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I think it was around summer of 2009 when I decided to watch my first anime, AIR TV, an idea that I got from this video:
AIR soon became all I thought about, so I got into anime like Clannad, Angel Beats, and Kanon swiftly after. Then a friend told me that the voice actor of Yukito Kunesaki, aka "the first voice I heard in an anime and the one that got me into more" was a famous guy by the name of Vic Mignogna, and that his more well-known animes were ones like Fullmetal Alchemist (Brotherhood), DNAngel, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, and Ouran Highschool Host Club. I got into more of his stuff later on, like Soul Eater and Hetalia (thank god he's in Hetalia playing Greece; I couldn't have chosen anyone better!) He basically became one of the most inspirational people I've ever known.
And on one fateful day, in Collinsville, Illinois, I met him. (I'm the one on the left, cosplaying Greece) And it was absolutely amazing.
When my friend Shy (shown in picture), a fem!Greece named Alex, and I were walking into his panel room, he just randomly walked past us. It was small, but our eyes met as he walked out. Hell, I was a foot from him and in my mind it was like I was still watching a YouTube video. Like what just happened wasn't real. And it was about to get so much better.
He started off by yelling to random Makas in the audience about how much "Daddy loved them" and talking about his new show (that he funded himself) called "Star Trek Continues" starring him as Captain Kirk, Todd Haberkorn (:bademoticon: , ) as Spock, and Chuck Huber (, ) as Bones (I always found that one a bit ironic). You all should check it out, though, it's pretty amazing. www.youtube.com/user/StarTrekC…;
He asked if anyone had heard of it, and I took the opportunity to hold up a poster of it that I had (this one, actually; he signed it after the panel. Todd signed it the previous year.) When I did, he pointed at it and yelled "YES! I LOVE THIS GIRL!" Best five seconds of my life.
Then he talked about the new animes that he was going to be in. There were only two that really stood out in my mind: The fact that he's going to be Ruby and Yang's Uncle Qrow in RWBY, and this little tidbit:
I mean, HOLY CRAP, IT'S ABOUT TIME.
And I actually think I can guess what character he's going to play. During the panel, he said he auditioned for Black Butler when it first came out, but couldn't get a part because they said his British accent was bad. But when Black Butler II came out, they asked him to audition for Claude, but apparently his British accent was still bad (which I'm personally happy about; Claude is one creepy dude). So Vic's character has to be in the travelling circus (duh) and Vic did say he was cute. That rules out Jumbo, and I never really thought of Joker as cute, so that leaves Peter, who I don't think would work because he's a little kid, Dagger, or Snake .
To be perfectly honest, I think it's going to be Snake. He's the only one who could get away with not having a British accent, mainly because no one knows where he came from. We know he's a human/snake hybrid and that he was in a freak show before the circus found him, but nothing else. He also has eight different voices he uses, including his normal one. Who else could accomplish a feat like that?
Anyway, before plunging into the questions, he said something else that immediately made me spend my last $20 on his concert CD:
I have heard so much about Fullmetal Fantasy, and I have tried to track it down for forever, and now I actually OWN A COPY. Another dream come true.
But then the questions started rolling in, and we got to hear him say some lines from his animes and sing "Brothers" for us:
Then there were stories we heard that have already spanned the globe:
Then there were new stories that I'm sure will span the globe but just need time:
And of course, the voice acting advice:
But there was one video that stood out to me, one that I believe all anime fans should hear, because this is Vic Mignogna in a nutshell, and this is something we should all carry with us, because it applies to all of us--actually, the whole world should hear this.
So, after the panel I got his concert CD signed and a wonderful picture with him. I told him that my first anime was AIR and that my favorite line was "GET AWAY FROM MY RAMEN!"
Thank God I brought a sandwich for the 2-hour wait. I would also like to thank a certain Rin Okumura cosplayer who lent me $5 to pay for the CD and helped me when my wig cap gave me trouble. I hope we can meet again!
Vic Mignogna is a wonderful person, and I was so glad that I had this once-in-a-lifetime chance. I'll never forget it, any of it, because I did it for that little seventh grader that started watching AIR so long ago. In fact, she's the reason I use this name.
Favorite visual artistAny manga drawer, :devSkylar113:Favorite moviesThor (2), The Hobbit (2 and 3), Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek: Into DarknessFavorite TV showsDoctor Who, BBC Sherlock, Supernatural, Merlin, Gotham, HetaliaFavorite bands / musical artistsOwl City, Vocaloid, Two Steps from Hell, Audiomachine, Adrian von Ziegler, BruhnvilleFavorite booksHehehehe...you want me to pick? I don't discriminate.Favorite writersAnyone with a good enough fiction story.Favorite gamesTaboo, Luck of the Draw, Pictionary, Pokemon, Mario Kart Wii, Ori and the Blind Forest, roleplaying and LARPingFavorite gaming platformDS, Wii, XboxTools of the TradeComputer, iPhoneOther InterestsNature, the Sky, Swimming, Writing, Ccosplay