Kaylyn Saucedo

Kaylyn Saucedo

I am a writer, a video producer, infrequent actor, caption editor, and subtitle timer. I have a lot of insight on a lot of industry and community dealings from nearly two decades being involved in and around specific communities.

  • Kaylyn Saucedo
    Published 3 months ago
    The Time I Briefly Saw a Real Yakuza

    The Time I Briefly Saw a Real Yakuza

    As hard as it is to explain to anybody on the outside who has no idea who I am, what I do, or anything I'm involved in, it's almost an understatement to say that "yakuza" became something of an on-brand identity for me this past year. For starters (and this is going to sound absolutely ludicrous), I was pretty deeply involved in a very public conversation about an American anime voice actor who had allegedly been involved in numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations over the last few decades. When a Japanese friend of mine saw my Twitter feed and was beginning to grow concerned about some of the horrendous things she was seeing not only about the actor but about his vitriolic and vengeful fan base that she didn't necessarily understand, I made the mistake of responding to her tweets to me in Japanese briefly explaining the situation I was going through. From there, that fan base began spinning the narrative to say that I was slandering the actor's name to Japan, and that--even more absurdly--surely by me speaking such ills of this actor in another language, I have incited the rage of the Japanese crime syndicate, the yakuza.