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What are the best English dubbed anime of all time?

Anime shows provide its fans everywhere with the utmost satisfaction. The combination of amazingly-done art and out-of-this-world storylines most often than not get otakus hooked after just a few episodes. Japan has been the driving force behind anime, as we all know. All the premier titles and franchises that have graced your TV sets have been made by the best Japanese anime studios. Most of them come from the manga line, while some have stemmed out of some writer's creative juices. While anime shows are hard to resist watching, the language barrier that international fans have to face used to be a pressing problem. But with how anime has conquered the world, it is hard to leave any stone unturned. This is why the top streaming platforms and anime streaming websites made sure that English-dubbed anime always had a place.

Nowadays, it is very rare to find a top anime show without an English subtitle or dubbing. It may be a bit of a stretch for fans to learn to understand Japanese. This is why the best English-dubbed anime continue to proliferate various platforms. This helps not only fans but creators as well. With a larger audience reach, the chances of an anime show to reach fame increases. If your current favorites don't have a version that you can understand yet, don't sweat it. In this list, we can help you find some alternatives as we came up with some of the best English-dubbed anime of all-time. We're pretty sure your favorites are going to get subbed and dubbed pretty soon.

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  1. 1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The story follows two brothers' quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt at human transmutation goes horribly wrong.

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  1. 2Attack on Titan

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    Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are forced into hiding as flesh-eating monsters called "titans" rule the land. Mankind created a three-walled city to escape from extinction. And like with any other story, their peace was disrupted when a titan broke their only barrier from death.  Join Eren, Mikasa, and Armin in their journey to cleanse the earth. Just a fair warning though, this is not for the faint of heart.
  2. 3Rurouni Kenshin

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    Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) is a samurai-based anime show. It tells the story of a master swordsman that is traveling around Japan during the Meiji era. He arrives at a martial arts school in era of the opium trade wars.

  1. 4One-Punch Man

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    Is being too strong a bad thing for some superheroes? One-Punch Man tells the story of hard-hitting Saitama who became a hero just for fun, but actually ends up being very strong after years of special training. Watch the anime adaptation of Yusuke Murata's hit manga series and find out if there is even a foe worthy of Saitama's extraordinary punching prowess.


  2. 5Bleach

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    We all know who the Grim Reaper is, with ever-looming presence waiting to knock on our door. What about a Soul Reaper though? Ever wondered what it's like in a day in their life? Well, the anime Bleach may not be an accurate depiction, but it is an entertaining one. Prepare yourself for a supernatural adventure full of monsters, swordfights, and the orange-haired teenager at the center of it all. Bleach is a critically-acclaimed anime series that's been praised for its compelling story, amazing action sequences, and great character development. It's a show that we've re-watched many times and will probably continue to do so for years to come. Getsuga Tenshou!

  3. 6Code Geass

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    Code Geass (Lelouch of the Rebellion) is an anime series created by Sunrise. It tells the story of The Holy Empire of Britannia as it conquers the country known as Japan and now call it Area 11.

  4. 7One Piece

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    Isn't One Piece a staple in your go-to anime list? Commonly, Otakus out there include this, together with Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Bleach. And you know the reason why! But just in case you haven't seen an episode of this anime TV series, you might find yourself amused by Monkey D. Luffy. He is the main protagonist and perhaps the most famous pirate in the world (or at least in the parlance of anime). 

    Did you know that the manga version of One Piece has more than 800 chapters? By the way, Eiichiro Oda is the brilliant mind behind this masterpiece. He is the one and only writer of the manga. But wait! The anime adaptation is also keeping up with more than 700 episodes. So if you are one of the new aspiring Otakus out there, once you sail and go on board with the Straw Hat Pirates (that's what Luffy and his gang are called), there's really no turning back! Since its inception on October 20, 1999, the show still continuously produces episodes following the life of Luffy. Welcome aboard!

  5. 8Parasyte: The Maxim

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    Parasyte: The Maxim is a science fiction Japanese anime series directed by Kenichi Shimizu and written by Shōji Yonemura. It follows the story of a 17-year-old Shinichi Izumi as he gets partially infected by a Parasyte, monsters that butcher and consume humans.

