Anime is one of the biggest entertainment industries in Japan today, second only to Manga. But what happens when you take this unique storytelling style and re-create it in another language? Would you lose some of the magic? Or do dubs offer something a subtitled version can’t? It’s a debate that has raged for decades and one we’ll probably be having for many more to come. And that is why I have decided to go through the best dubbed anime here in this article.
I have listed here the best dubbed anime series that I consider similar in story or character and very strong in their English dub. Some may disagree with my choices on what constitutes a great dubbed anime, but everyone should be able to find at least a few titles on here they like. So let’s check them out.
Best Dubbed Anime Of All Time Ranked
Ranked among the best-dubbed anime are a lot of classics, including some that have been around for decades. With new anime shows being released almost every day, it can be difficult to keep track of what’s good and what isn’t. However, if you’re looking for some great dubbed anime with excellent storylines and engaging characters, then look no further than this list.
Check out this list and see if there’s anything you’ve meant to add to your watch queue! What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments section!
75. Tsubasa Chronicle (2005)
This is one of the best English dubbed anime. So, I included it in the list. This is the first of two Tsubasa Chronicle movies. It’s just a short movie with no big changes, but what changed was enough reason to mention it here after all. Sakura doesn’t have any magic in this world. Clow Reed reincarnated into Fujitaka Kinomoto, and Nadeshiko has been cut out entirely because she never existed in this AU.
The point of view switches between Syaoran and Fay, making it clear how Syaoran feels about Sakura’s absence (although he doesn’t know she also exists in this world). As usual, Sakura is taken hostage and has to be saved by Syaoran. An interesting part is when Syaoran throws himself between Sakura and a bullet. He protects her, but not from the impact, which hurts him badly. This time it’s Fay who heals him afterward.
This movie focuses more on mystery than action. It takes itself a bit more seriously than previous movies/series because it’s a lot darker due to the missing magic and lack of humorous characters like Naruto or Loke. Despite this, there are still some lighthearted scenes, but they don’t have as much screen time as in other versions of Tsubasa Chronicle.
In my opinion, this seems to be what makes the English version so good: Everything fits together better compared to other versions where you’re constantly switching between different tones all the time.
74. Spice And Wolf II (2010)
A certain investor wants to expand his business with Lawrence’s company, but he requires an additional worker for this task due to the threat of wolf attacks. Now it is Lawrence and Holo’s job to find a suitable person for this position. But they are not alone in completing that task; another contender will do whatever it takes to win.
This prequel shows how the two main characters met each other by starting as enemies; Holo is trying to steal Lawrence’s profits and trying to save his business. The fight between them takes place in the snow, which has a strong symbolic meaning in this show (e.g., there are many moments where something “white” inspires awe or happiness).
However, once that battle ends, no time is wasted in getting into how they reached their current working relationship by telling what happened after that event. This prequel shows how Holo became more trusting of humans again and helped the villagers with her wisdom for money matters.
73. Haganai I Don’t Have Many Friends (2010)
This anime is real fun. A high school boy called Kodaka, who has a troubled past with both friends and bullies, meets Sena (the most popular girl in the class) and Yozora (who claims she can talk to ghosts). They form a club for people like themselves, and they make more friends along the way. But, Kodaka seems to be extremely bad at making friends, and Yozora is too obnoxious.
I like this anime. The characters are all extremely interesting. They bounce off each other very well; Yozora is too serious, Sena is too dramatic, Rika (an older student) is cute and Tsuntsun, Yukimura (Sena’s friend), is playful and responsible. The relationship between the main characters is also interesting.
72. Fairy Tail (2009)
While this long-time fan favorite has been going strong for quite some time, it shows no sign of slowing down. Fairy Tail is an amusing series that combines action, comedy, and drama to create memorable moments. It also has one of the best English dubs available, owing to its adult cast’s commitment.
While the series does take some time to get going, when it does, fans will be glued to their seats until they conclude this fantastic franchise.
71. Welcome To The NHK (2006)
There is a lot of sad anime out there, but few have the same sadness as Welcome to the NHK. This bleak tale about how you may never know what goes on in someone else’s life is tragic and true in its depiction of people like this.
While many anime series attempts to recreate the more comedic side of things with their dubs, these services offer something different that sets them apart from other anime titles. It revolves around Tatsuhiro Satou, a 22-year-old hikikomori who hasn’t worked and believes a “conspiracy controls the world.” A boy called Satou is very shy and does not talk to people. A girl called Misaki Nakahara helps him by changing him into a more confident person.
