Anonymous said: Should I watch Evangelion dubbed or subbed?
It breaks my heart that this is even a question. I know there are some dubs that are better than others, but to me, anime dubbing is fundamentally shitty, and asking whether you should watched dubbed or subbed is like asking if you should watch a comedian’s set, or have that comedian’s jokes retold for you by someone else.
It’s not even as simple as saying it’s like hearing a bad cover of a song, because covers are often add something new to the original (like this kickass punk version of the Evangelion theme, for instance.) I think anime dubs are more often like the Kidz-Bop version of a song, taking something amazing and rehashing it into cringeworthy pablum to reach a wider audience.
I don’t know anyone who watches dubs of The Seven Samurai or Amélie or Run Lola Run or Pan’s Labyrinth, so why is it somehow acceptable for dubbing to be standard practice for animation? If anything, it should be even less acceptable. Human beings took time to draw, frame-by-frame, every goddamn mouth movement. Dubbing is like “Oh, hey, some people don’t like reading subtitles, so we’re just gonna rewrite this entire script the best we can and try to line it up with your mouth movements.”
The only dubs I condone are the hilariously shitty early 90s ones, like Pioneer’s Akira and Manga Video’s Street Fighter 2. Or fucking Mad Bull 34.
And yeah, I know I sound like a crotchety oldtaku, and some sassy lil’ teenaboo is probably gonna reblog and add “Wah, but the dub for Prince of Tennis is excellent!” but listen up, imaginary sassy lil’ teenaboo: you don’t deserve all the DVD/Blu-Ray language options, streaming services, and dual-audio .MKV formats. Back in my day, you’d either watched butchered, censored version of the dub on Toonami, paid thirty bucks for an uncensored version of the dub on VHS, or left Kazaa running for a week straight to download a grainy fansub that could only run in RealPlayer.
So yeah, I say watch Evangelion subbed.
What the heck that Evangelion punk cover is fantastic.
Anonymous said: Have you ever done anything nice?
why the fuck would i do that