Dreamhack Denver

Hey, what are you doing this weekend? Going to relax at home, play some video games? Sounds like a pretty chill weekend. But what you could do is buck off that non-social stigma that people like to think gamers have. Instead of playing games in your home alone, play them at the National Western Center! That is right, DreamHack is this starting at 9:00 AM for BYOC load-in and running to Sunday at 6:00 PM. That is pretty much 3 days of solid gaming.

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The Gameslave Podcast - Erik Kimerer Interview

Erik Kimerer is a voice actor best know as Speed-o-Sound Sonic in One Punch Man, Teruki Hanazawa in Mob Psycho 100, and Alibaba Saluja in Magi. He has recently been announced to voice Fish-Eye in the upcoming season of Sailor Moon. He was an invited guest and Nan Desu Kan 2017, where this interview was recorded. I interviewed Kimerer along with Phillip from DMGIce, and Marcus from Kaiju no Kami. We discussed Kimerer's path to voice acting and his advice for younger actors. We also spent some time geeking out about video games and animation. You can listen to the interview over at the podcast page. Enjoy!

The Professional Gamer - October 10, 2017

Hi readers! My apologies for the delay in releasing this article. I spent the entire weekend working on my deck, trying to get it refinished before Monday’s snow. I managed to get it done just in time. I’m going to do something a little different this week. I don’t have a lot of new things to talk about, so I thought I might post some more in depth review of some of the summer season anime that I’ve been watching. Let’s get started!

Let’s start with Elegant Yokai Apartment Life. This was an anime that I originally thought would be a fairly run of the mill occult high school anime. In the end the story took a much more mature take than I had anticipated. The first surprise that I encountered was the relationship between Yushi Inaba (the main character) and Hase Mizuki (his school friend). The typical pattern in anime would be for Yushi to have a female childhood friend who would act as his emotional support. In this case, however, the primary role of emotional support is played by a male friend. The first season has started to explore their relationship, showing how men can be supportive of each other. This show is actually doing some important work in deconstructing toxic masculinity and helping to destroy some of the bad tropes that exist in other media. Yushi relationships with the residents of the Kotobuki-So also show a more nuanced style of writing than is typical in seasonal anime. Yushi returns the kindness and respect of the other characters, but is also chartiable, even to those who try to cause him harm. He also does not suddenly get some idea that he is any sort of “chosen one”; he only sees himself as a person who happens to be in a place where he can make a difference. There is a second season currently airing in Japan, but as of this writing, there is no announcement of simulcasting in the US.

Next, is Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo), which is likely the least isekai series to come out in recent years. Conversely, it actually includes “isekai” in the title. Very misleading. In honesty, the series is much more focused on food and cooking, using the “isekai” concept to introduce characters who are unfamiliar with the types of food they are about to eat. There is very little plot in this series; each episode revolves around a new character eating a food, usually something they have not eaten before. As a bit of a food lover, I enjoy this type of show; but I can understand that I am in a small niche.

That’s all for this week. Next week, I’ll start to discuss the seasonal anime that I’m watching. Until then, game on!