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Chrom: VA Matthew Mercer

You know, yesterday’s post was pretty intence. I do like that I was able to get some frustrations of my chest rather than let them boil under my skin, and based on the reception of that post a lot of people seem to agree with me and what I pointed out. But one I want to avoid becoming is little miss bringdown. So I decided to brighten up the mood a bit by delving into the realm of voice acting.

And who else better to start with than with my real life senpai, Matthew Mercer.

God, he’s so gorgeous, even in real life… 

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*clears throat* Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the characters our dearest has leant his lovely voice to.

Now Fire Emblem fans likely already know he has voiced a few characters in recent games, including two of my favorites, Chrom and Shigure. You also likely already know from a previous post that he also voices Yusuke in Persona 5. Plus, any Overwatch player already knows that he voices McCree.

But now it’s time to list off some of his other roles.

To start and build off that gif, he actually voices

prince Diamond from Sailor Moon (or prince Demande if you’re watching Sailor Moon Crystal). And considering this anime is rather old, it goes to show just how long he’s been in the business.

And that’s not the only long standing anime he’s been a part of. He’s also voiced

Trafalgar Law from One Piece.

And as it that’s enough to surprise you, he’s also voiced

Shukuro Tsukishima from Bleach. I don’t know much about him, since I haven’t watched Bleach in years, but he is one handsome man.

In fact, Matthew seems to have a bit of a habit playing characters who are pretty handsome. 

For one, he voices someone from one of my favorite anime:

Joker from Black Butler.

There’s also

Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil 6.

We also have

Lao from Xenoblade Chronicles X.

And to top off the handsome men he likes to voice, he’s voiced

Jai Chong from Dynasty Warriors. And I’ve heard the way he voices ths guy, and I can now say that Matthew can do one hell of a Sephiroth impression.

He also voices

Taishi Ci, but I don’t really hear people talking about him, so moving on.

Now these next two are definitely going to satisfy certain fans. For any Phoenix Wright fans, he voices

Nahyuta Sadmadhi in the most recent game.

And to fans of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, he voices

Jotaro Kujo.

But Matthew isn’t above voicing smaller roles. He voices

Fei Long from Street Fighter and

Cor from Final Fantasy 15.

But one that surprised me was learning that he voices

Skelter Helter and

Bishop from No More Heroes 2. I swear I never noticed this. Just goes to show how good his vocal range is.

But these last two are really note worthy.

Turns out Yusuke is not the first Persona character he’s voiced, as he also voices

Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4. Now based on what I saw he voices Kanji in the animated series not the actual game, but I doubt it’s that big of a deal.

And the last voice we have for our lovely Matthew is

Levi from Attack on Titan. I actually just recently heard Levi’s voice from watching a video, and it does fit very well for him. I really got to work on getting back to watching Attack on Titan so i can hear more of his performance.

As you can see, Matthew Mercer really has a wealth of experience when it comes to voice acting to have so many roles under his belt and can achieve a large range of tones and fluxes with his voice.

Now do you guys see why this man is my real life senpai?

And before anyone comments; yes, I am aware that he is currently engaged to someone else. But, hey, I’m still young and i got a lot of time and patience for the future.

Just you wait Matthew Mercer, you will be mine one day.

The issue of nuclear ship visits became significant for New Zealanders in the 1980s. Between 1978 and 1983, opposition to nuclear-armed vessels visiting NZ rose from 32% to 72%. Widespread protests greeted the arrival of the nuclear-powered cruiser USS Texas (CGN-39) in Auckland in August 1983. These protesters on Mercer Street, Wellington, wore grotesque masks and carried a papier-mâché Statue of Liberty wielding a nuclear missile. 

The Muldoon-led National government saw these visits as expressing New Zealand’s support for ANZUS and the country’s relationship with the United States.

Nuclear ship visits became an election issue in 1984 and David Lange’s Labour government.

In late 1984, the US requested the ageing destroyer USS Buchanan (DDG-14) visit NZ. It was not armed with nuclear missiles, though it was with nuclear depth bombs. It seemed the hope was that, since she wasn’t armed with nuclear missiles, it would be enough to slip under the political radar.

Nuclear ship visits became an election issue in 1984 and David Lange’s Labour government had won – and on 4 February, 1985, the NZ government refused to allow Buchanan’s entry. DC severed intelligence and military ties with NZ in response, and the USA stopped maintaining its security guarantee to NZ. It took until 2011 for the RNZN to be allowed into USN ports again, and to reinstate the New Zealand part of the ANZUS agreement.

The USN was invited to the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s creation, back in November, 2016. They sent a ship, one without nuclear weaponry – USS Sampson (DDG-102). It was expected that there would be protests when she arrived, and as a matter of act, there almost were.

But just hours before she sailed into Auckland harbour, the earthquakes that rocked New Zealand and cut off Kaikoura hit. Immediately, Sampson was asked to help the RNZN, and within minutes she was sailing straight back out. America’s first visit in thirty-three years ended up being a humanitarian mission. Along with Sampson was the RNZN’s own Te Kaha, Canterbury, Wellington, and Endeavour, Australia’s HMAS Darwin, and Canada’s HMCS Vancouver.

Fun fact about Sampson: she is one of the destroyers sunk during the movie Battleship (2012).