No Dub for You

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 Vanilla Edition.

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 too risky for Western television. Sometimes, anime that takes heavy use of the English language may fit into this description as well.
  • 5. Sometimes, certain genres themselves are usually the factor of not dubbing something simply because these genres don't sell well enough to justify dubbing (sports anime and Slice of Life titles are usually given this treatment). Certain themes that may turn away western audiences (such as Lolicon/Shotacon anime along with anime with Brother-Sister Incest) may be given this treatment.

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 Animax, which broadcasts across South and Southeast Asia; the channel produces many of their own anime dubs - 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 The New Tens 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 Subbing versus Dubbing where some anime fans (particularly the dub haters) putting the blame entirely on the dubs, the dub fans, and (to the most extreme extent) the voice actors involved in the dubs and claiming dub fans are not the true supporters of the anime industry. Nozomi Entertainment and Discotek Media 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, eventually re-releasing Toradora! with an English dub). Despite this, English dubs in anime are still largely being produced for the North American markets, but most of them nowadays are done in Houston and Dallas rather than Los Angeles, New York, or Canada note , and Bang Zoom! Entertainment nowadays avert the All-Star Cast 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. Sentai Filmworks 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 Maria†Holic and Special A). They even produced more dubs than FUNimation in 2013. The revival of Toonami and the introduction of Neon Alley 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 were never expected to be published overseas in the first place, naturally, do not count for this trope.


List of anime that have not received an official English dub at all:

List of anime with partial or region-specific English dubs:

