When a Japanese media property is licensed and released overseas - in this case the English-speaking world - you would expect a dub in the local language, right? Sadly, no.

Sometimes, the product contains the original language, and only the original language. It is the linguistic equivalent of the VanillaEdition.

There can be many reasons for not dubbing something:
* 1. The prospective market is not enough to justify the cost of a dub. (Dubbing is expensive!)
* 2. Materials essential to the creation of a dub - namely the Music & Effects tracks - have been lost.
* 3. For whatever reason, someone at either end refuses to allow a dub to be created.
* 4. The material is either too reliant on the Japanese language to be adequately dubbed or includes situations that are illegal or otherwise to risky for western television.

Because international licensing is handled by region rather than by language area (not a big deal for Latin Spanish, German, or Japanese, but a HUGE problem for English), it is not uncommon for one region to get a dub but another to lack it. This is especially the case for anime that air on the transnational English-language satellite channel Creator/{{Animax}}, which broadcasts across South and Southeast Asia; the channel produces many of their own anime dubs - [[HongKongDub often in Hong Kong or Singapore]] - but does not sublicense those dubs out, leading to many series that have full English dubs (a few even recorded ''in'' North America!) being released subtitled only in the US and Canada.

Sadly, this trope became more and more prevalent during TheNewTens with the anime market in decline and many licensors like Bandai Entertainment, Geneon, and ADV Films falling and closing down (with English dubs being the biggest cut from the market in order to survive the declining sales). This created a negative backlash in the old SubbingVersusDubbing where some anime fans (particularly the dub haters) putting the blame [[AdHominem entirely on the dubs, the dub fans, and (to the most extreme extent) the voice actors involved in the dubs]] and [[NoTrueScotsman claiming dub fans are not the true supporters of the anime industry]]. NozomiEntertainment and DiscotekMedia completely refuse to dub any new unreleased anime they license. [=NIS=] America also refused to do any non-video-game dubbing until March 2014, because of what happened to Bandai, Geneon, and ADV (they stated that they were "looking into it" for the future, and their first dubbed release is going to be ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''). Despite this, English dubs in anime are still largely being produced for the North American markets, but most of them nowadays are done in [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Houston and Dallas]] rather than Los Angeles, New York, or Canada [[note]]This is most likely because Creator/{{Funimation}} and Creator/SentaiFilmworks are able to produce anime dubs in a much lower budget, Texas being a right-to-work state that eliminates some of the [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood union hassle]], and the fact that Los Angeles and New York has a much higher standard of living than Texas, thus making dubs more expensive[[/note]], and BangZoom nowadays avert the AllStarCast trope by using newer name voice actors in their anime dubs and even hold open auditions every year in Anime Expo in search for newer talents. SentaiFilmworks was a big proponent of this trope until about 2011 when they got back to regular dubbing, and only releases ''some'' of their catalogue sub-only (some of their titles that were initially released sub-only have received English dubs years later, such as ''Manga/MariaHolic'' and ''Manga/SpecialA''). They even produced more dubs than FUNimation in 2013. The revival of Creator/{{Toonami}} and the introduction of Creator/NeonAlley in North America have shown that there is still a market for English dubbed anime. Some popular streaming/downloading sites like iTunes and Netflix still routinely refuse to take most non-dubbed anime. While not nearly as many dubs are being produced as in their heyday, sub-only titles are still, in general, limited to niche modern titles and older ones that never got dubs.

Occasionally, a series will initially be released sub-only, but will eventually be re-released with a dub. Some examples are also highlighted below. Even more rarely, a title will receive a dub, but is re-released without it.

Note that shows that [[NoExportForYou were never expected to be published overseas in the first place]], naturally, do not count for this trope.

