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A Defense of the DiC Dub
A Defense of the DiC Dub of Sailor Moon
I know what most of you are probably thinking: Why, in the name of the moon, would anyone defend the DiC dub?  The answer is, because I honestly don't think it deserves all of the hatred it gets.  Is it perfect?  Hell, no!  Is it edited to pieces in places?  Absolutely.  Is there unnecessary censorship?  Of course.  Is Naru/Molly's accent kinda weird and out of place?  No question.  But all of this doesn't mean there weren't things that the folks at DiC did well, or that the entire show was awful.  In fact, there were several things about the DiC dub that were really good.  So, what did DiC do right?
The Music.  While it is too bad that DiC replaced basically all of the Japanese music, the music DiC created was also quite good.  The tunes were distinctive and evocative, and quite memorable.  The transformation music was great; in fact, I like DiC's music for Sailor Moon's
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Literature
Planetary Kings 8: Uranus
King Caelus of Uranus
“. . .and I am counting the days until I can see you again,” the recording said, and King Caelus paused it to look at his wife.  He had watched this newest report three times, just to see her face and hear her voice.  He touched the screen and sighed; he knew what he was getting into when he married her, but he missed her so.  
It was no easy fate, being a senshi of the outer worlds; the vast majority of their time had to be spent at their posts, supporting the magic web that protected their system from outside invaders.  Twice a year they were allowed to return home for a day; just two days a year with their families and friends.  
“Such a lonely fate for someone who loves dancing so much,” King Caelus said, to himself and to the universe at large.  One day, she'll be able to come home to stay,  he thought, then scowled in frustration.  But only because our daughter will have taken up the m
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Literature
Planetary Kings 7: Saturn
King Titan of Saturn
The King of Saturn was a slender, soft-spoken man, but his eyes seemed to pierce everything around him.  Few of the servants had the courage to meet his eyes, even though he never raised his voice to any of them.  As he glided down the hallway with a rustle of his dark purple robes, that unnerving gaze sweeping the area in search of his quarry, the servants kept their own eyes looking at almost anything else.  King Titan paid them no mind, for he was used to it, and he had more important matters to attend to at the moment.
As King Titan passed by one of the large windows, one of the curtains quivered slightly.  He paused in mid step, a smile touching his lips.
“Now, where could she be?” he mused aloud, and heard a tiny, muffled giggle.  “I've searched everywhere, and there's no sign of Rhea!  Has she vanished completely?” he continued, causally stepping back toward the window, and heard another quiet giggle.
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Literature
The Ways of the Saiyans Finale
At Vegeta's command, the Saiyan army began to gather up their dead so that the bodies could be buried properly at the Saiyan colonies.  The remaining forces of the Kold Empire made no attempt to stop them.  Much to Vegeta's surprise, High General Nappa had survived the battle.  Noting her presence next to the prince, Nappa shot Bulma a brief, unhappy look, but otherwise kept his disapproving thoughts to himself.  The large Saiyan supervised the collection of the bodies of the royal family.  Kakkarot and Toma gently collected the bodies of Bardock, Okarana, and Raditz.
“You two,” Vegeta said, pointing at two able-bodied soldiers, “take the bodies of the Munotes and put them with the royal family.”
“Sire?” The soldiers gaped at him in surprise and he scowled.
“They are my family, too, and will be treated with all the respect that entails.  Now, MOVE IT!” Vegeta barked and the two soldiers jumped to work.
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Literature
The Ways of the Saiyans Ch 14
The Ways of the Saiyans
by
NansJns
Chapter 14: Long Live the King
“Sire, there are several ships currently in orbit.  Some of them are ours, the rest are an unknown design,” reported one of the helmsmen on King Kold's ship as the data began to come in. “They're fighting-”
“I don't care,” King Kold answered, cutting him off, his voice low.  “Make a hole for us so that we can land.”
“Sire?” the helmsman looked at him uncertainly.
“Must I spell it out for you?  Destroy whatever vessels are directly in our path so we can get through to the planet!” King Kold barked, and everyone on the bridge jumped and flinched.
“Y-yes, my king,” the helmsman said with a shiver.  “Weapons charging.”
“Our fleet can always regroup and re-engage the enemy fleet later,” King Kold muttered as he paced around in front of his command chair, “but I want the ones responsible for Fri
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Literature
Fault
Fault
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NansJns
There was a heavy smell of death in the air.  Panthro felt his stomach twist as he tasted the tainted, misty air, and he began to run.  He wasn't sure how long he ran, but the high walls of Thundera suddenly loomed ahead of him.  For a moment, he felt relief at the sight of of those high, safe walls.  He ran through the open gate, not even stopping to wonder why it was open and unguarded.  Inside the gate, however, was no city.  A massive graveyard stretched off to the horizon before Panthro's eyes, each grave marked with Thunderian writing.
“No!” Panthro cried in horror.  He spun around, but the walls and gate were gone; all that remained was the endless graveyard.  He turned back, and saw a familiar figure standing several feet away.
“Surely you're not surprised?” Grune asked, and laughed.
Panthro snarled.  “You bastard!  How could you do this?”
Grune just kept laughing in response,
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Literature
The Howler - TC Fic
“I always liked the story of The Howler,” Cheetara said.
“The Howler?” Wiley Kat repeated.
“What's that?” Wiley Kit asked.
“You've never heard of The Howler?” Tygra asked in surprise.
“I thought everyone knew about it,” Lion-O said with a slight grin.
“Well, we haven't,” Wiley Kat said.
“Oh boy,” Panthro grumbled, already tuning out the rest of the conversation.  He had no taste for ghost stories, and someone needed to stay alert for trouble.
“They say that years ago, in one of the outer villages of Thundera, there lived a disobedient little cub.  Whatever his parents and elders would tell him to do, he would do the opposite.  He broke the eggs he was sent to collect.  He would throw mud on clothes hung up to dry.  When asked to help his sister, he would push her into the dirt.  If they told him to go to bed, he'd hide and stay up half the night.  If they told hi
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Literature
Planetary Kings 6: Jupiter
King Zeus of Jupiter
