Interview with XTheDarkOne


Hey guys, it’s abridger interview time again. Today I’m chatting with the handsome face behind many of Yugioh GX Abridged’s most prominent characters, xthedarkone. We discuss the process of creating an average episode, the greatest experiences he’s ever had with fans at conventions, his advice for those who want to fllw in his footsteps and more.

Laura: Firstly, could you introduce yourself and give a short explanation of what you do for any readers who’ve not heard of you?

xthedarkone: Well my name is xthedarkone, and I’m an abridger. I Started doing Yugioh gx abridged when my friend shadyvox asked me to help write it when he attempted to do it himself however didn’t feel his first ep was very good. I found writing and voice acting so much fun that after shady asked if we could do the series togetherIi was more than willing. I now do amateur voice over work as well as my own abridged series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and one with MasakoX Rosario + vampire.

Laura: And was acting, voice acting or script writing something you’d ever considered before getting into Yugioh GX Abridged, or was that how you first got into it?

xthedarkone: Well I did a lot of writing before GX as I used to write fanfiction so I enjoyed writing long before I started abridging but yeah when I first started doing GX I found it a lot of fun to voice act and soon found a passion in it.

Laura: At what point did you realise GX Abridged was a successful series that you’d be sticking with? Was their a moment where it became clear?

xthedarkone: Well I was going to stick with GX despite how successful it became but i guess one of the first things that told me the series had become successful when people started doing fanart from the show.

Laura: What’s the process of creating a typical episode of GX Abridged like for you from start to finish?

xthedarkone: Well our style of creating episodes has evolved but our modern style we use now involves shady either coming round to my place or I will go to his, we get the episode in question and watch the entire thing first just collecting ideas then we go through the ep again and begin writing the script, knocking ideas back and forth. Once that is done I will go round to his to do the recording needed, we may still tweak the script here and there during recording. Once that it done it left to shady to mix and edit the ep together.

Laura: In what ways has your life changed since you started Abridging?

xthedarkone: My life has changed in almost every way since I started abridging, I’ve made soooo many new friends because of it. Abridging has changed my life thanks to all the taleted people who I’ve been able to meet and know from the gang of whachow to meeting littlekuriboh, masakox and Faulerro, three people I would definatly call my brothers. But the biggest and by the BEST thing that abridging has done for me was helping me meet the amazing girlfriend Lady_nanaki who I met thanks to a con I was invited to for abridging.

Laura: Have you ever had any weird experiences with fans?

xthedarkone: Once at a convention, masakox and I were hosting a quiz at a con and while they were totting up the answers masako and I had to ablib some comedy, then later on at our panel a fan approached us during q and a and told us that our time during the q and a seemed very scripted when it wasn’t at all

Laura: In contrast, have you ever had any particularly memorable positive fan experiences?

xthedarkone: tbh nearly all my expirences with fans have been positive but to name a few would be: a couple of years ago I attended a convention wthout being a guest and I went to the Yugioh cosplay photoshoot and as everyone had grouped up for a photo I asked everyone to look at the camara and say reaction shot, they didn’t really hear me until one of the cosplayers and my friend ExShadow a really talented cosplayer who along with Malindachan had been looking after me the whole con repeated what I had said one of the cosplayers too a good look at me and his face seemed to light up when he figured out who I was. Another great expirence was at an english convention last year when I was asked this very same question and we mentioned a girl who was a cancer patient who said that listening to GX abridged really helped her get through it all, and it turned out the girl in question was there AT THE PANEL so shady and I approached her and we hugged, at the same con I also met some fans who had travelled all the way from Berlin to see us

Laura: Do you have any advice for any aspiring voice actors or abridgers reading?

xthedarkone: Well for voice actors I would say find your own voice, a lot of people think the only way to be a good voice actor is to sound like a current famous VA when in fact directors are looking for NEW sounds a lot of the time, if they are looking for Dan Green they will try to hire Dan green. So Voice actors yeah learn how to express your emotions through your voice and find your own sound. As for Abridging I would say have fun with it and only do it IF you are interested in voice acting, writing or just entertaining. Not to try and get famous.

Laura: lastly, do you have any final words?

xthedarkone: butts, cheese, dalmations!

Interview with Megami33


The world of abridging on YouTube can be a tough one to follow. Copyright claims are often made against the use of footage, counter claims happen under fair use of copyright to get videos back up and the cycle eternally continues. So, what do you do after your first abridging channel is taken down for copyright? You pick a new series to abridge that’s older and less likely to run into issues, grab a group of friends and start the fantastic Sailor Moon Abridged. I was able to chat with one of the shows stars, Corinne Sudzy AKA Megami 33, to discuss how she got into abridging, her upcoming plans, her advice for first time abridgers and much more.

