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Miku Expo to tour Canada and the United States in 2020

Miku Expo 2020 - Canada & United States
Promotional artwork for Miku Expo 2020.

Virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku is touring Canada and the United States in 2020 for the fifth anniversary of Miku Expo.

Miku is a Vocaloid (a computer-generated vocalist) easily recognisable by her long turqouise twin-ponytails, who performs on stage as a 3D hologram backed by live musicians playing guitars, drums and keyboards. Joining Miku are other Vocaloids Kagamine Len and Rin, Kaito, Meiko and Megurine Luka. Fans around the world have composed songs with her voice using the Vocaloid software.

There’s nine stops on the tour, with Vancouver being the first city.

  • April 4th, 2020 at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver, BC
  • April 14th, 2020 at the San Jose Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • April 21th, 2020 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
  • April 24th, 2020 at the Gateway Center Arena in Atlanta, GA
  • April 29th, 2020 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC
  • May 2nd, 2020 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ
  • May 5th, 2020 at the House of Blues Boston in Boston, MA
  • May 9th, 2020 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
  • May 13th, 2020 at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

FLOW to tour North America in 2020

FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.
FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.

Japanese rock band FLOW is touring the world in 2020 with stops in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Only two cities in Canada made the list: Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON.

Some of FLOW’s songs were used as opening themes for Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, including GO!!!, Re:member and Sign. Series including Eureka Seven and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion have also used songs recorded by the band.

North American cities on the tour are:

  • May 25th, 2020 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
  • May 26th, 2020 at Canton Hall in Dallas, TX
  • May 28th, 2020 at the City National Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • May 29th, 2020 at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA
  • May 31st, 2020 at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver, BC
  • June 3rd, 2020 at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto, ON
  • June 5th, 2020 at the Sony Theater in New York City, NY
  • June 7th, 2020 at Foro Didi in Monterrey, Nuevo León
  • June 9th, 2020 at Sala Puebla in Mexico City, Mexico

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

A drive through the French Quarter of New Orleans

New Orleans ckyline
Skyline of New Orleans with the Superdome.

For the longest time, I’d catch myself dreaming about a visit to New Orleans, Louisiana. Ever since reading about it in National Geographic when I was younger, I was interested in the architecture, the food, the history of this city on the banks of the Mississippi River. The colours of Mardi Gras. The smells of creole cuisine. The sounds of jazz. It was something I thought I’d never get to experience.

When we were planning our drive from Birmingham, Alabama to San Antonio, Texas for San Japan, I asked if we could make a stop in New Orleans on the way back. During the return trip after the convention, we drove into New Orleans along the I-10 and while the initial downpour of rain threatened to ruin our visit into the French Quarter (or Vieux Carré in French) we were treated to the sun and that southern humidity for the remainder of the day.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
A row of graves seen through the back gate of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Right off the highway exit ramp, we stopped at the venerable St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 for a look around, only to find out you need a tour to access the grounds. At $25 USD per person, we decided to skip the cemetery. Pressed for time (and the darkening skies), we hopped back into the car and navigated the narrow streets, with me hanging out the front passenger seat snapping away pictures on my phone.

Streets in the French Quarter are lined with elegant balconies and galleries (balconies are supported from the building, whereas galleries have pillars or columns from the ground), overflowing with lush greenery and bedecked with flags and banners. With resilient brickwork, weathered wood and intricate wrought iron, each building is unique and beautiful. Much of the architecture isn’t actually French, as it was destroyed during a fire, the buildings we see today were rebuilt during the Spanish occupation using materials and techniques available at the time.

Our drive took us down Conti Street south-east towards the Mississippi River, south-west along North Peters Street, up Canal Street to Chartres Street, back to Conti Street, onto Decatur Street. We meandered around the French Market including Barracks Street and Esplanade Street before returning to Decatur Street and leaving along St. Louis Street.

Rue Conti at Rue Chartres
The intersection at Rue Conti at Rue Chartres

While taking pictures, a number of pedestrians stopped to gawk at the vehicle, some snapping photos, others shouting how awesome it was to see a My Hero Academia-themed car in the Crescent City. And yes, this was where a fan parked their car in the middle of an intersection to grab a few shots of the car.

Sadly, due to time, (and trying to find affordable parking) I wouldn’t get to sample some of the food I’d been looking to try in their home: po’boy, jambalaya, oysters Rockefeller, or beignets. But just getting to see a section of this city with my own eyes, does help fulfill part of a dream, but doesn’t extinguish the desire to return. Perhaps on my next visit, I’ll get to explore more of the mystical city that is New Orleans.