King Zeus's birthday celebration was a grand affair.  Bright, happy music filled the lavishly decorated hall as the guests danced and mingled.  King Zeus walked amongst his friends and compatriots, his Queen at his side, talking merrily with everyone.  His boisterous laugh could be heard throughout the hall, but even when he was silent he stood out in the crowd.  King Zeus was almost a foot taller than everyone else there, broad-shouldered, with long red-brown hair tied back in a low ponytail, brown eyes, and a thick beard and mustache.  He wore robes of emerald green for the occasion and his tall, golden crown.  His wife, Queen Hera, was tall, though not as tall as Zeus, with long, wavy, glossy brown hair and green eyes.  She wore a lovely green and gold dress that fell over her full curves just right.  When she went to fetch some wine for the two of them, King Zeus surveyed the room for a moment.  He was pleased to see
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Literature
The Ship
The Ship
by
NansJns
Vegeta usually tried to stay on the outskirts on the Halloween festivities, considering them to be very foolish.  He had developed a taste for human candy, though, and would slip into the party to grab a few pieces every now and then.  Trunks and Goten were back from trick-or-treating, and were gleefully counting up their loot.  Not many children could hit ten different neighborhoods in one night.   Vegeta was doing his best to tune the nonsense out when Trunks suddenly pulled on his sleeve.
"Dad, I asked you a question!" Trunks said.
"What is it?" Vegeta asked.
"Do Saiyans have ghost stories?" Trunks asked.
"Of course," Vegeta shrugged.  "I'm pretty sure most races do."  He was slightly taken aback by the excited look that filled his son's eyes.
"Can you tell us any of them?  I bet they're way better than the lame stories we've been hearing!"
Vegeta considered it for a moment; then a wicked
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Literature
Haunted House
Haunted House
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NansJns
It was mid-autumn, and a light, cold rain was coming down over Thundera.  The slums were darker than usual under the overcast sky, and the husk of a house the young cubs stood before creaked and groaned in the wind.  Since they had come to the slums three months ago, Wiley Kat and Wiley Kit had heard several stories about the old house; most agreed the original owners had died horribly inside, and their spirits still roamed its decaying rooms.  Some even said it was the birthplace of the White Lady, the ghost who searched endlessly for her children, and would steal any cubs she found.  None of the homeless would take shelter there, even in the worst weather, because of the stories.  Now Kit and Kat stood before the house with some other homeless cubs, trying to see or hear anything unusual.
"This is pointless," Wiley Kat said after a while of nothing happening.  "Someone should go inside!"
"Yeah! 
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Literature
Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat
by
NansJns
"Oh, come on, Renji!  It'll be fun!" Rukia said in a cajoling tone, trying to get the dubious look off her husband's face.  "Byaku-kun is looking forward to it so much, don't disappoint him!"
"I know," Renji sighed.  The last thing he wanted was to hurt his six-year-old son's feelings over something so harmless.  "It's just that it seems kinda silly, and Halloween is just such an American thing. . ."
"That's why we're going to the American sector of Soul Society, to trick-or-treat properly!" Rukia said brightly.  "I even got a costume to wear myself!  Wait a moment!" she said with a wicked grin as she dashed off to get it.  She came back holding the costume up to Renji's eye level and grinning more wickedly than ever.  It was a tiny, shiny red devil outfit that would be more than a little revealing when worn.  "See?  It's a demon!  I'm gonna say I'm a
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Literature
The Ways of the Saiyans ch12
Chapter 12: Armada
It was strange to think that they had been in the Room of Spirit and Time for over three months, but only a few hours had passed for everyone on the outside.  Vegeta had to keep reminding himself that his family was still alive, that he hadn't missed the deadline.  Even so, he couldn't shake the fear that gnawed at him and he was often tense and angry.  At the moment, he was in a far corner of the void that filled the impossible room; not that "corner" was really the right word for it.  He could neither see nor hear his companions, which was how he preferred it for the moment.  He was in no mood to listen to their idle prattle, however well-meant.  Kakkarot had made friends with them all easily, his upbeat attitude returning after their first week in the timeless space.  Son Gohan had taken a particular shine to the younger Saiyan, treating him like he was his own grandson.  Kakkarot rema
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Literature
Nursery Rhyme
Pyramid from the sky, from the sky, from the sky,
Pyramid from the sky, what do you bring?
Many people, furred and clawed, furred and clawed, furred and clawed,
Many people, furred and clawed, that's what it brings.
All across the land they roam, land they roam, land they roam,
All across the land they roam, finding new homes.
And what do they say to us, say to us, say to us,
And what do they say to us?  Leave the pyramid alone!
Evil things live in there, live in there, live in there,
Evil things live in there, stay well away!
Didn't you live in there, live in there, live in there,
Didn't you live in there, just yesterday?
We will live there never more, never more, never more,
We will live there never more, we're free today!
- Old Third Earth nursery rhyme.
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Literature
Planetary Kings 5: Mars
King Ares of Mars
"Is this some kind of joke?" King Ares asked his Venusian counterpart as he examined the weapons report his inspectors had brought him.  They were speaking through a communicator, and King Eros looked amused.  "Half your weapons are made of gold?"
"What of it?" King Eros asked.
"Who makes weapons out of gold?" King Ares said, clearly exasperated.
"You know perfectly well that properly-tempered Venusian gold is harder than Earth diamonds; why wouldn't we use it?  All right, it looks a little ostentatious, but so what?  It works.  Anyway,  we're not at war with anyone, and there's no prospect of war on the horizon.  Why do weapons checks at all?" King Eros shrugged casually.
"Because you never know," King Ares said gravely.  "I've seen kingdoms fall because they were taken unawares."
"Well, as you saw, our weapons are all in fine shape, my war-mongering brother.  Now, if you'll ple
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Literature
Planetary Kings 4: Earth
King Demetrius of Earth
The swords clanged loudly, the sound echoing over the palace grounds.  King Demetrius lashed out at his twelve-year-old son, driving the boy back a few steps.  The king was still head-and-shoulders taller than his son, and a few inches broader; they both had the same thick black hair, (the king was always privately grateful the boy hadn't inherited his grandmother's pink locks), but the king's eyes were earthy brown and the prince's eyes were ocean blue.  Prince Endymion deflected the blows before deftly spinning out of his father's reach and taking a swing at his side, which King Demetrius easily blocked.
"Good, but you're still telegraphing your movements,"  the king said.  "Again, but faster."  Endymion wiped a bit of sweat from his face and nodded, his breathing heavy.  He could smell the royal rose garden in the summer heat, but he ignored the sweet scent.  They resumed their sp
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A Defense of the DiC Dub of Sailor Moon

