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Do you prefer anime dubbed or subbed?
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Posted 9/29/14
I like subbed because I like hearing the story in its truest form from the writer's heart and the voice actor's vocal expression for their characters.

Even with the best dubbed translations and voice overs, there is still a small bit of emotion lost in translation.

Even if I can't understand the words, I can still feel the emotion the actors are portraying with their voices, and for all intents and purposes they are the true soul of the characters for me.
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Posted 9/29/14
Hmm.. When I was younger I used to only watch dubbed.. I purposefully avoided subs.. But nowadays, I have a really hard time watching dub... Things have kind of flip flopped now that I have REALLY experienced sub anime lol. As some have mentioned, I too have seen some good dubs.. Redline(the anime movie) probably being one of the best dubs I have seen in my opinion.
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Posted 9/29/14
Honestly it depends on what I am doing at the time. If I am cooking or trying to focus on multiple things then dubbed is nice. If not then subbed is the way to be
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Posted 10/1/14
Subbed. Imo dubbed sounds funny because anime clearly screams Japanese to me, and the cheesy American accents.. but I suppose dubbed isn't bad, it's just that I'm not used to it.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
Subbed!!

Dub sounds really weird and off for me!
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Posted 10/1/14
Most animes sound more natural in sub
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Posted 10/1/14
It usually depends on which I come across first.

If I see the dubbed version first I usually don't like the subbed and vice versa.
Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
Always subbed.
Can't stand dubbed anime.
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Like a lot of people, my exposure to anime began with dubbed but later most of what I watch is subtitled. I'm not sure which I prefer more; I guess it would depend on the quality of the dub.
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I definitely prefer dubbed over sub. That being said I will gladly watch subbed if dub isn't available. Comes down to preference but I feel that I see more of the action and backgrounds if I'm not staring at the subtitles.

I know voice actors often comes up in these types of debates but often the preference comes from the comparison. You hear something in it's language and then again in your resident language and it sounds off because inside your comparing to what you heard the first time.
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Posted 10/1/14
You don't experience it as it was meant to be when it's dubbed. The emotion is intensified in subbed
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
Subbed. (Unless it's a Disney movie dub, dubs usually make me cringe. ) Back in my early days, it wasn't unusual for shows with a dub to under perform on sales and for the dubs to be dropped so if I wanted to finish a show, I had to watch it subbed. There's little nuances that get lost whenever something is translated so I like to be as close to the original as possible, which is why I prefer subs (cause watching stuff raw isn't gonna happen any time soon). I understand the importance of dubs since that's how I first got into Anime, BUT I got hooked on subtitled stuff when I saw how much BETTER a LOT of them were. (Especially in the old days when dubs tended to be pretty bad). So yeah, subtitled fan all the way.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/2/14
I hate my child self for watching dubbed anime. I think I'd still be watching it if I hadn't run out of sources for anime in English dubbed. Back then it seemed frustrating but I'm pretty thankful for it now. Not a big fan of dubbed anime, if you haven't noticed yet.

But if I hear a show has really good VAs in English I'll give it a try after I watch it subbed. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised and it's a good excuse to re-watch a show. All in all I'm not a huge fan but anime wouldn't be the same without them, I think.
Posted 10/2/14
Subbed. The dubs never seem to get the voices right...
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Posted 10/2/14 , edited 10/2/14
Usually Subbed. You can get a better sense of the production in most cases.Japanese Seiyu are usually better at interpreting the writer's intentions.

But there are times I like the Dubbed. English speaking Seiyu, today are better than they used to be and some anime are very well dubbed.

So I will watch the dubbed version with a friend who hates having to read; or having to back up to read something we missed the first time because of double dialogues; or just distractions. It's easier to chat about the episode while we watch.

Sometimes I just like to be able to multi-task. I can do chores, like fold laundry, if I can look away from the screen now and then,

Sometimes the Dubbed version is so funny I watch just for the hilarious translations.


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