  6. 9Assassination Classroom

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    Assassination Classroom. also known as Ansatsu kyôshitsu, is an action, comedy Japanese anime series which is based on the manga series by Yūsei Matsui. The story is about a powerful creature who teaches his students how he could be killed.

  7. 10Fairy Tail

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    When you first hear the words Fairy Tail, you might think of those classic fairy tale stories that you used to read back when you were a kid. Don't get confused though as we are talking about the anime series called Fairy Tail. It's an epic action-packed anime filled with wizards and magic. On top of that, you get charming and hilarious characters and a solid story to go along with them. If you like anime shows with cool over-the-top battles and good character development, there's a lot to like about Fairy Tail. Tag along for the ride as the Fairy Tail Guild goes on wild and crazy adventures.

  8. 11Tokyo Ghoul

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    Enter a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where ghouls populate the land to terrorize human beings. This is the premise you need to be prepared for if you're planning to binge-watch Tokyo Ghoul. This 2015 dark fantasy anime series is based on the hit manga of the same name by Sui Ishida. Explore the ghoul-eat-man world through the eyes of Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with a ghoul disguised as a pretty lady.

  9. 12Cowboy Bebop

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    Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that follows the story of the futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners that unravel their dark and mysterious past little by little.

  10. 13Baccano!

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    Baccano! is a Japanese adventure-mystery television series that is produced by Brain's Base, Aniplex and Movic with 16 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Ryohgo Narita and Katsumi Enami.

  11. 14Your Lie in April

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    Your Lie in April (Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso) is a drama musical anime TV series based on a manga written by Naoshi Arakawa. Released in 2014, this anime tells the story of Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono.

  12. 15Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Yu Yu Hakusho is a Japanese action and fantasy anime by Funimation Entertainment. It was released in the year 1992. The anime, directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Yukiyoshi Ohashi, adapts the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi.

  13. 16Toradora!

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    Toradora! is a comedy slice of life anime TV series based on a light novel written by Yuyuko Takemiya. Released from 2008-2011, this anime was written by Mari Okada and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. It tells the story of Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

  14. 17Sword Art Online

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    Sword Art Online is a fantasy romance anime series that tells a story about 10.000 VR players including Kirito and Asuna that are imprisoned on a game without the chance to return to real life.

  15. 18Blue Exorcist

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    Blue Exorcist is a dark fantasy adventure anime that aired on MBS from 2011 to 2017 with 37 episodes and 2 OVAs. It was based on the manga of the same name by Kazue Kato and an anime film was released on 2012. 

  16. 19Black Clover

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    They say that in a world where Asta is born, it's pretty common to be born with powers. But what happens when Astra himself, the main protagonist in this shonen series, doesn't have any magic power? Will he still be able to succeed with his plan in becoming the Wizard King? In Black Clover, the story doesn't only center on Asta himself, but also on Yuno. They are both orphans, and they both want to become the Wizard King. The only difference is that Yuno possesses powers, while Asta has to go through physical training to make himself really better. This friendly rivalry between the two is what makes this anime series very interesting! Plus, you'll get to meet a lot more interesting anime characters! Start binge-watching Black Clover today to see what we're talking about!

  17. 20Hellsing Ultimate

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    Hellsing Ultimate is a popular anime under the action and supernatural genre. It first aired in 2006 and features the story of an organization called Hellsing. Hellsing is dedicated to destroying evil creatures of darkness.

  18. 21Ouran High School Host Club

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    Enter the flower-boy infested Ouran High School, a school populated by super rich and good-looking young men. Ouran High School Host Club is a 26-episode anime Japanese TV series based on the manga of the same novel written by Bisco Hatori. It explores the life of scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka at Ouran High School.

  19. 22The Seven Deadly Sins

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    The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Nanatsu no Taizai, is a fantasy anime about a disbanded group of knights who are needed to save a fallen kingdom. Watch Princess Elizabeth's journey as she seeks for these legendary warriors after her king father is captured.

  20. 23Hunter x Hunter

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    Hunter x Hunter is an adventure, fantasy, and martial arts anime series which is based on the manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi. The anime adaptation by Madhouse was released in 2011. The story revolves around a young boy named Gon Freecss who aspires to become a Hunter. You will witness his journey as he takes on the Hunter examinations and the deadly challenges that await him.

