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!
Ne
Xt time, I have another surprise for you all! Stay tuned!

Favorites: March and April 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is that time again and that is my Favorites for March and April! Last time, I felt like I didn’t feel like I had that many favorites and I had to type that list into Word Press due to having no computer access until around the first two weeks of March. Well, mid-March actually! I learned my lesson, never go online for free versions of Windows products. What do I have? Let’s see!

Fave Cosplay Moment: People Recognizing Me as Link! As you know, we did press for our fourth year at Omni Expo and this year I finally got to have a new cosplay! Yay! I used some of my work experience money to gather parts and that was mostly to finish Pokemon Ranger Link from Legend of Zelda. This cosplay was in the planning stages back when I first did Pokemon Ranger Rusty, which you can see in my video interview with Eric Stuart, and after graduating I didn’t have the funds after 2015 and knew I had to put it off until I get the funds. I did get Silveon which we dubbed the name “Silvy” for this. I was glad to get the goggles from Black Flame Creations, the hat from Amazon, I found the gloves and did have a ong wig to tuck into my shirt, and finally my overshirt with the patches. What was most impressive about my cosplay besides wearing elf ears for my first time is the Eageslash that Gondras made into the Master Sword and Shield. Even the judges were impressed during pre-judging with all the Pokemon and Zelda elements and one of them did say, “I can see the spirit of Pokemon.” What was awesome was that during Saturday, we went into the food court since we were starving and didn’t eat on the way which is a bad idea and that will change for MegaCon ::does Side Show Bob groan:: (Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to go to MegaCon after not being there for five years but will explain some stuff in the review after the convention!) and on the way back to the convention, we had to pass by Auntie Ann’s since it was inside the Florida Mall. People noticed who I was and they followed with their gazes and I didn’t know until Gondras noticed and told me and I was happy. Yes, I hardly smile due to having a fixed chip in my front tooth but I was still happy. I think this has been my fave cosplay this year especially with the goggles which I should mention that down below!

Fave Interview: Josh Martin and Chris Rager! This year’s Omni had another double interview and that is with Chris Rager, Hercule Satan, and Josh Martin, Magen Boo. Before the convention, I tend to request who we want to interview and we wanted a double interview with these two and we got it! I had so much fun interviewing these two because not only we went a little close to time but off topic but we enjoyed it! It is like my interview with RJ Heady last year which I also had fun during, which you can also see on YouTube. And yes, I am Link in that video and the one with Paul St. Peter. It was fun!

Best Attempt At MakeUp: Doing Winged Liner for First Time! I did have to look up how to do winged liner since I NEVER did it before. I know I should’ve practiced but due to being busy with preparing for the convention and going through all the computer problems, I didn’t get to do it. I did it blindly as best as I could and even took the tip of do it subtle like since one video I saw as basing their Link was based on a older Link. I had a bit of eyeliner issues with the Wet N Wild liner I used which had the chiseled tip which was hard to work with and the girl who did Cosplay 101 was surprised that I did it for my first time for the cosplay when I commented on one point she made. I may have to practice this since I dibuy the NYX black pencil liner. I know people usually use a gel liner but the pencil linder I used did work out as well.

Fave Cosplay Accessory: Legend of Zelda themed Goggles! I had to mention these on here since it seems to be a liking for most people too. When I started getting into steam punk stuff, I fisited a stand by these guys known as Black Flame Creations over at Anime Festival Orlando. I got their Harley Quin themed goggles which you know me when it comes to Harley. I am talking about animated and comic book version not the movie version. Anyways, they did say they will do custom jobs on their goggles and mentioned Zelda elements they can do and I decided to go with them for my goggles for Link due to how awesome they are! If you haven’t checked these guys out, I highly highly highly recommend them for goggles. I really want to see other stuff and hoping I run into them again. They did tell me and recommend me to Aunt Matilda’s steam punk items too. Still, check out Black Flame at blackflamecreations.com and tell them I sent you! Anyways, I even wore these to Orlando Overdrive (sorry, footage coming soon from that) and people also liked them too. That is why it’s a fave item even with my compass earrings I got from Amazon and the necklace that I got from Etsy.

Fave Phone Case: Rarity phone case! My fave item I found in a convention is a phone case done by someone who made the Kakashi 3DS XL case I used to have but it broke all thanks to it being dropped. I need to get another from her but she did advertise on Omni’s group that she had phone cases and I asked about My Little Pony which you know that I love that series. She did have IPhone 5 cases that fit my SE ever since I got it and I found one of Rarity. At first I wanted Twilight Sparkle since she is my first fave pony along with Pinky Pie being my second while third I would give to Rarity and the girl sold out of Twilight but she did have some of four of the others which included Pinky and Rarity. I almost got Pinky but the Rarity one looked prettier in a way and shinier! I may have to ask for a Twilight in the future and hoping I can ask for another DS case of Twilight too if I can. I am not sure what my funds will be for Mega at the moment but hey I do have a nice phone case!