70. Highschool DxD (2012)
The story is about a boy named Issei. He died on his first date. He was then reincarnated as a demon, and he works for Rias, one of the prettiest girls on campus. He is a pervert who always gets into trouble. He’s also known as “The Imp” or “Perverted Trio (Gokuraku).”
Highschool DxD is an anime about high school life. I prefer to call this show “Rias Gremory” because that’s the real main character in my opinion.
69. Danganronpa The Animation (2013)
A group of 15 high school students is at a special school. They have to graduate, but it is hard. The bear Monokuma tells them that they have to kill someone to graduate. The only way to graduate is to kill one of your classmates. If the other classmates find out who it is, they will kill them too. But if they don’t find out, then only the killer graduates and the others are killed.
School Killing Game is a show where bad things happen in school. It is not good. But it can also be funny and sad. The show has a lot of talking, and sometimes the main character is funny when he talks.
68. Black Butler (2008)
A boy sold his soul to a demon for revenge. A demon took the form of a loyal butler. The butler had to protect and serve him, and he could summon the butler anytime he wanted to.
This is Funimation’s most popular show, and it has been for the past four years. It has a good mix of comedy and darkness, making it hard to stop watching once you start. Many episodes end with cliffhangers, so you want to keep watching.
The voice acting in this movie is really good. Travis Willingham does a really good job playing Sebastian. He sounds scary sometimes and very nice other times.
67. Kakegurui (2017)
Hyakkaou Private Academy is a place for the rich. But it has a special curriculum. If you are rich, it’s not about athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s about reading your opponent and understanding the art of the deal. There’s no better approach to polishing those talents with a rigorous gambling education than living like a king. The winners live like kings at Hyakkaou Private Academy, but the losers are put through the wringer; nevertheless, when Yumeko Jabami joins, she’ll teach these kids what it’s like to be a high roller.
Hyakkaou Private Academy is a prestigious school for the children of the richest people in Japan. In most anime, when someone says “drama” or “psychological,” it usually means “supernatural, full of mind games and nothing else.” I’m glad to say that this anime does not mean that at all! The story follows our protagonist Yumeko as she tries to make her life more thrilling by gambling with other students, and she is good at it.
This anime has nothing supernatural in it. Every character is an original character with unique powers and abilities, but they don’t feel like deus ex machina (powers that come in the last moment and save their life). Instead, they feel like even more of a surprise when they show up during the series. The artwork for this anime does not pale out or look below average compared to other modern anime; it looks great! And I think that’s everything I can say about this anime without providing spoilers.
66. Durarara!!X2 (2015)
It is a TV show that has been on since 2011. The characters are the same, but there is more of Izaya, and he is more entertaining than before. There also is an English dub, and it brings out all these aspects even more because people can watch them in English.
It has been six months since the bad thing happened in Ikebukuro. It seems like peace has returned to the city. The teenagers go to school and have fun. The strongest person in Ikebukuro works hard every day. The headless rider has a plan. The cops chase her through the night. This will not last forever because something new will come. Slowly but surely, the unknown thing will seize the city and bring an all-new storm.
65. One-Punch Man (2015)
The anime is really good because Madhouse did some cool things with the directing. Funimation has made many good dubs. Even though there are more, but this one is still really good.
Saitama has superpowers. He can beat anyone with one punch. He does not do anything important, but he trains a lot and loses his hair. He is now bald.
He does not seem to care about anything, but he cares about his friends and the city. One-Punch Man has some good funny comedy scenes. It’s a good anime if you want to watch something funny or exciting.
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64. Monster Musume No Iru Nichijou (2015)
This show got an amazing English dub by Sentai Filmworks. The story of this show is about monsters from another dimension. They want to be citizens in our world. They go on dates with men or women of their choice. You can select who you would like them to date depending on your preferences. This show has 7 seasons out so far, both subbed and dubbed. This is one of the most watched anime in America.
63. Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo! (2016)
This anime is about a guy who had his life taken away from him. But then he got a second chance to live in another world. He was given an item that will allow him three wishes if used properly. If he uses them, then he can go back home or bring people with him too who have been killed.
The show has some good comedy scenes if you are watching it for something funny to watch. If you are not, it’s still worth giving it a try because it has some cool stuff that happens later in the series, especially towards the ending.