  • Armored Trooper VOTOMS - 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.
  • Black Magic M-66 - A dub was produced by Animaze and Manga Entertainment for their original VHS/DVD releases and showings on Encore Action. Maiden Japan (sister company to Sentai) rescued the OVA and released it sub-only because they "didn't get" the English dub from Bandai.
  • Bunny Drop - Animax did dub it in English for their channel.
  • Case Closed / Detective Conan - 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.
  • Deadman Wonderland - The OVA sequel in the UK. An English dub was produced for the US release however.
  • Di Gi Charat is a messy mix of this trope and No Export for You:
    • Original TV series: dubbed
    • "A Trip to the Planet" movie: planned but never released, dubbing intentions unknown
    • Specials associated with the TV series: not dubbed
    • Leave it to Piyoko: dubbed
    • Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat: dubbed
    • Di Gi Charat Nyo: episodes 1-36 were dubbed, but the release was unceremoniously canceled after that point
    • Winter Garden: not dubbed
  • Dirty Pair - The TV series was sub-only. The ten OVA episodes, the spinoff, and all three features have dubs however (the latter each with two).
  • The Familiar of Zero - The first season has a dub, but seasons 2-4 do not.
  • Fist of the North Star - Only the movie and the first 36 (of 152) episodes of the TV series were dubbed. Six compilation films were produced by William Winckler Productions with English voice acting, but were ironically distributed digitally only in Japan.
  • Free!: Discotek Media's release of Season 1 is sub only, but FUNimation's release of the second season, Eternal Summer, has a dub.
  • Galaxy Angel X - Only the first 8 episodes were dubbed
  • GaoGaiGar - the first half was dubbed, but the second half was not due to poor sales
  • Gintama - TV series only; the first movie has a dub (though Sentai Filmworks says they are considering it, going by success in sales)
  • Girls und Panzer - Recap episodes 5.5 and 10.5 only; the main episodes of the series itself were dubbed.
  • Gurren Lagann - The movies were sub-only; as for the TV series, well, see below
  • Hayate the Combat Butler - Only an Animax dub. The series was released sub-only in the US.
  • Hell Girl - Second and third seasons only; The first season has a dub (before F Unimation dropped the license).
  • Lucky Star - OVA only; the TV series was dubbed
  • Lupin III - 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.
  • Maria-sama ga Miteru - Only an Animax dub.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam - The movie trilogy was dubbed for the VHS market in the late '90s by Bandai's short-lived mail order division AnimeVillage.Com, but these dubs were absent from the later DVD releases. Given the reception they had, this was hardly a big deal for diehard fans.
  • Neo Human Casshern - the 1973 TV series was not dubbed, though the 1993 OVA and the 2008 Casshern Sins incarnations were dubbed.
  • New Dominion Tank Police - An English dub was produced in the 90s by Manga UK and released to DVD in the US by Central Park Media 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.
  • Ojamajo Doremi - Only the first series was dubbed by 4Kids.
  • Patlabor The New Files OVA: Only the first 4 episodes (the conclusion of the Griffon arc from the TV series) were dubbed. (All other Patlabor animation has been dubbed.)
  • Pretty Cure from 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 Yes! Pretty Cure 5 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.
  • Pretty Sammy - 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 Tenchiverse not to be dubbed.
  • Saint Seiya - Only the first 60 episodes were dubbed, including a separate TV dub for the first 40.
  • Sgt. Frog - Only 78 episodes have been dubbed before it was put on hiatus, probably do to the show's length being difficult to support on a home video exclusive release (however a preview for ep. 79 is still included, which means it could probably resume one day). The dub had already come out of an earlier hiatus at episode 51. FUNimation technically has the license to the first 104 episodes. The Animax dub has over 100 episodes dubbed.
  • Space Adventure Cobra - The original movie was dubbed however (twice), as was the Sega CD game. A pilot episode was created for English markets in the early '80s (with Michael Bell, BJ Ward, and Neil Ross 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.
  • Speed Racer X - Originally titled Mach GoGoGo '97 in Japan, an English dub was produced by DiC in 2002 which aired on Nickelodeon's short-lived SLAM block, but only 12 of the show's 34 episodes were dubbed.
  • Super Gals - Only the first season was dubbed by ADV, and didn't perform well on DVD... to the point where ADV cut out the next episode preview in episode 26 to obscure the presence of future episodes. When Nozomi picked up Season 2, they released it sub-only. (Nozomi later went back and license-rescued the first half, and re-released it with ADV's dub.)
  • Tokyo Mew Mew/Mew Mew Power - Only the first half was dubbed due to 4Kids not getting a merchandise deal for the show. This also meant that many European and Latin American dubs also didn't get to the second half (because they were based on the English dub).
  • Urusei Yatsura - TV series. The movies did all get dubbed (mostly by AnimEigo, but Central Park Media handled Movie 2). AnimEigo also had previously 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.
  • Victorian Romance Emma - Only an Animax dub. The series was released sub-only in the US.
  • Virtua Fighter - The initial 24 episodes were dubbed by Media Blasters during the early 2000's and released on VHS and DVD. The last 11 episodes were never dubbed.
  • You're Under Arrest! - The recent second and third seasons only; the original season, TV specials, and Movie were dubbed (with great results too)

List of anime that lacked an English dub initially, but were re-released with a dub:

  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan - Media Blasters made a dub after strong preorder sales
  • Blue Drop
  • Blue Exorcist - Aniplex USA released the show in cheap sub-only singles before going back and dubbing it for Neon Alley and Toonami. Their recent DVD and Blu-ray releases contain the dub as well.
  • CLANNAD - Sentai Filmworks made a dub for the re-release due to good sales figures
  • Dog & Scissors - Given a relatively early sub-only DVD release before being dubbed for a Blu-ray release in January 2015.
  • Ghost Hound - See Clannad above
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Click for Details.note 
  • Gurren Lagann - This one's a bit complicated.note 
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
  • Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - First being released sub-only in May 2014, getting an English dub later in 2015 with a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition. A really complicated case. note 
  • Loveless
  • Love Live!: Originally released on home video as a Japanese sub-only release in September of 2014, NIS America is doing a dubbed re-release of the TV series.
  • MM!
  • Magical Witch Punie-chan
  • Maid-Sama! - Originally with an Animax dub. Dub to be released in January 2015.
  • Maria†Holic (Originally released sub only in 2010, got an English dub in 2014)
  • Mayo Chiki! (Originally released sub-only, an English dub was released in August 2014)
  • Nyan Koi!
  • Princess Resurrection- 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.
  • The uncut versions of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R - When ADV released the uncut versions of the first two seasons on DVD, it was released without an English dub (a rarity for ADV). When Viz Media got the license to the entire series (including the later 3 three seasons, S, Super S, and Sailor Stars), they were able to dub the uncut versions of the original series.
  • Special A (original released sub only in 2009-2010, got an English dub for its re-release in 2013)
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross - Non-Robotech dubs. It was released sub-only by both Streamline Pictures (a rarity for them) and AnimEigo before ADV Films finally gave it a dub (with Mari Iijima reprising her role of Lynn Minmay from the Japanese version). Fans still didn't really like it.
  • Toradora! - Re-released with a English dub in 2014 and making it the first anime dub made by NIS America. Previously had an Animax dub.

