Dungeons and Dragons variant cover for IDW/ Nerd Block, 2016
I still haven’t been able to find a copy of this one in the wild. Or even the colored scan. The gnomes still bother me. Kit Buss always drew them more like halflings. But for the book cover I was asked to keep them on model. And I had to axe Grog’s beard.
My style was so different early last year. But I think each of them has a piece of the voice actor behind them. Especially Keyleth. I think she’s my favorite here.
As promised, here is the Bungo event report. This is only a personal report so it may be biased.
The event this time was held at Pacifico in Yokohama and there was a daytime show and a nighttime show. The majority of the event was showing selected scenes from the anime and discussing about them and there was also a game corner as well as concerts of the opening and ending songs of the first and second season of the anime. The opening and ending of the event was a live script reading by the voice actors behind the stage while SD characters showed up on the screen.
The event started about five minutes late, probably due to the fact that the goods line outside was very slow and many people were still in line. The hall darkened and on the screen popped up cute SD characters. They were Dazai, Akutagawa, Atsushi, and Chuuya. They welcomed the audience and the event went on the way.
There were many great cut scenes from the anime and each of the voice actors had a turn discussing about the cut scenes. Mamo started up by impersonating Lovecraft while people were discussing about one of the particular scenes with the Guild. Everyone else also started impersonating Lovecraft and in the end it was quite difficult to tell who exactly was being Lovecraft.
Then they dabbled a little bit into the Kuro no Jidai cut scenes focused on Ango, Jiido, and Odasaku. After each cut scene, there was a video letter from the particular voice actor of each character.
After that was the game corner where they were students at school taking a test and they had to answer questions about the anime. There were a total of four questions but the best question was how on many times Akutagawa says “Yatsugare” between a certain number of episodes. The staff had spliced together all the cut scenes of Akutagawa saying “Yatsugare” which was really entertaining to watch. On one of the answers, it was cute how Ki-yan made a mistake in one of the kanji, which he apologized for later.
The last mini concert ended with GRANRODEO and they called everyone back up on stage to say thank you. After that everyone exited and once again on the screen popped up SD characters. This time it was John S, Kunikida, Tanizaki, and Ranpo. They wished everyone goodbye.
It was almost the same set up as the daytime show but with different cut scenes and different questions during the game corner. Also the opening and ending live script reading was different with the appearing members switched. In fact, during the daytime show, I had no idea this was a live reading until Hosoya made a mistake in the opening of the nighttime show and Ranpo ad-libbed, telling him to not make mistakes.
Then, during the game time, the question this time was not how many times Akutagawa says “Yatsugare”, but how many times he says “Jinko”. Once again it was accompanied by the spliced cut scenes.
It was a very funny and enjoyable event. Mamo was fooling around as usual and Ki-yan following suit. Hosoya was getting made fun of by the others as usual and also sweating buckets from nervousness; although I think he has made progress since the last time I saw him on stage w. Toshi was very persistent about Naomi while Kamiya-san about pudding. And the multiple Lovecraft impersonators OMGww. It was also great that my seat was so close to the stage that I could see the facial expressions and actions of the voice actors very clearly. It’s a bit of a pity that for both day and night shows, I was seated on the right hand side and slightly far from Mamo… (T_T)
And how could I forget? The two new pieces of news they announced was that Bungo will have a stage play and an original story movie in the upcoming future. Looking forward to the movie very much. As for the play, I’m not so into 3D unless Mamo is involved so I’ll probably pass this one.
So, in lieu of what happened in “Punished”, I think I should probably let you guys know what I think will happen to Tyrian. Y’know, since his childish, poetic, and psychopathic nature has made him the best character to grace Volume 4 with his presence.
No, I do not think that Tyrian is going to die. Will Salem be angry? Yes. Will Salem punish him? Yes. Will the others make fun of him for it? Hell yes. After all, he will return empty-handed, disgraced, and crippled, and he’s given away information about Salem herself. But will she kill him? No. Why? Because he’s the best soldier she’s got.
Let me explain. Sure, Cinder is the Fall Maiden, and Neo (if she’s still alive) has some mad agility skills, but Tyrian is on a whole new level when it comes to fighting. From what we’ve seen, Tyrian almost never stops moving. He’s light on his feet, his balance is incredible, and from what I’ve seen he’s as agile as Qrow. Now this is all well and good, but there’s one thing that sets Tyrian apart from other really good fighters, and it’s not the venom in his tail. He’s insanely good at fighting (pun intended)…but he’s blind.
