Hey Moonies, I just RT'd a link to a Spanish Podcast by @ProgramaPlanB about Talk-Box Mercury and they're talking about interesting stuff...
So I'll quickly tweet out some highlights or things I thought were interesting:
So, they're asking the guys who are producing the LA Sailor Moon DVDs about the process for acquiring the license from Toei.
He said the process is painfully long, too long. He says they negotiated the contract for Sailor Moon for over two years. TWO YEARS.
That the approach to Japanese companies very difficult, you really have to sell them your idea for the series...
But that ultimately, Mrs. Takeuchi is holding ALL THE RIGHTS to the series and only if she likes your proposition, will she green-light it.
They had to come up with a well-planned business strategy of how to exploit her series. She may consult with Toei, but the decision is hers.
The Japanese remastered DVDs *HAD* to come out before any other country, which also slowed down the LA DVD production.
Toei borrows the master tapes so the DVDs have exceptional quality....
Mrs. Takeuchi ultimately gave the rights under one condition: For the series and proposals to be respected. No censorship whatsoever.
The idea behind a "talking box" (which the LA DVD boxes do when you press a button) was to push fans to buy original merch.
In Mexico and South America, piracy is a huuuuge problem, so they had to find creative ideas to get fans to buy the original box sets.
E.v.e.r.y.s.i.n.g.l.e. product in the market has to be approved by her. Even all these new HT and GEA stuff have been in her hands.
Companies have to go through a long process of approval for every item they want to sell, no matter how small.
If she *LOVES* it, she'll license it. So, go wild with shopping Moonies, Naoko-hime approves.
They're only vaguely hinting at companies, but I believe they're saying Irwin really got screwed over when Naoko pulled the license from USA
Naoko has become very strict with every single detail about her series, because other companies *coughDICcough* really screwed up.
She doesn't want that happening again.
They say it's difficult to please her, but not impossible. She is in love, IN LOVE with her series and will demand only the best quality.
LOLOLOL!!!!! They're saying it's better to have a strict Naoko who demands respect and not someone like Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) ....
who lets Hollywood destroy it xDDD! That's just their commentary....lawlage.
They're explaining that including dubbed songs also requires a license. They're in talks to see if they can include the songs in Spanish.
The reason why I'm tweeting all this out is because you can apply this knowledge to your doubts about why SM isn't in America yet....
The process for getting the license can take up to two years or more. Maybe FUNI has been working on it or in the middle of the process....
Naoko is very very strict about her stuff. Maybe she's not convinced about what proposals she's seing...
Her series CANNOT be censored in any way. Maybe FUNI need to re-dubb it from scratch...
I don't know, it's all speculation on my part. I'm just sharing this info so you can get to your own conclusions...
So whatever happens (or doesn't happen) is Naoko's decision alone. Toei has little-to-no say in this.
BTW, they mentioned Toei borrows out the master tapes in order to produce the DVDs. Maybe someone else in borrowing them ATM, who knows!
Here's the podcast she got the info from which is in Spanish.