Critical Role: The Brunch Club

Before you go giving me any side eye, I said I’d be sharing Critical Role stuff less often. Probably not weekly anymore. We’re only in the first week of 2017, so we’ve not hit less often or even weekly yet. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Besides, as I said earlier this week, I do what I want!

For this visit to the fun times of Critical Role, I wanted to take a minute to shine a spotlight on two of the regular recurring quest stars. They may not there every week, but they have brought a lot to the show, and their presence is always welcome.

First is Mary McGlynn, who my anime friends will know as the voice of the Major from Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Cornelia Britannia from Code Geass, and about a million other places. Bleach, Naruto, Digimon, Vandred and more appear in her extensive credit list. As do major films, such as Princess Monoke, and a crap ton of video games, like Diablo 3, and Starcraft 2.

Basically, Mary is as close to voice acting royalty as America has. She’s also an avid D&D player, and has been since she was introudced to it by way of her friends in voice acting, the gang at Critical Role. She plays Zahra, a Tiefling Warlock, who in her very first fight, killed a dragon.

Watching Mary play is the dream of every Dungeon Master when they first introduce someone to D&D, and frequently reminds me of many of the people who had never played before, and the excitement and wonder they had when they began to really get what the game was about.

The other guest star is none other than Will Friedel, who anyone alive in the 90’s will remember as Eric Matthews on Boy Meets World. Later, he provided the voice of Terry in Batman Beyond, taking on the mantle of Batman. He’s also played Nightwing in several direct to video Batman films, and about a million other voice and live action roles.

On Critical Role, he plays Kash, a grumpy cleric beholden to a forgotten Goddess. He’s acerbic, and hilarious with it. Blunt, sometimes too much so, and always ready with the perfect one liner at the perfect moment, he’s played a huge role in keeping Vox Machina going when he saved Vex from certain death.

Will tackles D&D like an old pro, making it hard to believe he’d never played before doing his first guest spot on Critical Role. They’ve had him back several times, and with each visit, his quick wit and razor tongue have endeared him even more to the fans and regular crew of the show.

In the video below, a snarky remark from Kash ends up serving as the perfect jumping off point for a little montage that evokes The Breakfast Club, the second most fitting piece of music anything this bunch has ever been set to. I’ll get around to the best at some point, but for now, enjoy the fun of The Brunch Club.

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