The main reason to watch this in English is to enjoy the excellence that is Steve Blume as Mugen. Mugen, one of three main characters, has pretty well developed character that experience many emotions throughout the series, in between knucklehead moments starting fights. Also Fuu and Jin aren’t slouches and combined with the hip hop soundtrack, this anime is better in its dubbed version.
Yu Yu Hakusho
This classic fighting anime gets the nod for its dubbed version because of the diversity in voices. Between the gruff Kuwabara and the tough Genkai there is much to distance the English cast from their Japanese counterparts. Chris Sabat does a great job doing an iconic voice over for the tough but kind hearted Kuwabara.
There’s only one thing better than Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack, storytelling, characters and episodic flow and that’s its voice acting. With great talent in all main cast members, Steve Blume once again steals the show. Dishing out an ever so cool voice for our protagonist Spike, it might not be hard to say the man does no wrong.
The digidestined were a group of kids thrown into a crazy unknown world and were told to save it. They had to grow up fast but that didn’t mean they had to sound like adults. One of the better dubbed anime in terms of voice acting not including overall editing, where children sounded like children and the digimon voices were as diverse and wacky as their personalities.
Devil May Cry
Dante is better in English, not a knock against Japanese or anything but it’s just smoother that way. From the games to the anime adaption Dante’s cockiness goes over better in english than it would in subtitles.
If there ever was a Voice Actor and Anime Character to ever become known as one and the same it would be Chris Sabat and Vegeta. The Prince of Saiyans is a fan favorite and his english dubbed voice may have something to do with making him seem so damn cool.
BTW if I missed an anime or two or if you feel differently about any of my choices feel free to leave your thoughts on the subject.
Good post! Haven’t had the pleasure of watching any of these (accept for Digimon and Dragon Ball when I was little). Cowboy Bebop is definitely on my to watch list.
I don’t have a particular allegiance to either dub or sub. I like both depending on quality. Though you can never go wrong with sub. I’ll lay out some of my favorite, least favorite, and kinda okay dubs.
Psycho Pass: Each voice actor reflected the characters personality and I completely forgot I was watching a dub right from the beginning.
Soul Eater: Again, all the personalities matched the voices. I especially love Soul and Maka’s voices. The only flaw on this one is in Black Star who is voiced by a woman (if I’m not mistaken). The voice is kinda grating.
Pulla Magi Madoka Magica: This suffers terribly from anime girl voice syndrome. All the voice actors sound similar and those high girly voices prevent me from taking the characters seriously. The show its self is one of my favorites though. Definitely only watch in sub.
Attack on Titan: If I’m not mistaken Cartoon Network did the dub for this and it’s just awful. I tried watching it late one night on CN and the voices just did not sound right at all. They also did a terrible job of matching voices to the mouth movements. Also, I’ve fallen in love with their Japanese voices. Mikasa and Levi have great Japanese voice actors. Also one of my favorite anime. Just watch in sub.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: I like the voices in this one for the most part. Mustang, Hawkeye, Winry, Alphonse all have good voices. However, Ed grates on my nerves sometimes. No idea why.
Sorry for the long comment, but I sure had fun writing it. 🙂
Yeah. I struggled with FMA: Brotherhood and switched to subbed because of Ed’s voice. Cowboy Bebop is definitely worth watching in dubbed. I’m planning to watch Psycho Pass soon so I might check out the dubbed instead. Makes life easier when you don’t have to read sometimes. Can multitask whilst watching but not when you have to read. Thanks for the reply. Very informative. 🙂
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You’re missing Spice and Wolf and the original Hellsing, both of which are better dubs than a couple of the ones on here (and arguably better anime, too, but that’s a different debate).
I need to watch both of those. Spice and Wolf is on my list and I’ll Hellsing as well.
Shaman King was really good dubbed
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