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Panels and Workshops / Re: new panel idea: Inside the con...
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:36:58 AM »
Things like tours and stuff at Disneyland/Universal studios are interesting because you get to see actual... interesting work being done. Animators, displays, and visual cues. That's different. It would be like getting a tour of my actual job. It's not interesting, fun, and there's really nothing to see. While informative, it doesn't matter if there's no entertainment factor. There's really nothing to gain other than "... oh... so this is what it's like to do it". Think about the places you visit on these tours. They skip over the boring stuff. You don't see the HR office, you don't see the scheduling director. You never see the people who discuss budgets. What do you see? Designers, set makers, artists. The ones who build and create the visual aspects.

There's nothing to hide, and if people want to know what it's like to be staff, they should attend staff meetings. Staff meetings are at least more amusing, because you get to see things happen. You get to see people discussing the actual, and see how conversations and ideas are pitched to see how things bloom. Meetings happen about once a month starting October, and become more frequent as Fanime gets close. Attend a meeting, see what staff does, and how things are udpated and the kind of things that we have to work with. If you are curious about how staff works, or thinking about becoming staff, this is the best way to see what we do. You won't see the overly detailed, and all the behind the scenes stuff, but you will more understand what we do. The general staff meetings are about an hour long, but can drag on longer in smaller groups according to how much needs to be discussed. I think the latest I've stayed was about 7pm. I've had meetings with my department that lasted like 6 hours, then ended with me going home and doing math for another 3 hours to see if evrything we talked about was realistic or not.

Staffing is a lot of work, and a lot of fun, but it's not something that can be shown in a short video, nor a tour. That's going to be, at best, an overglorified cut up mocking of what we actually do. If people want to really see what we do, go to a meeting... and see us actually doing it.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: new panel idea: Inside the con...
« on: September 20, 2011, 03:42:20 PM »
While the idea and gesture is nice, I don't see how it's plausible. Taking a group of 60 people into a lot of these rooms is a clear fire hazard violation. As to which, I don't see how you would portray "the work" that goes into making the con work. It's hard to portray or show us sitting in front of our computers writing emails for hours at a time, writing budgets, getting contracts written/signed. Let alone the countless meetings and discussions about the smallest stuff that no one cares to see/hear about (but must be done).

I can't speak for others on this part, but, reviewing videos, editing music, editing videos, creating choreography, math. TONS AND TONS AND TONS AND TONS OF MATH. I do so much damned math preparing for Fanime that it's insane. Timing videos to fit alotted slots, judgments on times it takes things to happen, averaging how many people, how long they take, how much they spend, how long they stay based on how much they spend, how much money based on venue sizes.

While I'd love to be able to display to congoers just what goes on behind the scenes, I don't see how you'd be able to do that. I can screenshot my Fanime inbox, and show time lapsing of how many mailes I get/send but I don't think people would really find that educating. Nor the 10 or so Excel sheets I have open, my calculator, and my 20 or so notepad files with different lists of random information I try to keep track of a few weeks before the convention.

The best I can say it. Staffing for Fanime is like another job when you have a higher up position. You spend hours upon hours a week doing paper work, and things people get paid to do. Only we don't see a paycheck. Our pay is watching the SJCC get filled with tens of thousands of people in costumes, talking and meeting new people, smiling when they meet a guest, sit down at the maid cafe, laughing as they watch some anime they haven't seen before, buying that figure they've always wanted, purchasing an awesome piece of art from some artist, putting on their skit, taking photos of a cosplayer iof their favorite character, and dancing with their newly met friends.

If people want to know what happens behind the doors, then that's all it is. Hours of work, to see the attendees happy.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Guests I Want for Fanimecon 2012!!!!!!!
« on: September 16, 2011, 03:52:12 PM »
Shirow doesn't even make appearances in Japan, let alone anywhere else in the world.

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Gaming / Re: GET HYPE! General fighting game chat thread
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:22:37 AM »
You mean Input Lag III:3 frames late?

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Things in the Universe / Re: Have Hetalia Fans Gone Too Far?
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:31:29 PM »
er... ok im sorrry.. i know where your coming from but...  your being a tad overreactive yourself...
 I've never watched Hetalia but im pretty sure they dont show things like this for one reason. ITS A FUCKING SENSITIVE TOPIC.
 I dont think its ever ok to be doing such a thing.. and honestly i dont know where their brains were when they took this picture, cause its obvious they would be hated on if they did so.(Plus this picture is obviously BAD taste) You say your offended by things that effect people but did you ever think that maybe something like this DOES effect the emotions of people? Its not just about YOUR perspective. kaythanks.

