I am writing this Lemures article because at this point in
time, I am very
very very steamed. I am sure that by now everyone has
probably heard the
news that DiC is going to dub both S and SS. VKLL, a
fansubbing group, is
closing all sales of fansubs on April 3rd. A site where I
have downloaded many
episodes, SenshiTV, is also deleting all of its Sailormoon
episodes except for
Stars on April 3rd. This means, at least for me, that my
last hopes of getting
fansubs are gone. I am going to try to find another
distributor, but chances are I
will end up having to read episode synopses instead. I was
planning to build a
screen captures gallery, but, although I have a few good
ones, I was counting on
being able to get more episodes.
Many people, especially those who, for some strange
SOS, may now be cheering. Those people will be saying how
together, have finally achieved their goal. I am certainly
not cheering. As a
matter of fact, I dislike DiC more than ever and I am starting
to develop a grudge
against SOS (though I doubt they had anything to do with
Back when I first started watching the DiC Sailormoon, I
heard about the
original version but did not care. I was just obsessed with
Serena, Darien, and
their little friends. I watched it and taped every single
day, and threw a fit if I
missed even one episode. But I got on the web, and I had
heard about the other
series. I just assumed they would start them after the
current series was over. I
wanted to see it dubbed but had no desire to see the
original. When DiC did not
show S, I quickly became sick of watching reruns. So I went
discovered places to download episodes.
From the very first Japanese episode I ever saw, I was
downloaded as many as I could, although the ones I found
then were un-
subtitled. I still loved to watch them. Then I found
subtitled ones, and filled up
all my hard drive with them. I started going to actual good
Sailormoon sites on
the web, and started learning more about what DiC had done.
I really started to
hate them, though not as much as I hate them now.
Do you want to know why I hate them soooooooooooooo much
never thought that the first two series were the best, even
after I saw some of
the original. I have always liked the last three series the
best. The original
versions I saw of those never interfered with the DiC
versions I had seen. I loved
watching fansubs on my computer more than watching them on
However, DiC has now ruined my chances at ever seeing many
of the original
episodes which I very much wanted to see.
I don't understand why anyone who is not a fan of DiC
would want to see
the other episodes dubbed. If you hate what they have done
than why want
them to do more? Why is this considered your ultimate goal?
The only possible
way DiC could be redeemed in my eyes is to show the 200
original episodes and
the specials, uncut, and un-dubbed. If they subtitled them
and aired them like
that, they would not expect to get a lot of viewers.
However, judging by the
popularity of fansubs and the preference to the original
version that is
everywhere on the net, they would get a lot of viewers.
I wish DiC would do this. But I know that they never will.
I know this as
surely as I know that people will never stop stealing and
copying from websites.
I know this as surely as I know that no matter what DiC
does, they will still bring
more fans to Sailormoon. I guess this is a good thing, but
sometimes I really
doubt whether this is not a bad thing.
Go ahead, DiC, dub the other episodes. I, for one, will
not be watching. I
will be sitting on my computer, trying desperately to find
a fansubber that still
operates. Or maybe I will be on my school volleyball team.
All I know is that I
am going to make a point to not watch it. I have no desire
to see them horribly
butcher some of my favorite characters. I don't want to see
or the "sisters" Haruka-who will become Corinne, and
Michiru-who will become
Nerissa. I don't want to even know what they will do with
Helios. I can honestly
say I really have no curiosity about this. I only have
horror. Destroy them, rip
them apart DiC. I won't be watching. Will you?
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