I know what most of you are probably thinking: Why, in the name of the moon, would anyone defend the DiC dub?  The answer is, because I honestly don't think it deserves all of the hatred it gets.  Is it perfect?  Hell, no!  Is it edited to pieces in places?  Absolutely.  Is there unnecessary censorship?  Of course.  Is Naru/Molly's accent kinda weird and out of place?  No question.  But all of this doesn't mean there weren't things that the folks at DiC did well, or that the entire show was awful.  In fact, there were several things about the DiC dub that were really good.  So, what did DiC do right?

The Music.  While it is too bad that DiC replaced basically all of the Japanese music, the music DiC created was also quite good.  The tunes were distinctive and evocative, and quite memorable.  The transformation music was great; in fact, I like DiC's music for Sailor Moon's transformation better than the original Japanese music.  DiC's just felt more magical to me.  The insert songs were well done and a lot of fun, and sometimes fit better than the original Japanese songs.  For example, “Carry On” in place of “Moonlight Densetsu.”  I love “Moonlight Densetsu”, but it just doesn't have the right feel for an epic-final-battle song.  “Carry On” actually is a straight-up final battle song, so that problem is handled.  I know “Carry On” isn't long enough for the full, uncut scene, but it's still more appropriate.  I would also argue that “My Only Love” works a little better than “Shine Silver Crystal”, if only because it's more emotional.  “Shine Silver Crystal” is a pleasant, soothing ditty, but Usagi just had two major emotional shocks, and “My Only Love” evokes that sense more.  Alan's flute music is so distinct that when they reused it much later in R as background music, you immediately recognized it.  I'm not saying DiC's was all around better than the original Japanese soundtrack, but I'd say it's just as good.

