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Team Four Star Anime Recommendation
Do you like Anime? (Well you should if you are reading this). Are you able to handle adult content without being embarrassed or reprimanded? If you said no, then I can point you to a Google search of kittens. But if you said yes, then there is a must see series of parody anime Team Four Star!
This amazing group of parody voice actors come from many countries to voice over a few of the most well-known anime, just to give you that little bit of joy you need for the holiday season. There are eight main members of Team Four Star; Scott “KaiserNeko” Frerichs, Nick “Lanipator” Landis, Curtis “Takahata101″ Arnott, Corinne “Megami33″ Sudberg, Marc “Gan Xingba” Soskin, Ben “hbi2k” Creighton, Lawrence “MasakoX” Simpson, Anthony “Antfish” Sardinha. Aside from the wonderfully entertaining voice acting this group has, they are fun special guests at conventions. On three separate occasions I have seen Team Four Star on a stage, either informing a large audience through their Q&A sessions, or just letting us know what they are working on next. Each and every time, they never fail at keeping their fans happy, laughing, and engaged throughout their panel. I you every get a chance to just squeeze into a (more than likely packed) room to watch these guys, definitely take it. I promise that if you like to laugh and have the sick sense of humor that the majority of us Anime Fans do, you will never regret partaking on one of these events.
You a fan of Dragon Ball Z? Well wait until you hear Vegeta rip Nappa apart after having to deal with his stupidity in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. Seriously, the inappropriate situations that were in the original DBZ with the female characters is magnified so much more in this series. Yes there is profanity and sexual situations, so make sure before you show your children, that they know all about sex jokes.
The second show that TFS works on is Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. If you know the original Hellsing, then you already know it is full of violence. This take on the show not only keeps that wonderful blood filled violence on the top of its priorities, but also adds the humor to make killing funny as hell. Alucard is, as he puts it, a Fuck Mothering Vampire, and definitely does what he can to keep that title. Alongside Alucard is the ever so gifted Police Girl, who brings a lot of laughs herself. Adding Nazis and other vampires for target practice makes for an all around bloodbath that is ok to laugh at.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series is the last of the Team Four Star shows that really brings the gut busting laughs. Again the team shows you the important episodes mashed together with adult humor to make sure all the cliff notes are hit. The first couple episodes seem a little dry, but once you get through them you know it was worth the time. I believe that this one took them a little longer to find the sweet spot for the comedy, but makes up for it in the later episodes.
I was lucky enough to meet some of the members at this year’s Youmacon. After meeting with them and realizing how really cool they were in person, I was on a mission to watch all of their videos. Below is a short Q&A I had with Lawrence Simpson, the voices of Goku, Gohan, Master Roshi, Dende and Dr. Birdenheim on Dragon Ball Z Abridged and the creator of Naruto: The Abridged Series. (Which can be found through Team Four Star’s site as well.)
Me: “Besides the fans at Youmacon, what is your favorite part about this convention?”
Lawrence: “This is essentially the con at which we first met in 2009 and we hit it off right there. It has that special place in our hearts, we always love coming back. We bring more people of our team every year and share the love. There is a lot of love in this convention, definitely.”
Me: It is, it’s amazing. I have never seen any conflicts since coming here.
Lawrence: “Absolutely, it’s one of the most relaxing cons that we have been too.”
Me: You meet people and do things outside of your scheduled times, it’s amazing to me.
Lawrence: “Yeah, we like to chip in every now and again. “
Me: Do you have anything coming up in the near future?
Lawrence: “Well….we don’t have anything planned really. Except we are showing tonight Hellsing Ultimate Abridged Five, and that will be going up on the website.
So if you are needing a little more joy because of the soul sucking holiday, please take my recommendation and watch some Abridged Team Four Star shows. I can pretty much guarantee an increase in your happy spots.