When watching anime these days thanks to the internet there is always one question viewers will debate till the cows come home, Dubbed vs. Subbed. I personally prefer the dubbed versions of anime because I hate reading subtitles in TV shows however, this week I thought it would be a cool idea to look at the debate and learn why this can be such a heated argument amongst the fans of anime.
This debate has been around for a long time and has numerous websites that look into the debate. Just googling the term ‘Dubbed vs. Subbed anime’ brought up so many posts on forums from fans discussing why they like dubbed or subbed anime. There are numerous reasons for each side of the argument as outlined in the video below. The views of each side both have merit to peoples preference so lets delve into this little research project.
To do this research I thought if I watched the same episode of an anime that is dubbed and subbed and discuss my findings for it. The anime I have chosen is none other than Dragon ball Z because honestly it is a great show and everyone has seen it before. the episode I chose to view is one of the best episodes in my opinion and is the one where Goku finally reaches the legendary super sayian form.
while watching the Japanese version of this episode there were notable differences I picked up from the dubbed version. The first major one I had was the voice acting of Goku. In the dubbed version of the show, Goku sounds a lot manlier than in the subbed version. In the Japanese version i didn’t feel as invested in the character because of how he sounded, in fact he sounded like a prepubescent teenager more than the worlds greatest defender. I also noticed that at the pivotal moment when Goku tells Gohan to leave the planet he wasn’t as angry in the subbed. It really amazed me how this one little change really effected the way I viewed Goku as a character. I wasn’t as drawn to Goku like I was when watching the dubbed version. In the dubbed I found that Goku was a lot more enthusiastic in portraying his mood. The subbed version did have some advantages to it, In the subbed version you do see a lot more dialogue being portrayed and lines have changed from the original scripted when it got dubbed. Check out the pivotal scenes below.
So in the end, I guess the debate does come down to personal preference. Both sides of the argument have valid points for and against the other opinion. For me I think I will stick to watching the dubbed version of most anime, unless it doesn’t exist then of course I will suffer through reading the subtitles.
Off the great wall (2013) Subbed vs Dubbed, Online video, 26th August, Youtube, viewed 4/9/2014, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7xNCy9NhFE>
redmario73 (2011) Goku goes super sayian for the first time (1080p HD), Online video, 26 November, Youtube, viewed 4/9/2014 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwrHGO7ljR0>