I've been thinking about this for a while and I thought it was time to say it to someone other than my mom(she's a great sounding board ). I have seen many posts on this and other boards talking about how much better subtitled Japanese Anime is compared to dubbed English anime. I'm not disputing that. The few anime I've seen in both subbed and dubbed versions were as good or better in Japanese than in English in almost every respect. What I don't like is the attitude of some of these people. They make it sound like the ONLY way to see anime is in the uncut, subtitled versions, and if you aren't watching the subbed version, you aren't really watching anime. I have seen people be extremely rude to anyone who watches anime on Cartoon Network, for example, calling them losers and a lot of other things I cannot and do not want to say here. What they don't seem to realize is that not everyone can get all that anime in Japanese. Many people can't spend a lot of money buying anime, and if their local video stores and libraries don't have much, there isn't any kind of anime club nearby, they can't download episodes from the internet, and their friends don't have anime collections, they're pretty much stuck. They can see a few dubbed anime shows on places like Cartoon network or Kids WB, and that's about it. Many of these people would be happy to see the subbed version of the shows they're watching, and of any other anime they can get. But they can't(not anytime soon, anyway). They are grateful for what they can get, and are excited to be able to see any anime at all. To be told that what they're watching is junk, and that they have to see it in the uncut, subtitled version or they're not real fans of the show, heck, they aren't really even watching the show, is a painful and insulting thing for them to hear. Are the subbed versions of anime better than the dubbed versions? In most cases, probably yes. Does that make the English version bad, a pathetic imitation not worth watching? NO!! No, it does not! No matter how they may change the words, change the music, edit the episodes, whatever, it's still at least partly the same show, and certainly no worse than most of the other stuff on T.V. these days. If these anime "purists" can't bring themselves to consider it the same show, then maybe they could think of it as a different part of that series' universe, the same story being retold a little differently, or something. They shouldn't put down other people's interests or condemn them for watching the "watered down" version. They should be glad that those people are into anime in any form. It's one thing to tell them the subbed version is better and to watch it if they can, it's another to attack them with a snobby, "elitist" attitude and tell them to, basically, "get subbed or get lost." Instead of helping, that may turn people off anime altogether. So, anyone else run across this kind of thing? What do you think about subbed vs. dubbed anime?