Sometimes I don’t really like how the other scouts treat Usagi. She’s super kind and nice to everyone, and understanding.
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I think this is one of the most subtle changes in the dub that also ends up being one of the biggest… it’s like the writers don’t really understand the difference between “gentle teasing close friends do to each other sometimes” and “straight-up shitting all over your friends”. Like, they teased her a little in the original, when she wouldn’t study, or needlessly worried about Mamoru, or did something dorky… but in the dub they just constantly criticise her and point out kinda devastating flaws?? Like her appearance, competence, past failures… It just feels really mean, not like friendly banter. It really takes away from the feeling you’re supposed to get that these girls are tighter than family… if my friends made fun of me with the frequency and ferocity that the dub girls made fun of Serena, I would never really feel “comfortable” around them.
AMEN. Honestly, everyone is just a bitch in the dub. The only one that makes sense with is Rei, because is she IS a bitch in the beginning before graduating to tsundere status (because seriously, Rei Hino has to be the biggest tsundere I’ve ever seen and it’s wonderful). But Rei was never deliberately nasty. She’s just very frank and unwilling to put up with any iota of bullshit.
Raye, on the other hand, stole the Moon Stick because she thought she deserved to be the leader more than Serena/Usagi. Remember that beautiful moment when we realize JUST HOW MUCH Rei and Usagi love and trust each other, to the extent that Usagi entrusts the Stick to her and counts on her to make sure her plan to get Mamoru back goes smoothly? Yeah, that never happened in the dub. Raye pretty much deliberately screwed over Serena there.
Don’t even get me started on what they did to the others. Mako and Ami, who are the Sailor Team’s resident sweethearts who never have a bad thing to say about ANYONE, throw in several digs at their best friends. Minako, who is far more melodramatic than anything resembling bitchiness, is downright rude in several instances. And Usagi. Usagi, who is love incarnate, is no better, displaying far more animosity and genuine hatred towards Chibiusa/Rini as Serena than she EVER did in the original.
Just like SailorFailures said, the dub writers missed the train for “Fun and gentle teasing” and hopped on the “Why the fuck are these people even associating with each other if they hate one another so much?” train. Personally, if I had friends like the dub versions of the girls, I’m not sure I would even want to be around them. The things they say to each other are genuinely hurtful and can really lower one’s self-esteem. I mean, do you really want to be ragged on for your appearance and mistakes and everything in between when you’re with your friends?
This is just something that’s always bothered me. Not only does it make the girls wildly out of character, it severely downplays and takes away from just how close they are.
I love this cute little doodle. Seeing Usagi holding a GameBoy reminds me just how far we’ve come technologically in such a short time! Anyways, this was so fun to color! <3