People really out here acting like Captain America (the Steve Rogers I know and love) wouldn’t fully support #TakeAKnee…. like read a fucking comic book before you act like Steve Roger’s is as mindlessly patriotic as y'all.
Our last women’s history month post this month is also in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility on the voice actress Maddie Blaustein. Maddie was a major voice actor and creator in various industries, and if you grew up with anime, you’ve probably heard her voice at one time or another. Maddie was a transgender woman who worked for several companies.
Maddie was born in October 1960 in Long Island, New York. She was the second-oldest of five siblings, and was Jewish. She was born intersex and began transitioning later on in her life. She was a fairly well-known activist for transgender rights within the community. She has been credited with other names in work, including Madeline Blaustein and Kendra Bancroft.
Maddie was perhaps most well known for her work as a voiceover actress, primarily in anime. She worked for family dubbing company 4kids, which was a New York-based company that dubbed anime for saturday morning cartoons. Perhaps her most famous role was that of the talking pokemon Meowth in the famous franchise, a role she carried for several seasons. She also portrayed Pokemon characters Lt. Surge and Bill, along with many minor characters. Other famous roles that she took on include that of Solomon Mutou (Yugi’s grandfather) in the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! and Chef Kawasaki in the english dub of the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
She voiced a large number of characters in her lifetime, one of her most recent roles being that of Satorious in Yugioh GX. She was arguably one of 4kids’ more famous voice actors, having at least one role in almost all of their properties. Some of the other 4Kids dubs she had a role in include Ultimate Muscle, One Piece, and Cubix. She acted in other things as well, including the characters Li Zhuzhen and Colonel Hyuga in the game Shadow Hearts. She also portrayed characters in Samurai Deeper Kyo and Slayers Try.In the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, she played the robot Omega in several games as well as the president in Shadow the Hedgehog.
Maddie did often work outside of animation. She wrote and did art for several comics, including Static, Power Pachyderms, and Hardware. She was an active content developer for the game Second Life under the name Kendra Bancroft, and gained a good reputation for her skills as a 3D modeler. She was also the creative director for the Weekly World News for a time. Her brother Jeremy Blaustein is a translator and video game localizer.
Maddie passed away in late 2008 from an untreated stomach virus. Memorials poured in from fans who grew up with her work all over the internet.
Her work in anime, comics, and voice acting is not forgotten and lives on with the people who grew up listening to her work. Her impact on the anime industry in the west has been felt by many, and her dedication to excellence as an artist and a person is not forgotten.
【Japan Official Fanclub Magazine Vol.5】 BTS Ranking Q1 - 8
Q1: Which member seems to be suitable to have a heart-to-heart talk with?
1. RAP MONSTER 6323 votes 2. J-HOPE 2728 votes 3. JIMIN 2572 votes 4. SUGA 1525 votes 5. JIN 870 votes 6. JUNGKOOK 189 votes 7. V 163 votes (RAP MONSTER: I consult with our members.)
JIN: Who do you guys think is #7? JUNGKOOK: V hyung! SUGA: Shouldn’t it be Jungkook, since he’s the maknae? V: No, Jin hyung is definitely in the lower rank. JIN: Nope，it’s V, right? (laughs) J-HOPE: The result is… oh oh oh! SUGA: The difference between #1 and #7’s votes is so big. V: What does everyone think of me? (laughs) RAP MONSTER: V is a member that we need to talk him about his troubles. (laughs) JIMIN: The reasons for picking Rap Monster hyung are mainly “because he’s the leader that united the group”, “it seems that he can give the right advice”. JUNGKOOK: Hyung usually listens to everyone’s worries. V: The best leader! RAP MONSTER: I like discussing about the worries that you guys have! SUGA: I really want to know the reason why V is #7. J-HOPE: They wrote “it seems that V will give unexpected answers”. JIN: That’s right. V would unexpectedly give really good answers. V: Yay! I got 1 vote. (laughs)
Q2: Who do you want to make lunch box for you?
1. JIN 10292 votes 2. JIMIN 1054 votes 3. JK 928 votes 4. SUGA 772 votes 5. V 539 votes 6. RAP MONSTER 421votes 7. J-HOPE 364 votes (JIN: It has to be me when comes to cooking!)
JIMIN: Suga hyung have made sandwiches before. SUGA: Very delicious. V: Hyung cooks often too. SUGA: Yeah, I’ve made lunch boxes for our members. RAP MONSTER: It’s just V and I who can’t cook. JIN: You’ve burnt a pan before! (laughs) J-HOPE: Do I give people the impression that I don’t cook? JIN: Hobi’s cooking level is average. JUNGKOOK: It’s not very delicious and it’s not awful (laughs).
Q3: Who likes to talk for a long time on the phone?
1. V 5548 votes 2. JIMIN 3512 votes 3. J-HOPE 2142 votes 4. JIN 1915 votes 5. JUNG KOOK 542 votes 6. RAP MONSTER 475 votes 7. SUGA 236 votes (JIMIN: The calls are short but I call often.)
RAP MONSTER: V is #1! SUGA: A lot of people wrote “V probably can talk incessantly even if he’s alone.” V: I won’t even notice if the other person isn’t talking (laughs) It’s right that I like to talk on the phone! RAP MONSTER: #2 is Jimin and the reason is “he updates Twitter often, so it seems that he will call often”, a very good impression. JIMIN: I think I’m the type that wouldn’t call a long time but I would call often. JUNGKOOK: I don’t make calls! Sometimes when I think I have been talking for 30 minutes but it has only been 1 minute. I was so surprised. JIN: I hate phone calls too. I like to contact people by texting. Even when I make calls, I would be like “hey, check your texts” and then end the call. (laughs) SUGA: Me too, I always try to send texts. RAP MONSTER: I like to make long calls, so I can talk for 3 hours. J-HOPE: I often make video calls compared to the normal calls. V: You follow fashion! JIN: I completely forgot such function existed. (laughs)
Q4: If you go to the seaside together, who would be the noisiest member?
