MegaCon 2017: Woemn In Anime Q&A Panel from Orlando!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another video from MegaCon!

Women in Anime!

This was an interesting panel because it deals with voice actresses in anime and of course we do love our sexy male voices like J Michael Tatum, Matthew Mercer, Chris Sabat, even Liam O’Brien but we never thought about the female voices! Like the males, female characters also drive the story and we have strong female characters in anime and video games and the ones who voice them drive that story. This panel during MegaCon Orlando features Amanda Miller, Brina Palencia, and Jamie Marchi, which Amanda Miller is the new voice of Sailor Jupiter, Jamie Marchi is Kana in Fairy Tail, and Brina Palencia is the voice of Juvia in Fairy Tail and there was supposed to be Colleen Clinkenbeard according to the description for this panel but she wasn’t in the panel but hey we had fun and I did ask Amanda a question about being Sailor Jupiter.

The question was
“How does it feel to be Sailor Jupiter in the new Sailor Moon dub?” Which I was happy about that for Crystal and did love the re-dub of the original and it brought back so many memories being a teen in middle school watching five girls kicking monsters in the face each day on Toonami! I did wear the Sailor Moon broach I had for years from Hot Topic when they sold so many items from the show and they still do today.

I think my fave question to them was what was the most embarrassing thing youhad to say in the booth which Jamie Marchi talked about Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (Yes, that is the title) where she had to write the most ridiculous things in the script and when I interviewed Chris Sabat during Omni Year 1 he did like recording for that since he had to say the most ridiculous stuff in the booth. If you haven’t seen it and the age of 21+, go ahead and see it and if you are schweemish then you have been warned that brain bleach might be needed.

Well, that is it! Not sure what videos will be next since Nerdy Shirts is still doing his best getting them up and he should get some major applause doing his hardest as the videographer here and doing school, work, and his and his brother’s channel, Super Reaction Bros. Which you guys should check out and that includes their E3 footage where me and Gondras had appearances.

I will try and do my faves of May and June this week since July is right around the corner! Damn, it is already about to be July! Stay tuned!

MegaCon 2017: Mike McFarland Q&A Panel from Orlando!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back again with more MegaCon footage! Sorry for the delay but we are trying to get the videos up as much as possible. Which one is next?

Mike McFarland Q&A!

This past year at MegaCon Mike McFarland as a guest! You guys have seen me interview him during Omni Expo 2015 talking about Attack On Titan and how, like Lauren Landa, kept telling us to ask Bryce Papenbrook about what had happened in the booth with him.
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This time it was a Q&A panel with Mike since Dragonball Super is out and he repirses the role of Master Roshi. He is also Haruhi’s dad in Ouran High School Host Club, Estonia in Hitalia, which all thanks to him I want to see it for myself since Todd is hilarious as Italy in that. At least with this panel, besides anime, we got to know what is his fave doctor from Doctor Who both the old series and modern.

Well, what is next in the footage? The Women in Anime Panel from MegaCon which is next! Hoping we get more panel footage up as fast as possible since we haven’t put up Brina Palencia’s panel up yet on here. Also, you can still watch our interview with Mike McFarland from Omni 2015 here by searching here or go to our YouTube for that! Also, if you haven’t bought my book, The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories From the Dark, Chapter 1 talks about how he was the first one to sign the FullMetal Autograph when I first got it in 2006! (Available on Amazon for Kindle and Barnes & Noble for Nook.) Until next time!

Tips: How Not to Be a Wheeaboo!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today, I am making a much lighthearted post this time. It deals with Wheeaboos.

I bet you are wonder, “What the heck is a wheeaboo? Why are you doing this post?” or “Not this again!” Well, the reason why I am doing this post is that it seems like some people are kind of including the usual anime fan in the wheeaboo category and it is kind of sad. For those of you who don’t know what a wheeaboo is it’s a person who is over obsessed with anime and/or denounce their culture wherever they are or what they were born as to say that they are Japanese and perceive what they see in most anime as actual Japan. Also, they tend to butcher Japanese especially mixing it in with normal speak like the pronoun “desu” or use the expression “ne.”

I do have to confess that I used to have these kinds of tendencies when I was with THEE X (I use this name towards him since he is the only ex-boyfriend I really only had and I named him this in the first book too.) It was all because he and his family lived in Japan due to his dad being in the military and was happy about that but things did get a bit rocky during our second year together especially when he got mad at me when I said I prefer the American version of Power Rangers over Super Sentai since I couldn’t get into it when he gave me episodes of Dekaranger which turned into SPD when it came to the states and I did see it when it got brought over and it was awesome and better than the Japanese version, heck Doggy Cruger was even better in the American version. Besides the point, I did grow out of it and did change while dating and being engaged to Gondras.

Lately with watching people’s stories with their encounters with Wheeaboos, I never thought that there were more out there and that people have met them or were friends with some of them and after watching a video that Ahki Deareest and Gaijin Gumba did together and talking about how anime fans are being looped into this group, this made me think and this post is a way of how to not only tell the signs but how to get out of it before it is too late! Heck, would help with the people you know who became one, especially the young ones who got into anime!

