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It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate. The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – even though many of those who aligned themselves with the movement either denied there was a problem with harassment, or wrote it off as an unfortunate side effect. Sure, women, minorities and progressive voices within the industry were suddenly living in fear. Sure, those who spoke out in their defence were quickly silenced through exhausting bursts of online abuse. But that wasn’t why people supported it, right? They were disenfranchised, felt ignored, and wanted to see a systematic change.

Is this all sounding rather familiar now? Does it remind you of something? If you’re just discovering the world of angry, anonymous online dudes masquerading as victims – hi, come in. Some of us have been here for a while.

The similarities between Gamergate and the far-right online movement, the “alt-right”, are huge, startling and in no way a coincidence. After all, the culture war that began in games now has a senior representative in The White House. As a founder member and former executive chair of Brietbart News, Steve Bannon had a hand in creating media monster Milo Yiannopoulos, who built his fame and Twitter following by supporting and cheerleading Gamergate. This hashtag was the canary in the coalmine, and we ignored it.

It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate. The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – even though many of those who aligned themselves with the movement either denied there was a problem with harassment, or wrote it off as an unfortunate side effect. Sure, women, minorities and progressive voices within the industry were suddenly living in fear. Sure, those who spoke out in their defence were quickly silenced through exhausting bursts of online abuse. But that wasn’t why people supported it, right? They were disenfranchised, felt ignored, and wanted to see a systematic change.

Is this all sounding rather familiar now? Does it remind you of something? If you’re just discovering the world of angry, anonymous online dudes masquerading as victims – hi, come in. Some of us have been here for a while.
Lucio n Hockey

Okay so I wanna share my two cents -
Which are worth precisely two (02) Brazilian cents which is close to nothing so don’t take it seriously -
Lúcio canonically plays Hockey. (Ice hockey, given his voiced lines when in Volskaya Industries)
Now, I dunno about what the future holds. But as a Rio girl with closeness to my own culture in general I know it is EXCEEDINGLY hard for Lucio to play hockey in Rio. I mean, him knowing capoeira and soccer ain’t a stretch. That’s close to my culture - 98% of all boys play soccer for fun and capoeira is AfroBrazilian heritage so why not. But hockey? Here in Rio is already hard to find ice skating rings. Hell, I’m not even sure if they have Hockey rings here, or play hockey on the ice skating rings.
So the question is: Blizzard ???? Pls explain ???
Also : thoughts, anyone? Especially other Brazilians ?

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Hey guys! We got a rad episode this week as Marianne Miller-Billany and Rachelle Heger (the voices of Amanda and Sucy from Little Witch Academia) join us to chill in the dumpster! We ask the hard questions and dive deep into the voice acting industry! Real talk though, check this episode out if you wanna gain an appreciation for VAs who work in the industry right now and to get some understanding of the current VA strike.

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Thanks again so much for the ask! It can be quite difficult to learn more about seiyuu when you become a fan of theirs, because they do keep their private lives very separate, but I’ll try and write down everything that I’ve heard KENN share about his background here! Coincidentally, I am currently in the middle of translating his VAW! interview in which he goes into a lot of detail about his background and journey as a seiyuu, so when I post that eventually definitely give it a read! :) 


Kenn’s real name is Ohashi Kenichiro (大橋 賢一郎). He was born in Tokyo on March 24, 1982 (currently 34 years old), and is an only child. As a child, he was often called ‘Ken-chan’, and his family owned a cat. Even as a kid he loved video games and would go over to his friends’ places to play them. He has two childhood friends that he still keeps in contact with now, and has mentioned that he even sung at one of their weddings ^^

His parents were apparently quite strict on him, but he says that he’s really grateful to them for that now - in one of those 20 question things one of the questions was 'What do you treasure most?’ and Kenn wrote 'My parents.’ He had his first love in kindergarten, and his first kiss in high school.

In school, compared to your regular pen and pencil kind of classes, he preferred the more hands on/practical classes like food tech (or I think it’s called home economics in other countries?). When he was in primary school, he was influenced to start playing piano by a friend, and when he was in middle school he wanted to learn how to play the guitar when he watched a close senpai playing the guitar and thought he looked really cool doing so. He got his first part time job in high school, and so he used his pay to save up enough money to buy a guitar. While Kenn says that the stereotype is that guys who play guitar are popular with girls, he says that he wasn’t that popular, and was actually pretty shy around girls and would mainly hang out with guy friends and senpais.

