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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.

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

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

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- to tour world in 2019

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-

With Kingdom Hearts III releasing on January 29th, 2019, a new concert series of the popular game franchise will tour the world as Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-.

Beginning on April 27th, 2019, the tour includes stops in 17 cities, some with multiple performances. Only one Canadian city made the list — Toronto, Ontario.

Each show includes selected scores from 15+ years of Kingdom Hearts games and set to scenes from these games.

Pre-sale tickets for certain cities start on January 30th, 2019, with the public able to purchase tickets on February 12th, 2019 through La Fée Sauvage.

  • April 26th-27th, 2019 at the International Forum A in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 18th, 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore
  • June 1st, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • June 8th, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA
  • June 22nd, 2019 at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, Florida, USA
  • June 28th-29th, 2019 at the United Palace in New York City, New York, USA
  • July 13th, 2019 at the Sony Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • August 24th, 2019 at the Kölner Philharmonie in Köln, Germany
  • September 14th, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • September 28th, 2019 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France
  • October 5th, 2019 at the Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, Italy
  • October 19th, 2019 at the Sydney Town Hall Centennial Hall in Sydney, Australia
  • October 26th, 2019 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas, USA
  • November 2nd, 2019 at the Espaçodas Americas in São Paulo, Brazil
  • November 17th, 2019 at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK
  • November 23rd, 2019 at the Auditorium Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico
  • November 30th, 2019 at the Grand Cube in Osaka, Japan

Source: Facebook

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

British Columbia conventions for 2019

You can be a hero or a villain at one of the many conventions in BC!

Kick off 2019 with anime, pop culture, comics, gaming, movies and horror by attending a convention this year in British Columbia. While there’s plenty of events in and around Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and in the interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • AniRevo Winter – February 2nd – 3rd, 2019 at Lipont Place in Richmond, BC
    AniRevo Winter is a two-day event to bridge the year-long wait until their summer convention, filled with guests, artists, vendors and more.
  • Tsukino-Con – February 22nd – 24th, 2019 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver – March 1st – 3rd, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    The west coast’s largest comics, pop culture and anime expo returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre with guests, panels, exhibitors and more!
  • Kelowna Fan Experience – March 22nd – 24th, 2019 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Experience who are into all things pop culture, anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • Vancouver Island Comic Con – June 10th, 2019 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, BC.
    Vancouver Island Comic Con is a smaller event in an inviting atmosphere for comic fans of all ages to share their love of this artistic medium.
  • Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo – June 22nd, 2019 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC.
    Relive the glory days of video games at the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo. Try out consoles from generations past, enjoy live entertainment and maybe pick up that extra game cart for old times’ sake.
  • Geektopia – July 6th, 2019 at the Harbour Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Unleash your inner geek at Vancouver’s newest comic convention! Partial proceeds from this event benefits the Amanda Todd Legacy towards awareness and prevention of bullying.
  • AniRevo Summer – August 9th – 11th, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo – October 11th – 13th, 2019 at Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.

Additional events will be added to this list as dates and locations become available.

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!!

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