Generally speaking, the lengthy amount of time between Japanese and US/EU DVD/Blu-ray releases of anime, and/or releases lacking in quality, are blamed on the alleged incompetence of Western licensing companies and frequently held up as an excuse to pirate and/or not buy official DVDs. In truth, problems like these are often the responsibility of the Japanese companies licensing their properties in the first place, and arise from those companies' desire to prevent reverse importing (Japanese fans buying foreign DVDs because they're so much cheaper than domestic ones).
Dub edits will virtually always be blamed solely on the localization company, assuming that they alone did it with the belief that Americans are too stupid and/or uptight to handle the truth. In reality, TV networks impose standards onto the shows they broadcast that the writers have to live up to, and imported shows are not exempt from this. Also, dub edits are often approved by the Japanese company originally producing the show, so they share some responsibility as well. Also, most companies (notably excluding 4Kids Entertainment), upon release of the show onto home video, will release the uncut version (if it exists).
In fact, many Western references made in Sailor Moon were removed from the English dub, such as Mars being a fan of Michael Jackson, or a Princess Diana expy that appeared in the show.
There's also a lot of people who don't seem to realize that some of these Western references put into anime that weren't there in the first place were actually replacing a reference that wouldn't make sense elsewhere. Some manga series leave pop-cultural references intact and explain it outside the panels or on an extra page, and while some fansubs will include a little extra subtitle explaining it - some however prefer not to do this, as it's distracting and may be way too easy to miss. Mangas have the advantage of the reader being able to read at their own pace, whereas anime and film do not have this advantage.
Sometimes, name changes aren't as bowdlerized as you may think. There's the Castle in the Sky example listed on this page, and other examples such as Chi-Chi being changed in Latin America. No, this was done because "Chi-Chi" is regional slang for "Breasts". Would you really think it's a good idea to have a character named "Breasts" in a show meant for children and teenagers? Though it's also slang for "breasts" in Japanese, so it certainly got used in a childrens' show in Japan and would have been a Lucky Translation if it had been kept.
There are more misblamings in Sailor Moon. The fifth season was not dubbed due to Toei not wanting to sell the rights, not because of the Starlights.
DiC and Cloverway are often blamed for the dubbing of Sailor Moon when in fact Optimum Productions is responsible for most of how the dub turned out.
DiC, Cloverway and Optimum are all blamed for the numerous inconsistencies in the dub (particularly in terms of terminology, such as attacks and plot-important objects). Actually the one most probably guilty for those is Toei Animation itself — the company is infamous for giving other countries English scripts that are inconsistent and full of mistranslations.
A character example: Chibiusa/Rini/Sailor Mini Moon is hated by fans for her sudden promotion from supporting character to main character in Sailor Moon SuperS, and because of her early brattiness in R, people refuse to believe that she's grown up and blame her for why SuperS failed. It's not the character's fault she was shoehorned into main character status. It was mostly due to Executive Meddling. The creators thought that it could try and save the show's popularity by trying to reach a new, much younger audience by making her lead character, mostly in an attempt to make younger audiences relate/identify with her, which obviously didn't work.
Here's one that could have prevented one of the examples on this page from happening. When the second-to-last episode of season 1 aired, children were believed to have gotten sick because they were upset by the deaths of the other Sailor Senshi, but the episode had one moment with bright and intense flashing lights that could cause seizures.
More than one shojo fan has accused the genre of sticking to the cliché of "I love you, you love me, let's not say it 'till book three", not knowing that in Japan people just aren't as direct when it comes to emotions. It's not a cliché, it's a genuine cultural difference.
InuYasha: Many European fans believe the English versions of the songs are produced by The Ocean Group. They are really made by the Italian dub, sung by Italians, and have only aired in Italy. Anyone who has seen the North American TV broadcasts will quickly tell you the English dub uses the original Japanese ending themes, and the openings aren't broadcast at all due to time constraints (though they are on the DVDs and, yup, in Japanese).
In general, filler is often a result of when an anime runs out of source material, and because it was aired in Japan, they have to do something. Not every fan knows that an anime series has to produce something during the dead time for the manga to catch up to the anime; one simply couldn't just put the show on a seasonal hiatus because viewers would assume it was cancelled and lose interest. So naturally, the writers of the anime may come up with filler. It's not uncommon to hear writers of the manga get blamed for unpopular filler arcs or filler episodes that they had no hand in writing. Other options are to split the anime into an alternate continuity, in which writers may often be credited or blamed for that too.
To add to the general observations above. Many Western anime fans don't quite understand the relationship between the production company, animation studio, director, original creator, and scriptwriter/the rest of the staff. This is further complicated by the fact that these relationships often change depending on the project. This creates situations where people will blame staff or companies involved for decisions that were actually made by some other entity involved in the project.
