July 30, 2017 at 10:46 pm #20723
Looking forward to this next one. The last one was quite underwhelming and I wasn’t particularly fond of it.August 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm #20730
So I just watched it. And it is quite excellent. Absolutely loved it. It is everything Star Trek is supposed to be. These guys truly get it. So much better and truer to the original vision than JJ Trek. And it was written by Kipleigh Brown, who also plays Lt. Smith. Go Kipper! I highly recommend this. Watch it at the first opportunity.
It’s called color. And you’re going to like it. A lot.November 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm #21769November 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm #21789
The hell? Why did they skip parts 2 through 10??November 17, 2017 at 10:52 am #21795
You are not thinking binary: they actually only skipped episode 10.November 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm #21819
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This just in: nobody’s heroes are exactly who they seem to be. [LINK]
Vic Mignogna’s name might not ring a bell for most, but within the anime community, he’s a household name. He’s appeared in hundreds of anime shows, films, and video games since 1999, including playing the lead in 2004’s Fullmetal Alchemist. Recently, he was heard as Broly in Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which made more than $30 million at the U.S. box office, an impressive feat for an anime film.
He’s also a regular on the anime and comic convention circuit, attending on average about 30 cons per year—though that doesn’t look to be happening this year. Accusations of improper conduct with his fans, first reported by Anime News Network, led many comic and anime conventions to rescind their invitations to Mignogna. Entertainment group Rooster Teeth shared that Mignogna will no longer voice a character on its American anime, RWBY. Funimation, a top media company for importing and dubbing Japanese anime, announced it’s “no longer engaging” with the voice actor, following an internal investigation.
io9 spoke with more than 25 voice actors, cosplayers, industry professionals, convention employees, and former fans about their experiences with Mignogna. Many of them asked not to be named in fear of retaliation from Mignogna or his fanbase. These, along with the testimonials circulating online, paint a picture of a 56-year-old man who aggressively hugs, grabs, touches, kisses, and propositions women—often without asking for their consent. It happens at panels, in autograph lines, at private events, and behind closed doors. His behavior has become so known in the anime and comic convention communities that it’s more than an open secret.
“Have you heard of the missing stair analogy?” voice actor Jamie McGonnigal said. “It’s basically what happens when many folks in an industry know about a certain person, and warn everyone about that person, kind of quietly… It’s related to a missing stair in that, yeah, the stair is missing, but you tell the people that you know to skip that stair because it’s broken. The problem is, people who don’t know about that stair are bound to trip [on it]. That’s what it’s been like for upwards of 15 years. People just know about Vic.”
It’s quite a lengthy article, and a disturbing one, with a lot of very similar accounts of incidents involving him. Here you have a guy in his 50s, with a predominantly young fan base, who took advantage of the fact that he’d frequently be invited to conventions at hotels with that predominantly young fan base.
His anime dubbing career is pretty much in tatters at this point, and as sensitive to these things as the hosts of Star Trek cons are, I doubt he’ll be getting many more invites there.
You’d think – you’d hope – someone who did such a good job of espousing the Star Trek ideal might be less of a creep.
September 15, 2019 at 2:40 pm #26223
Update: Vic Mignogna has had his day in court. Spoiler: it ended well for everyone except Vic Mignogna and his entourage. [LINK]
For the past year, anime fans have been embroiled in a conflict over voice actor Vic Mignogna. Funimation and Rooster Teeth cut ties with the Mignogna, famous for roles in Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran Host Club and RWBY, after several fans and other voice actors accused him of sexual misconduct. Rumors have swirled around Mignogna for years among older anime fans, yet many others either didn’t believe or refused to believe the accusations. Thus, an ugly conflict broke out.
However, even with Mignogna’s lawsuit against Funimation and others seemingly dead in the water, fan outrage continues. Mostly contained within the social media hashtag #IStandWithVic, it has led to a destructive path of harassment, misinformation and even opportunistic profiteering. The lawsuit was probably doomed from the start, but the campaign around it made it worse.
Mignogna brought a defamation case to court, accusing voice actors Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Ron Toye (Rial’s fiance) and Funimation Studios of tortious interference, conspiracy and other charges. Mignogna argued that, despite the longstanding rumors, there was some sort of conspiracy among these individuals to eliminate his career.
Yet on Sept. 6, when this lawsuit went to court, the vast majority of Mignogna’s accusations were dismissed. While much of this has to do with the strong performance of the defense’s legal team, a lot of blame can be placed on the pitiful performance of the plaintiff. Mignogna, for one, never showed up to court. Then his lawyer, Ty Beard, reportedly offered an almost-incoherent defense of Mignogna.
You really want it to not be true, and then you go down the rabbit hole of just how weird and twisted it all is. Vic’s ardent fan following is damaging his brand even further than he’s already damaged it himself. You’d think he would at least attempt to tell these nutjobs to cool their jets, except that at that point, they’d probably turn against him. Also, his legal defense team really shouldn’t have spent all of their billable hours smoking crack.
I guess it works in Star Trek Continues’ favor that, while yes, Vic was kind of at the heart of it all, it became a much bigger thing than him alone, so STC hasn’t really been tainted by all of this…then again, STC was already over, and that alone probably helped it escape being dragged down into this whole f’ed up mess.
October 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm #26245
And…all of Vic’s cases have been somewhat unsurprisingly drop-kicked by the judge. [LINK]
State District Judge John Chupp dismissed the remaining claims in the defamation lawsuit that Dragon Ball star Mignogna filed in April against his former employer, two of his Dallas-area colleagues and the fiancé of one of the women.
Chupp’s action came after mediation efforts this week failed to get a resolution.
Friday’s decision left Mignogna 0 for 17 in his legal battle, as Chupp already had dismissed 12 of the claims, which included defamation, tortious interference and conspiracy during an early September hearing.
The first batch of dismissals came Sept. 6 as Mignogna’s astonishingly disorganized — and at times ill-prepared and illogical — legal team tried to make its case before Chupp. Eleven days after that hearing, the judge summoned attorneys for both sides to his Tarrant County chambers and ordered mediation.
Before dismissing the lawyers that day, Chupp handed out copies of threats of violence that were emailed and circulated on social media against him and others since the Sept. 6 hearing.
According to the transcript from the Sept. 17 meeting, Chupp noted that he wanted to make sure both sides were aware of potential danger and said, “This is real life stuff. This isn’t an anime cartoon or something like that. And I don’t know if people can distinguish between the two.”
He told the lawyers, “Y’all may owe a duty to this community, since y’all’s clients are a part of it, to try to get this case worked out.”
The voice actor’s legal fight is apparently backed by a GoFundMe war chest, which has reached almost $250,000 since Minnesota lawyer Nick Rekieta opened it in February.
But even that large a sum may not cover all the plaintiff’s costs. Next up for the court is to sort out attorney’s fees — which could total up to half a million dollars given the multiple defendants and their legal representation — and mandatory sanctions.
Well…that worked well.
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