1. Learn the culture: First tip is of course learn the culture! What you see in anime is not always what it is in real life, yes there is historical fiction anime such as Rurouni Kenshin which is based on an actual samurai but anime like Naruto, Bleach, even manga like Chronicle of the Cursed Sword, do show some cultural aspects but understanding the actual history, the folklore, and the influences from other countries would help know the culture. Here is an interesting fact about anime that WHeeaboos hardly know and that is America actually influenced the Japanese in creating anime with how they drew their cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, etc. That is how come you see how much anime and manga is drawn by looking at them to get the idea of anatomy in characters and how to make them move, etc. Not only that, knowing the folklore with Japan is also important because when you visit the temples they do have statues that link to that folklore as well. I bet you’re wondering who you should watch on YouTube for more stuff on Japan’s history and culture? I would suggest CanadaJin3 who is a Canadian woman who lives in Japan and she goes to the many locations to talk about the history, especially with temples, the many hot springs in case if you want to visit them, and how to take the trains to the places, and etc. Also Charla In Japan is another person that does go around Japan even in Tokyo to different temples during holidays or just tourist attractions to show on YouTUbe. I also recommend an Asian Humanities course to help know the different parts of Asia before Japan since they also helped Japan in some of the language and food! Speaking of which…
2. There is More to Japanese food than ramen and Pocky: What do I mean by this? Well, I did use to eat nothing but ramen and Pocky when I was younger to fill my Japanese food need but when I met Gondras I was introduced to more of the cuisine. As in, I got to try other things outside of ramen since we had Japanese places that are amazing! If you are here in Orlando around November there is a Japanese festival and one place that does serve food for you to purchase is Ahki which is located near the Wyndham here in town, that was where we first celebrated our first anniversary together and I still remembered having Katsudon which is a rice dish with scrambled eggs, a kind of sauce, onions, and normally pork but they have other versions like Tendon which is Tempura veggies and shrimp which I had once and enjoyed but one thing I do love now is Udan noodles! And towards Pocky, there is other snacks to enjoy that is not just Pocky such as mocha which is a marshmallow like snack that is made when rice is mashed up and rolled over until its sticky and it is mostly found as ice cream which tastes amazing! There is also red bean cakes, buns, and stuff made with geen tea and taro, which is a sweet potato found in sweets. And of course, our beloved Hi Chew which is almost like taffy in a way. A good example of finding a lot of snacks besides the usual Pocky is either in Asian markets in your town or at the Japanese Pavilion in Epcot at Disney World.
3. Learn the language: This is one important tip to know and kind of obvious and that is learning the language. Yes, we know the simple words from anime but some people don’t use it in the right context of a sentence. I have seen it a lot in fan fiction and I can’t read it because of that since I did take Japanese classes in college. One big thing about a language is of course sentence forming and that was hard at some points and I did pass with B minuses but the language is complicated to learn like most languages. I do suggest taking a course if you are at a university or go the Rosetta Stone route. In case if you are wondering, “ne” is a way of agreement in sentences if you hear someone using it in English, it is the Japanese saying, “Right” at the end and goes the same with “desuyo” and “desu” is a form of “I am” which is normally at the end of sentences. (Was pointing back to earlier since those two words are the most used by a Wheeaboo along with kawaii and sugoi.)
4. When visiting Japan, know the customs of the country: This is a major tip because there are things different that people do in public in Japan versus how we do it here! I did see this one Wheeaboo story where someone went to Japan with an actual Wheeb and she was loud in temples, the subway, and was cosplaying while visiting which is frowned upon unless if you are going to an event or if it is Halloween. Some of these customs would include bowing, certain table manners like wait until the entire group gets their drinks before taking your first drink and even slurping your noodles loudly. (That is okay actually, I did hear it is a compliment to the chef.) Also, another interesting fact is that we as tourists do stick out like a sore thumb and I can imagine with a Wheeb it would be even more since Japan is always more about the group when we are more about the individual so I would read up on some customs before traveling and try to get your Wheeaboo buddy to read as well since they can get some dirty looks.
5. SHOWER! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! SHOWER! Yes, I put this in caps because in some of the Wheeaboo stories I have seen, especially with Vivid Barnacle, wheeaboos like most convention goers don’t shower either! One story that dealt with a group of university students met one really annoying one that turned extra crazy smelled like sweat and only went to brush her teeth in the communal shower rooms. I admit I smelled worse and had to spray the elevator with room refreshner spray when the stench of one student in Daytona was left behind. (Not kidding!) As we all know that showering is a major part of any routine especially while working at a convention or a normal 9 to 5 job. Heck, even deodorant and perfume is also important to keep that stench away. You shouldn’t be smelling like convention funk on a normal day since hygiene is very important.
6. We tend to use the same school supplies as Japan even if it has some cute stuff! I have to mention this one since one video had one story where someone meant a Wheeaboo that had a backpack with school supplies from Japan and was like, “Oh look! This is my Japanese eraser!” I know it’s nice to get school supplies even if it is Hello Kitty school supplies like I have before one of the Sanrio stores closed down in town and an art store stopped carrying it but there are times when a Wheeaboo just collected it and says it is better or gets it because it is Japanese. For instance MagicalPockyUsagi was trying to sell “Japanese pens” for thousands of dollars. Why the quotes is that people who commented on her video said they can get the same kind of pens at WalMart. I kind of agree because some of the pens I got came from Dollar Tree and when I used to draw, back to the eraser bit, I found a lot of my erasers at art stores and in WalMart and Kmart when we had it at the time. So in other words, we do use the same kind of school supplies that Japanese students use even if they have cute stuff on them. Heck, I even tend to use my Kerroppi and Kuromi pencil cases as makeup bags time to time to make it easier for storage or travel with my makeup.
7. Getting into other fandoms doesn’t hurt! What I mean by this is that a great way of breaking the Wheeaboo tendencies is that there are other things to enjoy besides anime and JRPGs. I will tell you other stuff I do like and that includes Doctor Who, Mystery Science Theater, Marvel, and of course since I am going into the career field of it, access technology. Heck, besides my Fiary Tail wallscrolls, I do have a Doctor Who print on my wall of one of Matt Smith’s quotes since I am a writer myself and it deals with stories. I think Clara did recite it in the last episode of Season 9 when Capaldi was talking about her. And can’t forget, I do love beauty stuff which it doesn’t hurt to like many other things outside of anime whether it is tv, film, books, etc. It kind of gives you more of a healthy balance in life to like other things and opens your mind to other things that might be out there.I admit I didn’t like the idea of podcasts at first but when I got my Victor Reader Stream I have over twenty of them I have subscribed to and let you explore and think when listening to them. Again, liking other things outside of anime and Japan doesn’t hurt, just give it a try.
8. Finally, listen to more music! A lot of Wheeaboos like to listen to a lot of anime music and Japanese artists. I did admit I went through this phase and had tons of CDs burned with the same song or two and listened to it in the car a lot! Then when I got my MP3 player, it was the same way, then IPod…now IPhone but I do have my fave artists from here in the states this time around and goes the same way as my I Heart Radio lists and my Top Ten songs! I am admitting that I have grown out that stage of life. My music taste does still have Gackt, L’arc~en~Ciel but I do love Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, Sleeping with Sirens, sometimes I do listen to Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, and more! And of course, local bands from here in Florida do rock as well like Leaving Haven, Mr. Bella, and my boys of Soul Switch and Traverser. Like the last tip, listening to other artists new and old doesn’t hurt either since listening to the same thing over and over can be a bit boring at times and having something new to listen to can give a nice bit of variety.