In Digimon, dubbers were blamed for things they didn't do. Before the advent of widespread fansubbing, when the details of the original were only known to a few, a lot of blatant lies were taken as absolute fact.
TK and Kari's famous kiss in the "Digimon World Tour" arc never happened.
There was also the persistent rumor that the English dubbers removed both a TK/Kari kiss that was supposedly in episode 13 and that both supposedly did end up married in the Distant Finale. Neither the kiss nor the marriage happened, of course, but the blame-inducing damage was done.
The same goes for Matt and Sora being divorced post-series. A statement by one of the script translators that this absolutely did not happen hasn't stopped the Tai/Sora shippers from insisting it did.
Wormmon did not gain an Armor form near the end of season two. The Japanese episode title "The Last Armor Evolution" refers to the show's last use of the gimmick, not a specific user. Wormmon only Armor-evolves in an audio drama.
There was a lot of humor that poked fun and lampshaded Davis' arrogant and ignorant characteristics in the dub. Some interpreted this as an insult and assumed the the Japanese version of Davis was much different. This was categorically denied by the production; turns out it was a well-intentioned running gag that people took too seriously.
To add on to this: a lot of the instances where Davis is being an idiot, inconsiderate or generally acting like a jerk, are almost the same in the original Japanese version. The only difference is that in the English version most of these instances are lampshaded by the other characters, and because this occurs quite often it ends up looking like the writers had something against Davis when in reality they were just translating his dialogue. However, many fans swore that the Japanese version Davis was different (read: smarter) despite having never seen the original version of 02.
One example of "Davis-is-an-idiot" joke had Kari show him her day planner, and Davis mistakes the date (8/1) for a fraction, and everyone laughs. This joke is almost exactly the same in both versions.
This got so bad that on the then-famous Digimon Couples forum, a long list of obviously fake Censored Dub Evidence was posted for Sora and Cody. At least, one hopes they meant it as a joke. Then again, this is Digimon, where every single character is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships...
Takato Matsuki and Ms. Asaji were different in the original version (Matsuda and Asanuma) but the fault was a misspelled script and not a deliberate change. And again, the difference between Matsuda and Matsuki is hardly world-shaking.
Taichi and Hikari originally had the last name "Yagami". While rumors spread that Saban's translators changed the name due to it being "I'm a gay" backwards, the truth is that "Yagami" became "Kamiya" due to a mistake in reading its characters.
Oh my God, look at what Light says in Death Note! He says, "I'll take a Potato chip, and EAT it!" Death Note is ruined! Look at what they added! ...added what? That scene is pretty much exactly the same as the anime, and the subtitles even say "I'll take a potato chip" (pause) "And eat it" while the so-called dramatic music that people claim was added plays. And in fact, it's even the same in the manga! Sans the dramatic music and the epic chip-split-in-half.
There's a conspiracy theory in the Pokémon fandom that all PokéShipping is a product of 4Kids. Actually, the dub took out as much as was put back in, with the added reminder that as a low-age end Shounen series, it never had huge romantic overtones anyway. A rumored scene in Misty's departure episode that showed Ash giving his cap to Misty was never in the original to begin with.
Some Pokémon fans go further, and blame 4Kids for the many name changes that are actually the fault of Nintendo of America, even those "changes" that were just faulty translations to begin with (changes, incidentally, that few if any fans of the original games ever complain about).
The Advanced series has a number of very weird edits and censorship, like the removal of Poké Ball symbols on Ash's badge case and removal of crosshairs on some of Team Rocket's devices, that get blamed on 4Kids. In reality, these edits were entirely due to the laws of American TV at the time and are only present in the American airing of the episodes. The edits don't appear when the same episodes were shown outside America.
An interview revealed that the series becoming more culturally generic after the first saga was a decision made solely by the Japanese creators, who were very much aware that they had a worldwide franchise on their hands. It was not forced upon them by 4Kids as one faction had been insisting for years.note Also, at the same time, the anime lost its original head writer, Takeshi Shudo, who had wanted the series to stay very Japanese and was not pleased with the subsequent seasons.
In the first episode that introduces Crasher Wake, the character of the day looks different from his Japanese look. People thought it was Pokémon USA, but it turns out it was the Japanese who changed it because he was based of the protagonist of Dokonjou Gaeru, and they presumably wanted to avoid a lawsuit.
Fans of May are quick to complain that they censored her by decreasing her breast size in her Sinnoh reappearance. They didn't censor it, they just followed guidelines better. May's chest was never consistent throughout Hoenn and it was considerably larger than her game version most of the time, so they just updated it to her correct (smaller) size.
Due to the seizures caused by the Pokémon episode "Denno Senshi Porygon", Porygon was blamed for the attacks and banned off the show for good. Actually, Pikachu's Thunderbolt attack triggered the seizures - but this was probably because Pikachu was the main character. Think of what would happen to the sales of Pokemon goods and the ratings of the television show if they did blame Pikachu for the seizures and proceed to write him off the show. (Of course, in reality, it was the animators who caused it by using overly flashy effects, not the fictional characters of the show, so that's a double case...)
