Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere coming to select Cineplex locations in Canada

The titans are returning to the big screen. On July 10th and 11th, 2018, select Cineplex locations across Canada are hosting the Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere Event.

With the Female Titan subdued, Eren Jaeger must keep on fighting to stop even more Titans reach Wall Rose. Humanity’s chance at survival is now more dire than ever, with new revelations on these colossal creatures coming to light. And knowing whom to trust in this battle is getting harder and harder.

This movie is a recap of Attack on Titan Season 2 which is then followed by a premiere of Season 3 episode 1, a whole two weeks before it airs in Japan on July 22nd, 2018!

Canadian locations include:

  • Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
    Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., Calgary, AB
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
    10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402, Toronto, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
    320 Water Street, Peterborough, ON
  • Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
    2081 Winston Park Dr., Oakville, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP
    2190 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cinepex Cinemas Park Lane
    5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
  • Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin
    350 rue Emery, Montréal, QC
  • The Park Theatre
    3440 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC
  • SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
    355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, ON
  • Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish
    Le Mail Cavendish, 5800 boulevard Cavendish, Cote Saint-Luc, QC
  • SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
    4611 Walker Road, Windsor, ON

Sources: Kodansha Comics, Cineplex

YURI!!! on ICE movie to be released in 2019

A feature-length film of popular ice skating anime series, YURI!!! On ICE is coming in 2019. Titled YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE was announced at the end of the YURI!!! on ICE concert in Osaka, Japan on July 1st, 2018.

A brief trailer shows Yuri Katsuki’s Russian coach, Victor Nikiforov and his pet dog Makkachin, walking on a sandy beach before closing out with the staff credits. The story is written by Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto, with Yamamoto as director. Characters are designed by Tadashi Hiramatsu, based on the original designs by Kubo. The music will be composed by Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsuhiba, with Keisuke Tominaga on the piano.

Source: YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE Official Site

Kingdom Hearts III theme song “Don’t Think Twice” available for purchase on iTunes

Cover of Hatsukoi by Hikaru Utada.

Japanese artist Hikaru Utada has released her newest album “Hatsukoi”, which includes the theme song to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game: Chikai (or Don’t Think Twice in English).

Utada has previously performed songs for the Kingdom Hearts series, including Hikari (Simple and Clean in English) in the first title, and Passion (Sanctuary in English) in Kingdom Hearts II.

The song Chikai, along with the full album Hatsukoi, is available on iTunes.

Source: Facebook

Canada Day events for 2018

The Canada Day parade in Downtown Vancouver

Canada turns 151 years old this Sunday, July 1st and it’s time to come out and party! Even though the weather is looking a little gloomy, doesn’t mean the party stops; there’s plenty of fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada! Sadly, the Canada Parade in downtown Vancouver will not happen this year.

Surrey Light Rail project a terrible idea

Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Metro Vancouver. And with that growth comes the need to improve transportation so that residents and visitors can move between home and work and social events. Enter light rail, Surrey’s and TransLink’s silver bullet to making that future a reality.

Unfortunately, that silver bullet is nothing more than a lead weight, heavy with unnecessary spending, ill-advised ideas and a misunderstanding of the community. The first phase is to have street-level light rail transit (LRT) run down the middle of King George Boulevard between Surrey Central station and the Newton Exchange near 72nd Avenue, with another line out east to the Guildford Exchange on 152nd Street.

A map of the proposed Surrey LRT and future expansion to SkyTrain Expo Line. Source: TransLink

It sounds like a good idea considering that these routes are busy on any given day when taking the existing bus service or driving. However, street-level LRT down a major thoroughfare is not the best answer to this problem. Here’s why.

The LRT routes are not grade separated. This means that trains will run down the centre of King George Boulevard and 104th Avenue. This means that these trains will be subject to all existing traffic lights at intersections and traffic. Take into consideration of vehicles making left-hand turns off of King George or 104th and you can easily back a train up. Existing bus service is not subject to this (unless they themselves need to make said turn) as they run in the right/curb lanes. In turn, this is a glorified bus route that is restricted to the rails and can’t go any faster than what traffic dictates.

Then you have to factor in pedestrians. With the platforms for the LRT routes being in the middle of these roads, the potential for jaywalking and pedestrian-related incidents increase as passengers rush to catch a train or seek to cross the roadway after exiting to get to their destination. Watch the video below to see how trams and other LRT vehicles interact with cars and pedestrians.

Capacity is also an issue. Any LRT trains will need to limited to a certain length to prevent them from blocking intersections when stopped or delayed. Trains that are too long and moving too slowly could cause backups for traffic intending to cross when passing through an intersection as lights change or due to other circumstances (e.g collisions, pedestrians, etc). With a bus, you can add and remove vehicles as demand allows — and they can manoeuvre around any issues brought on by traffic, construction, etc.

With LRT sharing the same path as cars, trucks and SUVs, what’s to stop a vehicle from driving into support pillar for the overhead lines, bringing it down and necessitating a halt to transit service? Or if a vehicle collides with a train thus backing up service?

What about the cost? As of June 24th, 2018, the LRT project is projected to cost 1.65 billion CAD. And once the project begins, what’s to stop it from snowballing? That money could be put to better use, like more buses or towards expanding SkyTrain further into Surrey.

These are just a few of the many issues facing this boondoggle of a project. There’s so much wrong with putting a light to medium capacity system in the middle of a continuously growing city — it’s just as hilarious as the idea to limit the Canada Line to two cars per train with short station platforms. It’s not a sustainable vision.

