I'm a very slow reader and want to watch subbed anime
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I want to watch subbed anime but find it difficult because I'm a slow reader with a reading speed about 140-160 wpm(words per minute) and i think the average is about 200 I think a bit higher, also I'm dyslexic if that has anything to do with it I also have pretty bad comprehension skills, so if you got any tips on reading faster or know any subbed anime that's somewhat easy to read that you could share, I would greatly appreciate it.
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To be honest, I think everyone who is just starting to watch subbed anime has had that problem, so I don't think it should be a problem for too long. You will most likely improve your reading skills as well if you continue to watch it subbed.

When I first started switching to subbed anime maybe 7 or 8 years ago, I had that problem as-well; I found it very hard to multi-task reading and watching at the same time.

If you are just starting to watch subbed anime I would say start off on a shounen anime like (hunter x hunter, naruto, one piece, or bleach) as the spoken dialogue tends to be more slower paced.

Well to be honest, you should just watch what ever peeks your interest and if you have trouble with reading the subs, just pause it and read it, you will eventually get better at reading.

When I first watched tatami galaxy I had issues even as a fast reader because the subs were at a friggen mile a minute to the point it sounded like all the characters were singing "rap god"; so I had to pause it until I got used to reading at 500 mph.
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Haha, when you try to read Harry Potters book at 4th grade just because your teacher said you couldn't- eventually, reading actually gets easier if you challenge yourself.

But that's just me.
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Yeah I am also below average in it :/
But got used to it, first I had to stop mostly every sentence (even though some animes are way too fast but not all though)
So first maybe you can be used to thier sounds that will make it "easier" to read. (even though I don't understand the langauge it does help me understand whats written more clearly.. lol)

AzazelOfNexium wrote: When I first started switching to subbed anime maybe 7 or 8 years ago, I had that problem as-well; I found it very hard to multi-task reading and watching at the same time.

If you are just starting to watch subbed anime I would say start off on a shounen anime like (hunter x hunter, naruto, one piece, or bleach) as the spoken dialogue tends to be more slower paced.

Agree Watch Naruto or Bleach.
Posted 7/24/15
All that I can really recommend is to read more and to challenge yourself. It may be difficult at first, but no pain no gain, right? I never had a problem watching subbed anime, but that's probably because I've always been a really fast reader so...
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I would hit pause a lot so I wouldn't miss important stuff your not alone you get faster more you watch
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They tend reuse a lot of phrases and story elements in anime which makes reading subtitles very easy. I have a learning disability myself so when I can't read something or miss it, it's easy enough for me to fill in the gaps mentally. Just keep at it and you'll get better at reading them eventually
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GaminaddictOGD wrote:

I want to watch subbed anime but find it difficult because I'm a slow reader with a reading speed about 140-160 wpm(words per minute) and i think the average is about 200 I think a bit higher, also I'm dyslexic if that has anything to do with it I also have pretty bad comprehension skills, so if you got any tips on reading faster or know any subbed anime that's somewhat easy to read that you could share, I would greatly appreciate it.


I've moved this to our Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

I don't have much to add to the suggestions already given except to say, do not start with anything in the Bakemonogatari set of series. In addition to actual dialog subs, it plays a lot with fast flashes of text (much of which I don't believe is intended to be fully readable even by excellent and fast readers -- but at least most good readers would be able to get some of it. But probably much, much less likely for folks with difficulty reading.)
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GaminaddictOGD wrote:

I want to watch subbed anime but find it difficult because I'm a slow reader with a reading speed about 140-160 wpm(words per minute) and i think the average is about 200 I think a bit higher, also I'm dyslexic if that has anything to do with it I also have pretty bad comprehension skills, so if you got any tips on reading faster or know any subbed anime that's somewhat easy to read that you could share, I would greatly appreciate it.


I've moved this to our Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

I don't have much to add to the suggestions already given except to say, do not start with anything in the Bakemonogatari set of series. In addition to actual dialog subs, it plays a lot with fast flashes of text (much of which I don't believe is intended to be fully readable even by excellent and fast readers -- but at least most good readers would be able to get some of it. But probably much, much less likely for folks with difficulty reading.)


Oh gezz.... I thought it was just me when I was having a hard time keeping up with the subs on that series. Wow.... glad I caught this post, thx Lorreen - One Punch Mod! You rock!
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The first anime I watched with sub-titles was Evangelion and that was a bad choice. The sub-titles were super long so I had to pause at every single frame to keep up (and this was back when we were watching things on VHS!). Like the others said though, you do get better, and it is so worth it! With your dyslexia and comprehension problems, it's going to take a little while and a lot of practice, but pretty soon you will be able to watch foreign films as well as anime and that is a pretty great thing.

The German film 'Run Lola Run' has pretty slow sub-titles and not very much dialogue - you might be able to find it at the library or a video rental place. It was shown in my high school German class, so the teacher knew we wouldn't have too much trouble keeping up. You will be surprised how quickly you pick up reading sub-titles, even with your barriers. Like the others say, pause as much as you need to and take your time.
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Besides the shounen series that have been recommended, here are a few others that should be easier:

- Serial Experiments Lain: Not much dialogue, and hey, no one knows what's happening anyway, so missing some dialogue here or there won't actually matter!
- Nasuyuki Rendezvous: The story is pretty straight-forward, and the characters tend to spend a lot of time brooding, which means that the dialogue doesn't come fast-and-furious.
- My Love Story: The main character, in particular, speaks slowly and he has a tendency to repeat himself.

I know this sounds strange, but you could also try some of the manga 2.5 options (I've seen Hadi Girl and Tonari no Kashiwagi-san, which are both pretty good). There is a lot of reading, but alternatively there isn't a lot happening on screen--which means that you can focus solely on the text instead of the trying to follow both the text and the action.

Finally, I would encourage you to listen and not just tune out the dialogue--even if you don't understand the Japanese. You should be able to pick up some words and patterns, however, and even just being able to recognize the dozen or so most common words or phrases without having to read them, might help you focus more on the more troublesome subtitles.
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