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All Dragon Ball Discussion Thread (Discuss Z/GT/Kai etc. Here!)

Discussion in 'Alternate Animé & Manga Discussion' started by shadowF, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    Wow, that's the most bs explanation ever trying to tie that to DBZA. Those recordings literally predate DBZ Abridged's first episode by several years. It's just some VAs goofing off internally almost two decades ago, that's all it is. And seriously, leaking out a bunch of recordings just for attention? Dragon Ball is one of the largest franchises around, they don't need negative attention whatsoever for relevancy. It also has literally nothing to do with Mignogna... It was never intended to be released to the public because it was just some VAs goofing off and wouldn't look good.

    Also, seriously, Toei isn't going to care about this. English dub makes far too much money for some recordings of almost twenty years old to matter, taking Dragon Ball away from Funi over that would just be throwing away money.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
  2. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J Well-Known Member

    The big takeaway from all this is that FUNimation are caught being hypocrites. They said nothing while their English VA's insulted Vic Mignogna and the Dragon Ball Community, spurred people to boycott their events, and acted like children online instead of coming to their defense. While the audio recordings, as crass as they are, are nothing but jokes, they're still inappropriate and shows their own hypocrisy for singling out Vic for much less. Given what the English VA's have done, Vic Mignogna practically has a case to sue FUNimation as well.

    You have to remember that these weren't private audio recordings but one's done at FUNimation's studios as the nature of the jokes would violate FUNimation's policies yet they received no warnings or requests to delete them. The reason why a small group like TeamFourStar could get away with something like this when it comes to DBZ Abridged is that we already know that it's a non-profit fan based parody of an anime license with real comedic material where as the English VA's at FUNimation were parodying an anime license that Toei was still making money off of by going off script.

    What strikes me is how TeamFourStar could've known about these secret audio recordings by FUNimation's VA's and decided to capitalize on them through DBZ Abridged not even being aware that it would be beneficial to a lawsuit that nobody saw coming. Perhaps that's why TeamFourStar stopped DBZ Abridged after Cell Saga since they didn't want to get themselves involved in the recent Vic Mignogna scandal. Personally I think it was just mere coincidence on TeamFourStar's part though I can't help but think there might of been more to it.
  3. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    Seriously? Sexual harassment of dozens of people, both coworkers and fans, spanning years, is much less than a couple of inappropriate recordings? If you really don't get that sexual harassment with actual victims is much more serious than that we're done here. Seriously, some perspective. I'm not saying the recordings are appropriate, but they're not remotely in the same league of awfulness as what Mignogna did.
    You don't know if they got warned or not. If they did that would be internal, not something Funimation would put on the internet for all to see (especially with those recordings not even being remotely viral or well-known back then). TeamFourStar doesn't have anything to do with this.
    Here you're just seeing conspiracies where there are none. It strikes me far more likely that TeamFourStar never knew about these recordings until they went viral a few days ago. They didn't want to get themselves involved in the scandal as a company because it simply has nothing to do with them and it is not their place. There is no basis to even believe that TeamFourStar knew about any of this back in the day, let alone capitalise on it. Also, they didn't stop DBZ Abridged. It's just slowed down production but they confirmed repeatedly that after the Bojack movie and an Otherworld Tournament special they will do the Buu saga. If they'd stop DBZA that wouldn't be because of anything happening at Funimation, but because of repeated copyright strikes from Toei on their Youtube channel and them just wanting to focus on more original materials than a parody of another show.

    Oh, and another big difference between TeamFourStar and the VAs at Funimation, TeamFourStar intended for their parody to go public. That's why they put it on Youtube in the first place. Those VAs never intended that.
  4. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J Well-Known Member

    I'm not saying that Vic Mignogna is innocent. Don't get the wrong idea, I understand how serious sexual harassment with actual victims are compared to something as minor as inappropriate recordings. Perhaps the FUNimation VA's might be accountable for violating their own company's policies so who knows? At the end of the day, I believe in the U.S. criminal justice system to deliver justice for all, by convicting and punishing the guilty and helping them to stop offending, while protecting the innocent.