Okay, probably not completely. But I read that scorpions’ eyes work a lot differently than ours do, and that some of them even use vibrations in the ground to “see.” So his other senses are vastly enhanced because of that. You can see several things that point to this:
Look at his eyes. Usually RT uses eyes like these to portray very strong emotions (ex: Weiss concentrating when summoning the Knight, Ruby when attacking Roman, Qrow when telling Ruby and the others to stay back, etc). But they’re never made as small as Tyrian’s. There are two reasons for this: either he’s on a constant maniacal high (which is very possible) or there is something physically off about them.
During the legendary Qrow vs Tyrian fight, there is a moment when Tyrian uses his tail to wrench Qrow’s weapon out of his hand and lodge it in a wall, leaving Qrow defenseless. Or so Tyrian thought, because before he can do anything else, he gets several fists to the face (fists adorned with metal rings, might I add) and he doesn’t even try to defend himself in any way. He couldn’t hear them coming.
After Qrow punches and kicks Tyrian back a few feet, Tyrian allows Qrow to just waltz over and get his weapon from the wall. Notice Tyrian’s position at that time: his hand was on the ground and he made a noise of frustration. He was trying to feel the vibrations in the ground but couldn’t because Qrow was out of his range.
But when Qrow lays his hand on his weapon, there’s a small metal sound and Tyrian looks up, grinning triumphantly, as if to say “Found you!”
If Tyrian is especially good at detecting things through metal sounds, then that could explain why he was so good at deflecting Qrow’s weapon and Ruby’s bullets. Also his “oh sh*t” face when Qrow’s weapon half transformed to get itself out of the wall.
Tyrian falls right through a roof when he lands on a wooden rafter that was obviously broken.
So basically, Tyrian is like RWBY’s version of Toph. Let’s stop and think about that for a while, hm?
But what impressed me even more was that Qrow was able to figure it out, because I didn’t realize it until after I rewatched this fight several times. I think he made the connection when Tyrian easily dispatched Ren and Nora when they ran in to help. That’s why he told them not to come closer (it also could have been because he didn’t want them to get caught up in his bad-luck space).
I mean, seriously. They couldn’t even touch him. And he didn’t even try.
So yeah, back to the point. Tyrian’s not dying anytime soon. I fully support the theory that Salem will give him a Death Stalker stinger to replace his old one. Josh Grelle, the voice actor behind Tyrian, claims that there’s one final scene that Tyrian’s in (in Volume 4) that will bring with it a whole new level to Tyrian’s insanity.
And he will hopefully be back in Volume 5 for some more crazy fun times.
Here's Why Moana and/or Kubo and the Two Strings Should Have Won
Tonight, Zootopia has won Best Animated Feature. First off, let me say my thoughts on Zootopia. I really liked it when it came out. And I still do! I thought it had great characters, humor, animation and some good commentary on racism today. It deserved its nomination but I personally don’t think it was the Best Animated Feature. I think it should have gone to either two films (I could not pick both as they are both dear to my heart), Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings. I’ll start with Kubo first.
This movie was something that blew me away when I first watched it. The animation was incredible with so much hard work and detail that went into it- the animators behind this animation deserve awards for it alone. The characters, story and emotions were all portrayed flawlessly. By the time the movie was over, I was still feeling the emotional resonance of the film’s ending.
Now, I understand that a lot of people were upset over casting white actors and actresses in the main roles. And I understand and get why people are mad over that. However, not to hate on Zootopia (I really like the movie, don’t get me wrong on that), but the movie’s main theme was about racism and that’s a good theme and it was portrayed in a very good way. However, the main cast is still mostly white, with even the people of color still only having supporting roles. Even the voice actor behind Nick Wilde- a character supposed to represent people of color- is white. Yet everyone only points fingers at Kubo. And since they have great voice performances in Kubo, I believe that there’s a good chance that they were cast because of their voices. So I don’t think we should let the cast foreshadow the awesomeness of Kubo.
Now, on to Moana. I saw this movie on one of its first Tuesday screenings and I was very excited to see this. I’ve been looking forward to seeing it the moment Disney announce they were doing this movie. After I saw Moana, it became one of my favorite Disney movies. While the movie does follow the Disney formula that has been current in most of their recent films, the way the story is done is what makes it work. The performances of the characters are all amazing- especially those of Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho. I really like the fact that Disney found someone new and someone who really sounded like a real teenager for Moana. Auli'i’s voice is what helped make Moana the amazing character she was in the movie. Dwayne also did an awesome job as Maui and his song in the movie had to have been one of my favorite songs. And speaking of the songs, the music in this movie was FANTASTIC. There was never one song that I thought was just ok. Every song was either fun, epic, inspiring, entertaining or both! The way Polynesian culture was represented was also so amazing and wonderful to see on the big screen! Disney really did a good job giving this beautiful culture the representation it deserved. I also have to mention the character of the movie’s lead- Moana herself. Moana herself earns the title of this movie. She has to be the Disney Princess Heroine that I have most connected with. She truly felt real and while she may not have succeeded everytime in the movie, she grew past that and was able to truly be the hero in the end.