There was a conspiracy theory in the American fandom that the dub was responsible for changing Yammy ripping Chad's arm apart (as in the manga – a scene that appeared even in the more strictly censored American version of Shonen Jump)* Please note that the collected volumes of Bleach are almost completely uncensored (one major exception being to cover up the rare nude shot, even if said shot was already obscured by fog in the original) – to Yammy simply knocking Chad down. That change was made by the original animators, not by the localization team.
A good part of the blame for "Kubo's horrible pacing" doesn't come from Tite Kubo himself, but from Executive Meddling: The editors at Shueisha pushed for the Soul Society Arc to start earlier, instead of giving Kubo more time to develop Ichigo's classmates, and for extending the Arrancar Arc due to the unexpected popularity of the Arrancar characters. Go tell that to the fans, though.
It was widely believed that Keyop in Battle of the Planets (which really was Macekred, but in other ways) had his strange speech pattern because swearing was censored out in the original Gatchaman, though this belief has pretty much ended now that unedited dub Gatchaman by ADV Films is commercially available and can be compared. It seems more likely that the Sandy Frank adaptation team gave him the speech pattern to emphasize how "strange" he was as an engineered clone (while Jinpei in the original Gatchaman had no such origin).
Most complaints about Naruto's English voice being "so annoying" ignore the character is a Bratty Half-Pint and state that it just doesn't show up as much when listening to his voice in another language. Instead of sounding like he has a sore throat in English... he sounds like he has a perma-screech in Japanese.
In fact, let's just throw in any example of an English dub voice that is called "annoying" despite the fact that it's supposed to be annoying and the Japanese voice was played in an equally irritating way... But it's not in a dub, and that makes it okay.
You wanna know one funny thing in the eternal subbing and dubbing wars? Well voice actors often get blamed for how a character is written.
Another common complaint is that the dub replaced a swastika on Neji's head with an X. Except the anime did that originally.
The dub even got blamed for some art changes made for the Japanese DVDs!
Though there's quite a lot of stuff 4Kids certainly does deserve to be blamed for, one thing they don't is not dubbing "Season 0" of Yu-Gi-Oh! (which covered the earliest chapters of the manga). Here's why: that first season was actually a completely different series, made by a different animation company (Toei), with sometimes drastically different character designs, and sharing no continuity with the more popular followup series.
Speaking of, considering all of the wacky things that Konami and Upper Deck Entertainment has done to the Yu-Gi-Oh!card game, it's hard for fans to keep track of who did what, and will often misblame one company for a screw-up that the other did.
Remember that scene where Jonouchi/Joey punches Honda/Tristan in Duelist Kingdom, and how it was removed (or as LittleKuriboh put it "It is implied dat I am punching you"?) Well, it's your imagination because the scene is not there in the original either (Joey punching Yami Yugi was cut, though).
4Kids were also blamed with making up "the heart of cards", which was in the original, albeit not to the extent as in the dub, and a bit different in concept.
They also get blamed a lot for making up the concept of the "Shadow Realm" from whole cloth. They didn't; it exists in the original, inasmuch as the dark bubble dimension the characters slip into during a Shadow Game is the "Shadow Realm", it's just that the dub added a bunch of occasions where just dying was changed to getting sent there.
4Kids is often blamed for turning Anzu/Téa into a "friendship nut", citing the speech she gives before Yugi and Kaiba's first duel as if 4Kids had created the whole scene themselves out of thin air. The speech in question and Anzu's tendencies were, again, almost utterly unchanged, being slightly exaggerated at most.
You want to talk about getting blamed for stuff that wasn't their fault? Their page on this wiki reminds people that they weren't the ones responsible for MacekreingCardcaptor Sakura: Nelvana was* also misblamed, see below. Yes, their reputation for screwing things up is so bad that they get blamed for bad dubs they didn't even do.
Similarly, the original TV dub of The Vision of Escaflowne, produced by Ocean Studios and with changes ordered by Fox, was at one point attributed to 4Kids on this wiki.
And those who do attribute the changes to Fox will constantly claim that they "redubbed" the series, and that the "American" dub was different from the "Canadian" one. Actually they didn't rerecord a single line, only got rid of some for censorship. The Ocean Group dub is the only English dub in existence, period. (The later release from Bandai Entertainment was uncut.)
Digimon has been blamed on 4Kids too; that dub was actually Saban's. You'd think the group of voice actors used (literally from the other side of the country)* Saban is based in (and Digimon was dubbed in) Los Angeles, whereas 4Kids was based in (and always recorded in) New York City. would be a strong hint.
