So, my brother is in Junior High ( grade 8 ) and being related to me he is directly influenced by the awesomeness that is me. My brother, although influenced by me, has failed over the past two years at getting his friends hooked on Naruto because it was in Japanese and they whined about reading subtitles. Once they got that lethal taste of it in English in their systems, though, they were hooked. Yes, I'll give the dub that at least - it converted heathens to the Light. So, I ran me a little test using those kids as my test subject. They're about 13 to 14, which I imagine will be a big chunk of the audience. Instead of giving them the good, quality fansubs that I grabbed by Toriyama's World so many ages ago. Instead, I pushed the Hong Kong* DVDs down their throats. *Hong Kong bootlegged DVDs are notorious for occasionally having really bad picture quality and the most retarded and sometimes hilarious subtitles ever. So, natural curiousity finally kicked in and five different kids borrowed the first 50 episodes of Naruto from indirectly through my brother, and the result was this: "Holy crap Naruto kicks ass in Japanese!" One of them has sworn off the dub and he's going to watch the rest of the series in badass Anbu/AonE style on my brother's computer, and they all like the voices more in Japanese. Whatever, I saw that coming pretty quick just like the flood (flood as compared to the titlewave that will soon come) of people getting a taste of the manga via Shonen Jump with its undesirable "Ninja Centerfold" switching over to scanlations on the 'net. Soon our little flood will die down, dub fans although much greater in number will gradually switch over to being sub fans because they won't be able to satiate their thirst for Naruto, and we'll all be a big happy family again. --Except for the people who can't tolerate subtitles or feel dialup will prevent the awesomeness that is Junko Takeuchi screaming "dattebayo!" way too often. The dialuppers will either convert to HK DVDs because they're pretty cheap and you can get the story (unless you're stupid) and you don't have to download them painfully slow, or they'll stick with the dub. Either way, I can see a whole bunch of people converting to Purism in the coming months. Forumgoer #1: But Naruto Ann, you hate the dub, and even though you're absolutely correct and your theories will come to pass like the Second Coming, you continue to bash the dub! Why is that? Answer: Simple. I still don't like it, and someone's gotta push through for the home team. Forumgoer #2: You're a big doodoo head, give the dub a chance! The voices are good and the edits are minute because of soccer moms!!! ^-- I hate the first person that will eventually try to toss that at my face in this thread officially. And the second, and the third, and so forth. If the elitist attitude bothers you, just ignore it I guess. And ignore the religious shoutouts if it offends you. I'm not going to read over my post because it's too long for me to care to edit, so try to be courteous and ignore me speelin' n gramer errorz k????