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Should I watch subbed or dubbed anime? What is better?

What is going on Gym N Japan Fam! We are back with a spicy new post about whether you should watch your anime subbed (Japanese with English subtitles) or dubbed (English voice actors). Dubbed can also refer to any language that is put over the original. So if you are from Germany there might be a German dub etc, however for the purpose of this post we will be reviewing/talking about the English dub versions.

Now we know there are going to be some of you out there who think, it’s subbed or nothing. STFU, that is not always the case. In most instances, we probably agree, but in others we definitely do not.


Let’s start with why dubbed anime is a good option:

First off, for beginners or those who have never even watched anime before, this is a great way to get into it. You can sit back and enjoy the shows you pick without having to read at 100 mph. There are certainly some shows we would recommend to be watched in dubbed also, as the main characters voices in the sub can be very f@%king annoying (e.g. Asta from Black Clover or Goku in Dragon Ball Z or Super).


Sometimes it's just easier if you are binge watching say One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball etc because you can multitask to some extent without needing to watch the screen the whole time. If you watch 12 hours of subbed it can get tiring. Maybe that's why we have slowed down over the years and rarely watch for 12 hours straight? Or maybe we are just pussies, who knows.

Shows we would recommend viewing dubbed (but can also be watched subbed) are:

  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

  • Dragon Ball Z and Super

  • Death Note

  • The disastrous life of Saiki K (purely because you can't read as quick as he speaks haha!)


Best place to watch dubbed anime is on Funimation / Animelab as well as some on Netflix and Prime.

We both started off thinking anime was for losers and that we would never watch a show that wasn’t in our own language… Yet here we are trying to convince you that sub isn’t that bad and dub is more of a convenient option if we need it.. Let's make this clear, we both currently prefer to watch subbed 95% of the time unless we feel lazy. Sometimes to appreciate great fight scenes even more and support the creators we will watch them in both formats.. We did this with Demon Slayer when it was at the movies! If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out!


Now we will go into why we think subbed has its place at the top of the hierarchy. To truly be able to enjoy subbed anime, you need to be one of 2 things. First, be able to read relatively quickly or skim read so that you can still watch what is happening. Or, second, be a true man of culture who finds joy and notices the different voice actors even in another language, taking you to a higher level of being and living.


We both started preferring subbed purely because you can watch all your favorite shows sooner than a dub which can be months or even years behind the subbed version! By the time you watch it, it might have already been spoiled by some Facebook post that happened to have a spoiler title.. Now that we are a bit more cultured we have realised how good the voice acting is, in Japanese and you can feel the emotion a lot more than some American (who probably dubs every single anime MC).. The other thing you will miss out on if you only watch dubs is when the Japanese actors try to say words in English which honestly cracks us up sometimes! It can also produce some absolute fire looking at you Jujustu Kaisen episode 15, “My Besto Friendo!” if you know, you know.

DELAYS. We honestly hate them but it happens a lot more in dubbed anime for some reason and you can be waiting up to 3+ weeks for a new episode if you are watching weekly. This happened to me (Haydon) and I thought stuff it, I’m going to watch ahead in the sub and never looked back! Are you a dub watcher that has run out of shows to watch? Guess what! There's a lot of anime out there that don’t even have dubs so you could be missing out on some great shows.. Get some culture up ya!

Best place to watch subbed is on Crunchyroll with some available on Netflix and Prime.


Now if you are really starting to get into anime we highly recommend getting into subbed because you will eventually end up watching it so why not rip that band aid off quickly and begin now. If this hasn’t changed your mind you probably aren’t a true anime fan haha! Jks..

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