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  • Say what you will about the anime adaptation of Ace Attorney, but Funimation really knocked it out with its dubbing. Eric Vale and Lindsay Seidel do a fine job as Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey, portraying both as green and eager young defenders of justice; Christopher Wehkamp does decently at playing Miles Edgeworth as uptight, arrogant, and obliviously comical; Colleen Clinkenbeard is a natural as the firm yet good-hearted Mia Fey; Kent Williams is almost unrecognizeable as the gruff yet loveable Judge; and Josh Martin and Bryan Massey are absolute scene-stealers as Larry Butz and Dick Gumshoe. Not to mention, the script fully embraces the absurdity of the series (right down to the characters' Punny Names) without going overboard, adding their own twists and jokes that would make the original localization team proud. If you can ignore the recasting and a few minor inconsistencies, such as the decision to keep the setting in Japan instead of a Japanese-influenced Los Angeles,note  or Maya's love of ramen instead of hamburgers, you might find that this dub adds a layer of charm and nuance to the otherwise rushed and average anime that it sorely needed.
  • Assassination Classroom's Funimation English dub has received quite a lot of praise from various people. And it starts with the main character, Koro-sensei. Sonny Strait is an absolutely perfect fit for the role, with him proving to be able to nail both the character's silly and serious moments without missing a beat. And even ignoring this, Lindsay Seidel's Nagisa, Austin Tindle's Karma, Martha Harms' Ms. Jelavic and so many others clearly put their all into each performance, and each voice is an ideal fit. Even some of the script gets tweaked to work better for an English-speaking audience, and yet everything still works very well.
  • While Attack on Titan's English dub of Seasons 1 and 2 has its issues, such as the dialogue changes and the resulting character personality changes, it is still a well-received dub. The voices are well cast (with contention for Eren and Armin as kids) and the acting is spot-on. The passion of both the cast and crew on the English dub shows well. The English dub is cited to have realistic and guttural screaming, such as Armin's scream courtesy of Josh Grelle, whose performance as Armin in the first two seasons is singled out as excellent. Included in the cast are veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook as Eren Jaeger, Matthew Mercer as Levi Ackermann, and Patrick Seitz as Keith Shadis.
    • Come Seasons 3 and 4, the highly divisive character personality and script changes from the first two seasons are dropped entirely. Most characters, especially the main Shiganshina trio, are portrayed in a dark, solemn manner consistent with the original Japanese version. Most especially, Bryce Papenbrook's portrayal of Eren in this point of the story shines, going against the characters the voice actor usually portrays.
  • The lighthearted Affectionate Parody Attack on Titan: Junior High features most of English voice actorsnote  for the characters of the original dub. Keep in mind that these are the same voice actors who gave the characters dark and serious portrayals in the original Attack on Titan and portrayed these same characters as off-the-wall, wacky, comedic, with downright exaggerated character traits, in this High School A.U. Slice of Life comedy.
  • Baccano! has a masterful English dub, from the Chicago accents to the ham, that captures the original's wit, charm, and energy perfectly.
  • BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad has a great dub. For one thing, the English voice actors can actually sing. Perhaps more importantly, it's incredibly well-written. The English scriptwriters found a good way to deal with the original's in-universe language barrier (some characters are bilingual, some only speak Japanese, some only speak English), by adapting it into cultural or class differences instead, something that extends all the way down to how characters' names get pronounced. Few better examples of Woolseyism exist in anime.
  • The English dub of Birdy the Mighty Decode is vastly improved compared to that of the original OVA. Then again, the OVA had one of the most infamous dubs ever done in anime.
  • The dub of Black Clover has been praised because of Dallas Reid's performance as Asta, whose scream in the original Japanese turned lots of people off to watching the show.
  • Another Toonami revival show, Casshern Sins, has a really good English dub with powerful, and sometimes haunting performances by its guest cast. Extra props goes to Eric Vale, Brina Palencia, and Monica Rial for their main roles, and carrying the show.
  • Deadman Wonderland's English dub is quite well-done, and was very well-received when it was shown on Toonami with great performances from Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Eric Vale, Jamie Marchi, Jason Douglas, David Trosko, and Aaron Dismuke. It was enough for the show to be a breakout hit in America and become a fan favorite.
  • The Funimation dub of The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is excellent. The jokes are localized in such a way that they work better for a Western audience but don't lose the spirit of the original series. Every character's voice fits them perfectly, all of them having the exact right amount of dramatic flair. Special shout out to Josh Grelle, who manages to sound awesome in both Maou's fairly average young adult's voice and his Badass Baritone true form's voice. Many people recommend the dub, even if you've already watched it in its original Japanese - the jokes are so good that it almost feels like a completely new show, but in the best possible way. It's clear that the anime was adapted to English with a lot of love from both the producers and cast, never losing the spirit of the original while giving it their own unique spin.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • FUNimation's English dub of the original Dragon Ball has often been singled out as being very good. The script was colorful, but still captured the spirit of the show. The voice acting was done after the voice actors had had experience in Dragon Ball Z, and voiced their characters as great as they possibly could. Brice Armstrong's narrator voice was particularly praised for having a unique storybook quality to it. This was also the very first Dragon Ball series to hit the airwaves in the U.S. with the original background music, and featured covers of the original Japanese theme songs.
    • Dragon Ball Z Kai. After their Saban and 1999 Freeza saga dubs, which divided the fanbase, and the uncut redub, Funimation nails it with this one, which finally won over many of their detractors. Since series composer Kenji Yamamoto (山本健司)note  was fired when his plagiarism finally caught up to him,note  all but the commercial bumpers, opening themes, and closing themes have been replaced with the original DBZ score by Shunsuke Kikuchi. The FUNimation dub also followed suit. The original sound is left untouched (except for the kickass dubbed opening and ending), the scripts are accurate and well-translated, and the voice actors give sensational performances. Special mentions for actors:
      • Many recasts (like Bulma and Gohan) are well-received.
      • Christopher Sabat gives his best voicework as Piccolo and Vegeta (the latter sounding much more awesome and appropriate than how he sounded like in the Z redub).
      • Sonny Strait owns the role of Krillin.
      • Sean Schemmel is Son Goku, here more than ever.
      • Chris Ayres' delightfully wicked portrayal of Frieza.
      • Dameon Clarke as Cell, who's now even more delightfully hammy and trollish than ever before. No, seriously!
      • Also of note, Kaio-ken is finally pronounced correctly even in the TV airings. The uncut DVDs have the untranslated attack names, like Makkankosappo instead of Special Beam Cannon and Kienzan instead of Destructo Disc (at least in their first mentions, since they switched back for some reason after those times). Names and terms ingrained in the English dubs, such as Saiyan (instead of Saiyajin), Tien (instead of Tenshinhan), and Master Roshi, remain unchanged, however. Finally, we get to hear Son Goku's full name dubbed in an English Dragon Ball (though it was only used once).
    • For the movies Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, we have Jason Douglas and Ian Sinclair as Beerus and Whis, respectively. Beerus in particular is a delight; his childish demeanor is better emphasized by some great lines on his part, yet when the time comes for Beerus to be serious, you still get the air that he's a god of destruction that should not be messed with. Whis is also portrayed quite nicely; his gentle, eccentric, yet still deadpan personality is just as great in English as it is in Japanese.
    • Dragon Ball Super unfortunately started getting dubbed about a year and a half after it came out in Japan, leading to it falling far behind, but the dub itself is considered excellent - the vocal performances are as good as they were in Kai, the translation takes entertaining liberties that don't detract from the overall show, and it benefits from getting the Enhanced on DVD versions of the episodes, which remove some of the show's infamous Off-Model moments. Of particular note is Sean Schemmel's chilling performance as Goku Black and James Marsters's portrayal as Zamasu.
  • The FUNimation dub of Fairy Tail is excellent. The main cast does a superb job at capturing the spirit of the characters: Todd Haberkorn plays Natsu like the happy-go-lucky, goofy, super-passionate guy he's supposed to be; Cherami Leigh's "everygirl" take on Lucy leaves viewers eagerly anticipating every witty remark and priceless reaction she makes to the madness that is her life; and Colleen Clinkenbeard totally is the tough yet sweet Erza. The last two took a couple of episodes to work out the kinks in their performances, but after a handful of episodes, they really hit the nail on the head. Of course, that's not to say of the supporting cast, and while it does have its kinks (Kristi Kang does sound a tad too deep for Levy, and the voice actors for Alzack and Bisca are bland), there are simply too many awesome performances to list. Of course, good dubs aren't limited to just good voice acting; the transition from Japanese to English is a virtually flawless one. The whole script is very faithful to its source material, and when they can't make a joke work, they ad-lib it.
  • Fruits Basket: While the dub for the 2001 series may have several tweaks, the 2019 reboot's dub has little to none. The 2019 series had seen several of the voice actors from the original dub to perform improved versions of their characters. And they improved it perfectly making it possibly one of the best Funimation dubs yet. From Eric Vale still being calm and charming as the princely Yuki, to the familiar raging fits of Jerry Jewell as Kyo. They even brought back the likes of Laura Bailey (who hasn't been voice acting in anime for a while) who is still as sweet as she was back in the original dub with Tohru. The rest of the cast, both old and new, also did an amazing job as their characters. There are even cast replacements that are seemingly more better than the original such as Elizabeth Maxwell as Uotani, Jad Saxton as Hanajima and Tia Ballard as Kagura. Heck, even Momiji, voiced by Mikaela Krantz, sounds better (his accent may turn off some, but no doubt he's much more expressive than he was in the original dub). A special mention goes the zodiac members who weren't in the original anime: Rin and Kureno, in which both Brina Palencia and Ian Sinclair deliver possibly one of, if not, their most emotionally driven performances yet.
  • The dubs for Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is widely regarded as one of the best English anime dubs in history, often compared to the likes of Cowboy Bebop. Special mention goes to Vic Mignogna as Edward Elric and Travis Willingham as Col. Roy Mustang.
  • Future Diary had a masterful dub. Anyone tired of Greg Ayres playing the scrawny spineless teen will be pleased to know that Josh Grelle is taking the role instead and he did a splendid job. Brina Palencia nailed Yuno Gasai's innocence and her insanity, and Emily Neves knocked it out of the park with Minene Uryuu. And the script was at the top of the class.
  • Guilty Crown may be a bit of a stretch, but the trailer, and a lot of commenters on there feel that the very tiny piece of dubbing they heard is superior to the original Japanese, if not better.
  • When Funimation rescued Hellsing Ultimate after Geneon USA shut down, fans demanded FUNimation continue to use New Generation Pictures for the remaining undubbed episodes—a project they finally finished in 2014, twelve years after NGP first dubbed the TV series. Fans waited very (im)patiently for the episodes to come out dubbed; many refused to watch them until they were all available in English. In addition, the hype was enough for FUNimation's release to include extensive documentaries, interviews, and commentaries on the making of the English-language dub. The wait paid off several-fold, especially with the inclusion of Liam O'Brien as an important character in the ninth episode, in addition to all of the original voice actors reprising their roles for the OVA's finale.
  • Jormungand had excellent dubbing. Anastasia Muñoz was perfect as Koko Hekmatyar and the script was top notch.
  • Their dub for My Hero Academia is commonly regarded as one of the best dubs even by some sub purists, and for good reason. The main leads were perfect casting choices, With veteran voice actor Christopher Sabat as All Might and Justin Briner in one of his first roles as Izuku "Deku" Midoriya. Sabat hit All Might's character from every corner, from his hammy hero side to his tired and ragged true self, while Briner found the right balance in his voice to exemplify both Midoriya's nervous disposition and his intelligence and courage. Clifford Chapin had a chance to really show off his range as Katsuki Bakugou; Chapin's performance as Bakugou is considered one of his best as Bakugou's aggressive way of talking is very much present, but Chapin understands his character enough to not blow it out of proportion. The three remaining leads are J. Michael Tatum as Tenya Iida, Luci Christian as Ochako Uraraka, and David Matranga as Shouto Todoroki, all who perfectly portray the characters. And that's not getting into the well-placed voices of the rest of the rather large cast. Solid cast, faithful script adaptation, and a whole lot of love the staff have for the series definitely makes this one of Funimation's best dubs.
  • The Nabari no Ou English dub. Everything about it is perfect. The script, the line timing, the occasional little Woolseyisms they threw in, and the voices for each character. Special kudos goes to Kate Oxley for a rockin' Raimei!
  • There needs to be more love for Funimation's dub of One Piece. After 4Kids's questionable and heavily-edited version, the redub is brilliant. It's well-written, well-acted, and well worth your time to listen to. For the first 206 episodes, when they redubbed the episodes 4Kids had done (including the episodes that they skipped), and the next 100, the acting and production work was largely good, but not great since they had to rush them out, but at 207 where they picked the series back up a few years later and the show went full HD, the acting got phenomenal. Everyone feels comfy in their roles, the scripts were really well done, and everything is just superb all around. Definitely not a dub to be ignored.
  • What can be said about Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt that hasn't been already? The key to its fantastic dubbing lies in the English script—namely, its being way more explicit than the original (which admittedly better fits the extremely raunchy visuals), thus leading to pretty much all the characters requiring aggressive, bitchy voices. Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial could not have nailed Panty and Stocking any more perfectly as rude, crass, action heroines with attitude. Joel McDonald gives a stellar performance as Brief, with a meek, nerdy voice perfectly fitting to his geeky character. Colleen Clinkenbeard and Cherami Leigh hit the mark as Scanty and Kneesocks, the two classy daemon sisters who pile on the Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness as much as they can. Even Christopher Sabat, a white guy, does an incredible job providing the voice of Garterbelt.
  • Funimation did a fantastic job dubbing selector infected WIXOSS. The translation sticks to an accurate interpretation of the dialogue with enough room to make very natural smalltalk and usage of modern slang where appropriate, making for a accurate script with sharp lines. Lindsay Seidel provides Ruko with a soft but energetic tone, able to balance her slightly cold outlook with her impassioned speeches to her friends. Apphia Yu made some dislike her casting as Yuzuki, fearing her huskier voice would limit the character's range. Thankfully this proved to be unfounded, as her voice captures a distinct tomboy edge while being both warm and friendly, and lovesick and bitter over the love for her brother, which is made all the better/worse as Kazuki himself is played by Micah Solusod, who has a relationship in real life with the aforementioned Apphia Yu. Tia Ballard is unsurprisingly capable of Hitoe's cuter responses as the most Moe of the cast. Which makes her descent into Break the Cutie territory all the sadder as she's a bit too good at sounding hollow and broken. Monica Rial may be overly cutesy for some ears as Tama, but definitely makes up for it later on when she begins to develop a more complex personality. Anastasia Muñoz nails Iona's cold pragmatism and patience, while her LRIG voiced by Bryn Apprill is an unnerving case of Playing Against Type as Ulith, who's nothing short of sadistic behind a thin exterior of cuteness. And let's not forget Jamie Marchi, who gives a wonderfully hammy and obnoxious performance as Akira. Lastly is Juli Erickson playing resident Cool Old Lady and grandma Hatsu, who brings chemistry and genuinely warm feelings to Ruko, as any loving grandmother might.
  • The Funimation dub of Sengoku Basara was fantastically executed. All of the characters were full of life and energy. Most of them were screaming their lungs out for half the series and still managed to keep sounding badass. One must wonder how their voices survived that show. Robert McCollum pulled off Date Masamune's coolly sarcastic and hot blooded sides, and Johnny Yong Bosch nailed the lovable Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero that is Yukimura Sanada.
  • Sgt. Frog. Say what you want about the dialogue in the dub, but you can't deny that nearly all of the voices are a perfect fit. Cherami Leigh as Natsumi, Leah Clark as Fuyuki, Todd Haberkorn as Keroro... Just look at the character sheet for the series—nearly every voice actor in the show has a page on TV Tropes!
  • The English dub of Show by Rock!! is absolutely incredible. It does have a couple miscasts (Caitlin Glass as Retoree? She does awesome, but the voice is so different from the Japanese version. Moa sounds annoying in both English and Japanese), but other than that, every role is perfectly cast, and not only that, all the cast members put their all into bringing the cast to life, resulting in plenty of hilarious comedy and convincing drama. Special kudos goes to Shingancrimsonz's English cast, Mike McFarland, Ian Sinclair, Christopher Sabat, and Jerry Jewell for making them the lovable, adorkable punk rock band we all know and love, even more so than the Japanese version! The script is very colorful, with Chuchu's countryisms, Uwasanopetals' thick rural accents signifying their country origins, Strawberry Heart's wonderful Elvis impersonation, hilarious dialogue, Woolseyisms by the hundreds, and funny dialogue that's sure to get a laugh out of you. It also deserves major bonus points for one thing: They dub some of the songs, and the actors can actually SING!! And for once, NONE of it sounds awkward, unlike how most dubbed anime songs usually sound! It really makes you wonder why none of the English cast took on singing careers, because they all sound great!
  • The Funimation dub of Soul Eater, particularly commendable for Laura Bailey as a Badass Adorable Maka Albarn, Micah Solusod as an edgy yet laid-back Soul, and Todd Haberkorn as a stiffly neurotic Death the Kid.
  • Funimation's English dub of Space Dandy is a very excellent one. Not only are the jokes translated very well, but the acting is superb. Ian Sinclair, Joel McDonald, and Alison Viktorin are clearly having fun with the material the show throws at them, and by the time Season 2 came around it feels like they have wholeheartedly embraced their roles. And the enthusiasm doesn't just stop with them, as the guest voice actors brought in for one-episode characters are also putting their best effort into their roles, and having as much fun with them as the show allows them to. The most notable episode that stands as the best example for how well they dubbed this anime is the musical episode, where all the songs sung by the characters have been well translated, and wonderfully performed.
  • It's actually surprising how well Funimation's dub of Steins;Gate went. J. Michael Tatum did a great job with Rintaro Okabe, a.k.a HOUOUIN KYOUMA even if he wasn't as hammy as Mamoru Miyano at times. Trina Nishimura did a great job with Makise Kurisu, and the rest of the cast also did a great job. The script was well done as well, especially with additional cultural references to Doctor Who and Kurisu, at one point in episode 3 calling Okabe "Hououin carcinoma."
  • Summer Wars quite simply has one of the best English dubs ever heard. There's barely a single moment of awkwardness and all the performances are full of life.
  • Funimation managed to outdo the original Japanese version of YuYu Hakusho by actually having edgier dialogue, making Yusuke a wisecracker, and using the "Freeza voice" from DBZ as Genkai. Also, Koenma sounds believable more like Really 700 Years Old. Byakko is definitely more menacing as well. The added Dub Text also put more emotion into the exchange between Genkai and Toguro. Many people also find the English version of "Smile Bomb" flows much better than the Japanese version.

