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Post Reply Which is better subtitle anime or dub anime?
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All of them.
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I don't know, but after years of scientific research perhaps we'll finally find the answer. And maybe we'll find answers to the other pressing questions of human existence such as "Which is better, chocolate ice cream or strawberry ice cream?"

One day I'll prepare a dissertation on the subject.
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I prefer subs because I'm trying to learn Japanese.
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I like both. Some dubs sound better than subs and vice versa.
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None of them.
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I prefer subtitles, but each to their own.
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bhl88 wrote:

Question, which is better: Star Wars in Korean or Star Wars in English? Harry Potter in Russian or Harry Potter in English?

Unless you were asking this question of someone fluent in Korean for the former, and someone fluent in Russian for the latter, you are rigging the question.

Take a random poll of people in Japan, and ask them, whether those films are better in Japanese or English, and you probably wouldn't like the answer. (Most Hollywood films are presented dubbed in Japanese).
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Really, I watch both. I tend to watch them subbed first and then dubbed. Some I prefer dubbed because I just like the voices better. Many I prefer subbed because, again, the voices better suit the characters, to my ear anyway. There was one show though (Comic Party Revolution) that the voices in both subbed and dubbed grated on me so much I had to drop the show...couldn't stand it! And of course many, if not most of the available anime are subbed only and if you limit yourself to just dubbed you are missing out on a lot of shows.
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I personally prefer dubs whenever they are available if it is done by one of the usual companies, but I won't hesitate to watch subs if a dub isn't available or if it's really bad. What people don't realize is that there is good and bad voice acting on the Japanese side, and it's not just applicable to dubs. It's harder to pinpoint bad Japanese voice acting for those who don't understand the language, but it does happen.
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youre not gonna get the answer youre looking for, but, I go with subbed. unless its on CN
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When I first got back into anime I preferred dub, but after having no choice in watched the airing anime subbed and then going back to dubbed it just didn't sound right to me for some reason. I can't think of a good clear reason why considering I do not know Japanese but I feel as though the voices fit the characters better. At this point I choose out of preference to watch only subbed and actually cringe hearing dubs. The last two dubbed shows I did like was Hellsing ultimate and Samurai Champloo( never heard the sub version to be honest)


Also when I did watch dubbed only it feels like the same VAs in every show for the most part. Even then there were a few VAs who's voices were like nails on a chalkboard to me such as Monica Rial and especially Greg Ayres. It wasn't so bad when it was a supporting role but i remember trying to watch Heavens Lost Property when I only liked dub and I dropped it because of his voice. I completely respect the fact that others will disagree and probably are big fans of him, I've seen a few interviews he seems like a really cool guy. Just can't listen to his voice.
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Posted 6/27/16
I try to watch dubbed
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I end up watching both. All comes down to what I am feeling at the moment and who I am watching it with.

When by myself I normally do more Subs then Dubs though because of the fact that I have access to more content by going with subs. But when with friends it depends. Some of my friends are not used to subs so it is easier to do dubs so I don't have to pause every once in a while for them, but other times we watch subs if everyone can keep up.


I will say this, Dubs can be better then people give them credit for. Quite a few times I've watched both the subbed version and the dubbed version of a show and found both to be acceptable. But other times they get the voice entirely wrong to the point it doesn't fit the look of the character. Though, I have also seen the original Japanese Audio not fit the character either. Case in point with YYH, Kuwabara, his Japanese voice was quite annoying but the English dub voice I found better fit his look and personality. That being said, cases where the Japanese voices don't fit as well as the English voices are rare.
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I prefer subs since the episodes come out faster.
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Shocked at all the people saying dub. Sub is far more superior. Most dub VA's are terrible.
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