#Kickvic≤Anime Gate

ushicon4SeanPeople have been clamoring that there is an Anime Gate going on, and that taking down the popular voice actor, Vic… Mig…nawn… Vic. Taking down Vic was a huge part of this. My argument is Anime Gate is much older than #KickVic, and is much broader. Let’s start at the beginning.

Signs at conventions asking for hugs/kisses, people taking pictures with cosplayers with their hand on their boob/butt, hyped up youngsters running at people full speed for a glomp, etc… Anime Convention goers have always been debaucherous, and there has always been this awkward excited energy to anime conventions… and a lot of us finally grew up and it became more okay to say ‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’

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2014’s Cosplay is Not Consent is where Anime Gate really started from. Then we have the whole Momokun situation where a cosplay guest was being all handsy and gropish with other attendees. People complained and conventions restricted her appearances but lately it’s as if people forgot about her.

In between, we’ve had the whole Anime Matsuri situation, where John Leigh of Anime Matsuri had lolita guests claiming that he had harassed them both online and in-person.

Vic Mignogna has had allegations whispered at conventions since I’ve been going to them in 2004 that I have personally heard of. Women claiming that Vic is creepy, that conventions were going to stop having him as a guest, etc.

Vic_MignognaThere is a spreadsheet going around of accused abusers from anime conventions. Right around this time, #KickVic started. Something like #KickVic was almost destined to come up in this post #Metoo world. The allegations against Vic Mignogna aren’t that bad even, for the most part. Too huggy and kissy on women/girls of questionable ages for way too long of a time. That sums up this whole Vic thing, in a nut shell.

‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’

While convention behavior between guest and attendee, cosplayer and attendee, and even guest and convention volunteers once you factor in Vic’s alleged behavior towards staff when he doesn’t get his way, is only half of what could be considered an Anime Gate.

teen-titans-goYou then have Westerners trying to re-make anime in their own image, what with Crunchy Roll allegedly misappropriating funds to make High Guardian Spice, Steven Universes nods to video games and anime, Crunchy Roll ignoring the popular Goblin Slayer for it’s yearly awards because it’s content is problematic, Netflix’s She-Ra, and the countless ‘Ameria-manga’ cartoon and comic art styles that have come before all of this.

chibimoonThe real Anime Gate might just be the fact that a lot of the 2nd generation of Anime fans who were 90’s kids finally grew up and took off the rose tented glasses, and said enough was enough on social media… where they were finally heard.

But hey… that’s just a theory… an Anime Gate theory!

The Vic Mignogna situation…

Vic_MignognaThis whole… #kickvic and #IStandWithVic situation is… *sigh* upsetting to everyone, involved or not. Basically, for years, people alleged that voice actor Vic Mignogna was an inappropriate guest at anime conventions.

People have been hitting twitter, myself as an anime convention goer since 2004 included, and yeah… we have all been pretty bad to each other.

He admits to hugging and kissing people who may not have wanted it because he’s lazy. Some of those people were under age possibly, so couldn’t have consented. I get that kissing people on the cheek can be a greeting, but it’s unusual for a man Vic’s age with women who might be too young to consent… especially because they are… you know… strangers, and he represents the shows that he works for.

marzgurlFull disclosure, the woman who coined the #KickVic hashtag, but did not start the discussion over Vic Mignogna, Kaylyn Saucedo A.K.A. Marzgurl, was a friend of mine who I used to go to anime conventions with in Texas, lived next to for roughly 6 months, and I even traveled to Japan with her in 2010.

Vic Mignogna was a guest in 2012 at Louisianime, a convention one of my friends runs that I often volunteer for. I was given the opportunity to eat with the guests, but after learning that Vic would be there, I declined because Vic Mignogna has always weirded me out… only partially due to the allegations I had heard whispers of in person at conventions.

Vic was let go from Rooster Teeth and Funimation.

The worst allegations were that in the late 80’s he was a teacher that tried to have sex, but failed, with an underage high school girl he invited over to his place. At a convention , a woman who was underage, was in an elevator and Vic supposedly put his hand down her dress. Three voice actresses have backed up claims, including Bulma’s voice actress Monica Rial and Vegita and Goku’s voice actors have back up Monica.

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Vic Mignogna, once again, has apologized for maybe hugging and kissing people without consent out of laziness. In another apology he says that he’s course correcting, recommitting to God, and seeking the help of a counselor. He then told everyone on both sides to not hatefully target people.

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Monica Rial has been talking to a lawyer, and supposedly Vic Mignogna has also sought one as well. A lawyer unrelated, but bias towards Vic is going to start a fund for him. In his youtube video, he says tactically Vic should go after Marzgurl, Rooster Teeth, Funimation, Monica Rial, etc… and as someone who knows Marzgurl, I find that worrying.

Edward Elric Fullmetal AlchemistI am not a lawyer, nor do I know a lot about law… but this whole thing is weird for me. From both sides making things up, such as Anime News Network blurring a photo in an article of someone to make things look worse, the girl in the photo saying it was out of context but then sharing a different picture that was taken either before or after to prove it (which is weird). #IStandWithVic allegedly fabricating screen shots of a Facebook Group plotting to make fake photoshop images, someone supposedly supporting #KickVic faking a swatting… Pensacon threatening to have attendees arrested if people go to Monica’s panels showing support for Vic… things are crazy.

All of that, and I haven’t even touched his fan club that literally worship him, and hunt down anyone that talks poorly about Vic who he told to do whatever they could to help him

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Todd and Vic 2012 LouisianimeUltimately, we do not know everything, and never will. I thought that no one personally involved would want this to go to court, but that seems to not be the case anymore. Vic’s career is, at this moment, over… but what are my thoughts.