    The Ocean Group 
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  • Black Lagoon's English dub is considered one of the best dubs The Ocean Group ever made—and one of the best English dubs period—with the script pulling no punches in its use of vulgar language, as well as perfect casting for the lead characters (plus, the English dub is totally free of any and all Engrish). Brad Swaile and Maryke Hendrikse are well-cast as Rock and Revy, while Tabitha St. Germain's Roberta is also a fan favorite. Hendrikse in particular steps out of her bubble as Revy, since she's usually cast as cute little girls. Revy is quite the opposite. Fans were surprised when she did a brilliant job, getting Revy's tough, and vulgar side down. When Funimation licensed the Roberta's Blood Trail OVAs, it kept the Ocean Group cast.
  • Death Note also has a first-rate dub, with nearly all of the characters excellently cast and performed. Of note are Light Yagami (Brad Swaile), L (Alessandro Juliani), and Ryuk (Brian Drummond). One of The Ocean Group's all-time best dubs.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior: Despite its heavy edits on TV broadcasting, especially on Kids WB, most of the English voice acting is rather well done. Brad Swaile as Lan Hikari managed to fit his personality decently. Andrew Francis as MegaMan.EXE is Mega-Awesome! The rest of the English cast of The Ocean Group did surprisingly well with the dialogue as well despite a few cliched lines and even some cringe worthy puns. In NT Warrior Axess, however, the English voice acting improved with most of its dialogue close to the Japanese Version, much less edits/censorship, and the voices themselves. It's like watching an English Dub of Gundam Seed and it's odd since both anime were dubbed in 2004.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00, with its dub done by The Ocean Group is exceptionally well-dubbed. The Gundam Meisters sound not too different from their Japanese voices. Brad Swaile nails Setsuna's voice perfectly, Samuel Vincent does Tieria pretty well, and Lockon and Allelujah are also quite well-voiced. On the other side, we have Trevor Devall, who makes Patrick actually not sound like a complete idiot, Graham Aker's voice (done by Paul Dobson) sounds almost identical to his Japanese voice, the personalities of every single character remains intact, or in some cases actually get improved a bit.
  • Say what you will about the shows themselves, but the dubs for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny done by The Ocean Group are spot on. Matt Hill and Samuel Vincent are excellent as feuding best friends Kira and Athrun, with their voices making an excellent contrast with one another, Trevor Devall is the perfect Big Brother Mentor as Mu La Flaga, and Mark Oliver as Rau Le Creuset...? He's damned good, outhamming the original dub by far, while still keeping the general feel of the character. Then again, Gundam in general gets pretty well dubbed.
  • Although it has more than its fair share of haters, the dub for InuYasha is very well done… at least from about Season 3 onward. Praise especially goes to the lead actors: Richard Ian Cox (Inuyasha), Moneca Stori (Kagome), Kirby Morrow (Miroku), and Kelly Sheridan (Sango), all of whom nail their characters' personalities and quirks right out of the gate and just get better as the series drags on. In fact, most of the actors do a great job voicing their characters, and the few who don't are easily overlooked most of the time.
  • Ranma ½'s English dub was polarizing when it came out, and still is to some extent, but has risen as a very nostalgic production full of memorable performances, most notably from its supporting characters voiced by Willow Johnson, Myriam Sirois, Paul Dobson, David Kaye, Angela Costain, Cathy Weseluck, and the late Robert O. Smith. The most polarizing aspect of the dub is the voice of boy-type Ranma himself, who was voiced by Sarah Strange for the first 3 TV seasons, both movies, and all 12 original OVAs with Richard Ian Cox taking over the role for the last 4 seasons of the TV show. Both have their fans, and neither voice has been declared a clear winner in that debate, which still continues to this day. The dub's writers also understood the show's weird humor, and though it could be considered campy, they were able to put their unique own spin on the material after a while.
  • Ronin Warriors was known for being enjoyable without taking itself too seriously, from Mina E. Mina's ghostly Talpa to Paul Dobson's menacing ham as Anubis, not to mention the heroes having funny, charming dialogue. The script itself avoided a Macekre, with a whole lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat being added while the surprisingly dark content for the time remained largely untouched, from the massacre of the Ancient's clan to showing on-screen deaths.
  • The Ocean dub of the first three Dragon Ball Z films is excellent, with incredibly accurate scripts, the original Japanese music, and some amazing acting, especially from Peter Kelamis as Goku, whose screams in these films sometimes come eerily close to sounding like Masako Nozawa.
  • Zoids: New Century has a very solid dub, especially considering that it's an Ocean Group dub from 2001. The voice acting is well done and it still manages to hold up today. Some would say that Zoids: Chaotic Century and Zoids: Fuzors are examples as well.

