|Chronicling the Sailor Moon Anime in the English Speaking World!||1996 - 2004|
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Who Helped Make This Campaign Possible!
Special thanks to the following companies (and the many individuals who wish to remain anonymous within) who have helped us and the fans at one time or another:
ADV Films, Bandai, Bandai America, The Cartoon Network, Cloverway Inc., DiC Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, The Forge, Fox Kids, General Mills, The Gersh Agency, The Guardians Of Order, Irwin Toys, Kodansha, Nielsen Media Research, Optimum Productions, Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment, Princess Naoko Planning, The Program Exchange, Saatchi & Saatchi, Toei Animation, USA Cable Television Network, Variety, Video Research Ltd. of Japan, and the YTV Network of Canada.
From the past and present members of the Save Our Sailors Campaign:
Robert "Ditchdigger" Billings, Jonathan Cook, Devra "Evvie" Goldberg, Chi Ming Hung, David Koenigsberg, Aaron Maupin, Jennifer Mondazzi, Emiko Oromichi, "Sailordees," Marc Wang, Susy Yusung, and many more!
And a special thanks to the Stony Brook University of New York and Iwaynet.net for providing server space and bandwidth.
September 5, 2004 - There have been a few developments since our May 3, 2004 report on the Total Eclipse of Sailor Moon in the United States.
Toei and PNP do not seem to have come to an agreement concerning the reduction of fees to Naoko Takeuchi for overseas (outside of Japan) versions of PGSM. It appears that Toei is making good on its threat not to license PGSM outside of Japan. Regardless, the SOS would like to inform all parties that we have received an incredible amount of hits from mainland China to our pages with gifs of PGSM. China seems fascinated with this show.
With the anime licenses expiring overseas Toei may use this opportunity to end its relationship with Cloverway, Inc. with all of its productions. Toei might open its own offices in the United States to license and maybe distribute its product. Such a change may not be good for fans. Most companies like Toei have had terrible experiences when dealing directly with the American market (Pioneer/Geneon being the exception).
Geneon appears to be positioning itself to convince Toei to let it, Geneon, to continue to distribute Toei productions especially the Sailor Moon anime (since PGSM will not be distributed in English speaking markets as originally planned).
Some executives with Geneon have been making (what some of us here consider to be) some rather outlandish statements concerning their rights. One executive has even inferred that their licenses to the television series Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS will never expire--with which we take huge exception. When confronting a different Geneon executive making a similar claim they admitted that they hadn't actually read the contract and so did not know when their rights would actually expire. (In other words, their story changed instantly.)
This would not be the first time a company with a Sailor Moon license interpreted its agreement in conflict with Cloverway and/or Toei. This situation will either get resolved or end like a train wreck (as it did with DiC). In 6 months or so, fans will learn the outcome by carefully trolling the Geneon website.
Meanwhile (as we previously reported on June 23, 2004 via our now defunct tickertape), the total eclipse in Japan will end this Fall. DVDs and merchandise of the anime will return. But no new anime is planned.
August 15, 2004 - In our 8 year history we only seriously tracked the whereabouts of the Voice Artists during the last few years. What started all this was when Louis Hurtubise of Optimum Productions claimed that some of the Voice Artists could not be found or were unavailable. Ever since then we really haven't been tracking them for your reading pleasure (with colorful articles such as this one); we were tracking them since we really needed to know where they were, what they were doing, on which park bench they were sleeping on or with (in case Louis were to make another claim so we could tell him exactly where they were).
More fun in the privacy of your own home.
Missing those episodes on television? Did you ever find yourself taking Queen Beryl's side? Wondering what might have happened if the monster-of-the-day attacked Molly instead? (Well that seemed to happen everyday, but you know what we mean!)
You can whip up your own Sailor Moon showdown through the online version of the Guardians Of Order Collectible Card Game (CCG). No, you don't need to own any of the cards, all of that is provided online. But what you will need is Windows 98 SE or higher, 256mb of RAM, 60mb of free hard drive space (only when you play) and a 56Kbs modem or faster.
Play against someone else you know online or with a complete stranger (but kids, make sure you tell your parents first)! You'll have hours of fun destroying your most hated character, over and over again.
We hope that the regulars at the CCG Workshop will be nice to newbies (otherwise, this very good online version may never truly take off)! And a hint to newbies, really troll around the site first (for at least a couple of hours) before asking that first, really regrettable question (such as "What's a CCG?").
After noting how some fans were experiencing quality problems with recent Geneon DVD releases we asked an executive with the company for help. To our surprise they told us that they haven't received any complaints about picture or sound quality for some time. Geneon has asked us to let fans know that they should contact Geneon through their website email address if they have been experiencing any problems with their DVDs. Contact Geneon at:
Fans should list, as accurately as possible, the name of the release (for example: Sailor Moon S, Heart Collection V). Please describe the problem in specific terms. For example, don't say, "It's red all over." When the problem might actually be, "There is a red tint that sometimes fades in and out over the picture. It only happens in Play and not in Pause." For extra credit tell Geneon the kind of DVD player you're using.
Give Geneon some time to contact you back as they may get swamped with too many complaints.
Gourry from Slayers!
In the first season, in episode 17, the slayers (Lina, Amelia & Gourry) disguise themselves as three sisters traveling to visit their sick mother. Gourry the warrior ends up resembling a certain long-haired, odango-headed superheroine...
Slayers is a sword & sorcery illustrated novel which was adapted for mangas, television, features, home videos and even a radio series. Consistently popular in Japan, the anime revolves around the short tempered, hot-headed, red-haired sorceress Lina Inverse. Lina seeks fame & fortune but must dodge or battle the "justice hunters" who attempt to capture her because of a price on her head. (It's a Wild West plot within a medieval world.)
Unbelievably, no one wrote in with the correct answer! Can you believe it? (Well, if you can't, you're right. Just kidding! It seems you ALL wrote in with the correct answer. Your pets wrote in with the correct answer. Gourry's odango was on this page so long that some of you had kids which grew up and wrote in with the correct answer...)
This also brings a close to one of our favorite, long-running features, "Sailor Moon Sightings Of A Different Kind!" We hope you've enjoyed them as much as we have.
Want to contact us? Good luck! We've finished this campaign! There's no one in the SOS clubhouse, treehouse, underground laboratory or proving grounds! If it's still up & running you could always try sending us an email at our Comments group: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not attach any images, binary files or list your physical address or any phone numbers. It is a public group and anyone could read your private information. C'ya!
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