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Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z
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I'm going to watch Dragon Ball for the very first time and finish Dragon Ball Z. My question to all of you guys is what are your opinions about the subbed and dubbed versions? Which one do you think is better?
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Dubbed, It's the way I saw it as a kid ofcourse and I don't really like Goku's grandma voice in Dragonball Z...
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I'm biased because the dub is what I know so I'm probably not very objective. I think it's pretty good though, there aren't any characters (aside from Majin Buu) that are so annoying sounding that I get distracted, which is the problem with a lot of dubs I watch.

I also like the dub better because they changed Goku's VA after he grew up. So in Japanese he sounds like a woman for the entire series. It's iconic for people in Japan I'm sure, but it's weird after growing up with the dub.
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They are totally different. The Japanese voices play on the jokes the entire series relies on (everyone named after vegetables, musical instruments, body parts..) that don't translate well to younger audiences. If you know that going in then the sub won't bother you. If that does bother you go for the dub which changed the entire essence of the characters and just made the entire series into an action series. The anime was originally meant to be a joke on the entire shonen genre. If you don't care for that just go with the dub.
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DBZ I found both versions to be voiced well. Dragon Ball, I like the dubbed version better, the voices just seem more comical to me.
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The dub is a rewrite, not a translation. The sub will be more genuine. You will eventually want to watch both to see just how different they are. A lot of the jokes in the dub are sanitized for your protection. I think they are funnier if translated faithfully.
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I vote dub. It is what I grew up on but your looking at well over 300 episodes between the two series. I don't even like to read when I am forced to for school so I like having breaks from subs from time to time.
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Arsenette wrote:

They are totally different. The Japanese voices play on the jokes the entire series relies on (everyone named after vegetables, musical instruments, body parts..) that don't translate well to younger audiences. If you know that going in then the sub won't bother you. If that does bother you go for the dub which changed the entire essence of the characters and just made the entire series into an action series. The anime was originally meant to be a joke on the entire shonen genre. If you don't care for that just go with the dub.


So, you're saying if I want a more serious approach, go w/ the dubbed. Though if I want a more comical and nonsensical approach, go w/ the subbed. Did I summarize that well? Lol
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I think the sub is actually quite good, but I first saw the dub and love the dub. Yes, it's cheesy, but it's also wonderful. DBZ was my child hood. I loved Goku. It's still by far my favorite shonen and I used to see it all the time. I love this series, and even though I like to say I've outgrown shonen, this has always been one of my favorite series since I was small since it is very epic, upfront, and just fun to watch.

It's called the God of shonen for a reason lol.
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Dragonball is dubbed only for me, too nostalgically good as well as well done. Master Roshi, kid Goku, and bulma are stand outs, while yamcha and Tao Tao are just great. You could watch it in Japanese yet I don't see any gain. Its one of the greatest early Dubs.

DBZ however should be experienced in Spanish. You heard me, Gokus Spanish voice is just perfect.

Outside of this.. personal preference. Vagetas English and Spanish voices are both equally famous, while English Freeza is horrible. Japanese Freeza is scary as hell however.

Cell is a tough call as his Jva. Is one of the most high profile ever... but cell is nice in any language.

If your up for being a wierdo and changing the language track all the time, go for it. But I suggest Dragonball in English and the va 's carry over so you'll probably stick to that.

Japanese Dragonballl camexout in the 80s and does feel rather aged compared to the English one.

Regardless, have fun! Dragonball itself is an all time favorite of mine. As you might have noticed, I have seen it in multiple languages and at least trewatch it twice a year.
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Felstalker wrote:

Dragonball is dubbed only for me, too nostalgically good as well as well done. Master Roshi, kid Goku, and bulma are stand outs, while yamcha and Tao Tao are just great. You could watch it in Japanese yet I don't see any gain. Its one of the greatest early Dubs.

DBZ however should be experienced in Spanish. You heard me, Gokus Spanish voice is just perfect.

Outside of this.. personal preference. Vagetas English and Spanish voices are both equally famous, while English Freeza is horrible. Japanese Freeza is scary as hell however.

Cell is a tough call as his Jva. Is one of the most high profile ever... but cell is nice in any language.

If your up for being a wierdo and changing the language track all the time, go for it. But I suggest Dragonball in English and the va 's carry over so you'll probably stick to that.

Japanese Dragonballl camexout in the 80s and does feel rather aged compared to the English one.

Regardless, have fun! Dragonball itself is an all time favorite of mine. As you might have noticed, I have seen it in multiple languages and at least trewatch it twice a year.


Cell's JVA is the one who narrates Hayate the Combat Butler. He's the best.
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Felstalker wrote:

Dragonball is dubbed only for me, too nostalgically good as well as well done. Master Roshi, kid Goku, and bulma are stand outs, while yamcha and Tao Tao are just great. You could watch it in Japanese yet I don't see any gain. Its one of the greatest early Dubs.

