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Everything posted by Aresef

  1. No video that uses “SJW” unironically should be taken seriously.
  2. There's a big honking gap between a credible account and an indictment. He doesn't need to be in handcuffs for people to conclude he did these things or for him to suffer consequences like being disinvited from cons and recast in RWBY and at least one other show. There have been whispers about him for years. Even Monica Rial, a fellow voice actor, says she was on the receiving end. The difference is that now, people are listening. If I catch wind he's going to be in the dub of something I'd like to buy, I don't know about you, but I won't buy it. Or I won't go to a con that would invite him from now on. And I can't possibly be alone.
  3. I don't think there's a gradient available to those who would employ him. Funimation can't be like "OK, we'll recast his parts in this but not this." His co-stars won't be happy with that, and fans won't be happy with that.
  4. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Jim. It echoes what D.C. Douglas said the other day about reevaluating his own behavior, and what Adam Sheehan reflected on regarding what happened with Todd Haberkorn and his own responsibility. I think for me, I've come to my conclusions based on the specificity of the claims, the pattern revealed, Vic's own response and the reactions of his peers. You're not seeing these people coalesce around him. Rather, it's quite the opposite. I've seen the spreadsheet, and I'm ambivalent. It was used to go after Justin Sevakis based on somebody's grudge. However, it also allowed people to see Vic's name and a prominent fan's name and realize they weren't alone. If not for the spreadsheet, the whispers on him may still have been whispers. But I don't think ANN should take custody of the spreadsheet or anything like that because that's not the role of a news outlet. They would risk opening themselves up to liability. I think that however this all came to light, it's high time there was this kind of reckoning in the fandom, and time for a conversation about this behavior. It goes further than just saying the words "cosplay is not consent."
  5. Inasmuch as his niche celebrity gives him power, he has allegedly abused it. I've also heard from con staffers--not necessarily at Otakon--that he's a bit of a pain to work with. Not going to go into details, since I don't want people to work backwards to figure out where these things happened.
  6. In the last few days, he's been canceled by Anime NYC, Kameha Con UK, Raleigh Supercon, Florida Supercon, Rangerstop & Pop Con, Kameha Con, Kawaii Kon and Kami-Kon. Ancient City Con and Anime Milwaukee mutually agreed with Vic to cancel. He was at Bak-Anime over the weekend and it was super awkward. He made a crocodile-tear statement in his Edward Elric register. Anime Matsuri is the only upcoming con that hasn't canceled him, but the person running that con has his own problems, let's say.
  7. The unnamed actor in Pridemore's story named himself on Twitter--nobody asked him to do that--and an industry insider came forward with what he knew about that night. (I'd name both individuals, but I don't want to run afoul of the mods or something.) The public sphere is a terrible place to have complex discussions about consent and propriety, but it may be the only place where it'll happen in these cases. It's high time that we as congoers (broadly, not just Ota) talk about and expose bad behavior in our community. Vic has an army of sycophants. They've even taken the step of limiting access to his convention schedule... which anybody can see on animecons.com anyway. I think the onus on the rest of us to be the adults in the room. And speaking of adults, consensual or not, anybody who acts the way Vic does around girls and women young enough to be his daughter ought to raise red flags no matter what other stories are out there.
  8. Long as it's reasonably priced and they play ball with some of those Asian offerings in the downtown area or whatever that was called, I'm down with it.
  9. https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/27/18157761/jackie-chan-police-story-4k-restoration-trailer-best-action-movie
  10. Aresef

    What are you playing?: 2019 Edition!

    Tetris Effect, Rez Infinite, more Shenmue I/II after I re-conquer the 70 Man Battle. 21st century games have ruined me.
  11. --not staff, but this is easy-- No. With the exception of the trial memberships, all memberships are created equal. You may have something like AWM where you need to pay extra, or the FF concert where you could cough up money for a VIP package, but this is super-rare.
  12. Fantastic! I missed out on his stuff last time around. I hope to make time at the next con.
  13. Aresef

    Mirai & Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us

    Mirai is also showing at The Charles. I saw a trailer at Anime NYC. I mean, it's Mamoru Hosoda, what else do you need to know? 1:45 screenings are dubbed, later screenings are subbed. Just so you know.
  14. Apparently the thing with the bag checks was a venue requirement. If they had the whole joint, they could do the bag checks at the point of entry instead. Yeah, that was the case with me and the Friday AWM concert, that I wasn't so familiar with the artists, but the "oh they're the singer from that song" aspect was neat, as well as the covers of things like Aquarion and Sorairo Days Peter Tatara personally responded to my complaint email about their interpreters, he said they were made aware and dealt with it in real-time.
  15. I think there are logistical things that need to be smoothed out, but I give ANYC credit for being cognizant of them. The multiple bag checks were apparently a venue thing--if they had the whole Javits Center, they could have done it more like Ota with the one bag check at the point of entry. I think the programming schedule was a little thin, too, and lacking in fan panels. The AWM days, I maybe spent just a few hours at the Javits before going over to the Hammerstein, lining up, what have you. But AWM was phenomenal. I wasn't too familiar with the Friday artists, but quickly it was like "oh, she was the one who did this song" or "oh, they're covering that song." The second night was unreal. I wasn't too high on Morning Musume, they're still not my cup of tea, but I appreciated the artistry. I guessed what the artists I was familiar with would do, and was mostly wrong. Like I thought Kageyama would do Beginnings, the English song off his new album. Nah, when he pulled out his acoustic guitar, it was to do Yume freaking Kounen with Shokotan. The only thing I was able to clock was, the moment he strummed, I knew his next song was going to be The Real Folk Blues, and I drank in the crowd's reaction. There were a lot of adventurous selections. Kage and Dani covering "GO!!" or Dani soloing "We Can" or Kage joining MM for "Love Machine" or Shokotan and Dani doing Pegasus Fantasy or EVERYBODY doing THE HERO!! But to that point, I'm glad that the show was light on JAM selections, just that and Dani soloing Divine Love (which isn't something they typically do live). And Shokotan, oh man, she is one of us. Came out with the penlight and joked she looked like Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
  16. If they get all the approvals and there are no delays, it wouldn't be running until 2027. And even then, it won't be cost-effective for you and me.
  17. Yo. Gotta get a ticket to the other AWM (the one without Dani/Kage).