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Speaking on behalf of the [[bp:Save Our Voice Actors|Save Our Voice Actors]] campaign, I would like to address some issues which have recently cropped up.
The first and foremost concern is one which you can probably guess. Recently, an article appeared on [http://www.pokebeach.com/ PokéBeach] regarding the voice actor issue. If you think
myself or any other SOVA member has not read the article, please rest assured that we have.
And before you ask, no, we are not planning to end the SOVA campaign based solely on the article. To fully understand why, you may need to know the details of an incident several months earlier in which [http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/member.php?u=1238 WaterPokémonMaster] contacted me, and a conflict followed.
To close things off, I'd like to address the effectiveness and goals of the SOVA campaign.
I can recall prior to this issue discussing with my fellow members of the Bulbacast about how
this unbelievably accepting the Pokémon fandom is. There's a reason Pokémon is ridiculed as a massive marketing scheme, and it's not because making gobs of money was [[bp:Satoshi Tajiri|Satoshi Tajiri]]'s original vision. The fandom gives us many great things — and many sub-par ones as well, which we love and accept as much as the rest. How many of you, despite your complaints about the [[bp:Johto|Johto]] anime season, sat through it and watched every episode? How many of you, despite saying [[bp:Hey You, Pikachu!|Hey You, Pikachu!]] was a waste of money, bought the game when it came out and played it through completely? And, just to use an example from the Bulbacast discussion itself— if they spun [[bp:May|May]] off and gave her a cheesy, fluffy, eye-candy filler-stuffed shōjo series, how many of you would watch every episode of it, ''even if you hated May?''
I can guarantee that the numbers are even higher than you might think. We've had a history of being very tolerant as a fandom, putting up with the good and the bad, and only complaining to ourselves about the parts that bothered us. When ''[[bp:The Legend of Thunder!|The Legend of Thunder!]]'' aired, eight or so letters were sent to 4Kids in a campaign because fans were upset with [[bp:Hun|Hun]] being cast as a woman— and in response, quote [[bp:Madeleine Blaustein|Maddie Blaustein]], 4Kids went out of its way to make sure [[bp:Harley|Harley]] was cast as successfully as possible. For our fandom, ''that'' was a very vocal feedback.