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!!List of anime that have not received an official English dub at all:
* ''[[VisualNovel/ElevenEyes 11eyes]]''
* ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka''
* ''LightNovel/{{Akikan}}''
* ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia''
* ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}''
* ''[[Manga/SoredemoMachiWaMawatteiru And Yet the Town Moves]]''
* ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'' (One of [=NIS=] America's many pre-March 2014 releases)
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''
** ''Nisemonogatari''
* ''Anime/{{Brave10}}'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''[[VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriiroNa Brighter Than the Dawning Blue]]''
* ''Cluster Edge''
* ''[[Manga/IkokuMeiroNoCroisee Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth]]''
* ''Cyborg Kuro Chan''
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''
* ''Demon Prince Enma'' (2006)
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''
* ''Manga/DoujinWork''
* ''DoctorSlump''
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield21}}'' - It was originally going to have one, however
* ''Anime/FantasistaDoll''
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime''
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu''
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngelRune''
* ''[[Manga/DororonEnmaKun Ghastly Prince Enma-Kun: Burning Up]]''
* ''Girls High''
* ''Manga/GlassMask'' (2005 series)
* ''[[LightNovel/DenpaOnnaToSeishunOtoko Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl]]''
* ''Anime/GunBuster'' - In fairness, the split audio tracks for this movie are considered lost, making a dub nearly impossible to do
** ''Anime/DieBuster'' - This one, however, had no excuse
* ''Hana no Pyun Pyun Maru''
* ''Anime/HanasakuIroha''
* ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time]]''
* ''Manga/HatsukoiLimited''
* ''Manga/HeIsMyMaster''
* ''HellTeacherNube''
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch''
* ''Manga/HouseOfFiveLeaves'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia''
* ''Igano Kabamaru''
* ''Indian Summer''
* ''[[Manga/FightIppatsuJuudenChan Juden-chan]]''
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' (and its OVA)
* ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''
* ''VideoGame/{{Kimikiss}} Pure Rouge''
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''Kirameki Project''
* ''Manga/{{Kobato}}''
* ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'' (and its two sequels)
* ''LightNovel/{{Kurenai}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda La Corda d'Oro]]''
* ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers''
* ''[[LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai Listen to Me, Girls, I Am Your Father!]]''
* ''[[Manga/AsatteNoHoukou Living For the Day After Tomorrow]]''
* ''Love Love''
* ''Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr''
* ''VisualNovel/MashiroIroSymphony''
* ''[[LightNovel/YokuWakaruGendaiMahou Modern Magic Made Simple]]''
* ''Nangoku Shounen Papuwa Kun''
* ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''
* ''Manga/NatsuyukiRendezvous''
* ''Manga/NekogamiYaoyorozu''
* ''VideoGame/NeoAngelique Abyss''
* ''[[Anime/SeikimatsuOccultGakuin Occult Academy]]''
* ''Omnyou Taisenki''
* ''[[LightNovel/OniiChanDakedoAiSaeArebaKankeinaiYoNe Oniai]]'' - first sub-only FUNimation release (due to poor streaming results)
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' - Only official showings in the US period have been at arthouse theatres and on TCM.
* ''[[LightNovel/WagayaNoOinarisama Our Home's Fox Diety]]'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Ookamikakushi}}''
* ''[[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai Oreimo]]''
* ''[[LightNovel/OreNoKanojoToOsananajimiGaShurabaSugiru Oreshura]]''
* ''[[VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru Otoboku]]''
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''Anime/ParappaTheRapper''
* ''Anime/PersonaTrinitySoul'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''[[Manga/AcchiKocchi Place to Place]]''
* ''Pluster World''
* ''[[VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica Polyphonica]]''
* ''Literature/PsychicDetectiveYakumo''
* ''[[Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren Psychic Squad]]''
* ''Seikon No Qwaser'' a.k.a ''The Qwaser of Stigmata''
* ''[[Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume Ramen Fighter Miki]]''
* ''Anime/RioRainbowGate''
* ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth''
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' - Though it has been dubbed into pretty much every language ''except'' English
* ''Sexy Commando Gaiden''
* ''Anime/{{Shigofumi}}''
* ''[[GetterRobo Shin Getter Robo Vs. Neo Getter Robo]]''
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''
* ''Manga/SkullMan'' (2007)
* ''Anime/SoRaNoWoTo''
* ''[[Manga/FutariEcchi Step Up Love Story]]''
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''
* ''[[Anime/TaishouYakyuuMusume Taisho Baseball Girls]]''
* ''Videogame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' (The videogame has an English dub, but not the [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime]].)
* ''Anime/TariTari''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tayutama}}''
* ''Manga/TegamiBachi''
* ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan''
* ''Manga/TonariNoSekikun''
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu''
** ''Motto To-Love-Ru''
* ''LightNovel/{{Tytania}}''
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''
* ''Anime/UtaKata''
* ''Anime/VividredOperation''
* ''[[Anime/AnoNatsuDeMatteru Waiting in the Summer]]''
* ''Anime/TheWingsOfRean''
* ''Manga/{{Working}}''/''Wagnaria!!'' (An [=NIS=] America release)
* ''YakitateJapan''
* ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito''
* ''Manga/YawaraAFashionableJudoGirl''
* ''Manga/YozakuraQuartet''
* ''Manga/YuruYuri''
!!List of anime with partial or region-specific English dubs:
* ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms'' - Central Park Media did dub the first episode as a pilot, but decided not to go through with dubbing the series due to not wanting to risk the cost.