Blue Water (Calgary)

Blue Water is Ocean's budget sister studio, which often uses non-union voice actors. Similar to Sentai, their dubs tend to be hit or miss due to their lower budget, but quite a few times, they tend to hit. Some of their voice actors have even been cast in the main studio's dubs!

  • Futari wa Pretty Cure's dub is yet another example of a localized dub done right. Sure, the characters' names are Westernized, and takoyaki are called "donuts", but the overall spirit of the show is kept, thanks to minimal censorship that doesn't interfere with the plot and excellent ADR direction. Rocio Barahona and Michelle Molineux have perfect chemistry together as Nagisa and Honoka (or Natalie and Hannah in this dub), and the supporting cast all give excellent performances. Due to licensing issues, this dub has never been legally available in the United States, but many girls growing up in Canada and the UK in the late 2000s and early 2010s remember it fondly. Definitely one of, if not the best Blue Water dubs.
  • Gundam
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam manages to keep all the ham (if not adding more of it) of the original, something not many dubs can boast. All of the soundtrack was kept intact, as well.
    • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam has an excellent English dub. Pretty much all the dialog was changed to sound more natural in English without anything being lost. Jonathan Lachlan-Stewart as Kamille is brilliant, which helps the War Is Hell theme hit home. Jonathan Love as Scirocco nails down what kind of man he is as soon as he appears, and can ham up a room faster than Lelouch, as well as gaining a harem of women to fight for his ideals. Though the entire cast was good, Tom Edwards' performance of Char/Quattro takes the cake.note  Another gem gained in the English translation is Mauve Shirt Apolly Bay now has a hilariously clueless voice, which helps the few moments he has something to say be a lot funnier, which isn't to say he can't sound epic or sad well either, he can do that too.
  • Hunter × Hunter (1999)'s dub is an odd case of this, as not everyone gives spectacular performances (there are some miscasts such as Elinor Holt's Gonnote  and the actress doing Feitan), but quite a few cast members make up for this. Cheryl McMaster's Kurapika shows off the character's Tranquil Fury while still preserving his Effeminate Voicenote , Annika Odegard's Killua genuinely sounds like a 12-year-old defusing tyke bomb, can sound full-on Creepy Child when the time comes, and isn't as scratchy as Cristina Vee's pre-Vocal Evolution Killua, and Brendan Hunter's Hisoka is so good that several fans wanted a Role Reprise for the 2011 anime.

    ADV Films 
  • Maybe it's just the fact that English speakers can actually hear the characters' accents in the English dub, but many find the Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi dub at least as enjoyable as the sub, if not more so. There are a few shaky moments, but every time Mune (special kudos to Kaytha Coker for speaking in three voices for the same person and making them all fantastic, which is not easy to do) switches from her manic sex fantasy persona to her normal voice it's a reminder of how great the dubbing is.
  • Azumanga Daioh was one of those shows that fans of the time instantly declared to be "un-dubbable" due to its heavy use of puns and obtuse cultural references. ADV took that as a challenge and produced what is easily one of the best dubs of their intermediate period. How good? A number of Japanese otaku over on 2ch (a group not known for being outward-thinking, or amenable to things that aren't native) were impressed by it.
  • The dub of Cromartie High School is one of the best that ADV ever did. It's very expressive and highlights the absurd hilarity well. The characters play off each other very well, too.
  • Due to its nature as one of the purest examples of Gag Dub in existence, the inclusion of ADV Films's Ghost Stories on this list may ruffle some feathers. That doesn't change the fact that the casting—regardless of what the script does—is top-notch, and the main actors have phenomenal chemistry. Some of the jokes (mostly the political ones) became dated before the DVD's even hit the shelves, but there's still plenty of hilarity to be found.
  • ADV came up with the brilliant idea to cast their not-an-actor art director as the lead in Golden Boy, supposedly because that's how he really is. The result is quite possibly the greatest piece of pork in dub history. ADV's usual stable of actors from their early period—including Spike Spencer (channelling Monty Python in his role as an old woman), Tiffany Grant, and Amanda Winn-Lee—are clearly having the time of their lives just trying to keep up with him.
  • The English dub of Kanon is fantastic. Every last voice actor nails their characters and hits every emotional cue and nuance. This dub also happens to be the literal pinnacle of ADV's quality, since Kanon was one of the very last dubs ADV completed before their 2008 shutdown. One could make the argument that this dub surpasses the original Japanese, which has some top-notch seiyuu who can certainly act, but still feels rather generic due to many of the girls sounding too similar to each other and high-pitched (even for seiyuu) to the point that they don't even sound like teenagers. The dub cast, on the other hand, sound much more natural, varied, and age-appropriate—these characters are high school juniors and seniors; they're supposed to sound grown-up.
  • Le Chevalier d'Eon, another late-era ADV dub, finally proved once and for all that director Stephen Foster was capable of making a dub that was both well-acted and faithful to the original. Despite the fact that the dub breaks standard convention for a show like this by flat-out refusing to use The Queen's Latin (or any accents at all for that matter), it's easily an improvement on the Japanese dub. Bonus points for averting Crossdressing Voices with Robin and casting an actual 15-year-old boy (the Japanese had a woman play the role).
  • ADV's dub of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water also deserves mention here. Recorded at the now-long-gone Monster Island Studio in Austin, every part was brilliantly cast. The three children were played by actual children, and all of them could act well for the most part—the occasional missed line notwithstanding.note  The kicker is that most of the voice actors in this dub didn't do much of any voice work before or since. The script adaptation is also really good; faithful to the original yet rewritten for natural flow purposes without changing anything about the story or the characters.
  • The English dub of Petite Princess Yucie is very well-dubbed. Yucie actually sounds like your typical naive everygirl, Glenda sounds wonderfully bratty and arrogant, Cube sounds worrisome (as in personality, not in his dub performance, which is very good) and reasonable, just...everybody sounds great!
  • Princess Nine has an excellent old-school ADV Films dub. All nine girls are expertly portrayed, especially Hilary Haag's Ryo, Monica Rial's Izumi (the way she acts Izumi's somehow inspiring "The Reason You Suck" Speech in episode 17 is stunning) and Cynthia Martinez's Hikaru. Vic Mignogna is utterly charming as Hiroki Takasugi, and Andy McAvin nearly runs away with the entire dub as Coach Kido.
  • Nerima Daikon Brothers. Anime dubs are not known for often dubbing songs, and this one not only dubbed everything, but pulled it off surprisingly well. It helped that the three leads—Greg Ayres, Chris Patton, and Luci Christian—were seasoned veterans who had been working together for years and were already known to have great chemistry. It also helped that Nabeshin gave them a lot of leeway on adapting the songs to make them work in English (as Greg Ayres once said, when the ADR director - his older brother - came to a lyric that didn't translate, they called up Nabeshin and asked if they could put a sex joke in its place; apparently with Nabeshin it's always okay to put in a sex joke).
  • Many fans think so highly of Appleseed Ex Machina's dub that they are willing to watch a movie they would otherwise dislike.

