The rest of this post is probably the dorkiest thing (dorkier even than this and this) you'll read all week. Maybe even all year.
I met Jounouchi's voice actor. And got his autograph. And typing up this post is taking forever because it's making me go scarlet and want to stop for long moments just to calm down. I know this is the silliest thing ever but Jounouchi is my hero, so anything connected to him means instant worship from me, so. God, my face feels like it's on fire!
It was because, all of a sudden, my Dad announced that he had tickets for Beauty World, and as my mom and sibling were in Greece and the other sibling was in camp and I was the only one free and didn't mind seeing it again, I went with him. It was the last night, and it was great. And then I learned that they were having an autograph session after the show.
So the minute the performance was over, I was, "Dad I'm going! :D" and was out of there, and as a result, I was first in line for the autograph session. And shortly after I arrived this guy turned up and he really reminded me of Hector from Blades of Glory. In just about every possible way. And behind him were these four tiny tiny little girls who were very cute, and all of them wanted autographs.
And - he was really nice. He was very warm, and very sweet, and even cuter in person than he was on stage. Just like the perfect boyfriend who you can't wait to bring home to meet your parents. Because it was the last night, all the main cast came out to sign autographs, and being the first in line meant that there was time to actually talk to the cast. So. I. Er. This happened about halfway through the conversation:
Me: "I've heard your voice acting work, and I think it's great!" (you know, I thought it was going to end there, and then I'd go)
Him: "Oh, wow! Which role was that?" (he is so genki, and so cute, IRL)
Me: *DIES INSIDE ABOUT A THOUSAND TIMES* "... Joey. From Yu-Gi-Oh."
Him: "Oh, Joey!" *grin* *switches voice* " 'Hey, Joey! Dude, what's up?' "
*switches voice again* " 'Joey! Watch out!' "
Me: *TOTAL INTERNAL EXPLOSION*
And so I was, "I read you were trained overseas, so is that how you got your accent?"
Her: "Oh! Are you a voice actor, too?" *smiles*
Me: *grin!* "Uh, no, actually, I'm a trainee lawyer."
Her: *grins* "A lawyer? Don't worry, all lawyers become actors in the end."
But the cast really was amazing. I told them this was the second night I'd come to watch them and that they were great, and they all were incredibly nice. I keep expecting a lot of showbiz people to come across as very dismissive, abrupt and brusque, and I'm always delighted to be surprised by exceptions to my assumption.
I found Dwayne Tan's five-minute showreel. DEAR GOD it is full of facepalm and WTF and MORE WTF, and if you skip to 2.51 minutes in, he's this tough-talking Ah Beng character with dyed hair who is basically gangster!Joey. I think it's TCS 5's Triple 9 (EDIT, sarahcoldheart correction says it's Heartlanders. Also, have his Singapore Idol - Go the Distance performance. AHAHAHA just have his youtube profile, it has all his work listed there.
and I will go shut up now