Over the last, local community groups have been calling for extension to the existing Expo Line which terminates at King George. SkyTrain has the added benefit of elevation, meaning it is grade separated keeping it away from vehicle traffic and errant pedestrians. SkyTrain service can also be increased due to demand if necessary, to a max headway of 90 seconds between trains.

The Surrey LRT project is a novelty that might work well in other cities where road traffic is lighter, but it’s not right for Surrey. Surrey council needs to realize that there is demand for SkyTrain and improved bus service, not a dedicated LRT system that has no potential for growth and fuel for commuter’s headaches. You can voice your feedback through any of the community meetings or online.

Relive the classics with the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo this weekend

Video games have come a long way in the last 40 years, and the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo aims to keep the love for the classics alive this Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

From 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, join other gamers for a chance to experience retro consoles, buy that long forgotten title and catch up on live entertainment and music. Learn how to make older consoles work on your new televisions, sample music made with 8-bit systems, test your knowledge with trivia and get an up close look at the fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype console from the early 90s.

Tickets for the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo are available online or at the door for $25.00. The Anvil Centre is a quick walk from the New Westminster SkyTrain station on the Expo Line.

Game-themed restaurant and bar EXP to close at end of June

Vancouver’s video game-inspired restaurant and bar, EXP, is closing down on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

According to a post on the EXP Facebook page, The landlord informed restaurant management that they must shut down at the end of June. Leading up to the closure, food and drinks are being discounted with the funds going to staff as thanks for their efforts.

So come on down and power up with a Triforce Burger (or sip a Pikachu’s Revenge) while you still can.

It’s hoped, that EXP may be given a 1-UP to re-open at another site.

Source: Facebook

Celebrate Latin American culture with the tenth year of Carnaval del Sol

Latin American food brings everyone together at Carnaval del Sol

Start summer off with some Latin American flair at the Carnaval del Sol, celebrating its tenth year at Concord Pacific Place on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, 2018.

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, travel and a chill zone sponsored by Tim Hortons. And with the World Cup in full swing, there’s a soccer tournament taking place at the nearby Andy Livingstone Park soccer fields.

Carnaval del Sol closes off the Latin American Week, which includes cruises, a parade, a Latin film night, Women’s panels, 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 $10.00 VIP pass for use on both days) is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

Nintendo Direct for E3 2018 announces new games for Switch in 2018-19

Nintendo hosted their live streaming video this morning on the opening day of E3 2018, the bulk of which centred on the new Super Smash Bros. title, with the rest on a handful of other games offered by the Japanese company and other first and third-party developers.

The Nintendo Direct video jumped immediately into footage from the mech fighter DAEMON X MACHINA, developed by Marvelous and First Studio, coming in 2019 for the Switch.

Up next was Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country, which opens a new story mode for players holding an Expansion Pass. The combat system is updated to allow control of both Driver and Blade as they explore the Kingdom of Torna. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country goes on sale on September 14th, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo of America President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, appeared and re-introduced us to the two Pokémon titles on the Switch: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!. Returning to the Kanto region with first generation creatures, these two games allow the player to partner up with Pikachu or Eevee as they roam the countryside collecting wild Pokémon. While there are no battles with the wild Pokémon, players can battle other trainers. A new controller designed specifically for these titles, the Poké Ball Plus, recreates the feel of throwing a Poké Ball, and can let you carry one Pokémon in it out into the real world. There’s also connectivity with the Pokémon GO mobile app, which allows one way transfers from the mobile app into the Switch games. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and the Poké Ball Plus are available on November 16th, 2018.

Partake in all the fun with your friends and favourite Mario characters with Super Mario Party. Using the Joy Con controllers, players can choose from any number of party mini-games that test your patience, skills and dexterity up to four players (using two Switch consoles). Super Mario Party is available on October 5th, 2018.

There’s a new Fire Emblem game coming to Switch: Fire Emblem Three Houses. This tactical RPG is the latest in the Fire Emblem saga set in the world of Fódlan where the Church of Seiros wields control over the lands and its people. In battle, players can move a single unit so that troop formations can follow suit, allowing enemies to be completely surrounded and contained. Outside of battle, main characters can roam freely to explore and interact with other characters. Fire Emblem Three Houses is expected in Spring 2019.

As of 10:00 am PDT, the popular multiplayer battle royale title Fortnite is now available on the Switch. Up to 100 people can play online with one per console as they seek to build cover and take out their opponents as they gather resources to survive.

Overcooked 2 is the sequel that’s serving up seconds with more chefs, recipes and kitchens. Cook through kooky chaos in single player or up to four players — no such thing as too many cooks in these kitchens! Overcooked 2 is available for the Switch on August 7th, 2018.

Killer Queen Black is an action/platformer title with that arcade feel. Redesigned for the Nintendo Switch, Killer Queen Black allows two teams of four players (eight total) to race towards victory in front of ever-changing odds. This follows the title Killer Queen and is available for the first time on the console in late 2018.

Hollow Knight is a two-dimensional platformer that twists and winds its way through a fallen kingdom infested with bugs and other critters. Exploring this ruined world opens up opportunities to acquire new skills which can help battle enemies and reach new places. Hollow Knight is available today on the Nintendo eShop.

A free demo of Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch on June 14th, 2018.

For the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content, click here.

Source: YouTube

The battle continues with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with massive playable roster

During this morning’s Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, Masahiro Sakurai, a director at Sora Ltd., introduced the latest title in the Super Smash Bros. franchise: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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