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Wonderful news! I remember Cristina Vee's fan cover of the theme song too (i'm sure it's still up)!
... so I just realized Robihachi is based on something! :O What!
Looks like AFTERLOST is now available by Funi.
Heard of the original game a few years ago.
Funimation files a response towards Vic "Bad Person" Mignogna.
Fun fact: When Funimation claims that Mignogna is "libel-proof," it boils down to "Bish, you are so big a creep, that it's impossible for anyone to make slander about you."
In other words, Funi be burning Vic.
Wait, I thought Funimation had been defending Vic before—or at least being suspiciously quiet about the accusations towards him and still hiring him for stuff. When did he try to sue them?
Back in April according to google. He has no case, as made abundantly clear by not just Funi's lawyers but every lawyer on twitter who caught wind of Vic's lawsuit, so this is really calling the massive bluff it is and daring he take it to court.
They announced back in Feb that they would no longer contract him for any roles going forward and recast him in a dub that had yet to air.
My best guess is that he sued them because he was looking for a big payday (as his other targets - Monica Rial, her fiancé, and Jamie Machi - probably aren't super rich) and was hoping that they would chose to settle. That's backfired and brought down lawtwitter on his lawyer's and PR guy's heads who have been pretty much tearing his case and his lawyer (and PR guy who is a lawyer who offers questionable legal advice on You Tube) to shreds.
It’s actually hilarious how bad his legal defense is as noted by Twitter. The transcript is out if you guys want to look at it
To provide some courtesy links, this dropbox contains most documents in this case, while Vic's deposition is page 20 of this document.
Can you give a summary to what this all means?
With the second document, the lawyers for Monica Rial and her fiancé are trying to deposition Nick Rekieta, the You Tube lawyer who offers terrible and outright wrong legal advice and who setup the Go Fund Me page for Vic's legal fees. Because Vic in his deposition stated that he has never been involved with it, has never seen the page, didn't know Nick before he set the page up, has no idea how it's being spent, stated on the record that it wasn't his problem if Nick was using it to scam his fans, and that Vic has deleted all communication he's had with Nick, the defendant's lawyers want to question him to learn more about the GFM and all the people Nick has claimed they can sue with it (the ISWV crowd have kept going on about how there will be a round 2 of lawsuits after round 1 finishes up).
The gist of this line of reasoning is that this is heading towards a TCPA motion. The short version is that if someone brings about a defamation lawsuit with the intent to intimidate people into silence through the threat of legal fees (what's known as a SLAAP suit; Strategic Lawsuit Against Active Participation), in many states in the US the defendants can file an anti-SLAAP motion (in Texas it's called the Texas Citizen Participation Act). These motions put forth that the plaintiffs (Vic in this instance) do not have enough evidence to meet the bare minimum requirements for this to go to court and ask for a summary dismissal of all charges without the possibility of them being resubmitted.
If the TCPA motion passes then the case is instantly dismissed and Vic has to pay that defendant's entire legal fees, plus there is option of further sanctions to discourage any further SLAAP suits against other people. Each defendant has to file their own TCPA (for example Funimation has submitted their own, but Jamie has to file one and Monica/Ron have to file one), so if one passes that doesn't automatically mean the other defendants are off the hook.
The claim here is that because Vic has not paid a cent of his own money on this lawsuit the GFM is shielding him from financial risk in bringing these lawsuits forward. From what lawyers on twitter have speculated Monica/Ron's lawyers are going to try and use this fact and that Nick keeps talking about all the people they can sue with the money to ask the judge to impose additional sanctions on Vic at the end of the trial.
Been skimming what's called a Threadnought by lawyer T. Greg Docuette regarding the Vic v. Funimation et al. case.
Is it possible to have Docuette represent Studio Nue and Big West when they wrestle with Harmony Gold about Macross? Because the man is NONSTOP!
Edited by TargetmasterJoe on Jul 13th 2019 at 12:33:55 PM
So I found out in one of the depositions Vic's lawyer stated that it was clear that Ron truly believed Vic was guilty. Given that one of the key points of defamation against a public figure is that the defendant has to have known it was a lie, it looks like Vic's lawyer just openly conceded the entire case on camera (as if Ron believed he was speaking the truth he can't be guilty of defamation per Texas Law, thus removing the tort in the Torturous Interference charge, and the civil conspiracy charge doesn't work if there's no crime involved).
