Hi guys, I have been rather sparse in my posts lately so I want to come clean with you guys and explain myself. I am currently attempting to resume my educational pursuits by returning to my alma-mater to acquire my Master’s of Communication Arts. Unfortunatly, this requires some pre-testing for which I must study. As I have wanted to post more I find myself in need of the extra study time. I hope you can understand and I will definitely do more after I’m accepted.
I’ve been waiting quite a while to have this debate with all the anime fans out there. In many parts of the fandom this question is one of the first you are likely to hear rather you are a seasoned veteran of the anime world or a newbie fresh fresh from their introductory series. Subbed or dubbed? It is a deceptively simple question on the surface but nonetheless a divisive one. But I want to give my humble opinion.
In all honesty I feel like the beginning of the debate is started where you start in anime, As a child of the 90s, my anime journey began with Toonami, Kid WB and the Fox Box. As you can no doubt see I was brought up in the dub camp. But, as I grew older and refined my pallet I found that in order to stay current with certain releases I had to find subtitled versions of a show. This was in 2003 which meant I had to suffer through low-quality streams on sketchy websites and torrents . Dark times were upon me back then sure but I learned to enjoy subbed anime.
Now I have respect for performances on both sides of the coin. Admittedly I prefer dubs simply for ease of understanding I can and will keep up with subtitles. I respect voice actors and saiyu simply for the immersion they bring to the table. In short I just love anime. It really does not matter what language its dubbed in.
In the time I’ve been an anime fan I often look back to the old days of anime in the west. I want to say that my love affair with anime started with shows like Yu-Yu Hakusho or Mobile Suit Gundam, but I would be lying. Honestly, I had no idea what anime was at first. In my six year-old mind my first anime, Ronin Warriors, was nothing more than a very detailed cartoon. . Believe it or not, it took me seven years to truly become part of the anime fandom.
My gateway into the fandom came in the form of a very dear friend who started my journey by educating me in the different types of anime as well as its history. Of course, back then I was what you would call a culture nerd. So after about a month of learning where anime came from and what exactly separated it from western works I discovered that som of my favorite cartoons as a kid were actually part of anime boom of the 90s.
I instantly dove headlong into the fandom rewatching classics like Gudam Wing and Cardcapturors and watching new things like Samurai Champloo I was fortunate enough to have borne witness to a renaissance of sorts with a flood of new and interesting anime coming stateside, These new title brought out my fervor spawning fanfictictions and leading to a brief stint as an AMV maker on the forthcoming frontier of Youtube. I look back on these time fondly and you can even take a look down below to see a few videos I made.
It may be a little cliche, but even in my dark times anime was there. Sparing many details, it suffices to say that my physical disability has often kept me ill, in rehab or socially indisposed. but I’ve made many a friend community both at home and worldwide. Even from my sickbed or in rehab anime like Witch Hunter Robin and Air Gear inspired me to keep moving forward. In fact, it drove me to create many things from films to a soon to be published novel. In Short anime saved my life a few times and gave me a path to fallow.
So there’s the long and short of it all. That is my time among you wonderful people. So, How did you get into anime? Leave a comment below and subscribe if you like my material. I look forward to hearing from you