We Heart Japan, Indeed

We Heart Japan, Indeed

I’m not one to usually consider myself part of a “community.”  I prefer to be free of “group-think” so I can make an ass out of myself and then join in with the finger pointing and laughter.  A socially independent contractor.

But this week I was proud to be a part of the anime community, joining twenty or so other voice over actors last Thursday night for a fundraiser.  In fact, it was one of “our own” who helped make it all happen.

Screen shot 2011 05 23 at 1.07.13 AM We Heart Japan, IndeedStephanie Sheh is an actress and voice over artist who also writes for and directs voice over (we met on “Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles”) On Saturday, the day after the horrific tsunami and earthquake in Japan, Stephanie wanted to put together a fundraiser. She called her friend Pinguino Kolb (comic book artist, designer and photographer) and brainstormed ideas. The result was We Heart Japan.

The first fundraiser was a raffle, auction and voice actor “meet and greet.”  When I saw she was putting this together I asked to be a part of it and also asked if I could shoot some video. For those of you who follow this blog, yes, it was the same camera I used for my NOH8 video… And I still battled my confusion over red light/green light (made more confusing with the Arta tequila that was on hand). However, I did at least capture the general vibe.

The line-up of voice actors would be any anime con’s dream come true. Liam O’Brien (who directed me in Resident Evil 5 and I battled in Nier), Sam Riegel (who also makes some hysterical music videos), the wonderful Wendee Lee, Richard Epcar (who I swear is a real life hero pretending to be an actor), the awesome Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Troy Baker (who guided me through my first con and I also think is a real life anime character pretending to be an actor) the young “voice over power couple” of Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt (who wrote the excellent Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind The Mic), and many more!

Michael Sorich We Heart Japan, IndeedPlus, there was a surpise guest – Michael Sorich.  And in my case, a real surprise!  I met Michael back in 1987.  I needed to put together my first voice over demo reel and my agent at the time hooked me up with him.  He was funny and great to work with.  Flash forward eight years and we both end up in a Playboy show together!  (Yes, this is where I should put in a raunchy joke, but I’m trying to keep the word count down.)  Michael is just one of those guys that makes you smile, laugh and feel good about life.  That is why he must be destroyed.  Huh?  Sorry, wrong blog.

The event was only three hours long, but the amount of work that went into it was remarkable (I arrived early to watch the backstage mayhem).  Their efforts were all the more remarkable when I realized they put it together in just five days!

So, I edited a quick video for those of you who wanted to be there but were too far away or too Irish to come (it was St. Patty’s Day after all).  If you like it, please pass it on to your anime friends, link it on FaceBook – Digg, Stumble, and roll around with it.

And please donate to your preferred charity or through JCIE.  (And cell-phone prisoners can just text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10.)

WE HEART JAPAN:

Sponsors:
Arta Tequila, Bandai Entertainment, Comikaze Expo, Crunchyroll, deviantART, Geneon Entertainment, FUNimation, Harmony Gold Meltdown Comics, Nan Desu Kan,NYAV Post, Pacific Media Expo

With Generous contributions from:
AM2, Celebrity Vault, Cosplay in America, Disney, Gamers United, H2Om Water, Kuro Uzu, Love the Truth Clothing, Right Stuf International, Sweet Streets LA, Aniplex America

And Thanks to our ARTISTS
Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe
Heidi Arnhold
Sam Randazzo
Cathy Clark
Alexandria Hoevel
Sawdust Bear
Jo Ann Faustino
David Mertl
Pinguino
Olivia Scheibe
Jason Leung
Zane DeGaine
Ryan Tumaliuan
Dekker Dreyer
Patrick Smith
Geoffrey Golden
Shibuya Girls Pop
Kevissimo
Aaron Bjork
Eron Rauch
Rachael Faught
Sasha Palacio
Sara Tea
Diana Shin
Leslie Levings
Sia Aryai
Krook Martinez
Raymond Francisco
Elizabeth Lee

The list of anime voice actors include Michael Sorich (Biohazard: Degeneration), Yuri Lowenthal (Paprika), Tara Platt (Naruto: Shippûden), Lex Lang (Ghost in the Shell 2.0), DC Douglas (Resident Evil 5), Crispin Freeman (Hellsing), Wendee Lee (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie), Melanie MacQueen (Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Princess Mononoke), Daran Norris (Street Fighter), Michelle Ruff (Digimon: Digital Monsters), Troy Baker (Bleach), Laura Bailey (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood), JB Blanc (Naruto: Shippûden), Liam O’brien (Planet Hulk), Sam Riegel (Naruto), Travis Willingham (Mushi-Shi), Richard Epcar (Blue Dragon), Tony Oliver (Aa! Megamisama! The Movie), Stephanie Sheh (Bleach), Ellyn Stern (Noein: Mô hitori no kimi he), Cristina Vee (Keion!) and Tommy Yune (Robotech)

  • Mikey Kliss

    Very very cool indeed. Just one more reason why I respect and admire the Voice acting field and actors

  • ShiiShii

    That is real dedication I see coming from some of my favorite voice actors. Just wonderful!

  • Abbey Collins

    thank you D.C. for doing this! i'm praying for japan everyday. i LOVE japan too!

    big hugs for japan! they need all the support they can get right now. its nice to see alot of people helping japan. i'm greatful.

    and thanks again. my best wishes for japan.

  • Silvia Sturm

    Events in Japan have been shocking and grieving. Yet, it's a strong country with strong people. Sure the will make it through this crisis, but it will be a long and hard road.

    Wish I could do more than just donate. But hoping and praying is all we can do and give, just to let the people in Japan know they are being thought of!

  • Breanna Northway

    That video was awesome! And I see myself in thar! Thank you for putting my friend and I in there! <3 I feel honored. The event was awesome and I was glad to meet you and the rest of the voice actors. :'D I hope we can meet again soon. <3

  • REfan

    Wow. It's really incredible that Ms Sheh put all this together– and awesome how many of you and your colleagues responded. Thank you so much for being so supportive to a country that houses some of my own friends!

  • Marc Handler

    Thanks for the blog and the beautiful video. You really captured the event and helped to support the relief work.

  • Alex

    Hard not to cry when I watch footage from this Japanese disaster that will be known as one of the worst in history. Looks like an excellent fundraiser. May many donate & may the clean up be thorough, quick & teach us good lessons, being the mother of inventions.

  • Mr. $miley

    Again I wish I could have been there. Donated to Red Cross regardless, and I hope we can help Japan back on its feet. Excellent footage and choice of music. As far as reuniting with Michael Sorich. I remember one of my earliest anime experiences was listening to him in 'El Hazard' with Patricia Ja Lee. Both voice actors have had their own run in with Resident Evil just like you. As I pursue my own career into voice over I look forward to the day when I can voice in anime for my kid brother, my partner and all my friends who enjoy Japanese anime. So I owe a great deal to the country. Well that and the feel-good attitude of helping your fellow man. Either way glad to see American dub voice actors get involved.

  • Katie Haynes

    Amazing. You guys are all so fantastic for doing that. : * ) Thank you so much for being apart of it and Kudos to Stephanie Sheh for putting it together. I send my wishes and hopes to Japan as well.

About D.C. Douglas

D.C. Douglas is a voice actor and film / television / theatre character actor based in Los Angeles, California. He also dabbles in gadflyism during slow weeks. Leery member of Google +.
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