    Sentai Filmworks 
  • Despite working in the exact same facility as the old ADV Films with a lot of the same crew on both sides of the glass, due to having less time to finish their work and a smaller budget then their predecessor, they aren't exactly the best at dubbing anime (especially when compared to rival Texan dubbing studio Funimation). But when they hit, they hit big.
  • One of those hits is Tsuritama. It was originally going to be a sub-only release until Sentai gave in to fan demand and gave it an English dub, and it is one of their best. Most of the main and minor characters are perfectly cast, the scripting is excellent and full of witty lines (episode 5 has most of these, and they're awesome!), and the voice actors really sound like they're enjoying what they're doing here. The only flaw is Sakura's voice. Nancy Novotny does her voice, and while she isn't BAD, her voice just doesn't fit for a kid like Sakura, and she unfortunately really misses the mark on one pivotal moment in episode 7, but that's about it. Haru's voice actor (Clint Bickham) is absolutely amazing, and is able to completely capture his quirks and personality perfectly! Seriously, it's like they shipped Miyu Irino out to America, made him take English for five years, and then re-cast him as Haru. One reason it's so good is that it's directed by Janice Williams, a longtime employee of the old ADV Films who mostly worked on the physical side of things ("DVD Coordinator" was her most common job description) and only dabbled in directing occasionally back in the day. She's very good at it and needs to do it more often.
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices and the re-dub of Grave of the Fireflies aren't too bad either, considering they're both Sentai productions by Steven Foster, who is infamous in the English-speaking anime community for producing very hit-or-miss dubs.Explanation 
  • CLANNAD's English dub has its share of critics, but it's easily one of the best dubs (if not the best) to come out of Houston since the collapse of ADV Films and its resurrection as Sentai. That it was one of the first dubs of the Sentai period helps—despite the name on the box, it still feels like an ADV dub—it was clearly given the care that later Sentai dubs rarely enjoy. Every single actor, even the ones whose casting may be seen as questionable, nails their performance and every emotional crescendo, especially Luci Christian, who does a lovely job as Nagisa. It's admittedly not as tight as Kanon or even Air, but it's still much better than critics give it credit for. Probably the only real issue—other than the casting, which is YMMV—is the dub's retention of honorifics when the earlier KeyAni dubs adapted them out.
    • One standout example: During Season 2, Luci's take on Nagisa's having to explain to her well-meaning but overprotective dad that she's pregnant and how that happenednote  is simultaneously adorable, touching, and hilarious.
  • Demon King Daimao is quite an underrated English dub from Sentai. Most of the cast sound quite focused, yet sometimes pretty aloof in terms of character acting when the situation demands it. Highlights include Chris Patton delivers quite well as Akuto, capturing his struggle of him being a Demon King, but also making his Nice Guy traits quite believable. Maggie Flecknoe as Korone is able to sound better than the Japanese version by actually not sounding high-pitched as her more deadpan and low tone just fits the character much better. But the best performance by far is no doubt Melissa Davis as Keena. She is clearly having a blast voicing the red-haired Cloudcuckoolander to the point that, even if you won't like the show as much, as soon as you'll see her, get ready for some hilariously executed lines, not to mention how charismatic she is.
  • While the English dub for Little Busters! does have its hiccups and occasional miscasts, there is one character whose voice everyone agrees is a drastic improvement over the Japanese version: Komari. There's no disputing it: Komari's voice is the best voice in the entire English dub, especially considering the majority of fans agree that her voice in the Japanese version is absolutely horrid in comparison. It's also a first in that they picked someone outside of Sentai Filmworks's normal voice actor pool, which proved to be a great decision.
  • Another dub of a visual novel-based anime that deserves more recognition is the ef duology. While the dub integrates honorifics and some Japanese words such as onii-chan, the melodrama expected of the anime is excellently delivered by long-time ADV/Sentai veterans. Luci Christian captures Miyako's sweet, free-and-easy nature; Monica Rial lends her voice to Chihiro in her usual cute-girl voice with a hint of sadness (given her condition); and Carli Mosier gives Yuuko a mature, motherly vibe as an addendum to her mysterious nature. And once a tale of melodies, the second season, hits, she really gives her all—especially in episode 6, when Yuuko reveals her long history of physical and sexual abuse to Yuu. The males are no slouches either. Greg Ayres defies pessimistic assumptions by the fandom when he voices Hiro; Clint Bickham is a perfect fit as Renji; Illich Guardiola's unique accent is strangely appropriate for Kuze; and David Matranga as Yuu shows that he can surpass his own performance as Tomoya, another visual novel protagonist with lots of emotional baggage like Yuu does. Another thing that helps the dub is SHAFT's animation approach that made it easier for the voice actors to dodge Lip Lock and deliver the lines needed for the strong melodramatic punches.
  • Sentai redubbed another Streamline title from yesteryear: Vampire Hunter D. Unlike the campy and often stilted Streamline version, this redub adheres closer to the tone of the original Japanese, dialing back the added in lines and with generally more believable performances by John Gremillion (D), Luci Christian (Doris), Brittany Karbowski (L'armica) and Andy McAvin (Left Hand/Rei Ginsei). But David Wald steals the show as Count Lee; his smooth, regal baritone and upper class accent standing out as a particularly huge improvement over the laughable Transylvanian accent from the Streamline dub and choppy delivery. This is also the first Vampire Hunter D dub to properly retain the translation of D's heritage as a dhampir.
  • Say as you want against Black Bullet, but it has one of the best dubs made. In particular, Chris Ayres casted Luci Christian as Enju Aihara and have her give Enju a more natural voice for a 10-year-old loli instead of casting someone who is a naturally high-pitched voice (mind you that Luci isn't often typecast into lolis), which is a large stark contrast to Rina Hidaka's high-pitched voice take on Enju. The dub is also one of the few examples of Sentai Filmworks competency when it comes to casting their voice actresses into lolis (as this falls more into the lines of Difficult, but Awesome category) with voice actresses like Caitlynn French, Brittney Karbowski, and Hilary Haag. Chris Patton also delivers Rentaro's Deadpan Snarker moments better in the dub as well. The only drawback is that the dub adds more profanity than the original Japanese dub and took more liberties on the script, but across from that, Sentai delivered a dub worthy for Toonami airing.
  • While Steven Foster may have had his share of questionable English dubs, one dub that stands out in particular (and needs more love) is Inu × Boku SS. The Japanese version was a Tough Act to Follow as it bought in many all-star seiyuu like Rina Hidaka, Yūichi Nakamura, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yōko Hikasa, Mamoru Miyano, Tomokazu Sugita, and Kana Hanazawa. So how did Sentai approach this dub? They casted some of their most well-known talents who really gave it their all. David Matranga as Kagerou was easily the highlight of the dub doing a fantastic job of hamming it up and capturing the eccentric energy of the character. It was a pleasant surprise since David Matranga isn't quite known to be one for Large Ham characters. Hilary Haag also gives a strong performance as Ririchiyo having a very snide tone to her voice fitting the character's snarky attitude but also sounding youthful enough. The dub also bought along Chris Patton, David Wald, Blake Shepard, Shelley Calene-Black, Monica Rial, and Greg Ayres who were all good fits for their characters and above all sounded like they had fun with their roles.
  • Sentai's dub of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is not only one of the best comedies of its year, it's one of the best dubbed comedies period. With the exception of veteran Monica Rial all the main leads are fairly new to or don't have much credits in the anime dubbing scene, and yet all their performances were superb. Ty Mahany as Nozaki finds the perfect balance between his normally stoic behavior and dorky moments instead of just straight out going monotone. Juliet Simmons as Chiyo was absolutely adorable, but she adds a bit of sass to the character which gives more to Chiyo apart from always being the nice one. She also displayed a wide comedic range, nailing the exaggerated delivery when the joke calls for it. Just watching the dub, you'd never guess she'd only been in the business for two years. Scott Gibbs is absolutely hilarious as Mikoshiba and is at his best whenever the poor boy embarrasses himself. Monica Rial is unexpectedly the cool and deep-voiced Kashima, but it's a befitting performance and it's always a delight to hear Monica do her more sultry pitch. Cameron Bautsch may sound a bit shaky at first as Wakamatsu, but there's an Adorkable and childish nature to his voice that just works for the character. But by far the best performances aside from Chiyo comes from Joanne Bonasso as Seo and Adam Noble as Hori. Bonasso had a roughness to her voice that emphasized Seo's rather oblivious and blunt nature, and Noble always hit just the right tone whenever Hori switched from relaxed to annoyed to just flat out angry. The script is also well written and faithful, taking a few liberties here and there whenever a joke doesn't translate well, and the dialogue flows naturally, lacking stiffness or pauses that even Japanese dubs can't always escape. Overall, it's a dub worth watching and one of Sentai's best efforts.
  • Even after being dubbed after nearly 8 years since its release, the dub of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou still managed to be one of the best dubs that Sentai Filmworks has ever dubbed. Caitlynn French provides a monotone yet cute and charming voice for the ditzy Mashiro in the same vein as what Ai Kayano did. And say what you will about his voice, but no doubt that Greg Ayres captured an emotional performance as Sorata.


Other examples:

