Anime, as an animation sub-genre, has over 10,000 films and shows. While it has roots in Japan, anime has a massive following in the English world. Since most of the shows have their audio in Japanese, there is a growing demand for translated anime. These translated versions are known as “dubbed anime.” So, which are the best English dubbed anime shows of all time?
When it comes to choosing the best English dubbed anime, the answer is subjective. Every anime enthusiast has their own opinion when it comes to choosing the best shows. Since anime is illustrative, you can follow the story even if the audio is in Japanese. While a dub can help you to understand the anime better, a lousy dub can also destroy the experience.
- 1 List of 20 best English dubbed anime of all time
- 1.1 1. Tokyo Ghoul
- 1.2 2. The Devil Is a Part-Timer
- 1.3 3. One Punch Man
- 1.4 4. Cowboy Bepop
- 1.5 5. The Seven Deadly Sins
- 1.6 6. Fairy Tail
- 1.7 7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- 1.8 8. High School DxD
- 1.9 9. My Hero Academia
- 1.10 10. Shin Shan
- 1.11 11. Samrai Champloo
- 1.12 12. FLCL
- 1.13 13. Panty and Stocking
- 1.14 14. Sword Art Online
- 1.15 15. Attack on Titans
- 1.16 16. Hellsing Ultimate
- 1.17 17. Seraph of the End
- 1.18 18. Bleach
- 1.19 19. Soul Eater
- 1.20 20. Ouran High School Host Club
- 1.21 21. Given
List of 20 best English dubbed anime of all time
With thousands of English dubbed anime available, it can be hard to choose the best. To make it easier for you to find something worth watching, these are the best shows in terms of voice acting, music integration, and animation.
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1. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul is a perfect combination of horror, drama, and live-action. While the show has some violent and gory scenes and ruthless villains, plot development is top-notch. Apart from plot development and unrushed storytelling, Tokyo Ghoul is the best English dubbed anime series based language translation.
Although some people may prefer the subbed version, the dubbed version tries to retain authentic Japanese sounds. It is, therefore, the best anime with the best dub.
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2. The Devil Is a Part-Timer
The Devil Is a Part-Timer revolves around Satan working at a fast-food joint in Japan. With endless plot twists and seamless plot development, the show is arguably one of the best anime productions of all time. Also, the sound and voice acting makes the dubbed version worth watching. While the story has some inconsistencies, the characters are fun to watch.
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3. One Punch Man
One Punch Man is about Saitama — a superhero figure. He lives in a world full of chaos and monsters. Like other superheroes, he has the task of killing monsters and protecting the weak. While the theme is expected in the world of anime, the plot development and voice acting make this show worth your time.
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4. Cowboy Bepop
Cowboy Bepop is a popular show thanks to its charming characters and flawless audio. It is also the best English dubbed anime, thanks to perfect voice acting and accurate translations.
If you love music in anime production, Cowboy Bepop has original songs that match its theme. Although the retro theme may put off some modern anime fans, the story and character developments make it a perfect recommendation.
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5. The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins incorporates classic fantasies in a pure action show. Although the show overlooks some key elements such as smooth character development, all the characters are colourful. Based on the popular manga series, the show has charming characters, and the voice acting is arguably the best.
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6. Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail is about Lucy and Natsu and their adventure of looking for superpowers from a wizard. Their journey is full of magic, romance, and fun. Released in 2011, the dubbed Fair Tail version has more to offer in terms of excellent voice acting and better plot development. Also, the soundtrack and sounds are well balanced to match the story direction.
7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a relatable plot, and the characters are very human. Also, the emotionally intelligent storylines make it the best English dubbed anime of all time. Although the battle scenes are intense, the voice acting does not lose the key elements that make this show the perfect example of dubbing an anime show.
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8. High School DxD
High School DxD is about good against evil. While the theme is not new in this genre, the plot development and music make it worth watching. High School DxD is also funny, even though it has a lot of fighting. Another reason why the show is unmatched is voicing. Voice acting makes the show a worthy contestant for the top English dubbed anime of all time.
