Gen Sez: "The Japanese culture, of which I have descended from, is obscene"
By GeneralTso ~ http://www.dbcollection.com/GeneralTso/
"I don't want any dirty language on these DVD's" "Hey, lets get rid of bits of Japanese culture like -kun, -san, and -chan!" "What translation? It's a script, and it's mondo cool!"
Let me reiterate: The Dragon Ball Z dub, if it were paper, would be on a roll in my bathroom.
Now that we have that out of the way, the DVD's, the thing made for the "niche market that us at FUNimation are trying to please", have been corrupted. Gone is Tenshinhan, Exalted Elder, Son-kun and others.
Basically, DBZ in America will always be FUNi's Z. We can't escape it (legally, that is. Buy Fansubs!). So what do we do? Everything that can have a polarizing effect on what FUNi is doing. As stated in my last editorial ("A letter to Viz", 7-27-00), we must bring the movie mangas (don't know what these are? visit http://dbzotaku.cjb.net and visit the Movie 13 section) and the Daizenshyu to the states and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, make them available to people. BUT HOW DO WE DO THIS!!!???
The DBZ Otaku Community (people who know well of Jap. DBZ) on the Internet has grown large enough to the point that we can do SOMETHING. Many of us have substantial amounts of money. Could we pool together and get:
-An ad spot during Toonami for a huge website conglomerate that we put together together? Imagine if Greg, MrE, VegettoEX, SkullMac, Kaio, PoJo, SSj4Sam, et al. put all their resources together and made the DB site to end all others.
-A few of us translate a substantial amound of/a whole book and convince Viz to produce those things in the states (with us as production managers, no less ;-)
-A booth at conventions that does something?
-Sponsoring DBZ CCG tournaments and influncing there?
Any good Ideas (firstname.lastname@example.org)?
The point is we need to do something outside the web. Even though "the net is vast and infinite" (brownie points to the otaku that knows where I lifted that quote from), it still doesn't cover the majority of the people we need to reach.
By Grakthar's hammer, I shall avenge all those smote by FUNimation.