Anyway, Jim argues in the post that all anime series do not need dubs, and I think very few people would argue that. I'm too dense to come up with an obscure anime title, because every single anime series I watch is a popular one of some sort. But many of the obscure titles do not need dubs, mainly because it costs so much to dub stuff. (Jim makes the case on a series called "Welcome to the NHK," which he says should not have a dub; incidentally, it's a series I've been interested in seeing just because of its name, as I did some research on Japanese media for a college class.)
I of course am a pro-dub guy all the way. I prefer dubbing in almost every single situation possible. The only time I've really complained about a dub was, when in Bleach's Captain Amagai arc, Lurichiyo's distinct way of talking was eliminated, and that changed her character immensely. The two main reasons I like dubs are quite simple: I speak English, and I like to multitask. If you've joined me for a liveblog here before, you obviously know that.
But I see why not all series should have dubs, as if it costs too much to dub, it just shouldn't be made. But on the other hand, you could make the other argument - why dub any anime at all? After all, if they're expensive to dub, and the purists watch the original language anyway (legally or illegally), why even try to appease the dub fans?
In this case, Jim actually may be preaching to the choir. I have a lot of con-going acquaintances who are subs-only. I don't know many others like myself who really like the dub voice actors. So really, it's not all that hard to agree with what he said.
So I'm going to try to purse out what types of anime series should be dubbed, and how so.
- Big-name stuff: absolutely. I heard people arguing that "everyone had already seen Attack on Titan, so why does it need a dub?" Well, I haven't! This elitist attitude that the only true anime fans are those who see the episode as it airs in Japan - come on now. Even if Attack on Titan hadn't been picked up by Toonami, I think it deserved a dub. Unfortunately, the main character will be voiced by Bryce Papenbrook, the same guy who has voiced 2 recent main characters on Toonami - and has not brought much to the table in either case.
- Fringe stuff: no. There are a bunch of obscure titles that I don't even know about, which shouldn't end up with dubs.
- Cult-classic stuff: see, this is where I'd like to see more dubs. A couple years ago, there was this series called "My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute" or "Oreimo" for short. It was somewhat popular on the Internet. Yet despite a lot of hype, that series never received a dub. I would have liked to have seen that series in dubbed form.
The one I compare to that is this "Free!" anime. I have no interest in watching it, but boy, lots of others do! That's one that I think would be very deserving of a dub.