Grell and Sebastian sing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” – aka How I met some Voice Actors

This song. THIS SONG.

An amazing individual made this song (in fact Coffinjockey states, “So I decided to do a duet with myself”), and played it for Daniel Frederick, voice actor of Grell in the English dub of Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji.

It was HILARIOUS!! Frederick obviously enjoyed it very much, and I, the lucky bystander that just had gotten an autograph from said actor, enjoyed the whole scene as well. I begged him to put the song on Youtube, and here it is! Wonderful~!! (Hurry and go Like the vid you smucks!)

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That same day I was lucky enough to meet a few other voice actors, including Monica Rial. Not only has Rial done plenty of voice work, but also is a script writer for english dubs! We had a nice, and very brief, chat on how hard it really is to adapt a literally translated script, and make it the fun and easy-to-follow dialouge we enjoy in English dubs. I think she appreciated being noticed for more than just voice work~ and honestly I am a big fan of script writers, translators, and anyone that does adaptation/localization. It’s tough work!!!

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Later on I met R. Bruce Elliot, voice of, and I quote, “the debonair Richard Moore” (his words not mine! lol!! I adore Richard ❤ ) of Case Closed, and Kanbei of Samurai 7. I had an extra collectible figure of Kanbei, so I decided to give it to Elliot.

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He was thrilled!! He looked at it in wonder, saying, “Wha- Where did you find something like this??” He was utterly fascinated, seeing as he goes to very few anime gatherings, and I assume has little knowledge of the fandom itself, despite working in the voice acting industry. He does know his movies though, as it turns out he loves Kurosawa’s original film “Seven Samurai”. Meeting him was better than I would have imagined; he thanked me several times, even as his next fan in line came, and he saw me in the distance and said his thanks again!! Wow, I’m glad he liked the figure!!

What a day. I’m glad I found the time to go to a convention for a few hours! 😀

Kudo Shinichi Sega prize figure

During my seemingly futile quest to watch every episode, movie, and special of Detective Conan I’ve taken a look at the figures on the market from time to time. Until recently, the releases were pretty disappointing- doughy sculpts, mediocre paint, and some were just downright odd with giant hands and feet. Last year we were graced with a fantastic Kaito Kid prize figure, and this year we have the great detective himself, Kudo Shinichi!

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Hot damn.

Now, there are two versions of this figure. This is the matte version that I believe is obtained from UFO catcher machines and whatever prize games they have in Japan. The other version has metallic paint job and is won in the lucky kuji (lottery).

Seriously this figure looks really good! His head sculpt is so crisp and the hair is fantastic, even on his sideburns and nape of his neck they sculpted varying lengths of hair. The eyes look great up close and far away; they’re decals much like Kaito’s. These two were obviously made for each other. (not like that you shipping fangirls!!!)

Here we have the detective implicating the thief:

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Shinichi’s school uniform has a lot of nice folds and creases in all the right places. I really love the pant seams that run down each side, a nice touch for a subtle outfit. His shoes are simple but they have some definition for the soles. The paint is done rather well too. I wasn’t sure what to expect since this is a cheap prize figure as opposed to a legit scale figure. His green tie looks pretty solid and doesn’t go outside the lines, but the white paint of his shirt leaves a bit to be desired. It just seems a bit thin, on mine you can see a bit of blue on the back collar showing through. Aside from that one, I can’t see any flaws unless I’m examining him very closely.

However, there is one glaring problem:

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Come on! They were obviously sculpted with the same style! Same company, both prize figures. WHY?? Maybe it isn’t obvious enough in this photo, but it looks really strange, since they are so close to the same scale, but one is just a tad smaller overall like he’s been hit with a shrink ray. Guess I’ll just have to hide it by putting them on different parts of the shelf.

Then I realized there was a bright side to this problem:

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He looks pretty good next to the World Collectible Figures of Conan and Haibara! These two were too small next to Kaito, but it’s pretty great putting Conan next to Shinichi. He’s really beside himself. (haha! pun intended, forgive me.) No seriously it’s kind of like the sort of thing I see on posters and promotional art. Also, check out Shinichi’s shadow! I bet with the right light he’d leave a great silhouette.

Incidentally, there’s also a WCF for Ran. She’s pictured with a keychain of Conan from Swing Collection series 1. They fit really nicely together.

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And I might as well post a photo of the two Kaito’s. They really are identical figures, just the one arm and cape are different. (oh and the decal on the base.)

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Personally I like the “prize B” figure better, with the dynamic flowing cape. He looks epic placed on the top corner of a shelf. Still, I ended up buying “prize A” as well, since I like that you can see more of his suit and he’s doing one of his tricks, showing the magician that he is.

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Overall I’m very satisfied with the Shinichi prize figure. Honestly, I was really surprised he even got something like a scale figure at all. He’s not really present in the series all that often (and we hardly see him go to school!) Still, this high school detective is such a clever guy and just SO cool! In the realm of figure-collecting he does have a rather mundane design, but the crisp sculpt, and his dynamic and in-character pose make the grade. There you have it, the great Kudo Shinichi! 😀