  21. 24High School DxD

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    High School DxD is a comedy, supernatural, and harem anime produced by TNK and directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa. The anime has 12 episodes with 6 OVAs, and is about a high school boy who enters a world of harem.

  22. 25Steins;Gate

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    The concept of time travel is nothing new in the world of science fiction. In the case of the anime Steins;Gate though, it somehow gets applied in such a weird way that you can't help but think if it's actually possible. If the idea of a mad scientist using a microwave to send a banana back in time isn't weird, we don't know what is. Get past that though, and you'll realize the show is trying to tell a much deeper story. At its core, it's truly about a group of flawed by likable characters and how they are affected by the often-difficult decisions they make in their lives. It's funny, intense, and an occasionally dark anime show and it's everything you'd hope this kind of show would be.

  23. 26InuYasha

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    InuYasha is a feudal fantasy romance anime based on the manga series of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. This anime was broadcasted at the Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1996 to 2008. 

  24. 27No Game No Life

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    No Game No Life is a Japanese anime television series directed by Atsuko Ishizuka. It first aired on April 9, 2014, until June 24, 2014 closing with 12 episodes. It is based on a light novel series by Yū Kamiya.

  25. 28Spirited Away

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    Spirited Away is a Japanese movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of yokai and the spirit world and mythology of Japan. Chihiro and her parents are traveling to their new home when they enter a magical world.

  26. 29Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

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    How would you feel if you woke up in a different body? Can you live your life normally? This is Kimi No Na Wa, or Your Name, in a nutshell. Because of some unnatural events, Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu found themselves trapped in each others' bodies. They race against time to resolve this phenomenon as a massive meteor approaches Mitsuha's town.

  27. 30Howl's Moving Castle

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    Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy film released in 2004 directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. This steampunk movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name released in 1986 written by Diana Wynne Jones.

  28. 31Golden Boy

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    Golden Boy is a Japanese comedy series which features 6 episodes. This dubbed anime was based on the manga series written by Tatsuya Egawa. The show is known for its mature content, and it narrates the story of a 25-year-old traveling student.

  29. 32Highschool of the Dead

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    Highschool of the Dead is an action anime series that follows a group of high school students during the start of a pandemic that has turned the populace into mindless zombies. It shows how the lead characters fight, survive, and reach safety.

  30. 33Black Butler

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    Black Butler is a 37-episode horror anime TV series that was released in 2008. A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family's death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company.

  31. 34Fate/Zero

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    Fate/Zero is an action and fantasy anime TV series based on the light novel by Gen Urobuchi. The anime first aired in 2011 and tells the story of a secret magical tournament where the characters fight against each other for Holy Grail.

  32. 35Wolf's Rain

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    Wolf's Rain is an action, sci-fi dubbed anime series which was adapted from a manga written by Keiko Nobumoto. It was produced by Bones, and it was aired on Fuji TV in 2003. The story is about the journey of four lone wolves as they seek Paradise.

  33. 36Soul Eater

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    Soul Eater is an action-adventure English-dubbed anime series based on the manga of the same title by Atsushi Ōkubo. It was released in 2008. The story is about the three teams who are challenged to collect 99 evil human souls and a witch.

  34. 37Noragami

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    Noragami is a supernatural anime television series that aired from 2014 to 2015 with two seasons. Produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura, it was based on the manga of the same name by Adachitoka. 

  35. 38Wrath of the Dragon (Dragon Ball Z)

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    Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon is the 13th and last film in the Dragon Ball series which is also known as "Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Can't Do It, Who Will?" This is first released in Japan and was later dubbed into English. 

  36. 39Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)

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    Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan is an animated film which centers on Broly who is one of the iconic villains in Dragon Ball. This has two sequels namely Broly - Second Coming and Bio-Broly due to its popularity of the movie.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The show that helped anime first gain popularity abroad was Astro Boy back in 1963? It also happens to be around the same time that English-dubbing of anime started. NBC Enterprises saw how popular the show was getting. The company decided to get distribution rights to it in North America. Fred Ladd, a specialist in foreign animated shows went on to adapt the pilot for the West. There were a few caveats during the process of adapting the show though. Out of the show's 193 episodes, only 104 made the cut for the English version. This was a normal practice at the time, especially with foreign shows. Anime shows had to change their stories and content to fit in with the Western audiences better.