List of foreign-language video games that have not received an official English dub:

  • Aoi Shiro
  • Arcana Heart - Only the first and third games were released outside Japan, and both kept the Japanese voices.
  • Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt
  • Battle Arena Toshinden — The original and Toshinden 3 had partial English dubs (optional in Toshinden 3), where all of the non-Japanese characters (Ellis, being of Japanese birth but raised in Turkey, is the only exception) spoke in English. Toshinden 2 and Toshinden Subaru (aka Toshinden 4, which was only released in Japan and Europe) were kept in Japanese.
  • Bushido Blade — The original game was sub only, while the sequel was dubbed.
  • Corpse Party
  • Dead or Alive — Most of the games prior to DOA5 only featured Japanese voices with a few exceptions. DOA2: Hardcore was the first game in the series to feature an English voice track, as well as the only version of DOA2 to have one. Xtreme Beach Volleyball was undubbed for its Western release, with the exception of Zack, who was voiced by Dennis Rodman. DOA3, DOA4 and Ultimate were also undubbed (although Nicole-458 spoke with an English voice, even in the Japanese version). Xtreme 2 and Dimensions were both dubbed for the Western market.
  • Death Smiles IIX — The game was left completely untranslated when it was released on Xbox Live Games on Demand.
  • Dynasty Warriors - The original game (which was a one-on-one fighting game) and some spinoffs (namely DW 7: Empires, DW 8: Empires, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, and Warriors Orochi 3) have no English voice tracks.
  • Endless Frontier
  • Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash (Tengai Makyou Shinden) - This was the only Tengai Makyou game released internationally, and all the Japanese voices were left intact, including the Title Scream.
  • Fist of the North Star — The first Ken's Rage featured an English voice track, which was included in the later Japanese re-release titled Hokuto Musou: International. However, Ken's Rage 2 only featured Japanese voices in order to cut down localization cost, which resulted in the PS3 version becoming a digital only release in North America (it still had a physical release on the Xbox 360).
  • Flower, Sun and Rain — Originally a PS2 game by Grasshopper Manufacture released exclusively in Japan, it was later ported to the Nintendo DS and localized for the west. While the dialogue of the game was translated, the game kept its Japanese voice acting and rather than deciding to translate the in-game guide, they made a split menu in which a translation was given.
  • Guardian Heroes — All of the voice-overs remained in Japanese while the in-game dialogue menus was translated.
  • Guilty GearGuilty Gear 2: Overture, and the recent installment, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, are the only titles in the series so far with a dub)
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
  • The King of Fighters - Only KOF XII and the Maximum Impact games have dual voice tracks.
  • Onechanbara
  • One Piece - Any game released after Unlimited Adventure was left undubbed.
  • Panzer Dragoon Saganote 
  • Project X Zone
  • Radiant Silvergun - The HD re-release for Xbox Live Arcade still have the voices in Japanese although there is an option for subtitles.
  • Record Of Agarest War, Zero, and 2
  • Senran Kagura — A strange cross-media example. All games released internationally so far note  only have Japanese voices with English subtitles, but the anime, which Funimation have released in North America between the releases of Burst and Shinovi Versus, has its own English dub.
  • SoulCalibur - All the games since SoulCalibur II had dual voice tracks, but the original was strictly Japanese voices only. Its precursor, Soul Edge, was ported to the PlayStation and released in the West as Soul Blade, receiving a partial dub in the process: all the Asian characters kept their Japanese voices, while the European and Native American characters were voiced in English.
  • Street Fighter — Most of the games in the series (and Capcom fighting games in general) prior to Street Fighter IV usually used the same voices between regional releases, since the actual voice work mostly amounted to special move yells and the announcer. There were a few exceptions though: in the export versions of the very first Street Fighter, Ryu and Ken actually yelled their special moves in English: so instead of Hadoken and Shoryuken, we got "Psycho Fire" and "Dragon Punch"; in Super Street Fighter II, Cammy's Spiral Arrow and Cannon Spike special moves became the Cannon Drill and Thrust Kick respectively; and in Street Fighter Alpha 2 (as well as X-Men vs. Street Fighter), the announcer has separate voice clips for characters who are named differently between regions (namely Charlie, M. Bison and Akuma, or as they're known in Japan, Nash, Vega and Gouki).
  • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Starsnote 
  • Tales of Destiny (though it was limited to Calling Your Attacks, as the skits were excised from the US version).
  • Virtue's Last Reward — Applies to the European version only.
  • X Blaze Code Embryo
  • Yakuza — The original PS2 game featured a highly publicized dub for the western release that was commissioned to Blindlight, which involved a Hollywood-based cast that included Mark Hamill, Eliza Dushku, Michael Rosenbaum and Michael Madsen. However, when Sega localized the rest of the games in the series for the West, they kept the Japanese voices in order to preserve the authenticity of the game's setting (and also because it cut down the localization cost).

