- I’m always willing to be optimistic first and look at changes in a positive light, but I really fear that this just might be the final nailing in the casket for LazyTown, the sound of which has already been wafting in the air since Chloe Max Lang replaced Julianna. Poor Chloe has yet to be accepted 100% as Stephanie by the older original fan base that clamored to the show’s first two seasons ---But at least I was hopeful
with Chloe and I was. After all people get older and you can’t stop that from happening. As a matter of fact that very truth played a huge role in the back story of the ‘Sports Candy’ doujin I had done; that Stephanie was growing older and thus facing new challenges.
All in all, I’m pretty diehard when it comes to my dedication towards a fandom I truly enjoy. I’ll put up with whoooooooole
lot for its sake, but I’m just really hitting the big snag here over this. I really feel that they should have --if it truly has to come to this-- just introduced a new superhero, introduce Number 11, rather than to replace Sportacus’ actor and attempt to fill the impossible boots of Maggi Scheving. From LazyTown’s original books, to stage, and then mainstream television, where other characters’ actors have changed in the route, Magnus has ALWAYS
been Sportacus. He IS
'Íþróttaálfurinn! If that isn’t enough, I am very angry that they are taking the product’s production from its homeland. That really just strikes a personal nerve in me for some reason. When I did the ‘Sports Candy’ for instance, I made it so that the manga would be translated in Icelandic and also that it carried many of the show’s origin Icelandic elfin elements and themes. That was important to me to have that done. Taking LazyTown from Iceland is like taking the Japan out of anime. It feels very wrong and I wonder if Icelanders feel robbed of their cultural childhood. I would.
I just don’t feel good about this. The whole thing. I’m trying, but hmm... You know? And you can’t say I haven’t tried. I’ve been thinking about this since I first heard the rumor some months back that Magnus would be retiring from the role. I kept waiting for that proverbial 'feel good ember' to start glowing about it like it did for Chloe and yet I feel no different now than I did then. I wish nothing but the best for Maggi and it’s very possible that his say is limited about this. He sold the company after all and that’s business. I don’t know. I don’t like it. Stefan’s ‘like’ on the Facebook regarding my feelings about it also seems to agree. I don’t like the way the replacement looks at all and I might just have to throw the towel in this time around. ~Shinju