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Pokémon take over London as Ed Sheeran welcomes fans to World Championships

  • Ed Sheeran and a Squirtle plushie greeted fans in a video kicking off the Pokémon World Championships on Thursday.
  • The event is being held in London, marking the first time it’s being held outside of North America and a return from a two-year pandemic hiatus.
  • The championships bring together competitive players skilled in the Pokémon trading card games, main series videogames and “Pokémon Unite.”
  • A special top hat Pikachu and Roserade were designed to commemorate the event.
  • Pokemon’s next main series games, “Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet” come out on Nov. 18.

The Pokémon World Championships kicked off on Thursday with a welcome video from star singer Ed Sheeran and his trusty Squirtle. 

In the video, Sheeran acknowledges that trainers from around the world “have traveled very very far and wide” for the event and wishes them luck. He says Squirtle wishes them luck too, and wraps up with “Trainer Ed, out.”

Korean restaurant chef in London kills co-worker over food prep skills

  • Li Hunan, a 60-year-old chef, was charged with the murder of his colleague Il Sung, 58, at a Korean restaurant in London on Aug. 15.
  • The two men were reportedly arguing about food preparations as Hunan questioned his coworker’s skills as a chef before the altercation turned physical.
  • Sung suffered two fatal stab wounds to the chest and slash wounds on his body.
  • Hunan was remanded in custody. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 4 for a plea hearing.

A chef at a Korean restaurant in London allegedly murdered his colleague due to his poor food preparation skills.

Li Hunan, 60, was charged with the murder of his colleague Il Sung, 58, at the Airang Korean restaurant in Poland Street, Soho, on Aug. 15.

‘Strongest action’ vowed against fan who allegedly made racist gesture at Son Heung-min

racist chelsea fan
  • At Sunday’s Premier League match, a Chelsea fan was spotted making a racist gesture towards South Korean soccer player Son Heung-min.
  • In a video shared to Twitter, the man is seen pulling up the corner of his eyes.
  • The incident occured when Son took a corner kick during the second half of the match.
  • Chelsea police are aware of the incident and are currently investigating.

The Metropolitan police in Chelsea, London, are investigating a soccer fan who was seen making a racist gesture toward Tottenham Spurs’ South Korean player Son Heung-min at Sunday’s Premier League.

Footage posted to Twitter of the match against Chelsea F.C. in Stamford Bridge on Sunday shows a Chelsea fan in the corner of the Shed End pulling up the corners of his eyes after Son went to take a corner kick during the second half of the match.

TikToker rescues ‘abandoned’ Nintendogs after finding game cartridge on London train


After discovering a lost “Nintendogs” game cartridge on a London train, a TikTok user shared a series of videos detailing his journey of rescuing the “abandoned” virtual puppies.

The TikTok user, @bennypvideo, shared a video last Thursday of him finding the lost game cartridge on the train. The “Nintendogs” cartridge can be seen laying on the floor beneath the train seats before it is picked up by the TikToker and taken home to test on his Nintendo DS.

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ gets London stage play adaptation produced by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi

My Neighbor Totoro stage play
  • Studio Ghibli and Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature film “My Neighbor Totoro” to the stage starting on October 8.
  • The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks at The Barbican Theatre in London until Jan. 21, 2023.
  • Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi will serve as the stage play’s executive producer and will collaborate with playwright Tom Morton-Smith, stage director Phelim McDermott and set designer Tom Pye, among others.
  • Hisaishi, who has composed several iconic scores for Studio Ghibli films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” shared that Miyazaki only agreed to bring the classic anime to the world of theater if the composer was involved in the project.
  • “I was involved with the original animation film, and so I feel strongly about not harming the film,” the Japanese composer said.
  • Set in Japan in the 1950s, “My Neighbor Totoro” follows the story of two young siblings who move from Tokyo to the countryside. There, they meet several spirits and magical creatures, including the ancient protector of the forest who they call Totoro.

The beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli classic “My Neighbor Totoro” is coming to the stage in London this October with the blessing of its legendary creator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Set to make its debut at The Barbican Theatre in London on October 8, the stage adaptation of “My Neighbor Totoro” is being developed by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in partnership with Studio Ghibli. The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks until Jan. 21, 2023.

16-year-old arrested for ripping woman’s hair from her scalp in racially motivated attack in London

  • A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of racially aggravated assault for attacking a South Asian woman outside a railway station in south London in December 2021.
  • The boy allegedly attacked the 31-year-old victim after getting off a Route 119 bus outside the East Croydon railway station. He allegedly punched her in the back of her head and ripped hair from her scalp.
  • The teen remains in custody while authorities investigate the incident.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested for racially aggravated assault after pulling a woman’s hair and punching her head outside a railway station in London last year.

The victim, a 31-year-old South Asian woman, was reportedly attacked by the teen after getting off a Route 119 bus outside the East Croydon railway station, south London, on Dec. 18, Daily Mail reported.

Rally against anti-Asian hate in London devolves into brawl as Hong Kong and Chinese protestors clash

Brawl erupts between Chinese protesters and a group of Hong Kong immigrants in London

A group of Hong Kongers clashed with Chinese protesters who were holding a rally against racism over the weekend in London.

The Chinese side: Human rights group Min Quan Legal Centre and several organizations were conducting a rally against anti-Asian hatein London’s Chinatown on Saturday when a group of Hong Kong immigrants arrived and held a counter-rally against them, reported The Standard.  

London restaurant slammed for ‘offensive and tone-deaf’ ad amid rise of anti-Asian hate

screenshot from London restaurant ad

Social media users are not buying London restaurant The Ivy Asia’s apology over its “culturally insensitive” advertisement for its Chelsea branch that portrayed Asian stereotypes.

The controversy and apology: The commercial, released on Aug. 8, shows two women dressed as geishas hailing a rickshaw with its driver wearing a stereotypical East Asian outfit, according to My London.

‘Too Curvy to Be Asian’: British Officer Found Guilty of Misconduct Against Jogger Keeps Job

British Transport Police

A British Transport Police (BTP) officer who harassed an Asian woman in London last year got to keep his job following a misconduct investigation.

Inappropriate behavior: The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which conducted the investigation, said Imran Aftab had inappropriately used his status as a police officer to harass a female jogger and make “sexually inappropriate comments” while he was off-duty back in April 2020, reported The Mirror.