Defending Anime
Defending Anime
Defending English Dubs!
Hello Nakama! Happy MLK Day to all us Americans.To everyone else happy monday! I figured we celebrate such a day by arguing; doesn't that sound fun? So I'm a big fan of English dubs in anime; taboo I know. I here all the complaints that J-dub watchers make and, with respect, I have to disagree. Fair Warning: So right off the bat I plan to not make any friends as I'm going to make points that are completely subjective. Now I don't plan on changing anyone's opinion and the points I'm about to make might seem arrogant and cocky; In a way I would agree with you. Let's get to it shall we? So sit back and relax (or don't) boys and girls because the arguing is about to commence! 3,2,1.... Lets Jam! English Dubs Have Bad Voice Acting: This is something that I hear all the time. People suggest that the acting in English dubs are just bad. Now if that's you're opinion that's fine, I'm not here to change that (kinda), Just hear me out. I can respect if you like the J-dub better but does that make the English Dubs bad? In the case of the big three, Aniplex, Viz Media and Funimation, they all hire hard working and respectable voice actors who throw a lot of emotion in their acting. I can see you're point in the place of 4-kids that highly edits their dubs to pander to children. Not necessarily a bad thing but compared to the Japanese version of the same kids show, 4-kids really suffers. Other early dubs in the 70's and 80's such as Astro Boy, Speed Racer and even early dubs of Dragon Ball Z are also highly edited and voiced terribly. Now we have well trained and very talented voice actors who put their heart and soul into making sure all dubs are as good as they can be. English Dub Scripts Are Wrong: I hear this one too much. Again going back to the 70's and 80's and studios like 4-kids, scripts we're highly edited and change the original content. Talking again about the big three, they have translators and script writers who do their best to stay as close as possible to the original Japanese script. Yes some lines are changed but that's mostly to make it easier to edit lip flaps as well as get rid of inside jokes that most western audience won't understand. As otaku's we pride ourselves in knowing and understanding Japanese culture but as someone who has watched subs, certain lines that come around (even when I get the reference) just don't stick as well as a line that was edited in the dub. Subs aren't perfect as well. Many of times things get missed translated to a point that a character sounds like they're speaking like a caveman. A lot of subs get mistranslated just the same a dub might. Subs have to be translated just the same as dubs and can fall into the same problems that dubs do so unless you speak the language and watch it raw, you won't get the 100% real experience. English Dubs Have Terrible Voices: Yet another completely subjective opinion. Of course to say that you're opinion on this is wrong would be wrong of me but that's not what I'm trying to do, not really. All I'm trying to say that maybe you're opinion is a little misconstrued by you're surroundings. When we hear a voice for a character we tend to associate that voice with that character. When that voice changes we automatically hate the change voice. For example: I grew up on Chris Sabat as Vegeta. When I went back to older episodes and heard Brian Drummond as Vegeta I thought it was terrible. Was Brian Drummond bad as Vegeta? Not necessarily but it was different from what I was used to say I didn't care for it. When you hear a Japanese voice actor and then an English voice actor chances are you won't dig the English voice actor too much. Japanese voices are certainly unique. Trying to copy a voice is hard to do, so the English dub team does their best to get the voice that they best fit the part. Authenticity: It makes sense to watch a show in Japanese to stay authentic to the original source. Since most anime take place in Japan it only makes sense to watch in the language that the setting is in. What about the anime that set in Europe or America or a fictional country or world? Just because the anime originally came from Japan does that mean it's better to watch in Japanese? In my personal opinion, in the case of anime such as Black Butler, Hellsing and Baccano; maybe they should be watched in their proper language? (unless you only speak Japanese of course) In the case of Naruto, Sword Art Online and any high school anime, I can see watching in Japanese for authenticity. As far as shows like Dragon Ball and One Piece that take place in fictional versions of Earth, take your pick they both have great dubs in Japanese and English. I'm not saying your wrong to watch a show set in an English speaking country in Japanese. I am saying that don't hate on English dubs because it's not "authentic" when you do. To Sum It All Up! Thanks for sticking around those who did. Hope you don't hate me for what's been said. To sum it up we're all otaku's. Whether you watch in English or Japanese anime is anime. We all still love the same great characters and stories. We laugh, we cry, we get excited all the same. We all love anime and if you're here to bash others for the dub they choose then you're nothing but a Weeb (I hate that word too, sorry if it offends anyone). Do you agree? Am I way off base or out of line? Any anime, characters or sagas you want me to defend? let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading everyone and have a great day!