Fave Eye Shadow: Shooting Star by Surreal MakeUp! I had to keep myself from using this a lot since it so pretty and shiny and I don’t want to go overboard with it either and that is Shooting Star by a brand called Surreal MakeUp. I mentioned them the most in my review on Omni because they were the first makeup brand I have seen at a convention! I normally find cosplay makers, artists, the usual anime vendors, and so much more but not a makeup brand this brand is an indie one. They came from Clearwater and they are all natural and the owner and her husband are very nice. I was debating on either getting one of her lip items but when she mentioned Shooting Star that was when it became a winner of my wallet! It is a beautiful shimmery shade and it will look amazing! On that Sunday, I wore my Midnight Blue eye shadow all over my lid and Shooting Star in my crease. I have to warn you guys, this is a pigment and it is stupidly pigmented! As in, you may have to dip your brush once and tap a bit and then dab! She will be at DragCOn and other places if you pay attention to her website: http://www.surrealmakeup.com and I have been mentioning in some comments on YouTubers’ videos that are going to check her out. And also, what’s cool about her brand is that if you don’t know what to get but still want to try her stuff, she offers sample pods which you put the pods into your cart and then look through the site and when checking out you write down what you want to sample. It’s worth a try at least. You rarely get that from most brands. So, I will be giving Surreal MakeUp the Star Pawprint of Approval!

Favorite Primer: L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Face Base! ::hears record screech and people gasping:: What!? Can’t a girl try something new? Well, the story is that I can’t use the Nivea Post Shave Balm ever again. ::tosses it out the window:: Because my skin became irritated! I know I raved about it last year all thanks to Nikki Tutorials raving about it and makeup artists used it but what I didn’t know is that this thing sinks into pores and can clog them since the skin does absorb this product after you shave…well when you are a man shaving. I did feel it tingle after I shaved my chin. So, I had to stop using it and did learn the hard way too that the Nivea is not a sensitive skin friend either! I know, how ironic? All thanks to a video from Jeffree Starr, he did a video where he did a half and half test of two face primers and one is expensive as all high heavens and the other drugstore which is my fave place of all for makeup and he tested the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Face Base and oh man! I love it! I have to thank Jeffree for this because when he mentioned that this is meant for all skin types I knew I had to find it and glad that it is still existing. It may be a tiny pot of primer but usually you don’t need that much to begin with and this did last me a month and a half! My skin did calm down and I did feel a slight tingle since my skin is not used to something new but it did calm down as I used it and it felt so good whenever I applied the primer and my concealer did go on smoothly along with my foundation and all my makeup stayed on pretty well. I will be getting this for now on! Goodbye Nivea!

Fave Mascara: Maybelline Angel Push Up! I never thought I would try a falsies mascara until I tried Maybelline’s Falsies Angel Push Up! I am glad that this mascara give me the same affect as a pair of false lashes when I don’t wear them. What is the point of false lashes when they can cause problems. Read my Cosmetic Controversy post on those. Anyways, I find the tube interesting looking since it almost reminds me of a pushup pop but with a mascara tube! I did like how my lashes felt with this one and willing to keep trying other mascaras to see how they feel.

Fave New YouTube Channel: Vivid Barnicle! So, lately I have been watching Wheeaboo story videos since Wheeaboos are a bane of our existence. I do admit I did have a bit of a Wheeaboo side in my earlier days of getting into anime but it did die down since I got into other things like Doctor Who and My Little Pony and much more. I stumbled upon this one girl known as Vivid Barnicle and she reads a lot of stories that are horror like where people had many experiences with Wheeaboos. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Wheeaboo is they are basically a person who is overly obsessed with anime and Japan and bases Japanese culture on what they see in anime such as believing that there are still samurais like Rurouni Kenshin walking around when they haven’t exist in many decades. Also, I did take Japanese courses and it is not as easy as many would think. Anyways, some of my fave stories include a girl who tried dying her skin in a bathtub with sharpies and alcohol for her Homestuck cosplay and one that was really recent where a girl got attacked by one Wheeaboo that attended her college and caught her stealing stuff including her Yuri On Ice costume she made. It is amazing how much people become very obsessed with anime stuff. So glad I grew up!

Best Series Come Back: Mystery Science Theater 3000! Yes! It’s back! For those of you who are nerds and haven’t grow up as much as I did with this series, MST3K has come back and in full force on NetFlix and so many people are happy including us, as in me, GOndras, and Nerdy Shirts! For those of you who are new to knowing about this, it is a show where a guy and his two robots riff on cheesy sci-fi and horror movies sent by their worst enemy! It is hilarious and some of the jokes are funny as each movie goes on. Even Movie Bob was happy to see it back that he was in tears at first and then laughing so much with the first episode. What made us happy was Patton Oswald is a character on this which fits with him and it feels like he takes his pony character from My Little Pony and turned it into Max on this. It was even awesome that Felicia Day being the new Forrester in this one. Yes, we have to drop by her table at Mega for a “hi!” Plus, the theme song is always catchy!