Laura: For any readers who don’t know you, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do?

Corinne: So yes my name is Corinne, but I go by on the interwebs as Megami33. I am what you call a jack of all trades parody artist, voice actress, singer, editor of lots of stuff, mostly known for SMA, which is Sailor Moon Abridged that I have created with a group of my friends. I also am known for voicing Bulma, Chaiotzu and Puar on TFS DBZA (Team Four Star Dragon Ball Z Abridged) as well as Sir Integra on Takahata’s new Hellsing abridged. I voice in many other abridges, parodies and such on the internet as well. :3

Laura: How did you first get involved in the world of online parodies? Where did you get the idea from?

Corinne: Well there have always been parodies online as far as I can remember the internet slowly coming into age, but starting my own stuff I was mostly inspired by LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh abridged. I love the humour, especially being a fan of the show myself. I love to make people laugh so I thought I’d give it a try. My first attempt was Pokémon on my account SUDZ33 which was taken down after three episodes. But my friends saw Little Kuriboh’s show as well and wanted to help me out with a show we all related to the most – Sailor Moon – and thus SMA was born. X3

Laura: And what’s the process of working on a typical episode of SMA like for you?

Corinne: Well my house had most of the equipment used for making the show which was really just a Mac and an internal mic! But later on I upgraded a bit. So yes, a typical way to start for us, we all gather at my place, chill out a little since we wanted to have fun with this and not making it work. We watch an episode together, commentary style as we go along while my friend KrisRix writes the ideas down and compiles it to a script format. After planning out the script, we record together in much of a style like how Japanese VA’s or animations sometimes record as we’re interacting with one another, then the rest of the work is up to me mixing it all. I used Garageband for most of it and edited on imovie/ Aftereffects. :3

Laura: How’s your life changed since you got into abridging?

Corinne: Oh wow… hmm… I guess it’s definitely made me come out of my shell a bit more. I was usually a workaholic, which I still kind of am, but I’d rather be alone to focus just on my stuff. I was into acting when I was younger as well but got bad cases of stage fright entering high school. After college and doing parodies more, I found I love acting again and it was easy to just be silly and do voices, especially when no one can see you. It definitely made me more sociable I feel as I made a lot of new friends, connections and even my boyfriend of two years now. And my creative processes, I definitely love working in groups. I feel you just get more ideas flowing in you when you work with others. It’s been an up and down experience but definitely good overall :3

Laura: Can you tell us anything about any of your upcoming plans that fans should be looking forward to?

Corinne: I like to say that I want to end SMA as soon as I can, but out of most people in my group I have a bit more free time and a lot of my members need to focus on their jobs a lot more, which in these days I can’t blame them. So eventually when things are better for certain members I may finish season two, but when I can’t be certain. But good news is I’m working on a new parody with another friend of mine Eilemonty, which is being worked on as we speak, but it’s a surprise. It should hopefully be out either late April or early May depending how things are. I also am working on a podcast with my boyfriend talking about movies, with episode three coming out soon. And of course you’ll hear in me in a lot of projects for new parodies, as well as new episodes of DBZA and Hellsing. :3

Laura: Have you ever had any weird experiences with fans?

Corinne: Oh tons! Well honestly it really is such a pleasure to know and meet people who are fans of my work and that they let me know it makes them happy. Again with abridging now being more polished these days with editing and such, it’s still nice that people enjoy the old stuff my group and I did and can see the whole point in why we started this. We had fun and you can tell we were having a blast with this even to the end. As for experiences, I may still have a few stalkers which is why I never go to cons alone either! I have met fans that were so happy to see me that they were crying, which I never expected. I definitely am still not used to getting so much praise; I sometimes get embarrassed or feel like I don’t deserve it as much as people say, but I am thankful that it makes them happy overall. :3

Laura: On the flip side, have you ever had any particularly memorable positive fan experiences?

Corinne: Like I said I really do enjoy hearing from many people how they enjoyed my work, that it’s helped them through hard times, even depression, that it made them try their hands at parodying or just something new they would never have considered before. Heck how it’s even helped them make friends, even lovers, just enjoying parodies together, which I think is quite crazy knowing that my crazy parody that I made with my friends in a basement could do that! I have gotten some lovely fan art and gifts as well even a whole 12 pack of Coca Cola one time, cause I do love the stuff! It’s cheesy, but knowing that I made them laugh and seeing them smile makes me just as happy as any gift could. :3

Laura: What advice do you have for any aspiring abridgers reading?

