This weekend I’ll be traveling to Evansville, Indiana, to go to EvilleCon, a local anime convention. I’ll be getting there on Friday evening and leaving after the closing ceremonies on Sunday. The con is relatively young: it was first held in 2009, but it has quickly grown from around 300 attendants in 2009 to 600 in 2011. Truth be told, I used to live in Evansville but never got the chance to make it over there myself. I’ve never been to an anime convention in my life. I’m actually pretty excited for this weekend then.
You see, when I was a little kid, I watched a lot of Dragon Ball Z. My favorite character was easily Future Trunks, the slender, blue-eyed, dreamy half-Saiyan, there to save an alternate past and find hope for his destroyed present. I loved everything about him, especially his personality. I wanted to be just like the guy who was kind enough to save Goku from dying of a heart problem he didn’t know he had even though it wasn’t going to really help him in any noticeable way. It amazed me that he was the son of Vegeta, the most arrogant character (and my second favorite); and Bulma, probably the most stubborn character. Given the fact he survived what is essentially a genocide in which nearly everyone he ever loved died, he was pretty well-balanced and a good person. I loved the way he and Vegeta ended up connecting, especially since we know he never met his dad in his timeline. Plus, the dude had a sword.
Needless to say, I was enamored with the character. I included him in the silly ad lib songs I wrote with my friend Andrew, an odd hobby if one existed. When we’d pretend to be DBZ characters, I was always Trunks. I wrote fan fiction (which I thankfully later burned), and attempted to draw him whenever I forgot that I can barely manage drawing stick figures. I even owned A History of Trunks until some kid in my neighborhood effectively stole it from me. I still have the DBZ trading cards I briefly collected, and I remember making sure I had all the Trunks-featured cards I could.
So this weekend will be awesome. Why, you ask? Because this man, pictured below, will be there. Who’s that? That is Eric Vale, voice actor extraordinaire. Vale is most known for his work as Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. I’m not just going to see him on a panel discussing his voice acting. I actually get to interview him.
That’s right, kids: I’m meeting Trunks.
Vale is also known for his work as America and Canada from Hetalia: Axis Powers, Sanji in One Piece, Yuki in Fruits Basket, Kymblee in Fullmetal Alchemist, and many others. He has also spent time as an ADR director in addition to scripting over fifty anime programs as Head Writer with FUNimation Productions. Outside of the world of anime, he has written, produced, and directed three short films, written stories (published), screenplays (sold but unproduced), and acted in film and TV. All in all, the man is extremely talented, and I’m sure we’ll have a great conversation.
This is going to be so much fun. I get to meet a childhood hero of sorts and dress like Seras Victoria from Hellsing in the process. Not only that, but I get to interview him for Gaming Bus. You might be wondering why we’re interviewing a voice actor. I convinced Chris to let me interview him for the site because he’s voice acted for the video games as well as the anime. I get to have a one-on-one interview with him and ask him what it was like being Future Trunks both in the anime and in the video games. I’m excited to meet someone who was an influence on who I am as a person, and hopefully, I can hold myself together long enough to string
a few sentences together.
Maybe I can even get his autograph, or better yet, a picture with him.