Well, I think that is about it! If you guys want to hear some of the stories I mentioned above, I would suggest Mindless Gonzo for his Wheeaboo Horror Stories and Vivid Barnacle since people like to submit their own stories. If you have a tendency to go WHeeaboo, I would say blast some Avenged Sevenfold before you get trapped in it since it may help!

Well, that is it for this post! I would like to announce that I did submit a new panel for Holiday Matsuri. They haven’t announced press yet since I was glad they got my form a while back when they put up the form (gotta love it when they are early) and they did put up their panel form at the beginning of this month if you are wondering. It was an idea from Nerdy Shirts since I did mention my convention experiences in my first book why not talk about how I went from being an attendee to press and then an author? So, hoping this will be selected for this year but if not, there is always Omni after all! So, next post will be the Top Ten Songs of June and my faves of May and June! Until next time!

Anime: ANime That Should Be Dubbed

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Finally I get around to do my list of anime that should be dubbed.

I know it is weird to see me talk about this but there are times when anime doesn’t get dubbed and as a blind person it is hard for me to watch it and I don’t always have Gondras right next to me to read subtitles. That is why I stopped going to anime clubs even one back at my school that only shows the subbed versions of anime that is already dubbed. I do admit I have one that hasn’t been dubbed which I will get to in a moment so that is why I decided to do this list to say which ones that should have an English adaptation either by Viz, Sentai Filmworks, or the big tamale themselves, Funimation!

Arakawa Under the Bridge: An anime series from 2011, Arakawa Under the Bridge has been a fave of mine and my buddies and I do have the first season on DVD and Blue Ray since Nipponichi USA brought it over here but not dubbed which makes me sad! This anime introduces Kou Ichinomiya a guy who always follows the major rule that his family always puts on him is that “Never be in debt to anybody.” Until his life was saved underneath the Arakawa Bridge by a girl named Nino and promises to pay her back by being her boyfriend and his new life begins. This anime has a lot of comedy and irony to it such as two boys who wear helmets that cover their faces so people won’t see them to a guy named “Sister” in a nun’s habit, this anime is beyond the idea of absurdity and it is also hilarious! I wish I got season two because I only got two episodes in through the anime club I used to be a part of in town but stopped showing it and I remembered how Nino, who believes she is from space, has to go back home to Venus and she had a magical girl transformation and it was amazing!
Who Should Dub This? I think Funimation should dub this because they can do comedy very well. I can imagine Ian Sinclair being Sister since his voice is deep enough to match Takehito Koyasu’s voice and possibly Brina Palencia as Nino since she can do a pretty good dead pan voice with her own.

Katanano Gatari: Another one from Nipponichi that wasn’t dubbed is called Katana no Gatari. This anime tells the story of Yasuri Chichika who is a swordsman without a sword and Togame, who is gathering the twelve swords for the Shogunate. He sets out across Edo era Japan to gather these swords and in order to prove his loyalty to Togame, since he is the son of an exiled warrior, he must fall in love. This anime has hour long episodes and that is why it should be dubbed. When Gondras read me the subtitles, it took forever to get through the episodes and I felt like I prefer it in English over the Japanese version because I could understand the story a lot better. I also think the story would be explained more since with English the story can be told in a better light.
Who should dub this one? I feel that Sentai Filmworks should dub this one because they have done a lot of period stories and they do it pretty well. Some of my faves included Gin Saga, Kino’s Journey, and many others from the ADV days. Plus, with how much better they got in dubbing like with Angel Beats, they can handle this one and its story.

Occult Academy: This anime was one of the ones I hoped to come dubbed but nope! We meet Maya, daughter of the former headmaster of Waldstein Academy, and in 2012 the world is invaded by aliens and time travelers. Doctor Who much? Anyways, Fumiaki is sent back to 1999 in order to destroy the Nostridamus Key to keep the invasion from happening and he meets Maya in the past in order to find it to destroy it. This anime would’ve been great as a dub because it has a great supernatural tone to it and we are living in the time where Doctor Who is at its popularity, well bigger popularity with how great Season Ten is. I did like this one and its theme song.
Who Should Get This One? I would give this one to Funimation because they have a very dynamic staff and I think their actors can keep that supernatural feel in script and cast. I can see Austin Tindle as Fumiaki and Jad Saxton as Maya since I can imagine her with a slight British voice.

My Monster Secret AKA Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa: I know GOndras would be happy if I put this on the list and it is My Monster Secret or in Japan, Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa since he loves this series so much! Trust me, try having him talk about it most of the time. Anyways, We meet Asahi Kuromine who is known for not being able to keep a secret has his poker face tested when he sees his classmate Yoko Shiramine sprout wings from her back and having bats fly around her and that is when he finds out she is a vampire. Not only he has to keep her secret but also other classmates’ secrets like the class president being a space alien and the class perv being a werewolf. Not only that, their principal being a demon and the teacher her daughter! Yes, this series sounds like a cute slice of life story and it is pretty much. There is a twelve episode anime out in Japan but it hasn’t been dubbed which Gondras would like.
Who should get this one? I am thinking Viz should get this one since they do pretty good jobs on supernatural type slice of life stories such as Vampire Knight and they are re-dubbing Salor Moon which I wish Hulu would have Season 3 already. I can imagine Asahi probably being played by Ben Discan using his Umino voice or Bryce Papenbrook as Asahi and Stephanie Sheh being Yoko.

