After reading a couple of Lemures written by
DiC-supporters, I pose a question: Just because DiC got us
interested in Sailormoon, does that mean we should overlook
what they've done to it?
True, the first version of BSSM I saw was the dub. I
thought it was cool, but rather stupid in some parts.
However, when I saw my first fansub, I became enraged at
what DiC had done. How could they destroy an anime as
beautiful as BSSM?! It actually made me cry! Did they think
we were totally ignorant of the real world? Did they think
we couldn't handle Zoicite and Kunzite's homosexual
relationship, or seeing the Senshi die? How can anyone
possibly thank DiC for mutilating Takeuchi Naoko's
wonderful creation?! They cut episodes, censored scenes,
and changed the characters personalities... yet people
still support them! It is just me, or does this seem
Here is my theory on why people love the dub: it's easy to
access. All you have to do is turn on your TV, flip to
Cartoon Network, and there you go. It's less time-consuming
than ordering fansubs, sending off a money order, and
waiting for them to arrive. However, I cannot believe that
some people are actually content with DiC's horrible BSSM
translation! When I encourage people to buy a fansubbed
tape, they always seem to use the same excuse: "I want to
be able to understand what's going on". Correct me if I'm
wrong, but isn't that what the English subtitles are for?!
I can understand some people being cynical of ordering
things online, but now that Pioneer has subbed the R movie,
there is no excuse not to make the effort and see original
It angers me how some dub-supporters make us "purists" seem
like evil people who want to keep BSSM closed off from the
outside world. In reality, most "purists" only want to keep
the horrible Sailormoon dub off television, keep other
seasons from being destroyed, and help fans get fansubs and
learn how beautiful BSSM really is: No valley-girl voices
or bad British accents. No "Super Wicked Kewl Awesome Scout
Power". No cheesy American pop-culture references. Like the
name "purist" implies; we want pure, clean, uncensored
BSSM. What's so wrong about that?
DiC is not doing BSSM any justice by their horrible
dubbing. They are dumbing it down to a preschooler's level,
then trying to promote it toward a teenage audience. DiC
Entertainment does not deserve my appreciation or thanks.
If anything, they need a good kick in the arse for what
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