* ''Anime/BlackMagicM66'' - A dub was produced by Animaze and Manga Entertainment for their original VHS/DVD releases and showings on Encore Action. MaidenJapan (sister company to Sentai) rescued the OVA and released it sub-only because they "didn't get" the English dub from Bandai.
* ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' - Animax did dub it in English for their channel.
* ''CaseClosed / DetectiveConan'' - All episodes after 130, and movies after 6, due to FUNimation giving up on the series after it underperformed on TV and video, also considering the apparent high costs of the license.
* ''{{Dallos}}'' - An English dub was produced for the abridged movie-version for the original home video releases by Celebrity Home Entertainment and Best Film & Video Corp. Discotek's release of the full uncut OVA series did not include this dub, which was another South-East Asian dub, and not very good anyway.
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' - The OVA sequel in the UK. An English dub was produced for the US release however.
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' - The TV series. The ten OVA episodes, the spinoff, and all three features have dubs however (the latter each with ''two'').
* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' - Only the movie and the first 36 episodes of the TV series were dubbed. A series of compilation films were dubbed, but haven't been released.
* "Anime/GalaxyAngelX" - Only the first 8 episodes were dubbed
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' - the first half was dubbed, but the second half was not due to poor sales
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' - TV series only; the first movie has a dub
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' - Recap episodes 5.5 and 10.5 only; the main episodes of the series were dubbed.
* The original ''MobileSuitGundam'' movie trilogy was dubbed for video in the late '90s, but these dubs were absent from the DVD re-releases. Given the [[SoBadItsGood reception]] they had, this was hardly a big deal for diehard fans.
* ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'' - The movies were sub-only; as for the TV series, well, see below
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' - Only an Animax dub. The series was released sub-only in the US.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' - Second and Third seasons only; The first season has a dub
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' - OVA only; the TV series was dubbed
* ''Anime/LupinIII'' - Only half of the Second series, four movies, the OVA, 9 specials, and the recent Fujiko Mine series have been dubbed into English over the years under a variety of studios and voice casts (many twice, movie 1 ''four'' times). Although the first series, the third movie, and a few other specials do have sub-only releases.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' - Only an Animax dub.
* ''NewDominionTankPolice'' - An English dub was produced in the 90s by Manga UK and released to DVD in the US by CentralParkMedia and shown on Encore Action. Maiden Japan's recent DVD was sub-only because Bandai felt the quality wasn't up to standard. Maiden Japan tried to produce a redub, but by that point, the music and effects tracks had been lost.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' - Only the first series was dubbed by 4Kids.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' from [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Max heart]] onwards. The show was originally licensed by 4Kids, but they dropped it before they did anything with it. The first season later aired on YTV in Canada with a dub produced by Toei themselves with Blue Water Studios. The dub also aired in the UK and Australia, but never in the US, who has only seen a subbed streaming of the first season. An English dub of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' was done by William Winckler Productions, but never aired and was only done for the purpose of teaching English to a Japanese-speaking audience. Saban has supposedly licensed the franchise, and it's still up in the air what it's future holds.
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'' - TV series only; the original OVA series was dubbed, but poor sales resulted in the TV series getting the sub-only treatment. It remains the only piece of the [[TenchiMuyo Tenchiverse]] not to be dubbed.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' - Only the first 60 episodes were dubbed, including a separate TV dub for the first 40.
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' - The original movie was dubbed however (''twice''), as was the SegaCD game. A pilot episode was created for English markets in the early '80s (with MichaelBell, BJWard, and NeilRoss doing the voices), but it didn't amount to anything. The TV series is getting a sub-only release, however, and the recent OVA sequel was shown with subtitles on Crunchyroll.
* ''Manga/SuperGals'' - Only the first season was dubbed by ADV, and tanked on DVD. When Nozomi rescued the series, they also licensed Season 2, and released it sub-only.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''/''Mew Mew Power'' - Only the first half was dubbed due to 4Kids not getting a merchandise deal for the show.
* ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' - TV series. The movies did all get dubbed (mostly by Creator/AnimEigo, but Creator/CentralParkMedia handled Movie 2). [=AnimEigo=] also dubbed the first two TV episodes with a different cast as ''Those Obnoxious Aliens'', but the project fell through due to very low sales and negative reception. Animax did air an English dub titled ''Alien Musibat'', but it is unconfirmed how much of the series was covered. In addition, a gag dub of a few episodes aired in the UK.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' - Only an Animax dub. The series was released sub-only in the US
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' - The recent second and third seasons only; the original season, TV specials, and Movie were dubbed (with great results too)
* ''SgtFrog'' - Only 78 episodes have been dubbed due to the dub being on hiatus. The Animax dub has over 100 episodes dubbed.

