Subs, or Dubs? That is the question. Welcome back everyone to Day 49 of the 100 Day Anime Challenge, where we have a great question for us today. The debate between subs and dubs has been a long-disputed one, and I actually have some interesting opinions on the matter, I think, so this is a great opportunity to give a bit of discussion. If lots of people like this, maybe i’ll make a longer post about it someday.
Do I prefer Subbed or Dubbed Anime? Well… both. I certainly watch a lot more Subbed anime, as the majority of my watching nowadays is catching up on the most recent simulcasts and whatnot. But that doesn’t mean that I only watch Subs. I actually watch a fair amount of dubbed anime, mostly older shows that I purchase on iTunes, or watch on Netflix or Hulu when they are available. There are some really, really good English dubs out there, guys, but unfortunately, there’s also some apocalyptically bad ones as well.
I feel like English dubs are easier to watch, especially for newer members of the community, who aren’t as used to reading subtitles as many of us are. That being said, there’s far fewer experienced English voice actors as there are Seiyuus in Japan, and the shows were originally made for them, so they usually seem to fit better. But, i’ve found, that if an English dub is actually good, I will actually enjoy the show more in English than in Japanese.
Personally, i’d like to see the English voice acting community expanded past the 10-12 VA’s that we usually see in almost every show. I think that kind of diversity might help bring Anime into the mainstream in a really interesting way. What do you guys think about this question? Do you prefer watching Subs, or Dubs, and why? Thanks everyone for reading, and I hope to see you all again tomorrow!