Junjo Romantica: I know Vivi would be happy if I mentioned this one since it is her fave series. I tried to see for a synopsis but all I got from Wikipedia said it’s a yaoi and slice of life anime series that was adapted from manga. Hmmm! Interesting!
Who should have this one? It is hard to say but I would think Sentai Filmworks should have this one since they can do a better job than Right Stuff in my opinion.

Well, that is it for this list so far! I don’t know what else to put but you can comment down below if you have a fave anime that should be dubbed.

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? How to keep yourself from turning into a Wheeaboo. Until next time!

Conventions: Voice Actors Script Reading from MegaCon Orlando 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another set of videos for you all!

Panel: Voice Actors Script Reading!

So, next one that was uploaded happened to be the script reading during Saturday’s events. I wasn’t there for it and wishing I was since it was Princess Bride which is a very important pop culture film from the 90’s! At least Nerdy Shirts was able to record this one since the Flash panel earlier that afternoon didn’t allow it. This panel had the voice actors read the script and I did see a bit of it and it was pretty good. Reason why was I found a comment on my phone since I do upload my beauty videos through the app.

I hope you all enjoy the videos and laugh along with it! Hoping we can get more of the panel videos on here on Word Press as time goes on since we also got video of Billy West’s panel, Mike McFarland’s, and many more! Stay tuned!

Convention Impossible: MegaCon Orlando 2017

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe. MegaCon has passed and man this will be my most honest review, let’s get to it!

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observations of the lead writer and producer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and feelings, more like deep thoughts and feelings about this convention because it will be one huge honest review especially the results.

Location: This convention has been held at the Orange County Convention for many years but has been in multiple buildings. In most of the years I’ve been to this convention it was in the North Concourse and then one year or two in the South Concourse and now this year was in the North South Concourse. I know it sounds confusing but I am not done yet! Basically, the building is separated in North and South where you can cut through the vendor’s room to get to both sides until closing time when you have to go back out to get to either side. In order to get your ticket, you had to walk to the South side in the side to get your wristband, VIP pass, and the Press pass like mine, which was a pin on tag which you could also clip onto a lanyard. There was also the option for four day pass holders to receive their passes in the mail to ease the trouble of waiting. Hmmm, why not do that other cons? Anyways, so with panels, you had to go to either North or South Concourse areas to see the panels and how I saw it that the more comic book and sci-fi panels were on North side, not only that there were also the cartoon guests and video game panels on top of it, while the South side had the anime related panels and North had the gaming room for any gamers that need a break. Having the game room somewhere in the Concourse instead of the vendor’s room like with previous years, which that is next!

Vendor’s Hall: Or Exhibitor’s Hall for the volunteers working! It was …pardon my French…fucking huge! I never thought in my five years of returning I would see something this big! I thought the one during 2011 was big! Not only we had a lot of vendors, which we did find some sweet ones including Tee Turtle where I got my “Crazy Cat Lady” shirt (I know that is supposed to be for someone who is single but I do love cats and it had kitties!) Not only that, the Artist’s Alley was also huge since we were walking all over to find me some Dolic earrings since I didn’t have any while wearing my Doctor Who dress. Oh, need to mention the celebrity area! Not only it was huge but there was one huge, huge, HUGE area for Stan Lee! Gondras was only there for a day and he saw the humongous line of people and I was like “Oh f**k no!” If anyone has been on Splash Mountain, that line was way longer than that! I did meet Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne in the flesh and did give them lanyards themed after their respective Sailor Scout. I did want to meet some of the other guests but we had to run to so many panels to get for the channel, which speaking of which…

Panels: This year was the only year at MegaCon I’ve been to the most panels. As said before, we had to go between the concourses to get to the many panels we have gone to. We went to Q&A panels for Brina Palencia, Mike McFarland (which I was glad to hear that he is also a Whovian and he has me wanting to watch Hitalia after knowing that he is Estonia and always hearing Todd Haberkorn as Italy.) Also, a panel with Amanda Miller, Brina, and Jamie Marchi, and went to Billy West’s panel Saturday night which was hilarious. I think the best panels I’ve been to all weekend were Stan Lee’s and the Tom Wilson panels! Stan Lee is of course the major comic book legend and without him we wouldn’t see the awesome Marvel movies. Too bad we couldn’t interview him because it would’ve been as entertaining as the panel but couldn’t do an interview, which I will get into detail after the Verdict. This panel was very good and we got to hear about Stan’s first visit to Universal and there was one tip that one person did ask out during the Q&A part was about his advice for anyone who wants to become a writer and that is: “Write what you like! All I hear about nowadays from writers is I write this book for this age group but what happens if you’re older than that and will you like it? Don’t write for anyone else just what you like.”

I will take that to heart since I have started writing fiction stuff and my second book will be out in September and just wrote it based on things I liked rather than others would like and that will be passed onto the next book which I am about to start to work on soon.

We did tape a lot of panels but there were two we didn’t get footage for which were the Flash panel with Tom Cavanah and Danielle Pannebaker who played Reverse Flash and Killer Frost because of copyright reasons and how they did talk about show stuff. I did find funny from the panel that Daniellle did mention to Tom how she was in Sky High and that his kids would love it and guess what they do and they always want to watch it. The other panel we didn’t get was the Q&A panel with Troy Baker and Nolan North due to coming in close to it ending. One thing I was happy with this panel was after getting off the phone with Gondras was that Troy mentioned how video games should be more accessible for blind people! I did cheer for it and I was really happy about it since there have been articles lately about blind people playing games, for instance this past week my buddy Stellarnan did put a link up about a Japanese boy who was blind since birth beat a rhythm game series and wrote to Nintendo to make more and they sent him a Braille letter thanking him for playing and that they will pass his request on. Another example is that there is a guy on YouTube that plays games and has his friends help with navigation, which the last game he did with his friends was MarioKart 8 for the Switch. I did write to Nintendo a long time ago about making a screen reader since I do play Pokemon (Haven’t opened Sun yet!) and it’s hard not being able to read the story and it would help. I will find a way of getting a new letter to Japan after this to get it developed. Anyways, I did thank Troy for it and he really wants to see more players out there even with a disability. This got me to ask Jennifer Hale and Ally Hillis during the Mass Effect panel about it and they said that we are at a time to have more inclusion and accessibility in games and they want to see more people game too. This gave me major hope and if it is possible to get the word out more then it can happen.