Well, that is about it for this bi-montly favorites! Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates including when we put up the Orlando Overdrive footage! I really need to get that from Gondras. What is next? Maybe another book review or maybe last minute convention info for MegaCon and still waiting on news from anyone on email interviews. So sit tight!

Interviews: Katie Griffin from Sailor Moon!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! SURPRISE! I have an interview for you guys and it is from one of the guests at MegaCon this year! I know it is kind of weird seeing it here when you guys tend to see me in action on YouTube whether wearing elven ears or a snowy white wig, but this is the best I can do since long story short we can’t interview people in person which sucks for us. But the next best thing was doing this. And if you remembered from our early days, this was how I did interviews, well transcribe them and I did one with Kyle Hebert through email before Omni Expo 2014! Who did I get for this one? It is none other but Katie Griffin! She is the original voice of Sailor Mars from our fave anime Sailor Moon! She is also the voice of Alex and Mindy on Totally Spies which was one of my fave series too when I was in high school going into college. What did I send her? Read on people!

Q1: Knowing that you will be in Orlando, FL for MegaCon, how does it feel to be going to a convention in the Sunshine State?
I LOVE Florida! I’ve been to Florida many times, and the sunshine never disappoints! My parents vacation twice a year in Siesta Key, so Florida is a bit of a home away from home! Looking forward to MegaCon!

Q2: I noticed that you have been to a lot of conventions, how do you like meeting your fans that have been long time Sailor Moon fans?
We are soooooo lucky to have such an incredible fan base for Sailor Moon. It’s really hard to compare it to any other show, but our fans are so loyal, and so supportive, we honestly LOVE meeting everyone, and hearing how much Sailor Moon influenced and shaped people’s lives. It’s really unbelievable how important this show was to so many people.

Q3: With all the fans you have met, what has been your favorite fan experience?
I get asked this question a lot. It’s a tough call. I honestly couldn’t tell you why, but Sailor Moon has affected people so deeply that we are frequently told how Sailor Moon ‘saved my life’. Some of our fans have gone through some pretty dark stuff, and Sailor Moon was there for them. These are the most special experiences for me. I have worked on a LOT of shows over the past 20 years, and even though I may have had a great time on some of them, or they were big shows for my career, I will never have fans coming up to me to tell me any of them ‘saved their life’. It’s pretty special to be a part of something that means so much to people.

Q4. What will fans see and expect during the convention this year? As in, what panels will you do and what events are you looking forward to while visiting Orlando, etc.?
Panels are never ‘planned’. People have questions, and we have answers. It really isn’t something we plan for. I have been to Orlando many times over the years. We went with our family to Disney world last April and had an absolute blast. Probably won’t have much time to do anything other than the convention, unfortunately.

Q5. With the roles you have done as a voice actress, what has been the hardest thing about recording lines?
The hardest thing about voice acting is getting a cold, believe it or not. Your voice changes, and you struggle to reach your character’s voice in many cases, and I never worry or stress about anything more than I do when I get sick. Perhaps for me, because many of my voices are much higher in range than my regular speaking voice, I struggle so much more. It’s an awful feeling. A cold for me, means that I’m not able to work for a week or two, or audition, because I sound so completely different.

Q6: Not sure if you have seen this but Viz Media re-dubbed the original Sailor Moon series, as in gave the scouts newer voices and even put episodes that weren’t shown to US audiences, etc., have you seen it and if so, what were your thoughts especially with the new actress for Mars? If you have seen it, have you met Christina V. (Mars)?
I am so thrilled that Viz Media re-dubbed! The fans have waited a looooooong time for this, and I think it’s fantastic that Sailor Moon lives on! I met Christina briefly a few years ago in L.A at Fan Expo, and she seemed super nice! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the new dub, but from what I’ve heard Christina does an amazing job as Mars!

Q6. What was your favorite episode with Sailor Mars?

I liked whenever there was a little bit of comedy for Rei. She was very serious a lot of the time, so whenever there was a funny scene, I went for it! I liked every episode with Chad, because he was such a goofball! He was good for Rei! I also liked some of the silly bickering scenes. Rei had some of the best lines when she fought with Serena. It was silly. And, I really looked forward to it!! tee hee.

Q7. If you were one of the other Sailor Scouts or Guardians, which one would you be and why?
Hmmmm…..I change my mind on this question, but I always come back to Jupes. Sailor Jupiter was one tough cookie. I really liked that about her. I also like that she baked a lot. I don’t really bake…..but I like eating baked goods! Bring on the cookies!! *smile*

Q8. I always love asking this question to any voice actor, what was the funniest thing that happened to you in the booth or are there any pranks you did to a castmate while they were in the booth?
I would love to tell you that pranks happened on Sailor Moon, but we mostly recorded on our own, and time was always of the essence, so it was usually all business. I just completed two seasons of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, the TV series (I played Sam Sparks!) and I have to say I have never had more fun on a show, than I did on this one. We got to record as a group, and I was pretty lucky to work with such a ridiculously talented and funny cast. (I don’t think I answered this question properly, but no one has officially ‘pranked’ me in the booth, so this was the best I could come up with)

