UzumakiWarlord 9 Posted June 23, 2021 Report Share Posted June 23, 2021 While I could've posted this in the guest request thread, I decided to do this as separate topic due to a couple of mentions that are.... controversial. Anyway, before I say what I want to say, please don't get me wrong when I say that I'm pleased with a few of the choices for guests this year. I'm happy that Laura Post's invitation was able to roll into this year. Shame that it doesn't seem to be the case with Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (as of this typing anyway, pending on what other guests are left to announce between now and then). Such as the case with how busy some guests are, and that cons are just starting to become a thing again, slowly but surely. I'm also pleased about Kaiji Tang, and Ricco Fajardo coming. They're definitely really good voice actors, and probably don't get as much credit as they should (at least in my opinion). But now to cut to the chase- While I'm sure the staff had their reasons, I'm once again disappointed that Monica Rial can't be a guest ONCE AGAIN for this year. She got invited to another con that happens the same weekend as Otakon. Now I know that when a guest gets invited to another con, there's nothing anyone can do about it, but I was REALLY hoping that this would be the year that the staff would FINALLY show and give her some much needed love after all the crap that she's been dealing with for the last couple of years. AND SHE'S STILL DEALING WITH IT ALL RIGHT NOW. Now I know that wanting doesn't do this, nor does it do that, but because it's been so long since the staff had her as guest (2006 was the last time they had her as guest), and because of all the bullcrap she's been dealing with the last couple of years, SHE DESERVES TO BE BROUGHT BACK. The staff may have many, many reasons why they couldn't have her as guest this year, and years before that, but to keep putting off bringing her back year after year until they find that elusive "right timing", well...... it's just not right. Like REALLY not right. Because it just comes off like the staff have been NEGLECTING her for all these years. And they say that a lot of guest including Monica are all friends of theirs. And before someone says "there's a reason why guests like her are rare", here's the thing: if you check Monica's profile on animecons.com, you will see that prior to 2020 where the world went into quarantine, she would do about 11-15 cons a year, so, SHE'S NOT THAT RARE. And you can see it for yourself in this link: https://animecons.com/guests/bio/641/monica-rial I know that some people are looking at this saying something like "you're just complaining that you didn't get one of the guests that you wanted, AS USUAL". My answer to that is this- Maybe so, but I like to think that there is a little of bit truth in what I have said and pointed out. And, I know this is going to land me in hot water, but I'm not going to lie: part of me suspects that the staff might have something of a bias against her. I won't say anymore beyond this, but I'm sure you all know is to exactly what I'm referring to. If they do some how have a bias against Monica, then that would be very shameful of them. And I mean VERY shameful. Again, despite what I've said on here, I'm pleased with the choices in guests for this year with what's possible this year with our current circumstances. I just thought that after Otakon got canceled last year, that the staff would've done some re-evaluating of how they go about bringing in guests. And that after all the crap Monica has been dealing with for the last couple years, and is still dealing with right now, that maybe the staff would not only show and give her some much needed love, but also have a heart for her. Even when the staff says that they care about Monica, and several other guests, that's just them saying it. What they need to do a better job at is SHOWING us that they care. When it comes to guest requests, the staff really need to do a better job in listening to their fans. I don't even know if I want to keep making requests for Monica and certain other guests to be invited anymore. Because I honestly can't feel optimistic to believe the old "there's always next year". Because I'm half convinced that the staff really don't about Monica.... Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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