62. Ajin – 2nd season (2016)
This anime is my favorite because you can watch it subbed or dubbed, but I recommend watching its dubbed version. Ajin, the first season, was really good, and season two takes off where it left off in the last episode. The show has some cool scenes. The bad characters are unhappy about Ajin being in their world.
This can be a pretty dark anime, but I think that makes it even better because it keeps you anticipating what will happen next. Please give this anime a try! My Two Cents As for me, if I had to name my most favorite anime, it will be Ajin season one, without a single doubt. The dub of this show is good enough for me. You can also find the voice actors from this show on Funimation.
Just search them up on Google or YouTube which are pretty cool also if you have time to spare! I hope you enjoyed reading this article! Have you watched any of these shows? Are they worth watching? Please tell me in the comments below!
61. Ninja Slayer From Animation (2015)
Sentai Filmworks has been doing English dubbing on anime more often in recent years. They make it so that people can enjoy the anime. Sentai Filmworks is one of the best companies for making those dubs happen because they do a good job.
Ninja Slayer was a great show. It had some problems, but these did not stop the show from being good. The character of Ninja Slayer had lots of voice actors and Bryce Papenbrook did a great job as this character.
60. Parasyte (2014)
Parasyte is a show that has scary parts. It is not like other shows that are light and happy. This show talks about how monsters take over people’s bodies. But there is fun in how the script plays with these different ideas.
This series has a few problems, but it is still very great. The voice work is good and makes the show even better. The problems are very little. But they still exist, so I have to mention them.
I give Parasyte a great score of 9/10. The show is worth watching if you like horror anime and you don’t mind violence in your shows.
59. One Piece (1999)
One Piece mixes many different types of things, like anime and long-form animation. Although One Piece’s visuals are not as good now, the English dub is still one of FUNimation’s best performances.
A pirate named Gol D. Roger had lots of money and power and was the Pirate King. His treasure (One Piece) was hidden in the Grand Line. All people tried to find it. No one ever found it because it is too dangerous in there. A 22 years after Gol D. Roger died, a boy named Monkey D. Luffy wanted to become a pirate and search for Gol D. Roger’s treasure to be the next Pirate King.
58. Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Tokyo Ghoul has slow parts. But it also talks about what people have to do to stay alive. This is true for each character in the show. And while I have not seen all of the Tokyo Ghoul dubs, the ones I have seen are some of FUNimation’s best works in recent memory. That is because they have a good script and talented actors.
In this story, mysterious creatures called “ghouls” haunt people and eat humans. People are scared because they don’t know if they will eat them next. Kaneki meets a girl named Rize at the café he goes to, and they share the same interest in reading. He does not know that this will change his life overnight.
57. Wolf Children Ame And Yuki (2012)
Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is a great movie that shows how people can sometimes become what they hate the most. This happens when Hana falls in love with a man who turns out to be part wolf himself. The story begins when she decides to move into the forest with him.
They have two children together, but they will have their birthdays at different times from any other child because their half-wolf nature makes them age slower than normal humans.
Hana realizes that she cannot give her kids all they need, so she moves them to the city. But she soon realizes that it is very hard for her children to adjust because of their special nature. And her husband’s brother soon becomes a problem as he shows up and wants to take Hana away from this life with his brother.
I had no idea how good this movie was until I watched the dub. The cast of voice actors did a great job on this film, and they gave each character a unique personality.
56. Steins; Gate (2011)
Okabe Rintarou, a university student who calls himself Crazy Mad Scientist Hououin Kyouma and his lab’s members work on a microwave device that can send messages to the past.
Steins; Gate has some pacing issues, but I think they are good. They help me understand the show better. And it is also interesting when the main character struggles with his new power.
Steins; Gate is a good show to watch. Some well-known actors take care of its English dub. You will not want to miss it.
55. Soul Eater (2008)
Soul Eater is a show where you want to have a lot of fun. The wackier it is, the more fun you will have to watch it! Each episode has its jokes. If you want a show that will keep your eyes glued to the screen and not be too serious, then Soul Eater is a good anime for you! As long as you can handle some of the brutal scenes, people should have a lot of fun with Soul Eater!
This is a show about a school where people learn to be weapons. It has three pairs of partners. One is a person and their weapon. They must collect 100 souls from evil people and one witch to become the best at this school. However, forces outside the Academy make it harder to do this. They cause trouble all over the world.
Soul Eater is a unique show in many aspects. The most important would be the characters that I mentioned earlier! They are all very memorable, and they do great jobs of developing too. Soul Eater will not let you down when it comes to having fun but also having some deep moments from time to time.