  • Aggretsuko's English dub has gotten a ton of positive reception from anime fans, thanks to a solid localization. Special mention goes to the dub's Metal Scream segments, which benefit from intelligible lyrics, as opposed to the original Japanese version's incomprehensible Angrish.
  • Ah! My Goddess has had no fewer than three separate English dub casts over the various parts of its franchise, and all of them are considered "good" by somebody - rare for this sort of situation. Fans will still argue over which of the casts is best, but each one has defenders. The TV series dub cast, being the latecomer of the franchise, is by far the most divisive.
    • An amusing comment from Scott Houle, writer/director of the OAV series dub, regarding its casting: "We were going for magic on this one." Most fans agree he succeeded, and the OVA had one of the most acclaimed anime dubs of all time before Bebop. One notable tidbit: Scott Simpson and Juliet Cesario, the voices of Keiichi and Belldandy respectively, were actually dating in real life at the time the show was recorded.
  • AKIRA (2001): Many people think it sounds cartoony, but having seen the entire film in both languages, the English version actually sounds less so. This is particularly unusual, since the Japanese dialogue was prerecorded and the animation crafted to fit it—something that normally only happens with high-budget American cartoons. Joshua Seth and Jamieson Price, the English voice actors of Tetsuo and Col. Shikishima, respectively, deliver particularly notable performances, but the real star of the show is Johnny Yong Bosch as heroic punk Kaneda.
  • The Animatrix, if you can really consider that a dub, or for that matter any dub directed by Jack Fletcher (whose portfolio also includes most major Final Fantasy games and spinoff media, the majority of Team Ninja games, and the Miyazaki films Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke).
  • Probably one breakout example is Bakugan. The original was considered another ripoff of Pokemon, while the dub is considered excellent. To the point where many people don't realise it's an anime at all.
  • Quite a few dubs produced by Bang Zoom! are considered some of the best anime has to offer with notable examples including Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Fate/Zero, and Durarara!!.
  • The English dub of the Berserk TV series was a decent dub in its own right. In fact, it was popular enough that, when the Golden Age Arc movies were licensed ten years later, fans begged Viz Media to hire the original dub studio (NYAV Post) so that the original lead actors—who had all gone on record as loving the TV series and were more than willing to return if asked—could reprise their roles. Viz obliged, and it's good they did, because the dub of the movies blows the original series out of the water. Compare the performance of the original voices for Guts (Marc Diraison), Griffith (Kevin T. Collins), Casca (Carrie Keranen), and even Adon (Mike Pollock), and see how far they have come in the last decade.
    • The third movie is the best yet. Not only do the main three mentioned above give the most emotional and heart rending performances of their careers, we also finally get an English voice to place with the Skull Knight provided by Jamieson Price. His deep baritone not only is perfect for the Skull Knight, but is probably one of the few voices that can match John Avner, whose reprisal of Void is deliciously evil.
    • As could be expected of any franchise that underwent a full decade's worth of hiatus, director Michael Sinterniklaas wasn't able to get back all the original actors (he was able to get back pretty much everyone important and even some secondary roles), so he used the opportunity to fill the gaps in the cast with seasoned veterans he'd been working with in Los Angeles, making what was already set to be a good dub that much better.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo as a Widget Series and filled with Japanese pop culture and untranslatable jokes and puns should be near-impossible to dub, but the English localization took one look at it and went "Challenge accepted". The whole script was basically rewritten from the ground-up to better fit an English-speaking audience without betraying the original spirit, and the wackiness worked. (As it was written by Jeff Nimoy who also worked on the script for Digimon, this was to be expected, but taken Up to Eleven.) The voice-casting is as ideal/surreal as it could be, with Richard Epcar as the titular character portraying what could only be described as Batou if he was channeling Etemon, Philece Sampler as Beauty, Kirk Thornton as Don Patch (cited by fans to be his best role to date), Jamieson Price as Jelly Jiggler, and many, many others. If it hadn't been for the fact it was done by Phuuz Entertainment Inc. with Cloverway Inc., it could easily be mistaken for a Saban Entertainment dub.
  • With Code Geass, many fans of the show - even in Japan - praise Johnny Yong Bosch's performance as Lelouch Lamperouge. Even on this very wiki, some editors contend that Japanese fans agree that Bosch's Lelouch sounded more natural, while Jun Fukuyama's sounded more "acted" (YMMV, but still). The fact that the director had a hand in choosing the English actors for the two leads probably has something to do with it. And that's just Lelouch we're talking about - everyone in the English dub did a fantastic job in capturing the essence of their characters and matching the tone of the show exactly as the Japanese set it. Yuri Lowenthal as Suzaku, Karen Strassman as Kallen, Kate Higgins as C.C., and so many others, and you have yourself a well-adapted English version of one of the most popular anime in the past ten years. Seriously, not a single voice would disappoint you. Even Nina sounded great.
  • Cowboy Bebop. Ever since its U.S. release in 2000, it's been considered the gold standard for anime dubbing. To this day, many Western anime fans who prefer subs cite this as the only English dub they'll watch. What makes it work so well, in addition to a near-flawless script, is the perfect casting of the four leads. Special mention goes to Wendee Lee, Faye's English voice actress, who's sometimes said to one-up Megumi Hayashibara, Faye's Japanese voice actress. Yoko Kanno herself has expressed appreciation for the English dub, singling out Steve Blum's performance as Spike.note 
  • Dead Leaves is one of the strangest anime ever released (even rivaling FLCL), but it features some amazing dub work, especially on the part of husband-and-wife VAs Jaxon Lee and Amanda Winn-Lee, the respective voices of Retro and Pandy.
  • Dubs related to Digimon:
    • The voices now fit the bodies (IE, War-Greymon, Aldamon, ETC are not voiced by a woman doing her best little boy impression), the jokes are pretty funny, the banter witty, and the new image songs just fit. The only real problem is the extra sound effects and poor choice of putting what music where.
    • Though for some the silence-filling is part of the fun as it gives the series a sense of humor and self-awareness, rarely does it actually ruin anything (the Apocalymon battle and the Dark ocean episode in Zero Two being the only real offenders).
    • The dub in general actually sticks fairly close to the original dialog often times being word for word, the only major difference is humor is interjected in the dub, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  • The Digimon Movie, particularly the Our War Game! (Bokura no Waa Geimu!) is one of the best examples of how much the English dub did right: Izzy actually points out that Keramon/Diabolomon is being affected by a computer virus, explaining why he grows and digivolves abnormally fast, as well as making him a real threat than just some online Digimon; you have all of the Digimon calling their attacks which is just plain cool (as opposed in the original where they don't say anything):
    Agumon: (to Tentomon) Let's sneak up on him (Keramon) quietly.
    Tentomon: (Attacking Keramon) Super Shocker!
    Agumon: That's quietly? (Attacking Keramon) Pepper Breath!
    Agumon, Tentomon and Gabumon have very clear, expressive voices that are actually not painful to listen to (read: the Japanese voices) and Tai gets a voice actor that matches his gender; all of the dialogue has an added level of humor to it, for instance when Matt and T.K are at the barbershop to use the computer:
    Barber: You kids have fun, usually I just use that thing to play solitaire on that thing, but-
    Man being shaved: Careful, Floyd, you almost cut my ear off!
    Whereas in the original, the dialogue is quite different:
    Barber: Man, why do I have to let these kids use it here?
    Man being shaved: Just let them use it already!
    There is a whole level of humor that the dub adds and in doing so, the dialogue becomes more enjoyable, memorable and the characters become more multi-dimensional and interesting. The dialogue also fit the scenarios better than the original Japanese. For instance, after WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon are defeated (temporarily) by Diabolomon, Izzy begins to insult them, saying:
    Izzy: Your Digimon's a loser. How could two Mega level Digimon lose to a single bug. WarGreymon went out like a coward-
    Tai: (grabbing Izzy by the collar) You take that back or I'll-
    Izzy: I was reading an email from another kid!
    Tai: Well you didn't have to read it so well.
    In the original, Izzy says that he is reading emails before reading each one, as well as noting their country of origin, but Tai gets mad at him even though he knows that Izzy is just reading them. When Infermon takes over the phone companies and calls every phone number connected, in the original there is a computerized voice that asks "Moshi Moshi" over and over again, but in the dub, he asks "Did you create me?". Here he is actually trying to find the person responsible for making him what he is, whereas there he is just trying to prank call people. This is more of a dub thing as it connects Our War Game! with Hurricane Touchdown (the next movie) which were originally not connected in Japanese, but were connected in the English release. Even though it is mainly an aspect of the dub, it adds to Diabolomon's character as it shows that he isn't just any malicious Digimon, but one who is looking for his creator, and thus more tragic as well as multi-dimensional.

    Finally, the dub added much more sound effects and dramatic background music (sometimes a bit over-dramatic though), which can especially be seen towards the end, right before Omnimon kills Diabolomon, which was mostly silent in the original save for Izzy being the only one counting, thus making Tai's open-mouth scream silent and looking like some sound should be heard, but isn't. And Diabolomon gets to say his Last Words, "Willis", which reminds the viewer of his search for his "Creator" and his tragic existence, where as in the original, where he just dies. In short, the dub of Our War Game! used better voices, better dialogue and better sound effects and background music to make the characters more realized, multi-dimensional and interesting and the movie memorable, funny and entertaining.:
  • Despite their infamous history of bad dubbings, even 4Kids has a few good ones here and there. Specifically, Dinosaur King, which is considered by anime fans to be one of their best.
  • Although Pioneer cut 10 minutes of footage out from their release of the 1997 anime movie A Dog of Flanders, even though it never aired on TV, the awesome voice acting makes up for it. Some of the original Japanese voices had sounded too scratchy or raspy. The English dub makes them sound so much more natural and much more convincing. Heck, Alois is voiced by Debi Derryberry and she sounds great.
  • When it was announced that the English dub for Doraemon would be edited, many fans were convinced they would hate this dub. But Bowdlerization aside, everything else about it is pretty amazing. The voice actors are spot on, the original background music has been left alone, the edits actually don't hurt the episodes in any way† , and best of all, unlike Saban Entertainment, who feels the need to insert pointless and unfunny jokes in every anime they dub, the dub for Doraemon is completely clean of this, and the scripting is pretty faithful for the most part. Mona Marshall steals the show as Doraemon, but nobody expected Johnny Yong Bosch to be cast as Nobita, even more so when they heard the voice he used for Nobita, which is nothing they've ever heard before. Many people hate the edits but find that they love the voice acting.
  • Duel Masters: Like Ghost Stories this is a case of the original show not being very memorable or well-regarded (with quite a few deriding it as a Yu-Gi-Oh rip-off) and getting a superior Gag Dub that has lots of Breaking the Fourth Wall jokes and Lampshade Hanging at all of the cliches, but still also having a compelling story.