EDIT: Vic's full deposition without the redactions is being uploaded by the You Tube "lawyer" who setup his GFM, and it's not great for him. So far he's confessed to hiring a prostitute (and probably committing perjury since he claimed it was while he wasn't engaged to his ex-fiancé, but gave the year as one where he was), confessed to asking for a threesome with two twins, as well as explicitly admitting to the claims Jamie Maichi has made against him. For those of you keeping track, these are the claims that Vic is suing her for. On top of that he's also admitted to not having any proof that she interfered with any of his contracts, again another thing he's suing her for.
EDIT: A more complete transcript has been released. As far as I'm aware only names have been redacted, but I haven't dug deep into it yet.
EDIT: Ron and Monica's motion to dismiss under the TCPA has been submitted, and it's a whopping 529 pages. Of note are 12 affidavits from congoers, con owners, heads of securities at cons, con staff, Funimation staff, voice actors, dancers, a Star Trek writer, and Vic's ex-fiancé all painting a damning picture of Vic's behaviour over the years. For someone who started this lawsuit to try and salvage their reputation Vic has well and truly destroyed it with all of these revelations (which he can't sue because affidavits are protected from all litigation).
Edited by Shaoken on Jul 20th 2019 at 3:15:31 AM
Many years ago now I was a huge fan of DBZ Abridged. The best voice I ever heard there was their Cooler. Years later I would hear that silky smooth voice as Ichiya in Fairy Tail. I was later told that the voice of a few minor antagonists in the same anime were voiced by ladies from Rooster Teeth who I'm not personally familiar with but I know of them. And where I'm at just now, the antagonist Brandish just showed up and a comment notes she's Eighteen from DBZA.
I think I heard Dub Nappa is a voice in Xenoverse too?
So I'm very curious for people here who follow more online media or anime than I do. What other voice-actors and actresses have professionally dubbed anime or worked on big name cartoons?
Chris Niosi, aka Kirbopher, voiced Reigen in Mob Psycho 100.
Edited by PhysicalStamina on Jul 20th 2019 at 8:14:45 AM
The VA for Izuku in My Hero Academia, Justin Briner, was the original voice actor for adult Gohan in the DBZA Trunks special. It's believed that he was recast in his next appearance because Team Four Star didn't want to damage Justin's prospect with Funimation, since Toei has gotten TFS grey-listed from Funimation.
That's for the best on those cases.
Very considerate of them which worked out great since he did manage to snatch the role & maintain it all this time.
Man this case is already looking up to be a major Curb Stomp-Battle.
Edited by slimcoder on Jul 20th 2019 at 5:43:18 AM
Yep, for a lawsuit started to try and salvage his reputation and career Vic has ended up destroying both. Considering all he had to do was to fly under the radar for the rest of 2019 then come back next year talking about how he's a changed man and try to sell it as a redemption arc and he'd be able to recover at least part of his career (because let's face it; people have done worse and managed to come back). Now currently 15 under oath statements talking about what a creeper he was and how difficult he is to work with are on the public record, more attention has been granted to the many claims from fans (hello Streisand Effect), and he's on track to have to pay a lot out of his own pocket.
On the other topic here; while it sucks that Team Four Star themselves aren't likely to get more work with Funimation for awhile, it does warm my heart that they are getting professional VA work now and that there are people in the industry who very much support them.
Why did they get grey listed?
And about Mignogna, all I can say is what an idiot
Basically Toei Animation aren't happy that Dragon Ball Z Abridged exists and have been trying to shut it down for years upon years (not super hard mind you, but there was a few years where once a year every year a takedown notice from Toei got their channel shut down until TFS went through the hoops to justify that as a parody they are protected). Funimation ended up casting the group in a few projects including a Cell Games bit that aired on Toonami and Toei got super pissed, made they redub that bit and has told Funimation not to cast anyone in TFS again.
Man that sucks
Wow, what a bunch of humorless codgers.
Sadly some studios and rightsholders can be dicks (see Harmony Gold).
(Scrolls up to read the "Vic" stuff) - All he needed to do was not be an a-hole and he couldn't even do that.
BTW - who is the Star Trek writer? Just curious.
I got it wrong a little, he's an audio engineer/producer by the name of Emmett Plant, the most famous things he's worked on in a audiobook production are about 20 Star Trek novels (he's also done the 9/11 Commission Report, the King James Bible, and a lot of other odd jobs (and because I saw books when I first read his testimony I assumed author). His affidavit is page 338 to 339 of the Monica/Ron TCPA, backed up by the previous one.
It's also nice in general most of the TFS cast has gone on to be professional VA in their own right. Some of the best talent in the new generation of dub actors has directly come from fans who got their start in abridged series and Newgrounds.
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