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9. My Hero Academia
While My Hero Academia is a predictable show regarding plotting and character development, the story is original. Also, the show develops interesting characters from non-canon material and therefore risking irrelevancy.
However, the English voice acting and animations are the best and therefore My Hero Academia is worth watching. If you are new to the world of anime, this should be the first show to watch.
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10. Shin Shan
The Shin Shan show is about a mischievous five years old. While the show is Japanese, it has well-revised scrip with relatable jokes to the English audience. Also, the voice acting captures the show plot development.
If you are a parent, you should watch Shin Shan first and ascertain whether the jokes are appropriate or not. Other than the adult talk, the graphics and characters are unique and relatable.
11. Samrai Champloo
Samrai Champloo is an anime with sword fights and adventure. The journey of Mugen, Jin, and Fuu (main characters) across Japan makes the show interesting for all generations. The show is also unique in terms of music and the diversity of the characters. The plot development and unique voice acting are enough to get you hooked to the show.
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FLCL is one of the few shows that combine romance, action, and drama without overburdening the viewers. Also, the anime series is unmatched in terms of animation and music integration. If you love retro anime, you may fall in love with FLCL even with its modern approach to graphics, thanks to the unique (and traditional) voice acting.
13. Panty and Stocking
Panty and Stocking has a simple story, and the plot develops effortlessly. Thanks to its simplicity and timeless theme, any person will enjoy watching the show. The voice acting nails on western references. Thanks to better voice acting and language use, the English dubbed is different and better than the subbed version.
14. Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is a perfect anime blend of action and drama. Each battle is well-thought, and there are no filler scenes. Thanks to better writing, every drama makes vital contributions to the show’s scope and plot development.
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Sword Art Online has decent animation, and the story has one of the most intense endings. While the dubbed version misses some aspects such as cultural references, it is better than the subbed one.
15. Attack on Titans
Attack on Titans combines horror, mystery, and drama. While having three different themes may affect the plot development negatively, combining three themes makes it one of the best-written anime shows of all time. Also, the characters are well-thought-out, and the story is unmatched.
Attack on Titans has vivid scenes, thanks to better graphics. In addition, its English dubbed version gets all the translations right.
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16. Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate is a vampire-themed anime with a lot of action and drama. The Hellsing Ultimate tells a story of an organisation fighting vampires. With balanced voice acting and unmatched animation quality, the show is the best dubbed anime of all time. Although morality as a theme is lost in the plot development, Hellsing Ultimate is a series worth watching.
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17. Seraph of the End
Seraph of the End is action-packed anime with quality sounds and incredible voice acting. While the plot development and writing on this anime are not at par with some series on this list, the English dubbed version has modern animation and brilliant inclusion of sound. With a 2012 setting, Seraph of the End has a timeless feeling to both retro and new anime lovers.
Bleach is an incredibly well-written action anime. The sword fights also have better animations which make the show one of the few anime shows that all people can watch and enjoy. The story is also well-paced, and the first season of Bleach is unmatched in terms of building suspense. While the fillers may put some anime lovers off, the voice acting makes the show worth watching.
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19. Soul Eater
Soul Eater revolves around corruption and how a human can get redemption from it by transforming into a demon offspring. The show has a good script with many twists and balanced character development.
Unlike the subbed version, the Soul Eater English version makes many English references and therefore being relatable to both old and new anime fans. Besides, if you love sad anime, you will find Soul Eater interesting to watch.
20. Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is a romantic anime with hilarious characters and excellent plot development. While the story has a lot of inconsistencies, the voice acting is unique. Apart from being accurate in transition, English speakers will love cultural references in the jokes. Also, the show is ideal for both retro and new anime lovers, thanks to balanced graphics.
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Given tells a story of an introverted teenager — Mafuyu Sato. Thanks to his love for music, he joins a band. While the story of Mafuyu Sato and his relationship with band members have a vague start, the character development makes Given one of the best anime movies produced in 2018.
The 21 best English dubbed anime shows above are timeless, thanks to their approach to voice acting, animation, plot development, and music integration. While many dubbed anime lack language authenticity due to translation, the creators of the above shows rewrite some parts to make shows relatable to the English audience.
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