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I am trying to watch naruto and bleach and neither one of them is in English dub. If someone could please help me fix or understand this it would be greatly appreciated.
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cole997 wrote:

I am trying to watch naruto and bleach and neither one of them is in English dub. If someone could please help me fix or understand this it would be greatly appreciated.


A great deal of what CR has was acquired as simulcasts, and since those aren't dubbed, that's what they end up with. I know it comes up from time to time and some of the more knowledgeable users often step in to explain, but you might want to search a bit to see if there's another support thread open that has the answer in it isomewhere.

There is a very short list of titles that Crunchy has that is either English dubbed or originally in English (like RWBY). See this thread in the Anime forum:

/forumtopic-788825/crs-english-dubbed-anime

If you skim through that you might also find some reasons for there being so few.



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I don't think those shows are offered with a dub on CR, there's a sticky in the anime section of the forum [ http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-788825/crs-english-dubbed-anime?fpid=42120417 ] listing all the english dubbed anime CR has and neither Bleach nor Naruto are on there.

Edit: lorreen beat me to it.
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Crunchyroll simulcasts shows directly as they air from Japan. They don't post videos from DVD or Blu-ray and they don't offer English dubbed anime. Everything is straight form TV with English subtitles. A few shows are in English because they are either an online series or made in somewhere other than Japan.
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cole997 wrote:

I am trying to watch naruto and bleach and neither one of them is in English dub. If someone could please help me fix or understand this it would be greatly appreciated.


Almost forgot to mention a new thread started today. There are just a few replies there right now, but if you follow it, folks are likely to reveal their understanding of why CR doesn't currently have (many) dubs:

/forumtopic-829879/what-do-you-think-about-cr-adding-english-dubbed-series-as-well-as-subbed

It also sounds like you'd have something to add to the discussion.
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cole997 wrote:I am trying to watch naruto and bleach and neither one of them is in English dub. If someone could please help me fix or understand this it would be greatly appreciated.
When someone asks a question of "why", the answer is almost always money...although in this specific case, those are simulcasts, so there also wouldn't have been enough time to dub them either, and usually dubbing is done a season at a time, so even in the case where dubbing is done (by other companies who do happen to do it), it wouldn't be done until at least season's end, and sometimes it is not even for a year or two later, and for most shows it never gets done at all.

Subs are the simplest, fastest, and cheapest to produce, thus allowing CR to focus on getting more total shows than anyone else, and have them up as soon as possible. Dubs require either paying someone else an additional license, if the original producer is willing to sublicense it (usually unlikely), or hiring a whole stable of voice actors, directors, investing in a studio, rewriting scripts, directing, remastering the sound tracks, including sound effects, music, timing, etc, not things that are possible to do and still make a show available within an hour or so (in most cases) of the original broadcast date and time in Japan.

CR's business direction, at least so far up until now, has been that they try to get the most current simulcasts that they can every season, so they focus their cash flow in pursuit of that. This Fall 2013 season alone they got more than 30 new simulcast shows, compared to Funimation, who only picked up three or four.

It is interesting to me, to note that even Funimation is doing a trial release of one series (Oni-Ai) that is only subbed to see if there will be a market to do that. If there is, it would allow them to release disk editions which would not otherwise get funded, and wouldn't otherwise get released at all. More than 30 new shows saved and available in one season, vs only four shows that ever have a chance to get dubbed, and maybe even some of those four won't. That's the kind of choice here, so I'd rather see something subbed only than to not ever have it available at all.

Standard disclaimer: I'm not speaking officially for CR here, these are just my own personal observations.
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A lot of us like to original Japanese voices better also.
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