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1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not buy! Bandai is ripping you off big time!!!!!!, June 18, 2009
This review is from: Hayate the Combat Butler: Part 1 (DVD)
Ok Hayate The Combat Butler is a High Quality Anime that is worthy of being released in a fair fashion for the fans. Bandai is trying to walk all over people with this. Calling this DVD release Part 1 with 7 episodes is insulting, and with the biggest problem being no English dub track, they have over priced and ruined a an awesome series.. People that was looking forward to Hayate the combat butler I am sorry that you and I won't get to see the Anime the way it was suppose to be seen. I watched Hayate already Subtitled only but when a Anime is released on DVD it should not be subbed only unless its a really low Quality and that is defiantly NOT the case with Hayate The Combat Butler.... Bandai should be ashamed!
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2009 10:06:48 PM PDT
M. Bull says:
I agree perfectly, the lack of a dub for $36 dollars is disgraceful, however this isnt really a review of the product per say. More your personal thoughts on what Bandai has done to this great series..

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2009 10:18:02 PM PDT
R. Dallas says:
Seeing it subbed IS the way it's supposed to be seen. To dub it would do it a great injustice methinks, even if they COULD somehow retain all the jokes.

7 Episodes is fairly good value too, most anime I've bought on DVD have only 4 on them. And are typically the same price or more expensive.

I've enjoyed[and still enjoying the newest season] in Japanese with subs and I'm happy to continue doing so. I say kudos to Bandai, I may just hafta buy this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 6:02:03 AM PDT
M. Bull says:
Thankyou for voting me down, just proves you can not phrase a decent arguement to save your life.

And no this set isnt good value, it's a 51 episode series, at 7 episodes per volume at $36 average, it works out as a lot of money and in this day and age, just isnt worth the time or effort.

>> Seeing it subbed IS the way it's supposed to be seen.

Not really. A dub would add value to the product.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2009 2:51:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2009 3:09:14 AM PDT
M. Gaudet says:
Bandai has started doing all their shows sub only. Which is the biggest failure of epic proportions i have ever seen as an Anime fan.
DVD was created for multiple audio tracks, almost as if anime was always meant to be bilingual and DVD came along just in time so instead of having to buy 2 different vhs releases on tape for 30 bucks a piece you get both on the same dvd.

As a protest on their sub only releases i am leaving 1 star reviews saying no english dub= no sale.

Just subbing is a joke its like just dumping the video tracks to a dvd with minimal effort and calling it a day. Without knowing Japanese you really don't know the kind of effort that goes into the translation in the subtitles, but usually they are mediocre at best.

As for the sub purists or raw only argument. I know of many anime shows that would not have gotten the worldwide exposure they did without the dubbing for those respective countries. And its not the same arguement as dubing a foriegn film, people want to experience the animation without the subtitles cluttering up the screen. I have no problem watching an Akira Kurosawa film with subtitles but anime i like to hear in my primary language which is english first, then i will watch in in japanese second with subs to see the differences.

Saying subbed is the way it is supposed to be seen is a fair arguement, but their is also something called consumer choice. Having both on the dvd allows both types of fans to be happy. Sub only is just a lazy way to save money without paying the voice artists without whom which anime fandom would probably not exist in the usa except as obscure fansub on tape groups, or as now dvd.

Yes i will buy a series if a favorite voice artist in english works on the dub, and i am sure i am not the only person. People go to the anime conventions to meet the people behind the voices and get their autographs. The english acting is just as valid as the japanese as are American and English Speaking fans.

A lot of our American cartoons that are imported to japan get dubbed in japanese for the fans there. Should they be watching them sub only too?

Even our movies and tv shows are dubbed into japanese.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2010 6:25:06 PM PDT
E. Lopez says:
consumer choice is your own opition wheather or not to buy. But regardless, even though i do believe sub are better than dubs, having this series dubbed is i see it is the only way i can see them justifiying the current price. I think this should be retail price that is like 25% less than other anime when release them both in sub and dubbed.(since there is no extra cost creating dubs). I prefer subs but I still think this is still too expesnise for sub only. Typically when i buy 3 to 4 episodes it cost me $20, and they are both sub and dubbed. Stating this, i believe the cost for 4 episodes of sub only should be around $15. Therefore i beleive these sub only boxset should cost around $30 when they only have 7 episodes. But than again that's not how life works.

In conclusion, all i have to say is vote with your money.
anyways if enough people feel strongly about it as you guys do, i'm sure they release a dub version in the future. maybe create a pation or something. show them that there is a demained for the dubbed verson.
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