Mega Man NT Warrior as well, which actually belonged to ShoPro Entertainment (who would eventually merge into Viz Media). One must wonder if every televised anime dub from the early-to-mid 2000s was blamed on 4Kids at some point.
On the 5D's side of things, head writer Shin Yoshida is widely blamed for the second season being weaker than the first, when in truth many of the plot details fans didn't like are believed to have been enforced by the Konami executivesto better sell cards. Some fans know this and bash Yoshida anyway for giving in to the execs' demands to change the plot.
Speaking of Cardcaptor Sakura, Nelvana is often itself Mis-blamed for the terrible new theme, the skipping and reordering of episodes and eventual cancellation the show received when it aired on Kids' WB! in the United States. In all other English-speaking territories, all 70 episodes were aired in the correct order, non-spliced and with dubbed versions of the original themes. As Kids WB was known for editing other shows as well, it's odd Nelvana was blamed for this particular one.
For more dub related madness, some seem to think Nippon Ichi Software America made a new dub for their DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the series. In reality, they had used the old Animax dub for the release. Whether or not they should have made a new dub is a source of debate, but NISA had nothing to do with the dub beyond getting the rights and putting it in their release.
A large quantity of the complaints about the Mai Hi ME and Mai-Otome manga stem from not being faithful to the "original anime", despite the fact that the production teams were each given settings and characters whose traits they would establish themselves, and were made at the same time. This means that neither was an adaptation of the other.
Viz Media was blamed for the horrific dub of Eyeshield 21 when the blame actually goes to "The Eyeshield 21 US Project", a group of Japanese companies who took a bunch of episodes of Eyeshield 21 and merged them into five episodes for a test run. It's unknown if the actual release will be as badly cut, nor whether they'll tone down the less "family-friendly" elements.
And while we're on the topic, while Hiruma's... distinctivespeech pattern is heard clearly in the Jump Festa OVA, it is not heard in the actual TV series.
Many yaoi-shippers have claimed that the English dub of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing edited out "definitive proof" that the five Gundam pilots are gay, up to and including a wedding for one of the most shipped pairings and a sex scene for another. As the show is easily available unedited, this information can be proved false by simply watching the show and not the fantasy version cooked up by the Het Is Ew crowd.
In another case, certain fans often badmouth Mark Hildreth for portraying Heero as robotic rather than subdued; at conventions, Hildreth has said this was the decision of the voice director, not him (see below).
In a variation, Christopher Sabat, a regular voice director for Funimation and frequent voice actor, was often leveled criticism for the heavy dialogue alterations for Dragon Ball Z from the third season on. He pointed out that it wasn't his department, the scriptwriting was out of his hands and his job was to do the best he could with the performance. To Funimation's credit, though, they took the time to make both acceptable to fans.
Some other things Funimation has been misblamed for:
In yet another dubbing-related example, Funimation is frequently blamed for the changing of characters' names and the title of the American dub and English manga* published by Viz Media, who also gets a share of the blame of Detective Conan, which is called Case Closed. The name changes were actually requested by the Japanese licensor Tokyo Movie Shinsha, while the title change was the result of a complaint by one of the owners to the rights of Conan the Barbarian.
They were also blamed for changing Kimi ga Nozomu Eien to Rumbling Hearts. As it turns out, the decision to use it as the English title was made by the Japanese licensor (it was the subtitle of one of the PS2 ports, as well as the title of the main opening theme for incarnations of the original game), not Funimation.
The English Market-Based Title of Soukou no Strain, Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry, has been criticized for misrepresenting the series as battle-oriented (when some episodes don't even feature any fighting) and doing a bad job describing the role of the main characters. Actually, "STRategic Armoured INfantry" has been the official full name for the Strain units piloted by the Spatial Armour Division ever since the series first came out, and if you notice, the original title is also named after the mecha!
Subverted with FUNimation's initial Dragon Ball Z dub. The Ocean Group is often blamed for the severe censorship found in the first two seasons of the original English dub, when it was in fact FUNimation (and to a lesser extent Saban) who were butchering the series.
Funimation gets blamed even before they release shows. In the later instalments of Spice and Wolf, some fansub groups have been accused of "using Funimation's translation" in spelling the female lead's name as "Holo" rather than "Horo". Once again, "Holo" is the official spelling according to the Japanese companies and the in-show visuals (as seen in episode 6 of the 2nd season).
There's actually a problem with this one, since the original light novels' author uses "Horo", in direct contradiction to what the official Japanese sources gave to Funimation.
Similarly, when Dragon Ball Kai was licensed, Funimation got some flame for "changing" the original title. In reality, Toei chose that name for international distribution due to how the franchise has always been split outside Japan. Pretty much every country not-Japan got the series with that name.
The old Sonic the Hedgehog anime OVA, which was made sometime after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, refers to Knuckles the Echidna (introduced in that game) as a mole. This was preserved for the dub, where it is often misinterpreted as a translation error.