Non-spoiler Titles.  Sailor Moon is not the only anime guilty of this, especially from the 90s (I'm looking at you, Dragonball Z!), but several titles are, to put it nicely, too descriptive.  Important plot points were given away in the titles, removing some suspense and surprise.  For example, take Nephrite's final episode.  The original Japanese title, as you may recall, was “Naru-chan's Tears!  Nephrite Dies For Love!”  So, not only do we now know this is Nephrite's last episode, we know basically how it's going to end.  >River song voice< Spoilers!  The DiC title, on the other hand, was “A Friend in Wolf's Clothing”, which is both a clever play on the old saying 'a wolf in sheep's clothing' and gives away nothing of the ending.  At most, it leaves you with a faint hope that Nephrite will join the Sailors.  So when he does die, it comes as a shock – especially with how brutal it is, but we'll discuss that later.  Similarly, the Japanese title for the first half of the season 1 finale – no, I am not defending squishing two episodes down into one, not at all - “The Sailor Guardians Die!  The Tragic Final Battle” gives away the two biggest plot points – that the final fight is nigh, and most of the girls are going to die.  DiC called it “Day of Destiny”, which gives away next to nothing.  Granted, the Sailors didn't actually die in the DiC dub, but the point still remains.  Now, it's not like the DiC titles never gave anything away; when Jupiter and Venus arrive, we know ahead of time they're coming, but it's nowhere near as plot-spoiling as so many of the Japanese titles.  I will admit that DiC used the “fill-in-the-blank Blues” title a few too many times, but overall, the titles were descriptive without giving too much away.