Q9. What is some advice you would give to anyone who wants to become a voice actor or actress?
First, ask yourself WHY do I want to be a voice actor?? If the answer is, “I like the sound of my voice”, or “people say I have a good voice and should be in radio”. If those are the only reasons, I think you may want to reconsider. On the other hand, if you are an actor and really want to dive into to this wild and wonderful world, wherever you live, you should research voice-over workshops. Get a little experience listening to yourself through a microphone, with headphones on. Also, you’ll need a demo. If you want an example of what your demo should sound like, you can check out http://www.voicebank.net, where you’ll hear hundreds of different demos. And, you shop for an agent. Being a voice actor really is one of the best jobs in the world. I feel very fortunate that I get to do this every day. But, it’s also and incredibly tough nut to crack. Lots of competition, so if you’re up to the challenge, do your research, take classes, make an awesome demo, and go for it!!!!

Q10. Are there any new projects for you coming up that you can talk about?
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is airing right now on Cartoon Network! I’m also on a show called Luna Petunia on Netflix! I play Bibi Bubbles! Inspector Gadget CGi is currently on air. I play Kayla on that one. There’s also Wishenpoof! I play ‘Mom’ on that one. I believe Atomic Puppet is airing right now. I play Abby. I’m Mama Penguin on Little People. And, I play Kitty Boon on a show called Mysticons!!! (which I don’t think has aired yet)

That is it you guys! I am so glad that I had this opportunity to send Katie some questions to answer. If you guys are going to be at MegaCon, she will be there from Friday to Sunday according to the Guest List in the anime section! I am trying to see about some other people at the moment, I would say stay tuned here, on Twitter, and on Facebook for our updates. I would like to thank Katie for giving this opportunity as well, which I should drop by her table during the days she will be at the con!

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, my Top Ten Songs for April which will be an interesting take on the list this month!

Concerts: Orlando Overdrive 2017 Review!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Yesterday was Orlando Overdrive and man it was awesome! We only there for some of the acts but not all because Gondras felt exhausted from work earlier in the day but hey we did have fun from what we saw! We will be putting videos up onto our YouTube so you should be following there, our Twitter account for updates, and Facebook for more updates!

Let’s see what I got and who we saw!

Event: Orlando Overdrive
Location: The Geek Easy inside A Comic Shop!

Location: Let me start off by talking about the location itself! For those of you who may be new to knowing about some of the hangouts outside of the club district basically the Geek Easy is a bar/food hangout inside a comic book shop called A Comic Shop that has been around for a while. It used to be smaller but it got renovated to be more spacious and having a better stage, sound, and even a bar/food area to get drinks and food which is awesome! They do do events such as anime showings, concerts, and even dances because back in the day there were raves there too and even a few burlesque shows. Manime Man used to do his Anime Nights every month at this place but now at Bikkuri Lounge, which I recommend that place for Japanese cuisine especially how big of a bowl of ramen and udan you get! While the Geek Easy does grilled stuff such as burgers, grilled cheese, and their tots are in the shapes of Tetris blocs which throws everyone back! They are delicious and I highly recommend if you go to any event or just hang out!

The Acts: This year, people got to vote on the Ongaku Overdrive website for who they want to see and nine of them get chosen to perform. I did vote for some of them but two we didn’t get to see that I voted which were Ben Briggs, which I wanted to see a few times but always missed, and EyeQ, which he is an awesome rapper especially with doing his own Attack On Titan raps! Who else did I vote for? I will reveal down below!

Jasper from Random Encounter: As we got into the event, we were a little late which it does take a bit to get to my part of town to get me from where Gondras lives, wtis guy was on the stage performing. He used to play accordion for another nerdcore band called Random Encounter which took their separate ways but this guy is still performing! Never thought hearing a guy on accordion was awesome! He took requests from the crowd and even quizzed them in what song he was playing. With one song I was thinking of Mario Kart 64 and Gondras tried to say Mario 64 and got it wrong. He did do the actual song that Gondras was thinking but what was even funnier was when GOndras tried to request “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants. He got the old “Don’t know that one!” I can “Nyu” that one and would be funny if I start doing nerd music that way.

Boy Without Batteries: This is one of the other artists that I voted for because I enjoyed his music a lot from the times he performed at the Anime Prom Nights Manime Man did. He does chiptune music and hooked up an old school Game Boy to his soundboard and acts like he is playing the Game Boy while performing the song. It is like doing the chiptune song with a guitar controller or something from Rock Band. I didn’t know what he was doing because my vision sucks and glad that Nerdy Shirts described it to me! You guys should check this guy out after seeing our footage. One song I did like by him was one that almost was like a combination of “Last Chance” by Kascade and “You Are” by Paul Oakenfold which was the version from the Electric Daisy Carnival set from last year! (I listen to the set time to time since I am a bit of a techno fan.) Still, should check him out.

