JJ's Commentary, page 2
|Oh my, you are a brave soul, aren't you? Coming in here, braving my temper, and listening to my insane ramblings? I hope you have a strong stomach, and lots of patience, because you never know what kind of drivel you will have to listen to in here....|
Oh my, it has been a little while since anything's made me mad enough to write on these pages, hasn't it? *laughs* You've been very fortunate.
But, like all good things, your good luck had to end sometime, so on with the rant.
I've recently gotten into an english dub of a series, called 'Knights of the Zodiac'. As many of you already know, that is a Dic-ified version of the Japanese series 'Saint Seiya'. Now, here's where the rant starts. All I have to watch of this currently is the english dub, therefore when I wrote my first fic about the characters, it was based on that dub. I was surprised by the amount of people that were against me writing it, saying that 'Knights' was crap, and I should write it about Saint Seiya. Issue #1, I don't have the time and money to spend trying to get my hands on those subs. Issue #2, I don't have that much of a problem with the dub.
I was pleased when I published the first chapter of that Knights fic, titled "Twice Bitten, Thrice Shy' (yes, it's on here as well as adultfanfiction.net) by the amount of people that were die-hard Saint fans who gave me positive reviews, saying they were ready to hate it simply because it was based on the dub.
However, I was not pleased when I tried to join a few Saint Seiya yahoo ML's and was basically told to get lost because my Knights fiction wasn't welcome there.
Can we say elitist, anyone?
You see, the problem I have with this situation is this:
I was drawn into my longstanding obsession with Japanese anime by another Dic dub, Sailor Moon. I had never watched much anime before, and even though tons of stuff was changed and 'dumbed down' as a lot of people put it, for what it was, it was still an extremely enjoyable series. I'm finding the same with KotZ.
I don't have much of a problem with the dubs because I look at it this way, if it weren't for english dubs, I'd probably never had gotten as heavily into anime as I have, and I know there are a lot of people out there that would likely never have been exposed to it at all, if it weren't for those 'awful' english dubs. So it's time to stop the growing tide of hatred toward dubs, before these attitudes take on enough of a life that our cartoon stations stop showing them. How would you like it if the ONLY way any of us had to watch anime from now on was to spend our money on videos and dvds? I think there'd be a lot of people out there that would miss say, Inuyasha if the dub were never to be seen on TV again. Think about that before you go opening your mouth to bash those dubs next time. A lot of us anime otakus got started on this road because of them.
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