Quasi-qualitative analysis on subs vs dubs
In life, there is no true ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ There is only situational ethics, which denotes what you need to do in a specific time and place. What can be considered wrong normally may be considered the right thing to do in another instance. For example, consider an unconscious girl being ‘kissed’ by a man. Normally, that would be wrong â€“ the girl is unconscious, and doing so would be rude and contemptuous. However, what if that girl was just saved by that guy, a lifeguard, from drowning? The guy would have to perform those lifeguard techniques, which I don’t know what those are called, and this involves ‘kissing’ the girl to be able for the lifeguard to transfer the air that the girl desperately needs. Is this wrong? Most of us would think that it’s the right (if not the only) thing to do. There are only few things in life where one can totally say that that thing or object or idea is totally bad or totally good. Most of life lies in the gray part.
Slavery, or bondage, is among these few things, according to The Causes of War, that can be called as totally evil. It seems that this is how serious anime viewers look at dubbed anime for the most part. Whereas the light-minded, passing watchers like how the dub is enough, the otaku or the real viewer of anime is always impassioned against the watching of subs. As this have been extensively discussed in the past by different anime bloggers (myself included), I simply wouldn’t want to explicate more on the idea; this is the argument that I’m talking about and you all know so much of: dubs vs subs.
Something also says to me that no one really likes dubbed anime â€“ dubbed Western stuff, for that matter. I think that children and lazy people are the ones only eager to watch Naruto dubbed just because they could enjoy it more. (Subs need more energy when watching, because you have to coordinate your eyes â€“ part of it reading the subs, and part of it viewing the animation or the movement of the characters; in dubs, however, the eyes can concentrate on the animation or the movement, whereas the ears can catch up on the conversations among the characters or perhaps a soliloquy.)
Other than caustic comments on dubs in forums, I have practically no proof that subs are more popular in the anime community other than an isolated example: I mentioned this in a post on my WP domain, but I downloaded the dubbed first episode of Hikaru no Go within a week after it was ripped from Toonami Jetstream, a Cartoon Network subsidiary providing limited but free streaming anime. These anime are MAR, Hikaru no Go, and Prince of Tennis, if I remember correctly. Within a single week, there were already only very few seeds, and it took me five times the time that the episode should have downloaded in. Granted, Hikaru no Go is quite an old anime. To compare (at least to make this example more or less scientific [I hate that term, but meh.]), I downloaded (after a week as well) an episode of an old series (Hiatari Ryoukou), which I thought to be more or less comparable with the dubbed Hikaru no Go episode. It took me more time downloading HnG at half the size of the HR episode, so this told me one of three things:
a) Either there are more people interested in Hiatari Ryoukou than Hikaru no Go, which I highly doubt and doubted, considering the age and the lack of popularity of that series;
b) There are just more people liking subs than they do dubs; or,
c) A lot more people have already watched Hikaru no Go than they did Hiatari Ryoukou.
Considering their relative ages I assumed that there were roughly the same amount of Japanese who watched HnG and Hiatari Ryoukou simply because Adachi was popular at the time of HR’s release and his anime series was popular. If one factors it with the time past, through the years, the number who have watched Hiatari Ryoukou from re-broadcasts, etc. would be roughly equal to the popularity of Hikaru no Go‘s existence of only five years. I have no proof, but this is an excuse to make my post more scientific, ROFL, or at least explain why I put the brunt of this isolated example to be because of the fact that more people like subs than dubs. With this, I assume that the number of those who have watched HnG and those who have watched HR are more or less similar.
Next, Hikaru no Go caused a boom of interest in Go in Japan, whereas I never heard much of the aftereffects of Hiatari Ryoukou, so I’m assuming that it was more popular than HR. Addressing these two possibilities, I came up with having people like subs more than they do dubs. (I do know that most of non-Japanese anime-dom love subs more than they do dubs, but it’s better if one can at least more or less qualify this preference.)
At least, if I’m mistaken, kindly correct me with my assumption that people like subs more than they do dubs, at least for the majority of them in the anime-dom, anyway.