With more and more anime being pumped out of Japan every year, it's all too easy for some great titles to fall under the radar. Whilst dubbing used to have a terrible reputation for poor acting and invasive censorship, as seen in the American Sailor Moon, it has certainly come a long way. Though the medium is more popular than ever, not every anime gets a dubbed version for the non-Japanese market, and the ones that do can sometimes become more popular overseas than in their country of origin, such as The Big O.
The best dubbed anime like Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, and Dragon Ball Z enjoy huge popularity, but this list features dubbed shows and films that don't get the recognition they deserve. Vote up any underrated anime that has great English voice acting that definitely helped, rather than hurt, the series.
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Little introduction is needed for the world's second most well-known '-Mon' franchise. The US version of this spin-off movie was a composite of footage from Digimon Adventure (1999), Our War Game!! (2000), and Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!! / Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (2000). Released in 2000, Digimon: The Movie focuses on the continuing adventures of the original Digi-Destined team in their teenage years, plus a team-up with their successors, as they battle a rogue Digital Monster in the real world.
Why It's Underrated: Being a children's movie, it took a beating from critics when it was released, and though fondly remembered by fans, the humor of the American dub combined with the visually innovative depiction of the Internet should make it more highly rated than it is. It also makes a great companion piece alongside director Mamoru Hosoda's later work, Summer Wars (2009).1,651421Is this underrated?
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Also known as Mimi wo Sumaseba (literally translating to, "if you listen closely"), this 1995 Studio Ghibli rom-com movie tells the story of a young girl trying to write her first novel whilst searching for the mysterious boy with the same taste in library books as her. Along the way, she spots a finely dressed cat and decides to follow him on a whirlwind journey beyond her imagination.
Why It's Underrated: Despite being the highest grossing Japanese film of 1995 and receiving wide critical praise, this film is somewhat of a forgotten gem compared some of the more famous titles in the Ghibli crown. Awareness of it might have also been diminished by it's more recent spin-off based on the feline baron character in 2002's The Cat Returns. Either way, the movie boasts a soundtrack that has the high quality of Ghibli-Disney English voice acting.1,013233Is this underrated?
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While traveling through a Mafia-ruled version of the US, a Japanese tourist witnesses a murder at the hands of the "Phantom" - a powerful weapon created by the mysterious "Inferno" company. The Phantom turns out to be a young woman named "Ein," who then kidnaps and brainwashes the young Japanese man and renames him "Zwei." He becomes another puppet for Inferno.
Why It's Underrated: The series masterfully blends tragedy, romance, and all the thrills you'd expect from a crime-caper, but despite being highly rated, it hasn't received as much attention as it deserves. The American translation is on point and is definitely worth a shot.503162Is this underrated?
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Based on a series of popular light novels, this mini series follows a skilled markswoman, Kino, on an existential road trip of self-discovery on her talking motorcycle, Hermes (yes, really). Along the way, the pair travels to different cities, taking in the different cultural heritages and societies.
Why It's Underrated: Though it's highly rated by critics and fans, the show's preference for style and atmosphere over a substantial plot has left it somewhat unappreciated by a mainstream audience. This is quite sad, as the English dub is actually decent and adds much to the experience of following Kino.490170Is this underrated?