Replying to a topic month old topic basically to say "WELL I FIND IT OFFENSIVE!" Okay... that's fine. You find it offensive. Does that make the image itself wrong? No, it's a photographic image displaying characters being characters. As I said, it's the swastika argument over again. Whether or not you find it offensive does not make the image in question wrong nor too far. Is it done in bad taste? Perhaps, but that's based on the person viewing the image. Frankly, I personally don't care about the image one way or another. If I wanted to find something offensive, I can find much more offending images, like people blowing up abortion clinics, or mobs beating up women that come out of an abortion clinic. I could look at the people damning Japan for winning the women's soccer cup. I could view all the people damning the nation to hell and praising god for leveling a good part of their country. So this image of cosplayers... portraying characters from a cartoon how they would be... is hardly worth giving a damn about.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
« on: August 08, 2011, 01:17:17 PM »
Sports as a theme, is more than just physical sports remember.

Anime like baka-test where the sport is education. Racing series, things like Pokemon(cock-fighter 2000), Yu-gi-oh are all sports.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Guests I Want for Fanimecon 2012!!!!!!!
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:07:12 PM »
The core audience of US dubs would go to a convention anyways, regardless of having a US guest or not.  Dub audiences tend to be tweens/teens, and they'll go to a convention to hang out with friends, watch anime and spend some cash in the dealer's room.  Fanime doesn't need to invite US guests because those that would flock to them would go to the convention anyways.

The older audience, and what typically are your raw/sub fans, are far more critical.  If you want to draw them and their pocketbooks, you need to have things that they'll enjoy and that includes having Japanese guests.  I think part of the reason many of the older fans showed up this year was simply because Fanime lined up so many *good* Japanese guests.  Several of these fans commented that it had been years since they had attended Fanime and many of them were there because Yoshimatsu & Iida were guests.  Comparatively, the prices of items at the charity auctions also went much higher when compared to the previous year because Fanime had succeeded in drawing out an older and less cash strapped fanbase.

I've never worked at a convention, and I'm sure there's a delicate method in which a convention chooses guests to invite.  But as money is a factor, I would be willing to bet that Fanime will continue to favor Japanese guests over US guests as long as its patrons are willing to pay $$$ to see them.
Bahamut Knight Zero: Way to contribute absolutely nothing. Realistically CutieBunny... is... half right.

In terms of monetary reasoning, pulling a JP guest is more likely to draw more people than a US guest would. But, would the price of brining a US guest directly coorolate with how many attendees would come for that guest?

Arbitrary number... 6k to bring a guest to fanime. 45$ badges. Raw numbers, that gues would have to draw 134 people to the convention that absolutely would not have come had it not been for that guest. Of course raw costs aren't correct because there's lots of other stuff involved, but you get the idea. Now comparatively... a US guest would be a fraction of that cost... let's say 1000$. 22 attendees.

So the whole US guests are better or JP guests are better for the con is really a dumb argument as it's pretty near impossible to gauge. There's no way to know just how many guest came solely for X guest or Y guest. Maybe it was a combination of the two?

None of this matters at all(though I love number arguments). What it comes down to is the process of choosing guest is actually really long and complicated and has no real basis that is followed. GR and stuff don't sit there and go "If we bring X guest, we will make X% more attendees theorhetically than y guest nor will bringing Z guest result in in making more in this way. It comes down to. "We have this much for our budget... who can we get that is available that we think will be popular, will have a good time, and will enjoy the convention and be fun to have.

I.E. while Momoi isn't the most attendee drawing guest, she LOVES the con, she interacts with attendees, she walks the halls and takes pictures of cosplayers, with people. FLOW was playing Air Hockey with people, talking to fans, and just messing around and having a good time a lot of the con. Now compare that with AX where, they had the SOS-dan. Sure... they probably drew a huge group of attendees... but their visit consisted of a really badly done panel, an autograph signing that ended in thousands of people getting pissed off for waiting in line over 10 hours to walk away with nothing, and a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE 40 min concert that was more advertising for Bang Zoon than a concert. Outside of those things, the guests were never seen at all.

Which would you prefer?

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Serious Business / Re: Cosplayers
« on: July 11, 2011, 12:18:10 AM »
I can see you're attempting to have a civil discussion over what cosplayers should and shouldn't wear, but I have to say...we cosplayers don't do it for your approval. I cosplay a character because I like the character. I can appreciate anyone who does it for the same reason, despite body types or genders. Honestly, anime characters have disproportionate and unrealistic bodies to begin with, so we ALL look fat in comparison. There's no way to be the spitting image of a 2D character without standing behind a cardboard cutout or something.

