating the series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 the The Hive eSports venue in Toronto, Ontario.

The six-hour event includes screenings of episodes from the second season, live music from Kawaii Bass, Slime-themed gift bags and loot, drinks, and fans can pose for photos in front of a pop-up wall.

Crunchyroll began streaming the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime on Monday, January 7th, 2019. Falling victim to a random stabbing, office worker Mikami Satoru finds himself reborn as a slime in another world. Assuming the name Rimuru, he sets off on adventure with new creatures to better himself and this strange new realm.

Doors open at 9:00 pm EST on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 and ends at 3:00 am EST on Sunday, January 27th, 2019.

There’s a $10 (cash only) cover fee to enter.

Fourth season of Haikyu!! anime announced

Haikyu!! season 4 promotional artwork

Promotional artwork for season four of Haikyu!!.

The anime based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular volleyball manga, Haikyu!!, is getting a fourth season. Announced during the Jump Festa event, it included new artwork with the main characters Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama.

This also coincides with the Haikyu!! anime’s fifth anniversary.

A specific date of when the new season starts was not provided.

Sources: Twitter, Haikyu!!

My Hero Academia season 4 to air October 2019

Shortly after the conclusion of the third season of My Hero Academia, a fourth season was announced, but lacked a date. While an official day was not specified, the fourth season of My Hero Academia is scheduled to air October 2019 in Japan.

This season airs much later than the previous season (which began in April 2018) and is likely due to a broadcast conflict.

Accompanying the date was a new visual featuring Izuku “Deku” Midoriya and Mirio Togata.

Source: Twitter

FUNimation ends licensing deal with Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment's office in Flower Mound, Texas

FUNimation Entertainment’s office in Flower Mound, Texas

For the last two years, Funimation and Crunchyroll have shared a license agreement where Funimation-licensed titles would also appear on the Crunchyroll streaming service. As of today, October 18th, 2018, Funimation has ended that agreement in order to pursue their own streaming services under FunimationNow.

This change will see “several hundred new shows” appear on FunimationNow, with the loss of some titles; the titles shared with Crunchyroll would continue with some minor changes. My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece are a few of the series shared between the two companies. A finalized list of affected titles was not provided.

An added casualty of this is Funimation leaving the VRV streaming service on November 9th, 2018.

Crunchyroll streams anime series in Japanese with subtitles, where as Funimation was involved with dubbing shows and films in English and handling physical distribution through DVD and Blu-ray.

Sony Pictures Television announced their acquisition of a 95% stake in Texas-based Funimation on July 31st, 2017.

AT&T acquired Crunchyroll’s parent company Otter Media on August 7th, 2018.

Sources: Funimation, Crunchyroll

Fourth season of My Hero Academia announced

With the third season of My Hero Academia finished, a fourth season was announced on FUNimation’s Facebook page. U.A. High School’s Big Three (Mirio Togata, Nejire Hado, and Tamaki Amajiki) and the villain Overhaul are expected to be central to this story arc.

A date was not mentioned for when this upcoming season will air.

The popular action/superhero series is based on the manga by Kohei Horikoshi also recently had a feature film releasedMy Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

Source: Facebook

My Hero Academia film coming to Cineplex theatres September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

When FUNimation revealed that the My Hero Academia would be coming to theatres in Canada and the United States in September 2018, there wasn’t a list immediately available of participating theatres for the great white north.

That list is now available, with a number of Cineplex locations across Canada (excluding Alberta, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) hosting multiple screenings in English, and in Japanese with English subtitles in late September.

  • Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP
    170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam, BC
  • Cineplex Cinemas Langley
    #20090, 91A Avenue, Langley, BC
  • The Park Theatre
    3440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas
    200-333 Brooksbank Avenue, N. Vancouver, BC
  • Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP
    2190 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl
    760 Topsail Road, St. John’s, NL
  • Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane
    5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
  • Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
    485 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON
  • SilverCity London Cinemas
    1680 Richmond Street, London, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
    320 Water Street, Peterborough, ON
  • Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
    2081 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON
  • SilverCity Burlington Cinemas
    1250 Brant Street, Burlington, ON
  • SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
    850 North May Street, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas
    22 Lebovic Avenue, Toronto, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas
    2214 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
  • SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
    355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
    7555 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
    72 Commerce Park Drive, Barrie, ON
  • SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
    4611 Walker Road, Windsor, ON
  • Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish
    Le Mail Cavendish, 5800 boulevard Cavendish, Cote Saint-Luc, QC
  • Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon and VIP
    347-2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Cineplex Cinemas Normanview
    420 McCarthy Boulevard North, Unit 26, Regina, SK

Be sure to check with the theatre for dates and times as they may change.

Source: Cineplex

Live-action Bleach movie coming to Netflix Sept 14, 2018

Tite Kubo’s Bleach has joined the ranks of other popular anime and manga receiving live-action feature films. Fans living outside of Japan can catch the live Bleach movie on Netflix later this month.

Identified as a Netflix Original title, Bleach revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki (portrayed by Sota Fukushi), a teenager pressed into service as an emergency soul reaper. In addition to guiding spirits through to the underworld, Ichigo uses his newfound powers to protect those in the living world from malevolent spectres known as Hollows. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, the film was released in Japan on July 20th, 2018.

Bleach becomes available on the Netflix streaming service Friday, September 14th, 2018.

Sources: Vulture, CB, Warner Bros.

My Hero Academia movie coming to Canada and US September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

Plus Ultra! The heroes of Class 1-A are coming to the big screen this September in their first feature film. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will screen at select theatres in Canada and the US across five days in both Japanese with English subtitles and in English.

The announcement came earlier today at San Diego Comic Con when English voice actors Justin Briner and Christopher Sabat in an interview with IGN. Briner and Sabat lend their voices in the English dub of My Hero Academia which is licensed by FUNimation.

The English dub will screen on the September 25th, 27th, and 29th; the Japanese with English subtitles on September 26th and October 2nd.

Izuku Midoriya, alias Deku, a young hero in training, receives an invite to attend a Quirk expo with his idol All Might. At the event, Deku encounters Melissa, a girl who had a similar Quirkless upbringing. The fun doesn’t last as a group of villains override the complex’s security system, putting their evil plan in action. Can the heroes help stop these villains and save the day?

Source: FUNimation

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