Following the recent announcement that Viz Media will be streaming an english dub version in Blue Exorcist in 2013 Manga Entertainment has confirmed that they will continue to push ahead with their subtitled only release due out this summer.
Blue Exorcist is a bit of a bench mark for Manga in that it is their first major release in a very long time that is subtitle only, of course it is a massive gamble as subtitle only releases tend to alienate the casual fans who prefer to watch their anime with english language dubs. Manga has mentioned that they will likely release the series with its english dub in the future but with a series as popular as this they want to get it out to fans as soon as possible.
Manga Entertainment had also expressed their disappointment about the fact that they feel let down by licensor of the series who never consulted with them that there was going to be an english dub for the series. Manga have also expressed frustration at the amount of anime fans who have lashed out at them for releasing a subtitle only release even though this is something that many serious fans have demanded for many years.
It seems that Manga’s first sub release could leave the distributor with a bitter taste and might make them think twice about doing the same in the future, a lot of it will boil down to how well the series sells.
What are your opinions of subtitled only releases is this something you have been waiting to happen or would you prefer to wait a bit longer and have a dubbed and subtitled release even if it means waiting an extra 12 months?