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  Guest Article: December 3rd, 1999

Thanks DiC Naoko

By: Razynne

This is a reply to the Lemure, "Thanks DiC: a Sailormoon story". Normally I would not reply to peoples' Lemures, since I have not done so in the past (even though I've REALLY wanted to). But this article simply pisses off the purist in me.

I don't mean to attack Sailormusic, or his/her opinions. However, in my opinion, that entire "story" is, to put it lightly, a load of crap. Assuming things is not something I enjoy doing, but I can't help but make the assumption that Sailormusic has not seen the original version of BSSM. If this is not true, then I apologize, but his/her opinions in the article defintely say otherwise. There is nothing wrong with supporting DiC (some fans might enjoy the dub; nothing wrong with that, it's just not my favorite version), but the article seems to suggest that DiC is responsible for Sailormoon's success. Which, in my opinion, is the farthest from the truth you can get.

If DiC had never dubbed Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon (we can dream, can't we? ^_^), that certainly does not mean everything Sailormoon-related would disappear forever. There would still be a manga, an anime, and merchandise. The only difference would be that Sailormoon would only be popular in Japan, other countries where DiC was not affiliated, and on the internet. That does not mean there would be no Sailormoon websites in English. Hitoshi Doi's page and the other good English BSSM pages would still have been made. Hitoshi Doi (author of "the Sailormoon bible") made a wonderful page in English, even though he is a Japanese man and has probably never watched the DiC dub (lucky him!). The only significant change would be 90% of the crap pages in the Sailormoon web community would be gone (You can't deny that most of the crap pages are about the dub mixed with the original). If DiC had never dubbed Sailormoon, it doesn't mean there would not still be lots of Japanese merchandise. I would still have my Japanese Sailormoon wall-scrolls and Takeuchi Naoko's artbooks. If DiC had never dubbed BSSM, the only significant change would be all the cheap Irwin junk would never have been made (would we really miss the "Moon Cycle"? I think not).

Despite what some dub fans want everyone to believe, DiC did not bring Sailormoon to the United States because they wanted to do a favor for anime fans. They just wanted to make a profit, and they still are, even with the terrible job they did. Which is why I don't understand why people continue to "thank" them. It's beyond my comprehension. To thank them for mutilating a wonderful anime series... if I had the choice, I would choose not to see Sailormoon at all, rather than to have DiC dub the series the way they did.

Where was I?... ^^; I guess the point I'm trying to make (if anyone is still reading by now) is that DiC did not create Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon. If we should thank anyone, it's TAKEUCHI NAOKO. So, let me be the first to say, "Thanks, Naoko."

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