YOU CAN'T FAIRLY CRITICISE A DUB WITHOUT HAVING SEEN AT LEAST 12 EPISODES. I understand the sentiment, you associate the characters japanese voices with their personality, and having the voices change is like somebody reprogrammed their brain. However, that's no excuse to call a dub bad (much less all dubs bad). If you give yourself proper time to adjust to the voices, and accept that they'll always sound off-putting if you transition from the sub, then you can fairly criticise a dub. Unless those conditions are met, your opinion should not be held, let alone expressed.
MAL really needs to implement a system where the dub and sub get separate review scores (people only being able to score whichever version they consider to be better if they've seen both). Asking on the forum is hopeless considering how unreliable the evaluations forum discussions spawn are, so we need a better way to distinguish between versions. Also, it'd be revolutionary if people were to treat dubs as individual products, rather than an extension of the original japanese version.
Comparing dubs to the original is a crappy way to judge them. The steins;gate dub adds a lot to the original, but people are intensely judgemental of it because it takes away a few memes and Mamoru Miyano's irksome voice (I'm allowed to say that, I had 40 hours to adjust).
Score Distribution Chart
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I normally don't score sequels unless there's a large difference in quality between entries in the franchise
I started watching anime late in 2015 (I think)
Many of the entries in my list have variations of the "3 episode rule", properly fit for each particular series.
My scores aren't based on how good an anime is, or even how much I enjoy an anime. They're based on how much I like an anime. Extended favourites list (Ranked using "started date")(9/10 and above could be called a "favourite") ========================================================================================
I've tagged a bunch of anime in my list with "dub", "sub" or "both". This describes which version I've seen (to completion). If you don't watch a dub from start to finish, you can't fairly criticise it. Most of the anime I tagged as "both", along with some of the anime I've tagged "dub" or "sub", I have tagged them with either "sub's better" or 'dub's better". The links below will provide you with each list.
Anime: SAO Abridged by Something Witty Entertainment (8th Place among favourite anime). Character: Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) from SAO Abridged (1st place among favourite characters) People: Whoever's responsible for 3-gatsu no Lion Season 2 Episode 4 being so amazing. (4th place among favourite people)
I feel that favourite voice actors, and favourite people deserve different lists. It frustrated me to see "favourite people" lists that consist only of voice actors, because it's rude to all the other staff that worked way harder. I don't object to specific lists dedicated to voice actors. I put this list together without putting too much thought into the validity of it. Male english voice actors: 1. John Michael Tatum (Particularly as Okabe Rintarou, Sebastian Michaelis and Kraft Lawrence) 2. Crispin Freeman (Kyon) 3. Khoi Dao (Rei Kiriyama) 4. Johnny Young Bosch (Itsuki Koizumi) 5. Michael Dangerfield (Gintoki Sakata) 6. Travis Willingham (Ginko) 7. Ian Sinclair (Homare Koiwai) 8. Josh Grelle (Zen Wistalia) 9. Jerry Jewell (Saiki Kusuo and Nagisa Kaworu) 10. Alex Organ (Decim) 11. Greg Ayres (No role in particular) 12. Keith Silverstein (Takashi Hayashida) 13. Micah Solusod (Arata Kaizaki) Female english voice actors: 1. Brina Palencia (Shirayuki, Ichiko Sakura and Holo) 2. Trisha Nishimura (Makise Kurisu, Mari Illustrious Makinami) 3. Kayli Mills (Hinata Kawamoto, Emilia) 4. Christine Marie Cabanos (Mako Mankanshoku, Madoka Kaname and Minori Kushiada) 5. Chloe Moretz (Princess Kaguya) 6. Ashly Burch (Mayuri and Sasha Blouse) 7. Cherami Leigh (Suzuha Amane) 8. Wendee Lee (Haruhi Suzumiya and Kanou Sumire) 9. Hilary Haag (Fuuko Ibuki and Rebecca Miyamoto) 10. Luci Christian (Nagisa Furukawa and Miyako Miyamura) 11. Erica Mendez (Ryouko Matoi) 12. Brittney Karbowski (No role in particular) 13. Tiffany Grant (Asuka) 14. Sara Williams (Sayaka Miki) 15. Jamie Marchi (Kurokami no Onna) Male japanese voice actors: 1. Tomozaku Sugita (Kyon and Gintoki Sakata) He's outdone in english in both the roles I regard him highly for, but that doesn't change that they're the best performances by a male japanese voice actor I've ever heard. 