Sub vs. Dub: Yeah, That’s Still A Thing…

As an anime fan you’ll face many hurdles and adversities; such as waifu wars, ‘Best Girl’ competitions, and one of the oldest wars that dates back at least a good 20 years or so – Subbed versus Dubbed. To many of us we’re not surprised that this is still going on within certain corners of the anime community; even though we now have the luxury of being able to watch both simultaneously. The way we watch anime has changed over the years and has now spread out towards a wider (and somewhat younger) audience. Dubs and Subs of anime titles are now available on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow, but if that’s the case, then why is this debate still going on?

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We’ve all been in Jack’s shoes…

A wise individual once told me that in order to get to the root of a problem, you have to go to its source. And before we go any further with this post, we’re just comparing and contrasting the advantages of Dubs and Subs, and as always the final decision will be up to you – the viewer! Ready? Here we go!

One of the advantages of watching the subbed version of anime titles, is the fact that it allows for an accurate translation of what is taking place during scenes; such as quirks and other attributes that contribute to the overall plot. English subtitles are also good for fans who are deaf, which means they are able to understand what’s going on. For some anime fans, watching subs have helped them understand certain Japanese terms that aren’t exactly native to our tongue, and it can totally benefit those who are bilingual as well. On the other hand however, more and more titles are only being released in their subbed versions due to the on-going battle against piracy.

Dubs of course mean that you don’t have to bounce your eyeballs between reading the text, and watching the show. Depending on the title after an anime distribution company (like FUNimation) gains the rights to dub it, the ADR director meets with the Japanese owners of the original license, and they discuss how the anime title should be dubbed. A lot of times dubs alter the original text due to the request of the original creator, while at the same time trying to fit the lip flaps as well. Ask any anime voice actor at a con and they will tell you the same thing.

So where’s the breakdown? Well, for viewers who like to watch subbed anime, they like the authenticity of the media that they’re watching. It allows them to hear the original spoken language of the Japanese even though they’ve never been to Japan, or even understood a normal conversation. The mood between the subbed and dubbed versions of anime titles is different; for some titles the mood may be darker or there might be more profanity than in the dubbed version. (Of course that also depends on the genre.)

Even though dubs cost more to produce (we assume somewhere around the average student-loan amount), some of them can preserve the spirit of a joke even if the original line becomes altered. They do indeed explain small details that may have become ‘Lost in Translation’ in the original sub, and in some cases, dubs may even provide better actors, performances, and writing. (Two words: Ghost Stories!)

When it comes to subbed versus dubbed, it all comes down to the viewers preference. The only thing we have to remember as anime viewers, is that we have to respect each other. Just because you may not like a certain dubbed anime title, doesn’t mean you have to harass the cast/crew that dubbed it and tell them that it’s trash. (We’ve seen the tweets, and they are nasty -_-.) We used to have to choose between dubbed and subbed anime, but now the gods have blessed us with the ability to watch both!

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She gets it! 🙂

2018: What Have We Learned?

This is it! We’ve finally made it to the Home Stretch of 2018! Honestly this year has been one heck of a roller coaster ride of highs, lows, and moments that will make us better people in the future. A hole lot has happened in the 364 days that have come and gone, and as much as we want to try and recap any and every moment that has happened up to this point, we can only pick out the best moments that have impacted us the most.

Some of them have been good, some of them aren’t so good, and some we wish we could forget. Nevertheless 2018 has been a pretty ‘interesting’ year, as far as what we mean by that, we’ll let you decide how this year has been for you.

What Have We Learned?

That this year has been an incredible year for diversity in the Hollywood movie business. We were treated to Box Office smash hits like Marvel’s Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, and lets not forget the newest Spider-Man title Into The Spider-Verse. With titles like these killing it at the Box Office this year, there’s no doubt that there will be more diverse films like these in the works for 2019!

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Swing into the Spider-Verse

What Have We Learned?

That 2018 has been a year where we’ve lost some people who have made our childhood awesome. For the Marvel Universe it was Stan Lee, and for all of the old school and new school Spongebob fans, it was its beloved creator Stephen Hillenburg. These two individuals have been a part of most of our lives for decades (with the exception of Spongebob being a 90’s classic), and will be truly missed but always remembered.