Don’t worry guys, Nerdy Shirts will get the videos up of the other panels we got so you can enjoy and I can put them into posts so you can see what I experienced. Which I will start with Tom Wilson’s panel since I caught that on my phone so stay tuned for that!

Verdict:

Convention: CONVENTION COMPLETE
Press: CONVENTION ABORTED!

I know it’s weird to do two different verdicts but this year after doing press this just once it is only once that we will do it.

Don’t get me wrong, I was appreciative for doing it but I felt screwed over as a small blog. Yes, the convention was great and the good thing was that we got to see panels but the truth was we had to be re-considered for this convention after being turned down. I was glad we did since we got to see Stan Lee’s panel and many others, heck the Totally Spies reunion as well. While Press itself is something we have done in the past but I feel like it needs to be worked on a lot more.

What do I mean by this? Well, I feel like the press form should at least mention requirements needed or wanted, especially for online media outlets. New blogs and YouTube channels are coming up and there are times when they want to do a huge convention like we just did and not only that MetroCon has been our first big convention we started with. Why go for the bigger ones? It’s because we are trying to build our resumes in order to do press for other conventions. We have done press for four years and have built it up and have done interviews, which I will mention that next, and have reviewed their events as time went on to show that we can actually do what we do. I even built our press kit in Powerpoint to show what we’ve done so far for press to show it. With a press kit or not, this would help big conventions and bigger conventions trust the smaller blogs along with major press outlets like local newspapers since the newspapers really focus on the event as a whole when YouTube channels or online magazines can do a lot more like we have done with Omni, Mythic, and even Holiday Matsuri which I feel MegaCon should have more trust in smaller outlets. Well, Orlando at least since we haven’t exactly done it with Tampa.

Next is interviews…::heavily sighs:: On the form, it asked about doing interviews and it mentioned how you can interview staff or the celebrity guests which we wanted to do it with guests of course. Then there was another question underneath saying, “What are the top two guests you want to interview?” At the time when they started doing guest announcements the two real guests that caught my eye or shall I say ear since I use JAWS were Stan Lee and Tim Curry and after being re-considered I did ask about that and was told not until April. We were turned down for interviews and I tried to ask about voice actors and was asked what we wanted and waited until they got announced and asked and then was turned down for that too and was told only cosplayers, attendees, and comic book artists.

Okay, I understand Stan Lee and Tim Curry are huge names and it would be hard to see about getting interviews but what about the guests? What is the real reason you won’t let us interview anyone else? That is what puzzeled me the most. I remembered during MythiCon 2014 where Chuck Huber was going to be there for two days and was given the reason of due to him being there for two days can’t find the time that would be easy to get an interview with him even though he wanted to do it when we told him what had happened. (Chuck, we owe you one so come back to Orlando if you can.) I felt like I was let down majorly about that since voice actors are our biggest thing and I bet you’re wondering “Don’t you cosplay?” Yes I do but here is the thing, when I do interview questions I base it on the work of those people which I research it first and then come up with what I want to ask and well since I can’t really see the work in front of me then there’s the problem. For instance, I was able to interview Riddle because I remembered her from Heroes of Cosplay and I did like what she brought to the show as a cosplayer and had fun talking to her. RJ Heady was easy due to how I knew his work from Face Off and makeup effects are my favorite and they were able to describe the work very well on that show since my vision was not as great when season two rolled around with him on there. So, comic book artists wouldn’t be the best place for me since I can’t keep up with comics due to being not able to read them and see them. I can interview authors that I have read since I can listen to the audiobooks and voice actors because I am able to hear the dub easily. That is why I took it to Twitter to see if some of the guests would like to be interviewed through email and was able to get Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne and promote the convention as well, which I did forget to mention that when I got re-considered that the big thing of doing press is to promote MegaCon and that is what we do with our Convention Spotlight and Last Minute Convention Info since this year was going to be a huge travel year with other things going on such as Volcano Bay and Pandora opening at Universal and Disney. That is why I am treating conventions as travel now among promoting them.

I think that is it, so yeah, after looking at it, I think this will be the only year for us at MegaCon Orlando. We have other conventions to think of and of course the ones we have done press for in the past since we have had great experiences.

I believe that is it for this Convention Impossible! I didn’t try to bash on MegaCon, we did have fun but wishing that press would have been better in my book. I did get to ask questions if I were in an interview which you will get to see in our videos of some of the panels. I am glad that Troy Baker wants to see more accessibility with video games and I was glad to meet Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne which you can still read those interviews! Too bad the Doctor Who companions cancelled since there is a new season of Legends of Tomorrow for Arthur Darvil to do but not sure why Jenna Coleman. Oh well!

What is next for us? My Top Ten Songs for May! Stay tuned!

Conventions: Last Minute MegaCon Info!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe. It is time for the last minute MegaCon info.

I know you are wondering why am I doing this now? Well, since MegaCon is our largest convention in town and people tend to get ready through the time between announcements like we are when it comes to press. I do have some updates that I have received in email.

Pulse Tribute Events on May 26th and 27th: First is that there will be Pulse tribute events during the convention. Everyone knows what had happened to us a year ago in June which was the Pulse Night Club shooting and we lost 49 people in that shooting which was even more sad. We will have a Orlando United Day starting this June but MegaCon will be having tribute events this year to celebrate the ones who survived and died during the horrific night.

PikaBelleChu Event: Our friend PikaBelleChu has invited us and if you follow her on Facebook, you may have gotten her invite to her MegaCon photoshoot. I am thinking of going as Pokemon Ranger Link since that cosplay got some love during Omni. It will be Saturday afternoon.

