Miss Dream -- whom I don't even consider to be a fan at all
Miss Dream isn't a person, it's a group, and as a member of that group, I am pretty offended you have the arrogance to consider who's a fan and who isn't. Fine, so you don't agree with fansubbing or our opinions on copyright, fine, but how dare you sit there and say we're not fans. I can't think of any of us at Miss Dream that don't live, eat, and breathe Sailor Moon.
Frankly, I'm sick of people like you who bash people like us who have given negative literary critique to the new manga translation. You people treat it like it's the goddamned bible or something, immune to critique. Guess what: It's not perfect, and Kodansha refuses to hire an editor, so it's never going to be perfect. So how dare you come in here and slam us for looking at the new translation from a literary stand-point. Just because we think the new translation is flawed DOESNT make us any less of fans.
Furthermore, we don't encourage people not to buy the new manga. Hell, a lot of us at Miss Dream DO buy the new manga ourselves. I have a nice stack right in front of me on my desk and I will be picking up the third volume tomorrow. But what's wrong with reviewing it to let people decide for themselves if they want it or not? Absolutely nothing.
Point taken. My apologies.
I'm not against fansubbing/scantilations, but as an individual, I was really rather disgusted and extremely disappointed when Kodansha's release was announced and this group in particular --who had already been working on the scantilation -- went full steam ahead and rushed out a full translation a mere 2-3 months before the official English version hit bookstores in the U.S. -- knowing full well it had been announced...and then continued on with Codename: Sailor V. I've never scantilated or fansubbed before, but it is my understanding that *good* groups generally do the honorable thing and immediately discontinue all efforts at fansubbing/scantilating the moment the announcement is made and take down any and all links/torrents in favor of said official release.
In addition, this same group later put up these silly "editorials" defending their stance and decisions, and one editorial stating outright that their version was superior to Kodansha's.
Now, I do apologize, but I just plain do not agree with this. I'm glad y'all love Sailor Moon as much as you do. I think everyone here does, but I just don't think it's right drawing comparisons between a scantilation and the official release. But if we as fans enjoyed Sailor Moon so much, don't you think we can agree on what Kodansha's done right, rather then focusing on what they've done wrong? We've got Usagi, not Bunny, we don't have flipped pages anymore, and at least we're seeing what appears to be original dialogue, even if it might not say exactly the same thing in Japanese. We still have a pretty close approximation of it. And all the pretty artwork!!
Frankly, I don't enjoy the touched up artwork as much as the original artwork and I don't like the new covers as their skirts are much too floofy for my tastes. But those are my own tastes -- I just prefer the original drawings and cover art Mrs. Takeuchi did. I would prefer to have them back, but this is how I got them, and I'll live. Honestly, I'd much prefer to have all 18 of the original volumes re-released, but this is how I'm getting them. I'll live. Does any of this fit my own ideals and desires? Not quite, but it's better then what we had before by a LONG shot, so I'll make do.
Except for that part, I haven't had many complaints of the official release. I'm just annoyed that people are picking it apart the way they are and vaunting this sites work as being "better", which I don't believe it is. Plus the fact they kept on after it was announced which just completely lost any respect and interest I may have had for them at one time, which is why I refuse to support this and any future endeavors they may take on in the future. I'll wait for a better site to get PGSM from, thank you.
Now, as I do not wish to turn this thread into a war, I'll consider the discussion closed. These are merely my opinions -- nothing against you, or the people of this site. I just happen to disagree mightily with their methods. I'm sure you're all lovely people in life and we all want the same for Sailor Moon --- a better chance then it had 10 years ago, and it seems to be happening.
So let's be friends, ne?
~ Small Lady Serenity