What Have We Learned?

That 2018 is the year were history has been made! This past Thanksgiving during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, New York City along with the rest of the U.S. were treated to the sight of seeing the one and only Son Goku (of the Dragon Ball franchise), flying high above the buildings of NYC. This is the first time in U.S. history that a character from anime/manga has made a mainstream appearance at this annual event, besides Pikachu. With the new Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie coming out on the East Coast next week, this moment might open the door to more anime/manga characters making their way into the parade for years to come!

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Super Saiyan Blue Son Goku @ The Macy’s Parade

What Have We Learned?

That 2018 has been a year of reflection, a year where history was made, a year where we’ve lost great legends that have made an impact on our lives, and a year where we’re moments have been made to fight against racism, sexism, bigotry, and just plain ugliness from various other hate groups. As we close the book on this year and look towards the great things that are sure to take place in 2019, we at D&A just want to say thank you for all of the love and support that you’ve given us for the blog, as well as seeing us at some of the anime conventions that we’ve had the chance to go to.

So from us to you, we wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!! 🙂

 

 

Merry Christmas From D&A!! (And DBZ!)

Christmas is FINALLY here!! For many of us under the age of 13, this is the night that ol’ St. Nick makes his rounds. For many of us this is the season where its better to give than receive, and for those who are having it rough around this time of the year, the best gift you can give them, is love. We know this may sound cheesy, but in the current ‘state’ that we’re living in, we need all the love we can get! (Let that sink in for a bit…)

So from us to you, have a happy and safe Christmas! Spend some time with your loved ones, your family, and your friends. 🙂

(P.S. You’ve probably seen this last year, but here’s a little gift from some people you might know.)

PASWG: Sonic Khaotica FINAL Sneak Peek!

Happy Holidays guys n’ gals! It is officially the First Day of Winter, and St. Nick makes his rounds next week. While everyone else has to wait for Christmas Day to unwrap their gifts, we’re about to give you one that you can open right away – in the form of a final sneak peek of our upcoming crossover fanfiction; Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Sonic Khaotica! Coming January 2019!! (Warning: Mature Language Ahead)

The ghost ripped off his jacket to reveal that he had embedded speakers all over his arms and chest. As cool as that looked to the two individuals who were scared out of their minds, they knew that this could possibly be their last day on Earth—or so they thought.

“Yo, speakerbox!”

The ghost turned around to see where the source of the taunt was coming from, as he spotted the World’s Fastest Hedgehog with his arms folded while giving the ghost his trademark smirk. “My name is not Speakerbox…it’s BOOMER!!!” yelled the ghost as he shot a powerful shockwave of sound from the speakers on his chest. Sonic used his Khaotica to split the shockwave in two as the sound dissipated after traveling 30 yards.

“I know who you are,” said the hedgehog, “and that’s why I’m here to put you in your place, buddy! You may be the embodiment of sound, but I’m faster than sound itself!”

Boomer clinched his fists and gritted his teeth as he glared at the speedy blue hedgehog before him. Afterwards he let out a yell as his Khaotica surged to a beefy [30000%]. This didn’t faze Sonic at all as he kept his Khaotica suppressed until the right time to draw it out at the right moment. “So this one’s gonna get loud, huh?” shrugged Sonic as he saw a devious smirk appear on the face of Boomer as a solid indication.

With his question answered the blue hedgehog took on a battle stance as he waited for the ghost to make his move…

[CUE DJ SNAKE & LIL’ JOHN – TURN DOWN FOR WHAT]

Boomer launched himself at Sonic as he found himself dodging and blocking a flurry of punches and kicks before using a sweeping kick to trip the hedgehog, and using his speakers to blast him several yards away. Sonic planted his feet on the side of one of the buildings of the alleyway, before using it as a springboard and launching himself at the ghost. Both were striking and blocking each other at such a rapid speed that the eyes of Smooth Ryan and the other dancer that was with him couldn’t keep up.

Damn, I always knew he was fast, but I never thought he was this fast…” he thought.

