The following rant serves simply as a way for me to vent some frustrations that have been pounding away at the back of my psyche for the past couple of weeks now. I apologize in advance if I offend anyone by what I write here as it is not my intention....well not completely anyway. ....
If you're an open fan of dubbed anime, chances are you've heard someone say something along the lines of: "You watch dubbed anime? What the hell is wrong with you?" or maybe "You're not a true fan if you don't watch anime subbed!" You should also realize how completely annoying and hypocritical those statements are.
Just to clarify, I don't want to get into the argument on REASONS why people prefer subs over dubs or vice versa. Those debates have been done to death and they always end with, "we agree to disagree." I merely want to ask, to any sub fan out there, why is liking the dub version of an anime so bad? And why do you feel the need to start mouthing off the second you realize we like them? Is it a personal insult to you? Is liking the dub version the equivalent to dancing on you grandmothers corpse for some of you? Because really, that's the only reason you should have some of the reactions I've seen.
I've seen friendships end over this subject. I've seen system admins, SYSTEM ADMINS, go crazy on one of their regular users when they said they like the dub version of an anime better than the sub. It's BS like this that make anime fans look bad. This is half of the reason why so many people think all anime fans are just ignorant weaboos who reject anything that isn't japan related.
I also hate how the hatred is always so one sided. Everyone hates on the dubs but NO ONE is allowed to hate on the sub. News flash, not every japanese dub is perfect. There are just as many bad performances as there are good ones. Case in point, Project ICE. The acting in that OVA series was just terrible. Although I'm a little hesitant to count it since they didn't even hire professional VAs to voice it (the whole thing was technically just advertising for a band of the same name). And then there are shows like Sekirei or Ikki Tousen where all the girls pretty much sound the same save for a slight change in pitch depending on what stereotype they're going for.
Most of the time, they don't even give the dubs a chance to breathe. They'll watch maybe a one minute clip at the most and write it off as garbage. Did anyone ever pause to think that, if you just sat down and approached with an open mind (and no, watching an episode repeating "This sucks" over and over again in your head doesn't count)that maybe you might actually like it, that it wasn't as bad as you thought it was? Hell, I'll even provide some recommendations at the end of this thing. I know there's a thin line between actually liking something and just getting used to it, but that's usually a distinction you have to make for yourself.
But the worst thing about all of it? the one thing that makes it all so insufferable? The fact that half the time, they don't even know what they're talking about. The people who keep preaching about how the dubs suck usually don't even know anything about the industry they claim to love. They don't know the dubbing process, they don't know what it takes and the strict criteria to be a VA, and they don't even understand how fucking hard it is just to get the licence to release an anime stateside. If you're going to hate something, at least know what you're god damn talking about otherwise you'll just end up looking like a complete tool.
And that's my rant...To those of you who took the time to actually read the whole thing, I'd like to say thanks. If there's anyone there that I've offended, again I apologize. Respond (or don't respond) to this however you will, hell even flames are welcome.
As for the recommendations I mentioned earlier, here they are: Gankutsuo: The count of Monte Cristo Baccano! Kino's Journey Basilisk S-Cry-Ed