Here we go Again
Here I sit, wondering what the hell I can write this rant on. I have a few ideas, but
none seem long enough. Then I make a visit to the Save Our Sailors site.
(http://www.iwaynet.net/~sos/sos.html) Wow, suddenly all this stuff is coming
We have always maintained in principle the SOS is a good idea. They have
brought a lot of exposure to whatís going on with the dub and have done a
fair amount to promote it. However, they have also caused a lot of damage
as well. Lately the SOS has been the brunt of a lot of criticism, not just from
this site, but a lot of other sites and even companies. This has lead to the
SOS developing a much more defensive attitude. Their site is now riddled
with things like "Scorecards" and other self-promoting stuff to put down its
critics. Now while itís OK for the SOS to be defensive and "explain their
side of the story", itís another thing to make up things they say they were
This has been a SOS tactic in the past. Pick up credit for every positive
thing that happens to the North American version. A lot of people have
criticized them for this. Critics argue they had nothing to do with a lot of
the things that happened to the dub. SOS is trying counter
this by saying it wasnít a "coincidence" all this stuff happened, it WAS
thanks to them! On http://www.iwaynet.net/~sos/coincidence.html they
list several things that have happened to the dub since September 1996.
Now while SOS may have played a hand in some of these things, they
no way had anything to do with a lot of the things listed on that page.
They may have played a role in getting Program Exchange, USA Networks,
and The Cartoon Network picking up the show in the States, but they were
not the only reason it was picked up. Sure they brought some exposure
to the show, but thatís about it. They canít take sole credit for it. Iím sure
DIC was doing a lot more to get these companies to pick up the show than
SOS ever did.
Thatís not my real problem with this "scorecard". What is my biggest problem? The
SOS had nothing to do with the 17 newer episodes being made. The 17
newer eps were made for Canada, sponsored by a Canadian company,
Irwin. Irwin sponsored new SM eps simply because SM toys was the
hottest thing to hit the company during the 1995-1996 toy season (and this
was due to high ratings, not a SOS pro-cot). They simply wanted to extend
the success of their sales by promoting new eps to be made. Actually
up until the 17 new eps were made, the SOS were against any similar
Canadian promotions. SOS seems to forget they were dead set against
an earlier attempt by the Voice Actors of the show (Canadians) to make
new eps. They also said once there was no need to try and target
Canadian companies like YTV to help get new eps.
Also regarding the 17 new eps, "Some fans say that DiC will
butcher these episodes even more than the first 65." To which they reply
"DiC makes fewer changes." The only fewer changes Dic made was
changing Mercuryís attack to Shine Aqua to be more like the original and
changed Luna-ball to Luna-P to be more like the original. Now while those
changes were sort of nice, none of the other attacks were changed. Plus,
there is something in writing called consistency. Having Mercury go from "Ice
Storm" to "Shine Aqua" almost overnight is kind of odd. I think thatís what
those fans were referring too.
As for the rest of this "Scorecard", SOS is simply taking credit for good
reporting. They take credit for reports made in just about every anime
news source at the same time or even before they got it. None of this
has to do anything with "Successful Campaigns or Coincidence". They
had a campaign to get new voice actors for Mars and Tux? Ummm,
that's called reporting, not campaigning! I noticed they do seem forget
several of their bad examples of reporting like... ummm... well, can you
say Prince Uranus?
The SOSís latest campaign also scares me. While it over all maybe a
good idea, they are promoting it all wrong. They titled the new letter
writing campaign on their site as: "We've Followed The Rules, Now Let's
Change Them..... This time itís personal!" That title alone will give some
people the wrong idea of how they are supposed to write their letters.
To me that title says, "Letís flame these guys!" Sure they explain below
how you should write them (some of which is laughable), but they want
young children to write these people. They even say, "the younger the
better". They should know the younger they are, the less they are going
to take the time to read all of the stuff they have on there. So maybe they
should fix that title? Did they forget the whole Bandai fiasco already? Did
they forget how much that mail and fax campaign ticked Bandai off which
may have led to their pulling SMís sponsorship?
SOSís "scorecard" gives themselves an A plus grade. Now while everyone
is entitled to some mistakes and no one is perfect, I would give SOS a
C plus. I would add the following comments to that grade: SOS needs to pay
better attention to its history. While they are thinking about all the good
things in their past, itís time they also looked at the bad things in their past
a little bit harder. Ever hear the expression, "You learn from your mistakes?"
January 15th, 1999
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