How do you like your anime?

@joanana (772)
United States
March 2, 2007 10:00pm CST
Do you like to watch the english dubs or do you prefer to watch it in Japanese with subtitles, or maybe no subtitles at all? What are your favorite genres, for example, do you prefer shonen to shoujo? Myself I usually don't mind dubs but if I can watch them in Japanese I'd prefer it. There are your exceptions though. I really don't like watching the Naruto dubs. The voices and pronounciations really really irk me in that one. As for genre, I'm an action kind of girl. With the exception of a few (Super GALS!, Ouran, and Furuba) I mostly avoid shoujo and stick to shonen, fantasy, and mecha types.
11 responses
@superpan (108)
• United States
27 Mar 07
what is shonen and what is shoujo?
• Philippines
30 Mar 07
Shonen: Anime where the main character/most of the characters present belong to the male gender. Shoujo: Opposite of shonen, where the female gender is more dominant in the show.
@GenoZyder (120)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I don't mind watching dubbed anime, as long as the dubbers are experts in their field, not like those from Animax. One example is their dubbed version of the Getbackers. That really sucked, especially towards the end of the series. As for genre, I'm not that picky. As long as the plot and graphics manage to get my attention, I'm fine with just about anything.
@joanana (772)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I know what you mean. Personally if I watch dubs I prefer that they be dubs by ADV as they're generally better quality.
@blindedfox (3258)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
Well, I always prefer the original Japanese dubs over English dubs. It doesn't matter if they have subs or not. I'm one of those lucky guys who aren't Japanese that understands spoken Japanese quite well. =) But there are some titles that I really enjoyed watching dubbed (Chobits, Mononoke Hime, Full Metal Panic). As for genres, I prefer Slice of Life anime over any other anime genre. =) Miyazaki films are the best.
@joanana (772)
• United States
12 Mar 07
lol, you are lucky. Even after four years of studying Japanese I'm still nowhere near as fluent as I'd like to be. Most of the time I can go without the subtitles but there are still too many instances where I go "wait, what did he/she say?!" and have to switch the subtitles on. Miyazaki's films are definately on a level all of their own. I can't think of any director, writer, or producer who can compete on the same level. Certainly there are other great films out there, it just seems like Miyazaki consistantly turns out winners.
@rekkusu (603)
4 Mar 07
I have noticed that although i dont really favor one over the other I find that if i start watching an anime that is either dub/sub and then change to the other half way through i will always prefer it the way i first saw it, wether it be sub or dub As for type i go for comedy first, but i will normally watch anything :)
@joanana (772)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I know what you mean! I'm the same way myself really. I think it's because you have already gotten used to the series one way and it's hard to accept in doen in another style. Though it's not true for me for every anime.
@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I'm one of those rare folks who actually enjoys the dubs over the subs. I have trouble keeping up with subtitles, and I either pay attention to the subs or what's happening on screen. So dubs are my choice. And I've only encountered a handful of dubs I didn't like, most of which are older. Of course, if all that's available are fan subs, I'll make do. As for genres, I don't have a preference. I'll watch anything that catches my eye, though I'm not a fan of mecha. If the art is good and the story is good, the genre doesn't much matter.
@joanana (772)
• United States
3 Mar 07
What is it about mecha type anime that doesn't appeal to you? Which shows have you seen that fall in that genre?
• Canada
14 Jun 09
I think that the whole Dub/Sub thing is a preference over what you watch first. If you watch subs first, the dubs will sound awkward. However on the rare occasions that you end up watching dubs first, in my case I watch DragonBallz and the digimon series in dub, I ended up liking the dub and hating the sub version. Usually I watch Japanese with Subtitles. I honestly like Shonen, Josei, Seinen, and Shoujo, which pretty encompasses all the genres out there. Great to meet another fellow shonen fangirl :P. Ah there are two series that I think did a pretty good job with the dub, Lucky Star and Haruhi Suzumiya, I enjoyed watching the English version of both shows.
@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
4 Mar 07
Well surely it should be japanese dubs and english text.
@haze06 (241)
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
I enjoy subs that dubbed. I once even downloaded full episode of the gate keepers but when I saw that it's already dubbed I quickly deleted it.. lolz.. Most of the time, dubs doesn't show the right meaning or thoughts of the anime itself.. I like watching reverse harem animes, shoujo anime and a couple of shounen anime. I have thousands of manga as well. I'm not currently into tsubasa chronicles..
@kittles (156)
4 Mar 07
I really don't like english dubs just because they sound so tacky... I can watch without subs if I wanted to as I understand japanese but as my husband can't understand japanese we get subtitled ones instead. And I like shounen jump titles best I think, I did grow up reading Nakayoshi but now they seem a bit too soppy for me lol I like action very typical shounen jump like bleach and stuff
• Philippines
3 Mar 07
I don't have a preferred genre.. some genres present exceptional animes, and excellence is excellence, so I still watch it. I watch everything, whether shoujo, sjoujo ai, shonen, shonen ai, shota/loli, mecha, henshin - everything - except hentai. It never appealed to me.
@eflynazwa (133)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 07
I prefer subs over dubs. But if I don't have a choice then dubs are fine, just it felt weird though. I can stick to any genres. Though deeper themes can get me confused but reruns can get me catch up with the story in no time.