You fight well hedgehog, but it’s gonna take more than that to stop the music!” sneered the ghost as he powered up again. Sonic was prepared to mix it up once more with Boomer, but before neither of them could make a move, their surroundings was suddenly transformed into something of a techno nightclub. What soon followed could only be described as the best night of any single man’s life…

[CUE TEDDYLOID – FLY AWAY]

The Anarchy sisters stood in their angelic outfits while standing next to a stripper pole. Panty did some rather sexy dance moves while doing a little grinding as part of the routine, while Stocking did the very same but with a little flash of elegance. Afterwards Panty began to slowly and sexually remove her panties while Stocking teasingly started to remove one of her stockings. All of this was done while inciting their chant.

O pitiful shadow lost in the darkness, O evil spirit born of those drifting from Heaven and Earth! May the thunderous power from the garments of these holy delicate maidens strike down upon you, with great vengeance and furious anger! Shattering your loathsome impurities and sending you back from once you came! REPENT YOU MOTHERFUCKER!!

Boomer found himself being launched into the air by a double jump kick from the angels as Panty pointed her gun at the airborne ghost before pulling the trigger. She shot a powerful blast of energy that pierced through the ghost as Stocking followed up with a flurry of slashes from her katana. The damage dealt from their combined onslaught was enough to drop the ghost’s HP to [0], as Boomer cursed the hedgehog and the angels from messing up his groove. He then exploded as the sound of the steeple bell from the church was heard from afar, as Panty grabbed the loot he left behind.

And with that, we wish a Merry Christmas to all of our fans, to all of the bloggers and anibloggers who’ve followed our site and liked our posts, and for all of the awesome people we’ve met on our anime convention ventures. Next year we plan on stepping it up with new things and new features, so from us to you, have a wonderful holiday!

Stay gold! 😉

5 Things You May (Or May Not) Know About Mirajane

When it comes to the Fairy Tail anime, every fan that has seen the series has their favorite characters from the Fairy Tail guild. Ask any fan who their favorite character from the series is, 9 times out of 10 they’ll probably say Natsu, Lucy, Erza, or anyone else from the guild that’s caught their interest. One of the coolest characters of the Fairy Tail guild that acts as the ‘mom’ of the organization, as well as carries the attributes of a motivational speaker, is the one and only head waitress herself…Mirajane Strauss.

There’s a lot about her that Fairy Tail fans are already aware of, but for the newcomers that are just seeing the series for the very first time, there’s a few things about Mira that might surprise them – might! For that we’ve found five things/facts about the silver haired bar maiden that you may not have known about…until now.

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The one and only…Mirajane Strauss

5. She’s the only character from Fairy Tail who’s actually a Model!

In the series there’s a weekly magazine known as “Sorcerer Magazine”, and one of its most popular sections is the photo section that features its popular mages. Since Mira is the only mage to ever do a photoshoot with the magazine, its no surprise that’s she’s the featured model for it.

4. One of her dreams is to be a Singer!

In one of the story arcs of the main series, Mira does indeed sing – and she’s not half bad. She’s also skilled at playing the guitar, so perhaps if things go well, she’ll not only be the mage and a head waitress of the Fairy Tail guild, but she’ll be a singer/songwriter too!

3. Aside from being a model, Mira is also a good chef!

In a Fairy Tail Omake (and possibly in one of the Fairy Tail OVA’s) known as Natsu and the Dragon Egg, Mira’s sister Lisanna, states that she is a really great chef.

2. Her name comes from a parody off of a username from an online game!

For this you’ll have to read the second volume and flip to page 190.

1. She is the undisputed Queen of Transformation Magic!

Talk about being a ‘Master of Disguise’. Mirajane is by far the most skilled mage in transformation magic, and can transform into anything – ANYTHING! She proved this in one of the OVA’s where Natsu and Lucy went to train with her, and can turn into other humans, inanimate objects, and animals.

