Finally, a non-controversial topic! Any time I’ve had the Sub v Dub debate it’s always ended in hugs and roses, and usually everyone in the room claps for us when we’re done! In all seriousness, the last few days of this challenge have felt contentious to say the least, so I guess we’re keeping with the theme.
I know you all saw the challenge title and knew you could count on me to impart wisdom and settle this debate once and for all. So gather around children while I gift you my expert level analysis on which is superior: subtitles or dubtitles.
So, I won’t hold you in suspense here. This isn’t a food blog and I don’t feel the need to tell you my life’s story before giving you the recipe for success. My personal preference for anime is….
I have several reasons I prefer the subtitles and the original audio, so I’ll just list a few of them here:
- The anime is synced to the original audio rather than the other way around
- It feels more authentic to me
- I’m forced to pay attention
Really, the first two reasons go hand in hand. From an outsiders perspective, it feels like a lot of work goes into the professional voice acting industry in Japan. With anime being such a huge market, it makes sense. So the script, emotions and delivery always seem to sync up perfectly with what I’m seeing on screen. These shows are animated to emulate Japanese voice actors, and it shows.
I don’t mean to indicate that the English Dub cast is lazy or untrained. It’s just that, while the English Dub cast always put in amazing time and effort, it rarely ever truly clicks for me. There’s always something a little bit off. It could easily just be in my head. And it isn’t just anime; I also prefer any live action show to be in it’s original language.
The last point is another big one for me. Even for the most exciting movies and TV shows, I’m always tempted to pull out my phone and “multitask”. Of course, one or the other always ends up getting most of my attention and I become lost. If I’m having to read the screen to keep up with what’s happening, this becomes much less of an issue. I’m fully immersed in what I’m seeing. That’s obviously more of a fault for me and not Dubs, but it’s the unfortunate truth.
Ultimately, it’s going to come down to personal preference. While I see Sub as the superior choice, all of the reasons I see it that way are personal to me. Many people have their own reasons for picking one or the other, and in the end, enjoyment is the real goal here. So let’s stop pretending
Dub is as good as Sub that one is better than the other and just get along.
But seriously, Sub is better.