The Humor and Insults.  Sailor Moon is a funny show, and DiC certainly didn't let that get lost in translation, even upping the humor in certain places.  I still giggle at “He is Tuxedo Mask, I don't believe it.” (mostly because of Terri Hawkes' delivery, admittedly), “That's it!  No more using my butt for practice kicks!”   “Thanks a lot, Pyro!”, “Avalanche surfing!” “Power of Jupiter, help me bust into that building!” and more.  Sometimes DiC added in dialog where there wasn't any before, and say what you will, I rather enjoy the exchange between Luna and Artemis as the girls are transforming before the final battle;
Luna: Are they really ready for this, Artemis?
Artemis: Amy, Raye, Lita, Mina?  Absolutely.  Serena?  That's another story.
Luna: They're going up against Beryl, Queen of the Negaverse!  They have to be ready!
Artemis: Well, if all else fails, maybe she'll have a klutz attack and trip Queen Beryl.
I know this happens right before everyone starts dying, but it still tickles me.  There were also several  amusing insults.  “Oh, how scary – the Three Sailor Stooges!” “Go bleach your roots, creep!” “Got that right, techno-dweeb!”  “Don't whine at me, Beryl!  You're as incompetent as your minions!”  To this day, when I'm annoyed with a small child, I'll think to myself, “Little Spore!”  Whatever issues DiC may have had, lack of humor wasn't one of them.

Attack Names.  Okay, I know this is going to be an issue of contention, but let's be honest – several of the attacks in the original Japanese are just random English words strung together.  DiC's attack names actually make sense, describe the attacks well, and follow a pattern that the original Japanese started using in the SuperS season anyway.  Now, there is nothing wrong with Fire Soul, Shabon Spray, Supreme Thunder, and Crescent Beam; but Mars Fire Ignite, Mercury Bubbles Blast, Jupiter Thunder Crash, and Venus Crescent Beam Smash all have a bit more punch to them and have a nice flow, as well as describing the attacks themselves well.  Moon Tiara Action and Moon Tiara Magic  are about equal in my mind, but I do sort of feel like Moon Healing Activation sounds a little more logical than Moon Healing Escalation; mostly because “Activation” means it's just starting, while “Escalation”  implies the healing is already happening and is being ramped up.  As for creating the new attack 'Cosmic Moon Power,' I'm actually totally okay with it.  The first time was originally just a wordless blast of power; by giving it words, it helped emphasize Princess Serenity's returned memories – she knew an attack Serena didn't yet.  Then using it again in the final battle with Metallia/Beryl (Bertallia?) instead of “Moon Healing” actually works because Metallia/Beryl is most assuredly NOT being healed.  She's being destroyed – you can see her bones disintegrating, for crying out loud.  So how can that be MHE?
It's really in the R season when the attack names started getting random.  I'm sorry, but what does “Sparkling Wide Pressure” even mean?  The thunder ball is sparkly, I suppose, but it is neither wide nor related to pressure, and big picture, that phrase just doesn't make sense.  “Jupiter Thunderclap Zap” on the other hand, does make sense and feels connected to her original attack.  “Venus Love Me Chain” isn't too bad, except that it sounds like the chain ought to be making the baddies fall in love with her.  “Venus Love Chain Encircle” sounds more like what the attack actually is, and the 'Love' part is just because it's made of hearts.  “Shine Aqua Illusion” isn't too bad at first glance, at least it makes sense, except that the attack has nothing to do with illusions.  The attack is an actual wave of ice.  Thus, “Mercury Ice Storm Blast” is far more accurate.  “Burning Mandala” is fine, but “Mars Celestial Fire Surround” sounds good, too.  “Moon Princess Halation” is okay, but “Moon Scepter Elimination” really sounds like it'll kick your ass!
I'm honestly a little disappointed Cloverway kept all of the Japanese attack names; Don't get me wrong, “Moon Spiral Heart Attack” is great, and I like “Rainbow Moon Heart Ache” although it could use some tweaking to make a bit more sense since it sounds like it should just make the monsters feel sad.  “Moon Gorgeous Meditation,” on the other hand, is another one that doesn't really make sense at all and could use a bit of a rewrite.  In fact, to be perfectly honest, I had wanted DiC or Cloverway to get all the way through Stars, in spite of how they would likely have edited it, just so they could give Sailor Star Maker a better attack name.  I mean, seriously, “Star Gentle Uterus”?  What the actual hell?  Star Serious Laser and Star Sensitive Inferno are good (although I question the use of the word 'serious' – how about blazing, or burning?), they make sense, but “Star Gentle Uterus”?  I know it throws a wave of energy, but is that what comes to mind with that phrasing?  No.  You half except a giant, glowing internal organ to be flung (gently) at the bad guys.  If any attack needed renaming, it's this one.
Now, one thing that was a bit odd was that DiC occasionally changed the wording of the attacks, as if they were different attacks even though they weren't.  I strongly suspect they were trying to add a bit more variety to the fight scenes; after all, the fights were largely comprised of stock footage.  I'm not thrilled they did this, but I don't really hold it against them, either.

