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The Future of Anime Dubs
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Posted 1/27/13
I've become so acclimated to watching subbed anime that it would take an adjustment period to go back to english speaking characters.
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They might just die out for all i care.
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I myself am slightly worried about this as well. However, I still enjoy sub-titled anime more, but sometimes my brain needs a break from all that reading so I like to watch an English dubbed anime... only to find that they all SUCK!!! Sorry for being a little rude, but it's so true. I mean I haven't seen a good English dubbed anime in a really long time! Sure some of them aren't all that bad, but none of them are great either. Lately, it's either that the acting is good, but the voice does not fit the characters persona.. or it's that scenerio in reverse! Seriously, all that I want is a dubbing that actually has the right to call themself a decent dubbing. Yep sometimes, I jsut think that all of us anime nerds and geeks should just start doing the dubbing ourselves, after all we know what we want. That is of course as long as we know how to act.
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If a title gets licensed for a certain country I somehow expect that a dub in that countries native lanuage is provided. Regardless if most of the consumers require it or not. I usually watch anime subbed, but sometimes I just want to hear it ...
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I'm incredibly worried they will die out in the near future. It's sad, but there's very little hope at this point, especially when the few companies still doing dubs have been incredibly lazy about it; practically proving that dubs are worthless when they're not.
I love dubbed anime, I love watching things in my own language and love seeing how adaptions can take advantage of the English language. It's much easier to show non-anime fans shows they'll enjoy when it's available in English, and I much prefer the way English voice acting is cast to Japanese type-casting (although it feels like recently English dubs have been using the same type-casting and actors;;).
I'm even more sad to see people losing their jobs, and voice actors already having a hard time staying in the dubbing industry. Not to mention how it could harm the already declining western anime industry in general. I find this to be a pretty big issue, and although I have little hope at this point for the dubbing industry, I still like to believe it'll stick around and improve.
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as long as I never have to hear a character voiced by Greg Ayres ever again I will be happy
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Most people don't like dubbed anime like me :3
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I seriously hope they dont die out, the problem is that there are so many poor quality dubs out there that ruin the feel of shows and not very many which enhance it. Given the choice I would always pick english, why wouldnt i? Im not some mad japan obsessed idiot who thinks its better purely because he has to read subtitles. That said I think that films typically have better dubs (Eva aside) recently I've seen summer wars, 5cm per second and redline which all had good dubs, baccano has a brilliant dub etc. We just need more companies to actually care about it
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dobs tend to suck, the words dont have enough meaning and the tone is just wrong..they cant say things like Nagisa-chan or Miyamoto-san correctly, plus the characters that aren't "Japanese" have weird accents.... like seriously!! Laura-sama!!!!!! Is that supposed to be a german accent??? AKB00 would be horrible with dubs........
Enjoy anime as it is!!!! It's a waste of money to dub it, so no one cares, plus Funi also does subs
the only anime that need dubs are the Pokemon like things...
dont ruin SHANA!!! Ragh!!

PLEASE IGNORE MY HYSTERIA IF YOU LIKE DUBS
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Posted 1/27/13 , edited 1/27/13
Whatever. Maybe it would be different if dubbed anime offered better streaming services than free fansubs, but they don't and never have. Couple that with 20 years of pillaging consumers wallets and I just don't care about their fates anymore.

Before high speed internet I couldn't buy a season of anime for much less than a couple hundred dollars. If I didn't catch my anime on TV than I couldn't watch any anime at all, a ton of anime didn't even offer box sets, you had to buy a 25 dollar DVD every few episodes.

I don't have any pity for these companies who stubbornly embrace archaic business practices and then put the blame for their failings on their own customers rather than themselves (Bandai). Not my fault that they can't get with the times. There's obviously money to be made out there, but they're too blinded by greed and stupidity.
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Posted 1/27/13 , edited 1/27/13

Balzack wrote:

Whatever. Maybe it would be different if dubbed anime offered better streaming services than free fansubs, but they don't and never have. Couple that with 20 years of pillaging consumers wallets and I just don't care about their fates anymore.

Before high speed internet I couldn't buy a season of anime for much less than a couple hundred dollars. If I didn't catch my anime on TV than I couldn't watch any anime at all, I never was able to afford more than a couple box sets.

I don't have any pity for these companies who stubbornly embrace archaic business practices and then put the blame for their failings on their own customers rather than themselves (Bandai). Not my fault that they can't get with the times. There's obviously money to be made out there, but they're too blinded by greed and stupidity.


Agreed... Unfortunately for as long as there has been a good trailer to a lousy film/tv series of whatever genre be it anime or whatever else. There has been negative consumer bias due to the fact that companies still foist the hard sell of physical media, but expect the consumer to take a chance with ever dwindling amounts of money available to take a chance with. I for one still buy everything I can as physical media, but long past is the time that I'd buy something on faith.

As for dubs, on one hand some of them have been good, on the other hand they've been terrible. Sadly as most people outside the anime community just think of it as 'stupid Japanese cartoons' at a base level, dubbed or not most people don't care to look beyond anime stereotypes burned into perceptions of the average consumer... aka, everything Shounen filler and fail and Death Note or FMA, which is a pretty narrow band to judge an entire genre on.

At the end of the day as you say, once companies realise that this strange magical thing called the internet is the proverbial motherlode on all media produced in the digital age, they might just make a change.
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Posted 1/27/13 , edited 1/27/13

BlueBananaCake wrote:

Most people don't like dubbed anime like me :3


Actually, more people like/watch/prefer dubbed than subbed. I mean overall outside Japan, not here.
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I personally hope they never get rid of dub, because in the last 5 years if not 7-9, dubs have stepped up drastically in my view. I don't pretend that there's really bad choices in dubbing but the voicing has improved drastically. You just have to look at Crispin Freeman, Michael Sinterniklass & Stephanine Shen.
All three tend to stick to similar characters, yet they have done villains instead of heroes and portrayed various types of characters. Proving they go all out for portraying the characters they act out via words.
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Posted 1/28/13 , edited 1/28/13

DalekCaan wrote:

I personally hope they never get rid of dub, because in the last 5 years if not 7-9, dubs have stepped up drastically in my view. I don't pretend that there's really bad choices in dubbing but the voicing has improved drastically. You just have to look at Crispin Freeman, Michael Sinterniklass & Stephanine Shen.
All three tend to stick to similar characters, yet they have done villains instead of heroes and portrayed various types of characters. Proving they go all out for portraying the characters they act out via words.


I agree. More than just them, the whole talent base has improved through experience and time. Anime has really only emerged outside of Japan as big as it is because of dubs, without them we'd have no market for anime. I also wish people had better excuses for hating dubs (of any kind) than the majority of what I've seen. It's sad really...
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If anything, it's because of anime dubs that many of my favourite voice actors now work in other projects. Crispin Freeman has shown off his talents in just young justice because he has multiple roles, each having their own unique personalities.
Vice versa, I can see many current voice actors now join up to work on anime projects if given the chance.

I can understand not all anime will ever be subbed, I just find that the dub makes the anime even more enjoyable because it's like watching another season, in that the sub is the exact copy of the story while dub is a western viewpoint while still being the same story.
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