New Guests: Of course there have been more guests added as time went on and two of them you probably have seen my interviews with which include Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne from Sailor Moon and other guests include Danielle Pannenbaker, Alice Cooper, Mike McFalrand, Troy Baker, Jamie Marchi, and so many more. Check the page for more updates and others probably added until the weekend.

Hotels: Knowing that these will be filled by the weekend, I would say if you are into getting a hotel room or bunking with people, do it now! Knowing this will cause a lot of booking along with the tourist season already starting for us. So, check any of the hotel websites or any travel sites for any deals.

Locations to Go to After Con Conquering: Like most people we do like to go around after our time at the convention and what else is there to do in Orlando? There is the theme parks, Disney Springs which you can catch the new Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 if you haven’t and if you don’t want to travel that far there is also theaters at Pointe Orlando and at CityWalk in the same area as the convention center along International Drive. If you have someone who wants to shop their hearts out, you also have shops in Pointe Orlando, CityWalk, even Florida Mall, Disney Springs, and we do have our Belz Outlet, and many more. And of course our many restuarants at the Orlando Eye, Red Robin, and one stop if you can get to which me and Gondras recommend and that is Pao Gustoso in case you want Brazilian cuisine for an affordable price.

That is about it! In case you want more information on where to stay and where you want to go during the convention, you can look under the Travel link on http://www.negaconorlando.com and also any of the theme park websites on top of that. What is next? Besides our coverage from this convention, we will also have the Top Ten Songs of May! 2017 where are you going? And also, make sure you donate to our Go Fund Me, Nerdy Shique Universe Travel, so we can go to these conventions and expand our work!

Travel: We Have a Go FUnd Me for Conventions!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I will be reviewing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 later on today but right now I need to talk serious with you all!

Well, with the four years of doing press at conventions it has gotten very expensive and it is hard for us to not only travel with the hiking gas prices every winter and summer formula of oil being put into the tanks and pumps at gas stations and in cars but there is also food, parking prices like at the Marriot World Center, MetroCons surrounding parking lots, heck even over at MegaCon with the lots too. Plus, we do consider on thinking of hotel time to time but we don’t have enough money to get a room which the last time we did that was at the LaQuinta during Anime Festival Orlando 2015 which is not bad for a price. And of course what if we want to get our own video camera since Nerdy Shirts is letting us borrow the camera from his brother and that can get risky and I do have my IPad with low memory and trying to fix that and thinking of upgrading since I do use it for copying schedules in Numbers and of course use it for back up notes and sometimes camera work. Yes, I know a lot of expenses to consider as a press guy since we do consider ourselves among convention goers since we have to think of the same things time to time besides the usual cosplay issue.

That is why I created a Go Fund Me for us to help out with these issues. As you know I haven’t been working an actual job and have been trying to do the monetization on our YouTube content but some videos can’t be monetized for copyright claims since now we know what to do during Holiday Matsuri if we get the press pass this year and we all know that YouTUbe is having a lot of companies that provide ads pulling out due to certain content that is posted which YouTube did make new guidelines for last year. Which to tell you the truth, we aren’t getting that many views even though we have over 32K views but it is not that much. Plus, my first book only sold two copies and my next one won’t come out until early September and I am still working on my career stuff while Gondras is still going through school and same with Nerdy Shirts on top of it and Gondras just works part time and has bills like everyone. So, that is why hoping the Go Fund Me will help. Why not do Patreon? We were thinking of that for the moment since everyone is on there but I realized we don’t post as much on YouTube and yes I can put more things on there but everyone has their beauty stuff when we do more of convention videos which that draws a lot more views than my beauty videos which I did try along with a haul and taste testing. I may go back to it but with Patreon, most people draw for most people and come up with shirts but I am not at that stage yet. I am at the business cards stage! I do make keychains though not sure how people would like that. It is something to consider but Go Fund Me is the one to go at this time!

And now, finally what did we title it? Well, it’s called Nerdy Shique Universe Travels because we are trying to go to many conventions in Florida, we even want to go back to MetroCon since we did like the convention and had great experiences so far well except having a panel pushed back. Of course, our goal would be SuperCon in Miami for next year and many others outside of the states in the future since we want to expand our press scope to others. Plus, I do consider conventions part of travel since not only we are enjoying three or four days at one but there are other parts of a city we want to explore, for instance, when we went to Metro back in 2013 we drove around the first night before we found Sonic because it has been years since I been back to Tampa for Busch Gardens and Gondras rarely got to see Tampa for more than that and it’s good to know about your surroundings. So, we will be covered for gas, parking fees, and if we want any hotel expenses since it does become a task finding parking for a day. Also, for any equipment we might consider in the future since besides our usual travel problems, we do have that to consider!

In case if you are wondering, our starting goal is $1,500 at the moment but may change later but it is a start! Please donate if you can! Whether it’s $1 or $10, it will help us get to where we need to go when it comes to what we want to do!

So, that is about it and the link for the Go Fund Me is at:

Oops! Actually our goal according to Go Fund me is $150,000!?

Um…well try and donate?

https://www.gofundme.com/nerdy-shique-universe-travel

There is the link! Stay tuned for our Guardians review!

Interviews: Linda Ballamtyne from Sailor Moon

::kitty minion with a moon mark on forehead appears::

Kitty: Runa!?

Me: Nyu? Are you aone of my minions or something?
Moon Kitty: I’m Moonbeam! I came from the moon and I was sent here all thanks to your Sonic Screwdriver having a special power to change into Sailor Universe!
Me: What!? ::takes out screwdriver and sees new setting:: How the heck did this happen!?

