I’m hardcore when it comes to dubs, so this post was bound to come sooner or later.
You know what I’ve noticed about dubbed anime shows? There’s an endless amount of fans who HATE dubbed anime’s.
At least that’s what I’ve noticed from being part of the online anime community.
Why do fans hate anime dubs? I don’t know, and I’m not here to debate it.
Even If I don’t get it (well, maybe a little).
But what I am here to share is 16 of the best dubbed anime shows I’ve ever seen.
So let’s jump straight into it, heads first!
I’m confident you’ll find value in a few of these English-dubbed shows. At the very least….
1. Maid Sama
Maid Sama? With a name like that this must be a harem anime featuring sexy maids, right?
That statement is so wrong that it hurts to even read it.
Maid Sama is a romance/comedy series focused on the two main characters: Usui Takumi and Misaki Ayuzawa.
And I have to say: It’s one of the best dubbed anime shows I’ve ever witnessed.
It’s the reason I’ve come to discover so many great anime shows on my journey.
Especially in the genreof comedy and romance.
And unlike similar shows in its category, it’s so unique you can taste it.
Each episode encourages you to take another bite at it. Because it’s a pleasure to watch.
An anime that can make me laugh, tell a story and keep me interested deserves my praise. 100%.
2. Nodame Cantabile
Nodame (on the left) and Chiaki (on the right) are the main characters of the show.
Nodame Cantabile is an anime about musicians on a mission to pursue their passions.
While still in college.
I’m surprised I’ve never seen this anime recommended by anyone (one person maybe).
The dubbing is spot on. The voices play so well with the characters. And of course the anime itself is a star in its own right.
Nice mixture of comedy/slice of life and romance all mixed into one. Without the cliche’s seen in similar shows.
3. It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular
Watashi (in Japanese) is a slice of life anime focused on one main character.
And that character is Tomoko Kuroki (with the black hair above).
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 hurts to even watch.
I think it’s this aspect of the anime that makes it shine. Because there aren’t many slice of life shows that express the “ugly” side of a characters personality and shortcomings.
Don’t miss this one!
This anime reminds me so much of Nodame Cantabile. They’re both so alike in a lot of ways.
The dubbing is great in both shows.
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 character development.
One of the best traits of this anime is how it steers away from fan-service and “harem” aspects.
Goes to show you an anime doesn’t need all that foolishness to prove how great it is.
5. Interviews With Monster Girls
Interviews With Monster Girls, an anime released in 2017. The story is based off its original light novel series.
It’s yet another slice of life anime series that’s fun to watch, avoids common cliches, and has a great dub.
The 4 main female characters are Demi-Humans. Each with their own individual abilities, drawbacks and challenges.
As you watch the anime each student goes through the challenge of making friends with ordinary human beings.
And trying to fit into a society that doesn’t understand them for who they are.
it’s not a fast paced show, and I like that about it.
The pace is just right and it’s a new favorite of mine as far as slice of life shows go.
Claymore is an action/fantasy show full of extreme violence, dark and emotional moments.
It’s one of the first few anime’s I ever watched.
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.
And 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 Akame Ga Kill), give the dubbed version a try.
7. Amagi Brilliant Park
Amagi Brilliant Park is a short anime in the comedy/magic genre.
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 pretty damn good. And some of the roles certain characters play had me laughing throughout.
And 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 anime’s. And would prefer a series that’s short (13 episodes).
8. Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon is the most gangster-infested anime show you’ll ever watch.
It’s doubtful you’ll find an anime that can compete within the same genre, let alone beat the quality of this series.
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.
And the thing is: the way this anime plays out is so realistic that it’s comparable to real life.
The anime does more than a good job of showcasing deep issues in an animated fashion. And that’s why it’s one of the best series for me.
And when you consider how the English dubbed version is so impressive,… It only makes Black Lagoon so much more powerful and worthy among dubbed anime’s out there.
Related: Black Lagoon Revy PVC Statue
9. Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hyperdimension Neptunia is a parody/comedy anime series based on a world of gaming and CPU’S.
The anime series is taken from the video games on the Play-station 3 and PSP.
Compared to other shows on this list, Hyperdimension isn’t the greatest.
Especially not as far as story-telling, cliche’s, quality and all that jazz.
BUT (and it’s a big but) the dubbing, voice casting and dialogue is PERFECT.
I can’t get over how funny this anime show is at times. Or how the creators managed to pull out such an entertaining dialogue throughout the series.
Every now and then I’ll watch an Anime show that I feel has so much potential… But it doesn’t live up to it.
