It's Time for a Rant
by, 11th January 2013 at 03:56 PM (428 Views)
...about anime. Now, I'm no otaku. I'm more the traditional RPG, book, and movie brand of geekery. But I watch the occasional anime, if the story and characters are good, and if it's for kids, well... :3 I watch the dubs if I can..
What I don't understand is why people rat on dubbed anime. Can you speak and understand Japanese? Probably not, which is okay. It's a complex language. Subtitles help when you can't find a dub, but if I had a choice, I'd like to hear the dialogue so I can focus my sight on the anime itself.
I guess some people are just "hardcore", but I don't understand why dubbed anime is almost always considered "bad". Is it the actors? Sometimes they're cheesy, I suppose, but I'm okay with cheesy. Most of the VAs put effort into the character, so why turn down a version you can actually understand? I especially hate it when one doesn't even watch the dub, and brand it as "bad" anyways. The English doesn't "ruin" the original Japanese version, it makes the creator's work available to more people. And with kid's anime, it's usually not serious to begin with.
I know of some very funny and awesome dubs. "Lucky Star"'s dub is great, and so is "Axis Powers Hetalia"'s (which is so offensive and stereotypical it wraps back around to being hilarious, which is just like the original anime).
I guess I just don't get it. I'm a fan of dubs over subs and that's the way things are going to stay.
I wonder if in Japan there are "Ameriboos" who want to live in the US and are obsessed with Western Animation, and hate on the Japanese dubs.
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