The strengths of these two movies are what make me believe that these movies both deserve recognition. Zootopia is a great movie but we have to make way for ALL wonderful and talented movies to shine. Kubo and Moana deserve to be shown to many and I strongly encourage all of you to support both of these awesome movies!
Okay. There’s something I want to cover; shipping.
Typically when people ship characters, from shows or from things like Eddsworld, where said character could be portrayed as a counterpart, it’s the personality they’re shipping. Not the people, the real people with lives and families and things to do.
They ship the personalities. Because, if you think about it, a lot of characters go through situations that real people would never go through. Bonding experiences that would never happen in real life. Which is why shipping is okay.
Sometimes fans use the show as a canvas, painting themselves as one character and painting their friends as others. I think that’s why Tom x Tord is so big, personally. We all have people we want to make amends with. Though, that doesn’t explain the fucking part. I believe fans came up with that cause of “sexual tension” and shit. But then again, I’ve got no right to judge. People ship what they ship, and that’s alright. Hell, I ship some weird things. Things that would never happen in real life.
When people cross that line, and start pestering real people about fictional characters shipping it is NOT OKAY. Fans need to be able to make that distinction between voice actors and the characters those voice actors create.
Those people working behind the scenes have lives, families, relationships. Real relationships that are ruined because they can’t go outside without a crazy fan screaming at them to date (in most cases) their best friend. I can understand this, though, finding something so cute it has to be canon. But I won’t go out of my way to make someone’s life a living hell just because I want them to kiss another person.
It’s awful to think about. Fans and fandoms never seem to remember their idols are humans. They have emotions and habits and fears. When their own fandom has become one of their fears, it’s depressing. Disheartening. It makes me hate being a part of a fandom. So please, Eddheads, ship with caution. Don’t ruin someone’s life because you love Paultryk. Don’t make TomSka hate us because you love Tom x Tord. Don’t make anyone from Eddsworld Studios despise their work because fans have taken it too far. I grew up with Eddsworld, please don’t force the creators to abandon it and throw it in the trash.
So let me summarise: Shipping is okay. Really, it is. Just don’t go overboard. Don’t shove it down people’s throats.
This goes for every other fandom as well. Remember that you ship personalities, not people.
For Hanae Natsuki-san, who can’t deal with good-looking guys, the reason behind liking Umehara Yuichiro-san is…!? “Koisuru Shirokuma” Voice Actor Interview
Q: …Has there been anything you both didn’t like but are now okay with?
Ume-chan: For me, it’s seafood. I like fish but I wasn’t very good with the strong sea smell from sea urchin, salmon roe or sazae, for example. Although for the past few years I’ve come to like it so much that it’s become one of the best things for me.
Hanae-kun: For me, it’s Umehara-kun.
Q: Is that so!?
Hanae-kun: As expected, I don’t really like good-looking guys.
Hanae-kun:Not liking them I mean, rather it’s difficult to actually look them in the eye and talk to them. To me, I thought good-looking guys were kinda like gods on a higher plain. But what I like about Ume-chan is that he’s modest, he’s interesting to talk to, and he doesn’t flaunt the fact that he’s good-looking.
did you know that yugi is shorter than mokuba in several screenshots. mokuba's canon height is 4 foot 6 inches. yugi's canon height is 5 feet. someone is lying.
This was back when Yugi was contractually obliged to be the shortest person in any given room. See if you can spot the scenes where Mokuba was stood on a box, rather than having the difficulties of changing it in post-production.
Tom grew up loving two things: punk rock and comedy. He pursed both until he voiced Heffer the steer in Rocko’s Modern Life. Then he gave life to a sponge in square pants, and the world of cartoons has never been the same. And for that, Tom thanks punk rock and comedy.
Keep up with our intrepid host Hector on his own Twitter and Instagram pages. And stay tuned to NickAnimation25 for next week’s podcast with the creator of The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is A Beast, Butch Hartman!
Hi there, Soul Contract fandom! I’ve been lurking around here for a while and I’ve seen such great energy and passion, so I wanted to contribute to this tiny but lovely fandom myself by offering a translation of the in-character Q&A section from the fan event! I don’t think I’ve seen this particular section of the event get translated, so I figured I’d try my best at it. (As for the other parts of the event, spideronthewindow did a spectacular job subbing them previously – thank you so much!)
The Q&A video is here if you’d like to follow along; translation is under the cut!