Under Polaris: And the final act that I voted for is Under Polaris which was a blind vote. I never heard of these guys but they are essentially a metal band that does video game covers! You know me when it comes to metal and when I heard this I knew I would enjoy these guys! This band did covers to music from Batman: Return of the Joker, Double Dragon 2, which was a tribute to a close friend, and one that Vivi would appreciate if she heard it unless it is in the footage, Lavendar Town from Pokemon Red and Blue Versions. I did tell Stellarnan I used to have Red Version until my brother’s ex-wife threw away my Game BOy color when my nephew was borrowing it. (Still mad about that!) They did also do the “Suicide Mission” song from Mass Effect 2 which that made me and Gondras happy due to being fans of that game.Thank goodness I voted for these guys after hearing them!

Shammers: Next is a rapper and his buddy that we tend to see a lot at these events and that is Shammers! A heads up, we didn’t get any footage of these guys rapping because Nintendo has been content I.D.ing everyone who has been reviewing anything or using their stuff when it is supposed to be fair use! Sorry about that but we already went through Copyright Claims done twice in two years with some of our videos from Holiday Matsuri. His partner, Professor Oak, are known for doing Pokemon raps and puns as well. Heck, they even did a rap battle towards their fave consoles which were of course the Nintendo line versus the Sega line. Stellar did ask which one I was on and since I had my Tri-Force goggles from my Link cosplay, Nintendo despite playing both systems as a kid. They did do their Pokemon Snap rap and they did ask the audience to hold up pics of their fave Pokemon so they could do a Pokemon Go based rap. So, it was really improve rap this time! A nice variation this past night.

Sci Fried: Another band that I never expected liking and that is Sci Fried. These guys were surprised that they got voted to perform last night since they were more underground but the crowd had spoken and I could see why! These guys do rock/metal music based on many sci-fi properties such as Alien, Lord of the Rings, and did one song based on the bosses’ point of view in a video game! These guys were amazing and wishing they would open for Traverser because they would fit with their sci-fi sound. Also, I did suggest these guys to Omni Expo to perform next year when they return to the Florida Mall hotel! I would love them to rock the Main Events stage that Friday or Saturday night!

Geekapella: We left during these guys’ set since Gondras was starting to doze off but we did catch them a bit. This group is a ten person group that does geek-style acapella music. I tend to like Rockapella and this was a nice new group that did video game and anime acapellas. They did the first theme song from Attack On Titan and then went into “Still Alive” from Portal, and one of them did their own version of “Creep” which is not that bad! If we saw these guys again, hoping it is the entire set and I would vote for them again next year if we get another press opportunity.

Rating: 5 Star PawPrints Out of 5! This event gets the highest on our rating scale since it was entertaining and very fun! Nerdc cre music has been taking a big rise and a lot of people have been enjoying it. Will any of this music end up on this month’s Top 10? You will see soon! In the mean time, you should give Ongaku Overdrive a big hand for putting on this event even having it moved at last minute which was still a success! I am hoping we get to do press again next year for it and even thank Manime Man for letting us do it! Also, check out the bands above! You won’t be disappointed and give them a like on their social media and stay tuned for our footage from this year’s event!

What is next? Well, I have something special in line for everyone and of course I do have the Top Ten Songs of April for you guys! Stay tuned!

Convention Spotlight: MegaCon 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time! It’s time to do the time warp and announce that we are doing press for…

Convention: MegaCon
Location: Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL
Dates: May 25-28, 2017

Oh yes! We are going back to Orlando’s biggest convention when it comes to comics, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, and even horror and that is MegaCon! This convention used to be family owned during the eight years I’ve been from 2005-2012 and was sold to Fan Expo two years back and if you remembered that we didn’t get to have press a year ago and our buddy and videographer, Nerdy Shirts, did do a review on this convention for us. I am proud to announce that we will be doing press at this year’s event. I bet you’re wondering what happened with Tampa, due to time issues with me in Daytona and Gondras working we couldn’t make it but be glad we can make this one and bring you a review and hoping interviews! Let’s get a move on shall we?

Location: Like every year, this convention is held over at the Orange County Convention Center which is in the center of Downtown Orlando on International Drive! If you have been to this con in this past and possibly others held by Mega or at least the Home & Garden Show or even the NFB National Convention at the Rosen Center that connects to the center, you all know this place is HUGE! Sorry Fun Spot!

This place has a lot of restaurants in the surrounding area so you have a lot of options for eating such as Red Robin, Denny’s, Perkins, and so much more along International Drive for food. Also you have tons of hotels to choose from because Orlando is known for that. I would say check the hotel you are planning to book for any rooms left because this year may cause rooms to be booked all over! I do recommend the Extended Stay which you can get a kitchen if need be in your room!

