Subs VS Dubs: Cue the Bloodshed

Lovely Grimms ❀

Today we tackle a topic that has ravaged the message boards of Otaku fans for ages. I’m going to be honest I usually catch grief from the sub purists.

You know who you are.

I can’t count the times I’ve said I liked a show only to be stared down with the, “Did you watch the sub or dub version.” Heaven forbid I say dub because I’ll bee met with 101 reasons the dub is trash and I should’ve watched the sub version blah, blah, blah.

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How I feel when I say I enjoyed a dubbed version of an anime.

Now I’m not saying that sub versions aren’t great. There are some very good reasons to check out sub versions of anime. I mean you get the exposure to the language, the benefit of knowing that your voice actor will always be there (they take their voice actors serious so no worries about a voice actor changing half way through unless they literally die), getting familiar with some really talented voice actors from a different country, and of course the differences in translation.

In general it seems that the sub versions more closely stay to the original where as the dubbed versions often have changes made that creators feel will fit their country better. For example in the American dub of Naruto Haku is female. Creators here felt it was to “weird” and confusing for children to see a boy feel close to a male figure aka Zabuza.

I know, I know… Shame on my county for being totally lame.

As you can see there are a lot of pros to watching sub versions of anime. But you know what? There alot of pros to dub versions too! In fact I feel like dub versions are 100% necessary. So here are a few reasons I feel we need to remember that dubs are important!

Do You Have Kids

As many of you know I’m a very proud mama. My daughter is just about five and we love watching some anime together… when it’s dubbed.

Like I said she’s almost five so she’s not a reading machine people! This can be a real struggle sometimes. For example right now I’m watching One Piece and sometimes she has to be there while I’m watching. If I only watched One Piece when I was alone I’d never watch it XD that’s the life of a parent.

So you can imagine how difficult it is to constantly explain what everyone is saying to her while watching. The fact is she can’t really enjoy anime unless it has been dubbed. Raising a new generation of anime lovers kind of depends on dubs.

In fact my guess is that if you’re from America the first anime you watched was either Cowboy Bebop, Dragon Ball Z, or Sailor Moon the DUBBED versions thanks to Cartoon Network. As you got older you craved more of that anime life but guess what? There wasn’t a whole lot of dub anime to choose from and that’s when you started watching subs. Then all of a sudden you had a world of anime to choose from.

Never forget though. Childhood you got into anime thanks to dubs.

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Don’t act like we all didn’t get our start here.

Anime Should Be Inclusive

Anime is for everyone.

Let’s say that again… Anime is for everyone.

One more time for the people in the back… ANIME IS FOR EVERYONE!

What I mean is regardless of any type of physical, developmental, or cognitive disability you should be able to enjoy anime. It’s easy to sit there and frown on dub watchers but you know what you have no idea what their story is.

Do you know how hard it would be to watch sub anime if you had dyslexia? Or you’re just not a strong reader? If you have a cognitive delay that makes it hard to process information. What if you are visually impaired and can’t read the small writing from that distance or you are straight up blind? What if you just don’t like reading subs period?!

You shouldn’t be considered any less of an anime fan. Again anime is for everyone and dubs helps make it accessible to everyone.

Why Miss Out On Talent

Listen up Grimms. I appreciate talent no matter where you’re from. There are so many incredible Japanese voice actors I have come to appreciate because of watching subs.

In that same breathe there are so many English voice actors I’ve come to appreciate!

I would hate to think that I never discovered Vic Mignogna, Greg Ayres, or Tiffany Vollmer to name a few because I thought dubs were beneath me or some such nonsense.


Making it Mainstream

I honestly think there are some anime fans that are generally afraid of this happening. I get it for a long time we could just be in our own world when it came to anime. For many of us anime was a safe place. Now with more streaming sites making anime available and cons becoming more popular we seeing new fans.

Having dubs of anime is really helping this which is one of the reasons I think some fans are so adverse to it. Personally I enjoy the fact that anime is becoming more mainstream in the US.

I think it is just tops that I can walk into Best Buy and find a selection of anime titles. Is there selection huge, no, but it’s growing! Plus there was a time when you couldn’t find any anime in stores unless it was a specialty store. If you lived in a smaller area than you could just forget it.

Having dub versions of anime is exposing more people and creating more of a demand. We’re seeing more anime titles carried in stores because of it and I’m loving it.

Final Thoughts

Let’s appreciate anime in all of its glory. It’s cool to watch subs or dubs or BOTH. Anime itself is just cool! Which ever way you want to watch it is valid.

You might even find that there are certain anime you like in subs and others you like in dubs just because you start valuing different voice artists. For example I cannot watch Naruto in anything but the sub version because I refuse to listen to him be voiced by anyone but Junko Takeuchi.

Junko Takeuchi

I think the English voice casting for Ouran High School is gold so that’s my preferred way to watch it.

I love both the English and Japanese versions of Bleach and can literally flip flop every episode between the two with zero problems.

So I say let the bloodshed end XD and enjoy anime in all of its greatness!


I did not create these images

13 thoughts on “Subs VS Dubs: Cue the Bloodshed

  1. I think this is one argument that no one really comes out the clear winner. There may be benefits to sub or to dub but it is more of a personal reference than anything else. No matter if it is sub or dub it is essentially the same story ^^

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  2. Honestly, i mix it up depending on what i’m watching and when. Obviously, some series don’t ahve dubs, so that limits it. I too watch with kids, and even as an advanced reader, my youngest isn’t really wanting to read subtitles right now. My Dad too could never do it because he was a slow reader. there are some series, such as Wolf’s Rain, where I actually rpefer the dub too. It’s just one of those things I think.

    My general view s this though: We’re all enjoying anime, so why complain about which version we’re watching?

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    1. Right! Anime is so much fun so just enjoy the show XD sometimes I think people just want to complain to complain you know what I mean. I’m glad we have both versions of anime. Haikyuu is going to get an English dub soon and I’m so excited because it’s one of my favorite anime and now my daughter and I can watch it together ❀

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  3. I always watch subs..because I just don’t like dubs. But that said, why one Earth would I want to cause grief to people who do like dubs? I you like watching dubs, good for you. It amazes me to no end that there are actually people that can cause arguements about this. It all comes down to respect everyone and letting people enjoy watching anime they want to enjoy it 😊

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    1. Agreed! It always surprises me when I see people getting into actually arguments about this lol. I mean I’m sure their are lots of people who enjoy the dub version of Naruto. I personally can’t get through even one episode of the dub but I could careless if someone else enjoys it lol. Good for them! I’m glad there’s another Naruto fan πŸ˜‚

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  4. My preference is Sub. The only anime I watch in dub because they are or were on adult swim are Dragon Ball, Naruto, full metal Alchemist, Jo Jo bizarre Adventure, hunter x hunter. Other than that all sub anime

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    1. I can’t believe I forgot about Full Metal Alchemists but that is another show I enjoy dubbed. Recently I tried to watch the dubbed version of fairy tale and I couldn’t do it lol I hated it! I’m to tied to the sub voice actors!

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