Because of those influences, when he graduated high school Kenn knew he wanted a career in something to do with music, but he didn’t have a clear idea of what. So he entered a vocational school for music (which according to Wikipedia was the Tokyo Freedom Academy? although I’ve never heard him mention the name specifically before). Afterwards, in 2003, he auditioned for a position in the band The NaB’s, and passed it to become their vocalist and keyboardist. It was at that time when he received his stage name 'KENN’, which was suggested to him by a teacher at his school. Apparently they thought of a heap of other possible names including '一星 (issei)’ which means 'a single star’. When they settled on 'KEN’ though, the fortune teller in his agency, Dreamweaver, suggested that they add another 'N’ on the end for good luck, hence he ended up with 'KENN’.

In 2004, he was offered to audition for a voice acting role. Even though he’d never done any seiyuu work before, he really wanted to try it out, and so he auditioned. That landed him his first seiyuu role of Yuki Judai/Jaden Yuki in Yu-Gi-Oh GX. At the time, he actually wasn’t that well accepted by other people, and he heard a lot of things like, “You’re a band person, but why are you doing voice acting?” and things like that. So he worked really hard to be accepted as a seiyuu, and he enjoyed it so much that he’s been a seiyuu ever since!

After that, The Nab’s disbanded, but Kenn had started doing musicals by that point. His first musical was the Tenimyu series, and he’s done quite a number of them since then, but he hasn’t been in any recent musicals for a couple of years now. In particular, he’s done a number of musicals where he voiced the character in the anime and then played his own character in the musical lol.

He released his first single as a solo artist in 2009, and has released 9 singles so far, with his 10th single, 'Promise’ to be released in August this year! He also released a 'best of’ album in 2014. But he does sing a lot of theme songs and character songs, particularly for otome series like MARGINAL#4, Meiji Tokyo Renka, IDOLiSH7… And so even though he doesn’t release that much under his own name, he does do a lot of singing for series. I think Kenn’s said that he really likes singing any type of music, and he’s also co-written the lyrics for his most recent singles as well.

In terms of the kind of work that he does right now, from my point of view, while Kenn isn’t in a million different anime each season and absolutely everywhere like some seiyuu are, he does do quite a bit of anime work. I think recently though he’s done a lot more otome and video game roles compared to in the past (although that might just be because I’m a huge otome fan and pay more attention to his roles in those types of series), and of course a lot of character songs and other music-related series.

Otherwise, other important/main things to know about Kenn’s personal life probably include the fact that he’s more of an indooor person and loves video games, and also loves cooking. He wears glasses in his private life, but otherwise wears contacts when he’s working. He used to be a smoker, but he quit smoking on December 13, 2013. His nickname 'Kennu’ comes from his musical days, and he likes his nickname a lot. His closest friend in the seiyuu world is Maeno Tomoaki (I’ve answered an ask previously about their friendship here!). Despite the fact that everyone calls him an ikemen/handsome guy, Kenn doesn’t particularly think of himself as very good looking lol.


And that’s all I can think of at the moment! I tried to make this more biographical/less fangirly than I normally would haha, because I love Kenn a whole lot that I have the tendency to ramble on and on and on about him, and it was really hard to restrain myself from typing after every other sentence, “ISN’T HE SO PERFECT/CUTE/SWEET/INSERT OTHER ADJECTIVE HERE?!” lmao. I also tried to put it in a kind of chronological order to span his career. Kenn clearly really loves being a seiyuu, and working with music, and that’s completely clear any time you hear him talk about his characters and talk about his work and animated yet serious he gets when he describes them ^^

Hope that was helpful and gave you a bit of a better understanding of Kenn! If there’s any other background info that you want to see that I might know of then let me know :) Also, I’ll probably edit this later on anyway if there’s something I suddenly think to add in the middle of the night haha.

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Happy 20th Birthday Lauren! 

Thank you for blessing us with your voice;

and continue to make a difference.

Natasha’s voice is just unbelievably beautiful and her lyrics are incredibly written. She wrote a song about the 27 Club and it’s honestly one of the most beautiful songs that I’ve heard in a while. I’m just in complete awe. No words. I’ll just be over here with 27 and Nothing on repeat while weeping into my pillow the rest of the night.