List of English-language works that have not received an official dub in any other language:

  • Bayonetta - The first game only had English voices for its initial release on the Xbox 360 and PS3. The later Wii U port added a Japanese voice track which featured the same cast from the Bloody Fate anime movie.
  • Devil May Cry — Much like Resident Evil (see below), the Devil May Cry games only had English voices despite their Japanese origin. However, the upcoming Special Edition release of Devil May Cry 4 will have a Japanese dub featuring Toshiyuki Morikawa as Dante (who previously voiced him in the anime series, as well as in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Project X Zone). DmC: Devil May Cry has alternate voice tracks in French, Italian, German and Spanish.
  • Grand Theft Auto series
  • Max Payne — The first two games were dubbed in several languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Japanese) in addition to English, but 3 was released only with English voice tracks with certain characters speaking Portuguese.
  • Metal Gear — The original Metal Gear Solid was released with voice tracks in six different languages (Japanese, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish), but the sequels were only given Japanese and English voices, having subtitles and text localizations done for other languages. Twin Snakes was released only with English voices, even in Japan, as were Integral and Substance (although the latter two were just the expanded editions of MGS and MGS2 respectively).
  • Mighty No. 9 was going to be an example of this trope — the developers only had enough in their budget to produce one voice cast, so they held a vote regarding if the voices would be in English or Japanese, and over 20,000 voters weighed in. According to the development blog, English won by less than 1,000 votes. Eventually, Deep Silver agreed to publish the game, and gave the developers a bigger budget that allows them to not only afford both languages, but a French dub as well, thus averting this trope twice over.
  • Resident Evil - Prior to Resident Evil: Revelations, all the games in the series were voiced only in English and were simply subtitled when they were released in other languages, even in Japanese.note  Revelations feature voices not only in Japanese and English, but also in French, Italian, German and Spanish. Resident Evil 6 initially had no Japanese voice track, but it eventually got one (at least for the console versions) as a paid download exclusively for Japanese users. The HD Remaster release of the 2002 remake was also dubbed for the Japanese market.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - The game was released with English voices, even in Japan, the country of the game's origin (where the dialogue was subtitled). Likewise, the Super Mario Galaxy games were also voiced only in English, but mostly were just voice grunts.