And yet at the same time manages to feature characters who I love so much that it’s unreal.
Hyperdimension Neptunia is one of those “strange” anime’s for me.
And the dubbing won’t disappoint you if you give it a try.
10. Full Metal Panic
You can tell just by looking at the image this anime is from another planet.
And as you start to get into it, you realize it IS from another planet all together.
Full Metal Panic is one of the FEW mecha anime’s I’ve ever watched.
And I don’t regret watching this mecha show in particular.
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.
And the 3rd “side-story” season shocked me yet again by how damn-good it is.
I can’t even name an anime series with a season 2 that outclasses season 1.
It’s unheard of in almost all forms of film and entertainment.
And that’s why I can’t recommend Full Metal Panic enough. It’s such a top-notch show full of so many surprises.
Shiki is a horror/mystery anime series comparable to Higurashi: When They Cry.
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).
And the realism is beyond belief. Shiki is one of the saddest, most cruel and thought-provoking anime’s created.
And you’ll be wondering why you didn’t watch it sooner when you’re done with it.
12. My Hero Academia
Superhero/supernatural anime series are so commonplace and typical in the anime community.
The’re one of the most (if not the most) popular types of anime shows on the planet. Like DBZ, Fairy Tail, and so on.
That being said – My Hero Academia is an anime which caught me by surprise.
I’m the type of guy who after hearing about an Anime too much, I tune out and become uninterested. Because there’s nothing worse than an Anime that can’t live up to the hype.
But My Hero Academia is in a league of its own. Proving that you don’t need “originality” to make something a masterpiece.
The dubbing is top-notch, the voice casting is perfect, and the execution is sharp. Plus the story grabs your attention from the very first episode.
Out of all the dubbed anime shows out there, My Hero Academia deserves to be on this list.
Related: 5 Life Lessons From My Hero Academia
13. Owari No Seraph
Owari No Seraph is another anime that filled me with doubts. But I went ahead and gave it a try anyway.
It’s an action/fantasy series similar to Black Bullet and Akame Ga Kill.
The first episode starts off like Attack On Titan. Meaning it’s filled with emotions, sadness and pain.
Enough to draw you in and make you curious as to what happens next.
After watching both seasons 1 and 2, I can say it’s a pretty decent show. The voice actors done a great job matching the vocals to the characters.
So that’s a win as far as English dubbing goes.
The anime itself isn’t the most action packed I’ve seen. Nothing like Akame Ga Kill or Fate Zero.
But the story, the characters, their roles and personalities more than do it for me.
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
Another 2017 Anime series with “slightly” similar aspects to Interviews With Monster Girls.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a slice of life/comedy with weird, powerful, over-the-top dragons.
The dubbing is perfect in this anime just like Interviews With Monster Girls. The voice cast is great, and the dialogue is brilliant.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid for me is one of the most relaxing, yet hilarious anime’s I’ve watched.
It’s the type of show you can watch without being too serious about it.
And to me that’s one of the anime’s best qualities. And I think they did an amazing job from start to finish.
15. Kill La Kill
Kill La Kill is an action anime series that at first, seems ridiculous and over the top.
From the outside in it’s an anime that tries too hard and is a little unconventional. Like how Ryuko’s outfit looks erotic and over-exposed when she powers up.
And the whole “transformation scene” looks a lot like Sailor Moon.
That being said, this is another anime series that proved me wrong.
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.
And you’ll struggle to find an anime like Kill La Kill with a strong English dub. Great voice casters. And a hilarious but relevant dialogue.
I’ve seen plenty dubbed action anime’s and almost none of them come close to Kill La Kill’s quality.
16. Fate Zero
I can’t go without mentioning Fate Zero on this list. An anime in the fantasy/action genre.
Before watching Fate Zero I tried Fate Stay Night. The anime series is worthwhile and pretty decent.
So 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.
But the main thing that makes Fate Zero so much better than Fate Stay Night, is the action.
It’s almost like comparing an anime like K-ON to something like Attack On Titan. AOT is too damn violent and K-ON is just too cute for either to be compared.
So If you’re looking for a fantasy English dub, try Fate Zero. It’s one of my favorites within the fantasy/action genre.
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.
- Sword Art Online.
- Gunslinger Girl.
- The Devil Is A Part Timer.
- Squid Girl.
- Madoka Magica.
What’s your favorite anime dub? Share your thoughts!
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The 1st anime I watched was Dragon Ball Z. Followed by Claymore, Inuyasha, Attack On Titan, and the rest as they say is “history”.