Some amazing anime shows have made their way to Western shores since. Speed Races came before the 60s ended. The 70s brought shows like Kimba the White Lion and Marine Boy. These shows catered more to younger audiences. Mazinger Z was the first show that adopted a direct translation of Japanese dialogue. This was to make adapting shows much easier and closer to their foreign counterparts. The 80s gave birth to cyberpunk and mecha-themed anime like Akira and Macross. This also marks the arrival of Studio Ghibli movies, which needs no introduction. By the 90s, anime shows explored themes that were not accepted yet at the time. Theme like LGBTQ and violence ended up censored or but from episodes in its entirety. By the early 2000s, English-dubbed anime were getting quite good. Cowboy Bebop and Death Note being of note among them. Some of the best dubbed anime today feature little to no censorship or changes in story and dialogue. They are the closest to what their Japanese counterparts intended. Despite everything, English-dubbed anime won't be for everyone. Good thing then, that the best anime shows today are English-subbed. That, in itself has seen a great jump in quality.

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    Anonymous
    April 27, 2018
    "One of my favorite series of any genre, Fullmetal Alchemist is a great story of adventure, coming of age, brotherhood, and fantasy. While the title is changed, this is the Fullmetal Alchemist as it was originally intended to be. The original show differed from the original story as it was not complete when animation began. This story covers some of the first series in the beginning, but soon develops into the story it was meant to be. Vastly better in story, character, and conclusion, I cannot recommend this adventure enough."
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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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    Anonymous
    April 26, 2018
    "While heavily reviewed with positive reviews many people have different tastes especially when it comes to anime. Some are more violent than others, some are more romantic than others. The trick is to sample enough to find which genre you fall in with. Attack on Titan could be a hit for you, or it could be a miss. The trick is to find out before investing too much money."
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    Attack on Titan
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    Anonymous
    May 2, 2018
    "Don't waste your time and just watch the subtitled version or if you can find another version done by a different studio. The dubbing is incredibly terrible, its even worse then the original series dubbing. The voices don't fit the flaps and the characters sound stiff. The animation is beautiful as usual but the dubbing completely ruins the show."
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    Rurouni Kenshin
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    Anonymous
    May 18, 2018
    "It's DragonBall Z. Does any more really need be said? This has Brolly as the primary focus and is filled with DBZ goodness. It's funny as well as filled with crazy action. A classic for any anime fan."
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    Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)
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    Anonymous
    April 27, 2018
    "I just finished watching One Piece and I think it's one of the best English dubbed anime of all time. It kept me and my 11 year old entertained the whole way through."
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    One Piece
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    Anonymous
    May 13, 2018
    "Wrath of the Dragon is a great film when it comes to dubbed anime. I think it retains its fast pace while pulling me in which is what I look for in a film like this."
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    Wrath of the Dragon (Dragon Ball Z)
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    Anonymous
    April 27, 2018
    "The dubbed version of this anime is pretty good, but friends and myself prefer the subtitled version. But your preferences may vary entirely! I say watch both!"
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    Bleach
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    Anonymous
    April 29, 2018
    "Code Geass is a classic anime and a must-watch for anyone into the genre. Compelling and immensely enjoyable!"
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    Code Geass
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    Anonymous
    May 6, 2018
    "never heard of it and i do not think it compares to the likes of dragon ball z"
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    One-Punch Man
This list is about What are the best English dubbed anime of all time
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodTV Shows 18 Paid
2Attack on TitanTV Shows 17 Paid
3Rurouni KenshinTV Shows 16 Paid
4One-Punch ManTV Shows 13 Free
5BleachTV Shows 7 Paid
6Code GeassTV Shows 5 Paid
7One PieceTV Shows 3 Paid
8Parasyte: The MaximTV Shows 1 Paid
9Assassination ClassroomTV Shows 0 Paid
10Fairy TailTV Shows 0 Paid
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