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The Future of Anime Dubs
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Posted 10/18/12
@papi_churros: OK. This board is just here to express how bleak the future of English anime dubs has gotten (as in, it's starting to lose variety)
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Posted 10/19/12
WHAT?!

me need dubs anime besides not everyone can't understand japanese yet dubs exist to show anime to hear in another language to hear it another side of it.

besides dubs are needed to have cause without really it would be so ugh all subs only so overall the dub anime are NEEDED.
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AnimeKami wrote:

if dubs weren't terrible 70% of the time i'd care but...


This explains most of it imo. It's a little harder for me to watch most dubbed anime in public over subbed ones. It's just like, "what are you watching?". Maybe it was always complete crap I never watched it subbed, but just try watching something like RahXephon dubbed. You can't do it with normal people around it's so bad.

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Posted 10/19/12
I NEVER watch dubs anyways, so the thought of "Lesser quality" dubs effects me little at first, however, it does effect the anime industry as a whole, which in the long run will effect me.
If the quality goes down, the viewers who only dub will decline as well. Thus leading to a POTENTIAL decline of the industry.
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Posted 10/19/12 , edited 10/19/12
Honestly, I am concerned as well with all these distribution companies falling to the way-side ...

That said, I would welcome a "Texas centralized" Funimation awesome force of Epic dub goodness! XD
Ahem. To put that in logical terms - I would welcome Funimation cornering the market on great dubs and getting many new VA's to add to their repertoire since, frankly, Funimation makes the best dubs on the block.

Newer just as skilled VA's at Funimation would be amazing. J Michael Tatum and Brina Polencia cant do everything. lol

I also think that Dubs are the way to break into people who have never seen anime before if they are done right. Although I do despise when a dub edits the original content.

Overall, I worry about the future for great VA's in this recent anime environment. Dubs just aren't "Cool" in the anime world and then you have the sub-snobs who think they are part Japanese .... that's for another time and place though.
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Posted 10/19/12
We can only hope that they stop making english dubs....

Subs are enough.
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Posted 10/19/12
@funnyginsan: So you want the future to just be homogenized to Texas dubs with no variety
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I have no problem with dubbs what so ever. Ofc if they're bad I will not watch them (I struggled with say Demon King Daimao) and I love subs as much as the next guy but when wanting to relax I'd rather not have to be glaring at the screen to have a clue what's going on.

However on the topic I think it's very sad that dub companies are closing down (especially with our hopes of a Code Geass season 3 dying with Bandai). I am also aware that the anime industry will struggle from less revenue from dub licencing. I do believe that funimations dubbs are generally superior and I enjoy watching most of them and there are some truly talented and unique voice actors (Vic Mignogna as one example). I do think though that the industry will only go downhill from here as although there have been some truly great japanese releases recently it just isn't the social attitude from western anime fans to buy the dubbed dvd's at retail price (it's a hell of a lot of money for most the audiences)

Btw I don't feel that people posting here who do not subscribe to crunchy has little right to speak much tbh as they're most likely contributing little to nothing to the anime industry.
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Posted 10/19/12
@Jraine11: Well, what would you rather buy, a 13-episode collection or a single DVD that has 4-5 episodes at that same price?
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Posted 10/19/12

Domayv wrote:

@funnyginsan: So you want the future to just be homogenized to Texas dubs with no variety


It's not about what we desire, it's about what is economic feasible for those in the anime industry. The video game companies are centered in two places: Texas and California. Anime companies are basically centered in Texas and California with Funimation and Sentai is Texas(Funimation is in the Dallas area, Sentai is in Houston) and Viz, Aniplex of America and NIS America all in California. Bang Zoom is also in California and AoA and Sentai occasionally uses them for dubs.

Dubs are also expensive and Funimation is basically the only company that dubs everything they license for home video. They do a cost-analysis and figure that it would cost too much to outsource a few dubs to Vancouver, British Columbia for dub continuity than dub everything in-house. And frankly, Funimation's dubs are better than Ocean's dubs.

We are also seeing less and less dubs, so really be thankful we are getting dubs from Texas(and California occasionally) rather than sub-only releases. I would rather the remaining anime companies survive and keep licensing anime.

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@pistolsaf: They were able to outsource Roberta's Blood Trail to the original cast because not even Funi's in-house talent cant replicate Black Lagoon's goodness. Why you want Ocean to go extinct in the anime dubbing business. Anyways I said occasionally for the outsourcing (like short OVAs, movies, and 13-episode long series). It seems that AoA's the only company that's a potential candidate for Ocean. If it wasn't for that delay or if Geneon was still around, they would've outsourced to Vancouver already. Also, Funi's looking for the possibilities of sub-only releases. That, alongside with streaming would mitigate costs greatly. If Texas dubbing is cheaper, why don't companies outsource westerns to them.
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Posted 10/19/12
People in the United States mostly watch non-English live action films subbed, so I don't see why they treat anime differently. In regards to the financial aspect, dubbing has gotten much cheaper over the past decade or so, so the fact that many of the R1 dubbing distributors are not doing well is perhaps an indication that that business model is broken.
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Posted 10/19/12

pistolsaf wrote:
And frankly, Funimation's dubs are better than Ocean's dubs.


That's an opinion.

Funimation's dubs suffer from HUGE amounts of type-casting. I'm saying this as an enormous Monica Rial fan. She can do roles aside from the ones she's constantly put in. Jo, from Burst Angel, is a prime example of this and as such, is one of my favorite Rial roles.

Ocean actually has the balls to put different VAs into different kind of roles instead of maintaining one kind of role. Ocean does still suffer from type-casting though, just not as much as Funi does.

*coughBradSwailecough*

And besides, you want a studio to go under essentially. That's never a good thing as people lose their jobs.
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Posted 10/19/12

Jigokutenshin wrote:

who the hell watches dubs?its far beyond my comprehension.

I enjoy watching both subs and dubs, but if I can watch a show dubbed, I will, because it allows my eyes to do what they are designed to do when watching entertainment and my ears to do their job as well. I like to be able to appreciate the art without missing content because I didn't see the subtitles and I also prefer to not have to pause for long subs all the time. I have poor eyes and they are getting older and poorer every day. It isn't easy to read subs and enjoy the art at the same time.

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Posted 10/19/12
I do not care either way, dubs are great because I do not have to watch the subtitles, but the voices and stuff seem off, like some do not fit the characters. Soooo...I prefer subs I guess, but Ill watch either.
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