Friday, September 24, 2004

DUBS VS SUBS: Which will win?

Before anything else, Let me makes this clear. I am a anime fan that loves both dubbed and subbed animes. But I prefer to appreciate more the dub version(especially the Filipino-dub than the english dubs) before appreciating the sub version even more. The reason for this is that some people tend to nitpicking the flaws of the dub version because they had seen the anime in its original format which I don't agree with. Flaws like changing of names, edited scenes, horrible voice acting of dubbers, etc. are subjects of debate between dub and sub enthusiasts. But the truth is, like Phil of The Amazing Race says, "each has its own pros and cons."

Dub Version Pros:
1. People can enjoy watching anime without reading the subtitles.
2. People can understand the anime because it is in their native tongue.
3. People will learn new words that they don't know exist in their native tongue(which is now fading because of technicality of some words).

Dub Version Cons:
1. They change some names in order to synch to the mouth movement of the characters.
2. Alteration of the story to fit to the culture and traditons of the viewing public.
3. Editing of vulgar, violent, and nude scenes to comply to the conservative groups.
4. Adlib some dialougues that result in the alteration of the original script.
5. Some dubbers have not-so-good voices.

Sub Version Pros:
1. Retains the original voices of the voice actors because of the subtitles.
2. Retains the original story.
3. You get to learn the Japanese language, culture, and traditions.
4. No edits if you got it from downloading on the net.
5. No need of dubbers.

Sub Version Cons:
1. Some subs have wrong grammar and inaacurate translations.
2. Your so busy reading the subtitles depriving you the chance to fully enjoy watching anime.
3. Sometimes the subtitles appear in a blink of an eye that you cannot catch-up on what they are saying.

Though the advantages of the sub reign over the dub, the bottomline is that the audience has the choice whether to go for the dubs or the subs as long as he/she is happy with it. That's good enough for me.

That's my opinion worth more than 2 centavos! ^_^


Shout-Outs:
Thanks to MangoMoon and Yui for the comments. Thanks to Anime Kabayan for the compliment.



5 comments:

Yui said...

Hi zen!!

Ganda topic. Pwede ba kitang ilagay sa blog pals? Anyways, I totally agree sa lahat ng sinabi mo. Thanks again sa info about Fruit Basket. Honga pala, about dun sa Slam Dunk, ipapalabas ata daw ngayon yung 4 OVAs. Napanood ko yung One Piece nung isang araw. Gulat ako mga ABS-CBN dubbers yung iba. ^_^

barnacleboy said...

i once read about american audiences preferring subtitles from english-dubbed shows because their voice talents suck. the same is false however, in the philippines, because our voice talents ROCK! (salamat nga pala kay zen para sa kanyang voice actors topic at nalaman ko ang pangalan ng mga local va's).

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Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)

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