With the holiday season in high gear, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver are decked out in millions of Christmas lights for another year of the Festival of Lights.
The Festival of Lights is on now until January 6th, 2019. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).
Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.
During The Game Awards on December 6th, 2018, Nintendo announced a new player to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster: Joker from Persona 5.
Joker is the first of five DLC packs planned for the title; each DLC pack includes one new fighter, one new stage and music. Each pack is priced at $5.99 USD, or $24.99 USD ($31.49 CAD) for all under the Fighter’s Pass.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released for Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018.
Persona 5 was released April 4th, 2017 on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Among the American Thanksgiving traditions of turkey, pie, and football is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. For 2018, the parade welcomed a newcomer — Super Saiyan Blue Goku from Dragon Ball.
At 56 feet tall, 70 feet long and 36 feet wide, this massive Saiyan required 90 people to handle and selected to promote the upcoming film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which premieres later this year in Japan.
It’s the first time a manga character has appeared in this 92 year-old parade.
There’s never been a Pokémon film like it before. Detective Pikachu is a whole new adventure, based on the recent video game for the Nintendo 3DS.
The raucous Ryme City is no place for a cute and cuddly Pikachu, but this isn’t just any Pikachu, it’s Detective Pikachu and, only one voiced by Ryan Reynolds, can navigate the mean streets. With Justice Smith by his side, searching for his missing father, this duo is expected to be a Pokémon journey like none other.
Detective Pikachu is expected to hit theatres May 11th, 2019.
Stan Lee, the mastermind behind some of Marvel’s greatest superheroes, passed away Monday at age 95.
Lee, who worked with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, created new superheroes under the Marvel banner, many of which continue to star in print, digital and film to this day, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and Iron Man.
Continuing to work into his twilight years, Lee made appearances at fan conventions and cameos in movies based on his characters.
With only a few months to go before the release of Kingdom Hearts III, Square-Enix has dropped another trailer of the long-awaited game.
Scenes included are from Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Big Hero 6 and Pirates of the Caribbean, along with a glimpse at some of the new mini-games, as well as interactions with Organization XIII members Demyx and Vexen.
Kingdom Hearts III has a release date of January 29th, 2019 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Waiting to lay wreathes at the cenotaph in Victory Square on November 11th, 2017.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, communities throughout Metro Vancouver will hold ceremonies to honour the men and women who serve and have given their lives for Canada for Remembrance Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918.
Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 10:00 am PST.
Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:40 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Parade starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
New Westminster – Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue). Starts at 10:25 am PST.
Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am PST.
Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road). Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am PST.
Coquitlam – A Remembrance Day service will be held at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph (975 King Albert Avenue) beginning at 9:45 am PST, followed by a parade from the Como Lake Middle School to the Cenotaph at 10:30 am PST and concluding with services at the Cenotaph in Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Avenue).
Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84th Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am PST.
Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am PST.
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.
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