Corinne: Don’t be afraid to step out of your shell. You may think you want to make your own stuff, but get nervous when it’s not doing as well as you hoped or doubting yourself that people will like it. We are allowed to make mistakes and from them and critiques we can learn and get better at anything as long as we keep working at it. I’ve been practicing editing, singing and acting for about 7-8 years now all on my own learning things, asking for advice, critiques and I improve with each step. It may take longer for some, but don’t be afraid to create. Being creative means to have fun, not being afraid to express yourself, and entertaining others, especially in these times where sometimes a good laugh can brighten anyone’s day.

Laura: Lastly, do you have any final words?

Corinne: I hope you guys continue to enjoy my work as well as many others that are doing the same thing I’m doing. And if you want to join along, be my guest. There’s no abridger, artist or whatever that’s good or bad in my book, as long as you’re having fun in the process. Make sure to follow my twitter at: to look out for any news on my new parody show coming out soon as well as my many other projects! Best of luck to ya! :3

Interview with Valdrein AKA Courtney Lyn


Cosplaying is a hobby that can be done on many levels. From those who buy their costumes online to beginners making their own, all the way up to professional level Cosplayers who travel the world competing in competitions. While some people enjoy this hobby by themselves, others form groups with their friends to work on costumes, skits and masquerade performances together. One of the more well known Cosplay groups online is Fighting Dreamers Productions, who have tried their hand at a whole host of different skills, and attended conventions the world over. I was recently able to interview Courtney Lyn, also known as Valdrein, one of the founding members of the group. We were able to chat about her upcoming costumes and skits, advice for those looking to get into cosplay and more.

Laura Kate: Hi, so could you start by introducing yourself for those who don’t know you?

Courtney Lyn: For sure, my name is Courtney, and I’m currently a Fashion design and Technology student living in Canada, BC. Online I go by Valdrein and have been part of the Cosplay seen since 2005. I’m also a member of the Cosplay group Fighting Dreamers Pro.

Laura Kate: Can you tell us a bit about Fighting Dreamers Pro and how you first got involved with the group?

Courtney Lyn: Back in May of 2006 a trio of Cosplayers held a little picnic and Cosplay photoshoot at a local beach. They were new to the Vancouver community so I thought I would check it out. They were actually Lucas (Twinfools), kenshio & Kolibri and after spending a few hours with Lucas we formed some kind of shanty friendship and decided that we needed to spend our birthdays together…forever.
And this meet Lucas had an idea to start a Cosplay group so he e-mailed 7 people asking if that wanted to join. I haven’t even talked to half of the people he invited but I thought it was just a silly idea so I agreed. Now, we are approaching 7 years which is insane to me. We were strangers to each other for the most part, but thru this little group we have become a major part of each others lives.

Laura Kate: What made you first get into cosplay and how has cosplaying effected your life?

Courtney Lyn: Jessica (Mavi) did. She found out I liked video games and Anime and asked me if I wanted to join her at a convention. I always loved Halloween, haha. Once I got there I was so over whelmed, and I really just wanted ‘more’. So during that first day we planned out at three years of projects together.


Cosplay played a big role in my life. It’s what gave me the amazing friends I have now. It’s what gave me the kick in the butt to start traveling around the world at a young age. Taught me responsibility for myself and others. How to interact with people of all age groups and backgrounds. And it taught me how to make thing. How to build and sew which lead me into going to Fashion.

Laura Kate: And how much of your free time is devoted to Cosplay?

Courtney Lyn: Not that much, I usually don’t start working on my cosplays til a week before the con… which is killer. And maybe 5 cons a year. Though when you count the hours spent on cosplay sites and social sites then it’s actually a bit obscene.

Laura Kate: You often take part in Cosplay making tutorials at conventions, where did you learn the skills you use when making Cosplays?

Courtney Lyn: Trial and error. I took one sewing class in jr. high and failed, haha. But failing is a good lesson. Now, I have a legit sewing background with my university education so I’m more comfortable giving sewing advice asked for it.

Laura Kate: What advice do you have for newbies looking to get into cosplay for the first time?

But if your gung-ho about it, do it with friends. If your current friends are not into Cosplay, go to local meets, conventions, Anime shops, etc. It’s a wonderful hobby and can be very rewarding. But it can also be a pain, so you need someone you can call at 3am asking if they have any extra yellow bias tape.