  • The producers of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World consider the English dub the definitive version of this series and no wonder with great voice acting and canny Western media jokes like Jinnai naming his immediate Bugrom flunkies after the Marx Brothers and their straight woman, Margaret Dumont.
  • Many Western fans who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile towards anime dubs love the dubbing of FLCL. Many thought that the series was un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point,note  the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the cast, original creator/director Kazuya Tsurumaki hand-picked the English voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese voice actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, Kari Wahlgren.note 
  • Ghost in the Shell:
    • The original anime film's English dub, courtesy of Manga Entertainment, was one of the very first anime dubs to aim directly at an adult audience, contain excellent acting all across the board, and have a script that was extremely faithful to the original Japanese with minimal use of extraneous profanity.note  Its dub still holds up extraordinarily well today despite the general industry-wide rise in quality that has occurred since.
    • Among some GITS fans, the only real sticking point with the casting of the original movie was Major Kusanagi. Fortunately for them, when Stand Alone Complex came out several years later, the Major was recast with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who immediately owned that role.
    • That dub cast and crewnote  became so beloved by the fans that there was half-serious discussion about burning down DreamWorks when that company sniped the license for Innocence, the second movie, from Manga Entertainment and decided to release it to DVD without any English dub at all (and SDH subtitles), citing the "integrity of the original language". Manga's UK branch, which retained the license in Europe, heard the grumbling from America loud and clear, and commissioned Richard Epcar, Batou's voice actor and a huge GITS fanboy, to make a dub of Innocence with the Stand Alone Complex cast. It immediately became their their best-selling DVD ever, due at least in part to American and Canadian fans importing it as a giant Take That! against Dreamworks. A few years later, Bandai Entertainment managed to pry the movie away from Dreamworks and dubbed it again, this time with the TV series' cast and crew.note 
  • Haibane Renmei deserves a mention. The dub is amazing. All of the voices fit perfectly, none of them are forced and, if you can believe it, all of the main characters are voiced by total newbies. Even this person who reviewed the first DVD on Anime News Network long ago agrees that the dub is awesome.
  • The studio that did the Haibane dub is LA-based New Generation Pictures, the same group that went on to dub R.O.D the TV and Hellsing Ultimate.
  • If there's a "second place" as far as "gold-standard dubbing" is concerned, it probably goes to Hellsing and especially Hellsing Ultimate, which has an English dub that is almost universally hailed as one of the best ever made, coming very close to Bebop in terms of praise. Special mention goes to Crispin Freeman's chilling performance as Alucard, the role that made him a household name among anime enthusiasts. The supporting cast players are tremendous as well, many of whom are actually British expats and deliver performances that need to be heard to be believed. The dubbing, as mentioned above, is handled by New Generation Pictures, a company that, arguably, has never put out a disappointing dub.
  • The English dub of Haré+Guu features a cast of longtime veterans of the dubbing scene for nearly every character, with Stephanie Sheh delivering one of her best performances as Guu. The script of the dub also manages to make the jokes much funnier while still keeping faithful to the original content. Well, most of the jokes—the "kumo" pun doesn't work in either language, and writer/producer John Opplinger didn't even try to adapt it (actually, it's kind of amazing the dub turned out as well as it did considering John is known to hate dubs).
  • Haruhi Suzumiya has a very well received dub. Crispin Freeman manages to outdo Tomokazu Sugita on Kyon's voice, Michelle Ruff captures both Yuki's quiet emotionless tone, AND her shy Disappearance counterpart perfectly, Johnny Yong Bosch sounds almost exactly like Daisuke Ono as Koizumi, and the rest of the cast overall does a great job on the characters, so much so, that when Funimation got the rights to The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, fans were especially worried that they would get recast. Luckily, they brought the old cast back.
  • Hunter × Hunter fans had to wait a full five years before the 2011 anime was licensed and dubbed, and that wait was worth it. When the news came that Viz, the same company that licensed the 1999 anime, picked up the license, everyone did not want the sub-par Blue Water cast back. Viz listened, and brought in a fantastic cast from BangZoom instead. Erica Mendez, for example, nails Gon's personality as opposed to the rather miscast Elinor Holt. But a prime example of where this dub shines is during Gon's fight with Hisoka in Heaven's Arena, where Keith Silverstein's performance truly adds another bump to the Animation Bump.

  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has a fantastic English dub, fan division of the accents in Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency aside.
    • In Phantom Blood, Johnny Yong Bosch puts a lot of energy into his role as Jonathan Joestar, and it shows. Patrick Seitz nails the hammy Evil Brit that is Dio Brando perfectly. Keith Silverstein also manages to capture the essence of badass keet within Robert E.O. Speedwagon with grace.
    • In Battle Tendency, Ben Diskin portrays Jonathan's grandson, Joseph Joestar. It's like hearing Numbuh 1 as an older, and even more clever and Hot-Blooded version of himself. Bryce Papenbrook nails the role of Caesar Zeppeli, while keeping up a convincing Italian accent. Dan Woren portrays Major Rudol von Stroheim with an exaggerated German accent that, while the most divisive within the fanbase regarding the accents, captures the wackiness that Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is known for.
    • Stardust Crusaders drops the accents entirely, allowing the voice actors to really put forth their best performances. Matthew Mercer, who is known to play stoic badasses like Levi and McCree, plays Jotaro to near perfection. Richard Epcar is a perfect match for old Joseph, capturing the character's qualities while maintaining his goofy traits and keeping every "OH MY GOD!" and "OH NO!" from the Japanese version. Doug Erholtz performs the role of Jean-Pierre Polnareff perfectly, capturing the man's tragic past and repressed anger with raw emotion. Patrick Seitz returns as DIO, capturing his Affably Evil way of talking and even managing to outdo his Japanese voice actor Takehito Koyasu in terms of emotion during his fight with Jotaro and shouting every instance of "MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA" with frightening accuracy to the Japanese version. The latter is most notable in that Dio in Phantom Blood used the translation "Useless! Useless! Useless!"
    • Diamond Is Unbreakable is widely considered to be the best out of all the series' dubs so far. Billy Kametz manages to perfectly embody every aspect of Josuke's character, even as his mood constantly shifts. The standout performance of the dub, however, is widely considered by many to be D.C. Douglas as Kira, who manages to make him seem even more terrifying than Toshiyuki Morikawa.
    • Vento Aureo's English dub has been highly praised for its all-star cast, expressive dialogue, colorful inserts of fluent Italian, and for doing many of the characters and most iconic scenes justice, even outperforming the Japanese dub for some. Kellen Goff's violently intimidating portrayal of Diavolo is considered to be the MVP of this dub.
  • K: Sam Riegel's Shiro is perfect, crafty and charming in the most wonderful ways. Johnny Yong Bosch is amazing as always. Benjamin Diskin's Misaki Yata sounds more authentic to the character than he did in Japanese - the maturity of that actor's performance worked against the character's skater-kid charm. Patrick Seitz, Matthew Mercer, and others also seem to have given their characters more depth than the Japanese actors did. Which is good, since the essential novels and manga haven't been licensed.
  • The English dub of Kemono Friends is very well done, especially considering that the good majority of the voice actors are complete newbies in the industry (Suzie Yeung, Michelle Marie, Dani Chambers, Melissa Sternenberg, Madeleine Morris, Amanda Lee, and many others), with some of the more well known names such as Caitlin Glass, Alexis Tipton, and Kayli Mills playing minor characters. But every single role is well cast and well acted, save for one (African Wild Dog). It helps that many of the staff who worked on the dub were confirmed to be huge fans of Kemono Friends and did everything they could to make the dub as good as possible, even going as far as hiring actual zookeepers to narrate the educational eyecatches (Save for a select few). This is a cute, fun dub that perfectly captures the spirit of the show.
  • The Kill la Kill dub is incredibly well-done. All the voice actors put in all their effort, and you can tell they're having a ton of fun playing their characters. Erica Mendez as Ryuko Matoi just exudes hot-blooded passion, and Christine Marie Cabanos as Mako Mankanshoku delivers spot-on comedic timing with her lines. Carrie Keranen perfects Satsuki's fervent monologues, Patrick Seitz practically screams all of Gamagori's lines with equal passion, and Stephanie Sheh delivers the perfect balance of being cutesy but not nails-on-a-chalkboard annoying in her role as Nui Harime. Oh, and Benjamin Diskin as Kaneo Takarada will have you in absolute stitches. Sarah Williams as Nonon is often regarded as better than the original (though some lament that Nonon's original, more squawk-y voice was part of her charm; NANI SORE?! indeed).
  • The BangZoom dub of K-On! received mixed reviews from fans, who had grown used to the original Japanese. It has a very good cast (Cristina Vee, Stephanie Sheh, etc) with some wonderful scripting. After the sub-par Animax dub, it's about time the show got the dub it deserves.
  • Konosuba has a dub that's a complete laugh riot. The main cast essentially nails the personalities of the main characters: Arnie Pantoja captures Kazuma's loser Otaku and asshole-ish personality; Faye Mata captures the essentials of Aqua the useless goddess; Erica Mendez captures Megumin's "explosive" chuunibyou tendencies; and Cristina Valenzuela upholds her duties as Darkness the crusader... especially when she's in masochist mode. And who would forget Patrick Seitz as Verdia the dullahan? Some even comment that the English dub's funnier than several abridged versions of the original that came before.

  • Lucky Star has a spectacular English dub! Wendee Lee does such a snarky and adorkable Konata, Kari Wahlgren gives Kagami a real edge to her mild tsundere personality, Michelle Ruff makes Tsukasa sound sooo adorable (and she's using her Lopmon voice for her), and Karen Strassman makes Miyuki sound wonderfully soft and lady-like. Hynden Walch as Yutaka has such a cute yet realistic-sounding little girl voice that you'll wish Aniplex used that voice for Madoka.
  • The dub of Lupin III: The Italian Adventure and Lupin III: Part 5 deserve a mention here! They're incredibly well acted and the English voices fit the characters very well especially Tony Oliver as Lupin who got the very essence of the character down to a T. The same cast also did the voice acting for Lupin III: Part II and while it's mostly a Gag Dub, people can agree that the acting is great.
  • Magic User's Club has a dub that is better acted than the original Japanese version.
  • The long out-of-print 1994 English dub of Mega Zone 23: Part I from Streamline Pictures deserves a special mention. The characters are all exceedingly well-cast, delivering realistic, subdued performances and bringing life to the film. Shogo and Yui's sex scene is particularly well-done; the two characters sound genuinely in-love and in the heat of passion, not like two actors TRYING to sound like they're having sex.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket has an amazing English dub. For one, David Hayter as Bernie Wiseman as came out perfect. Two, all the characters lines convey the emotions that come with them to the audience, which is very important considering the show's message that war is bad.
  • Monster. The fine folks at Viz Media and Bang Zoom! Entertainment actually pulled it off, with every voice fitting very well even when it sounds nothing like the Japanese one (Reichwein and Grimmer most noticeably). Nearly every one of the countless characters is pleasant to listen to, and never is the mature, complex storyline compromised by amateurish voice acting. All the main cast are excellent, but the real stars of the show are Karen Strassman, who gives the performance of her life as the deeply conflicted Nina Fortner opposite Keith Silverstein, who is absolutely bone-chilling as the titular monster, who may have the scariest mundane-sounding voice ever.
  • It's really a shame that the Naruto uncut English dub doesn't get as much love as it should. All the main characters are cast perfectly; standout performances include Kate Higgins as Sakura (woman can do a damn good cry), Dave Wittenberg as Kakashi, Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke, Stephanie Sheh as Hinata, Steve Staley as Neji, Skip Stellrecht as Guy, Tom Gibis as Shikamaru, Liam O'Brien as Gaara, David Lodge as Jiraiya, and Maile Flanagan as Naruto himself (perfectly capturing the essence of the immature, loudmouthed, lovable brat).
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion dubs:note 
    • ADV Films's dub of the TV series. It's so well-done, and nothing is really left out. But ADV was started by fans, so what did you expect?
      • The Eva dub, recorded fairly early in ADV's lifespan (1996 to be precise), is probably the most polarizing dub they ever did. In fact it's probably the most polarizing dub ANYONE ever did. For every fan who praises it, there's probably an equal number who despise it. The consensus seems to be that the dub does indeed have some strong performances, especially for quite a few of the main characters, but this is "balanced out" by several moments having turned to downright Narm in the transition and more than a couple really awkward and tone-breaking performances by some of the extras here and there. ADV also took a couple of minor "liberties" with the material (most prominently adding a touch of slapstick to a scene that didn't have it originally), which also split the waters a bit.
    • Even those who didn't like the original ADV dub or the Manga Entertainment-produced Death & Rebirth and End of Evangelion dubs, probably did enjoy FUNimation's dubs of the Rebuild movies. All but one of the four original English leads reprise their old rolesnote , and they clearly benefit from the extra years of experience. In addition to the returnees, the new voices are also impeccably cast.

