Big time spoiler alert!! Fair warning!! I’m not sure what’s going on with this show anymore. The direction it’s going in is mind blowing, you can tell my guy (Akira Toriyama) the original author is behind the storyline. Yes, Dragon Ball Super started off amazing and just kept on getting better and better. So many unanswered questions from Dragonball Z were getting answers finally. Then these last two weeks’ episodes aired and to me the show took a turn.
Here we have Goku supposedly the mighty protagonist of our show, not only teaming up with everyone’s sworn enemy. He also promised to bring him back to life if he made good on their deal. Are you crazy Goku? Even Vegeta my fav anti-hero, is like Goku you’ve lost your mind. We can not make deals with Frieza!! The one enemy that only has one goal in life and it’s to destroy earth and all your pals and their associates. WHAT?? I’m going to stay strong and keep the faith though.
Toriyama must be trying to finally wrap this entire notion of Frizea up; I’m not sure where he’s going with this. If Frizea fights in the tourney he’ll only get stronger, so I assume one of the gods of the universe will deal with him. Vegeta and Goku are up for the challenge of defeating him again. While they both have gotten stronger since putting Frizea down and going through the Black Goku saga. Still were talking about someone that jumped up to their level in 3-6 months. Come on Toriyama, don’t make this Dragon Ball GT!!
Oh, boy!! All spoilers!! Are you caught up in Dragonball Super? You better be! If you still have the bitter taste of how they treated the character Gohan in Dragonball Z after the Cell and Buu Saga. Well heeeeee’sssss Baaaccckkk!! Gohan realized how weak he was versus Frieza in the beginning of Dragonball Super. I mean he couldn’t protect anyone if Goku and Vegeta were away. He almost died, Gohan has never come that close to death. Goku and Vegeta show up though and save the day.
Really, though if you look at Gohan at this stage in his life. He’s super smart and he’s trying to make a living for his family. Dude you’re have alien for crying out loud. You married Videl and have one daughter. Videl’s dad happens to be the richest guy on the planet right next to Bulma. Really, why do you need money or a super elite career?
Well, the situation of Earth being all peaceful is over thanks to Goku and Vegeta getting involved with the gods. It’s time to step up Gohan, so he starts training again. He’s basically starting from nothing. He’s lost muscles, power levels, warrior instinct, strength, and then still hasn’t overcome the one crutch even Goku finally overcame. The ability to not take an opponent lightly and utterly crush them. Like father like son they say huh, Son Gohan?
In his bouts of training each person he trains with he opens one of the keys to getting back to that hint hint form he had when he fought Buu. Goku takes him on one of the Universal tournament trips and he tests his ability for the first time in a long time. He doesn’t do very well. More training is needed. Even Krillin basically out smarts him and takes him out. To which Goku looks on and basically shakes his head, like that’s your level now?
So, stepdad of the universe, Piccolo is like hey let’s go off like in the old days and train. I’m talking we’re going back to ’97 Dragonball Z training. Living in the wilderness and living off the land training. You must remember Saiyans get a Zenkai Boost when taken to their limit, almost to death. Piccolo is thrashing Gohan the entire time, and gets him to Super Saiyan Two, then Piccolo whoops him again. Gohan then goes Mystic/Ultimate, boom we’re back to where he last was. We get this pause then and Piccolo let’s two of the biggest cats out of the bag.
One, Gohan hasn’t finished an opponent in a long-time. The more power he gets the cockier he gets, it’s something akin to what Goku does. They never outright finish people, either too nice or too cocky. When you have your foot on the throat crush them completely. Two, Piccolo tells him you should be able to move to the next level like everyone else. We’ve seen Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks attain God level and if not God level it’s something unique to their ability.
What is this level that Gohan can achieve? I’d hope that it’s not just another God level Super Saiyan. While cool, I’d think there’d be something more unique to him. If Mystic/Ultimate is better than him going Super Saiyan, then there must be a better level than Super Saiyan God mode for me. That’s what I’m wishing for, but if not I’m just happy he’s BACK!!
Two nouns you usually don’t place together in the same convention building is happening. Those two nouns are otakus and wrestlers at this year’s NatsuCon on July 22th-24th. NatsuCon is a Japanese culture convention held in Collinsville, IL at the Gateway Convention Center. The con has many guest appearances and actual wrestling matches. It is a very unique con with plenty to offer attendees
The biggest name of the guest appearances is Vic Mignogna, a multi-talented person for 15 plus years. He’s an actor, voice actor, musician, director, film graduate, and much more. He has voice acted in well over 300 anime and video games. Roles such as: Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Broly in Dragonballz, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Ikkaku in Bleach. Video games such as: Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III and so much more. He also produces, stars, and directs a web-based, approved by CBS non-profit 1950’s Star Trek show. It is called Star Trek Continues, and at the con he has a screening of one of the episodes. As fans wait in line for his autograph those meeting him are welcomed with a giant smile and hug. Many of the fans are crying tears of joy or hyperventilating after meeting him. Mignogna even grants a fan’s wish and does a one act from said fan’s script. These are just some of the things that make him a great person and role- model.
As Mignogna does interviews he preaches against bullying, commends people to be different and unique.
He commends fans to work hard, because, “10% of talent and 90% of hard work is better than the reverse.”
These are just some of the reasons why he is respected in the business by fans and also his peers. Chuck Huber and Christopher Sabat also voice actors whom have worked with Mignogna rave about him and his genuine niceness personal and in business.