Anyway, if someone's cosplay bothers me, I have this magical ability called "look away." Let them have their fun, they deserve it as much as I do (as long as decency laws are followed). I would be pissed if someone came up to me and said, "you know, you really can't pull that outfit off." Who asked them? Do I need permission to express my fandom now?

I guess it mostly bugs me because a friend of mine always critiques my cosplay choices, because he wants "perfection". Last year, he didn't want me to do a character because I'm "too tall" for her (it was Yui from K-ON, not a child or anything). If that's the case, I pretty much can't cosplay ANYONE, since I'm taller than the majority of Japanese women. He'd rather I went for the taller Mio instead, but why do Mio if I like Yui more? That whole concept is just ridiculous to me.

And yeah, this post'll probably make me sound fat, but I'm not. I just dislike the idea of people saying someone can't dress up as their favorite character because the view disturbs them. People may disagree, but I find that attitude kind of immature.

I apologize for the ranting.

Because we are from the internet and nothing short of perfection should be allowed. You shouldn't cosplay Mio either, because they're in Jr. High. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COSPLAY AS 12 yr. old girls you old hag. Tall people should only cosplay tall people. And only if you're tall and HOT. If you're not hot, you're not allowed.

I SUPPORT xkuramaxhieix in her fight to remove fatties and uglies from public.

Accidentally hit send when i got up to poop.

People should take a page from the op. People should know their place. Obviously fat and ugly people have nothing to take pride in. Therefore they should not wear cosplay that may show skin. The OP kinda knows her place. She states she's fat, therefore should not be okay with herself. She then knows not to cosplay anything that takes any kind of confidence or pride. She knows to hole herself up and be ashamed of who she is. All fatties and uglies should take a page from her book and never show themselves in public. Everyone should follow her insecure page.

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Serious Business / Re: Cosplayers
« on: July 10, 2011, 05:36:25 PM »
I don't cosplay because I know I'm over weight and I accept that. When I talk about over weight cosplayers, I mean mainly the ones who dress as well, *insert skimpily dressed anime character here* If they dressed like say, any of the hetalia characters, or even as males, I don't have a problem. What I have a problem with is the people who are obviously over weight and dressing like Faye Valentine, or characters that wear a pair of bikini tops and short daisy dukes. That's the main problem I have with over weight cosplayers. I just don't like  that they choose to dress up as skimpy characters who dress like this.

If they chose more conservatively dressed characters like Chihiro from Spirited Away, Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle,  Pan from DBGT or Erza from Fairy Tail, I wouldn't have a problem. I just can't stand over weight cosplayers who wear clothing where their fat is obvious and hangs out of their cosplay for every one to see.

But really, I agree though, it seems like a lot of people nowadays cosplay purely for attention than anything else. I don't know if you were at Fanime this year, but there were a few people who dressed up as a character from Black Butler's (Kuroshitsuji) musical. Most of them did it for the attention because it was kind of obvious, but one girl who paid close attention to detail did it for the love of the show...... I think. << Maybe. Well, that was my impression.

Oh, and I still think people cosplay for themselves. Well, the masked ones do anyways. I think it's interesting because they're more anonymous and you can't really see their faces so they don't do it for the attention. At least, that's what I think.

P.S. I know I'm being offensive, but I figure it's better to at least apologize or try to not be offensive while I'm trying to make my point. I'm not elitist. I prefer realistic. I feel like I'm not stating my points clearly. << Well, I'm trying at least. And this username is just one I chose with my two favorite characters of the moment. xDDDD

I'm starting to understand what you're saying. And you know what. I totally agree. Fat people shouldn't cosplay characters that aren't conservatively dressed. But now that I think about it. Ugly people shouldn't cosplay too. Unless they're cosplaying ugly people. You had a good idea with spirited away. Ugly people should cosplay only characters like the witch from Spirited Away.

Better yet, even if they cosplay characters that are more conservative or fitting, I'd still have to be exposed to them being fat and ugly... so we should just not allow them at the con. Fat and ugly people shouldn't be allowed to cosplay nor be out in public at all. You're totally right with this. We should just ban all fat and ugly people. In otherwords, unless someone is incredibly hot and skinny in a way they can cosplay super hot anime characters, they shouldn't be allowed out.

ON THIS SUBJECT, even the hot ones that are white, should only be allowed to cosplay white characters. I'm tired of white girls cosplaying characters that so don't fit them. We should ban white people from cosplaying Miku, or any other character that's asian looking. And vice versa, asians should not be allowed to cosplay as clearly white characters like Risa Hawkeye and the such.

Even if they're hot, they also have to fit the body type exactly. Girls without D cups should not cosplay as characters with clearly large breasts. It's so hideous looking when flat girls cosplay girls with huge tits.