  • Special Props to the English dub of Patlabor the Movie 2 (original Manga Entertainment dub). While dubs for most Patlabor works tend to be hit and miss, and the English dub for the original tv series is downright So Bad, It's Good, the original dub for the second film is excellent, probably one of the best for a Mamoru Oshii film. In particular, Peter Marinker (who you may remember for voicing two certain Primordial Lizards from Dark Souls) as Keiichi Goto. Despite Oshii turning Goto into his personal mouthpiece, Marinker manages to make Goto sound witty, intelligent, and interesting in both this film and the first with his dry delivery, and adds a bit of levity to the long scenes of monotonous talking. Definitely the best of all the Patlabor dubs and one of the most beloved among fans.
  • Persona 4: The Animation sees the return of most of the voice actors from the original (and also very well-dubbed) game in their respective roles. Even the other Darrins fill in their roles excellently, with Sam Riegel taking over the role of the adorable and eccentric Teddie, Erin Fitzgerald as the perky and tomboyish Chie, and Matthew Mercer taking on the rough and rowdy Kanji around halfway through the series's run. Johnny Yong Bosch also performs very admirably, pulling double duty as Adachi and protagonist Yu Narukami, and showing off his impressive versatility with Narukami's voice bordering on Badass Baritone, a near-perfect impression of Riegel's Teddie in one episode, and a rather convincing falsetto in another.
  • Pokémon: The Series' English dub has always been a favorite, to the point where you really have to go out of your way to even find ANY Japanese episodes (aside from the ones that got banned in the USA), and the Japanese character names are only known among hardcore fans. The voice actors were also very distinct and iconic in their roles, especially Veronica Taylor as Ash and May, Eric Stuart as Brock and James, Rachael Lillis as Misty and Jessie, and the late Maddie Blaustein as Meowth, all of whom put so much enthusiasm into their roles and admit the show is a highlight of their careers. The cast were so beloved that, when Nintendo yanked the license from 4Kids and moved the dub to a different (cheaper) studio and replaced them, the controversy it stirred continues today.
  • Pokémon: The First Movie: Phillip Bartlett's voicing of Mewtwo. Admittedly, his performance is a tad over-dramatic at times (his departure from Giovanni's hideout being one notable example), however, he actually makes it work, especially given Mewtwo's backstory, personality and motives. A special nod goes to Ash's Viking joke.
  • As good as the original anime's dub may be, the dub for Pokémon Origins blows it out of the water. Bryce Papenbrook as Red, Johnny Yong Bosch as Brock, Jamieson Price as Giovanni, and other amazing voice actors such as Cristina Vee, Laura Post, Kirk Thornton, and Kyle Hebert breathe life into this Truer to the Text adaptation.
  • When watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica in English, it's recommended to watch the films instead of the TV airing, since it is considered a significant improvement over the dub of the original anime series (while the actors remain the same, the extra experience and familiarity with the characters help their portrayals bucketloads). Rebellion Story (despite being a controversial film) takes the cake on this, being widely considered one of the best english dubs of 2015. This dub was nominated for lots of awards and even won some.
  • The Read or Die OAV deserves mention on this list. Of course, it's one of those shows where the characters explicitly inhabit a mostly English-speaking world. Every part is well-cast and well-acted, and even after a recent rewatch, it still holds up; none of the parts sound off.
  • The dub for Read Or Die's follow-up, R.O.D the TV, is even better. This show makes up for the totally different castnote  by bringing in actual British expats for the British characters (not shocking considering another title this studio dubbed). Special props for using actual kids—that can actually act—for the kid parts, including lead character Anita (an extremely challenging role even for the best VA's; that's why the original Japanese dub used a seasoned veteran). These two things give the R.O.D dub a layer of authenticity that's rare in pretty much any cartoon, let alone a dub.
  • The Record of Lodoss War OVA deserves mention as it happens to have been the debut lead role for Lisa Ortiz (she played Deedlit). For someone inexperienced at the time, she manages it quite well and arguably carries the whole dub. In truth, though, the dub holds up surprisingly well for a 1996 effort. The occasional awkward sounding take and iffy minor roles notwithstanding, the principal characters, from Parn to Ghim to Ashram to Karla and Wagnard are all well cast and grow into their roles as the dub goes on. The subsequent TV spin-off dub Chronicles of the Heroic Knight unfortunately suffers from some painfully bad performances and is overall weaker than the OVA dub. Despite this, Crispin Freeman—as well as most of the returning cast and Debbie Rabbai—turn in solid if unspectacular work for their roles.
  • That said, Record of Lodoss War's dub has divided many viewers, often receiving flak today. Which is almost curious, because the creators of the OVA have stated that they prefer the English voices to their Japanese counterparts. For its time, though, the OVA dub was an above average effort from Central Park Media.
  • The Rozen Maiden English dub has become something of an alternative for fans of the show who refuse to sit through the endless "desu"-talk of the Japanese version. It helps that the English cast consisted almost entirely of industry veterans like Mela Lee, Sherry Lynn, Mona Marshall, Rebecca Forstadt, and Julie Ann Taylor. As a result, its general reception is considerably above-average. It was enough for Sentai to have the OVA prequel dubbed with the entire original cast years later.
  • Sailor Moon: The fanbase had given up hope for a faithful re-dub of this anime long ago, due to the series's well-known place in licensing hell.†  But somehow, Viz Media managed to make it happen. And the reviews have been glowing. The staff shows clear reverence for the franchise, and this is reflected well in the cast choices (who Word of God states were given the final greenlight by Takeuchi herself).
    • Stephanie Sheh is the spunky, energetic, ditzy lead for Usagi fans could have hoped for. Though slightly shaky in her battlecries on occasion, this is only a slight flaw and there are far more positives. She gracefully walks the line between her crybaby wails, vulnerability, and the kind of enthusiasm any teenaged girl has, and nailing the tone of a clumsy if passionate heroine finding her footsteps. Kate Higgins gives a great performance as Mercury, a little reserved but strikingly intelligent and insightful just as she should be. Fan favorite voice actress Cristina Valenzuelanote  is the brash, charismatic soldier of passion that is Mars. Newcomer Robbie Daymond delivers a soft-spoken yet confidently charming Tuxedo Mask, cool and reserved yet clearly caring for Usagi. Michelle Ruff is the plucky and responsible Luna, with a playfulness and warmth befitting her mentor role. And Danielle Judovits (credited as Danielle Nicole) gives a surprisingly strong voice to Naru, emphasizing her everygirl status as Usagi's best friend, adding a layer of chemistry and compassion that endears the character greatly. Ben Diskin really nails Umino, with his nerdy voice and really funny ad-libs (such as mocking Naru's (Molly in the DiC dub) Brooklyn accent in episode 7 when he's crossdressing), adding a new layer to the character that wasn't present in the original.
    • As for the villains, Cindy Robinson is excellent as the coldly strict and imperious Queen Beryl. And Todd Haberkorn brings an air of sophisticated superiority and theatrical smugness as Jadeite, making all of his scenes a joy to watch. Fans were very happy that Lucien Dodge didn't give Zoisite a stereotypical gay voice. In short, fans can rejoice, for this is the English dub we should have had from the beginning. Oh, and for fans of Dr. Tomoe's voice, it's been poked fun at here.
    • Viz and Studiopolis seem, if anything, to have stepped it up a notch for R. Chibi-Usa (Rini in the old Canadian dubs) is played by veteran voice actor Sandy Fox, whose résumé largely consists of little girls, and nails the part right out of the gate. For Sailor Pluto, they got Veronica Taylor, who's already appeared multiple times on this page.
      • And for a while, fans were not sure if Sandy Fox, who has a pitched voice, would be able to lower her voice for when Chibi-Usa becomes Black Lady, and surprisingly, she managed to pull it of.
    • They would also continue stepping up with casting the rest of the Outer Sailor Guardians for S and Sailor Stars. Erica Mendez, known for potraying tomboy-type characters, plays Sailor Uranus. Lauren Landa, who has started to gain more popularity since Puella Magi Madoka Magica and being in several dubs for FUNimation, has been cast as Sailor Neptune. And for Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn, they turned to another newer voice actress who has already made a career voicing younger characters, Christine Marie Cabanos.
    • Some would argue that the DiC dub was pretty good in it's own right as it had some pretty epic music(especially Serena's transformation theme and using "Carry On" during the finale battle with Beryl as opposed to just using the theme tune like the original anime did) and while not all of the voice-acting was spot-on, some of it really stood out. Both Terri Hawkes and Tracey Moore were praised for really getting across Serena's bubbly personality and Susan Roman (the only VA to stay on the dub from beginning to end) really gave it her all as Lita. If nothing else the DiC dub deserves for pretty much single-handedly kickstarting the Anime boom of the 90s and it's not an exaggeration to say that without the existence and success of this dub, it's very likely most if not all of the dubs on this page would never have existed in the first place.
      • Chibi-Usa's second voice actress, Stephanie Beard, is also quite well regarded by most fans. It also helps that she sounded quite a bit like an actual little girl (Beard was in her late teens/early 20s at the time).
  • Slayers: Now THIS is a good English dub. Despite a very rough start due to its origin early in modern dubbing history (CPM started on it in 1996) and a couple of questionable secondary casting choices, the dialogue from the two leads in particular was the perfect combination of faithfulness and liberalness—credit goes to Neil Nadelman's excellent translation work for that. Props also go to the now-legendary English voice cast: Lisa Ortiz (a perfect match for Lina's crazy energy), Eric Stuart as Gourry, Crispin Freeman as Zelgadis, and Veronica Taylor as Amelia—the latter two joining up after a 20-month hiatus following episode 13 necessitated a recasting of every single role in the series except Lina and Gourry. The chemistry between these four is among the best you'll find in any English dub. These four actors were beloved in their roles enough that when FUNimation licensed the fourth season nine years after CPM had finished the third, fans insisted that Funi get the old cast back. So they did.
    • Other English VAs who have worked on this franchise at some point over the years include notable names like Rachael Lillis (Martina), Dan Green (Gaav and Wizer), Wayne Grayson (Hellmaster Phibrizzo), Greg Abbey, Tara Jayne Sands (Filia ul Copt), Scottie Ray (Valgaav and Duclis), Chris Patton (Gourry, Premium), Jessica Calvello, Stephanie Sheh (Sylphiel, Revolution), Tiffany Grant, Michael Sinterniklaas (Xellos, Revolution-R), the late Maddie Blaustein, Luci Christian (Amelia, Premium), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Pokota), Troy Baker (Zuuma, Radok), Jason Griffith (Abel), Liam O'Brien (Red Priest Rezo, Revolution-R), and THE Wil Wheaton!
      • Even the voices that weren't popular ended up being replaced with better actors at some point (such as the original Zelgadis, Amelia, Sylphiel, and Xellos—though there are fans who liked David Moo's Xellos; his performance in particular falls into divisiveness).
    • While the prequel movies and OVA's dubbed by ADV do get some flack for using a different voice for Linanote , they're actually quite good, and Cynthia Martinez's Lina voice appropriately sounds like a younger version of Lisa Ortiz. Everything else about these dubs goes through fine, easily as well as the TV series. Plus, who could forget Kelly Manison's Naga laugh? It was actually kind of a shame that Manison couldn't reprise her role in the Evolution-R dub (which was being recorded in a different city by a different studio and she likely wasn't even asked).
      • In addition, the Slayers Premium short film's English dub caught flak for recasting Gourry, Amelia, and Xellos (it was also dubbed in Houston by ADV with Martinez as Lina). It's a look at what could easily have been had Funimation not gone back to the original cast for Seasons 4-5. Though even for Premium, ADV was able to get back Crispin Freeman (he loves playing Zelgadis and was going to be in the area anyway).
  • Steamboy: Many of the actors are actually British, and those that aren't can at least pull off a British accent convincingly. More importantly, it has Patrick Stewart and Anna Paquin. It also breaks what the expected sacrosanct rule of anime dubs: it makes a bratty, 12-year-old female character actually sound convincing. Thank you, Kari Wahlgren!!
  • Disney's dubs of Studio Ghibli films are fantastic. While they do have their occasional weak points (occasional extra sounds and sometimes eccentric casting choices for select characters), the voice acting, writing, and direction on each of them is top notch. Particularly outstanding performances include Phil Hartman as Jiji in Kiki's Delivery Service (incidentally his very last role before his death), Mark Hamill and Cloris Leachman as Muska and Dola respectively in Castle in the Sky, Minnie Driver and Billy Crudup in Princess Mononoke, Suzanne Pleshette in Spirited Away, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Fio in Porco Rosso… the list goes on and on.
    • As an added bonus, Disney's English dub of Castle in the Sky also contains a gorgeous reworking and extension of the original score. Provided, interestingly, by Joe Hisaishi himself, with the approval of Miyazaki! Sadly, if you're American or Canadian, this rescore is only on the 2003 DVD release; due to LOUD complaints from purists, all subsequent North American releases omit it. However, the rescore is included on the Japanese, UK, and Australian Blu-Rays, although the additional funny ad-libs present on the original US DVD are gone forever.
      • Luckily, the Shout! Factory and GKIDS rerelase of the film added the rescored dub as one of the audio tracks.
  • Sword Art Online's English dub. The scripting is great, there are no stilted lines, and all of the actors are great at what they do, especially Bryce Papenbrook's take on Kirito. Plus, on the Alfheim side, there's Cassandra Lee Morris's Suguha, as she really gives her that edge that makes her sound like an actual teenage girl, albeit one with a forbidden thing going on. There are also veterans like Cherami Leigh, Stephanie Sheh, Kirk Thornton, Patrick Seitz, and Todd Haberkorn (He's a villain this time around!), among others.

