Before I begin, I'd just like to say upfront that I don't wish to offend anyone with my viewpoint. Now...
Yu Yu Hakusho's dub was Funimation's second work, and seems to be a favorite among fans. People count it among the truly great dubs, and even those who have seen the Japanese version seem to agree that the dub is superior.
My question is...why?
I realize I'm in a minority, but I don't understand how this dub can be put on the same level as stuff like Fullmetal Alchemist, or Cowboy Bebop. I'm not even saying it's bad, because it isn't...I just don't understand why it's lauded so much.
This isn't even about the voice actors. Let's disregard that, and focus on the script. The dub script is very, very liberal with the dialogue and oftentimes, you can count on something completely different being said between versions. Even when that isn't the case, there's a need to "spice up" the dialogue to make it sound more clever. Here's an example:
Konema (to Yusuke after
Same scene in English" "So are you gonna let me go? Or are we gonna do the tango?"
Keep in mind this is a serious and dramatic scene.
Even disregarding this liberal approach to the script, there's quite a bit of imperfections among it. The terms "reiki" and "yoki" are combined into one term--"spirit energy." The different realms in the afterlife--the Spirit Realm, the Demon Realm--are combined into just "Spirit World" until later, when the show requires them to be different. Techniques are given English names that sometimes are a good match, but are just as often completely different (which leads to two techniques being called the "Spirit Wave"--oops). A (false) origin behind a team of bad guys is completely changed, but sloppily, because the original story is referenced in the next episode (I'm talking about Ura Urashima, by the way).
I can understand liking the dub--heck, I can even understand it being good for its time. But liking it more than the Japanese version and putting it among the best of dubs--that's what I can't understand.
I would like to emphasize that this is not an accusatory post. I want to know what people like about the dub, purely for the sake of discussion. I know I have an unpopular opinion--I simply want to share it and see how other people feel.