At 12/7/12 03:38 PM, BucketOfSand wrote:
i try watching anime,but most of it is idiotic banter with bad lip synch and bouncy lady parts.tell me some redeeming qualities of anime before i give up trying
1. Sturgeon's Law applies to anime just like it does to anything else. 90% of the stuff is crap, so you should try to narrow your search down to pick the best stuff out of the pile/what interests you the most instead of just grabbing the first things you see.
2. Japan has a different culture and a different storytelling tradition, so the pacing and the pattern of the dialogue and everything can seem strange and even counterproductive at first, but I think over time you get used to it and start to understand the rhythms of it a little better and accept that something is always going to be a little lost in translation.
Despite my rabid obsession with FLCL and my recent attempts to get more into the medium as a whole, I actually don't really like anime that much either. I think the best thing about it is that the best anime realize the full breadth of the dramatic potential of animation and tell mature, visually inventive stories in a way that Western cartoons, which are marginalized as children's entertainment, have never really been able to do. Especially in the medium of television. At least in film there's Pixar and a bunch of cool independent and European stuff, but can you name any American animated TV shows that aren't either sitcoms or (at least nominally) children's action shows?
As far as the whole sub vs. dub thing goes, it's entirely a case-by-case basis. Good translations are more concerned with capturing the spirit of the dialogue than the exact letter. I've found that subs tend to be much more literal with their translation, so when a dub is said to be particularly good I actually prefer it. Plus, someone who knows the language please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you'd find the majority of Japanese voice actors to be just as bad if you could actually understand what they were saying.