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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This morning, Sora Ltd. director, Masahiro Sakurai, hosted a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct video jam packed with teasers of the upcoming title for the Nintendo Switch.
Five new characters join the overflowing roster, three of which are “echo fighters” — clones of existing characters with minor differences in actions. Newcomers include vampire hunters Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont (Simon’s echo fighter) from the Castlevania series, Kremling commander King K. Rool from Donkey Kong, Ylissian prince Chrom (an echo fighter based on Roy) from Fire Emblem Awakening and the phazon-covered Dark Samus (another echo fighter based on Samus from Metroid Prime).
Over 100 levels are expected, many of which are returning from previous games in the Smash Bros. franchise, but some are new — Dracula’s Castle from Castlevania and New Donk City Hall from Super Mario Odyssey. All stages are available; no need to unlock them and all will support eight-player battles.
Even more music is being packed into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with some 900 songs included. That’s almost 28 hours of music! The Nintendo Switch can function as a portable music player when the screen is turned off in handheld mode. Samples of the tracks are available on the official Super Smash Bros. web site.
There’s still more! Classic Mode is back, letting players pick a character to battle through a predetermined set of stages and opponents. Stamina Battle lets players fight other characters, whittling away their stamina until it reaches zero to be the victor. Squad Strike is five-on-five or three-on-three battles where five players fight five or three other characters in battle. Tourney Mode lets a maximum of 32 players go head-to-head in a tournament so they can advance until there’s one person left. In Smashdown, once a character is used, they become unavailable for the rest of the game, forcing players to pick someone they might not be familiar with. Training mode includes a grid that shows the distance a character can fly after being hit, and how far they need to be to defend… or attack.
There’s just so much being crammed into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which means there will definitely be more goodies coming our way.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out on December 7th, 2018 on the Nintendo Switch.
Nothing says summer like sizzling cosplay! AniRevo returned to the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver for three days of Japanese pop culture and entertainment, complete with attendees in costume of their favourite series.
The action continues on Sunday. If you’ve missed it, check out the photos on Gallery.
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?