What is English Dubbed Anime?
Why Do People Prefer English Dubbing?
Easier to multi-task while watching.
Modern English Dubbing Quality is on par with the Original Japanese Voice acting.
What is Wrong with English Dubbed Anime?
Other Reasons included cuts, censhorship, over swearing
Should You Watch English Dubbed Anime?
What is a English Subbed Anime?
Why Do People Prefer English Subbed?
Despite this, there are some English Dubs that I will take any day over their subbed counterparts.
Having said if I had to watch a brand new series and given the option to watch it either subbed or dubbed I am probably going to watch it dubbed.
The subbed acting is more intense.
Here is a good test to prove this. Watch any action scene with English voice acting. Afterward, watch the same scene again with Japanese voice acting. The difference will be obvious. Dubbing has come along way but still suffers in this department.
Also, I love to watch classic anime and the English Dubbing for some of those shows are just awful. This is why I tend to favor subs when I can.
English Dubbing is not an easy task because it’s a translation of Japanese into English. It is usually the case that when a studio translates Japanese to English, it causes the anime to lost stuff.
For example, studios have to change pop culture references and slang because the average American audiences would not get it.
Certain things do not translate well and often the English word chosen is incorrect. The worse part is if you have never seen the subbed version or even the anime itself you may not even realize that the translation is wrong.
My first experience with that was with YuGiOh! Duel Monsters.
In some cases, a studio may not just dub the anime with English voice actors but also alter the content itself.
I am referring to censorship, cuts and other alterations.
4Kids was infamous for doing that during my childhood. The biggest example of their handy work was YuGiOh! Duel Monsters. But even big anime like Sailor Moon also faced the same problem and DIC dubbed it not 4Kids.
Dubs also have the tendency to either add over the top swearing or remove it. The next time you watch English Dubbed anime from the 80s and 90s pay attention to the swearing.
Thankful this issue is not as relevant in today’s English Dubbed anime.
Dubs take a while to come because the original anime has to finish in order for the dubbing to even begin.
It was not until the 90s that the dubbing industry really started to grow and studios were able to dub more shows in English.
This means that the number of English dubbed anime is much less than subbed anime.
Here are some numbers for perspective. According to this subreddit English dubbed anime has a total of 1574 animes in total. I counted the list in case you were wondering. The list does not contain anime in the 60s to 80s. But it gives you a good enough idea.
By comparison, the total number of Shounen anime ever created is 1937 anime. So basically one genre has more anime that all anime available in English.
If you choose to only watch English Dubbed anime, you will miss out. How many well according to this source at least over 11000 anime have been created.
That means watching dubs only means you experience 14 percent of all anime.
What is Wrong with English Subbed Anime
Reading Conditions Such as Dyslexia
I have talked with people who cannot watch subbed anime because of Dyslexia. For those who share this condition, there really is no other way to watch the anime besides in English Dubbed. Also, some people just have general problems with reading subtitles.
Subtitles can be distracting.
I prefer experiencing anime with fantastic visuals English dubbed for this very reason. You can miss stuff if you have to divert your eyes to the screen for a couple of seconds.
This is really only an issue for watching an anime in theaters or live. In both cases, you cannot rewind the movie or episode. Now in the case of an anime on a DVD or by streaming this is a non-issue because you can rewind anytime.
Should You Watch English Subbed Anime?
To get the full anime experience watching anime subbed is a must.
Plus you are only limiting the amount of anime you can watch if you stick to only English Dubbing.
Also, you can use more streaming services to watch anime that only have the subbed version.
It does take time getting used to reading subtitles but like anything else you get used to it over time.
Regardless if you do or not watch English Subbed it does not change the level of a fan you are and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
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