Sub VS Dub ٩◔̯◔۶

Published February 28, 2015 by Shay Taree
So I know that this is a topic that many people have their own opinions about and I thought that I would share mine. That topic is sub vs dub. 
I know that many people prefer the sub since they can hear the original
Japanese voices and they don’t mind reading the subtitles
Then you have those that prefer the dub because they don’t want to read the subtitles and they don’t mind the dub voices.
Well for me I kind of like both depending on the mood I’m in and the anime that I’m trying to watch. Some anime I do prefer the subtitles version since it may have been the version that I’ve seen first and I’m used to the Japanese voices. Also it could be that there isn’t a dub available for that specific show. 
Now when it comes to dubbed shows I do like them for a few different reasons. One reason is that if it’s an older show where I watched the dub first for example Sailor Moon then I’m used to the dub voices so when I hear the original Japanese I’m not used to it. Another reason is that I don’t feel like reading the subtitles and just want to listen and pay attention to the show. The last reason for me is also that I may look up who is doing the voices in the dub and decide that it could be good especially if I recognize any of the voice actors names. 
But there is my opinion on sub vs dub. I don’t think one is better than the other. I think that they are both great and that it’s definitely up to the viewer. But I would love to know everyone else’s opinion. Like always comment down below and I will definitely answer back.
Happy Watching! ~ Anime Reviewer Girl!

11 comments on “Sub VS Dub ٩◔̯◔۶

  • Most of the anime I watch is subbed but I tend to watched the dubbed version after, I watched Say I Love You both subbed and dubbed along with Sword Art Online and a few others….if the voice acting is good then that’s all that matters to me 🙂

  • I kind of do have a preference for sub rather than dub, but it is not to say I hate dub overall. In fact I prefer the dub for Full Metal Alchemist, Inuyasha, and E’S Otherwise. It is because I watched this animes dub and I’m so used to the voice I can’t go towards sub.

    However there are some animes where I could do both which is basically Bleach, Death Note and Naruto. The voices (either Japanese or English) are both good. Some animes such as Code Geass didn’t do so good as dub since they didn’t get the tone right.

    As you mention that you sometimes don’t feel like reading subtitles, I am the complete opposite. I like having subtitles for everything… American tv shows and movies as well. Even though I understand English, I still love to have the subtitles. I would even watch Harry Potter with subtitles. lol. That’s why I’m so grateful I live in the 21st century where there is subs offer on DVD. I would have died with just VHS, where there is usually no subtitles.

    • Lol that is definitely true. There are definitely anime’s that I love hearing the dub voices. Like you mentioned Inuyasha. I tried to watch it subbed when Final Act came out but I couldn’t do it so I just waited for the dub.

      I can deal with subtitles a good amount of time but sometimes my eyes are like nope I don’t want to read I just want to watch.

      • LOL! Same here for Inuyasha. I was so excited when I heard there would be another Inuyasha series, but when I heard the Japanese version… I was like nope! I decided to wait till they dubbed the whole series because I’m used to Inuyasha’s English actors. The only disappointing thing for me was probably that sesshomaru was voiced by another voice actor. It didn’t have the same feel so I ended up not watching Inuyasha Final Act.

        I can see what you mean. I just have subtitles in case I don’t catch what they say, especially characters with English accents and funny humor. I’m slow at that. Movies like Lord of the Rings and TV shows like Games of Thrones are really hard for me to hear every word. I’m such a nitpick sometimes 😀

      • You should definitely watch Final Act! It’s really good once you get used to Sesshomaru’s voice. But it’s the same way when it some anime’s they start to speak in English but it can at times be difficult to understand.

  • I prefer dubs to subs, but don’t feel strongly either way. Most of the shows I have watched lately for example are only available subtitled.

    What causes arguments is when people who like subs look down of guys who like dubs. The English voice acting isn’t as bad as they make out. They just watch a show in Japanese first and then if they hear their fave characters with a different voice they just cannot accept it.

    • Yes that is very true! I’ve seen some really good dubs and I think dubs deserve to have some credit since it is very hard to dub a show.

  • For me, it tends to be whatever I watched first. For example, I watched Steins;Gate (one of the best anime ever, just saying) in dubs first. Then I watched the subs. Many argue that the original Japanese voice acting is superb for that show, and I don’t disagree. I’m just saying that I adapt to whatever material I view, or rather listen to, and it can be hard to change to another language, whether that involves reading it in subs or relaxing in dubs. And of course, it depends on the mood I’m in and if there is (are) genuinely bad voice acting from both parties, though I don’t really complain much for dubs.

    Loved your point on Sailor Moon BTW – for my ears, that show was meant to be in English, as that is what I heard first as a child!

    • I also agree with a lot of your comment. Depending on which version I watch first is usually what I stick with unless I really want to watch the other version. Like with Sword Art Online and Attack On Titan I’ve seen it both subbed and dubbed. I watched the sub first for both so watching the dub was interesting but I liked the acting for both. But thanks the same goes for me regarding Dragon Ball Z as well since I grew up with the dub so watching the Japanese voices for me is very difficult.

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