    For all we know both sides could be just as guilty. What I'm saying is let the courts decide before making any final judgments as to how this case will end or leave it up to God to decide since he's the one who has the final say in the matter. We've forgotten as a society the importance of due process as we automatically label people as being guilty before being proven innocent. Allow hard evidence to speak for itself without trying to slander it for the sake of a biased verdict. There is only one truth.
  5. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    I don't even have a clue what your goal here is. First you link some recordings from the early 2000s from a source that's either horribly biased or horribly researched (or both), claiming it looks like it could be "the end of Funimation and English Dub Dragon Ball", then you draw in some involvement from TeamFourStar where there is none, then you come with unfounded accusations towards Funimation being hypocrites for and I quote "singling out Mignogna for much less", which implies that sexual harassment is much less than some inappropriate recordings, and then you suddenly back down and say we should let courts decide (even though none of what you brought up is actually at the courts), that sexual harassment with actual victims is more serious, and in the same post that "both sides could be just as guilty". If inappropriate recordings from almost twenty years ago are indeed minor, how could they possibly spell the potential end of Funimation? Like, you're flopping all over the place and I've got no idea what point you're even trying to make any more.
  6. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J Well-Known Member

    What I'm trying to say here is that two wrongs don't make a right. While sexual harassment with actual victims is more serious than inappropriate recordings, both are damaging toward Vic Mignogna's career as a voice actor and FUNimation's reputation as an American Anime licensing company. The only winners are the sexual harassment victims (which is a good thing) with everyone else losing thus essentially becoming a PR nightmare for FUNimation as Vic Mignogna is found guilty for the crimes he allegedly committed.

    I apologize for not being straight forward it's just that I didn't want to come off offending you over this controversial scandal that's rocked the Anime Industry as much as KyoAni did. I remember awhile back getting myself in trouble debating about GamerGate on a different message board forum and needless to say it didn't go very well. I did learn my lesson from it so I tried to avoid getting into those kind of social politics until recently as FUNimation has had an impact on my love for Anime since the Toonami days of Dragon Ball Z. Seeing what they've become is disheartening though I tried to avoid talking about Vic Mignogna.

    Chuck Huber (voice of Android #17) recently released an affidavit that I think is worth a read and sheds some light as to what's been going on behind the scenes at FUNimation. I'll let the evidence speak for itself while I'll leave it to you and everyone else here to reach their own conclusion on this. If what Huber is saying in this affidavit is true in regards to Vic Mignogna's trial then FUNimation is done as a company while Toei takes back their own anime licenses away from them:


    Here's the main excerpts from the affidavit that are worth mentioning:

    25. In approximately 2016-2017, a director employed at Funimation, told me that Vic would never get a directing job at Funimation because he was "such a douche". This conversation happened at Funimation. I advised Vic of this conversation. Vic later told me he addressed this issue with Justin Cook, a member of Funimation management.

    34. Senior Funimation directors have described the work environment at Funimation to me as a "Den of Poison", "Kafka Nightmare", and "Orwellian Slave Factory".

    35. My experience working at Funimation was unpleasant. It is well known that if one falls out of favor with certain people (including Chris Sabat) or if one tries to do anything to change the working conditions, that person will not be rehired as a voice actor. I felt threatened with not being used as a voice actor in subsequent projects if I complained about the work environment.

    41. When the Dragonball Kai was being recorded in 2007, I heard rumors that actresses had been recast at Funimation for refusing sexual advances by Funimation employees. I consider these rumors credible based on my experience working at Funimation and from direct messages received from a former DBZ cast member.

    42. I also heard that actresses who participated in sex with Funimation/Okatron5000 employees were cast in roles. I consider these rumors credible based on my experience working at Funimation.

    46. Chris Sabat did most of the casting and recording for the Dragonball Z properties including for the movie Dragonball Z: Super Broly.

    48. The voice actors employed by Funimation generally consider Chris Sabat to be a de facto manager at Funimation and they believe his approval and support is vitally beneficial to succeeding at Funimation and the conventions and the converse regarding his disapproval.

