An otaku’s voice

July 25, 2008 § Leave a comment

Recently, I watched a panel on how fansubs are destroying the Anime industry from Anime Expo on youtube. I can’t just help but feel angered by the stupidity of the panel. Seriously…did you ever expect dubbed English dubbed Anime was going to thrive? Firstly, otakus (hardcore Anime fans) would rather watch the original Japanese with fansubs (despite the fact that it is considered an illegal action) then wait an eternity to watched a usually poorly done dub. It’s not because of the English dub’s poor reputation, but because of it’s accessibility. Which comes to my second point, prices. I went to HMV recently, and noticed that the Haruhi box set was charging $50 for JUST 13 episodes. No way is someone going to cough up that much money to buy only 13 episodes of ear bleeding torture (although, dubs have been improving in the voice acting, and translation aspect.) An otaku would probably spend money buying the Japanese box set because it comes with extras such as a bonus DVD with special features on them even if there aren’t any subtitles or because it’s simply a nice collector item to have so you can show off to your other otaku friends. To sum it all up, the American Anime industry are aiming at the wrong target groups. Newbies to the Anime world will most likely only watch dubs found on television since it is the only source of Anime they know of (until someone kindly points them to the right direction). But with recent events resulting in the cancellation of most of these shows, the industry would lose most of its audience. Also, nobody would bother buying the product then because a) the audience would think that it being bad is the reason why broadcasters are canceling it, and b) nobody knows about it. If you want people to buy something you made, you have to let them know that you made something. Since Newtype USA is no longer in print, the only other way for the industries to reel in consumers is to broadcast it on TV since the otakus are not going to bother checking the website. So because the industry is not clearly defining who their targets are, fansubs will continue to be the preferable choice over dubbed shows.

Now to go on a tangent-

Final Fantasy XIII is now slated to be released for the XBOX 360. I think this was a smart move on Square Enix’s part because nobody is willing to spend so much money (get an HDTV and a PS3) to play a couple of video games. Though personally, I prefer the PS3 more than the 360 because it’s more powerful in terms of graphic and sound quality output, and internet access is free and I get to watch Xam’d: Lost Memories. However, there aren’t many games out that are taking advantage of its assets. The only reason I wanted a PS3 was because of FFXIII (and Kingdom Hearts 3?) but now that many PS exclusive games have ported over to the 360, the hope of the PS3 winning the console war just died. Man…Sony, just get rid of the bluray and call it the PS2+.


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