This applies whenever a voice actor is criticized for "not sounding enough like the Japanese voice" or something to that effect. In reality, besides that being a dubious assessment of voice acting quality, it's not the voice actor who has the ultimate say on how a line is interpreted and delivered, but rather the voice director.
Similarly, at a convention panel, Todd Haberkorn related a story in which he ended up auditioning for Axis Powers Hetalia using a very stereotypical accent for Italy after the authentic Italian accent wasn't what they wanted. He was sent a letter from someone, informing him that his accent was very inaccurate and giving him instructions on how to do a proper one. Haberkorn found the whole thing very amusing.
The most facepalming part about all this is that the Japanese producers often have the final say on a dub cast. This is especially true of high-profile shows like One Piece (the Funimation audio commentaries make this abundantly clear), as well as titles where a major member of production takes a personal interest in the localization - as happened with FLCL (for better) and Love Hina (for worse).
Parodied in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: An episode begins with the main cast watching a bad movie, whose director defends it by saying that it was 100% faithful to the source material and it's not his fault the original story sucked. The rest of the episode consists of other people making similar excuses, such as a housewife blaming her recipes for the soup her husband didn't like.
Anybody who ever shows you a Fansub and then tells you "yeah, there's a lot of swearing they take out of this show", lies. The Japanese language doesn't have swear words, just a "polite" and "rude" way of saying things. (The whole concept of "profanity" is a product of Western religion, Catholicism in particular, and does not even have any meaning to a historically isolationist Far East civilization.) For just one example, "kuso" is never a polite term, but it literally means "excrement." How strong that is depends on context. However, many fan translators with less experience or care towards translations will simply pick the rudest or most shocking equivalent with no concern for the subtlety. Even professional translators struggle with this — Disney's translation of Princess Mononoke actually altered a line from something tame ("This soup tastes like water") to something not so tame ("This soup tastes like donkey piss") in their dub while trying to put the line in the context of "rude" Japanese.
The Naruto fandom complained that Tayuya of the Sound Five didn't swear in the dub, as her rudeness was not only a key character trait but also a plot point at one point in the story (when a character attempted to impersonate her and didn't pull it off); however in the dub her simply being rude is still evident because of the choice of words she uses anyway.
The story goes that the reason the DVD sets of Funimation's One Piece have the characters swearing as much as they do is because a large fraction of the OP fandom requested they put the swearing in. Funimation representatives would go to the forums and ask for feedback and fans who watched the fansubs would ask for stuff like Luffy saying he'd "kick [the bad guys'] ass". As a result the Funimation uncut dub at times sounds like it's overcompensating (thankfully, it gets less ridiculous as it goes on).
Speaking of One Piece, the series has a LOT of this. Just to give a few examples: The Government's law enforcers are referred to in Japanese as the "Kaigun" with the word "MARINE" written on their clothes. Thus, most fan-translations went with "Marine" to translate "Kaigun". However, "Kaigun" doesn't actually mean "Marine"; it means "Navy". All official English versions correctly translate it as "Navy", and this usually gets a backlash from fans claiming mistranslation. Funimation, aware of this, would - at least for the first 3 seasons - use "Marine" in the dub but translate it correctly as "Navy" in the subtitles; starting with the fourth season, though, they switched to using "Navy" in both. Though the word choice itself has a bit of Mis-blaming. Marine is technically synonymous with navy, making them interchangeable rather than "right" or "wrong", but that use of the word has fallen out of favor in English.
Another good example is that Mr. 2 Bon Clay constantly refers to himself as a crossdresser ("okama") in the Japanese manga. Toei - the company who produce the anime adaption - objected to this for some reason (probably because he's a walking stereotype) and, in the Japanese version they changed all his references to being a "crossdresser" to being a "Ballerina". This is often called out as a form of "Funimation censorship" when seen in the dub or official subtitles, despite the fact that it was there in the Japanese version too... including pretty much all fansubs.
Mr 2 is himself a subject of this. The upper-echelon of Baroque Works work in male-female pairs, the man designated by a number and the woman with a holiday. Mr 2 - a self-declared transvestite - is given both; the holiday is meant to be bon kurei, the Festival of the Dead. Fans blame the spelling "Bon Clay" on Viz either due to mistranslation or thinking Viewers Are Morons, but actually both "Bon Kurei" and "Bon Clay" appear in Japanese materials and the "Bon Clay" spelling was used at Shueisha's request.
Yet another example is the Zoro/Zolo thing, a spelling difference that hits many a fan's Berserk Button. 4Kids and/or Viz typically get the blame for this, and his name is supposed to be a homage to Zorro. But that was exactly the reason it was changed; at the time OP was licensed, Zorro was the subject of a copyright lawsuit (in part because nobody is willing to admit in open court that it fell into the Public Domain years ago). 4Kids, Viz, Shueisha, and Toei (initially) all agreed that it was better to be safe than risk a frivolous lawsuit from a very litigious company. By the time Funimation got the anime out of 4Kids's clutches in 2007, Toei had decided there was no risk in using the original name, but Viz's agreements with Shueisha still specify using the altered name.