Moonbeam: Your love for writing and nerd things brought the setting! Now repeat after me! “Universe Renegade Power! MakeUp!”
Me: Here goes! Universe Renegade Power MakeUp! ::Screwdriver glows dark blue and changes me into a sailor scout with dark blue accents and star jewels near blue ears:: I am the one who fights for love and nerd-kind alike! In the name of the Nerd Universe, I write reviews and interview awesome stars and punish trolls and that means you!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Another surprise for you all and it is another awesome interview with another Sailor Scout and that is Linda Ballamtyne who will be at MegaCon 2017 in Orlando! Like Kate, she will be appearing for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and I had the pleasure to ask her a few questions! I hope you all enjoy what she has to say and hoping you guys crack up as much as I did since it was an enjoyable read. I am also including her thank you note at the bottom because she put it at the end and I don’t have the heart crystal to delete it because it was so sweet and make sure you check her out and follow her on social media too!
Q1: Yo0u will be at MegaCon this year, how does it feel to be at a convention in the Sunshine State?
Are you kidding?!!??! I’m from Canada! It’s always awesome to go to Florida. That’s our home away from home in the winter. That said, it’ll be the summer when Megacon is on and everyone keeps warning us of how warm it will be. We (Katie Griffin/Sailor Mars) and I say BRING IT!!!!
Q2: How does it feel to meet long time fans of Sailor Moon?
I love meeting all the fans of Sailor Moon. The stories they have of why Sailor Moon is so important to them or how it changed their lives are always amazing. They usually start with a 30 year-old saying, “You don’t understand, you were my childhood!”. And I say, “But how can that be? Aren’t we the same age?” LOL! But the truth of the matter is, while I may have been important to them when they were growing up, they were equally as important to me back when I recorded the show. They were there watching the show and supporting me when I was just starting out my career. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Our friendship actually spans two decades. So if we seem like immediate besties at a comic con when we meet, that’s because we’ve known each other for a very long time… we just haven’t met in person until that very moment. It’s pretty huge for both of us.
Q3: What has been your favorite fan experience from any of the other conventions you have been to?
Oh man, there are sooooo many! From the first fan I met who simply said “Sailor Moon. Now I’ve met two of you” (apparently she had met Terry Hawkes before me) and then she just smiled and walked away, to the woman who dropped to her knees sobbing, to the ones who are now voice actors themselves and were inspired by me when they were young, to the babies who don’t even know they are fans yet but their mothers or fathers are dressed as Sailor Moon. I love them all!!!! Don’t you dare make me pick a favourite… Or I shall punish you in the name of the Moon!!!!
Q4: Since there were other voice actresses who have played the role of Sailor Moon, how did you become one of the voices?
Like most roles, I had to audition for the part of Sailor Moon. That’s what it is to be an actor. You audition a lot– pretty much everyday. And you don’t always get the roles you want. But you go out every time and do your absolute best. Because if you don’t do your best, if you’re not prepared, you simply won’t get the part. It can be a lot of heartache. Every role I audition for I want. But I certainly don’t get every part. I’ve been really lucky in my career. I’ve worked a lot. But I’ve also heard the word “No” more times than I care to remember. Sailor Moon was one of the ones I hold on to and remember how sweet it felt to hear the word “Yes”.
Q5. What has been your favorite episode as Sailor Moon?
I loved recording the whole ending of Sailor Moon S. That was intense. I and I really loved the story line. Getting to dig down deep and feel the raw emotions of what she was going through was amazing.
I also loved when Serena was “drunk” on “juice”. That was a total blast! It was just silly fun and we laughed a lot while recording it.
Q6: If you were one of the other Sailor Scouts, who would you be and why? (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn do count just in case you’re wondering!)
I flip-flop with this all the time. I love how tomboyish Jupes was. She was just so cool and tough. I loved her so much! But I also loved Mars. She was a true friend. Calling out Serena when she was being an idiot but always there for her. She was more cutting and sarcastic… I LOVE that part of her.
Q7: Not sure if you know this but Viz Media re-dubbed the original series since they dubbed Sailor Moon Crystal. What are your thoughts on this and have you seen it? If you have, what are your thoughts on Stephanie Sheh being the title character now?
I’d have to have been under a rock for the last 4 years not to have known about the Viz dub and Crystal. I love that they have given the fans something more. Everyone has been waiting and wanting more for sooooooooooooooo long and finally they get to sink their teeth into a little new Sailor Moon material. I like that Crystal holds more true to the manga and I think Stephanie Sheh is trying to be closer to the original Japanese voice which is cool.
Q8: Now it’s time for my favorite question for voice actors! What was the funniest thing that ever happened to you while in the booth or did you play any pranks on anyone?
It was pretty funny when Rini and Moon switched ages. Usually we record all the episodes all by ourselves in the studio, but for that episode Sugar and I were together. She has such a high voice. Watching her face contort going down lower was HILARIOUS! And then when Rini grabs her boobs and said, “Get a load of these”… OMG… we almost died laughing. We didn’t get scripts ahead of time so we were watching it for the first time while we recorded it and we just couldn’t stop laughing. It took us WAY to long to record that episode. But we just couldn’t stop. That’s probably one of the reasons they wouldn’t let us record together. LOL.
Q9: Are there any new projects that you can talk about for you?
I have a few of things I’m working on right now. George of the Jungle is now on air, Zhu Zhu Pets, Top Wing, Wandering Wenda, Little People and others. I also do a lot of commercials as well. I’m pretty lucky. I love what I do and I seem to get work. No complaints here.

Thanks so much for the interview. Please feel free to correct any spelling and grammar. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

My social media is:
Insta and Twitter: @LABallantyne
Facebook: Linda Ballantyne

Thanks again!

Linda B

Well that is it for this interview! There is one more Sailor Scout that I am still waiting on and that is Susan Roman who played Sailor Jupiter, my favorite Sailor Scout. Here is the thing with me and Sailor Moon the series…better take out the tissues!

