Disclaimer: This post doesn’t account for people who might have physical/mental difficulties which make them unable to view one medium (sub or dub) as easilly. E.g I’m not going to tell a blind person to watch a sub and I’m not going to tell a deaf person to watch a dub and e.c.t
I’m going to keep my personal opinions out of this post so that I can talk without bias about it and give a more balanced and fair argument. Then I will go into my own personal opinions to say why one is better than the other.
People don’t like reading subtitles for many different reasons. One of these is that they can take you out of the show by forcing you to keep most of your attention at the bottom of the screen without really appreciating the images. Another thing that puts people off of subs is that they can’t read the words fast enough and constantly have to pause. As well as this Dub fans want to hear things that they can understand, partially because they can relate to things that are in their own language but also so that they can tune out if it’s not too interesting. It can also be more relaxing to listen to things in your own language as you don’t have to focus too much on reading subtitles.
Dub fans can normally put up with the voices that sub fans think are stupid because they think that the Japanese voices sound worse as they can’t understand them and they sound obnoxious.
The argument for sub fans is that the dubbed voices sound worse and are poorly acted. They can also put up with and have gotten used to the subtitles. As well as this even if the dub is good sub fans might still watch the sub as they like hearing the original Japanese voices so much.
So that’s the fair unbiased (as possible) argument, I will now go into my personal opinion and take down the points that I’ve previously stated. I am a sub person and the first and most easy argument to take down is the fact that they can’t read subtitles fast enough. If you cannot read the subtitles fast enough you really should be watching subs. This is because subs are easy to read, they stay on screen for an easy amount of time to digest and read; if you can’t read the subtitles fast enough then you really need to improve your reading speed. Nobody should ever read slow enough to not be able to read a single line of subtitles in time. So if you can’t read the subtitles fast enough you just don’t read enough to get good at it. Reading quickly is a pretty essential skill so it’s actually good for you to be watching subs. As well as this there’s also a pause button.
Now that my first points been said I can take down my second one where I state that you direct too much focus on the bottom of the screen. If you can read fast enough (we all should be able to read fast enough) then you can take the time to appreciate the rest of the images on the screen.
People who say that they feel better listening to things in their own language are valid but the counter argument for me is that sub voices don’t sound unfamiliar to me as I recognise most of the words and it doesn’t sound strange or weird too me. I get that subs are hard to get into but the lack of familiarity with the voices and language is something that you can easily get used too.
The thing in defence of dubs is that even if the dub fans can read fast enough they might not want to read. That’s fair enough; it’s about gauging the idea of which you value more: good acting or not reading. This is the main base of the sub vs dub argument and there’s no real objective answer.
I don’t hold any grudge against dub fans as I understand their arguments. The only thing that I’ve got to say too anime fans that watch dubs is that if you want to get into anime any more than you already are then good luck; there’s not really many dubs for you out there. If you like dubs then there’s a high chance that you will turn into a sub fan over time because you will naturally be interested in shows without a dub and want to watch them. This happened to me and I hope that it happens to you (if it hasn’t happened already) so that you can view many of the great shows that unfortunately don’t have dubs.
If your going to respond to this post with a comment you’re only allowed too if you bring up a new point that I forgot to mention or a different perspective that’s interesting, I just don’t want angry rants…ok?