Anyone that tells you Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh!, or Tokyo Mew Mew were shows for teens or adults that were "kiddified" by their English dubs. These are all, in fact, shows for children, general audiences, or at most young teens. Sometimes these complaints are justified, such as only airing Sailor Moon during timeslots for pre-schoolers or severely censoring the content, but sometimes they seem to stem from a mutation of the Animation Age Ghetto in which the fan doesn't want to admit they're watching a kids' show. This could also stem from the difference in cultures between Japan/whatever country — starving oneself, lots of blood, Mind Rape and thirteen-year-old girls being stalked and threatened are permitted in Japanese kids' shows, but there's no way they'd appear in many Western shows made for the same age group.
Even though the modern Disney-produced dubs of the Studio Ghibli films have won over many new fans, there are a number of naysayers who have been overly critical of them, and that Hayao Miyazaki must surely be ashamed of them. He isn't. Miyazaki approves of Disney's work (at least since the Mononoke censorship scare), and the only dub he or Ghibli has ever actually disowned was the old bowdlerized dub of Nausicaa from the '80s. Miyazaki's actual thoughts about foreign dubbing, paraphrased: "My films are meant to be watched, not read."
And let's not mention the "omg Castle in the sky should be Castle Laputa". This was changed because "Laputa" happens to resemble the phrase "La Puta", which means "The Whore" in Spanish, a language that more people in North America are likely to understand than in Japan. What would you think if you saw a film on shelves that was called "Castle The Whore"? Would your first instincts of the Animation Age Ghetto kick in and think it's a stupid cartoon kids should be watching or would you actually wonder why the hell it's called "Castle The Whore" when it's pretty PG-rated (at most).
Castle in the Sky also ran into another issue, regarding the redone score. Many American "real" fans went ballistic and unfairly excoriated Disney for Lull Destruction (there was also extra comedic chatter from Dola's sons thrown in during the chase scenes). In reality, the rescore was done by original composer Joe Hisaishi with Miyazaki's blessing, and Hisaishi had said that he was never pleased with the original score and liked the new one better. Unfortunately, the complaints from the American fanbase were so loud and relentless that when the film was re-released on DVD and Blu-ray years later, the rescore was dropped (much, ironically, to the disappointment of fans of the Disney dub); this despite the fact that the rescore is on the Japanese Blu-rays. (A similar atmosphere occurred for Kiki's Delivery Service's dub, which had a lot of extra chatter from Phil Hartman and some additional pieces of music; when both were dropped, fans of the dub complained.)
Poor Carl Macek can't catch a break. Although he was responsible for many Macekres, he is frequently given "credit" for almost every poorly localized release of '80s anime. Some have even blamed him for the American versions of Warriors of the Wind (which was produced by New World Pictures), Macross: Clash of the Bionoids (which was dubbed by the original Japanese studios and butchered by Just For Kids Video), Battle of the Planets (Sandy Frank) and Tranzor Z (3-B Productions).
Also, he's blamed for removing death and violence from the three series used for Robotech; in fact, not a single death was removed from Super Dimension Fortress Macross, nor was any violence. He is also blamed for Robotech: The Movie; the studio in charge of the film rejected his original script, which apparently was mostly just a straight dub, and demanded all the changes made to it as they had found the original depressing.
Tokyopop was accused of "flipping" the first series of the Kingdom Hearts manga. They didn't. The manga was released that way in Japan as well, and Tokyopop made this very clear in their press releases about the series.
ADV Films occasionally catches flak for their Gag Dub of Ghost Stories from fans who accuse them of completely throwing out the original material just to move a few more DVDs. Granted, that's exactly what ADV did, and they were never shy about admitting it. However, the idea that they did so against Japan's wishes is ridiculous. The reality is that Aniplex, the studio responsible for the show's production, told ADV to do whatever they wanted to make the series sell, and approved all of ADV's changes.
According to the dub's ADR director, the order from Japan amounted to, "Do what you want; we don't care." Though they did have one request: Don't change the names of the ghosts or any of the major characters (which ADV complied with).
Geneon and adaptation studio New Generation Pictures caught some grief (on this very wiki, no less) for spelling Alucard's name as Arucard. The Facts: They wanted to use "Alucard", but the Japanese producers insisted on "Arucard" since by their logic, "it's Dracura backwards." (good ol' Japanese L-R confusion at work). At least they got away with pronouncing it "Alucard" in the English dub.
