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There are active sub vs. dub threads, but are there people on Crunchy who usually stick to one and find they have trouble with the other?

Some streaming services only offer one or the other, and while I prefer sub, I will watch the dub if I want to see the series bad enough. I've found it is horrendously difficult for me to pay attention to the dub, because - as a result of Sailor Moon being my first sub ever when I was 11 - I am paranoid about bad translations.

On the flip side, I can never watch the sub of Cowboy Bebop because the dub is so good. I've seen that series about 20 times all the way through, and I've only watched it once with subs.

Anyone else have this struggle? Examples?
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I stick to subbed shows.

The dubs always end up sounding off.
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It depends on the show. Older shows like YuYu Hakusho, Inuyasha and DBZ I have to watch dubbed. But, when it comes to current or more recent anime I can't wait for dubs. and as Dariamus stated many dubs just sound "off". Whether it be from translations to inserting random words or sounds to match mouth flaps.

but, for the most part it comes down to the anime. I actually really like the English dub of Baka & Test, but i also like the original voice actors.

I've been trying to find an English dub of the Familiar of Zero as I think it has great opportunity for an English voice cast, but I can't seem to track one down. At least not legally.

Long story short the only reason I have trouble doing Dubs is because it takes them too long to come out.
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I'm so used to my video games being dubbed, usually by the same actors who do anime dubbing (in the U.S., that is), that I have no trouble going back and forth. There are times when I prefer the sub (e.g. Sailor Moon until Viz started doing the new dub), and there are times when I prefer the dub (e.g. DBZ; I'm one of those who can't quite listen to Grandma Goku).
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Yamstarch wrote:

It depends on the show. Older shows like YuYu Hakusho, Inuyasha and DBZ I have to watch dubbed. .


Do you think there's a big nostalgia factor in that? I've gone back and watched Inuyasha with subs, and while I like it more, I can't help but feel a sense of loyalty to the dub just because that's what I saw first.

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hnrbledischarge wrote:


Yamstarch wrote:

It depends on the show. Older shows like YuYu Hakusho, Inuyasha and DBZ I have to watch dubbed. .


Do you think there's a big nostalgia factor in that? I've gone back and watched Inuyasha with subs, and while I like it more, I can't help but feel a sense of loyalty to the dub just because that's what I saw first.



Oh there is no doubt it's a nostalgia thing as part of it, but I honestly just like the English voice actors better. Especially in YuYu and DBZ.
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Nope. I enjoy both dubs and subs.
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No I'm a dub fan FOREVERRRRR
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ehh not really. im watching the Dub of Ghost in a shell as of right now & i think it sounds better than the sub :// i
dont know maybe it could just be my ears
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I started with dubs, watched like 3 or 4 anime series in English but then watched one that had no dub and just fell in love with the sub version. I just can't find dubs good anymore.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Nope. I enjoy both dubs and subs.


true that.
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I usually watch subs, but there are a few specific shows that I watched dubbed. For example, I watched Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy on Toonami and I watched the Sgt. Frog dub because I heard it was really good.

The translations in subs actually tend to be more accurate than in dubs because they have the option of using translation notes and they don't have to sync the english dialogue to onscreen mouth movement. If the sub you're watching isn't translated well, you can always just watch a different sub.
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I use to watch just about everything dubbed when available. But in this day of age, I generally watch subs because I want to watch shows as they come out. For shows that I like that do get dubbed, I will buy the BD and watch it dubbed when I do. I enjoy both languages as each has its own benefits and I can stand listening to bad dubs, but not overly horrible ones.
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I started with dubs and refused to watch subs for quite a while, now that I've started watching subs the dubs just sound off some how, so i can't go back now, there are very few animes that ill watch dubbed unless I've been told they are exceptionally done, then i might give it a go but usually just watch the subbed anyway
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I started out watching dubs simply because I was too lazy to read, but then when I started watching shows without dubs and actually heard the subs, I just could not go near dubs again. Now I can't stand listening to one for more than even a few seconds usually. Every once in a while, I'll go listen to some American dub that people say is good, but will have to immediately switch to the sub. Even shows famous for the dubs, like DBZ, I will try listening to and then won't be able to get very far. I personally thought the American VAs for that show sounded horrible like in every other show (though I haven't seen the Japanese dub either, so I can't say its better). I guess to be fair, I loved the VAs for Avatar: The Last Airbender (if you consider that anime).
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