We can’t all stay live action anime girls forever?

apollosmile2Apollo Smile is a woman who has gone by a few names. The one she was born with, the one she went to conventions with in pursuits of being a somebody in the anime/comic/gaming/music/ industry, and the one that she currently has.

Apollo Smile’s wikipidea article talks about the first two, but not the one that she currently has.

I learned from someone on twitter that Smile was in fact alive, and performing in a much smaller capacity. After learning that information last October, I decided to sit on the news of her real name… and possibly her exact address, because… you know what? She’s kind of proof that the internet is sort-of capable of forgetting someone.

Sega attempted to find Apollo Smile so that she could once again be Ulala in Space Channel 5, but sadly for SEGA, they failed.

Apollo Smile is now going by a different name and performing with who I presume is her husband? I kind of do not want to post her new name online directly as that could be bad for her if it comes up in a quick google search. I will list the name of the band that she plays in: Wingbeat. Here is a sampler that they have on youtube:

I’m happy that she is performing still, and judging by her videos… she’s helping people with her music? That’s awesome. It’s a more modest life than kicking butt in spandex, or being in a rhythm game with Space Michael.

 

TWRP – Starlight Brigade (feat. Dan Avidan)

This music video reminds me of my youth. Watching anime during the 90’s and 00’s. Seeing Moltar and eventually Tom on Toonami. There was a special night on Toonami where they showed the anime Daft Punk music videos, as well as Gorillaz music videos, and that was pretty awesome.

It also reminds me of watching random VHS tapes that I either bought or rented from Blockbuster that were… you know… missing huge chunks of the story. Also Apollo Smile introducing such movies as Galaxy Express 999, and Urusei Yatsura.

Anyways, enough of a man in his 30’s missing his teenage years… here’s a music video that has one of the guys from Game Grumps singing.

The Gaijin Chronicles – Half Priced Books

I collect Japanese games, typically for the Super Famicom. I recently stumbled on some interesting stuff at a local book store, and purchased three games for my Japanese PS2.

Let’s start at the beginning of my journey. I was excited to see a bunch of US Final Fantasy PSX games.

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I was then interested, of course, in the PS2 games. I’m not sure what Michigan is, but that D is Initial D!

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Sadly, after attempting to play this game… it refused to load once I selected stuff at the title screen. It’s a silver backed disc, not a blue backed one… I have no clue why it wont play, as it’s really clean. :/

IMG_20200105_152538The other two games that I bought were Battle Stadium D.O.N (バトルスタジアムDON) and Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Meteor.

Battle Stadium D.O.N is a 4 player fighter similar to Smash Bros. starring Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Naruto. It’s eh… okay? The other one is Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi… and well… that one’s going back as well.

So what else did I discover?  Something called Rule of Rose… for $100 O_O what the hell? Also, here are some VHS tapes. Legends of Crystania? A bunch of Power Rangers vhs tapes… apparently owned by an Air Conditioner. Weird.

After everything, all I did was obtain a fighter for $10 that will eventually need a multitap. Eh… not bad I suppose.

 

 

Surviving Vig?

SURVIVING VIGI’ve made it no secret that I, as an anime convention attendee and sometimes volunteer since 2004, am on the side of the alleged victims of Vic Mignogna. I am also a friend of Marzgurl who started the #Kickvic hashtag. I have also been at conventions that Vic Mignogna has been at, as well as even volunteering at one that was run by a friend of mine that had Vic once, that was mispronounced/mentioned in Vic Mignogna’s deposition. I believe in ethics in um… uh… Anime Industry… News? Propoganda? Whatever.

surviving vig2My friend, Marzgurl, mentioned that watching the Lifetime show “Surviving R. Kelly” season 2 episode 1 reminded her of #KickVic, and how victims who speak up are often harassed.

Because of this, I have spoofed three images that were used to promote Surviving R. Kelly, with Vic Mignogna. I’ve mispelled his name as Vig in them, to help show that they are in parody, but also to make fun of a convention that misspelled his name in an advertisement.

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When #KickVic started, a friend of mine noted that one of the pictures used in an article looked like it had been photo-shopped to make him look like one of the bad husbands/boyfriends from one of those cliche Lifetime movies. That also might have played into wanting to make these parodies, I suppose?

Anyways, I hope someone gets a kick out of these. Anyways, these were done in parody based on a tweet. That’s all.

Where I’m at on this whole… Vic situation

While most of the world sees #Kickvic vs. #ISTANDWITHVIC as just the dorky #metoo scandal of the year, I’m constantly reminded of Gamer Gate.

anitacolbertGamer Gate was the situation where a Kotaku game journalist had a relationship with the indie game creator Zoe Quinn, it was not disclosed until a huge letter from the guy came out, and a bunch of women hating guys weaponized the video game fandom against women who talked about games, women in gaming, gaming news outlets, etc. claiming that it was all about ethics in games journalism.