Guests: MegaCon has a ton of guests this year and I am mentioning some here:

Felicia Day
Tim Curry
Stan Lee
Yaya Han
Stan Lee
Meatloaf
Mike Tyson
Nicholas Brendan
Eliza Dushku
Jenna Coleman

You can check out http://www.megaconorlando.com for the full list and I am hoping they update the voice actors part soon because I missed Eric Veil last year along with Monica RIal and other people. I hope they bring those two back because I would love them in the Shique Hot Seat with the other guests I would like to interview from this year. I don’t want to jynx but will announce over on our Twitter page and Facebook page!

Mail-In Order Autographs: What caught my kitty curiosity is something called “Mail-in-Autographs” which really surprises me. Fans that can’t attend can either send in items for the guests to sign or they can order 8 X 10 photos of the guests to be signed. You can check out http://www.OfficialPix.com for the services starting this month since we are already in April!

Photo-Ops: Besides the Mail-In-Order Autographs, there is always the photo-ops where you can get up to three of your buddies to get a pic with one of the celebs invited to this convention! These ops will be selling three to four weeks of the convention which you can keep checking megaconorlando.com for more info and services!

I guess that is good for this post! If you all want more info such as more guests, attractions, travel info, and even contest related things, you can just head over to http://www.megaconorlando.com for all the info! Also, I will bring the Last Minute Convention Info two weeks before this con because knowing that this con will be busy and so will everyone preparing like we will here at Nerdy Shique Universe that I will bring this info as soon as possible! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for updates when our Last Minute Con Info goes up along with any interview info when we have our list of guests we’re having in our Shique Hot Seat this year. Stay tuned for everything!

What is next? Of ourse the March and April Faves of this year alongside nire book reviews coming up so stay tuned!

Conventions: Omni Fandom Expo Cosplay Masquerade Contest 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now it’s time to close the coverage from Omni Expo!

Cosplay Masquerade Contest

The last round of videos and the best is saved for last are our videos from the Costume Masquerade Contest! I realized whe idn’t take any photos of cosplay this time but this to make up for that since the really good cosplays didn’t come until Saturday. I know if you saw my last two or three videos I was cosplaying as Link from Legend of Zelda but as a Pokemon Ranger and did enter this year.

I have been in three contests which happened to be the one during MegaCon in 2011 as Hatsuharu Sohma, the Cosplay Runway and Costume Contest from Holiday Matsuri as my ice gym trainer and Lucy Heartfilia! This year was something that Gondras went a step beyond and that is create my prop again. The story behind my costume was all thanks to my Pokemon Ranger cosplay design which you saw in my Eric Stuart Interview video may years ago during MythiCon. I had the idea in my head when Pokemon X and Y came out and introduced a new type of Pokemon known as Fairy Type which I thought what happens if I were to crossover Link and have a Silveon to represent Navi! I didn’t start gathering some of the things until AFO 2015 when I got my Silveon but was short on funds so I had to wait a bit, which I wanted to do it for the 20th Anniversary but didn’t have it in time and did my water trainer instead. So, when I got my work experience money it gave me a chance to get the parts I needed to get the costume made in time for this year which happened to be of course the hat and goggles and my dad did do my patches with the parts we picked up at the Thriftko in town and Salvation Army since I couldn’t find a pair of shorts that fit me right until I went there. What Gondras added was Ageslash but in the Master Sword design! You will get to see him with it since that took a month to complete and using the materials along with it! Oh right, I did forget one thing I didn’t mention that I purchased and was a first for me to wear was prosthetic ears! During Holiday Matsuri, our friend Chibi mentioned there was someone in Artist’s Alley with elf ears and Gondras pointed out that Link had them and I picked up a pair after the convention due to my skin matching issue. At least I got through that fine and the costume was a success! People liked the goggles and even people at Auntie Ann’s saw me and had following looks as I passed heading back to the con. Also, what I didn’t realize while doing this costume in time was the release of the Nintendo Switch and the release of Breath of the Wild.

So, onto the costume contest! Oh man, the entries were amazing! The judges admitted they had a hard time choosing which they had to get the head of the convention for help! You will see all the entries and see who won in part two since the camera split the video. I congratulate all the entries including the only one with a skit which was Echantress from Suicide Squad.

Will I do Link again if you guys are wondering? Yes I will and hoping for MegaCon since PikaBelleChu did invite us to her Pokemon event that weekend so let’s see what happens! Now enjoy the video!

That is it for this post! Next convention on our Universe LineUp is MegaCon 2017! We are happy to announce that we are doing press for this year and hoping to get interviews with some of the big names so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook for announcements of what will take place and yes I will be doing my Convention Spotlight by the start of April so check back!

Also, next I will be doing my Top Ten Songs, so also stay tuned for that!

Anime: Sailor Moon Re-Dub Review!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts on the content, voices, and story of this anime!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Never thought you would have two reviews in one day! Well, this time it’s an anime!

Title: Sailor Moon!

