I'm in the habit of downloading fansubbed anime. Its nice cause you get to see it months (sometimes years) before it comes out in the US. When I watch a series if I liked it I'll pick it up when it comes out in America.
I picked up Paradise Kiss vol.1 the other week and hadn't gotten around to watching it. I watched it when it aired in japan and loved it. I really had no desire to watch the US release since I had seen it more than once already. But a friend of mine is in town and I felt the need to show it to him. It was a horrible 30 minutes. Don't jump to conclusions, we were watching it in japanese. Anyone who knows me knows I hate english dubs as does most anyone I respect. However, my problem with it was the subtitles. They weren't subtitles they were close captions.
The dialog was bland and boring. I should have just watched it with the english voices on it was so painful. The whole experience made me question why I buy anime. I think its important to support good anime and that's my main reason for buying it. But if I don't feel I can watch it in its original glory then what's the point. I'm feeling guilty because I deleted the fansubs that I had watched last year. And its not like I'm looking for a reason to save money, on the contrary, I buy anime before I buy games.
Anyone else feeling the same?