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M / Australia
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Posted 2/8/13
I like them both. If a show has a half decent dub, I'll probably watch it dubbed. But in the case of a bad dub (*cough*Strike Witches*cough*) or no dub, i'll watch sub. Speaking of dubs, I can't wait for the Fate/Zero dub
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20 / M / Olympia
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The voice actors of subbed sound so much more natural and they really make the character. For example, the dubbed Yoruichi compared to the subbed Yoruichi. The dubbed version sounds so bland which is a problem I have with many dubbed voices. The voices really make the character.
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Watching hundreds of hours of subtitled anime has gotten me pretty used to them and I've grown to prefer them. I also like that I've managed to pick up quite a few Japanese phrases now through osmosis.

The only dubs that I prefer anymore are the ones that I had previously watched. It's too jarring to go back and re-watch an anime that I've seen before in a different language. For anything that's new to me though, it's subtitles all the way.
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42 / M / Canada
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Neither! Give me Japanese audio and either no subs or the ability to turn them off. Crunchyroll is generally quite good for this, just a few shows have 'hard' subs for some reason that you can't turn off, e.g. Vividred Operation.
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20 / M / UK
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Subs only.
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20 / F / My World
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I can watch either, Im not too picky. Although there are some dubs I cant stand to watch such as Vampire Knight or Hakuouki. On the other hand, I am pretty fond of the dubs for Bleach and Naruto.
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15 / M / A Wall in the Heart
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It really depends. If the dub is horrible (which a lot of times it is) and the voices don't match the characters, then I prefer subs.
If the sub is full of errs (which a lot of times it is) and is hard to read and annoying, then I prefer dubs.
With the exception of a few anime (Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuutsu, Sora no Otoshimono, etc.), the dubbed anime songs are just horrible! Besides- no one does tsundere better than Rie Kugimiya- as an example. Todd Haberkorn has a hilarious voice, also. Some voice actors are good with certain characters, and others aren't. The puns also make a little more sense in sub version.

For the most part, I prefer subs. It just seems better to watch anime in japanese. It's "educational", not as awkward when a character shouts a *****, which are a good excuses for watching something on my butt all day.
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20 / F / New York
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I used to watch animes dubbed but because I talked to a lot of people that watch an anime subbed , they put out some very good points to watch an anime sub:
its original. I mean really. If you were in Japan or plan to go visit Japan some day you would have to watch anime in japanese either way since the voice actors in an anime are usually japanese and also manga artists; they did come from japan so why not watch an anime in sub ? plus it really fits the anime characters who where the settings are usually in Japan and their names as well.
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38 / M / Dallas
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Posted 2/8/13
Hmm Dub or Sub.

I watch both actually. I end up viewing a movie or TV show multiple times to hear it in a different language. You get more value out of your DVD and Blu-Ray that way if it is in multiple languages.

If I have to pick one, then Subtitled then. Even in English, I like to have captions on. This is for the instance you just cannot hear what one is speaking if they are either speaking too fast or softly to be understood.
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I started off with watching nothing but Dubs, since I watched Toonami when I was younger. Now I watch both Subs, and dubs, and like them both!
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I prefer watching subs the first time because I get exposed to so much more anime that way. It usually take over a year for popular sub anime to get made into a dub version.

I also don't like how the main character in a hero anime is normally less serious once made into a dub version.
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32 / F / PA
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Subs. I will only put up with dubs if I'm watching with someone who will not do subtitles. Hey, at least they are willing to watch an anime. More often than not dubs have parts in them that make me cringe for one reason or another.

Plus I really, truly, with the firey passion of 1,000 suns HATE it when dubs add dialouge that was not there in the Japanese version. I'm sure not all dubs do this, but when it happens I can't stand it. Why would they do that? Just because I speak English I can't read between the lines or appreciate a moment of meaningful silence the way a Japanese audience can? It feels like whoever is making the English adaptation genuinely thinks we either don't have a long enough attention span to handle silence, or that we are too stupid to make a connection from A to B in the storyline. So hey, let's use this few seconds of silence to have this character be captain obvious for our idiot audience or just jabber something to another character so it isn't so quiet.
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15 / M / Beech Island, SC
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up until about a year ago i only watched watched dubs because i didnt want to read the show while action was going on but then i start wanting to watch later seasons of shows that never got dubbed so i tried to find anything english but eventually i had to admit defeat. But now i realize the subs are amazing...still not the best for shows with a lot of action and you cant read everything and watch wats going on but i love them. but when im grounded but still get to use the tv funimation on demand works very well for my anime fix and Funimation dubs are actually pretty good, but im usually only ever on CR for my anime. so i watch the sub but on saturdays i have toonami so i watch those dubs and compare the diologue to the subbed episodes i already watched
Posted 2/8/13
It depends for me. If I find the dubs quite suitable then I'll like it. If not, then I'll just stick with the subs. Though one thing I don't like about the dub is that they can be very different than the actual dialogue.
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23 / M / Maryland
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Posted 2/8/13
Like many I like both. Both sides have their pros and cons. For me it boils down to availability and quality. If a quality dub of a show exists then I will watch it. If a dub doesn't exist I'll watch it subbed. One thing I don't do is watch both. Whichever I watch first causes me to identify the characters with their voices and I find trouble connecting to their dub/sub counterpart(unless the opposite is way better). I firmly believe that plenty of subs are inferior or equal to their dub counterparts and find the hardline subbers claims that we all must expirience the work in its native language as the director intended moronic. There are plenty of quality dubs out there besides Cowboy Bebop. THat being said some shows should NEVER be dubbed. The Gintama Movie dub should be erased from existance or stored in that gov warehouse in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Generally I decide dub vs sub by the quality of the English voice cast. If any of these VAs are involved I'll definately give the dub a listen:
Steve Blum(Bebop, Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin)
Crispin Freeman(Haruhi, Durarara!, Naruto)
Travis Willingham(FMA)
Wendi Lee(Bebop)
Jonny Bosch(Code Geass)

I know a lot of people aren't a fan but I love the ADV dub of EVA and was glad to see Spike Spencer and Tiffany Grant reprise their roles in Rebuild.
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