DBZ however should be experienced in Spanish. You heard me, Gokus Spanish voice is just perfect.

Outside of this.. personal preference. Vagetas English and Spanish voices are both equally famous, while English Freeza is horrible. Japanese Freeza is scary as hell however.

Cell is a tough call as his Jva. Is one of the most high profile ever... but cell is nice in any language.

If your up for being a wierdo and changing the language track all the time, go for it. But I suggest Dragonball in English and the va 's carry over so you'll probably stick to that.

Japanese Dragonballl camexout in the 80s and does feel rather aged compared to the English one.

Regardless, have fun! Dragonball itself is an all time favorite of mine. As you might have noticed, I have seen it in multiple languages and at least trewatch it twice a year.


Pretty much what Felstalker said.

The "Subs vs. Dubs" debate regarding DBZ is ridiculously controversial and has been since its first mainsteam airing on Toonami/Cartoon Network back in 1996. If you can stomach the ham-inducing voices of the English dub ("IT'S OVER 9000!"), then go for it!
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RX-0Unicorn wrote:

Pretty much what Felstalker said.

The "Subs vs. Dubs" debate regarding DBZ is ridiculously controversial and has been since its first mainsteam airing on Toonami/Cartoon Network back in 1996. If you can stomach the ham-inducing voices of the English dub ("IT'S OVER 9000!"), then go for it!


some additional knowledge this reminded me of.

DBZ and Dragonball have numerous dub's and redub's, the most popular "Funimation" dub has been done at least 3 times I believe.

Dragonball actually has quite the leg up over Dragonball Z in that it was dubbed after Dragonball Z initially aired.(unless it's Curse of the Blood Rubies, the first movie)

The idea was "DBZ is more popular, so just dub that k?"

Dragonball also has the leg up in story, and I've seen several dub's of it as well. I've recently watched Dragonball on Hulu+ just to rewatch the Tao Tao fight, and decided to watch the episodes in sub and dub. Their are no changes. Shit that's dramatic and serious are just the same.

Now if this was Digimon? Oh dear lord, if you ever find the Subs somewhere tell me, because this 4kids Digimon is so famously butchered.
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Felstalker wrote:


RX-0Unicorn wrote:

Pretty much what Felstalker said.

The "Subs vs. Dubs" debate regarding DBZ is ridiculously controversial and has been since its first mainsteam airing on Toonami/Cartoon Network back in 1996. If you can stomach the ham-inducing voices of the English dub ("IT'S OVER 9000!"), then go for it!


some additional knowledge this reminded me of.

DBZ and Dragonball have numerous dub's and redub's, the most popular "Funimation" dub has been done at least 3 times I believe.

Dragonball actually has quite the leg up over Dragonball Z in that it was dubbed after Dragonball Z initially aired.(unless it's Curse of the Blood Rubies, the first movie)

The idea was "DBZ is more popular, so just dub that k?"

Dragonball also has the leg up in story, and I've seen several dub's of it as well. I've recently watched Dragonball on Hulu+ just to rewatch the Tao Tao fight, and decided to watch the episodes in sub and dub. Their are no changes. Shit that's dramatic and serious are just the same.

Now if this was Digimon? Oh dear lord, if you ever find the Subs somewhere tell me, because this 4kids Digimon is so famously butchered.


4kids anything is ridiculously butchered. Please watch Bully la Bully. It's a parody of what would happen if 4kids did Kill la Kill. You must see it.
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Arsenette wrote:

They are totally different. The Japanese voices play on the jokes the entire series relies on (everyone named after vegetables, musical instruments, body parts..) that don't translate well to younger audiences. If you know that going in then the sub won't bother you. If that does bother you go for the dub which changed the entire essence of the characters and just made the entire series into an action series. The anime was originally meant to be a joke on the entire shonen genre. If you don't care for that just go with the dub.


So, you're saying if I want a more serious approach, go w/ the dubbed. Though if I want a more comical and nonsensical approach, go w/ the subbed. Did I summarize that well? Lol


I'd sum it up that way. I know honestly it goes with taste. A lot of people are partial to the first time they ever saw it and anyone under the age of 30 would have seen it dubbed on Cartoon Network and know it as a badass show where shit blows up every 10 seconds (and epicly). I watched it in Japanese in VHS pirated videos mailed from Japan and wanted to know wtf the main guy sounded like a girl (and why that was on purpose). Then it became instantly hilarious and added another layer to what was already visible on the screen. The show is just fun to watch even muted. Both sets of voices are good. But your question which one would I prefer. If you have access to both, switch between the voices and see which doesn't grate your nerves (some just can't get past the Japanese voices). Either way I think DBZ is fun mindless destruction of everything you know about the genre. Seeing your age I would say it's poking fun at the Naruto's and Bleach (of that time) and other shows of that ilk that went on for hundreds of episodes. I hope you like it. It's a fun show.
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