Do you watch fansubs?

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@Pompon (1758)
Poland
September 14, 2007 2:40am CST
Or maybe you only watch anime that's surrently on your TV? Most of the anime I watch are fansubbed because there aren't too many anime to watch in my country. Beside I like to know what's the newest thing in Japan. Also I think the quality of fansubs is great these days and getting even better with HD releases. I.e. I can and I do buy Ergo Proxy in polish on DVD, but Shinsen's HD version is alot better plus it has tones of side notes that helps apreciate the team that's been working on production of anime. I store it too, on my hard drive. And how about you? Do you watch fansubs? If yes, they're english or in your first language?
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• Philippines
14 Sep 07
i prefer watching fan subs because i like to listen to their original japanese voices while reading over the lines. their voices are also a big addition to the characteristics of each anime character we watch.
@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
14 Sep 07
Yeah, japanese seiyuu are really great. Oh, I started a discussion about favourite seiyuu some time ago, if you want to share your opinion with me you can reply;)
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
14 Sep 07
Most of the time I watch fansubs first. When I first got introduced to anime it was a few series that my friends owned, but once I started exploring anime on my own I found that much of the type of anime I liked wasn't really being released in the United States at that time. I often find interesting series that none of my friends have heard of, usually by searching for reviews or talking on anime forums. I do usually buy the English versions of series I really like if they do come out here. I originally watched Fruits Basket via fansubs, but once it came out in the United States I bought the DVDs anyways, to support the anime industry here. There are many other series that I will probably buy eventually when I have the money, but until then I often watch fansubs even after the series has been releaseed here. The other series that I can think of that's been released here that I watched via fansubs first is Naruto. I started watching it almost two years ago, and was amazed when they actually started showing it on Cartoon Network. I was really excited, but at the same time it's so far behind there than where I was in the fansubs, that I'm still watching the fansubs so I can finish the series. The other problem with watching anime series on American tv is how much they change from the original Japanese versions sometimes. Especially when they are being marketed to younger children. Card Captor Sakura is the best example of this I can think of. The American version (Cardcaptors!) cut out entire relationships between characters and completely destroyed whole parts of the plot! It's like they're two completely different series. =P
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• United States
14 Sep 07
Yep. Sometimes I find it better than the dub. Not to say that all dubs are bad because I have seen some good ones out there. But sometimes American companies tend to screw around with the plot lines.
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• Italy
2 Jan 08
I watch a lot of fansub too. With it I can watch series who have not yet arrived in my country, but when they arrive it feels strange to hear them dubbed (even if Italian dubbers are some of the best in thw world). For example with Full Metal Alchemist, Ed is a cute boy in the original version but in Italy they gave him an handsome male voice O__O. It's great but I prefer the original
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@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
3 Jan 08
Yup, it's very hard to get better dubbing than original japanese cast. That's why I'm glad I can choose if I want to hear japanese voices or dub. Actually, in Poland anime are not dubbed, exept those that are meant for kids like Pokemon or Sugar Sugar Rune. And fansubs are amazing these days. Not only they translate newest things fast but some of them also provide side notes so we can understand better what we see;P
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
yes, i watch funsubs and id prefer watching it than those aired in tv. in funsub you can watch the whole series and enjoy it as much as you want. unlike in tv you have to wait for the day after just to see the next episode. :D
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@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
14 Sep 07
I understand but it's not completely true. When you watch anime that isn't finished ye you still have to wait a week or even more for the next ep. BUt that can't be helped xD
@megumiart (3780)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I also watch fansubbed anime, becaue I like the original voices, and all they ever show on TV in America is english dunned anime. I can't sand that stuff! There's just some subtle things that can't be translated from Japanese that make anime soo good, and in some cases hilarious. ;]
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
12 Oct 07
Considering anime isn't widely available in my area without resorting to the internet. A number of other circumstances stand in the way of my purchasing it off the internet, primary among them are my inability to get a credit card (banks hate me for some reason)... and most sites refusing to deliver to P.O Boxes (good luck there my house has no number, no mailbox etc. So I'm stuck with whatever Wal Mart decides to randomly stock that isn't Dragonball Z. Out of the roughly twenty Discs I've purchased in the last four years three of them were shows I'd heard of, the rest I just bought because they were there. If it wasn't for fansubs I'd have long since been insane.
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