- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: FriesenPress (Feb. 20 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1460241649
- ISBN-13: 978-1460241646
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sailor Moon Reflections: The Inside Story of the Original Recordings of the English Version of Sailor Moon Paperback – Aug 19 2014
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About the Author
Roland Parliament is a voice actor, dialectician, composer, writer, musician and educator. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Roland was an award-winning graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, Toronto, in 1971.
Today, he teaches an advertising course at the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto.
He was also nominated "Educator of the Year" at Niagara College, Welland, Ontario, in 2009. In addition to Niagara, over the past 22 years, he has been a dialects and voice acting teacher at Ryerson University and Humber College, Toronto, and a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto.
Roland has voiced thousands of commercials, and has composed and produced no fewer than 300 jingles. His company, Wizard Productions Inc., has won 75+ international awards for its work. Additionally, he has directed and acted in several animation projects.
He lives with his two best friends, Justice the Norwegian Buhund dog, and Ben, the very old cat.
Roland would like this book to mean something to you - be it fond past memories of a younger time, the empowerment of women in animation and in life, or just to inform you about the real world of voice acting.
His mantra is, "Follow your dreams - you never know where they may lead you.."..
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Let me be clear: if you are a fan of Sailor Moon and have nostalgic memories about the original dub, this book is a worthwhile purchase. If you love reading about potentially lost parts of anime history, then you should do yourself a favor and click the "BUY NOW" button before I go on.
If you are a fan of the technical side of production (I am) and are curious to see how it applies to a property you are familiar this, I recommend it, although most techniques used are, by the author's own admittance, outdated.
However, if you are expecting a down-and-dirty, warts-and-all look into how and why Sailor Moon went through the various localizations and alterations it did, then you may be disappointed.
The good: Parliament's writing reads fast and it's fun to hear him relate various anecdotes from on set. Also welcome are the various blurbs from the original Sailor Scout actresses and how they identified and brought elements of themselves into their roles. It shows you how different anime dubbing was then, between the technologies and the decidedly more fluid interpretation of roles in the age before all information on a role was available from day one if you were patient and had access to the Internet. Reading about the process of recording and a few of the more bittersweet moments of the process also provided tantalizing peeks about some hard truths of the industry. The photos provided of the cast recordings are also pretty cool - it's really interesting how similar some of the VAs looked to their animated counterparts! (Anime method acting?)
The bad: The book is just too darn short to justify the asking price from all except the most dedicated fans. That's not to warn anyone not to buy it, but I have read e-books of longer length with more "meat" for a much lower price. This "book" (really, it's better to describe it as a "Mook" to borrow a Japanese neologism for Magazine-Book.") can read less than an hour or two by a dedicated reader - the "chapters" barely go for more than a page or two.
Furthermore, Parliament means very well, but sometimes his writing verges on hagiography, albeit for very understandable reasons - he holds the various staff members on this project very close to his heart and he is a man who loves his craft. I respect him for choosing not to air any dirty laundry, but I can say that it lingers too long on some aspects. However, the brief glimpses of backstage drama ARE pretty interesting, such as anything relating to the French overseer of the dub or the dealings with the American distributors wanting to keep the dub from being anything resembling "Canadian."
That said, I will say that I liked what Terri Hawkes (VA for Serena/Sailor Moon) had to say about her role and the show as a whole, given that she is unapologetic outspoken feminist. Although I must admit that even as a youth I never a fan of Serena (my young heart then as now belonged to Amy. The brief remarks from her actress Karen are amazing in their brief yet exacting interpretation of the character), I am a big fan of Ms. Hawkes and her perspectives.
The Ugly: I give Parliament credit for keeping his commentary on-topic to Sailor Moon, saving the autobiographical stuff for end. This material will prove inspirational if not invaluable for the aspiring voice actor. Maybe I didn't need to know about his work in carpentry, but his memories of being a young stage actor will ring true to anyone who ever went on a stage with dreams of hitting it big some day. The modern me may have long since bid farewell to such aspirations but I highly recommend anyone who is really determined to hang on to read these parts. Alas, for a guy who bought a book for Sailor Moon alone, these parts are less gripping than the rest of the work.
Summary judgement: Nostalgic for old fans. Maybe a little overpriced for casual fans, but a worthwhile purchase for an enthusiast and a MUST-READ for fans of anime minutiae.
If you're a hardcore Sailor Moon, you may think you know everything about the original dub, but what's great about this book, is that you'll learn new things--I know I did! The Sailor Moon fandom loves rumors so it's wonderful to have a book that fans can use to set the record straight. And while fans can watch voiceover panels and read interviews, I think it's incredibly helpful to have all this information in one place. The heart of the book features reflections from the main voice cast--Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. The only negative is that a contribution from Toby Proctor aka Tuxedo Mask seems to have been skipped.
Finally, I think it needs to be noted---this book features PICTURES from the original voice over sessions. You can't see these pictures anywhere else--and they are absolutely adorable. This is a definite must-have for any Sailor Moon fan.
Very interesting insights on the Sailor Moon dub process, and how one becomes a voice acting, in general.
This was honestly as inspiring as an episode of the series itself. Thank you so much for writing!