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Hello everyone!

When I first got into anime, that being I discovered Dragon Ball Z (dubbed), I just fell in love with the whole thing!
Being that I have now grown up watching many animes over the years, and also read some mangas too, I always watched them dubbed...
I tried to watch an anime in its originality (with subtitles) many years back, but I never really got on with it...!
However, being a Crunchyroll member for nearly a year now, I have become very comfortable in watching anime with subtitles.

The other night, my brother and I watched an anime (dubbed), and I now feel that I no longer feel dubbed anime is the 'norm' for me :P

Anyway, what was your first anime you ever watched and was it dubbed or subtitled?
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The very first episode of any anime that I have watched was Attack on Titan episode 1, and it was dubbed. I had been told not to watch it because it “will give (me) depression”, but I loved it.
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My first anime was Star Blazers on syndicated tv in the 70's/80's, so dubbed. My current preference is for subbed, but I am enjoying Funi's dub of Yamato 2199.
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The VERY first was Warriors of the Wind, a heavily-edited and badly-dubbed version of Nausicaa on HBO back in the 80s when I was a kid. Didn't know any better and still loved it.

Soon after that was Robotech, and well, you know.

It wasn't until we started getting our hands on VHS tapes through friends at our local comic shop that we discovered fan-subs, and I became hooked on watching anime while hearing the actual Japanese. I think the first was Record of Lodoss War; maybe the OVA. Also Gundam, but I couldn't tell you which one. I've never been all that familiar with that franchise.
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Huh, way to start me on a trip down memory lane.

The first anime I was exposed to was dubbed since it was just something running on TV. I can't quite remember which title was the first but the block as far as I remember consisted of Case Closed, either Digimon or Pokemon, Sailormoon, a soccer anime that I think was Captain Tsubasa and what turns out to be Attack No. 1 after some research.
So it had to have been one of those.

That was some 17 years ago and I didn't really get into anime at the time.

The anime that got me into the medium was first a subbed broadcast of Cowboy Bebop 15 years ago and then Samurai Champloo a couple of years later.
After discovering my interest in anime I quickly found out that I absolutely loathe the majority of German anime dubs. English dubs were better but came with the problem that at the time I didn't really understand English well enough to keep up with the narrative when there were loud sound effects mixed in or the conversation was too fast.
Then I gave subs a try and, well, those just worked. I could always read and write English better than listen to it so subs became my preferred way of watching anime.

Here I am, almost twice as old as I was back then. By now my English is actually better than my German and I've picked up something of a hearing impairment in one ear so I turn same-language subtitles on for everything.
While I've come across a handful of English dubs I quite enjoyed, among them the two titles that got me hooked all those years ago, I still prefer the combination of original audio and subtitles (in English if I don't speak the original language).


edit: Added additional typos. Wait, there's something not quite right with that...
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Posted 1/3/18 , edited 1/3/18
Dubbed
It was probably either Captain Harlock or Speed Racer
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My first dub was Sailor Moon, back in the 90s. My first sub is Slayers and that anime got me hook.
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Couldn't answer which was first, but since I watched stuff like Speed Racer and Kimba in the early 70s, it was undoubtedly dubbed.
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Been reading all your posts!

Very fun and interesting to learn your first anime, and on whether it was dubbed or subbed!
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Captain Harlock, dubbed. It would be years before sub became easily accessible
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The first anime I went out of my way to watch was Death Note

Started out subbed then tried the dub halfway through out of curiosity and sticked with it.

That's probably why I don't hold bias towards either subs and dubs
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Pokemon dubbed as a little kid in the later 90's!

I think my first subbed was the sequel series to Inazuma Eleven.
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Pokemon dubbed when I was a kid. Naruto dubbed was what really got me into anime (its also around the time when I realized what anime was). My first subbed anime was girls bravo because it was netflix. I prefer subs but I'm ok with dubs and will watch dubbed if I'm with friends that prefer it.
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My first anime was dubbed. I have a very clear memory of the distinctive Gatchaman costumes, though it wasn't "Battle of the Planets" (as the 5th character was dubbed as a kid, not some weird midget who talked in beeps and gurgles).

I am not sure how old I was but it must have been before I was 4.

Later series were Ulysses 31, Mysterious Cities of Gold and "Belle & Sebastian."

My first mature anime were Heroic Legend of Arslan and 3x3 Eyes, probably somewhere between 1995 and 1997. Again these were dubbed.

My first subtitled anime could have been Akira, Roujin Z, Patlabor or the first episode of Fist of The North Star. I can't remember which ones appeared on UK TV first.

Now I can't stand dubbed anime as the western voice acting is usually bad and rarely fits the characters.
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Pokémon French Canadian dub when i was kid. When i got into anime, my first anime was Akame ga Kill! subbed.
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