This is the best-dubbed anime that you can watch, in my opinion. Some people might disagree with me on this, but I still think so nonetheless. I strongly recommend watching Soul Eater if you have not already!
54. D.Gray-Man (2006)
D Gray Man is a show that almost everyone has seen at some point in time. There are already 146 episodes, so it’s hard not to have an opinion about it! If you have not seen this show, then I do recommend checking it out! You might find yourself laughing quite a bit throughout this series. This anime never gets old, even ten years after its release date!
The story revolves around main protagonist Allen Walker who is born with the power of “Innocence.” Innocence is a type of weapon that can purify evil things with its holy power. Therefore, it can be very useful in the fight against the Akuma who are trying to destroy this world!
This show has a nice flow of action and comedy throughout its 146 episodes. There is never a dull moment, which is what makes D Gray Man such an interesting watch that everyone should experience at some point.
Most people will tell you that they hate filler episodes of anime shows. However, I do not believe this for D Gray Man! The more recent episodes of D Gray Man had more filler content.
53. Bleach (2004)
Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ destiny after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper.
This anime is worth watching because the main story arcs are good. The English actors who handled English dubs well for this anime are famous people, like Johnny Yong Bosch.
52. Black Lagoon (2006)
A Japanese businessperson has had enough of the corporate world and chooses to stay with the mercenaries that captured him, joining their crew.
I think that Black Lagoon’s exciting take on the criminal underworld distinguishes it as one of the best action-heavy series FUNimation has brought to the West. You can’t go wrong with watching Black Lagoon in any language with well-known actors like Johnny Yong Bosch providing the English dub.
51. Hellsing Ultimate (2006-2014)
Hellsing Ultimate is an action-heavy series with a lot to offer those who are prepared to dig into its world. It is one of the bloodiest and craziest series I’ve ever seen. With Brina Palencia, Preston Plow, and Tristan MacAvery doing the English dub, you can’t go wrong watching this series in any language.
50. Yu Hakusho (1992-1995)
If you’re seeking an anime that’s plenty of action while also doing well in terms of character development, Yu Hakusho is the show for you. A series that demonstrates the power that an underdog protagonist can wield when surrounded by a strong cast, there are few friends as loyal as Yusuke, and if you need proof of that, look no further than this anime.
49. Wolf’s Rain (2003)
Wolf’s Rain stands out from the rest of the action/adventure anime genre because of its distinct visual style, exciting take on the “lone wolf.” With well-known performers like Steve Blum handling the English dub, you can’t go wrong viewing this series in either language.
48. Parasyte The Maxim (2014)
Some people do not like the idea of body horror and murder, but I think Parasyte’s take on the whole “alien invasion” trope is unique. It stands out to me as one of Funimation’s series that the Japanese brought over from Japan. This series has audio in both languages. And the actors are great, so you will never be unhappy with watching it.
If you haven’t heard about this anime’s adaptation from the Manga, you are missing out on a classic! In the first few episodes, you will get overwhelmed with information on the Death notes and the characters involved in the storyline. But if you continue watching, it will all fit together nicely! It is exciting to watch this anime play out, seeing how each character tries to outsmart one another for their goals to be fulfilled. It is a brilliant series which I believe you should watch!
46. Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan is a brilliant series to watch, and you should check it out! I loved the character development and how much each character grew as they went throughout this storyline. There were so many surprises along the way that blew my mind! It’s a must-watch!
I loved watching Noragami! It was a light-hearted anime with a brilliant storyline to follow. Each character is unique, and it is easy to get to know them at the beginning of the series. Watching the storyline develop throughout was a treat, and I can’t wait to see what they do next!
44. Death Parade
I started watching this because it was one of my friend’s favorite series, and she made me watch it for weeks on end while we were at university together; but in total honesty, I’m glad that she did! This anime had brilliant character development, and each episode focused on different people who went to a bar where they would play games which tested their lives and their secrets.
It makes you wonder what goes through people’s minds when they get into these situations where you can’t lie; watch it!
43. Seraph Of The End Vampire
Seraph is an excellent series that combines action with fantasy! It has a brilliant storyline, and there are so many twists in this anime which made me love it even more. The characters are fantastic too! But be warned, if you haven’t read the Manga, there might be spoilers for upcoming arcs because this anime only adapts the Manga’s first arc.
