3 Fun Facts about Rick & Morty

The world of ACG does not only include Japanese stuff, but animation, comics and games all around the world. Recently, an American cartoon, Rick & Morty, shows some preview of its 3rd and new season, and the preview makes it harder to wait for the real show. After all, the fan of this show has been waited for “about a year and a half”, which was announced in the final episode of the 2nd season.

Rick & Morty is an animation show on Adult Swim. It tells the story of the adventures of Rick Sanchez, a crazy scientist, and his grandson Morty Smith. Sometimes the family members would also join the adventure.

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Rick is that kind of old and clever person who can find the way to get whatever you can or cannot imagine from wherever in the space (or even parallel space), while Morty is just a normal boy. Rick appears in Morty’s life suddenly, and they have gone through a lot of interesting events.

To show my excitement of this new season, let me reveal some fun facts about this show for you. I have read some of them online, and I picked 3 to share. I hope you can enjoy them. (And here is the wa-a-a-ay the news goes.)


FUN FACT 1: Rick and Morty are played by the same guy!

If you are more familiar with Japanese ACG, you might understand why I am so surprised to see one person playing two characters in the same show, and the two characters are totally different from each other.

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Justin Roiland, the voice actor of Rick and Morty

Japanese voice actors usually do not play two characters in the same show. If they had to, usually they play one main character, and the other would have only a couple of lines. However, in Rick & Morty, the voice actor Justin Roiland plays two main character. The most incredible thing is that we can easily recognize the two voices.


FUN FACT 2: The bur… the burps

Another fun fact about voice acting. Rick, the crazy scientist, burps randomly when he talks. With this setting, Justin Roiland has to really burp when he is reading the lines. Secretly telling you, I tried it and I gave up. This is not a very easy thing.

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“Burrrrrrrrrrrp.”

However, the voice actor of Beth (Morty’s mother and Rick’s daughter), Sarah Chalke, can burp when asked. Justin Roiland has been very jealous about Sarah’s special talent because he is the one that burps constantly.


FUN FACT 3: Some monsters are created randomly

I don’t want to be a spoiler, but in the 6th episode of Season 1, countless kinds of monsters appears, and they all look weird, creepy, even a little gross. These monsters are actually somehow also connected with Justin Roiland.

Justin sometimes doodle random things, and he would send the pictures of the strange monsters to the animators for joke. After laughing, the animators seem to like the designs, so they give these monsters a chance to be in the show.

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Some of the alien and monster characters

Actually, I personally think this specific episode is THE most thrilling and deep episode of the current 2 seasons. If you are interested in this show, I suggest you to see this episode twice, and you will find something that you didn’t notice before.


What do you think about these interesting facts? If you are interested in watching Rick & Morty, please follow this link and watch it for free. (Since it is an Adult Swim show, I will suggest minors to let their parents check before watching.)

http://www.adultswim.com/videos/rick-and-morty/

If you have seen the show or if you have anything you would like to share, feel free to contact me. As a big fan, I would be very happy to discuss about it with you. Also, make sure to check your storage of popcorn and soda, because Season 3 is on its way!

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Review: The Second PACGA “8th-Note-Chan” Contest

WARNING: THE VIDEO MIGHT BE LOUD. TURN VOLUME DOWN BEFORE STARTING.


After distributing the post about the voice-control game “Don’t Stop! 8th-Note-Chan”, many of my friends in PACGA showed their interest toward the game. Last Thursday, the managers and officers used their weekly meeting time and organized another contest.

We decided that everyone can only sing instead of talk because that will be more fun listening to people sing rather than making meaningless sound. Also, it is more difficult to control your volume while singing, and the difference of volume is what that controls the character in the game.

I recorded two attendee’s performance, and made the footage into a short video. The girl with short curly hair was our winner because she went farther than all other attendees. She passed the third pit, which most of other people fall.

If you are interested in playing this game, you can simply follow this link to my past post. There you can find introduction of the game, and where and how to download it.

https://purdueacg.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/dont-stop-playing-dont-stop-eighth-note-chan/

I hope you enjoy this video and enjoy us yelling to the computer. If you have anything that you would like to communicate, or do you have any game recommendations, please contact me by leaving comments or through the “contact me” page. I hope we can have more opportunity to enjoy the games together.

Thomas Romain, The Creator of Children’s Dream World

Have you ever drawn anything when you are little, dreaming about your characters having an adventure in this imaginary world? I have. A group of my elementary school friends and me would draw a big house, and each of us design our own character so that we can “live together” as best friends and sisters.

Children’s imagination are one of the most precious and interesting things in the world. A father understands this idea very well, so he uses his talent of drawing to transform his sons’ creation into detailed and fantastic anime characters.

Thomas Romain is a French animator, and he currently lives and works in Japan. His most known work is Code Lyoko: Revolution, which is an animated TV show first displayed in 2012.

He has two sons who inherits his talent of art, and here are some of them from Thomas’ Twitter account. The older son is 10 years old, and the younger is 8.

If you are interested in his work, please search @Thomasintokyo on Twitter. You can also search “親子デザイン工房” or “father and son’s design workshop” for more pictures.