    72. During my settlement efforts, Todd Haberkorn told me that Chris Sabat, Ron Toye, and Sean Schemmel told him that he was in danger of never working at Funimation again because Haberkorn retained the same law firm as Vic. (see attached email)

    74. I contacted Gen Fukanaga, the then CEO of Funimation to discuss my concerns with Chris Sabat's gaslighting of Sean Schemmel, damaging use of his authority toward actors and his attempts to destroy my career, in early March 2019 who met with me and advised that Vic would lose and have to pay via something he had learned about called an Anti-SLAPP motion. He also, in response to my specific concerns about Chris Sabat, said that he had been friends with Chris Sabat for 17 years and he did not believe me. This meeting occurred on March 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Gen's office approximately a month to a month in a half prior to Vic filing the current pending lawsuit.

    80. When I was told about the contents of the "confidential" investigation undertaken by Tammie Denbow on behalf of Funimation, my opinion was that Funimation, Jamie Marchi, and Monica Rial acted together and with encouragement from Chris Sabat and Sean Schemmel, to destroy Vic's career and life.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2019
  7. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    I'd encourage you to try and find less biased and more professional sources than some random blogger who can barely even spell-check his site tbh. Also not really sure what Huber's testimony actually adds. Mignogna having a terrible reputation among his coworkers is something that was known for a while already and doesn't exactly do him any favours in trying to paint him as a good guy at all.

    Here's the simple truth. Mignogna is suing Rial and some others for defamation. To have an actual case he has to prove that whatever Rial and others have publicly stated about him (like the sexual assault allegations) is both false and damaging to him. Making a case that other coworkers like Schemmel and Sabat are also jerks doesn't do anything whatsoever to prove or disprove anything about the statements of Rial and Marchi, Sabat and Schemmel aren't even the ones being sued. On the contrary actually, indications that more people than just those sued were aware of Mignogna's misdemeanours actually makes the likelihood of Mignogna being falsely accused only that much smaller. In simple terms, if you're trying to clear your name, showing that even more people have bad opinions of you and think you're a creep is counterproductive.
  8. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J Well-Known Member

  9. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    I think you're overestimating the impact of this. Dragon Ball is a huge franchise and they're not going to take it away from Funimation over something that happened ages ago. They'll just wait until this all blows over in a couple of weeks. And some individuals that aren't even directly involved making some other claims don't really change anything.
  10. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J Well-Known Member

    Dragon Ball has become much like the Pokémon anime nowadays where it exists only to sell merchandise instead of trying to move the story forward. That's really the biggest problem I have with Dragon Ball Super where they're just cramming everything within a 10 year time gap which consequently made everything feel rigid and stagnant. It comes across as trying to maintain a certain status quo, which is something Dragon Ball never really had prior to Super. In Pokémon's case that status quo has been going on since the end of Season 5 Master Quest in 2002 and when there's an actual sense of progression the writers always try to retcon it when Ash Ketchum isn't as integral to the anime franchise as they think just because he's partners with Pikachu the franchise mascot.

    If Disney had the balls to replace Luke Skywalker in Star Wars then why can't they replace Ash Ketchum in Pokémon? Yu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon did the same thing and those franchise's sales haven't faltered because of it. Everything nowadays has become too sanitized and kid friendly to the point where they choose to ignore the demographic that grew up with them over the years while forgetting how they became successful in the first place. Dragon Ball needs to be put out of it's misery at this point, it's not the "End All Be All" of the Anime Industry that the media has made it out to be. Sure it was that way for a time back in the 90's and early to mid 2000's however times have changed and most people have already moved on to other anime licenses that are just as good If not better.
  11. BCVM22

    BCVM22 Well-Known Member

    And yet you keep coming back.

    "The balls to replace Luke Skywalker." Disney alone actually returned Luke to the franchise, as they did his character contemporaries, even if they're no longer the central protagonists. The reality of the matter doesn't quite match your assessment.

    They did, actually. When Digimon was producing a new series annually, ratings were so low on the latter few series that it basically stopped the franchise from producing a new series annually.

