Well we’re back folks and this week I want to talk about a subject of heavy debate.
However I would like to make it clear that I understand that people have many different views and I am not saying mine is the definity “right” one.
I only wish to talk about an issue in the anime community that I hold stronger feelings about.
That is the argument of Sub vs Dub.
I will say it straight out the gate, I prefer dub. Sadly though when I generally make this proclamation, I’m met with weird looks and the statement “Why? Subbed is better.” So today I want to make my case as to why I prefer what many consider the lesser way to experience anime.
Now I do understand why some people prefer subbed and see it as the “superior” medium. It’s true it preserves the original Japanese voice work, giving what could be considered a more “authentic” experience. It is also true that some dubs, especially early one, are not exactly….stellar.
Both of these are valid and completely reasonable points.
For me however I find subbed hard to watch what with the combination of having to read text at the bottom of the screen while also paying attention to the connected animations makes trying to follow the plot very difficult.
I can do it, especially if the show is something I’m familiar with, however I just find I get more out of watching it dubbed; I like being able to be able to focus on what is going on without to much conscious effort.
I also find the notion that the voicework in dubbed not being as good as subbed is becoming increasingly untrue, especially with licensing companies like Funimation at the helm. Current dubs generally aren’t done by whatever Jack or Jill a company can pick up off the street but real talent like Vic Mignogna and Johnny Yong Bosch? People with experience and skill for what they do, allowing them to give the characters life.
As for the belief that dubbed is less “authentic” and therefore those who enjoy it aren’t “true” fans, while I can see where that line of thought stems from, I personally have to disagree. I ultimately find that point to be a bit of a “No true Scotsman” just like the view that only anime made in Japan is “anime” (a topic I plan to address at some point). It just seem elitist and kind of pointless. We all enjoy anime, so its not worth comparing how we chose to enjoy it.
We just need to accept people like to float their boat differently and move on.
So mates, what are your thoughts? How do you feel about the whole Sub vs Dub argument? Let me know in the comment! Also don’t forget to stop by and check EhTaku out on Twitter!