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"Anime may still be classed in the 'niche' market these days, but it has such variety, such potential, that I'm sure it will make it into the mainstream one day."
That Dude in the Suede, 2008

William DuFresne is That Dude in the Suede, a laidback, sardonic otaku in a leather jacket who hails from Christchurch, New Zealand and reviews anime and anime-related things. He was one of the first people to join Channel Awesome, as well as that site's first anime critic. He was also the first to leave the site, disappearing in 2009 to go on a mission with his church, and returning mid-2011 in the midst of the site's third anniversary special.

He got his start as an AMV-maker before turning to anime reviews in blatant emulation of The Nostalgia Critic, whom he defended on his YouTube channel after Doug Walker lost his. He was swiftly added to the site when Doug found his knowledge of anime was minimal compared to that of the fans demanding anime reviews.

During his initial run, he (like most reviewers) had a distinctive set and uniform, a brown suede jacket worn at his kitchen table, backed by pink drapes. Since his return, his set has been swapped to a living room armchair and his old jacket replaced by a full black suede suit.

He hosts a variety of shows, which are as follows:

  • Animenia, where he reviews specific anime and provides informative Top Ten Lists.
  • AMV Heaven, where he showcases anime Fan Vids in the style of Masterpiece Theatre.
  • Suede Played, which he describes as being somewhere between a straight-up review and a Let's Play of his favourite (yet silly) games. It's currently covering Ninja Gaiden Sigma.
  • Fandom Stranger, formerly Anime Weirdness, where he discusses Japanese Media Tropes and related cultural phenomena.
  • Suede's Stream of Consciousness, V-log esque videos where he asks the viewers about various topics, talks about progress on projects, responds to their comments, and even does a few top lists every now and again. Since renamed to Suede XS.
  • Suede's Pokémon Journey, reviews of every episode of Pokémon: The Series. Episodes come out weekly, and included looks at each part of Pokémon Origins. note 

You can see his reviews on his official blog, Days Of Suede, and find his AMVs on multiple YouTube channels as well as at this site here. You can follow him on Twitter, deviantART, blogTV, and his own website as well.

As of March 2018, Suede has left Channel Awesome again.

Due to his troubles with ShoPro (see Suede's Pokémon Journey for more details), he's since been experimenting with different types of content, including an "Hour by Hour" style of reviewing content, starting with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in 2023.note  Given his difficulties with content creation, only time will tell if this sticks for episodes beyond the Pokemon games.

Suede's shows provide examples of:

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    AMV Heaven 

    Fandom Stranger 
Formerly Anime Weirdness.
  • Anime Hair: Dedicated the first episode (then called Anime Weirdness) to it.
  • Content Warnings: "Warning: the hairdo you are about to see breaks all known laws of the universe. Be advised."
  • Drunk on Milk: During his review of Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn, he feels compelled to crack open a case of "Mormon hooch" - that is, Indian tonic water.
  • Eye Scream: Played for Laughs in the Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn review, were his eyes burn after seeing a few clips of the musical.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When he rants about a shoehorned love interest in the Phoenix Wright musical, the subtitle says he's a closet Phoenix/Maya shipper.
  • Mondegreen Gag: He named the show Fandom Stranger because Return of the Phantom Stranger sounds like Return of the Fandom Stranger.
  • Orphaned Series: In spite of liking the concept, Suede spent the last months before the hiatus focusing on Animenia and AMV Heaven, making this his shortest series at the time with only one episode. Understandably, it's listed as an episode of Animenia on TGWTG (possibly due to Channel Awesome's 5 videos rule). Time will tell if the show's resurrection will fix that.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • Return of the Phantom Stranger by Rob Zombie.
    • And, when it was Anime Weirdness, Let’s Fighting Love by DVDA.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Similar to the Animenia example, his eyes start burning after seeing a few clips of Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn.
  • Take That!: Has one directed at Thom Yorke at the Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn video.
  • Tempting Fate: "Sweet Justice, how can it go wrong? Oh, Crap!, why did I just say that?"

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