The Voices.  Not all of the voices were great, no question, but a lot of them were.  The Sailors, Serena's family, Andrew, and Queen Beryl were all pretty spot-on.  Heck, even Viz's Beryl sounds a bit like the original English Beryl, almost certainly because she nailed it so well.  Stephanie Sheh is great and all, but honestly, I still consider Terri Hawkes to be the #1 English voice of Usagi/Serena.  She took that character and made it her own, with a lot of passion.  Nephlite's voice was a little questionable, perhaps, but Jedite and Malachite were very good, and Zoicite – in spite of being the wrong gender – was great.  No, he shouldn't have been a woman, but you can't say the woman they got did a bad job.  Catzi's (second) voice, like Nephrite's, was a little odd here and there, but the rest of the Black Moon was great.  So were Alan and Ann.  I know they made Luna sound older than she should have, but as she was supposed to be Serena's guide and teacher, I can see why they would make Luna seem a bit older, and I liked her voice.  Artemis also sounded just fine.  I've mentioned before that Naru/Molly's accent was an odd choice, but you get used to it.  Melvin was perfectly dorky.  I will be the first to admit that it would have been better if they could have kept one Darien for the entire run, but his primary voice was still great, and the others were good too.  Rini's voice was pretty good, though I think Cloverway got an even better voice for her.  The voice work may not have been perfect, but I have heard plenty of dubs that were way worse.  Even the worst voices here were at least OK, and that's more than I can say for other early dubs.

Okay, this next point is tricky.  It has to do with DiC dropping some episodes.  Now, most of those episodes should not have been dropped, and what they did to episodes 45 and 46 is down right criminal.  However, there are two episodes that I actually don't mind them dropping.  Episode 20, “The Summer, The Beach, Our Youth, and a Ghost” and episode 67, “The Beach, The island, and a Vacation: The Guardians' Break.”  These episodes are cute and all, but they are filler in its purist form.  Admittedly, if we were to be completely honest, about 90% of the entire series is filler, but most of that filler is still connected to the overall plot.  Neither of these episodes has anything to do with the plot at all.  The main villains for the arcs don't even make a token appearance.  Episode 20 first introduces the idea that there are dangers out there not connected to the The Dark Kingdom, which is touched on again in episode 40, “The Legendary Lake Yokai: the Bond of Usagi's Family”, but that concept is dropped after episode 40 and never comes up again, so it was ultimately meaningless.   Episode 67 didn't even have supernatural monsters of any sort; just dinosaurs and nature being a pill.  Why dinosaurs?  Who knows?  It never comes up again.  Like I said, these episodes are cute, but they really don't add anything to the overall series, and I can't disagree with DiC for dropping them, even if DiC had other reasons.

I'd also like to make a an observation on DiC's editing of the series.  Yes, it was heavy handed and over done at times, but when you consider how many trimmed scenes wound up in the “Sailor Says” segments – like Ann getting peed on, Mina cutting her finger while chopping carrots, and the ghosts of the girls comforting Sailor Moon after they died – one gets the feeling the people at DiC didn't really want to edit so heavily, but the censors insisted.  This belief is further encouraged by the fact that simply because Nephrite's blood was green (even in the original Japanese) instead of red during his death scene, the entire scene made it through nearly untouched, even though it was quite violent.  In fact, Nephrite easily has the most violent, bloody death in the entire series; the only other one that comes close is Hawks' Eye's sucking chest wound.  Funny how a little red blood from a scraped knee got cut, but loads of green blood from a massive stabbing injury and follow up explosion makes it through, don't you think?  The editing may have been bad, but the blame rests with the censors more than DiC.
On a side note, regarding the rather sloppy editing in the episode “Worth a Princess's Ransom”  wherein Serena and Darien are supposed to fall off a balcony - as I understand it, the censors didn't want to encourage kids to try jumping from great heights and using umbrellas as parachutes, which I can understand.  The editing was painfully obvious, though, and a bit ridiculous.  However, the novelizations from Tokyopop, which kept the fall, actually handled this very well, by having Darien point out that the umbrella shouldn't be saving them, and Serena explaining that the umbrella was magic, otherwise they'd have been pancakes.  There wasn't exactly time in the episode itself for that quick conversation, but I thought it was much better than removing the fall completely.