Dynamo Pro Wrestling a wrestling organization that centers around the Midwest, is a high flying, very entertaining show for all attendees. They have many matches going on daily at the con, ear ringing explosions and the smell of gunpowder from small pyrotechnics is in the air. The wrestlers can be seen walking the halls and their outfits blend well with the cosplayers here. Rick Story one of the organizers of NatsuCon even participated in a big match. Check out the video here NatsuCon Matches.
As you walk the halls at NatsuCon at every door there is an usher in different cosplay outfits. Domo is ushering in fans to catch the Jason Charles Miller live concert. Miller is a great musician, songwriter, and newly voice actor. As a voice actor he’s noted on titles as: Super Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter 4, and Code Geass. He has worked with all kinds of top artist such as Godhead, Marilyn Manson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody and many more other people and projects. Here you can find some of his YouTube videos.
With the craze of Pokémon Go still in full force the convention was littered with Go fans running around outside the convention center. There were even a few Team Rocket members out there stealing Pokémon. The convention center served attendees from an on-hand café serving snacks, pizza, hotdogs, soda etc. The panels were abundant, from topics on how to be a YouTube sensation to Japanese folktales and myths. They even had a panel covering Tokusatsu, which isn’t touched much at anime conventions. Tokusatsu is basically live-action drama with a ton of special effects. In Japan the two biggest series are Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. They each have a different variation of the show every year, with different plots and characters. The American equivalent of those series is Power Rangers and the Masked Rider.
Most of the time at conventions Saturday is the busiest day and the biggest day. Therefore, for attendees that were 18+ after all the festivities, there is a huge rave party, glow in the dark, edm style. A spectacle to see, where attendees let out everything and just go for broke. It’s great fun and attendees are surrounded by like-minded people. The vendors room and artist alley are like those you see at all the anime conventions. More cosplay outfits you can buy, posters, t-shirts, props, swords. If you’re into K-pop there is a booth for that too, all the biggest names from Korea. Different about the artist alley is more and more homemade toys, plushies, dolls, and glassware that is anime themed. The organizers are already working on NatsuCon 2017 and for more info click here.
Goofy, fun, the thumbs up is his trademark, tons of enthusiasm are all words that describe Sam Coleman, a 25-year-old FV student, and KCFV radio DJ. Currently a communications major at Saint Louis Community College Florissant Valley campus, he’s pursing a career in voice acting. His on-air name is JazzHandss. It’s his call-sign right before he does an interview here at Anime Saint Louis. Coleman is dashing behind the booths set up for comic artists with all of the guest stars of Anime Saint Louis (ASL). “This is awesome,” Coleman said excitedly. Anime Saint Louis (ASL) is an everything anime/Japanese influenced cultural convention held every year in the Saint Louis region.
Coleman was one of hundreds of attendees at the 2016 ASL expo that took place recently at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Embassy Suites Convention Center in Saint Charles, Mo. It barely contains all the fandom, cosplayers’ faces are lighting up bright when seeing some of their favorite characters others wore. Many of them jumped around, squeal as they enjoy each other’s company. Contact information was exchanged between many cosplayers. Groups of friends are showing up dressed as the entire cast of anime shows. Sports animes have a big showing such as Haikyuu!! and Kuroko no Basket. Other genres make appearances such as Marvel Comics characters, video game characters, movie characters, etc.…
Even the hotel restaurants and cafes convert to the anime-themed festivities. The convention center has a small café offered a special meal deal for attendees of the event. Sweet and sour chicken and a vegetable rice bowl. Hot paninis, sandwiches, salads, chips and healthy sides are also available. Lunch time for all the attendees is a mass of anime characters eating and chatting. Some are resting in the Cosplatality Lounge, which is a media free, picture free, relax zone for attendees. Attendees also use the room to fix their gear and cosplay outfits.
The dealer room holds rows and rows of collectibles, t-shirts, anime DVDs, manga, Zoids model kits, cosplay outfits, and for some reason a Build-A-Bear booth. There were a couple of booths for one-on-one interactions with the guest stars Chuck Huber, Jake Paque, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Kara Eberle, all of whom voice act for different anime cartoons throughout the year. Most well known among them is Chuck Huber, one of the pioneers of American voice acting for animes. Huber’s work dates back to the 80’s with Dragonball, Dragonball Z, and Yu Yu Hakusho, when Funimation barely had money. Any panel the voice actors attend has the crowd roaring, especially when they can hear and talk to the character the voice actor portrays.
In the hotel itself the buffet area was turned into the Honey Tea Maid Café. This is the place where customers become masters and servers are maids. It’s an entirely different world taken from Japanese culture and animes. Teas of different varieties named after very popular anime characters and served on beautiful white china. With tea, guests receive beautifully arranged fresh fruits and desserts. Maids play board games with patrons between sips of tea. Then they have a segment every 30 minutes where the maids do a small concert and dance. Patrons cheer on their personal maid, howl and clap for their performance.
Finally, ASL has two giant rooms for games. The biggest room is for the attendees that want to face each other in board games and card games like Pokémon, Yugi-oh, Magic and Star Wars X-Wing. They even had a couple of booths set up to purchase more cards and the actual board games. The second room was for video gaming, where attendees enjoyed games such as DDR Stage, Street Fighter Five, Left 4 Dead 1-2, Rock Band 4, the new Pokémon fighting game, and tons of other old and new classics.
For more info, go to http://www.animestl.net.