Why? It's really not hard to believe that fans would buy products based on a series they love, especially since the sound stages fill in so many blanks.
I don't know how old you are, but back in the days before TV, entertainment was all audio and no video. I've listened to episodes of The Lone Ranger before and it's just as entertaining as watching TV or reading a book.
Now it's safe to believe that english speaking fans most likely haven't heard the sound stages, but that's because there were no translations until recently, and if you don't frequent AS you'd never know there were translations at all.
Listening to the script while reading it would probably increase the experience...Although as I said, I was already quite touched. But the lack of visuals is such a disappointment to me. I can use my imagination, but to see what the character is going through by use of visuals, would really make a whole lot of difference to me.
But that aside, I wonder how many Japanese actually listen to the sound stages, compared to watching the anime.
That's probably why you didn't get the whole experience. It's not that hard to do, though it is easy to slip up. Well, maybe it's because I've been watching fansubs for so long it's easy for me to tell which translation goes with which line.
Anyways, it really is the best way to experience it, as you have all the voices, sound effects, etc, provided and you just follow along with the english 'script.' All that remains is to use your imagination to visualise the scene.
Posting on your wall, since your comment was a good time to stop posting about it in the manga thread.
That is close to what I was referring to, but it's not that the SS02 didn't do a good job. I read it, and it was touching to say the least, but it just can't be compared to a animation or manga. And since it's a popular aspect, that is why I think they chose to put it within the anime movie and manga. The back story is already established, they need only animate what is within those sound stages - and that makes things easier for them.