1. V 5306 votes 2.JUNG KOOK 3741 votes 3.J-Hope 3565 votes 4. JIMIN 1009 votes 5. JIN 374 votes 6. SUGA 251 votes 7. RAP MONSTER 124 votes
RAP MONSTER: Although I’m #7, I can be unexpectedly quite noisy. JIN: Unexpectedly, I can be super noisy! JUNGKOOK: Unexpectedly I’m not noisy. (laughs) JIN: Yeah, Jungkook isn’t noisy. I feel like Jimin and I will have fun until we collapse. V: Rap Monster hyung unexpectedly is the lively type. SUGA: Unexpectedly I’m not noisy. JIN: That’s not unexpected at all! (laughs) J-HOPE: I think I would change depending on the situation. JIMIN: The reasons for #1 V are “because he’s like a child”, “if V goes to play on his own, you probably won’t even know where he ran off to.” RAP MONSTER: That’s right, but Jungkook would go missing if he secretly goes off by himself. V: Yeah, Rap Monster hyung who’s next to me, you know someone is missing!
Q5: If you had to pick the first alien in BTS, who would you pick?
1. V 9312 votes 2. SUGA 1678 votes 3. RAP MONSTER 1314 votes 4. J-Hope 818 votes 5. JUNG KOOK 637 votes 6. JIN 371 votes 7. JIMIN 240 votes (V: I’m definitely the leading #1! (laughs))
JIN: This is made for V, right? (laughs) RAP MONSTER: The result… eh, Suga hyung is #2 and I’m #3!? So unexpected. SUGA: After I had the appendix surgery, I couldn’t go to the space. (laughs) JUNGKOOK: I want to go~ J-HOPE: The reason for Rap Monster is “it seems that his mind can easily be in sync with the aliens’ minds”. ALL: (bursts out laughing) JIMIN: This means that I give people the impression that I’m the most normal member. V: What about me then? (laughs)
Q6: The member can do bungee jump without hesitation?
1. JUNGKOOK 10657 votes 2. SUGA 1143 votes 3. JIMIN 650 votes 4. J-HOPE 590 votes 5. RAP MONSTER 588 votes 6. V 469 votes 7. JIN 273 votes (JUNGKOOK: Bungee jump is fun!)
RAP MONSTER: #7 Jin hyung got so little votes. (laughs) There isn’t a big difference between #3 – 6. JIN: Hey, including #7, there isn’t a big difference. When have I left such impression on you guys? (laughs) J-HOPE: Those who picked Jin hyung wrote, “Jin hyung has broad shoulders, so the air resistance would be really big.” ALL: (bursts out laughing) JIN: Wow, this is very scientific! (laughs) JIMIN: A lot of people wrote for #1 Jungkook, “it seems that he can jump easily.” JUNGKOOK: Yes! That’s right. J-HOPE: For #2 Suga, “Suga has the image that he doesn’t react to scary things.” SUGA: If it’s for filming, I can jump otherwise I wouldn’t. It’s the occupational disease. (laughs) V: Actually, everyone is really scared except Jungkook. J-HOPE: Yeah, everyone can do bungee jump but only Jungkook would enjoy it. V: I did it once and I thought I was going to die! RAP MONSTER: I don’t want to do it ever again. (laughs)
Q7: Who do you want to be a comic duo with?
1. J-HOPE 6199 votes 2. JIN 2752 votes 3. SUGA 1677 votes 4. V 1327 votes 5. RAP MONSTER 957 votes 6. JIMIN 950 votes 7. JUNG KOOK 508 votes (J-HOPE: Let’s make a comic duo with Suga hyung.)
SUGA: Hobi has got to be no.1. J-HOPE: Many people want to see Suga hyung and I do a comic act. RAP MONSTER: The silly one (boke) is Hobi and the straight man in comedy (tsukkomi) is Suga hyung. J-HOPE: Don’t be like that! ALL: (laughs) V: Jungkook is #7 so unexpected. Isn’t he funny in Japan? JUNGKOOK: No, my image in Japan is handsome/ cool. RAP MONSTER: But Jungkook is the most hilarious, he has the ability to make people laugh. JIMIN: No, recently Jin hyung is the funniest. V: Yeah, I think Jin hyung is #1!
Q8: Who can’t get up? (Who’s weak in the morning)?
SUGA: Even though I’m #1, I can get up straight away. I produce music so I often stay up at night, I would usually take naps in between the gaps. JUNGKOOK: The most energetic in the morning is Hobi hyung, hyung always gets up the earliest. JIN: Even if Jimin gets up early, he takes a long time to prepare. J-HOPE: But he can’t get up. (laughs) JIMIN: I’ve been trying recently. JIN: Huh˜? But I can smell that someone was late today (sniffs) JIMIN: I got up straight away in the morning. I’m not that slow these days~ ALL: (laughs) RAP MONSTER: #2 Jungkook actually can’t get up, just like it’s written here “Jungkook might get angry if you wake him up.” V: During the trainee days, I prepared a surprise for Jungkook’s birthday but he didn’t get up no matter how many times I’ve knocked on the door. I had to pull his legs to the living room. (laughs) J-HOPE: V stop talking about other people (laughs), someone wrote “it seems that V would crawl back to sleep (or have unprotected sleep) 4 times.” This is so on point. V: Yeah! If I wake up, I’ll fall back to sleep (laughs)