They also caught flak over the casting in the dub, with fans excoriating them for the "horrible", "fake" British accents. In reality, all the major British characters (Integra, Walter, Anderson) were played by British expats... except Seras, whose actress is American-born but spent a lot of time growing up in the UK.
And the anime of Umineko: When They Cry (which hasn't been dubbed yet and probably won't be) got blamed for an instance of Kinzo turning into a dragon in the final episode that a lot of fans found to be rather ridiculous. Thing is, if you read the original VN, you'll see that the scene was, um, also there. It was just described in the narration and not visually rendered on the screen.
To hear some people, the blame for the collapse of the anime market lies entirely on the backs of harem shows. There are several reasons besides that, such as overbidding, not reaching the right market, the changing market, and the collapse of the whole American economy. Actually, many harem series, especially fanservice-laden ones, have been surprise successes — Ikki Tousen and SHUFFLE! come to mind — while cleaner or less formulaic shows get left in the dust.
A member of Media Blasters stated that getting titles returned is a normal part of releasing anime, except for hentai which is never returned. This is why they don't dub regular niche titles, but will dub things like Queen's Blade. Sex sells, so Media Blasters will release it just so they can release shows they do like.
There was also a Media Blasters panel a few years back, in which they said that Japanese companies will often bundle titles together and force the company to release all of the titles before giving them a title they did want (also known as a "package deal"). This was the case with the Genshiken OVA and Genshiken2. The Japanese licensor refused to give Media Blasters the rights to any more Genshiken unless they dubbed and released Kujibiki Unbalance (2006 version), which they did, even though they knew fans would complain (and they did). Eventually, Media Blasters did get to release a set of all 29 Genshiken episodes sans Kujibiki.
The 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist is often accused of Character Exaggeration, but in at least two cases, it's really not the fault of the producers at all. The reason why Kimblee in the 2003 series is a fairly one-note psychopath as opposed to the surprisingly Affably Evil version of the manga is that at the time the 2003 anime was made, all of the manga material on Kimblee consisted of references to him being a gleeful war criminal, and so the 2003 anime's presentation of him is the result of making his character based on those references. Similarly, Mustang is a lot more of a Jerk Ass in the first anime (as opposed to having a Jerkass Façade), because it wasn't yet established in the manga that Mustang had an Urban Legend Love Life and wasn't actually a lech, and so understandably, the 2003 anime's Mustang ended up as a Licensed Sexist.
As a result of Adaptation Displacement, some fans of the 2003 anime make accusations that Brotherhood is a poor man's retelling of the first anime, without realizing there was a manga, and that Brotherhood is far more faithful to the source material than the 2003 version.
Many Spanish Dragon Ball fans blame the Spanish translation team for all the sillyorstupid changes in the anime. Actually, Spain bought Dragon Ball from France (like Portugal, Germany and many other European countries did; it was common at the time), and about 90% or more of said changes are France's fault, not Spain's (Just ask any German or such about THEIR translation, for example.).
Bang Zoom! Entertainment, a dubbing company, was accused of using interns in dubbing some anime (in particular Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and The Familiar of Zero). While Bang Zoom did use people new to the business because it was cheaper (as these particular dubs had a very low budget as they were made right as Geneon collapsed), none of the major characters were voiced by interns. Any interns who do voice work are simply doing incidental characters.
To expand on this... many grossly uninformed warriors in the Subbing vs. Dubbing conflict will claim that all English dub voice acting is done by interns, the director's friends/family, homeless people off the street, etc. In reality, many voice actors in the anime world have extensive experience in commercials and/or stage work; some (like Laura Bailey) even have on-camera work in their résumés. In short, they are actors... just not prominent or necessarily full-time ones.
There's one Internet forum where one poster said that "Dragon Ball GT was a non-canon cash-in made by Funimation". Cue Face Palm.
For that matter, a lot of people who have apparently been so scathed by Dragon Ball Z assume that anything Toriyama even does the art for is somehow his writing. For one, no, he was not responsible for the fillers and pacing of Dragon Ball Z. He wrote the story for Dragon Ball, etc, but the anime was purposely padded and had a lot of fillers merely because they didn't want to overtake the manga. He also did not have as much involvement over Dragon Ball GT as some people even say he did.
This "Toriyama is Anime POISON!" attitude has also unfotunately spread into other stuff he is involved in. Chrono Trigger is often given a free pass, but would you believe people sometimes refuse to play games like Dragon Quest and Blue Dragon because they assume they're Dragon Ball Z? Akira Toriyama has little to no involvement with the writing of Dragon Quest, he also did not do that much over the game design (which was handled by Enix and other companies such as Level 5).
Dragon Ball Z and the franchise both going forward and back are often subject to this. Fans will blame anything they don't like about the series, from the change in tone between the original series and Z (to Vegeta's resurrection and Heel–Face Turn, to how long the series ran, to Dragon Ball GT as a whole, to Vegeta's mustache) on absolutely anyone but Toriyama.
