You know what I’ve noticed about dubbed
At least that’s what I’ve noticed from being part of the online
Why do fans hate anime dubs? I don’t know, and I’m not here to debate it.
But what I am here to share is the best dubbed
So let’s jump straight into it, heads first!
1. Maid Sama
Maid Sama? With a name like that this must be a harem
Maid Sama is a romance/comedy series focused on the two main characters: Usui Takumi and Misaki Ayuzawa.
I have to say: It’s one of the best dubbed
It’s the reason I’ve come to discover so many great
Unlike similar shows in its category, it’s so unique you can taste it. Each episode encourages you to take another bite at it.
2. Nodame Cantabile
Nodame (on the left) and Chiaki (on the right) are the main characters of the show.
Nodame Cantabile is an
I’m surprised I’ve never seen this
The dubbing is decent. The voices play so well with the characters. And of course the
Nice mixture of comedy/slice of life and romance all mixed into one. Without too many cliche’s seen in similar shows.
3. It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular
Watashi (in Japanese) is a slice of life
If you think you’ve seen all the slice of life shows there are to see… Just wait till you watch this.
Watashi is the most awkward, depressing, cringe-inducing anime series I’ve seen.
Tomoko Kuroki tries to make friends and socialize with others. But fails so miserably that it kills to even watch.
I think it’s this aspect of the
The dubbing is good in both shows. But even better in Barakamon.
Barakamon is a slice of life series focused on the calligrapher: Seishuu Handa. A 23 year old who’s sent off to live on an island to change his behavior. And work on his personal development.
Barakamon will have you laughing almost every episode. And even better than that, you’ll love the personal development.
One of the best traits of this
Goes to show you an
5. Interviews With Monster Girls
Interviews With Monster Girls, an
It’s yet another slice of life
The 4 main female characters are Demi-Humans. Each with their own individual abilities, drawbacks and challenges.
As you watch the
it’s not a fast paced show, and I like that about it.
Claymore is an action/fantasy show full of extreme violence, dark and emotional moments.
It’s one of the first few
The story focuses on Clare, a Claymore. Which means she’s a modified human being who’s goal is to destroy Yoma.
You can think of Yoma as a type of demon/beast with super human strength.
Of all the surprising and shocking scenes I’ve witnessed in many shows, Claymore stands out.
The voice-casting fits the role of each character without trying too hard or sacrificing quality.
If gore and violence are the shows you’re into (like AOT or
7. Amagi Brilliant Park
Amagi Brilliant Park is a short
The story focuses on a magical amusement park on the verge of going bankrupt, if they can’t bring in enough customers.
I thought the dub was alright. And some of the roles certain characters play had me laughing.
The dialogue is pretty sharp.
I like the business aspect of this show. Along with the fact there’s comedy and magic blended into it.
It’s not the most popular show but it doesn’t have to be
I’d recommend it if you’re a lover of comedy
8. Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon is the most gangster-infested
It’s doubtful you’ll find an
Black Lagoon features 4 main characters: Revy, Rock, Benny and Dutch.
Simple names, right? That’s what makes their names easy to remember.
As you dive into the series you’ll start to see just how dark, twisted, deep and gritty it is.
The thing is: the way this
And when you consider how the English dubbed version is so on point,… It only makes Black Lagoon so much more legit among dubbed
9. Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hyperdimension Neptunia is a parody/comedy
Compared to other shows on this list, Hyperdimension isn’t the greatest. Especially not as far as story-telling, quality and all that jazz.
But the dubbing, voice casting and dialogue is PERFECT.
I can’t get over how funny this
Every now and then I’ll watch an
And at the same time manages to feature characters who I love so much that it’s unreal.
The mockery of typical clichés and tropes is another one of its strengths.
10. Full Metal Panic
You can tell just by looking at the image this
Full Metal Panic is one of the FEW mecha
Season 1 starts out at a slow-ish pace. Focusing on the main characters: Sousuke Sagara. Who has a Militant background and works for an independent Military group.
The other main character: Kaname Chidori, a student council president who’s responsible, popular, humble, but is in danger of being kidnapped.
Aside from the great dubbing, voice-casting and dialogue, Full Metal Panic is a strange show. Meaning the first series got me interested, but didn’t leave me “flawed” by how good it is.
The second season blew me away, and I couldn’t believe the 2nd series was so much better than the first.
The 3rd “side-story” season shocked me yet again by how good it is. I can’t even name an
It’s unheard of in almost all forms of film and entertainment to this degree.
Season 4 is another solid season as well.
Shiki is a horror/mystery
Compared to Higurashi, Shiki starts off with a slow pace. In fact as I got into a couple of episodes I started to doubt whether it’s worth watching.
But then the pace starts to pick up and each episode started blowing my mind out of my skull. Piece by piece.
The dubbing, voice casting and dialogue is spot on. The story-telling is one of the best I’ve ever seen (even if slow).
