The Canadian dub's 25th anniversary thread

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I was going to wait until the dub actually turned 25 but screw it. Happy 25 years to the Canadian dub!!!

Let's start with some retro promos
Here's a UPN Kids promo from 1999 that includes promotion for Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon,and Garfield and Friends
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A low-quality promo for Sailor Moon on the USA Network Action Extreme Team block
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Here's Sailor Moon's original Toonami promo for the first 65 episodes in 1998
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Here's Sailor Moon's Toonami intro which iirc replaced the English OP as Toonami typically removed those from their shows
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The Toonami promo for the Lost Episodes where they make sure they have the exclusive (Canada got them a year earlier but I digress)
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Toonami's Sailor Moon S promo (sadly best as I can tell Toonami didn't do jack squat for SuperS)
Toonami - Sailor Moon S Promo (1080p HD)


Here's an odd YTV promo for circa SuperS that seems to be taking a jab at the Pokemon Seizure Controversy?
YTV Sailor Moon Rerun Seizure Test Promo (September 2001)


What was the first dub episode you watched? Did you find the series through syndication? Toonami? USA Network? Those tacky Buena Vista Tapes your Grandma bought for you when you told her you wanted She-Ra?
 

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From the syndicated run:

Episode 1:

First few episodes:

Rest of the dub:
Sailor Moon motion commercial bumper - from

First time I watched was the R episode that aired on WNYW-Fox 5 one Saturday morning then watched the rest when it got to WPIX-WB 11 Weekdays in 96 (after I got an alarm clock since I failed to wake up a few times before it aired on 6:30 AM waking up at before 7 AM instead) airing after Blinky Bill and with these bumpers, they made it pretty easy to skip the commercials when recording on VHS tape.

On another note, I wish someone had the commercial from before the R episode aired on Fox.
 
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Those tacky Buena Vista Tapes your Grandma bought for you when you told her you wanted She-Ra?
Those glittery VHS cases were gorgeous, questionable artwork and all, how dare you! But I did get the "Secret Identities" tape from my godmother for my seventh birthday. She refused to buy me the Baywatch Barbie I wanted (I'm not still bitter), but she agreed to get me that tape.

Anyway, I first saw the show in syndication when I was five. I feel like it aired on Fox, but maybe not? I first heard about the show from seeing the commercials for the dolls (which my sister and I immediately had to get and then played with so much they got very worn out, poor rubber Scouts and Beryl). I remember watching the show in my room (until our parents decided we shouldn't have TVs in our rooms, no I'm not still bitter) but I only clearly remember watching the episode where Neflyte dies and the post-princess reveal episodes (Bad Hair Day thru Ski Bunny Blues). At some point they stopped airing the show but then a couple of years later I saw it listed on UPN (which our antenna did not really pick up) and I remember waking up before 6:30 and constantly fiddling with the tuner just to be able to watch the episode where Katzi gets healed in staticky black and white.

When the show began airing on Toonami I was so excited to finally be able to watch it again, from beginning to end. I taped a bunch of the episodes so I could watch them again and again. Toonami's promos for the show are still epic.
 
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^speaking of here’s the opening to the Secret Identities VHS


Since it’s distributed by Disney subsidiary Buena Vista it features an advertisement for Disney’s Princess Collection (which seems to include a few scenes from Return of Jafar for the Aladdin/Jasmine portions but whatever). Hey it’s the vhs episodes that feature the reveal Serena is the Moon Princess so it fits! Princess Serena was technically speaking a Disney Princess from 1996-2000ish.

That title card at the end of the video for Secret Identities feels straight out of a 90s PC game.
 
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Since it's the old dub's anniversary I wonder what the chances are of a DVD rerelease?
Slim to none. We don’t 100 percent know how the legal rights work (as far as the DiC score goes) or what Viz has available to them from Toei to use.

Also Viz has made it clear they don’t want to be associated with a superior English adaptation.

On that note I do think it’s kind of sad the edited cloverway dub will never see the light of day when the vhs went out of print. The DiC dub with the pre-episode previews and everything as released by ADV are easy to find online. The edited Cloverway dub had its own edit of the opening theme and its own unique title card and its own scene changers. Any version found online will be the uncut Pioneer dvd release which includes pasting the English theme songs over the Japanese OP and the Japanese episode titles and title card.
 
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It's also not 100% clear even what's happening with Viz's rights to the show since there are rumors going around their licensing agreement expires this year and Toei isn't interested in renewing. It seems Dynit in Italy has had their license lapse, so who knows? Maybe Viz will lose their rights to the series and Toei will announce its own direct release, including of the original dub? Unlikely, but I can dream.

And I still know every word to that Princess Collection song and sing it all the time :lol:
 
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They need to keep the 25th anniversary out of their mouths after how they've treated the original dub, which isn't even acknowledged anywhere in that article. This "anniversary celebration" is just another opportunity to throw out a bunch of cheap, generic merchandise; they're not interested in actually celebrating Sailor Moon's 1995 North American self.
 
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I gotta say, that 25th anniversary logo looks really cute (even if the base is from the Japanese version). It's rare to see the Italian artwork used well, in my opinion.
 
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They need to keep the 25th anniversary out of their mouths after how they've treated the original dub, which isn't even acknowledged anywhere in that article. This "anniversary celebration" is just another opportunity to throw out a bunch of cheap, generic merchandise; they're not interested in actually celebrating Sailor Moon's 1995 North American self.
yeah seeing Viz said anything made my skin crawl. Like screw off all you’ve done is boast on how much superior your fandub quality product is.
 
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Everyone has seen this by now but can we just appreciate DiC’s old promo pitch used to sell the show to syndicators?


*Comparing Sailor Moon to the first man landing on the moon. Because both involve the moon. How much coke was snorted? How much?!?

*The Masked Tuxedo kind of sounds better than Tuxedo Mask. Makes him sound more mysterious.

*I wonder if Mina’s kindergarten friend Carrie was a reference to Mina’s original DiC name?
Also if anything Rei should have been named Carrie, not Minako :) :)

*They use a clip from episode 5 one of the episodes they didn’t dub

*I assume those voices were done in Los Angeles and not in Toronto like the actual show. Reeeaaallly glad DiC subcontracted the ADR work.
 
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I mean their dub that sounds like something made by a group of college friends with discount audio equipment from a radioshack clearance sale is superior to something that sounds like an actual professional show I guess?
Sorry, but the old dub doesn't sound professional all the time. It's like a rollercoaster full of ups and downs. It has some cringe-inducing moments in the DiC era, and when the production moved to CWi we heard awful line deliveries from characters like Serena, Amy, Amara or Trista on a frequent basis. And don't get me started on villains like Eugeal.


The Viz dub is more consistent. Consistently mediocre? Maybe. But rarely cringe-inducing.