  • Tenchi Muyo!'s English dub has also become quite a classic, and is very well received overall by the English fandom. Petrea Burchard's performance as Ryoko is particularly singled out as being very well-done, when fans learned that she would not be reprising her role for the third OVA, fans were quite vocal. Sherry Lynn also gets a lot of praise for her work as Sasami and Kiyone, as well as Jennifer Darling and KT Vogt as Ayeka and Washu respectively. Of the supporting characters, Jay Hopper's voice for Tenchi's Grandfather is often cited as a fan favorite.
  • Sasami: Magical Girls Club (a Tenchi Muyo spinoff). In the Japanese version, all the voices of both the main characters and their friends are just downright horrible and ear-grating, the worst of them being Kozue, who sounds like a 40 year old with vocal chord paralysis! Funimation took this series and gave it over 9000 levels of improvement! In the dub, all the girls actually sound believable, like real girls, and the voices actually match too!
  • A sub-division of Sentai Filmworks called Maiden Japan made its first English dub, and what anime did they dub first? Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. And it was AWESOME. It does sound iffy in the first couple episodes, but the actors really hit their stride in episode 4, and after that, spot on performances all around! The best of them was Tiffany Grant as Yuuki. Once the good episodes roll in, she NAILS the kid! The only problems: Yuka's voice is WAY too low and lady-like for her, the teacher had a strong accent, and you can hear Greg Ayres in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE! He's even cast as Mari's late husband, and his voice really doesn't fit him. But that's about it. The rest of the dub is very superlative indeed.
  • The English dub for Wolf's Rain. It was dubbed by the exact same crew that did the perennially-praised Cowboy Bebop (except for the ADR scriptwriter, who was a voice actor in Bebop), and had a cast made up entirely of industry veterans—compare to the Japanese cast, which intentionally used newcomers for the leads. Special praise in particular goes to Tom Wyner's portrayal of wolf hunter Quent Yaiden, which manages to completely outshine Bebop alum Unsho Ishizuka.
  • A lot needs to be said about the English dub of Yo Kai Watch. Not only does it faithfully translate the dialogue, but it also goes through the effort of localizing every Yo-kai's catchphrase and Verbal Tic. The opening and ending themes are also translated instead of merely using a different theme song. Granted, not all of the content can get by without edits, but most of the time, the edits are usually light and hardly affect the plot in any way. Surprisingly, the dub is actually able to get away with showing a lot of darker and riskier content that most kids' anime dubs couldn't, like Jibanyan dying by being hit by a truck, and the characters watching a fanservice show on an adult channel. The dub is so well handled that even fans who watched the Japanese version admit to enjoying it. In fact, when Netflix accidentally mixed up the Disney XD dub with the Toonami Asia dub, people actually complained that they preferred the Disney XD version because it had superior voice acting and put more effort in localizing the content for English audiences.
  • AnimEigo's English dub of the You're Under Arrest! OAV's (courtesy of the now-defunct Coastal Carolina studio, which also dubbed the Oh My Goddess! OAV's) was so well-made that when Kodansha developed the movie a few years later, Etsuko Kozakura (who played Yoriko) was told to voice her character more like the English actress, Pamela Weidner, had done. This also happened with Natsumi (it's been said her Japanese VA, Sakiko Tamagawa, was shown a clip of her English counterpart, Tamara Mercer, and told basically "Do that.").
  • The dub of the first TV series, recorded by Coastal after a six-year hiatus, is even better—this is due in large part to the fact that they were able to get back every single member of the OAV's cast save one (Miyuki, and her replacement is just as good if not better). The YUA dub was so well-received and so embraced by the fans that when ADV Films announced they had picked up The Movie and some assorted shorts but were planning to dub them in Houston, fans screamed bloody murder until ADV relented and sent the dub to Coastal (sadly, Coastal themselves closed up shop in 2003 upon finishing the YUA Movienote ).
  • It's no coincidence that this series has one of the very few anime fandoms—albeit a quite small one—where you're not likely to find many if any fans willing to bash the English dub. Fans of the series were genuinely upset when it was announced that the long-awaited 2nd and 3rd series would be released only in subtitled Japanese.
  • Tiger & Bunny: The English dub is easily one of the best to come out from LA since the industry collapsed, and Wally Wingert and Yuri Lowenthal play off of each other well for the main duo.
    • While it's up to debate whether Kotesu and Barnaby's English voices are better or worse than their original voices, many of the other heroes and side characters are very well casted and dubbed.
  • Geneon's dub of Lupin III: Part II is often held in high regards by fans, with its oftentimes hilarious rewrites (bordering on Gag Dub), and well-cast voice actors, especially Tony Oliver and Richard Epcar as the title character and Jigen, respectively.
  • Violet Evergarden is generally very good even dubbed, with the only real issue being a scene in Episode 3, where the translation is wrong, even in the official Netflix subtitles. Considering that said scene relies heavily on context that is only given in the original Light Novels, this mistake is easy to forgive.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The 4Kids dub may be controversial, but it does actually improve on the original in number of ways, one that most people agree on is that Pegasus is a lot more interesting (Darren Dunstan's spot on voice acting really made him memorable). There are certain story changes that make more sense (i.e. Yugi doing poorly against Mai because of him refusing Yami's help after being tramautized by how far Yami was willing to go in his duel against Kaiba, as opposed to him just doing poorly because of being impatient and overconfident). Also this is one dub which makes the Never Say "Die" rule actually work in its favor, as when you actually think about it, the Shadow Realm is a pretty terrifying concept, being trapped in a place of eternal suffering is in many ways A Fate Worse than Death (plus it makes more sense for characters to come back from the Shadow Realm, as opposed to dying and being reborn). Even after the Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged series made fun of the dub, it still nevertheless has a lot of fans.
  • As despised as 4Kids is, the general consensus is that their dub of Ultimate Muscle was one of their finest works. Believe it or not, 4Kids did remarkably well with this show, since the goofy, over-the-top voice acting and Hurricane of Puns fit the tone of the show perfectly. They even kept in a lot of the dirty jokes, and added in a few new ones (like Kid Muscle inviting Roxanne and her friends to "a foursome...for Golf", and Gazelleman being renamed Dik Dik Van Dik. After all, the series is an action-comedy, whose origins are from a manga that was originally a gag manga.
  • Compared to other 1980s era English Dubs of anime during this period. The English Dubs for Sanrio Animation's film adaptations of the Unico series (The Fantastic Adventures of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic) is surprisingly decent when it comes to performances. Notably Barbara Goodson's performance as Unico since she's able to make him sound more endearing and charming increasing his cuteness factor.

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