Laura Kate: What’s your favourite costume you’ve made and why?

Courtney Lyn: It keeps changing, but right now I would have to say Lulu from FFX. It was the one of the first cosplays I’ve ever made that when you put on all the pieces, the jewelry, the wig, contacts, make-up, it feels complete. I also don’t have to try to fight with hiding my chest, haha.

Laura Kate: Do you have any costumes you’d love to make, but haven’t? If so, for what reasons?

Courtney Lyn: Oh yes, Yatilla, Lucifer, and Cecil to name just a few. One reason is time factor, I just don’t have the time or the space to store a work in progress for 9 months. And the other is the group factor. I love cosplaying with other people, so unless there is someone else wanting to do it with me I usually just push it to the back of my list.

Laura Kate: Do you have any cosplays or skits in the works at the moment you can tell us about?

Courtney Lyn: Currently I’m working on Merida from Brave, and a few version of Thor. And you will see the Avengers sneaking into other works as well as a more western comics,l including our favorite DC hero’s ^^

Laura Kate: Lastly, do you have anything else to add?

Courtney Lyn: Do what makes you happy. Don’t get to wrapped up in what others do, or others exceptions of what you should be doing, or wearing, or what you have to look like. If you do what makes you happy, you’re doing it right.

You can see Courtney’s’s Cosplays at either DeviantART or YouTube. You can also follow her on Twitter @Valdrein

New Tiger & Bunny Movie Trailer Released

If you’re a fan of the Tiger & Bunny anime from Sunrise and are looking forward to the two upcoming anime films based on the tv series then do I have a treat for you. Below we have a 37 teaser trailer for the first of the movies, titled Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning.

The first film is apparently a summary of the story of some of the earlier episodes of the Anime, complete with some new scenes and scenarios that weren’t present in the original series. The movies theme song can be heard in this trailer, a song called “Linear Blue o Kikinagara.”, which comes from the rock band Unison Square Garden who provided the original series’ theme song.

According to the official Tiger & Bunny Twitter account, Kappei Yamaguchi is going to voice a new character called Robin. It was also revealed that Masakazu Katsura has created a new NEXT character for the film.

The film is due to open in Japan on September 22nd, but no Western release has yet been announced.

What do you think of this news? Are you a Tiger & Bunny fan? Are you looking forward to the films? What did you think of the trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

First Trailer – Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story

The first full trailer for the upcoming anime film Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story, known in japan as Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō, has started streaming on Youtube and the films official website. Look below for the whole 104 seconds of beauty.

The film, which is an adaptation of the novel Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, centres around the titular gun girl Hamaji, who is on a mission to hunt down a species of dog – human hybrids called Fuse. There is currently also a manga adaptation running in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan magazine and has been the inspiration for a video game series called Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors.

The film is due to hit Japan on October 20th this year with a script by Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) and directed by Masayuki Miyaji ( Xam’d: Lost Memories). It will also feature a soundtrack composed by Michiru Oshima ( best known for his work on the first FullMetal Alchemist anime).

What do you think of this news? Are you a fan of the novel or manga? Are you interested in the story? What do you think of the talent working on the movie? let us know all of your thoughts in the comments below.


Two New Albums Being Released for Miku’s Fifth Birthday

2007. The last five years have really flown by but it really has been that long. This August will mark the virtual songstress Hatsune Miku’s fifth birthday which is a pretty long time in terms of internet phenomenons and looks like we will see it officially celebrated very soon.

Crypton Future Media, the media company behind Vocaloid, have announced that it is planning to release two brand new “Best Of” albums with Sony Music and Dwango to celebrate the landmark for the character.

The two albums will be titled “Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best ~memories~” and “Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best ~impacts~” and are set to include some of the stars most popular songs along with some of 2012’s more recent and popular songs. The albums will also contain two new tracks titled “Anniversary Song” and “Birthday Song”.

The albums will both have 19 tracks, some of which might overlap between the two albums, and while we don’t know the full track list, we do know ten of the tracks that will appear which you can see below:

Confirmed Tracks:

  1. “melt“

  2. “Hello, Planet.“


  4. “Kagerou Days“

  5. “Electric Love“

  6. “Matroshka“

  7. “Senbonzakura“

  8. “Koi Suru VOC@LOID“

  9. “Nijigen Dream Fever“

  10. “Akatsuki Arrival“

What do you think of this news? Will you be picking up either of these albums? What are your favourite Miku and Vocaloid tracks of the last five years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.