::clears throat:: I even replied to Linda with this but haven’t done it with Katie yet but hope you’re reading out there…the series came on Toonami when I was in middle school and still running through high school and well I was bullied for having a speech impediment and of course being visually impaired since I was diagnosed during my freshman year of high school with my eye condition. Sailor Moon did teach me not to let the bullies put you down for being smart and all around different. I didn’t realize that until now after reading the past two interviews since Katie and Linda along with anyone who has been on the cast even the new cast heard why and how it changed their lives. Like Fairy Tail teaching me how to be persistent and not to give up te fight even how hard it gets, Sailor Moon did teach me how to believe in myself. I did look up to Jupiter the most since she did help Serena/Usagi to become tough in the fight even if she starts crying in battle. I still remember when I commented on Stallarnan’s video where she shown how to do the famous bunhead hairdo that you see (watch it, in case if you want to pull it off) she asked what is your fave Sailor Scout? I did say Jupiter and she replied, “She bakes cakes and kics ass while doing it.” Lol Which I agree!

Susan Roman, if you are out there! I still want to ask you these questions too! Or at least get to meet you during MegaCon since you will be there too!

That is it for this interview! You can also still catch my interview with Katie Griffin and make sure you follow her and Linda on social media and catch them at MegaCon or at a convention near you!

What is next? I may go ahead and do the anime that should be dubbed post after all because looking on it, I do have some suggestions! Until next time from Sailor Universe! ::changes back into the fedora and trenchcoat with the .hack thunder wave symbols wearing cat girl:: Now where is Gondras with the Tardus?

Anime: Series That Should Be Re-Dubbed!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I have an fun post for you today! If you guys remembered when I had my Katie Griffin interview on here I asked her about her thoughts on Viz re-dubbing the original Silor Moon series and if you haven’t read that post, you can still read it! I thought, “What are other series that should be re-dubbed that I remembered watching back in the day?” Here is my list, before I start…

Disclaimer: This list is based on opinion of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions in the list ahead!

1. Thunder Cats The Original: First is Thunder Cats! I know there was a newer series that rebooted the classic tale of Liono and his buddies but in the original they crashed onto a planet and they have to fight Mummra in order to keep him from taking over the universe! It would be interesting to see the new cast that they used for the newer series to dub the older version as in Will Firedel as Liono, Matt Mercer as Tigra, and so on. Yes, that would mean Snarf has to talk in this as usual and if I were to choose who would be perfect for him I would say John Swasey! He would fit the the part and able to change his voice to make it higher like how he made Lord Death sound and imagine him going, “Snarf!” in his lines.
2. Mew Mew Power aka Tokyo Mew Mew: Another series should be re-dubbed in my opinion is of course Mew Mew Power or Tokyo Mew Mew in Japan. I loved the manga a lot and the original Japanese version did take the manga and extended it into a 52 episode series but when it came over to America, 4Kids only dubbed the first 26 episodes. I did see the final episode in Japanese and other episodes in a pack when I used to watch torrents of stuff and I did like how some of the story was told in the anime. Thi9s would be a series that Viz or Sentai Filmworks should re-dub because we didn’t get to see the entire series and I can imagine some of their actresses would be great to play some of the girls. Heck, I am thinking of Chris Patton as Ryo, the blonde one which I forgot his American name at the moment, and Luci Christian as Ichigo aka Zoey. I know it would be hard doing the lost in translation episode where 4Kids had the woman speak Spanish in that one, that would be an interesting feat. Plus, it would give us a way of seeing the rest of the series that didn’t get dubbed.
3. Carcaptor Sakura aka Cardcaptors: I had to mention this one because it is one of those series that introduced us the world of CLAMP! This is also the series where Sakura and Syaoran came from originally when it comes to Tsubasa Chronicle. Like Sailor Moon, there were a lot of episodes that weren’t shown on TV and it would be great if Funimation also re-dubbed this since they had good voice actors for Sakura, Monica Rial, and Syaoran, Jason Leighbrecht. I can imagine Monica doing the Clow Card chants in this one and it would be great who else Funimation would choose for Tomoyo since there were two different voice actresses they used for Tsubasa and one of the OVAs and of course Mei Lynn who was one of the major characters in this one. It would also be interesting to watch again with blindness too since I did watch it as a sighted teen.
4. Magic Knight Rayearth: I had to mention this one even if it wasn’t anywhere on TV! I tried watching the dub of this one but I couldn’t stand it past the first two episodes! I know the story is pretty good from what I heard but the dub was not well executed in my book. It would be awesome to see it re-dubbed and cleaned up with the lines because some of the lines kind of sounded a bit too forced or mechanic. I think Funimation or Sentai Filmworks would do a good job on a re-dub of this.
5. KIBA Season 2: This series was featured on Toonami Jetstream which is the internet version of Toonami for a little bit before it went off the air. Reason why I say season two is because when ADV was closing its doors and about to change their name, the script didn’t go through a really good post production. I mean the grammar was terrible! The lines were delivered not as great towards the end in the dub. I think Sentai should go back and re-do some of the script and re-dub it so it would sound smoother than the original had as in what ADV did. I would also admit one character should be changed and I forgot who it was but he was a bit of a villain and I noticed his voice in the dub was a little bit bored sounding. That’s all I have to say on that.
6. Gravitation: I have to mention this one which I know it is a yaoi series but at the same time…I didn’t like the dub as much as the Japanese version. I think this should be re-dubbed since it would sound better if Viz or Funimation re-did it due to the cast they tend to have is really good and to me the chracters would sound better but keep Noriko’s voice.
7. Pilot Candidate: I am meaning with the girls that are done by the same person. I noticed on Anime News Network and in the series how one person was used for a lot of the girls such as Clay’s partner, Rioroute’s partner, the nurse’s assistant, and so on. I sometimes get confused and don’t know if it is Teela, the pilot, speaking for the most part since she is also narrating the series. I know it wouldn’t be the same as the original if it gets re-dubbed but if they did give new voice actresses it would help in distinguishing characters. I still have my copy signed by Josh Seth!
That is about it for this list! I know it was a bit short but it is the only thing I can think of. If you guys have any other series that should be re-dubbed anything that hasn’t been dubbed yet, just comment or do you want to see a list of series I think that should be dubbed since there are some that were sent here without a dub. Just comment! Or even comment on our Facebook and Twitter if you can!
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Xt time, I have another surprise for you all! Stay tuned!