My view on the whole SOVA/original trio thing
by, 10th December 2011 at 12:25 PM (1742 Views)
Although this was a long time ago now, back in 2006 when the the PUSA dub started for the first time, there was a group on the forums called SOVA who thought they could petition to get the 4kids VA's back.
They were admirable in their efforts and at the beginning I supported them. Voice changes in any cartoon are usually for the negative, and at the beginning the PUSA VA's weren't used to their roles. Unfortunately given the group was disorganized and comprised mostly of teenagers, their efforts never came together and PUSA probably never even knew (or cared) they existed. Its now been 6 years since the VA change, so obviously at this point its a lost cause.
This is pre-BW, so we didn't know about Iris or Cilan yet. Back then, people thought since Rachael Lilis voiced Maylene in DP, that she would also have a shot of voicing Jessie again. Of course that wasn't going to happen. But why did they think that Rachael Lilis would reprise Misty? For one thing, Misty has only ever appeared once over the 6 years PUSA dubbed the show, in the infamous and dreaded Mastermind special. Given that Misty no longer appears in the anime, what was Rachael Lilis supposed to reprise?
When BW started and Brock left too, it looked even more ridiculous. 90% of the older cast is now gone, so what is there for the old VA's to do again? Ash, Jessie and James, the latter two who don't even show up in most episodes anymore, are the only older characters left. As we know Meowth sadly no longer has a prior VA due to Maddie's unfortunate passing.
As for a "redub" of DP, I don't think PUSA would ever go back and record voice work for 190 completed episodes that are old news at this point.
Lastly, SOVA was obviously directed at fans of the original trio. Of course since most of the DP characters had no 4kids VA, they couldn't be considered. But even the AG characters, whenever Veronica Taylor was mentioned, nobody brought up May whatsoever. Although May's new voice was probably the best received of all the PUSA voices, the fact that Veronica Taylor was only mentioned in regards to Ash says a lot. This was basically for the Kanto/Johto cast, what happened with later characters no longer matters/
The original trio of course would never be reunited, as anyone who has been part of the fandom for 9 years would know, and the Takeshi Shudo blogs later confirmed it for everyone. Misty was never intended to return to the series even back when she originally left in 2002. This would be followed by Brock's departure, who for the most part, a lot of people felt was going to happen sooner or later.
The Johto saga marked the end of a lot of things in the anime, and had the 4kids VA's not also dubbed all of Hoenn, they would have only been associated with the first 5 years of the show. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if the 4kids voices *didn't* continue into Hoenn, then they would have *really* only been considered for the original cast.
The Pokemon anime is not aimed at 20+ year old adults who grew up with Kanto from 12 years ago, so I don't know where the belief that Misty, Charizard, 4kids, Veronica Taylor were all going to return to the series at some point. Its time to move on.