Miyu: So any anime you may have watched in English beforehand you don't count as 'anime'?
Then again it does depend on when one got into anime in the first place. Understandably by the mid-2000s onwards to present day, most who graduate from the likes of CN's airings of Bebop, Inuyasha and others, pretty much only follow anime online, as such, sub-only. Dubs? What are those?
Those like myself got into it back in the mid/late 1990s. Dub-format VHS was all the rental places (Hollywood, Blockbuster, etc) carried, and stores like Suncoast didn't get heavy selections of anime until 1999-2000, which by then DVD was becoming the format and therein, you had a choice of flavors...English dub, or Japanese w/ subs. As for TV, no different than today with Nickelodeon carrying DBZ Kai and the like as it was with early-morning (6AM) syndication. It's always going to be in dub format.
I didn't choose to watch anime in dubs out of choice though, even if it was all we really had back in those days. Instead for me, it was (and still is) more out of necessity. Of course, I was thankful for this because I've always struggled with reading text due to my sight.
It's not the font size on DVD / Bluray that makes subs hard for me to read. It's the horrible contrast.....yellow on brightly colored (I don't watch a lot of anime with more muted tones or darker colors) backgrounds with thin black outline do not make for an easy / comfortable reading level. Understandably, due to the DVD / BluRay consortium's 'standards' that have been set for all studios to follow, none of those aspects can be changed.
I think I'm the only anime fan online who exclusively watches anime in dub format. Moments like this make me wish sometimes I didn't have the circumstances I have. I feel like, because I watch anime with the English track on (because subtitles are hard for me to read), that I'm less of a 'fan'.
Alas, I do, and as such affect the way I need to watch to get 100% enjoyment of a series. Trouble is, there's just so much ridicule and disgust towards them (or maybe just a complete misunderstanding because most people watch anime exclusively online now, which is always sub-only), that it's made me hesitant to join full-fledged anime discussion forums, never mind a simple topic thread here.
It's ultimately what made me choose not long ago to just ignore the fandom and be my own fan. Though it can be a bit of a lonely world because therein I have no one to discuss things. I feel as though I won't be taken seriously within the online fanbase.
Most 'casual' fans only watch Naruto, DBZ or other things that aired on CN, and never venture beyond into stuff only streamed online and/or released to DVD.
I have watched many beyond the 'staples' of anime out there than the casual fans, and got started long before they did in 1996 (Dragon Ball, DBZ, Sailor Moon, Samurai Pizza Cats, etc)
Yet, I watch them in dubbed format, save for one exception.....Cardcaptor Sakura.
Heh, what gives? *shrugs* I guess I really am in the minority. I can deal with that.
(PS: I mean not to ruffle feathers or anything. Dub vs Sub arguments are worthless and haven't ended pretty where I've witnessed them online. I just want to feel like I'm into anime just as much as many others who aren't just into what airs on TV, and not just a 'casual' fan because of a necessity.)