Most importantly, though, is that under all of the changes and edits and new music, it was still Sailor Moon; the real Sailor Moon.  I know some people consider it a weak argument to point out the fully American Sailor Moon that nearly was, but I think it's a valid point to make.  We could have had an entirely different show with radically different characters, plot, and who-knows-what else.  Every now and then I look that trailer up again, in part because I guess I hate some of my brain cells, but mostly to remind myself of what could have been.  If that show had been made, who knows how long it would have taken for the original show to reach American shores?  Or how well it might have been received; people might have had an attitude of “this isn't Sailor Moon – where are the space surf boards?”  Not many people, perhaps, but a few.  Or, worse, having found the American version lacking, some people might not have been willing to give the original a chance.  We didn't have YouTube back then, after all;  it would have been harder to see clips of the original to realize how different it was.  DiC's version may have been edited and had new names, but it was still the original series, and most of it was pretty accurately translated.  Raye was still a Shinto priestess, Amy was still a shy genius, Lita was still a tough tomboy with a strong girly side, Mina was still a well-meaning goof, and Serena was still a klutz with bad grades and a pure heart.  The American version would have been its own thing, and by the look of it, would have had little in common with the original series outside of the title.  Not to mention the whole half-live action thing – what was up with that?  I sometimes think that if the American Sailor Moon had been an entirely original thing, as in not trying to be Sailor Moon at all, it might have been an okay series; I might even have liked it.  But as Sailor Moon, it was all wrong.  Whatever the faults, we should be a little grateful DiC decided to give us the real thing, even if it was slightly altered here and there.

The DiC dub had issues, no question.  I am not sorry at all that Viz is doing a new, completely unedited dub and I'm looking forward to finally having a dubbed version of the final season.  Still, I have fond memories of the DiC dub and I'm not sorry to have them.  DiC will always have a place in my heart, if only for introducing me to Sailor Moon in the first place.  For all its flaws, there were still a lot of things to enjoy in the DiC dub, and I truly don't believe it deserves all of the hate it receives.  If you don't like it, that's fine, but there's no need to be rude to those of us who do still like it.  Likewise, there's no need for the DiC fans to rag on the new dub or on people who vastly prefer the original Japanese.  Remember, we're all Moonies, whichever versions we like.  Sailor Moon says!
A Defense of the DiC Dub
Yeah, you read that right, I'm defending the DiC dub of Sailor Moon.  If You don't like that, fine, but don't waste your time or mine with pointless flames, okay?
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King Caelus of Uranus

“. . .and I am counting the days until I can see you again,” the recording said, and King Caelus paused it to look at his wife.  He had watched this newest report three times, just to see her face and hear her voice.  He touched the screen and sighed; he knew what he was getting into when he married her, but he missed her so.  

It was no easy fate, being a senshi of the outer worlds; the vast majority of their time had to be spent at their posts, supporting the magic web that protected their system from outside invaders.  Twice a year they were allowed to return home for a day; just two days a year with their families and friends.  

“Such a lonely fate for someone who loves dancing so much,” King Caelus said, to himself and to the universe at large.  One day, she'll be able to come home to stay,  he thought, then scowled in frustration.  But only because our daughter will have taken up the mantle and will take her place in that void!  Anger flashed through his chest in a hot wave, but then he wrestled it down and began his mantra again:

Fate is what it is.  The anger is normal and reasonable, but ultimately unhelpful.  Focus on what you can do, on what you have before you.  Love her whether she is here or far away, forever.

Calm settled through his being again, just as there was a knock on the door.

“Come,” said King Caelus as he rose from his chair, and the door opened to reveal his ten-year-old daughter on the other side.  She looked much like her mother, except with his dark blue eyes.  She had recently cut her hair short on a whim, and King Caelus was still getting used to the new look.  His own light blue hair was just long enough for a short ponytail, and a curly lock fell over his forehead.