Steampunk Doctor

Blood Dead Prince

K-3 (Keisan, the pronunciation of “calculate” in Japanese)

Fire Guardian

Tulip Brothers

What do you think about these art works? You can also create something with your family members and friends in this way. If you find something that you drew or designed when you were a kid, why not try re-create the characters and make them alive again?

If you design anything after reading this post and would like to share, feel free to share on Twitter and tag me @Purdue_ACG so I can post your creation on this blog. Have fun this weekend by making your old dreams come true! >v<

Video: The Birth of A Piece of Fan Art

If someone tells you that people who love ACG are talented, trust them. I recently spent about half an hour with one of PACGA’s artist, and witnessed how she drew a full piece of fan art. I recorded the process of she creating the drawing, and here is the video for you.

Shujun Yao, the artist, actually drew this drawing for my birthday on March 28th. The person in the drawing was Aiba Masaki, who is the member of the top Japanese idol group Arashi. Using animation to represent real people is very popular in ACG culture because in the 2-D world, these animated characters can do many things and experience more adventures than the real people.

Please enjoy this video, and leave any comments below for our artist!

BGM: Janakute (じゃなくてby Aiba Masaki

Event Review: Purdue Haru Matsuri 2017

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First of all, thank all attendees for coming to the PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest) yesterday! Also, thank all PACGA officers and managers for preparing and working for the event. Although we cannot recur the real Japanese matsuri, all of us spent time planning and worked together so that we were able to create this great memory.

Haru Matsuri is a celebration of Spring. During the planning process, our officers and managers decide to include most of things that appears in a Japanese matsuri: food, games, snacks, goodies for sale, etc. We also planned to add a photo booth so that customers can try on some traditional clothes and have their pictures taken.

We prepared a table for video games, a section for kendama, and another section for water balloon fishing. Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy, and the goal is to use the wooden lever to catch the ball. There are hundreds of ways to play with this toy.

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A kendama

Water balloon fishing is another traditional game. The player will get a string made of a piece of tissue with a hook at the end of it, and the goal is to use this string to lift up a water ballon from a pond. Since the string is easy to break, this game is quite challenging, and fun for both the players and others who watch.

As for food and snacks, we prepared oden and okonomiyaki as hot plates, and dorayaki and dango as snacks. Hot plates are cooked during the event, and snacks are prepared before.

For the goodies, we invited Emily Han, an expert of making fabric flower jewelries to the event, and she created a hair piece as the final lottery prize. The flower pieces you see in the slideshow are all made by Emily. However, since the winner of the lottery was not very interested in jewelries, he picked a character figure instead.

We set up a photo booth with extra costumes for the attendees to try on. If you have your picture taken, all photoshopped version will be posted on our Facebook page, and we will notify you as soon as possible.

Finally, thank you again for coming to the event, and thank all the workers again for your contribution. If you have any question about PACGA’s future event, please leave a comment or contact me. We are looking forward to seeing you in our future events!

Live Tweet: PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest)

[THIS DOES NOT COUNT AS A POST OF THE WEEK]

I am live tweeting the 2017 Purdue ACG association Haru Matsuri on Twitter, check it out by searching #harumatsuri2017, #pacga, or @Purdue_ACG for the live tweet! The live tweet event will end at 5pm today.


Haru Matsuri, or Spring Fest, is PACGA’s annual Spring event. Attendees can have free food, play mini games, and purchase hand made goodies such as jewelry.


This year, we have prepared oden, dango, dorayaki and okonomiyaki for food, and we have games such as omikuji (fortune telling), cosplay, photo booth, video games, etc.


The event is taking place now in KRACH Leadership Center on 3rd Street. You can still come at any time!

Interview: The Path And Future Direction of Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch has been on the top of a lot of gamers’ shopping lists for a while. Many of my friends and classmates have received their own Switch, and I have chosen one of them to interview about his thoughts about it.

Steven Osmolski has been a game since forever. As a fan of handheld consoles, he owns almost all kinds of consoles of different platforms. Therefore, he has compared Nintendo Switch with other consoles, and we talked about the advantage and disadvantage of this new gaming device.

Since NS is still a new device, there are only several games publicized on this platform. Steven bought Legend of Zelda so that he can start playing as soon as possible.

“The game is really good I think, Nintendo has focused on good games and they do well.” Said Steven.

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We have also talked about the experience of the new platform system. On this topic, Steven seems to be a little disappointed because the system of the Switch does not match his expectations.

“It’s good that the system is simple. It’s easy to understand. But on the other hand, it is too simple.” said Steven, “I think Nintendo really focuses on game designing, so it focuses less on the system and custom experience.”

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FAN DESIGNED The Legend of Zelda edition of Nintendo Switch.

Steven also thinks that Nintendo will go back to the path of focusing on system design in the future. He thinks the machine design and the game design are not so important as a system that has a lot of useful and helpful functions to enhance the experience of the players.

“In general, I like the Switch very much. I think it’ll have a higher selling point than 3Ds, and I’m looking forward to play more games on it.” said Steven.

What is your experience with Nintendo Switch and other handheld consoles? Do you have any interesting stories with your device? Which game do you want to see on Nintendo Switch? If you have any comments, ideas or questions about this new game device, feel free to contact me for more discussion.


 

Picture source of the fan design:

http://www.polygon.com/2016/11/8/13563254/nintendo-switch-mario-zelda-kingdom-hearts