I’m pretty disappointed honestly like Miley has her newly discovered pansexuality and gender fluidity and she has her own charity for lgbt and homeless youth and remember how she had a homeless teen accept her award at the last vmas I really thought she was going to use this hosting gig as an opportunity to show the world the good that she’s doing and can do but instead everyone hates her even more like you have a very loud voice in this industry and you used it to spew shit tonight sigh

Why I respect Vic Mignogna

He is definitely an outcast. Thats for sure. A lot of nasty rumours being spread about calling him homophobic and a pedophile.

But that’s just rumours, and when I dig into the intermet to find proof I find something better.

I find a man who was born into Christianity and has been passionate about his religion all his life. I applaid him for making it this far in his life, because being a religious person isn’t easy.

Especially in the voice acting industry, where you play parts in shows or animes that would contradict your beliefs in Christianity. But Vic took those head on, even when those shows have fanbases who make…….. interesting art, that are a big no no in his religion.

People, thats why he rejects yaoi, heck he even talked about his views on it at a convention. For a religious person, especially someone like Vic who has been one since birth and he gets these arts of two men kissing and being romantic and stuff, especially one of those men being someone HE plays. Are you honestly that surprised he would reject it? Of course, the way he rejects it would be brought into question, but I myself dont know how he did it.

Then theres clips of him acting mean and nasty to fans. Know what I see instead? I see someone not backing down. Someone may be saying stuff to him that he doesnt like and some people may just back down, but not him. Vic is passionate about his religion so of course he isn’t gonna back down because of it.

And that’s what I respect most about Vic. I may not know his work that well, but I do know he is someone who, despite all the hate and facebook and tumblr groups dedicated to hating him, does not back down.

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In her new Elle cover story, Miley Cyrus is real direct with the real talk when it comes to … well, pretty much everything. Makeup? Not into it, just like her co-coach/judge on The Voice, Alicia Keys. Industry bullshit and the fakeness that comes with that territory? None of that, either. And Mariah Carey — wait, how exactly did Mariah get dragged into this?

Miley’s got opinions — some pretty thought-provoking ones — and she was unfiltered when it came to sharing all of them in this feature.

Regarding Mimi, the dig came from a comment Miley made on the Voice set where she told contestants that not everyone can be MC. The critique had less to do with whistle tones and more to do with Miley encouraging the singers to share their stories and thoughts as opposed to focusing on hype, celebrity, and “shtick.” “I’ve never really been a fan, because it’s so much about Mariah Carey,” she tells Elle. “That’s part of her shtick; I can see through that. That’s part of what makes her a gay icon; like, it’s about Mimi! It’s about what she’s wearing, and it’s about her. What I make isn’t about me. It’s about sharing my story; it’s about someone being connected to what I’m saying.” It all comes back to being as real as possible, and that’s part of the reason why she’s encouraging her Voice team to not necessarily go for the big win, but be themselves and garner support in a way recalls the campaigning of a former presidential candidate: “I don’t want this to come off the wrong way, but I’m going to tell my contestants: Be Bernie Sanders. Be the person people want and love. Don’t worry about the masses. That’s how you make a memorable moment. Let people talk about it.” Those may be some hard truths, but damn if Miley doesn’t come at The Voice with some unexpected wisdom — even if the Elusive Chanteuse got called out in the process.

by Hilary Hughes

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Something I do hate about FE14′s Japanese content…

Renka’s version of Aqua’s song always gets freaking copyright muted… EVEN WHEN PLAYING FREAKING SMASH.

While Rena Strober’s version is completely free of any copyright BS from the licensing.

That’s what I hate about the JP voice/singer industry.

I remember Valkyria Chronicles 3′s opening and Project X Zone had licensing issues too.

People say that 5sos are a disappointment to music and refuse to even give them a chance because they’re young, new to the scene, and already challenging the standards. But what they don’t realize is that every generation of music had people looking down on them just because they were young and had a new sound. People thought the same of Elvis when he made rock-n-roll mainstream. The Beatles were seen as only a band for teen girls. No one knew what to think when bands live Nirvana and Green Day came into the scene but not too long after they embraced the new style and it became a revolution. Eventually this will happen with 5sos and people will accept them as a major force in this generations music just like they did with everyone else. Honestly I can’t believe people don’t see this is exactly what happens every time, and normally the ones questioned at first become legends and are passed on for generations. 5sos will be like that, they are the defining voice of the music industry now and are rebelling against the pop radio normal the everyone has come to accept. They are the voice of the new generation, regardless if people choose to accept it or not.