41. Code Geass
Code Geass is another series that I watched earlier in my anime career as it came onto Netflix UK about two or three years ago. It has some great fights scenes, and there are some great characters too, especially Lelouch! The plot of this anime was brilliant, and the storyline enticed you. For this reason, I finished watching it rather quickly, like in a week or two, because I couldn’t stop watching it!
42. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kira
It is a dubbed anime where a group of friends finds themselves in a village where murders have been happening. However, these murders seem to be caused by something supernatural, but it’s not until the very end where they find out what’s happening. It has a complicated story and an exciting plot.
40. Akatsuki No Yona
This anime has one of my favorite heroines ever (in animes where she has her series) called Yona. She’s so cute and kind, but when she transforms into the Red Dragon Empress, then she’s plain badass! If you haven’t already read the Manga for this, then you should check it out. It’s an excellent series, and the anime adapts it very well, especially since some episodes weren’t in the Manga yet.
I loved this anime! Sometimes, I was annoyed with characters, but other than that, this has to be my favorite shoujo series, which also had an exciting storyline! It follows Naho as she receives a letter from her future self who tells her about all these essential things that will happen to the new transfer student, Kakeru, and how she needs to keep them all safe because something might go wrong doesn’t. This anime is full of heartwarming moments, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Shoujo series because it is excellent!
38. Ouran High School Host Club
If you loved the Manga or liked the anime, you should check out its live-action version, which comes out sometime in April for whoever lives in Japan. If you don’t know what this anime is about yet, then let me tell you that it’s a shoujo series revolving around a young girl named Haruhi (Tamaki) who stumbles upon an abandoned music room while exploring the school.
She meets Tamaki, who starts to talk to her and invites her into the Host Club, a club full of good-looking guys who are incredibly wealthy.
This was another short series that I watched recently on Netflix UK because I wanted some more anime in my life. It revolves around Yui Hirasawa, who joins the Sakuragaoka Girl’s High School Light Music Club with her childhood friend, Ritsu Tainaka, because she thought it would be fun but didn’t think they would. Get up at 6 am every Saturday just for band practice! Even though this anime is short, it’s still full of laughs, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh!
This was a fantastic series about mafia bosses and the Vongola family in Italy because Tsuna lives. The first half of the series focuses on how Tsuna becomes part of the mafia world, meets people like Reborn (who only wants him dead), and loves everyone around him, including his future wife, because he doesn’t want them getting hurt.
There are also fights with other Mafia bosses who take place now and then, but this anime has way more than just fights. It also has comedy too which I loved.
35. Katekyo Hitman Reborn
I thought this was a great series full of comedy and some brutal fights between mafia members. It revolves around Sawada Tsunayoshi (or “Tsuna” as everyone calls him), who has to become part of the Vongola family because he can’t escape from them that easily anymore. He then meets Reborn, who helps him win against other Mafia bosses and fight people like Byakuran, who wants to destroy the world and gain power.
The series is hilarious, and I recommend it to anyone who loves comedy as well as action.
34. Shugo Chara!
This anime was amazing because not only did it have some intense fighting scenes with Amu, but it also had a great story that involved the Easter Company. Amu also has romance because she has three other egg characters who like her and want her love, including Ikuto-Tadase-Kukai.
If you like shoujo anime, then this one is definitely for you, and if you’ve watched it before, I suggest re-watching it because I honestly forgot what happened in the middle.
33. Rozen Maiden
This anime is about Jun Sakurada, who hates dolls because his mother would always bring them onto his birthday, but he hates that they look human, which creeps him out a bit. Then one day, when buying a loaf of bread, a doll named Shinku suddenly appears from a gachapon machine and tells him to collect all seven of her sisters to fight against other enemies like Suigintou wants to take over the world. This only got me interested further, and I’m glad to say that it’s worth watching if you like comedy as well as some fighting scenes here and there.
32. Spirited Away
Finally, Spirited Away was one of my favorite movies of all time! It had comedy in it which was great but also had friendship between Chihiro. He moves into a new town with her parents, loses them because they turn into pigs after eating food in the spirit world, and befriends Haku, who helps her find her way around to save them from turning into pigs forever.
Some spirits don’t want Chihiro to leave because she can see them, and they would love for her to stay forever. I loved the movie when I first saw it in my country’s cinema when I was about five years old so definitely check it out if you haven’t already!
31. Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo
The story is about Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name. The story is about a young man Edmond Dantès who is falsely accused and put in jail. He had escaped with clever planning. With a new name – The Count of Monte Cristo – he seeks revenge on those who betrayed him. This anime series has an exciting characteristic – many people think it looks like another famous masterpiece, James Cameron’s Avatar.
It is a prequel to Fate/stay night focusing on the Fourth Holy Grail War events in Fuyuki City. I think you should watch this after watching the original franchise, including UBW ( Unlimited Blade Works ) and HF ( Heaven’s Feel ) – it will make more sense that way. The anime series is based on a book called “Fate/Zero” by Gen Urobuchi. The book is illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi and written by Kinoko Nasu. The music is composed by Yuki Kajiura.
Oh, and did I mention that there are superheroes in the Holy Grail War? Some people say that Fate/Zero improves upon its parent franchise.
29. Ergo Proxy
This story is about a fake world that only has three organizations. These three organizations keep people from becoming rebellious. If someone tries to rebel, then the organization’s job is to stop them. The problem with this organization is that they take away freedom and rename history so that no one will think anything different of the Monad.
One such countermeasure involves creating humanoid-shaped autonomous robots called Autoreivs, which help mitigate the labor shortage caused by the dwindling human population. Autoreivs are robots that help find humans. To find people, they look for hair color, eye color, gender, voice print, and body temperature.
28. Akuma No Riddle
The story is about a world where killing people is legal. The rich have made this into a sport and built schools for it. This school has a lot of talented girls. Some people have studied with mentors. One of the 26 “Death Teachers” is preparing others. If you don’t kill someone, then you will get expelled. A student named Haru Ichinose started a new school.
A while after she enters, an assassination game begins for the whole school. The mastermind is unknown. As she struggles to survive this ordeal with her life and virtue intact, she soon learns that there’s more to this school than meets the eye and that everyone here carries their dark secrets.
27. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers who participate in an alchemy experiment to bring back their deceased mother, but they can’t use alchemy anymore after the tragic incident. The quality of animation is top-notch. It’s studio Bones who did Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and many more.
It has a very compelling story that puts you in the main character’s shoes, a great soundtrack, and excellent fight choreography. There is no filler or pointless episodes in this one. I felt myself cheering for the protagonist all the time. Overall if you haven’t seen this, then please do so. It’s available on Netflix too.
26. Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet
Gargantia is a dubbed anime about a young man who gets stuck in an unknown world where he must learn to adapt to the situation. Throughout the series, we see him exploring this new planet and trying his best to fit into this new environment.
Gargantia is an anime that deals with challenging issues, so people with a serious genre would like it.
25. Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin follows the main character Himura Kenshin as he tries to start over after avenging his family honor by taking part in the revolution that shook Japan. If you’re into history, then this is an anime for you! It shows how badly some people were treated during that period and gives us a look at how much violence Japan had faced.
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24. Naruto Shippuden
Naruto Shippuden is a series where we follow Naruto and his friends as they grow up and learn to become even stronger ninjas than before. I like this series because it’s an easy way to ease into anime since there are episodes that you can watch out of order (full episodes or just clips). The English dubbed version isn’t wrong, but it isn’t as good as Samurai Champloo, Soul Eater, DBZ (long-running series with many seasons), etc.
23. The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya
Generally considered the best English dubbed anime series of all time, this Japanese work is great because it has a touch of all the top genres (supernatural and a slice of life). For example, the main character is not a standard male self-insert lead who “wins” through strength or kindness against all odds but rather very average in every way and has no special abilities. The other characters are also well-drawn and help add to the story instead of acting as stereotypical tropes for other characters to bounce off.
An anime broadcasted for only three months in Japan but can still be considered an artistic masterpiece. The plot is very minimalistic, the characters are all unlikeable, and the art style is incredibly unique. Do you like Kubrick films and the works of David Lynch? Then this anime is for you.
21. Angel Beats!
This show’s focus on comedy and the juxtaposition between such a low setting (heaven) and comedic characters made me laugh a lot while watching it.
I enjoyed the first half of this series more than any other anime because it focuses on family drama instead of one main character (like most do). The second half focuses more on romance, and I thought it was less exciting but still promising.
The show starts as a relatively standard fantasy wherein Clare’s main female character is an innocent girl who gradually becomes more brutal and more battle-hardened as she fights monsters. However, the show quickly becomes less standard as other main characters are introduced and involve complex relationships (for example, Clare acts as a surrogate mother to one of them), which gives rise to individual battles.