Both sides ended up using shady tactics, which should not come as a shock seeing as how they were all nerds to begin with. For some reason, Anita Sarkeesian who dared to talk about tropes in games against women was targeted, and Gamergate made her more famous/powerful than she could have ever hoped, and more hated than she would ever want.

supergirltrappedAt the time it was all happening, I was Gamer Gate neutral to Gamer Gate light. I did want ethics in games journalism, and the end result of it all… Kotaku especially became much more transparent about relationships with between it’s bloggers and industry folks. Unfortunately, people were doxxed, swatted, were afraid to go home, etc. and ultimately… dude. It’s games media. It should never be that serious. Gaming fandom still hasn’t completely healed over all of it.

Edward Elric Fullmetal AlchemistJumping back to the whole Vic Mignogna situation, I sit directly on the #KickVic side, which is a similar side to the Anti-Gamer Gate side… sort of? The movement started out as a twitter thread about Vic’s past bad behavior by one woman around the time of the Dragon Ball Super Broly movie. Than a friend of mine started the hashtag movement. Vic’s fan club was weaponized, voice actress stepped in around the same time as Rooster Teeth and Funimation announced that he had been let go. Vic released some apologies that later he would admit were not true ones.

Then all hell broke loose. Lawyer/Youtube Shock jock Nick Rekieta stepped in with a Gofundme for Vic, and the lawyer Ty Beard was brought in despite not practicing defamation law. He started sending tweets at people to intimidate them, and finally the wheels started turning for defamation suit as well as tortious interference. They were seeking a million dollars, which in Vic’s later deposition seemed to be a bit of a surprise to him? Which is odd.

Then law twitter showed up, and several lawyers made fun of Ty Beard, Nick Rekieta, and Vic’s entire case/situation as it wont win. One of these lawyers, Greg Doucette, created a thread for it called The Threadnaught, and it kind of showed the limits of twitter’s capability to house such a large thread. All of the lawyers kept trying to explain why Vic wont win. Step. By. Step. They seemed to be right, but #ISTANDWITHVIC had Nick Rekieta to keep them energized.

bulma_vegetaEarly this month, Vic Mignogna’s case was thrown out against Monica Rial, Jamie Marchi, and Funimation. It’s been strongly hinted at that Vic will appeal. Nick accidentally leaked in a video that Ty was having some problems convincing Vic to appeal… which makes sense, seeing as he might have to pay for the defendants lawyers, as well as the emotional toll of the situation.

Did I mention that former convention staffers came out of the woodwork to share negative experiences with Vic Mignogna? Because that happened. Also Variety did an article, The Dallas News, etc. Oh, and during the deposition video that his lawyer friend and possible lover Nick Rekieta leaked, Vic Mignogna admitted to several infidelities against his former fiance of 12 years. Oh, and hiring a sex worker which is a crime. And technically pulling one of the actresses hair at Funimation.

DSCN1275The craziest part, is that Vic’s fans still believe in him, his lawyer Ty Beard that lost all 17 claims against the defendants in a type of case he had no experience in, and Nick Rekieta who is manipulating them both financially and emotionally.

It was recently leaked that Nick has bounced off ideas for Ty amongst the high tiered donors of Vic’s Gofundme, which implies that he has acted as legal council for Vic despite claiming otherwise.

Some of the high tiered donors are using Vic and this case as a way to get back or get even against women and cancel culture. They don’t care at all about Vic, and this is all a proxy war in their crusade, and it’s really messed up.

Youtuber Aquatic Observer made this fun/short compilation of Nick and Ty for our amusement.

I’m tired. I don’t want to have to think about Vic Mignogna or these players again. I hope they don’t appeal. I feel that Nick and Ty have ultimately had more of a negative impact on Vic’s career than #KickVic has, honestly. Nick might care about Vick, I’m not sure honestly. He likes to stir shit up and hates cancel culture. I know if I liked Vic though that I would never have leaked his deposition.

Hopefully the world is better after this whole thing is finally over… which it could or could not be already over in some part?

Happy Birthday Monica Rial! Now RAGE internet!

Today is Monica Rial’s birthday, and her’s and Funimation’s BFF TOEI wished her a happy birthday, and once again showed support of her being Bulma in Dragon Ball Super!

Some people were not okay with Toei Animation wishing a happy birthday to one of the women involved with Botox Chad, AKA  Vic Mignogna, loosing his shit and suing a bunch of people and Funimation of defamation because they didn’t want to have sex with him? Here’s a pic of someone who complained about a threat of violence against Toei.

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VickyVic Mignogna>Toei? Seriously… fuck off internet. He has admitted cheating on his fiance of 12 years, hiring a prostitute, and the pictures show him being unexpectedly clingy towards young women in photos without asking if he could kiss them beforehand. He has a sick sense of humor towards young children. He tried to bang early 20’s twin sisters, no not his new super young fiance and her twin sister, and struck out despite how fit he is. He is a silver tongued devil, not some sort of victim or heroic saint.

Vic Mignogna is still fired, Happy Birthday Monica Rial!!!!!!