I bet you’re wondering, “Wait a minute! Why that one?” Welllllll! It is the re-dub of the anime! For those of you who don’t know that recently Viz Media got their hands on Sailor Moon Crystal which they gave it their cast of females and it was pretty good except for a few voices. I did like Crystal since I only read a tiny bit of the manga since this version did follow that and remembered sitting at Books A Million when it used to be open near me reading that during Pokemon Leagues. I know I was weird back then but I do call back to being a Sailor Moon fan even back in middle school. Anyways, the difference was that Crystal covered Queen Beryl and skipped to the Dark Moon Clan arc with Rini or shall I say ChibiUsa! Apparently the Mikai Tree aka the Doom Tree was a filler arc which I will touch that in a bit and I did like this since the story was good but wishing the Specter Sisters weren’t killed so quickly. I did like how Sailor Pluto had a bigger role in this one instead of just being the Time Space Guaridan throughout the entire thing, as in you get to see her fight against the Death Phantom. I am hoping they dub Season 3 which we get to see Uranus and Neptune and of course Pluto being back in it. I hope it does hit Hulu as well because that’s how I catch it.

Now onto the re-dub! Like with Crystal, Viz wanted to bring the newer cast into the original series as well and not only that they did bring episodes that weren’t shown on tv! Which means we get the entirety of the series and the plotholes that were wide eopen that we wonder where was the episode before another happened. One example was Usagi aka Serena’s family knowing about Luna which was an episode that eintroduced a creature called a Chanela and they were used to steal energy for Beryl’s plot. I did forget to mention, they do go back to the original names in this one which of course Usagi for Serena, Makoto for Lita, and oh yes, the actual Japanese pronunciation of Ami for this one! Yes, I thought back to the old names but I did like the call back to the original ones and it did help me know what they were before DIC Entertainment changed them all. I did know about Rini’s original name from the manga so it makes sense after knowing that she was named after Usagi since they are supposed to be mom and daughter.

Another thing is that they didn’t cut a lot as in if you guys seen the original like I did you noticed how the scene cuts were made with elements of tiaras and moons, right? Here! Nope! As in you get to watch the entirety of the story and how all the scenes make sense. To tell you the truth, this was way better because I felt like all the episodes in the original felt too fast and squeezed in since they had that “Sailor Moon Says” bit! What made it different was during the first part of the series you have intros to Usagi and as the girls were added she does talk about them and then you get the episode preview of what she will say as part of her catch phrase and then either a part of the episode before the title card or just the title card alone. I think this flowed a lot better due to not having everything so squeezed together and the episode flows naturally! Also, they did keep in the original music on top of that which includes the transformation music. I do not like the transformation music that the Japanese used even when Sailor Moon Super and Super S were dubbed they used the original transformation music, I wished they used the one from the original version because it was badass and it was unique! I did love Sailor Moon’s transformation music the best back in the original instead of the music just saying her name. I do love orchestra-like music but I wished the original transformation music was used. Now onto something that did feel weird…

Voices: I had to touch on this since it was changed for the re-dub. Let me touch on the weaker voices first! The rest of them seem to be the best but the weak voices are Luna, Rei, ChibiUsa’s. Why is that? ChibiUsa, first of all, seemed like she was a bit bored. I did like how they changed it for her Black Lady transformation (Yes, that is the original name for her dark side!) but she did the crying and whining on cue which I give props for but the rest I kind of felt she could’ve done a bit better. She does appear again in Super so hoping she sounds slightly better. The laugh also was cute in her Chibi form and she did sound more sinister as Black Lady, so that did give one more good point. Luna and Rei…where do I begin? They picked Michelle Ruff for Luna and Christina V. for Rei! Sorry to say they didn’t sound different as in there were times while watching episodes where I felt like I was hearing Luna and Rei at the same time which I felt that Christina was making herself sound more like Michelle as the series went on. They are both talented actresses don’t get me wrong but they should’ve had Michelle do a British accent to diiferentiate herself as Luna as a nice call bacl back to the original. Or would’ve been funny to hear Christina do her Nova voice from Tales of Xilia 2 for Rei. Sorry for the nitpicks but being honest, would help since I got them confused.

