The Authentic Anime Experience?
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Posted 11/3/08
I'm sure a lot of people here only watch anime online. It's fast, easy and you don't have to worry about filling up your hard drive. Most of it, of course, is subbed. These subs are usually done by fans/amateurs, which I'm sure you also know.
But translation is also interpretation, and not everything can be translated, only approximated. Lots of stuff get's lost in translation, like puns, and if a translators note isn't included, you will most likely miss it. The same thing goes for a lot of cultural references (although I think it's a little easier to learn to recognize them than puns and stuff).
Another thing to consider is the authority which they use to translate the text. Perhaps it doesn't convey what the director was trying to express, or it might do a bad job of representing the show. You can't really tell unless you have something to compare it to.
Finally, when watching streaming anime, you have to remember there is a degradation of quality between what is broadcast on tv and what you see in a player. Not that I think its a particularly large one (most of the time), but sometimes you have to wonder what is lost. Maybe the animation would be smoother, and colors more vibrant on DVD.

So what all this got me thinking was, what if a bad impression you got from an anime wasn't the fault of the show itself, but of a poor translation and inferior net-quality video? I mean, the complaint of "The dialogue was poor and the art was ugly" sounds to me like a pretty valid complaint, but maybe its not entirely true.
To clarify, I don't think it really happens that often, a show probably wouldn't become big in Japan and not be good on some level, and I think Fan-subbers, especially well established groups, do a pretty damn good job.


I'll leave the arguments about the legitimacy of English dubbed anime for later. But in short I don't think it is and I'm terribly biased.
Posted 11/3/08 , edited 11/3/08
I watched Kannazuki no Miko in RMVB format with pretty bad quality.
That might have contributed to my disliking of it, beside the ridiculous mecha battle plot.
Posted 11/5/08
I always watch DVD's.The subs are pretty fine but it's a low quality.
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Posted 11/5/08
~Not really degrading the animation quality.
~We have no choice unless we study Nippongo.
~Subbed or Dubbed, I would prefer subs.
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