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Will There Be More Sailor Moon Musicals after Le Mouvement Final in North America?

9 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

North American or Japanese, musicals must be seen live. When it is not possible to attend either due to location or cost, sometimes the next best thing is to see it at the movies. Whether that’s with a remote broadcast or adaptation, these shows rarely disappoint. When paired with a pop culture phenomenon, especially Sailor Moon, visions of New York Radio City’s The Rockettes style performances come to mind. Just do not tell the Sailor Senshi. They may go on a tirade. This particular series is retelling the manga by Naoko Takeuchi and they been playing in Japan for over two decades. The story arcs are expanded upon and even goes into bold new directions. Not every Japanese pop culture enthusiast may know this subgenre. To keep track of everything from Japan means having both ears to the ground. Officially, only the soundtracks exist and bootleg videos are a grey area. The first overseas performance was in 2015 in Shanghai, and the North American premiere of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical—Le Mouvement Final, presented as a pre-recorded performance, started late last month. Screening made its way to Cineplex Theatres Canada last week.

I am very thankful CineLife Entertainment for overseeing an international distribution; more screenings are being added, and I suspect this video tour is still rolling out.

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The Vintage Tempest’s SPARK Animation Vancouver 2017 Preview

24 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Vancouver, BC is just one of a few hubs for aficionados of the animation industry to congregate to celebrate this medium. The Spark Animation Conference and Film Festival (Oct 26-29, 2017) lets enthusiasts, creators and innovators get together to appreciate this medium. This year’s event looks exceptional, especially with it closing with two highly anticipated Asian films that will eventually get a proper theatrical release in North America. But there’s more to this event than these two movies.

Comedy is the spotlight with Big Bad Fox by French filmmaker, animator and cartoonist Benjamin Renner. This laugh-out-loud collection of stories about Rabbit, Duck and Pig are by no means variations of Warner Brothers famous trio. There’s a different personality to them and this film is worth checking out Saturday night, the 28th of October. If people do not see it at this festival, I’m sure it will make its rounds elsewhere as GKIDs is handling distribution.

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Major Japanese Retailer Expands to Canadian City of Vancouver

23 Jan

muji-storefrontBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MUJI, a major Japanese retailer and brand, will be expanding to Vancouver, British Columbia with the opening of two locations. MUJI Canada announced earlier today that they will be opening a storefront location on Robson and another in Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. Both locations are to be approximately 10,000 square feet and will open sometime in late 2017.

MUJI sells minimalist products ranging from small appliances and stationary to clothing and cosmetics. The company has currently over 400 store locations within their home country of Japan and another 400 stores across Asia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States. Three of those locations in Canada are in the greater Toronto area.

Until the store locations open, shoppers can visit MUJI’s pop up shop within the JAPANESE UNLAYERED exhibition at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver. To avoid long line ups for customers at the pop-up store, MUJI asks that shoppers register online with their company. The shop will be open from 11am to 7pm from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, then Monday to Friday through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Another Japanese retailer, UNIQLO, is expected to announce their first Metro Vancouver location later this year.

Source(s): MUJI Canada, Kenneth Chan, Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun, and Daily Hive.

Photo Source(s): MUJI Canada.

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Tokyo Ghoul’s Katsuyuki Konishi Announced as Anime Revolution Guest of Honor!

14 Jan

katsuyuki-konishiBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

You might call Katsuyuki Konishi (小西 克幸) Koutarou Amon of Tokyo Ghoul, Ozma Lee of Macross Frontier, Tom Tanaka of Durarara!!, or Bulat of Akame ga Kill!. But no matter what character you know him for, he is widely regarded as one of the most in-demand voice actors in the business today and he is coming to Anime Revolution in Vancouver this summer.

An award-winning actor, Konishi got his first break as Volfogg on Sunrise’s 1997 animated series The King of Braves GaoGaiGar. He would go on to reprise Volfogg in the 2000 OVA The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final. That was the start of what would be a successful career for Konishi voicing many now favourite characters of anime. His list of credits includes Laxus Dreyar of Fairy Tail, Johann Trinity of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Pinion of Suisei no Gargantia, and Raikou in two Pokémon feature films.

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