BC Ferries wants your feedback for new ships for Metro Vancouver-Vancouver Island routes

<em>MV Queen of New Westminster</em> manoeuvres into Duke Point in Nanaimo.

MV Queen of New Westminster manoeuvres into Duke Point in Nanaimo.

With some of BC Ferries’ older vessels reaching the end of their life, the company is looking for input on the amenities and features for the next generation of vessels. BC Ferries is hosting both an online survey and in-person pop-ups on select sailing routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

These new vessels would replace four serving the routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island: MV Queen of Alberni, MV Queen of New Westminster, MV Queen of Coquitlam, and MV Queen of Cowichan. These vessels serve on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen-Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay routes.

BC Ferries is looking to maintain fare affordability, minimize environmental impact, adjust capacity based on demand and services provided on board. Feedback regarding accessibility, people travelling with children, pets or using bicycles, as well as outdoor spaces, food/drink options and other conveniences is requested.

The new ferries are expected to enter service in the mid-2020’s.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes comes to Blu-ray/DVD combo on March 26, 2019

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Blu-ray/DVD Combo

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with limited-edition Deku button from Funimation.

If you missed catching My Hero Academia: Two Heroes in theatres last year, you can now take home the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019.

Izuku Midoriya, hero 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?

The combo includes the feature film on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital download, an exclusive interview with the English vocal cast on Blu-ray and a Deku button (limited and only when purchased through Funimation’s web store).

Source: Funimation

Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2019

Hojo Hand-Crafted Samurai Armor Corps from Japan appeared at the festival in 2018.

It just isn’t spring without a stop at the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Located in the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-day event celebrates everything Japanese in a fun festival atmosphere. The gardens host this fair between 10:00 am PDT to 6:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 13th and 10:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, April 14th, 2019.

Spend the weekend with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts, demonstrations and crafts and more under the budding pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. Two performers from Japan are scheduled to attend: taiko drummer Keita Kanazashi and shamisen players KiKi.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may rain or the fields might have mud. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Paid admission is required for entry; tickets are available for purchase online (includes discount) or in person at the door.

New Gintama anime is in development

There’s another anime series based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga Gintama that’s under development according to a tweet by official Gintama anime Twitter account.

The news was also mentioned at the Gintama Shirogane Matsuri 2019 event on March 3rd, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

No date for the when the new Gintama anime would air was provided.

Sources: Twitter, Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll unveils first season of Rooster Teeth’s gen:LOCK

gen:LOCK promotional art

Promotional artwork for gen:LOCK.

The first season of gen:LOCK, Rooster Teeth’s newest sci-fi/mecha animated show, is now available on anime streaming service Crunchyroll.

The future of the world is at stake as a brutal organization seeks to conquer it. Despite this, humanity’s last hope lies with a squad piloting mechas using weaponized neuroscience; utilizing this power means they need to cede everything they have to to protect the planet.

There are eight episodes in the first season, with an all-star cast including Michael B. Jordan, Maisie Williams, Dakota Fanning and David Tennant. The animation and intense action will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

Source: Crunchyroll

Digimon to celebrate 20th anniversary with new film in 2020

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Digimon, a new film, tentatively titled Digimon Adventure, is in the works and expected to screen in Japan sometime in early 2020.

Promotional artwork drawn by Kazuaki Nakatsuru for the upcoming film shows Taichi Yagami standing with his Digimon, Agumon. Taichi, now older than when the franchise started, is clutching his trademark goggles in his right hand, while holding Agumon’s in his left.

Source: Twitter

Nintendo announces Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for Switch

During an early morning Pokémon Direct video, Nintendo unveiled the titles of the two new games in the franchise coming to the Nintendo Switch: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Set in the Galar region that is reminiscent of the United Kingdom, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield introduces three new partner Pokémon to start with: grass-based Grookey, fire-based Scorbunny, or water-based Sobble.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield starters

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, your partners in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are expected to launch simultaneously in late 2019.

Source: YouTube

Reggie Fils-Aime to retire as president of Nintendo of America

If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’ve probably seen Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime in Nintendo Direct videos, at events across the United States or at E3, promoting the latest amiibo, systems or games, or at least remember the meme “my body is ready”.

Today, Nintendo released a video announcing the retirement of Fils-Aime, who has worked at the gaming company for over 15 years, with the last 13 as its president. On April 15th, 2019, he will transfer the reins over to Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa), who currently serves as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

Fils-Aime is retiring to spend to more time with his family.

A Message from Reggie

Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look.

Posted by Nintendo on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Source: Facebook

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

Link’s Awakening coming to Nintendo Switch this year

Over the last few years, a number of titles in The Legend of Zelda series have undergone updates and re-released on newer systems: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, for example. Now, the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening comes to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Unveiled during today’s Nintendo Direct event, the Japanese gaming company is overhauling the graphics from this top-down game, giving it more depth and colour (more so than the DX version for the Game Boy Color).

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch

Shipwrecked on the mysterious Koholint Island, Link must recover the missing musical instruments, help the residents of this paradise and awaken the legendary Wind Fish in his quest to return home.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is expected to launch this year; a specific date was not provided.

Source: Nintendo

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