7 Straightforward Reasons Why “Most” Fans Hate English Dubbed Animes

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I LOVE dubbed anime shows. And I won’t watch an anime unless it’s dubbed. It’s how I’ve grown up so I’m used to that format.

Listening to something in Japanese makes NO sense to me, and only makes my experience more irritating and unproductive.

Opinions aside, the anime dub vs sub war has been going on forever now. And if you ask me – it’s ridiculous.

But that’s not I want to talk about today.

Right now my focus is sharing 7 reasons WHY most fans hate English dubbed animes. With some reasons being more common or childish than others (in the grand scheme of things).


Reasons Why Fans Hate English Dubbed Anime:


1. Because some anime fans are elitists

Reasons Why Fans Hate English Dubbed Anime

Let’s keep it real. Elitist do exist in the anime community.

They’re so obsessed with the subbed versions, they assume those who watch dubs are losers, stupid, naïve or don’t know any better.

This is a sad fact about the anime community. A large portion of people convince themselves that they’re better than you, because they watch “the original” version.

Whatever that means…


2. Because they grew up watching subs

If it’s “normal” to you, then switching over to dubs will feel weird. And you’ll naturally dislike it in comparison.

A portion of fans grow up like this, and so it’s the most natural option to go with.


3. Because not every dub is high quality

Reasons Why Fans Hate English Dubbed Anime

Bodacious Space Pirates is an example of this, even if slightly.

The dub is great itself, but in some parts of the anime the dubbing is “off”. Meaning: there’s a time lag between what they say (words) and what happens on-screen.

Other times fans may dislike the voice actors/actresses because they don’t match the characters. Or their emotions aren’t “portrayed” to a certain standard.


4. Because watching dubs is like being a nerd

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When you’re a nerd in school (or the odd one out), people assume you’re a freak because you’re different to everyone else.

Watching dubs is the same. It makes you abnormal compared to most of the anime community, so naturally they avoid it to “fit in with the crowd”.

No matter what anyone says this is the unforgiving truth. It’s a sheep vs shepherd mentality for some people.


5. Because of translation issues

Reasons Why Fans Hate English Dubbed Anime

Sometimes words are missing from the original, or it’s changed in a way that doesn’t make sense. This is only a problem if you’ve watched the sub before the dub though.

As for me – I don’t give a shit if an animes been translated slightly from the original. As long as the meaning and the context makes sense, then it’s all good.


6. Because some fans prefer watching in Japanese

For reasons like wanting to know about the culture, the “native tongue”, and things along those lines.

Nothing wrong with that.

I compare it to going to a restaurant. If I want to eat Chinese, then it better be served by a Chinese person. Or else it doesn’t feel authentic to me.


7. English dubs TAKE FOREVER to be made

This is true for so many shows, so some fans don’t have the patience to wait it out. Hence why they stick with the subbed version.

Even though I prefer dubbed anime, there are so many I’ve missed out on. Simply because there’s no dubbed version. A good example is Kono Subarashii.

I want to watch Kono-Suba so badly, but there’s no dub so I’m not willing to watch it yet.


Can you add anymore reasons why people hate anime dubs so much?

3 thoughts on “7 Straightforward Reasons Why “Most” Fans Hate English Dubbed Animes

  1. doug whiddon says:

    I’m old enough to have loved “Japanamation” and I agree 100% with this article. While I am an avid reader who once never left the house without a book in my pocket (and now, thanks to my smartphone, have every book in my pocket) I don’t like to read movies or TV shows. Plus, I can’t paint warhammer models and watch subbed anime at the same time.

    Back when you had to choose between the sub or dub on VHS dubs outsold subs by a factor greater than 10-1. I doubt people have changed any since then.

    Every time I hear someone say why they hate dubs it all seems to come down to elitism.

    Are there bad dubs? Yes. There are some horrible dubs. Are there translation issues? Hell yes. I’ve seen scenes and series completely transformed by translation changes and I will still watch dubs. You take the bad with the good.

    I, too, very much want a KonoSuba dub. And, we might actually get one down the road. It’s happened before. But, i might summon the patience to watch it subbed.

    • Theo J Ellis says:

      That’s refreshing to hear (especially since I never experienced that growing up).

      I agree with you completely about dub quality. But I don’t know If I can watch the sub in the meantime for Konosuba. So i’ll try be patient a little longer!

  2. Galm 2 says:

    this is all Chuunibyou English dub fault

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