For reference: The Sub vs. Dub War is idiotic. Stupid. Anime can be enjoyed in both options. Simple as that.
Through this latest written piece in the Looking at Anime Fans series I tackle the issue that a few anime fans have over the concern that some North American anime companies aren’t dubbing enough anime released on home video.
Part 3 in the Looking at Anime Fans blog series. Part 2.
First off an English Dub will not make it appeal to most non-anime watchers. People way into anime are already watching anime and probably English Subtitled with Japanese audio.
Giving a series a Dub would really not give an anime series or anime film more exposure unless the audience is already there. While English Dubs are surely valuable to newcomer anime fans once an anime fan becomes a very passionate one then that whole Dub only mumbo-jumbo importance for the most part disappears. This is primarily due to the reason that fans if they are way into anime already know where to look for anime which is through the Internet such as streaming. Not many are finding a series blindly through an anime English Dub for the first time.
If you happened to have started watching an anime while it simulcasted chances are you have a deep-rooted familiarity with the original voice actors of that anime. Meaning why would it make sense to even want to watch an anime English Dubbed? Unless you’re curious. More often than not even out of curiosity the English Dub would sound off to you since you might have already gotten used to the English Subbed version. This is the very reason many anime fans, I believe, end up complaining about the English Dubs being horrible. They have certain English voice actors in mind from having seen the original Japanese voice actors.
While I truly think anime can be enjoyed as English Subtitled and English Dubbed nonetheless the first version you listen to is the one that you will have the most affinity too. Thus appreciate it more.
Also to take into consideration is that anime English Dubs are rather expensive and somehow when I am looking for anime to buy from Sentai Filmworks whenever an anime has a Dub that series would always be a little more expensive to buy than an anime released by them that is only English Subtitled. Not only is it expensive to Dub an anime but also comes out being even more expensive to the anime fan!
No matter how you look at the situation surrounding a need for many more English Dubs, is unnecessary these days. Only some anime, phenomenal anime, deserve that consideration and if Sentai Filmworks or any other North American anime company want to pick and choose that is perfectly reasonable.
Don’t get me wrong I am like any other anime fan and like English Dubs but I merely want to bring up the many drawbacks for us anime fans in wanting Dubs with all anime. Certainly most anime don’t deserve that treatment and even if they did an English Sub only becomes a detriment to us financially. Not only us, the consumer, but to our favorite anime companies.