On this note, you should ban yourself from going out in public since you clearly stated you were overweight, thus, you are ugly... and I don't want to see you in public around my fandoms. I don't care how much you enjoy the fandom, you're ugly and fat and do not belong outside.

So in short...

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU.

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Serious Business / Re: Cosplayers
« on: July 10, 2011, 02:10:33 AM »
blah blah blah...

SERIOUS BUSINESS!

This is why I hate cosplayers... and everything cosplay has become over the past 15 years. (I'm old speech). I remember when there were only a very small handful of cosplayers at conventions, and even though their costumes weren't the best, they were proud of dressing up as the characters they like.

You know what annoys me more than "overweight people" or "not perfect costumes"? People who cosplay purely for attention. People that cosplay characters they don't really know or like. People who cosplay characters from anime/games they've never even seen or played because they liked the design. Or how about people that cosplay fan created versions? Why? Because these are nothing but ploys to cosplay for attetion that have no real part of the fandom in itself.

Do I really care in the long run? Not in the least.

People have lost sight of what cosplay is. Cosplay is love (quote from Comic Party). A series from the late 90s back when cosplay was rather rare. People cosplayed to show their love of a character. Costumes were worn to show your pride in something. No one gave a shit if the costume looked perfect. No one gave a damn if you weren't hot enough to pull it off (because for every person you're calling out for being fat or not having a great costume, there is someone that thinks you... yes I'm talking to the op, is ugly and should not be ruining whatever character you are cosplaying). Cosplay wasn't about the attention you get. No one gave a damn if they got their picture taken. It was just nice to be recognized.

Most importantly... people cosplayed for themselves, not to please every other god damned person out there. Not to have guys gawk at them. Not to get people like you to give their approval.

So are you being offensive? Yes you are, so don't give us this bullshit about how you're not trying to be offensive. You are in every single way, and claiming your not just makes you look ridiculously stupid. I KNOW I'm offensive, and when I see fat cosplayers cosplaying things they really shouldn't just for attention, it disgusts me... but I KNOW and ACCEPT I'm being offensive. They have every right to do it, but hell will I not think it's disgusting. But seriously... good for them for doing it.

With a nick like that... and with your posts, it's quite obvious you're an elitist fujoshi. But to make this interesting. I suggest you post a picture of yourself up, and see where this gets you.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Vocaloids Live!
« on: July 09, 2011, 04:30:49 PM »
I love how Fanime is "by fans, for fans" and I trust that any price changes are out of necessity and I would absolutely not want to give up wither dances. What I said earlier is just one of a few scenarios, I preferred a scenario that upon announcing a Miku Live concert, there is a sudden boom in pre-reg, such a boom that it is enough to cover the concert and then some.
Just some wishful thinking. :)

Not that my opinion means jack in the subject but just a little bit of retrospective. The auditorium capacity is not as large as we would like. So of the some odd... 2-3k plus people that may register purely because of that announcement, of that... how many will actually get to see the concert? Just some food for thought.

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Things in the Universe / Re: Have Hetalia Fans Gone Too Far?
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:30:28 AM »
This is the god damned swastika argument all over again.

Role playing, photo opportunities, and taking accurate shots of being in character for the sake of art.

LOLOL are producers going to far making movies? Are parody series like robot chicken and family guy going to far?

It's art and perspective.

Are you taking things too far when every single one of your posts about guest is you basically jerking off to vic mignon?

There's doing things in good and bad taste. Cosplay photos accurately depicting characters is not in bad taste. It may be a little offensive to some, but hey, most things are offensive to some. Now while you are getting your panties in a bunch over a cosplay photo, I'm more offended by things that actually affect and oppress people.

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MegRock (there should be a star between that but I don't have JP on my keyboard and I'm lazy).

Besides being in the industry forever, she did a lot of major songs. Strangely, she's relatively unknown over here sadly. Card Captor Sakura, she wrote the OP to Gurren Lagaan, just to name two of the major contributions she's done.

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Chris Brown!
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just kidding...
how about "The Hiatus"


And have Hosemi be all emo and haet haet haet haet haet?

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Staff & Volunteers / Re: Staff Feedback: The good, The bad, The Ugly
« on: June 13, 2011, 02:18:56 PM »
This is the first year that a rover has not harassed me for something. There was a small incident where they questioned me, but it wasn't anything big, which kind of disappoints me. I love when rovers try to harass me because it let's me mess with them and put them in their place. Just because they think they have a little bit of power they can abuse it.

Obviously it's not like this problem is gone, because it's pretty impossible for that to happen. But overall, rovers did do a better job this year that I could see walking around when I had free time.

