Kaitou Wolf wrote:
Okay, I'll grant you that. However, we also don't know what everyone wants to do with Sailor Moon either. Would the average Sailor Moon fan want, say, Usagi to tear someone's head off?
I'm bolding that because you actually admitted this and I'm going to have to keep this post on record for future reference unless the board's search feature comes back.
In the case where it is unknown what someone wants, typically the past takes precedence until otherwise proven
unworkable. You don't re-invent the wheel or stop applying heat to meat to cook it just because someone else did it. That's why I'm saying even if she wanted a more accurate dub, throwing every change away would be like throwing away the baby with the bathwater, and all the fans would be left with is an empty pan.
I do agree the market has changed, which is why I will gladly take a new anime. Instead of dubbing the old Hawaii Five-O for today's audiences, remake
it. If you're going to throw out the old for something new, make it new. If you want something old, bring back the old. But don't bring back the old, change the audio around, then pretend that's the way it always was.
Is "Sailor Moon" really comparable to something like "Spider-Man", though? Despite the fact they are both franchises, I don't really think so.
The whole "Sailor Moon" saga is played out over 5 specific story arcs, written and drawn completely by Naoko Takeuchi. It's my understanding that most American comics, especially the ones from the big publishers like Marvel and DC, are team efforts, even if they were created by one person. Unlike most of those, "S.M" isn't some big ongoing thing. It's done. Finished. The story's been told.
I agree there are significant differences between the examples. What I was getting at though, was that if an author/artist does not have control over the franchise, it can allow for more marketing and story-telling opportunities than if one limits it to, "I made it, so I control it." The Sailor Moon anime was an example of this. Away from Naoko Takecuhi's iron fist, it became a smash success (if lesser in quality).
If anything, I'd say it has more in common with something like the "Harry Potter" series, in that it was created and written by one person and has become a franchise via successful adaptations (movies/anime series, etc.).
Harry Potter was phenomenally
popular in print before
the first movie was even cast
. While the movies were successful, it was the books that drove the box office and even the marketing subtly reflected this. Sailor Moon, while a popular manga in Japan, did not reach world-wide mega hit status until
the anime came out, and in fact the anime is what comes to mind when you think of the Sailor Moon franchise. That's the key difference. Harry Potter would still be a massive international success (albeit somewhat less mainstream) if not for the movies; Sailor Moon would not have been if not for the anime.
I think Naoko has every right to own 100% of "Sailor Moon" if that is true, and it's no wonder really, considering how it's been treated throughout the years. Most of us complain about the dub but let's not forget Naoko herself wasn't all that pleased with the liberties the anime took with the story ('StarS' being the prime example). I imagine she's been pissed off with seeing her career pride and joy being played around with the way it has.
Then she should lobby for a new anime, which would be a new product, which would make more money and lure younger
fans across the world. Instead she's deciding she wants to take control and mess with TOEI and the fans who supported her in the past in an attempt to squeeze while tweaking the released work to the point where the charm is gone. Again, it's just like George Lucas and how he started changing the original SW trilogy to what he "intended" them to be and made the original cuts of the films nigh-unavailable, except without the backlash. Fans don't like being played around with, either.
If it is, then that's her right, but I don't feel she should be denying everyone else involved that helped her make the money in the first place when it comes to a product she did not directly make. The manga is her blood, sweat and tears. By all means, exert control over that. The anime is the work of countless animators who will never be known, art directors, writers, composers, voice actors, and so many others I'm overlooking, and the dub even more work.
You make it seem like these people were never compensated ever. They were. However, they probably signed contracts stating whatever work they do for the studio becomes property of respective copyright holders. That's their own fault for signing their souls away and doing work for other creators instead of creating something of their own. That's how it works. Either struggle as an unknown artist and try to become successful by their own creations, or jump on the bandwagon of someone who is successful.
So it's their fault that they have to be in indentured servitude of a single person
based on work they did for a company
But the point is Sailor Moon is not a business; it is a work of art, owned by one person: Naoko Takeuchi. Sure, she allowed others to license her characters, but whatever work they create under her license becomes hers as well. She may have not had a hands-on role in creating the anime, but the anime is still hers as they are her characters and plotlines. You may not agree with it, but that's how it is, and you need to just deal with the fact Naoko is enforcing stricter control over her intellectual property.
Sailor Moon is a business, metaphorically speaking. It is a commercial product. It's trademarked.
Just because Naoko somehow got control of a televised adaptation of her work does not mean that's how it usually happens or even how it should happen. Do you think Gene Roddenbery's estate controls Star Trek because he was the creator? Typically the production studios retain the rights to their own productions, even when they're licensed adaptations of someone else's work (see Fox milking X-Men movies for all they're worth). That's why TOEI is the one who flags Sailor Moon videos and episodes on YouTube, not Takeuchi. Apparently, you see nothing wrong when an author can make a moderately successful product, allow a production company to take the financial risk on their shoulders to make an adaptation, then the author to control it forever and ever.