!!List of anime that lacked an English dub initially, but were rereleased with a dub:
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' - Media Blasters made a dub after strong preorder sales
* ''Manga/BlueDrop''
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' - Creator/AniplexUSA released the show in cheap sub-only singles before going back and dubbing it for Creator/NeonAlley and Toonami. Their recent DVD and Blu-ray releases contain the dub as well.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' - Sentai Filmworks made a dub for the re-release due to good sales figures
* ''Anime/GhostHound'' - See ''Clannad'' above
* ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence]]'' - Click for Details.[[note]] Originally released in North America by Creator/{{Dreamworks}} without a dub (and with a very poorly-done subtitle track), over the objections of the established US fanbase. [[Creator/MangaEntertainment Manga]] licensed it for the UK and Australia and commissioned a dub using the American cast from ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand-Alone Complex]]''. Years later, [[Creator/BandaiEntertainment Bandai]] got the North American license away from Dreamworks and commissioned their own dub with the ''Stand-Alone Complex'' cast (due to Manga's dub being recorded at the PAL standard 25fps, thus sounding distorted on Bandai's 24/30fps equipment). ''Both'' dubs ended up on Bandai's release. Confused? You should be.[[/note]]
* ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'' - This one's a bit complicated.[[note]] Creator/ADVFilms originally had this show and was working on the dub when they suddenly lost the rights during their early-2008 implosion. Creator/BandaiEntertainment picked it up and decided to redub it from scratch to air on TV. However, as there were already thousands of disgruntled fans who had preordered ADV's cancelled set, and the new dub would take months to complete, Bandai decided to give it a quick sub-only release in order to placate fans while their dub was being recorded.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl''
* ''[[LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions!]]'' - First being released sub-only in May 2014, getting an English dub later in 2014 with a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition. A really complicated case. [[note]]This series is originally going to be released sub-only by Creator/SentaiFilmworks. However, due to massive [[InternetBackdraft internet uproar]] (noting that LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai happens to be one of the most popular anime series in Japan that would receive a sub-only treatment) and a feedback from some of their surveys, Sentai Filmworks later decided to offer a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition with an English dub (note that Creator/SentaiFilmworks wanted to experiment with LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition since many of their other competitors such as Creator/{{Funimation}} and Creator/VizMedia are also releasing LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition [[/note]]
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}''
* ''LightNovel/{{MM}}''
* ''[[Anime/DaiMahouTouge Magical Witch Punie-chan]]''
* ''Manga/MaidSama'' - Originally with an Animax dub.
* ''Manga/MariaHolic'' (Originally released sub only in 2010, got an English dub in 2014)
* ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'' (Originally released sub-only, getting and English dub in 2014)
* ''Manga/NyanKoi''
* ''Manga/PrincessResurrection''[[note]]An English dub was in production initially from ADV before they went under. Sentai released the show sub-only the following year before going back and dubbing it for a billingual release another year later.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/SpecialA'' (original released sub only in 2009-2010, got an English dub for its re-release in 2013)
* ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' - Non-''Robotech'' dubs. It was released sub-only by both StreamlinePictures (a rarity for them) and AnimEigo before ADVFilms finally gave it a dub (with Mari Iijima reprising her role of Lynn Minmay from the Japanese version). [[UnpleasableFanbase Fans still hated it.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' - To be re-released with a English dub in 2014 and will the first anime dub made by Creator/NISAmerica. Previously had an Animax dub.