The realism is beyond belief. Shiki is one of the saddest, most cruel and thought-provoking
My Hero Academia
They’re one of the most (if not the most) popular types of
That being said –
I’m the type of guy who after hearing about an
The dubbing is legit, the voice casting is accurate, and the execution is sharp. Plus the story grabs your attention from the first episode.
Out of all the dubbed
13. Owari No Seraph
Owari No Seraph is another
It’s an action/fantasy series similar to Black Bullet and
The first episode starts off like Attack On Titan. Meaning it’s filled with emotions, sadness and pain.
After watching both seasons 1 and 2, I can say it’s a pretty decent show. The voice actors done a solid job matching the vocals to the characters.
So that’s a win as far as English dubbing goes.
The story, the characters, their roles and personalities more than do it for me though.
What makes this show stand out is the characters themselves. And the family-like bond they build together.
If there’s ever a season 3, I’d jump at the chance to see it.
14. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a slice of life/comedy with weird,
The dubbing “fits” in this
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid for me is one of the most relaxing, yet funny as F
And to me that’s one of the
Kill La Kill
From the outside in it’s an
And the “transformation scene” looks a lot like
That being said, this is another
As I said earlier, originality doesn’t matter. As long as the execution is on point, and it’s well-done like fried chicken, that’s all that matters.
That said, there’s a deeper story under the surface of
You’ll struggle to find an
I’ve seen plenty dubbed action
16. Fate Zero
I can’t go without mentioning Fate Zero on this list. An
Before watching Fate Zero I tried Fate Stay Night. The
I expected Fate Zero to be just as good. But that was impossible because Fate Zero blew my expectations sky-high.
I enjoyed the dubbing, voice casting and dialogue so much more in Fate Zero. The main thing that makes Fate Zero so much better than Fate Stay Night, is the action.
It’s almost like comparing an
So If you’re looking for a fantasy English dub, try Fate Zero.
17. Michiko To Hatchin
You can think of Michiko To Hatchin like Black Lagoon. It’s similar with strong female characters, a grimey story and characters with a tough background associated with crime.
In this case there’s a little twist between the main characters lifestyle’s and how they mix.
Michiko To Hatchin deserves more credit than it seems to get.
18. New Game!
New Game! is a favorite slice of life for me. You can compare the quality to something like Shirobako, as well as the story and how people come together to make “art” a reality.
Aoba Suzukaze is a character that gamers in the industry will be able to relate to. Since she has dreams of working in a gaming company, and succeeds.
Other characters like Umiko Ahagon (a programmer) is relatable for people who do “that” side of things when it comes to
But either way – New Game is a unique
Sword Art Online
It’s one of the reasons
And of course – with so many seasons,
20. The Quintessential Quintuplets
The Quintessential Quintuplets is an
Each character (sister) is relevant and has enough uniqueness to stand out without being forgotten. And of course – the dubbing only helps because it fits so well.
21. Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple
Kenichi seems like a forgotten
It’s an absolute classic in the shounen genre and one of the more quality shounen ever made.
With a theme that focuses on bullying, how to overcome it, personal development and martial arts, it’s already an
The quality of the dubbing here, with some of the greatest VA’S in the industry is something worth shouting about.
Each character has purpose. Even the side characters. And you feel like you “know” each character by the time you’ve finished the
Studio SHAFT is the one behind this unconventional magical girl series, and it seems the VA’S chosen for it were the perfect fit for each characters vibe.
23. Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is another
It has a similar feel to Cowboy Bebop and that’s not a coincidence when you know who’s behind it.
Two samurai’s help a girl find a man who smells of sunflowers, and the
With so few characters it’s easy to see why the VA’S are solid in Samurai Champloo. They were chosen carefully and it matches the
24. Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World
Re:Zero, made by studio whitefox is not just one of their best shows, but it’s one of the stand-out
It’s the type of psychological series with
25. A Certain Magical Index
A Certain Magical Index (and the railgun series) have solid dubs and VA’S. Index has 3 seasons so far, and will have more to come in future from the light novels.
It’s about Touma Kamijou, a guy who seemingly has bad luck and a right arm that’s able to cancel, negate, or destroy magic and supernatural powers.
The other MC is Index, a girl who essentially drags Touma into the dark side of the world involving magic, religion, and more that Touma was ignorant to.
For a franchise, there’s very few
Other English dubbed
anime‘s worth mentioning:
- The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna.
- Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends.
- D. Gray Man.
- Tamako Market.
- Kokoro Connect.
- Spice And Wolf.
- School Rumble.
- Lucky Star.
- Love Live.
- Snow White With The Red Hair.
- Code Geass.
- A Certain Scientific Railgun.
- Gunslinger Girl.
- The Devil Is A Part Timer.
- Squid Girl.
Dragon Ball Z.
What’s your favorite