Did we ever even lose it?
By: Andy Diehl firstname.lastname@example.org
Change is the only thing that can truly make us appreciate
what we have. What do I mean by this? Well, read this
editorial and you will find out.
As of recently there have been a lot of editorials
flying around talking about how they fell that the state
of dragonball is in ruins, but is it truly? Let me go
off for a minute to state a fact. The commercial side
of Dragonball is booming beyond belief, it is the spiritual
side of dragonball, which is in ruins. How so? Lets
Now I may be wrong, but this is how I look at it.
In the beginning there was Dragonball and when the
people saw this they rejoiced. We had an anime that
was created for the love of it. There was always the
commercial aspect of the show, but it started off being
about the show and not what went along with it. Where
did all of the commercialism come from? Was it really
FUNi that brought out this side of DB? No, in my opinion
it was Toei and Dragonball GT. It is a known fact that
GT being made and then later kept alive was for the
sole reason of revenue. Toei though had already made
a mark of excellence though with DB and DBZ, so really
DBGT didnt tarnish the company. When we think
of Toei, we think of the company that produced that
great Anime known as Dragonball.
FUNi though has a whole different story. FUNimation
will always be known as many different things. The company
that could never seem to get it all together, the company
that butchered a great, the company that didnt
A small Canadian company picks up the series dragonball
and dubs two seasons and a company known as Saban over
saw these two seasons. Saban demanded great edits to
the show and this doomed FUNi from the start.
When season 3 was finally coming along Funi is finally
independent of Saban. Most people expect an awesome
season, but season 3 is probably the biggest disappointment
of any of the series. Bad voices, bad dialogue, bad
edits, bad music, etc
the list goes on forever.
Real quick I will mention that season 4 was dubbed pretty
well and shows that FUNi is capable of quality.
The topic I am about to voice my opinions relates to
this common situation.
We have a mom, dad, and a single child. That child
is the center of the parents world. Mom gets pregnant
and has another child. Now all of a sudden that child
is the center of attention and the oldest child is upset.
WTF does that have to do with anything. Well, Ill
tell you. We have the old school fans (child 1) who
had dragonball (mom and dad) and loved it. In America
DB was their show, it wasnt mainstream and that
is how a lot liked it. Dragonball goes mainstream and
now millions of 8-10 year olds (child 2) fall in love
with the show and now the old school fans feel that
their show is being taken away from them.
Is this really their show though, the db that they
grew on and fell in love with, no, its not. The
old school fans still have their dragonball, the original
dragonball. These newbies/dubbies have FUNiball, a new
version, which was cut down and when everything was
ok, FUNi went back and cut even more. FUNi is no longer
trying to duplicate DB, they are trying to create a
new show and that show has turned out to be a monster.
Welcome to FUNiball.
FUNi it appears that they have no confidence in the
American fanbase to love a show that may display non
American customs, ideas, and ways of life. FUNi went
and Americanized the show, why is Americanized
in parenthesis? The reason for that is because I cant
call what they did American. Mondo Cool
say more. FUNi took a show and tried to change it into
something that it could not be changed into. I will
explain it like this.
You have a man who is a scientist and he creates a
robot, which is an exact duplicate of him in appearance.
Really though, these are two totally different things.
The robot does not have the heart, soul, mind, or inner
structure that the man does. They may look a like, but
they are totally different.
The show you see on cartoon network may look like your
Dragonball, but the hear, soul, and mind behind the
show is no longer there. Cartoon Network gives us FUNiball.
The hacked up Anime.
How can you truly take a Japanese show and try to Americanize
it. That is above all things one of the stupidest ideas
I have ever hear, but you wanna know what, it sells.
These dubbies dont realize the changes, all they
see is an American show that has always been American,
and they do not realize the changes. And with that the
fanbase just keeps growing, and growing, and growing.
I have no need to get into my opinions on dubbies/newbies
because for one it would defeat the whole purpose of
this editorial and I really dont feel like making
this like every other editorial you see on the Internet.
If you dont already know how I feel on newbies/dubbies
you can go read one of my past editorials.
Can everyone truly be happy, I doubt it, but as of
now FUNi has a majority pleased. FUNi gets their money,
so of course they are happy. Dubbie/Newbies get a Mondo
Cool series, so they are happy, and here we are, the
people who got the short end of the stick. We are the
kids who didnt get picked in gym class and now
get to sit on the side and watch. But does it have to
be this way? No, because we have something that they
dont have and that something is Dragonball.
Sure, people may say that when DB finally is all dubbed
and people in the U.S. get sick of it we will then have
our show back. By then though will we even want it back,
or in fact did we ever even lose it in the first place?
Ill leave that one up to you.
Like I said, change is the only thing that can truly
make us appreciate what we have.
(It is now about 1 a.m. when this was finished. I put
off studying for a math, religion, European history,
and chemistry to write this. Either, I really love you
guys or I just hate studying
. It must be that
I hate studying