    Ratings aren't the sole metric for those series. I liked Frontier, I liked Xros Wars, and I probably would have liked Savers had I ever seen the full series, but the point is that franchise's sales did actually start to falter when they moved away from the original protagonists, not that the correlation is direct, or 100%. And, not for nothing, what are the franchise's most recent productions? Six films, soon to be seven, starring whom? The original cast.

    "I am older than I was when I first got in to these series and my tastes have changed and I don't know how to process that, so I'll just blame it on buzzwords like 'sanitized' and 'kid friendly' and them not catering to me specifically."

    Not a valid argument. Never a valid argument.

    If Dragon Ball really brings you joy no longer, then, again, move on. There's nothing to be changed by ranting here about how much you hate the franchise at this point, as you've done repeatedly over an extended period of time.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
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  12. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J Well-Known Member

    It's mostly just disappointment than hatred towards the Dragon Ball franchise for me at this point.
  13. Hunter Zolomon

    Hunter Zolomon Into the Shadows Staff Member Moderator

    That's nice to know, but this isn't a rant thread. Let's stay on topic please.
  14. CMButch

    CMButch Kanto is love. Kanto is life.

    Kinda off topic.
    Will this Reiwa era stuff affect only Pokemon, or will ti affect other anime, like this one and how will it do it? Since it seems Reiwa era is about new fresh start. I'd be pretty mad it's just gonna affect Pokemon and everything else like OP or DB is fine.
    Maybe,DB will be rebooted same with OP? Or they will do like go back in time in DB era when Goku was a kid?
  15. Ambyssin

    Ambyssin Winter can't come soon enough

    So, this weekend's gonna be the infamous "Jiren backstory" episode for the dub. Wonder how the monologue will sound with a southern drawl attached to it?
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  16. TheWanderingMist

    TheWanderingMist Kanae, Keeper of the Gates Emblazoned

    One Piece has to end before it reboots. And we all know One Piece will never end.
  17. RedJirachi

    RedJirachi Veteran member

    It's funny that Zamasu thinks that the gods are good and mortal evils when literally ever arc besides Revival of F has the gods being the instigators of the plot
    • Beerus Arc: Beerus threatens Earth because he doesn't get pudding and he wants to see Super Saiyan God
    • Champa Arc: Beerus and Champa bet on where to move the Earth to because of their squabbling
    • Future Trunks Arc: Zamasu is literally the villains of the arc
    • ToP Arc: The Zenos decide to erase most of the multiverse because their gods are incompetent
  18. mehmeh1

    mehmeh1 You can make a change

    Has anyone been reading the DBS manga btw?
  19. srebak

    srebak Beginning Trainer

    I really, really needed to get this all out and would appreciate some feedback for it, so please, somebody, answer this post

    1. What was the name of the Dragon Ball episode where Goku is training by swimming with rocks tied to him via ropes?

    2. A lot of people seem to have a very somewhat high opinion of the battle between Gohan and Cell, but for me, it feels like there are way too many cons for every pro about that story arc, and I basically just stopped watching after Gohan started fighting. For one thing, it has Goku actually giving up on his fight against Cell and then having him send Gohan in, in order to finish the job, which results in Gohan getting relentlessly pummeled as a result. Not only does this make Goku look bad but it also doesn’t paint Gohan in a very good light at first either, which, from what I have come to understand about the rest of this arc, does not really go away, and the responses and reactions of the other characters in regards to all of this do not help either. Next it actually has Cell gain the upper hand in the fight, which again, despite being a classic storytelling method to raise the stakes, does not make either Gohan or his father look very good. And then there was that whole “Goku sacrifices himself and then refuses to be wished back to life” thing, not only am I a little bit confused about how the details of that situation in regards to the Dragon Balls was supposed to work, but, in addition to this ultimately being what drives a wedge between both Goku and King Kai, it also seems kind of pointless, considering what was to come later on. I mean, don’t see much of anything about the succeeding stories being that much different if Goku was allowed to survive that ordeal with Cell. That’s about all I’ve got to say
  20. Red and Blue

    Red and Blue Well-Known Member

    So DBZ Abridged is ending at the Cell Saga. No Buu then

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