18. No Game No Life
A show which starts as standard fare wherein a brother and sister duo who are NEET (not in education, employment, or training) win all their games to prove that effort and planning are better than cheating in the real world. However, the show has a unique twist after episode 6, which makes it stand out from other concerts in its genres (anime about gamers), and I believe the dub voice acting was great.
17. Outlaw Star
The show’s use of a Western theme was unusual when it first aired and still stands out from other more typical anime shows today, especially since it takes place in space.
The main character, Gene Starwind, is a rather average guy who likes to gamble on random things and often loses money, but his best friend Jim Hawking manages to win most of the time due to his genius IQ. They eventually find an alien girl named Melfina, whom they end up helping out with her treasure-seeking mission.
16. Scrapped Princess
This show starts as a fantasy and has specific things like animals and magic. But it is different because the world and the characters are different than expected at first. The story becomes more profound as we learn more about the people in this show.
15. Sword Art Online
It is one of the best and famous anime shows today that subverts its tropes because it has an exciting death game premise that is unique compared to other shows in its genres (action anime with virtual reality).
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However, the story can become very predictable because it follows a video game logic wherein the main character will always win at everything or lose badly against more vigorous opponents unless they power up.
Vash the Stampede and Nicholas D. Wolfwood are characters on this show. They are funny, and they have character dynamics.
13. Lucky Star
It is an anime about the daily lives of Konata, Kagami, and Miyuki, who are first-year students at a high school in Tokyo. These three girls are very close friends.
Miyuki Takara is the polite and gentle type. She aims to be a productive member of society when she’s older, but her energy levels are pretty low at the moment. Konata Izumi is brilliant yet lazy at school because Miyuki would instead spend time on games or Manga. Kagami Hiiragi is a tomboy with a short temper who loves to play video games when she gets the chance, but her grades are excellent, and she works part-time at a high-tech company.
The lucky star also contains references to anime in real life, such as seiyuu and their private lives, anime music, and more.
The story is easy to follow while also having some depth at points (such as the girl’s relationships). The lucky star will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed once it has finished. I recommend this anime for older audiences, mainly teenagers since there are some jokes that younger audiences probably won’t get.
12. Azumanga Daioh
Azumanga Daioh is an anime following the lives of six high school girls and two of their teachers. The series primarily focuses on the everyday events at their school and spends some time focusing on characters’ backstories, such as Chiyo’s parents, her ten-year run as class rep, and Osaka’s upbringing.
I would recommend it to everyone! The characters are very different and have different reactions to the events around them, not just how you might think either. For example, Sakaki’s backstory is sad, but her response is also hilarious since she’s such an innocent and gentle character. I also found the comedy in Azumanga Daioh to be brilliant!
I love Azumanga Daioh so much, and I hope you will too!
11. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
The series details Tanaka Yukio’s journey as he follows his dreams of becoming a professional musician. It all starts when Yukio transfers to a new high school and meets his bad-tempered but talented childhood friend, Koyuki. Since both are not very good with their academics, they end up in the same homeroom class Yui, Chiba, and Ryusuke also attend.
Yukio and Koyuki formed a BECK band with Ryusuke and Yui, who later became producers. Thus begins BECK’s journey to fame!
I highly recommend this anime; I think everyone should give it a chance, even if you’ve never heard of rock music before! Each character is unique in their way, and you can’t help but cheer them on as they follow their dreams and try to overcome all of the hardships that life throws at them. Those kinds of moments are what make this anime genuinely memorable!
10. Hetalia Axis Powers
Hetalia Axis Powers (often shortened to Hetalia) is an anime that follows the world’s nations as they live, fight and learn together.
Hetalia is an anime that crosses between comedy and history as it uses many famous events in world history as the basis for its jokes. However, I think Hetalia is best suited for older audiences as it does touch on some dark points in history, such as the Holocaust and Hiroshima.
I would recommend Hetalia to those of you looking for a different kind of anime!
Gintama is another anime that also has some comedic elements to it. The story takes place in another version of Japan, where aliens have invaded the country and conquered it. Gintoki Sakata and his friends work as odd freelance jobs in the city, until one day when they come across a teenage girl named Kagura who belongs to a clan of extraterrestrials.
Gintama follows the lives of Gintoki and his friends as they fight for what’s right even though it never seems to do them much good.
I recommend Gintama to anyone looking for an anime with a lot of comical elements mixed in with some action!