2. Hiroshi Kamiya (Koyomi Araragi, Itoshiki Nozomu) Unlike Sugita, none of his roles have an English dub, however he still doesn't even come close to the skill of Sugita. Female japanese voice actors: 1. Tomoyo Kurosawa (Kumiko Oumae and Phosphophylite) A master of non-lingual expression 2. Aya Hirano (Haruhi Suzumiya) Her voicework during the endless eight, is the best japanese voice acting in all of anime. However, her talent is really only expressed there. 3. Kana Hanazawa (Kobuchizawa Shirase, Sengoku Nadeko and Akane Tsunomori. Definitely not as Mayuri) 4. Asami Imai (Makise Kurisu) 5. Chika Anzai (Kousaka Reina) 6. Aya Suzaki (Tamako Kitashirakawa and Mako Mankanshoku) 7. Omigawa Chiaki (Hotori Arashiyama) 8. Maria Naganawa (Kanna Kamui and Kamuri Sengoku) 9. Yuuki Kaneko (Tokiwa Midori and Ueno Naoka) 10. Rumi Ookubo (Yuzuko Nonohara and Saki Yamagishi) 11. Yuki Matsuoka (Ayumu Kasuga and Aiko Senoo) 12. Megumi Han (Gon Freccs) 13. Yui Makino (Misaki Nakahara) 14. Mamiko Noto (Ai Enma) 15. Minori Chihara (Mitsuki Nase)
Best Overall Voice Casts: 1. Steins;gate (English) 2. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (English) 3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Japanese) 4. Houseki no Kuni (Japanese) 5. 3-gatsu no Lion (English) 6. Sound! Euphonium (Japanese) 7. Gintama° (English) 8. Toradora (English) 9. Spice and Wolf (English) 10. Tamako Market (Japanese) 11. Mushishi (English) 12. Black Butler (English) 13. Ouran Host Club (English) 14. Net-juu no Susume (English) 15. Yuru Camp (Japanese) 16. K-On! (Japanese) 17. PaniPoni Dash (English) 18. Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho (Japanese) 19. Psycho-pass (English) 20. Death Parade (English)
Worst Overall Voice Casts: 1. Steins;gate (Japanese) Yes. I am completely serious about this. The Japanese voices are incredibly annoying. Even Makise Kurisu's japanese voice, which I see talent behind, wasn't consistently remarkable. Daru, Okabe and Mayuri have japanese voices that I not only don't account any particular talent in, but actively dislike. My experience with the voices is barely more than the visual novel, but I'm reasonably aware of the differences in voice acting quality between the two versions, and I have to say, the japanese voices aren't good.
Organised from worst to least worst. Basically, Brynhildr in the Darkness is the most worst.
1. Brynhildr in the Darkness
2. Kimi ni Todoke Season 2
3. Elfen Lied
4. Maison Ikokku
5. Tenshi no 3P!
6. Fairy Tail
7. Black Butler II
8. Chaos Head
9. Subbed version of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (Dubbed scores a 10/10)
10. Konbini Kareshi
Organised from worst to least worst. Basically, Sawabe Tsubaki is the most worst.
1. Sawabe Tsubaki (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
2. Yuusaku Godai (Maisson Ikokku)
3. Arita Mayu (Death Parade)
4. Tatara Fujita (Ballroom e Youkoso)
5. Kiryuu Moeka (Steins;gate)
6. Hashida Itaru (In the sub of Steins;gate, in the dub I consider him to be sufferable)
7. Nine (Zankyou no Terror)
8. Okabe Rintarou (In the sub of Steins;gate, in the dub he's one of my favourites)
9. Atsuko Kaguri (Little Witch Academia)
10. Dera Mochimazzui (Tamako Market)
Organised from worst to least worst. Basically, Lynn Okamoto is the most worst.
1. Lynn Okamoto (Author of Elfen Lied and Brynhildr in the Darkness)
2. Shinsuke Yanagi (Director of Tenshi no 3P and Ryuuou no Oshigoto)
3. Takao Yoshioka (Script and Series Composition for Your Lie in April and Elfen Lied)
4. Tomozaku Seki (Japanese voice for Hashida Itaru and Shinya Kougami)
5. Key (Visual novel studio behind Clannad, Kanon and Air)
6. Makoto Shinkai (Director of Kimi no na Wa, 5 Centimetres per Second, Garden of Words)