What about the others you may ask? To tell you the truth, I did like Stephanie Sheh as Sailor Moon. I know I did enjoy the original but what annoyed me the most was how they changed her voice with three different actresses or is it four because in the third movie it felt like she went higher! Well, during the first few episodes she sound very young due to her being thirteen or fourteen and then it dropped during the Nephrite arc and she did act more whiny than usual but more natural as the series progressed but when Super and Super S happened….it went silly sounding! What the heck Dic? At least Viz kept Sheh for the entirety because I admit she was a really good fit due to how she was Hinata Hyuga in Naruto and Orhime in Bleach which their nurturing sides are seen in Usagi and when she transforms she takes on badass Hinata from Shippuden and even when she had to take on the older tone for Neo Queen Serenity during the clips that shown ChibiUsa’s past she did perfect with that! I did kind of agree with Gondras and another friend that it was a weird switch for this but looking as episodes progressed I do like it and it’s not bad to like it. Now to the othersKate Higgins plays Ami aka Sailor Mercury which is not bad of a choice. Kate is known as Sakura Haruno in Naruto for the longest time which as you knoiw she does have a mean streak. I do like how she was able to play the shy nerd pretty well from what I heard. Trust me, watching Sailor Moon again with a blindness gives a newer perspective on watching it and I did tell Jason Fond during Ranger Stop that I watch Power Rangers through the grunts and watching this did bring me back to all the usual sound effects. Anyways, I think I prefer Kate over the original because the British accent kind of threw me off with her. I know it differinitiate her from the others but ever since I was a teen I wondered why her being the British one? This time I think it sounded better without it. Amanda C. Miller takes on the voice of Sailor Jupiter and to me it called back to the original actually! If you remembered how in the original she was very tomboyish and her voice was deep and Amanda did a very fine job and I felt like I was hearing the original again and of course Jupiter has been my fave Sailor Guardian for the longest time! I still want to cosplay as her someday! Cheramie Leigh is the new voice of Sailor Venus which I do like! Is it me or does Cheramie tend to get the blonde anime characters? For instance Lucy Heartfilia from Fiary Tail which I did make a joke of a Sailor Guardian uniform for her since I still want to do Pokemon Trainer Lucy. What did I think? I did hear a bit of Lucy but tad more tougher and harder since of course she is Sailor V in this universe and she does have to take on monsters, cardians, and droids and I wonder if she will call on Taurus or Cancer sometimes. Still, she was a pretty good pick in my book for her. Plus, in the last episode before Season 3, I think Ami made a good point that Venus and Moon do sound alike which I can see why Leigh and Sheh made a really good choice for both since when they do the twin talk thing they do sound alike and not bad.

What about some of the other characters? Did I like their voice changes? I do like Johnny as Artemis since he sounded natural and did take on the character Sapphir. There was one thing that I did like was when the Specter Sisters showing up was that they made their voices consistent! Well, if you didn’t know from the original, like Sailor Moon, Koan aka Katsy had the same voice change idea as in she did sound normal when she first appeared and then she had someone who had a frog in her throat when she had the battle against Mars and then it changed again when Sapphir appeared on their doorstep to be with Petz aka Prisma! In this dub, at least her voice didn’t go through that as in it stayed the same like everyone else. Another voice I had to give props for is the one playing Zoycite in this and that is Lucien Dodge which yes, they call back to the original Japanese by making Zoycite a dude in this one. I would say Dodge did a very good call back to the actress who did Zoycite in the Dic version of Sailor Moon with the dialogue and of course the laugh and the scream towards rats when he had to chase a big fat cat for a rainbow crystal. I did like Liam O’Brien as Nephrite since it did call back to the original actor as well since Nephrite had to sound over the top and did have the gentle side around Naru. Speaking of which, I am so glad they gave her a voice I can stand. Sorry guys, I can’t handle the New York accent they gave to Naru in the original, even though Gondras thought she didn’t sound right but I thought it fit in my mind and plus she is kinder in this one and does have the teasing tone that she has to take on in some episodes. She did have a better role as the friend to Usagi in this version since she shown up more. Also, you get to see the romance better between her and Umino, which you may remember him as Melvin, which they chose Ben Discan for! For those of you who have been fans of Kids Next Door, he was using a mature version of his Numba 2 voice! ::waits until everyone’s heads explode from this revelation::

I think I have went a lot into detail of what I thought about the voices in this, to me, if only they made Rei and Luna sound different and ChibiUsa a bit more better, everyone else sounded pretty well done. I don’t want to get more into detail with everyone else but to me with Viz doing this was not bad. I am hoping that the rest of Crystal and the other seasons of this do get dubbed, including Season 5 because that needs to be in English finally, because I want to hear how Saturn, Neptune,and Uranus sound like in this dub. If I were to pick an actress for Saturn, I would pick Luci Christian or Moinica Rial since they already have Cheramie show up from Funimation, why not get another leader from Funimation and Sentai Filmworks for this one? I would lean more towards Luci Christian because she can probably use her Risa Harada voice for Saturn. Or maybe Himeno from Pretear? Let’s see what happens!

Rating: 4 Star Pawprints Out of 5! If I would, I would’ve had someone turn the four in this rating in Jupiter’s Sailor Symbol since it is a 4. Anyways, despite some things in the casting, I do like how Viz casted some of the characters. I wished they did use the DIC Entertainment transformation music because it would call back to the original and of course it sounds better than the Japanese transformation music since that was used in the original Super and Super S when those were dubbed. I hope they dub the rest including Season 5 because knowing that everyone would want to see that in English despite some hesitance towards one bit in the second half of Sailor Stars. Still, Viz did a good job and even included the episodes that weren’t brought over for tv broadcast which we get to see some of the blocked out story which made it flow better. I hope to see more of this dub soon since it still brings me back to when I was a sighted teen watching this anime all over again but better.

That is it for this review. I know it may have been nitpicky but it is my honesty. I still enjoy it. Anyways, next up is of course my interview with Chris Rager and Josh Martin!