Macross Frontier is a strange combination of types 3, 4, and 5. Fans blame Shoji Kawamori for not resolving the love triangle in the last episode because of favoritism and marketing, however this belief was due to a bunch of faked interviews made up by a once-respected fan. In actuality it was Yoshino, the series scriptwriter who was at fault for the love triangle not resolving and for none of the reasons previously thought. But he also can't be blamed too much due to him being quite chatty when it comes to clarifying how the series ended. But this doesn't stop some of the Fan Dumb who didn't do their homework from blaming Kawamori for what happened for shipping reasons.
Another 07th Expansion anime example: Ookami Kakushi, which falls under Type 2. The ending sequence was almost entirely different from the actual ending in the Visual Novel. Those familiar with Higurashi claimed Ryukishi didn't even care about his own story, not realizing that, unlike Higurashi and Umineko, he had no involvement with this adaptation whatsoever, and that many plotpoints—including the aforementioned ending—that are heavily criticized weren't even in the original story.
Many people who've seen the English dub of Xam'd: Lost Memories claim that the story makes no sense. While the story does get rather complicated with time, the primary reason for this is that the English dub is a "Blind Idiot" Translation. Context is off, word choice is misleading, and translations are inconsistent. For example:
"One more red mark (akaboshi) and I'll get disciplinary training." -> "Akaboshi's disciplinary committee's coming by again!"
"Don't be stupid. We purged those a long time ago." -> "Don't even joke about that. I don't want to be purged..."
"It's a 3 hour wait at the military hospital. You'd be long dead before the examination." -> "They always glare at you before examination."
The Mysterious Cities of Gold is a joint French-Japanese program written by Frenchmen and animated by a Japanese company. This hasn't stopped accusations of French Bowdlerization of the "original Japanese" popping up when differences between the two translations are noted. In reality, the differences were due to a mutual agreement between the French writers and Japanese localizers to fit plot details to the differing expectations of their respective 80s-era audiences.
In the manga for Video Girl Ai, certain scenes with nudity in several volumes were edited to add panties or Scenery Censor to cover up Ai's naked lower body. Since VIZ Media was in the middle of a minor censorship controversy elsewhere, fans tend to blame the company for these edits as well. In reality, it was Shueisha, the original Japanese publisher, which requested Video Girl Ai's creator, Masakazu Katsura, to redraw his own art. This is plainly visible in the second Japanese run of the tankoubon (and all subsequent reprints,) which sported these edits long before Viz even acquired the rights to the series. Unfortunately for Viz's reputation with fans, it's this version, and not the uncensored one, that Shueisha provides to licensees (even the Latin American version from Editorial Vid, a Mexican publishing house older than and completely unrelated to Viz Media, uses it).
Many American localization companies, particularly Funimation, are often bombarded with requests to make another season for certain anime, or even blamed for being the reason why there isn't another season because they "waste too much time dubbing." This is all based on the assumption that localizers are the ones making the anime, which is a completely false insinuation. Anime is produced only in Japan, and it's the company behind the anime who gets to decide whether or not there will be another season. Funimation and the like aren't involved in that decision, and they are just responsible for licensing and distributing in America.
In a Quarter Back Syndrome case, Bee Train has taken a lot of flack for the adaptation of CLAMP's Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle which was a considerably Lighter and Softer than the original manga. Bee Train was the animation house but NHK Network was the main producer and wanted to make TRC a more kid-friendly show to compliment Card Captor Sakura which they had produced. It didn't help the series was rushed to air with an appallingly tight schedule of six months. A typical anime can take ten months to a year or more.
Many 4Kids dubs, such as Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and Sonic X, airbrush out English writing from certain scenes or replace them with generic symbols. Many detractors like to blame this on their usual low opinion of their viewers' intelligence ("kids can't read"), but this was actually done for the convenience of foreign localizers.
Fairy Tail: Jellal regarding a lot wrongdoings that have occurred throughout the manga. Fans tend to forget that not only was Jellal brainwashed and controlled by Ultear for the duration of all his evil deeds, but he spends six years hunting evil and still feels his life was worthless due to what he'd done, it's surprising that he hasn't gotten more of a break from the fans (although his Creator's Pet status via Mashima could be a very prominent reason). Surprisingly, Ultear has never gotten a Never Live It Down reputation, despite not only freely chosing to Mind Rape Jellal for years but torturing and massacring huge numbers of people (Ultear's very prominent Freudian Excuse is one reason why she gets so much compassion). There seems to have been an attempt to rid Jellal of his Never Live It Down reputation after Mavis herself said he isn't evil - and she puts the 'God' in Word of God - however with not a huge amount of success. Part of this might be because he killed the only character that dies in the series on-screen, Simon, and part might be because of the completely psychopathic Stalker with a Crush way he treated Erza in the Tower Of Heaven arc.