Baccano is a brilliant anime about many different folklores and events that all collide in New York. Each character has their own intricate background story, which makes it interesting to learn about their past lives while also seeing what paths they take in the present day.
Despite being a very entertaining anime, Baccano can sometimes be confusing since it lacks a linear plot and jumps from one scene or story to another. I would recommend this anime to those of you who like mysteries. Each character has a unique personality, and the way they mix with other characters is exciting!
Toradora! It is an anime that follows the lives of Ryuuji and Taiga as they end up becoming friends and helping each other solve their problems. Ryuuji and Minori are two of the main characters in this story. They call themselves the “Palmtop Tiger” group because they get into a lot of trouble at their high school.
Toradora! It is one of the anime’s where you can’t help but sympathize with each character as their problems slowly unfold before them and they try to find a solution. I recommend Toradora! who wants to watch an anime that is light-hearted and filled with fun and exciting characters.
Hyouka, or Hyou-ka in short, follows the lives of the four members of the Classic Literature Club as they try to figure out each mystery that crosses their path. Chitanda Eru is a curious girl who loves anything related to secrets, while Mayaka Ibara is her best friend who loves Manga more than anything else. Together with Satoshi Fukube and his love for puns, the four of them try to solve each mystery that they come across.
Hyouka is a brilliant anime with many mysteries involving exciting characters. Apart from Hyouka, other OVAs are all related in some way to the original series. Anyone who likes mystery can watch this anime.
5. Shinsekai Yori (From The New World)
Shin Sekai Yori is an anime that deals with many issues such as humanity, ethics, and equality. In Shin Sekai Yori’s world, when a person turns 12, they develop telekinetic abilities to survive. But as time goes on, those who turn 12 and can’t control their powers become a threat to society living in a peaceful world. They create a unique containment system where children with violent tendencies are euthanized and turned into fertilizer for crops to combat this issue.
Shin Sekai Yori follows Saki Watanabe as she and her friends grow up without knowing the consequences of their powers, but as time goes on, they slowly begin to understand the harsh reality of their world. Shin Sekai Yori is a brilliant anime that deals with complicated issues, so I recommend this anime to those interested in watching something more serious.
4. School Rumble
School Rumble is a funny anime where each episode follows the lives of high school students Harima and Tenma as they slowly fall in love. Along with these two main characters, School Rumble includes their classmates who add a bit of fun to this anime even though events such as Karasuma’s feelings for Tenma tend to get in the way of their relationships.
I would recommend School Rumble to anyone who wants to watch a light-hearted anime with interesting characters, even though you’re not getting anything more than what you see at first glance.
3. Shakugan No Shana III
Shakugan No Shana III is the final season of the Shakugan no Shana series where it mainly focuses on Yuji’s development as a character. Throughout this anime, we see him put through many trials and forced to mature as he acts to save his friends. Shakugan no Shana III is the last part of an anime where many people have given their all to help save one of their friends. But more than anything else, Shakugan no Shana III has a brilliant set of characters who will keep you on edge as they face each trial that comes before them.
I recommend this anime to anyone who wants to watch a drama anime filled with unique characters and an exciting plot.
2. Mawaru Penguindrum
Mawaru Penguindrum is an anime about how family relationships can affect the people around you and what you do to help them out of tricky situations. It mainly focuses on three siblings: Shouma, Kanba, and Himari Takakura.
Mawaru Penguindrum is an anime that deals with challenging issues, so I would only recommend this anime to those interested in watching something more serious.
1. Gungrave (Beyond The Grave)
Gungrave is an anime where we focus on the life of a man named Brandon Heat as he struggles with his past decisions made when he was young. As the story progresses, we see him seeking revenge against those who betrayed him and how he faces the consequences of his actions.
Gungrave is an anime that has a brilliant central plot and interesting characters, so I would recommend this anime to folks who want something more than just another average action anime series.
One thing is for sure. Not all dubs are created equal. Dubbing anime into the English language is a challenging task that requires talented voice artists, motivated directors and writers, and most of all, excellent material to work with. It’s only natural that some shows don’t have what it takes to recreate the magic in another language.
Whether the plot is gripping or not, kids’ anime can be an exciting viewing experience from days gone by. Today’s best-dubbed anime series were state of the art, and it’s incredible to see how far this type of entertainment has come along. Many fans will agree that dubbing anime is a lot more complex than translating other types of shows. Voice actors spend hours upon hours training for these roles, and they usually become famous in their own right as a result. Enjoy watching these classics and learning about what makes them so unique.