Why do some people not like the Viz dub?

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Because it's bad. I think a lot of the voices are bad, a lot of the acting is bad, the dialog is unnaturally written, there are numerous pronunciation mistakes, the sound mixing isn't great a lot of the time...

I'm happy for everyone who enjoys it, but it is not for me.
 

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not everything appeals to everyone, whether it's issues within the dub itself due to things such is the acting being sub par or choosing the wrong actor for a character, Shingo comes to mind here, sounds too old in my opinion

other reasons stem from feeling the dic/cloverway dub was abandoned and replaced with this one and those people hate viz for this

I like viz but it's nowhere near as good as the Japanese sub in my opinion and that's the takeaway it's opinions if you like Viz enjoy it
I like it but I don't deny it's not perfect but as far as what we got in terms of English dubs for sailor moon this is the best we got right now in terms of being close to the Japanese script
 
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It's just really boring in my opinion. I think the dub scripts are pretty awkward and the voice direction the actors are given must not be very good because everyone sounds kinda the same and the performances they give are extremely subdued. I never really liked Stephanie Sheh as Usagi especially shes a huge miscast in my opinion.
 
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There are different people with different opinions. While I find some of the claims against it just nostalgia speaking and nitpicky, I have to agree with some of the criticism . The sound mixing issues are jarring, some voices are really similar and Shingo's voice is even more out of place than Linda Balentine. The script is at times a bit awkward and some attempts at making it correspond to modern sensibilities felt a bit hypocritical when they started promising a faithful adaptation. Some jokes could have been handled much better. The cast individually so I think itgas more to do with art direction but the performances are too safe and a bit too standart.
All this aside I find the dub servicable and completely fine. A lot of countries were forced to re-use their old dubs and many can only dream to watch the show in their own language. While it is not the greatest dub it is better than many, like the new Evangelion dub, which is in a league of its own when it comes to modern dub problems. So it could have been better but it could have a lot worse.
 
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I'm fine with the Viz dub. It's something new for me to watch, considering I've seen the sub hundreds of times, and its faithful English adaptation intrigues me.
 
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I think it's leagues better than the DiC/Cloverway dub but I still vastly prefer the original Japanese. At least the translation is faithful and the storyline remains intact, and the voice acting, while a bit flat, isn't as cheesy or overacted. I know a lot of people were partial to a lot of the DiC voices, but I can't really stand any of them except for Tracey Moore's Serena (best Sailor Moon after Kotono Mitsuishi) and maybe Katie Griffin's Raye.

I also think it's so amazing that we have a legit Stars dub now, I honestly thought the day would never come.
 
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The best way I could describe the Viz dub is like a bland chicken cutlet. It serves it's purpose but it lacks flavor. The Dic dub would probably be more of a yummy processed chicken nugget.
I understand a lot of people have fondness towards the DiC dub, but I tend to think it's mainly nostalgia speaking... I understand as I have some nostalgic feelings towards the DiC/CWI dub too, it was how I first discovered Sailor Moon at 8 years old, but overall I just can't get past its bastardizations of the original storyline, such as the censorship of Haruka and Michiru's relationship and the editing of episodes 45/46. The Viz dub isn't without flaws, but at the very least it retains the show's original storyline... However, I feel I should add I'm just not a big fan of dubs in general. I prefer subs all the way, with the exception of maybe the Cowboy Bebop dub...
 
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Well in general the best experience is to watch a show/film in the original language. Sadly the subtitles for Sailor Moon as well as Crystal were not that great either at least from what I have seen. In general I watch shows subbed. If it is something that is more of a comedy or something in the background I would watch it dubbed. As for the DiC dub I have said it before I do not consider it a dub at all as it does little to no actual translation. It is great, very fun to watch and quite entertaining, but it is not the same show anymore.

P. S: Another reason I find the dub not enjoyable - Minako's voice makes me cringe. It did with the valley accent in the old dub, but that was intentional there.
 
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I understand a lot of people have fondness towards the DiC dub, but I tend to think it's mainly nostalgia speaking... I understand as I have some nostalgic feelings towards the DiC/CWI dub too, it was how I first discovered Sailor Moon at 8 years old, but overall I just can't get past its bastardizations of the original storyline, such as the censorship of Haruka and Michiru's relationship and the editing of episodes 45/46. The Viz dub isn't without flaws, but at the very least it retains the show's original storyline... However, I feel I should add I'm just not a big fan of dubs in general. I prefer subs all the way, with the exception of maybe the Cowboy Bebop dub...
Well, yout kinda blaming the wrong people .Its not like they had much of a choice in the begin with. As for the Vizdub,I don't hate it but its just bland .Its good for toes who want a more faithful adaption.
 
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I understand a lot of people have fondness towards the DiC dub, but I tend to think it's mainly nostalgia speaking... I understand as I have some nostalgic feelings towards the DiC/CWI dub too, it was how I first discovered Sailor Moon at 8 years old, but overall I just can't get past its bastardizations of the original storyline, such as the censorship of Haruka and Michiru's relationship and the editing of episodes 45/46. The Viz dub isn't without flaws, but at the very least it retains the show's original storyline... However, I feel I should add I'm just not a big fan of dubs in general. I prefer subs all the way, with the exception of maybe the Cowboy Bebop dub...
It's really up to interpretation I imagine manga fans feel like the anime dumbs the series down as much as the original dub did the subs. I see the Dic dub as a very successful adaptation that stands on it 's own.
 
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As others have already said, the voices of the Viz dub all sound samey and wrong, which added to the nostalgia I get from the DiC dub (only seen the first handful of episodes from Cloverway's dub of S) something that I don't need replacing by what may appear on surface to be "better".