Opinion on DBZ Voices, Subbed
vs. Dubbed, and the Ominous Girls and DBZ Questions
I have read a lot of these editorials
and I always try to see the other person's point of
view. In some cases I am brought over to that side and
I then start to think my old way of thinking was stupid.
When I first started watching DBZ, I had never even
heard of anime. I was still calling it "Japimation."
But I would still watch it everyday, liking it more
and more. Soon I began to like Sailormoon, and then
Ronin Warriors (You can tell I'd watch it on Toonami).
Soon I was eating and sleeping anime. I couldn't wait
to get home to see it. Then I started looking things
up on the web. Cell? Trunks? Mr. Satan?! Who the heck
are they? It's gotta be some made up story...but wait!
More and more I was being taken into this world. I found
the Daily Dragonball Chapters and I read every single
manga there. But it wasn't enough. I had to have more.
Unfortunately I still haven't seen a single episode
of DBZ in Japanese, but I'm still looking. My friends
now consider me their top authority on DBZ, although
they say that it's not a compliment.
I have seen subbed and dubbed anime and
even though the dubbed can have hideously outrageous
voices at times, you understand them better because
you're focus is on the animation and events, not the
words at the bottom. I would only have to watch dubbed
Evangelion once (and suffer through Shinji's English
voice), whereas I'd watch it twice or more when subbed.
There is a reason that we don't see subbed anime on
TV over here, less people would watch it. Yes, I know
there are some hard core subbie fans out there who would
stick with it every second, but the average person isn't
going to stop to watch some "cartoon" in Japanese
with tiny little words at the bottom are they? It all
comes down to that money factor again. Hard core fans
just aren't enough to make real money. Ya gotta incorporate
Now a talk on the English voices of DBZ.
Now I am not going to even touch the third season. Yeesh!
Those are absolutely awful in my opinion. But before
all that...unpleasantness, I really liked the voices.
I thought Vegeta's voice brought that sinister evilness
to him, and it fit him. He's a short guy! He doesn't
need a huge manly testosterone filled bellow! Just enough
to tell you "I don't like you. I'm evil."
Now Goku, his voice took more turns than my brother
at puberty. I liked the one at the end of the season,
done by Ian Corlett. Nice. Gohan's voice was really
good in my opinion, he had that childish high pitchedness
that comes with kids. And his voice was loud and powerful
when he would get mad too. Innocence and power, a combo
well made. I liked Chichi's, very motherly and stern.
Bulma's was very nice. I liked it because the voice
actress can voice act! She didn't ever sound choppy
and could scream very nicely. Yajirobe's (spelling?)
voice really captured the Pig/coward in him. I didn't
like Oolong's voice, but what do you expect from a pig?
Piccolo was good, gruff and reserved. Master Roshi was
at times good, at times bad. It depended on his voice
actor. You major DBZ subbed fans out there won't like
this, but I wish they would bring back the original
voice actors for the fourth season. If not, I wish they'd
at least get professionals.
And a small note on all those people who
get into an uproar on weather girls like anime or not,
it depends on the girl, and it depends on the anime.
I myself happen to be a girl and I love it all. When
people say "DBZ is for GUYS!" just walk away.
Not everyone could be equipped with a brain. Hopefully
society will eventually stop this kind of thing. Well,
I've typed on long enough. Thanks for sticking with
it and reading this far!
A humble opinion by Tenley