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Definitely go with the dubbed version, DBZ and Dragon ball have to me some of the best dubs in anime, maybe not the quality but you can tell the voice-actors put a lot of heart into their lines.
Can't stand the Japanese version. Some of the voices make me want to ram needles into my ears, like who thought it was a good idea to give Goku Earth's strongest defender, the voice of a dying cat? Sean Schemmel is the only voice for Goku imo
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Watch the dub versions.
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I first caught DBZ on tv in 1996 at age 11. I had a tv in my bedroom at the time with an antennae and I was able to get some CTV or something broadcast from Vancouver to show up. I had never in my life seen a cartoon that was even close to being like that, and with people flying around, shooting stuff out of their hands I was both confused and immensely fascinated.

Fast forward 3 years, and by that time 14 year old me still thought about that weird show I had seen and started to think those couple episodes I watched were just a weird dream I had. And then the new Funimation dub shows up on Toonami and I was hooked for life.

What I'm getting at here is that it isn't a simple dub vs sub debate. DBZ in the west is a cultural experience in its own right because it fundamentally changed the anime industry and garnered probably millions of new fans. You should go with the dub to experience the same phenomena that the rest of us did, with all these iconic voices and even music changes (the Bruce Faulkoner tracks make it an entirely different experience in a lot of ways).
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GerryO wrote:
Can't stand the Japanese version. Some of the voices make me want to ram needles into my ears, like who thought it was a good idea to give Goku Earth's strongest defender, the voice of a dying cat?


Because his name is .. Carrot.. of the vegetable people..
http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Origins_of_character_names
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Lemontitties wrote:

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?


They are both really good actually. The series benefits from having very skilled, passionate VAs on both ends. That said, go sub or you'l miss A LOT of the jokes which make up the majority of the dialog in the first series.
Posted 4/11/14
when r u starting on pokemon?

it's better than DBZ imho



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I grew up with the dub, So I would pick that.
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Lemontitties wrote:

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?



For these two, I have to choose Dubbed. Not sure if its because I grew up watching the dubbed version or because I honestly think its better.

99% of the time I prefer subbed versions when it comes to other anime.
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Arsenette wrote:


Lemontitties wrote:


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.


I actually notice that almost everyone in this post is 23 and under and of course they love the dubbed version. The older crowd like myself and two other guys in this post love the japanese version of course... I saw that someone said the spanish version is good and I agree with him. The voices in the spanish dubbed are awesome.
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ohiramine wrote:
I actually notice that almost everyone in this post is 23 and under and of course they love the dubbed version. The older crowd like myself and two other guys in this post love the japanese version of course... I saw that someone said the spanish version is good and I agree with him. The voices in the spanish dubbed are awesome.


Never saw/heard the Spanish dub. LOL And I'd totally understand it. (must hunt down to listen)
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

when r u starting on pokemon?

it's better than DBZ imho





Never lol
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