View the rest of our brief trip through the French Quarter in New Orleans on Gallery.

My Hero Academia movie coming to Canada and US September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

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?

Source: FUNimation

Yu-Gi-Oh! movie coming to Landmark Cinemas in Canada

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is coming to Landmark Cinema locations across Canada. It’s also being shown in US theatres as well, but only for a two-week period between Friday, January 27th through Thursday, February 9th, 2017. Exact Canadian dates were not made available.

With a story written by mangaka Kazuki Takahashi, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions sees the return of Yugi Muto with his pals Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner, and Bakura, along with the egotistical Seto Kaiba. One card is all it takes to change the tide of battle. It’s game on!

While the movie promoter has a list of available Landmark Cinemas locations, the theatre chain’s own web site makes no mention of the title at time of writing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premiered in Japanese theatres in April 2016.

Sources: Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! Tickets

Honda Celebration of Light 2016 – Team USA

With one of the largest crowds ever in attendance for the Honda Celebration of Light, Team USA closed off the three-night fireworks festival with a performance by the Walt Disney Company. Music from Disney films included Aladdin, The Lion King, Frozen, Pinocchio, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Fantasia synchronized to the pyrotechnics impressed the crowds. The only thing missing was the giant castle and Mickey Mouse.

See more photos from the evening on Gallery.

Honda Celebration of Light countries announced for 2016

China's display at the Honda Celebration of Light in 2015
China’s display at the Honda Celebration of Light in 2015

For three nights this summer, the Honda Celebration of Light returns to Vancouver’s English Bay bringing world-class fireworks for everyone to enjoy.

Participants this year include Royal Fireworks representing the Netherlands on Saturday, July 23rd, Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics for Australia on Wednesday, July 27th and the Walt Disney Company on behalf of the United States of America on Saturday, July 30th.

Each 25-minute pyrotechnical performances begin at 10:00 pm PDT and synchronized to music to create a stunning show over the water. But there’s much more than pretty explosions in the evening sky. SHOREFEST hosts live music from two stages — one at English Bay and the other at Sunset Beach — in the afternoons leading up to the fireworks.

Miku Expo 2016 to tour seven cities across North America

Hatsune Miku, the virtual turquoise-pigtail singer from Japan, will be performing in concert as part of Miku Expo which will travel through Canada, the United States and Mexico in 2016.

Miku, a sixteen year-old computer-generated vocal synthesizer created by Crypton Future Media, has generated a massive following not only in her native Japan, but around the world. While she is not “human”, a creative graphical setup allows Miku to be projected in a 3D environment to sing and interact with the crowd wherever she goes. Miku has stood on stage with Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams and even guest-starred on television with David Letterman!

  • Seattle, WA at the WaMu Theater on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA at The Warfield on Saturday, April 30th, 2016
  • Los Angeles, CA at the Microsoft Theater on Friday, May 6th, 2016
  • Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory on Saturday, May 14th, 2016
  • Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 20th, 2016
  • New York City, NY at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, May 28th, 2016
  • Mexico City, DF at the El Plaza Condesa on Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Tickets can be purchased in advance online through the Miku Expo web site.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie returns to US theatres this December

An encore performance of Boruto: Naruto the Movie has been announced. Viz Media and Eleven Arts, with Fathom Events, are bringing the popular animated feature film back to theatres for two days only: Sunday, December 13th and Monday, December 14th, 2015.

Tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 4th. No Canadian dates or locations were mentioned.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie premiered in both Canada and the United States on Saturday, October 10th, 2015.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump

Digimon Adventure Tri. to stream on Crunchyroll November 20

The original DigiDestined have reunited! Fans in Canada, United States, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand can catch the first four episodes of the long awaited Digimon Aventure Tri. on Crunchyroll starting at 7:00 am PST on November 20th, 2015.

Six years after their first foray into the Digital World over summer, the DigiDestined have grown up and moved on. The tranquility since the portal to the Digital World closed is not to last as a monster appears in Taichi Yagami’s hometown of Odaiba. Taichi is helpless; unable to stop the destruction of his neighbourhood caused by Kuwagamon. But when Kuwagamon’s attention turns towards Taichi, the teenager’s long silent Digivice activates…

Digimon Adventure Tri. is a six-part theatrical anime release as a sequel to the original Digimon Adventure which aired back in 1999.

Source: Crunchyroll