“Papa, the ministers are here to talk to you,” Princess Theia said gently.  King Caelus could tell just from the concern in her eyes that she knew he had been listening to the recordings again.  He marshaled his good spirits and strode forward with a smile.

“Is that so?  Then I'd best see what they want,” King Caelus said, earning a smile in return from his daughter.  He stepped out of the room, back into the world, and took his daughter's hand as they went to the main hall of the castle.
Planetary Kings 8: Uranus
I'm back!  I don't know where the time goes, really; but as a personal goal, I'm trying to finish this drabble series this year.  I only have two more to go, right?  Princess Theia is Haruka's past self, of course.  I came up with the idea of the web because it occurred to me that while Pluto has the Gate to protect, Uranus and Neptune were apparently just stationed at random places out in space, which wouldn't really be very effective for keeping intruders out (space is big - really big); but if they were maintaining a magic barrier at its weak points, that would make some sense, right?  Anyway, enjoy the new piece! 
Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi, Toei, Viz, and probably others who are not me.
King Caelus is mine.
The rest of Planetary Kings can be found here: nansjns.deviantart.com/gallery…
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Sailor Bronze Phoenix 2
Princess Azula from AtLA as a Sailor Animamate, Sailor Bronze Phoenix.  She didn't last long because of her insanity, but she wreaked a lot of havoc before she went.  Capable of fire bending and the attacks Galactica Firestorm and Galactica Death Blaze.
Made with this dollmaker: www.dolldivine.com/sailor-moon…

AtLA belongs to Nickelodeon and its creators
Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi and others.
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Sailor Silver Dolphin 2
Katara as the Animamate Sailor Silver Dolphin, take 2!  Like Toph, she still has her bending, but she now also has the Senshi-style attacks Galactica Whirlpool and Galactica Typhoon.
Made with this dollmaker: www.dolldivine.com/sailor-moon…

AtLA belongs to Nickelodeon and its creators.
Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi and others.
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Sailor Steel Wolf 2
A revamped and more accurate depiction of my Sailor Steel Wolf, Animamate and formally Toph Bei Fong from AtLA.  Scary thought, no?  She still uses earth bending, but she also has the attacks Galactica Avalanche and Galactica Quake.
Made with this dollmaker: www.dolldivine.com/sailor-moon…

AtLA belongs to Nickelodeon and its creators.
Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi and others.
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Ohhh dear, it looks like it's been a year since I did a journal entry.  I've been around, faving a lot and leaving comments, but I didn't think to do a journal.  Well, not all that much has been going on, I suppose.  I did join Facebook over the summer, and I'm a little more active over there - we'll see how long that lasts.  ;)  I do have some more dolls to upload, and I'll try to get another Planetary Kings done soon.  For that matter, It's about time I started really working on those Thundercats fics I've been considering for so long.  Oh, and the subject of reboots - did any of you watch the new Voltron Legendary Defender series on Netflix?  It was awesome!  Happily looking forward to more!

In other news, Flipline Studios is holding Customerpalooza again, and I have once more thrown my hat into the ring.  The system is a little different this year; instead of the link just taking you to my customers and you giving them 1-3 stars, you will be taken to the game itself and my customers will come out with three different groups and you get to vote on everybody.  By following this link, you'll get my customers, who will be highlighted, and have my name - NansJns - under them.  Carrie, Becky, and Garlico need your help to get into the brackets!  Please vote for me!  www.flipline.com/kcp16/h8nzhq7…
Yes, I resubmitted a new version of carrie; she was my most popular customer last year, so I thought I'd give her another try.  Thanks for your support!

*~*Nans*~*


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I find and fix spelling and grammar errors, typos, poor phrasing, and formatting, for $15 an hour. I will also recommend improvements on, and additions to, the content itself if requested.
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Rhiannon Tyra
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Shell of choice: My own little shell, it's quite cozy...
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Skin of choice: Nothing interesting.
Favourite cartoon character: Vegeta, Goku, Trunks, Sailor Moon, Hotohori, Tsume, Inuyasha, Ed and Al Elric.
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