I was tired of hearing people talk badly about Vic for over a decade. The man is a wild card, and you can never tell with him how he’s going to act. He’s… eccentric, vain, and has always come off weird when I see him at conventions.

I just didn’t want him at conventions anymore, and I assumed that was what most people wanted. I suppose Marzgurl wanted him out of anime all together, but that’s conjecture? Is it wrong to stand up and say, “This bro’s just creepy… what with how he interacts with younger fans? Can we not have him at conventions anymore?”

XOXO has to Go

Vic Mignogna has been removed from productions from the two Texas companies Rooster Teeth and Funimation. As the saying goes: “as Texas goes so goes the nation.”

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Me at my lowest in the first year of going to anime conventions.

Conventions have dropped him, and I’m just flabbergasted by everything that has gone down… and not just about Vic.

Conventions are full of creeps. People asking for photos of cute girls not even in costume, teenage girls running and tackling grown men in what is known as a ‘glomp’, people leading each other around on chains, boys kissing each other for money, musical ninja’s up-skirting girls with musical instruments, people with signs asking for free hugs, nervous dudes who perversely position their hands so the photos look like they had assaulted them, drunk guys grabbing men’s heads and kissing them unaware, dudes groping girls on the ass or boobs in photos, girls sneaking tiny bottles of wine into raves, people making out against walls, women wearing pasties and panties and body paint, female cosplay guests groping other women’s boobs… debaucherous shit goes down at anime conventions ALL of the time.

ClownfishTV makes sure to point out the debaucherous things they have seen at conventions. Vic Mignogna and his interactions with fans was an inevitability. Anime conventions were never a ‘safe space.’ We went to them as hyper weird teenagers and for the first time we met one another and just let our freak flags fly… and fly high they did.

Maybe I am a bit self deprecating, but I just feel like an overly touchy feely Vic Mignogna was an inevitability.

The Bowsettes of Oni-Con

DSCN0122 CROPWhile at Oni-con last Saturday, I accidentally ran into a gaggle of  girls dressed as everyone’s favorite Mario meme generator, Bowsette!

How long will a sexy version of Bowser wearing the same crown that can turn Toadette into Peachette be relevant? No clue, but this awesome moment in time was captured by my camera… and that’s pretty awesome.

DSCN0116The crazy thing is that the crown that causes this transformation is from a game, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, that has still not even come out yet! Six days away, and there are Bowsettes, Booettes, and… Shygette? Shy Gurl?

Whatever, it’s cute and the main point is that it’s so much more awesome than Toadette… which was surprisingly absent when I was at Oni-Con.

At this photo shoot, there were Mario’s and Luigi’s but no official princesses in sight, which was a little sad as I amd a huge fan of Princess Daisy. Anyways, enjoy the pictures below!

For more pictures of Bowsette, as well as Oni-Con… check out my flickr album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157673354214147

I played SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

DSCN0067.JPGWhen I went to Comiket today, I did not anticipate seeing SNK there… but, to be fair… I way underestimated the scope of this event, as it is a lot more than indie manga comics, like I had been led to believe… more of that though in a later post. though.

Since I was there, I got a chance to play their upcoming game SNK Herines Tag Team Frenzy… so what did
I think? Well… it may not be the game for me.

DSCN0063I love King of Fighters and Fatal Fury… but sadly, it doesn’t play like that. It seems SNK is continuing the trend of games like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom… by sounding and looking like games that I
should be great at, and simplifying the controls to the point where I’m horrible at the game. AWESOME.

I played the game on PS4, after a Caucasian woman let me see the controls on a laminated piece of paper that was in Japanese. Awesome. I immediately made a fool of myself trying to start the game by pressing X, which she corrected me by telling me that it is O to start. I should have known that.

DSCN0068Once into the game… I tried doing Terry Bogard’s moves, but eh… I ran into the problem that this game doesn’t quite work like that. While she didn’t explain the controls, it was easy enough to figure out that there was a light, heavy, and special… where you can literally just push the special down to do a move that used to require multiple button presses, such as down back punch for a Burn Knuckle. I believe you can also push a directional button to change up the super used. This should make the game easier, but my mind routinely goes back to Street Fighter II every time I pick up a traditional appearing fighting game. Furthermore, you have to perform a move called a dream finisher to defeat your opponent.

DSCN0057Oh, and there’s a button to switch out a character, and it was more fluid feeling than the last few VS. games.

This game… umm… what?! I… *sigh* okay. Also, there’s tons of weird emojy like things and sparkles or whatever when your character is doing a move tat actually look pretty annoying?

I love the fact that they added a rule 63 Terry Bogard, but I just can’t fluidly play this game based on muscle memory, and that sucks… for me. But it’s 2018, and lately I’ve had to come to terms that continuations of things that I like might not necessarily be for me? Which once again… what?!

My review thus far is that… I’m iffy if this game will have lasting appeal for me. Below is some more pictures from my time at their booth.

Cosplay from A-Kon 29

DSCN0165“You do not go to A-Kon for the panels. You go for the cosplay.”
-A cute Cosplayer, A-Kon 2018

The picture to the left is a random one that I took, that I feel needs a caption that I am not witty enough to give. A-Kon 29, the Terribly Awesome convention in Fortworth, Tx, is over… and yet I am just now starting to post my pictures…. in other words, guess who started using burst mode on his new camera!

Below are some of my favorite cosplay photos I took from A-Kon 29, with their album listed below that.

While I’m still going over and editing photos, here is the album I put on my flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157697969531005