In 2012, Marvel Comics published a 4-issue comic book series titled Supercrooks. The series was written by comic book legend Mark Millar and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, and follows supervillain Johnny Lightning in his effort to perform a big robbery while working with a group of other powerful supervillains. In 2021, Netflix is releasing an anime adaptation titled Super Crooks, both in English and Japanese. In this article, we are going to tell you whether the dubbed or subbed version of Super Crooks is better.
Super Crooks is a Netflix show, and although it is an anime series, it is based on an American comic book, so both the dub and the sub are equally good since both actually work fine with the adaptation.
The focus of this article is going to be everything you need to know about the differences between the subbed and the dubbed version of Super Crooks. We are going to bring you all the necessary information you need to compare these two versions and finally give our verdict on which one is better.
Super Crooks dub
Unlike most other anime series, Super Crooks was simultaneously released around the world in both the dubbed and subbed format. This is due to the fact that it was produced by Netflix, which worked on both versions simultaneously; usually, anime are first produced in Japan and subbed, before being “sold” to the West, where the dubs are later produced.
In this section, the English (i.e., American) dub is what interests us and we are going to talk about that version of the show in our article. As far as the quality of the dub is concerned, Super Crooks, because it was produced simultaneously and by the same studio (which produced both versions, meaning that there was no need for adaptations), has one of the better dubs you’ll find online.
The voice cast was great and the overall direction was good, completely equaling the original in terms of quality and authenticity.
Unlike most other anime dubs, Super Crooks has a really great dub. The voice actors did a great job and a lot of people who’ve actually seen both versions agree that the English voices might even fit better in some way. We wouldn’t be so bold to state the same, but we can state that the show is on par with the original, subbed version, which is a great thing if you know that anime dubs are most often a lot worse than the original, subbed versions.
Super Crooks dub cast
The English voice cast of Super Crooks includes:
- Abby Trott as Kasey Ann
- Jonah Scott as Johnny Bolt
- Beau Billingslea as The Gladiator
- Ben Pronsky as Sammy Diesel
- Bill Butts as Josh (The Ghost)
- Bill Rogers as TK McCabe
- Bruno Oliver as Roddy Diesel
- D. C. Douglas as The Praetorian
- Doug Stone as Carmine (The Heat)
- Jason Marnocha as Christopher Matts (The Bastard)
- Zeno Robinson as Forecast
Super Crooks sub
The first episode of Super Crooks aired on November 25, 2021 on Netflix. The show had a total of 13 episodes, which were aired in one batch and adapted Millar’s comic book of the same name. The series was, as we have said, released both in the original, Japanese version, and the dubbed version.
As is the case with most anime series, Super Crooks included, the original voice cast was simply great. The voice actors did a really amazing job and the whole project felt very authentic and with a satisfactory level of quality, despite it being an adaptation of an American comic book and not a manga.
The production team behind Super Crooks put a lot of heart and emotion into the project, and the voice is just one of the aspects where the show was absolutely amazing and is one of the reasons why we love it so much.
Although Super Crooks is a Japanese adaptation of an American comic book, the original voice cast was truly awesome. The show functioned well despite it being a traditional Western superhero story, something that is not all too frequent in Japan (if you’re thinking My Hero Academia, the series is a very Japanese take on the genre, just like One-Punch Man, and is very different from Western superhero works).
This is why we can only praise the Japanese voice cast of this adaptation.
Super Crooks sub cast
The Japanese cast of Super Crooks includes:
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Johnny Bolt
- Maaya Sakamoto as Kasey
- Eiji Takemoto as TK McCabe
- Hiroshi Yanaka as Christopher Matts
- Hisao Egawa as The Salamander
- Junichi Suwabe as Josh (The Ghost)
- Kenn as Forecast
- Pierre Taki as The Gladiator
- Subaru Kimura as Sammy Diesel
- Tetsu Inada as Roddy Diesel
- Wataru Hatano as The Praetorian
- Yasuji Kimura as Carmine
Super Crooks dub or sub: Which one should you watch?
You rarely come across such great anime series where you can, with absolute certainty, say that the dub is good; this is truly rare. As we have analyzed in an earlier article, dubs are usually much worse than the original versions, with cuts, edits, and errors that you just cannot ignore. Plus, Japanese is a very specific and different language that is not very easy to translate because of its structure and nature. This is why most dubs are not that good.
Now, some mature anime series are an exception, we have confirmed that on numerous occasions. This is due to the fact that the content doesn’t have to be censored or edited, because it is made for mature audiences, so they can tolerate the original content. This is why such anime series often have good dubs. Super Crooks certainly fits the mold of such shows.
We have explained that the fact that Netflix simultaneously produced both versions allowed for the dub to be so good. We cannot state that the dub is better, but it is certainly on par with the original and this is one rare example where we can say, with absolute certainty, that you can enjoy the dubbed version.
Basically, there is no difference between the two and it all comes down to your personal preferences, but if you want to hear the anime characters speak English, unlike in most cases, you can watch the dubbed version of Super Crooks without fear of missing out.