!!List of foreign-language video games that have not received an official English dub:
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' (all of them, but only the first and third games were released outside Japan)
* ''VideoGame/AtelierAnnieAlchemistsOfSeraIsland''
* ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt''
* ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty''
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' (varies from game to game; the first and second games had Japanese dialog only; ''DOA 2 Hardcore'' was bilingual; ''DOA 2 Ultimate'' reverted to sub only; the third game and ''Xtreme Beach Volleyball'' were sub only, except for Zack in the latter; the fourth game was bilingual; ''Xtreme 2'' was dub only; the fifth game was bilingual)
* ''DeathSmiles IIX'' was left translated when it was released on XBox Live Games on Demand.
* the original ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' and some spinoffs (original one-on-one fighting game; ''DW 7: Empires'', ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors: Chronicles'', ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'')
* ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier''
* ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'' was originally intended to be a PS2 title and suffer NoExportForYou, but eventually it still received a DS remake that was exported. While the dialogue of the game was translated the game kept its Japanese voice acting and rather than deciding to translate the In-Universe guide they made a split menu in which the translation was given.
* ''VideoGame/GuardianHeroes'' (all of the voice-overs remained in Japanese while the in-game dialogue menus was translated)
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' (''GG 2: Overture'' is the only one in the series with a dub)
* ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (only ''KOF XII'' and the ''Maximum Impact'' games were bilingual)
* ''VideoGame/{{Onechanbara}}''
* Any ''Franchise/OnePiece'' game released after ''Unlimited Adventure''.
* ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon Saga''[[note]]Previous ''Panzer Dragoon'' games also used subtitles, but all the dialogue was in a [[{{Fictionary}} fictional language]] anyway.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''
* ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' (the HD re-release on Xbox LIVE Arcade still have the voices in Japanese although there is an option for subtitles for the dialogue)
* ''VideoGame/RecordOfAgarestWar'', ''Zero'', and ''2''
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' (A strange cross-media example. ''Burst'' and the upcoming ''Shinovi Versus'' will only have Japanese voices with English subtitles, but the anime, which Creator/{{Funimation}} will release in North America between ''Burst'' & ''Shinovi Versus'', will surprisingly avert this with its own English dub.)
* The original ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''
* ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom: Ultimate All Stars''[[note]]We do have, in this game, a character having an English VA -- Frank -- but said character is also exclusive to this version of TVC.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' (though it was limited to CallingYourAttacks, as the skits were excised from the US version).
** ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Tales of Hearts R]]'', breaking a long streak of dubbed Tales titles.
* ''Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash'' (''Tengai Makyou Shinden'') - This was the only ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou'' game released internationally, and all the Japanese voices were left intact, including the TitleScream.
* ''VideoGame/VirtuesLastReward'' -- Applies to the European version only.
* XBlazeCodeEmbryo

!!List of English-language works that have not received an official dub in any other language:
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2''
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