Defending Ash Ketchem!
Is Ash Ketchem Really That Bad? Hello friends it's time to defend another hated anime character. Today we have Ash Ketchem of Pokemon! If you don't know what Pokemon is the obviously you were born yesterday. Even if you haven't seen the anime or played the games you've seen Pokemon somewhere. If you haven't seen the show or played the games might I suggest you stop reading this and go do so now! For those of you still around chances are you're annoyed buy the main protagonist Ash Ketchem and wonder why he hasn't been replaced. I'm here to ask, is he really that bad? To Be A Pokemon Master! Ash Ketchem of Pallet Town, started his journey at 10 years old. He left his home for one reason, to become a Pokemon master. Things didn't start off well as Ash woke up late and the 3 main starters, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur, were all taken. Only a Pilachu was left, a Pikachu that hated Ash. Now Ash would go on to gain the respect and love of Pikachu and would eventually catch all three starters as well as some other Pokemon and he was set on his path to become the very best like no one was before! Why People Hate Him. It goes without saying that Ash is not the very best like no one was before. Catching them all just does not seem to be on the agenda. Ash is clumsy and constantly makes terrible decisions and needs his friends to bail him out. Ash is nowhere near perfect you can even say he's a bad Pokemon trainer, or is he? Ash Loves His Pokemon! Say what you will about Ash's Pokemon training skills, is he perfect? Absolutely not but Ash loves his Pokemon and (for the most part) his Pokemon love him too. Ash forms a bond with his Pokemon, he cares for them and will protect them even if it means putting his own life at risk. I suppose the argument can be that if he was a better trainer he wouldn't have to take such big risks. Although that might be true to an extent some things can't be avoided such as when Team Rocket attacks or a flock of angry Spearows. And yes he evolved Charizard to fast but over time even Charizard had to respect Ash and how he cared for him. Regardless how how he got into danger he's always there to protect his Pokemon and I think you got to respect that! The Many Gym Badges Is Ash the Perfect trainer? No, not even close but Ash did win every badge from every region, including the Orange league! Did he get lucky? Absolutely he did, in fact his first 2 were given to him by Brock and Misty. Nevertheless he went on to beat every other gym leader, showing everyone that some times it's better to be lucky than good! Ash has never won a Pokemon league championship, he never made it past the semi finals but he had made it to the top 8 and with every loss he becomes stronger; one day I believe he'll be a Pokemon master! Do you agree? Am I out of line or way off base? Any character, saga or anime you want me to defend? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading everyone and have a great day!
Defending Team Rocket
Is Team Rocket Really That Bad? Hello Vingelers! It's time once again to defend a hated anime character! This time we're looking at the Pomemon thieves Team Rocket, Jesse, James and Meowth! Prepare For Trouble! This might seem like a weird one since they are a child's anime antagonist and meant to be hated. I would say most people who watch it now find them to be very entertaining. Think back though to right before school when you would watch Pokemon, if you're like me you hated this group. "Stop trying to steal Pikachu!" you said. Well it's time to go back in time and tell you're younger self that maybe team Rocket isn't so bad. And Make It Double! Let's be honest this group is a bunch of clowns. They're too stupid for their own good. Yes they want to capture Pikachu but they're not to good at it. Watching it now, and you better believe I'm watching it now, I more or less feel bad for them. How do you hate a group who just can't catch a break. To Protect The World From Devastating, To Unite all People Within Our Nation! There not such bad guys, remember the time they helped Pikachu defeat Lt Surge? Remember when Meowth and Pikachu got tethered together and had to work as a team to survive. They only want to help the boss, the real villain of the story Giovanni. They could really do a lot of good if given the chance. Plus they have the most adorable team of Pokemon. To Denounce The Evils Of Truth And Love, To Extend Our Reach To The Stars Above! Let's remember who the real villains are; the competent members of Team Rocket Cassidy and Butch and of course the leader Giovanni. Jesse and James may have given up their life of crime had not been for these people. The competition is strong with this one as loosing to Cassidy and Butch is unexplainable. And let's not forget they loyalty they have for Giovanni. If this was not a kids anime he'd probably have their head by now. Team Rocket Blast Off At The Speed Of Light, Surrender Now Or Prepare To Fight Looks like Team Rocket is blasting off again. Do you Agree? Am I way off base or out of line? Any Character, saga or show you want me to defend? Let me know in the comments. Have a great day everyone and thank you for reading!