Dropping a dub halfway through annoys me even more than having no dub at all. I would much rather a show in it’s entirety with one set of VAs, whether they be in English or Japanese. Having to switch between the two destroys the sense of continuity and damages the entire viewing experience for me.[/quote]
Well then you could just listen to the Japanese audio and be done with it. If the dub was included why would this bother you? It would be better for more people IMO, so they at least would have a choice for part of the show. If they had brains of course (and of course, as Dragoon pointed out, they don’t and would complain because they are morons. But that’s besides the point). YOU don’t have to start with the English if you don’t want to…[/quote]
Yes, but I ultimately prefer listening to English audio, and if it’s there I will want to listen to it. There are some exceptions to this, such as some of Funimation’s recent dubs, where some were so bad I switched to the Japanese, but for the most part I would prefer to listen to the dubbed version.
And like Dragoon pointed out, it wouldn’t be better for most fans. Most fans don’t post online and don’t follow R1 news. They wouldn’t realize that the release was only partially dubbed and would raise all sorts of hell about it. Look at Lucky Star and how many people complained about the OVA not being dubbed, even though it’s well known that Lucky Star did not perform well and was over-produced. The fans that are going to complain aren’t smart enough to realize why the show is only partially dubbed. It would probably be better for these fans to just write the show off then continually complain about the lack of a dub for the rest of it.
Including the dub for the first 13 episodes may help move a few extra copies of the FIRST SET ONLY, but it’s not going to do anything for the value of the show or further sales of it. Not to mention, it doesn’t seem that sports anime can be sold profitably with a dub. We’re not even sure if Eyeshield will make it as a sub-only release.