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Happy Things in the Happy Universe / Re: Favorite Convention Moment
« on: June 08, 2011, 04:39:45 PM »
I guess for a moment, it would have been meeting/seeing Momoi for the first time at AX. But that's hardly my favorite thing. My favorite thing is seeing all my maids smile and look so happy, become friends, and just feel so accomplished each year.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: "What's a Bishonen?" - 2012
« on: June 08, 2011, 04:25:24 PM »
So at ASAHiCon last April, my friend Jackie did a panel called "What's a Bishonen? Chu~" which explained the origin of the term bishonen and gave several examples throughout history. She also explained the different elements that make up a bishonen and gave the different types of bishonen. It was pretty successful and had all the girls going crazy. So she and I were wondering if anyone would be interested in her doing this at Fanime?

What are your thoughts? I'm totally open to suggestions on how we can improve this concept. :)

EDIT: Seperated into two different topics, as someone suggested. See the Rave Culture 101 thread here: http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16449.0.html

I'm not understanding this at all. origins? Types? Bishounen is pretty straight simple and dry. "Pretty boy". Shounen means young male or boy, generally the age after being a toddler, but not quite a young adult. Pretty in the literal terms. Not handsome, or attractive, but "Pretty"

I've summed up the panel in 4 sentences. Anything more than that isn't really accurate but just opinions which can vary between person. "Types" don't fit into "bishounen" but a different characteristic. So I don't follow.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Guests I Want for Fanimecon 2012!!!!!!!
« on: June 06, 2011, 10:44:44 PM »
Ok, I'm confused about something. The weekend before FanimeCon was Big Wow Comic Fest. Vic Mignogna was one of the guests in attendance. He said that Fanime had asked him to attend, but he had a prior commitment to a con in Phoenix. However, he DID say he would be attending Fanime 2012. AWESOME.

Here's the problem.

When I was attending one of Seiji Mizushima's autograph sessions (Sunday I believe) I asked one of the Staff about that, and he said that Fanime usually DOES NOT reach out to domestic (English) Voice Actors as guests and is more international guest oriented. Also, he said that Vic Mignogna would have to ask Fanime to attend as a guest.

So...does this mean that some information has been mixed up? Is Vic Mignogna NOT attending in 2012, or is this guy just talking about stuff he doesn't know about?

1. Random staff member telling you something doesn't make it true.
2. Why do you want Vic to go to Fanime? He goes to like... every con in existance, if you want to see him, why not go to AX since he goes... every single year.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Niconico Live Stream
« on: June 06, 2011, 01:04:10 PM »
So wait...if Crunchyroll was allowed to stream live from FanimeCon 2011, what's the difference between that and what Niconico did at SakuraCon?

Crunchy asked if they can do it for free and for fun and just show off the con. Nico, money was involved.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Ouran High School Host Club Cafe!
« on: June 06, 2011, 01:17:52 AM »
What you say is not untrue.

And I will not argue about your Maid Cafe is not sexual premise here either.

But that is your interpretation of how it should be done. And yes, I will not deny that we would not be able to allow that particular incarnation of a host club to occur at Fanime.

But that doesn't mean that a well thought up plan that has been made to compromise between the truth behind a real host club and what can be allowed as well as what would work at a con would not be considered.

Fanime is by Fans for the Fans and ultimately about the Fans too.

I don't know who would actually be managing and or leading this project if it gets past the blueprints stage. but if it were me, you can hound me all you like and it wont change my mind just simply because it doesn't agree with your definition and view of how a "true" host club should be like.

Oh, and that's fine too, but guess what. That same mentality was brought up with "maid cafes" when US cons started to have them. And that turned out extremely poorly. Your view is still only your view, and unless you do something well and legitimately, it's going to reflect that it's a cheap horrible knock off of what something should be. At this point... you're no longer a host club. So why call it a host club?

The point of events like this is the service provided, in that, it has to be something more than just a cafe or whatever. The maid cafe at fanime is successful because of all the effort and thought put into it to be not only accurate, but to go through the channels to provide the service a maid cafe is.

Anything can be half-assed, and a name thrown on to it, and some people will like it. It doesn't mean it'll be successful nor does it mean it will be accepted. So if you're going to throw out the idea of something, you best damn well know what you're talking about before getting into it.

But, just so you know, you're going to ask Fanime to spend some odd $10,000 to create something that caters ONLY TOWARDS WOMEN, and you are doing it KNOWING YOU'RE GOING TO BE HORRIBLY INACCURATE AND HALF ASSED. If you were Fanime staff, would you really want to do that?

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