This is just a small handful of the things about the elder Strauss that many fans are already aware of, and now you are too! If you’re new to the anime community and you happen to be a fan of wizards, mages, and magic, then you definitely wanna check out Fairy Tail or any other titles that might be similar. That’s all we’ve got for this filler post, but as always there’s more to come! Stay cool, and stay gold! 😉

Anime Blogging Reflections: 2018…

It seems like just yesterday when the ball dropped signaling that 2017 had ended, and that 2018 has now begun. This year has brought out the best (and worst) in people, and while we’ve lost some great people along the way, this year has been kind of a pivotal point for us. There were times where we didn’t feel like we weren’t going anywhere with the blog, and other times where we were still trying to figure out what our next big move was. So far we’ve written a lot of posts about cosplay and anime convention tips, what to do when getting ready to start your own original story or animated project, and various other topics that fans wanted our opinion on. Getting through this year wasn’t an easy ride, but looking back it has helped us to move forward with what we want to do.

With this new revelation in mind, our focus is going to be on creating more original content for our fans. Although we’ve been doing our usual filler posts on various anime and anime-related content, we still felt that we were lacking in the creative department. The cause of that has been life, and when it gives you lemons, that’s usually when you start making lemonade. And our lemonade is coming in the form of new videos, site renovations, and other new projects. As always we thank all of our fans who have supported us throughout our inception, and for all of the new fans we’ve met while venturing out to various anime conventions. If there’s one thing we’ve learned while blogging, its that you have to be passionate about what you’re writing about.

For some people it could be sports, clothes, or food, but for us it just happens to be anime and the otaku culture. It’s so awesome that there are other bloggers out there that share the same passion and enthusiasm about it as we do. There are so many exciting things happening in 2019 for anime fans, and we plan on going into the new year with a new game plan on making D&A a part of you! 🙂

The Top 5 Sports Anime!

Growing up, we find ourselves participating in every athletic event that our moms and dads put us in. Some of us grew up to become professional athletes in the sport of our choice, while the rest of us just became fans of said sport, and cheered on the ones who were on the front lines. Baseball is still one of the greatest pastimes of North America during the Spring and Summer, while basketball and football hold the Fall and Winter spots. Nevertheless we all have a favorite sport that we’ve played while growing up, however when it comes to competitive sports, anime holds the top spot.

Aside from the traditional sports that we all know and love, there are some that we can’t believe actually exist. No matter what sport you’re into, there’s an anime title for that! So without further delay, here’s our Top 5 Sports Anime…

5. FREE

Who doesn’t love a good sports anime title about swimming? FREE was one of the most popular titles of the summer back in 2017, as fans found themselves re-watching the series numerous times not just for the story, but for the OP’s as well. If you’re looking for a title that’ll give you movements of ‘feels’, then dive into this title!

4. Yuri!!! On ICE!!!

If you’ve seen the Winter Olympics then you’re fully aware that Figure Skating is one of its most primary events. One of the top tier anime titles centered around this sport has to be Yuri!!! On ICE!!! (a must-watch if you love anime and ice skating). A lot of the moves seen in the series are based on actual moves and techniques from real-life ice skaters, which makes the magic found in this series that much more appealing.

3. Keijo!!!!!!!!

If you didn’t think that fanservice could be found in sports anime, then you haven’t seen this title! Keijo!!!!!!!! is a series about an unusual sport where girls use their ‘T&A’ to try and knock each other off of a platform surrounded by water. Talk about weapons of ‘ass-destruction’! XP

2. Megalobox

Rocky, Foreman, Tyson, Creed, Ali, no matter how you slice it, every person in America is familiar with or knows the names of those great boxing legends. If you’re looking for a good boxing anime title, then you’ll wanna check out Toonami’s newest addition to its Saturday night lineup, Meglobox! It’ll give you that Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo feeling though its art and music, and as for its story? Well, you’ll just have to watch for yourself!

1. Prince of Tennis

A throwback title of the 2000’s that took the sports anime world by storm! There’s still a large number of us who remembers when the Prince Of Tennis was on the Toonami lineup back in the day, alongside Naruto, DBZ, One Piece, Zatch Bell (c’mon, who doesn’t remember Zatch Bell?!), Sailor Moon, and many other classics. You haven’t seen tennis matches this intense until you’ve seen them through this series. Feeling nostalgic? 😉

There are so many sports anime titles out there for fans to check out, which means there’s a little something for everybody who’s a fan of their favorite sport. Competitions are great when they’re healthy, and allow the competitors to pull out all the stops to be the best at their sport. And on that note, that will do it for us and this Top 5 filler post! Until next time, stay warm and stay gold! 😉