What are the best English dubbed anime of all time?

Sometimes, our eyes get tired of reading subtitles when we binge-watch an anime series that isn't spoken in our mother tongue. Luckily, a lot of anime shows are getting dubbed in English so we can focus more on the details instead of reading the lines. Check out our top picks and vote for the best one!

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    #1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    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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    Sai Rodrigues
    Written on 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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    #2Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan
    Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the manga series of the same name, written and animated by Hajime Isayama. This post-apocalyptic TV series follows the story of Eren Jaegar as he vows to cleanse the earth.
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    Benjamin Walker
    Written on 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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    #3Naruto Shippuden

    Naruto Shippuden

    Naruto Shippuden is a Japanese anime TV adapted from the manga series written by Masashi Kishimoto. This centers on Naruto Uzumaki who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage. 

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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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    #4Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin

    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.

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    April Qin
    Written on 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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    #5One-Punch Man

    One-Punch Man

    This anime is a story of Saitama, a hero who is a hero just for fun. Saitama can also defeat his enemies with a single punch. One Punch Man is based on Yusuke Murata's manga remake of ONE's original webcomic.

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    George Black
    Written on 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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    #6Death Note

    Death Note
    Death Note is Japanese animated series directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse. Before turning into an anime, Death Notes was originally a manga of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba.
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    Carolyn Watson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It is really great that this series can be viewed in both the original and a dubbed version. Death Note is a really interesting series that keeps my interest, even though I'm not generally into this genre. It is well written and there is darkness, but the characters are complete and make me want to keep up with their stories."
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    #7Bleach

    Bleach

    Bleach is an anime series that is based on Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. It follows Ichigo as he becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping spirits find peace.

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    Charles Torres
    Written on 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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    #8Code Geass

    Code Geass

    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.

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    Ethan Schneider
    Written on 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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    #9One Piece

    One Piece

    The One Piece is an anime TV series adaptation of the manga series of the same name written by Eiichiro Oda. Since its inception on October 20, 1999, the show still continuously produces episodes following the life of Luffy.

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    Christine Hopkins
    Written on 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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    #10Assassination Classroom

    Assassination Classroom

    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.

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    #11Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail is a Japanese animated series that takes place in a fictional world populated by wizards who coalesce into guilds. Lucy joins Fairy Tail, a guild famous for its destructive antics and her adventure begins.

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    #12Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy anime series that aired on 2015 with 12 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Sui Ishida and licensed under Madman Entertainment, Funimation, and Anime Limited.

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    #13Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    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.

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    #14Baccano!

    Baccano!

    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.

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    #15Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April (Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso) is a dramatic 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.

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    #16Yu Yu Hakusho

    Yu Yu Hakusho

    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.

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    #17Toradora!

    Toradora!

    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. This tells the story of Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

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    #18Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online

    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. The anime was first released in 2012.

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    #19Blue Exorcist

    Blue Exorcist

    Blue Exorcist is a dark fantasy adventure anime that aired on MBS from 2011 to 217 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. 

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    #20Black Clover

    Black Clover

    Black Clover is an anime series adaptation of the adventure, fantasy manga of the same title by Yūki Tabata. The anime TV series was premiered on TV Tokyo on October 3, 2017, and it was directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara.

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    #21Hellsing Ultimate

    Hellsing Ultimate

    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.

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    #22Ouran High School Host Club

    Ouran High School Host Club

    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 which follows the life of scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka at Ouran High School.

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    #23Seven Deadly Sins

    Seven Deadly Sins

    The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Nanatsu no Taizai, is a fantasy anime where a group of knights is disbanded. Ten years later,  there's a coup d'état the king is captured. The princess then starts a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins.

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    #24Hunter x Hunter

    Hunter x Hunter

    Hunter x Hunter is an adventure, fantasy, and martial arts anime series which is based on the manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi. The TV series was released in 2011. The story is about a young boy who aspires to become a Hunter.

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    #25High School DxD

    High School DxD

    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 it aired from January 6, 2012, to March 21, 2012.

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    #26Parasyte: The Maxim

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    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.

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    #27Steins;Gate

    Steins;Gate

    Steins;Gate is a Japanese animated series with 24 episodes and an OVA released by White Fox studio. It follows the story of a group of friends creates a machine to send messages across time. 

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    #28InuYasha

    InuYasha

    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. 

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    #29No Game No Life

    No Game No Life

    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.

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    #30Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    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.

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    #31Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name is a Japanese drama animated movie directed by Makoto Shinkai. It was released in 2016. It starred Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryunosuke Kamiki for the Japanese voice and Michael Sinterniklaas, Stephanie Sheh for the English voice.

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    #32Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    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.

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    #33Golden Boy

    Golden Boy

    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.

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    #34Highschool of the Dead

    Highschool of the Dead

    Highschool of the Dead follows a group of high school students during the start of a pandemic that has turned the populace into mindless zombies and how they fight, survive, and reach safety.

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    #35Black Butler

    Black Butler

    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.

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    #36Fate/Zero

    Fate/Zero

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

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    #37Wolf's Rain

    Wolf's Rain

    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.

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    #38Soul Eater

    Soul Eater

    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.

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    #39Noragami

    Noragami

    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. 

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    #40Wrath of the Dragon (Dragon Ball Z)

    Wrath of the Dragon (Dragon Ball Z)

    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. 

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    Walter Harris
    Written on 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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    #41Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)

    Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)

    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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    Scott Rios
    Written on 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. "

Summary

Best What are the best English dubbed anime of all time
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodTV Shows 18 Paid
2Attack on TitanTV Shows 17 Paid
3Naruto ShippudenTV Shows 16 Free
4Rurouni KenshinTV Shows 16 Paid
5One-Punch ManTV Shows 12 Paid
6Death NoteTV Shows 11 Paid
7BleachTV Shows 7 Paid
8Code GeassTV Shows 5 Paid
9One PieceTV Shows 3 Paid
10Assassination ClassroomTV Shows 0 Paid
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