Some anime dubs are classics, with love and care put into every casting choice and line of dialogue. The best dubbed anime of all time are so well made, even massive fans of subs have to admit their merit.
Then there are the terrible anime dubs. The ones that butcher every single original piece of dialogue. The ones filled with actors that wouldn’t be able to get jobs in regional theaters. These are the anime dubs that are so bad they're funny. How did they come to exist? Who actually gave money to these? Who listened to the least successful anime dubs of all time and thought, "Yep, that's totally okay!"
These are the anime dubs that are way worse than the originals. They took gold and turned it into hot garbage, though a kind of trash alchemy. That doesn't mean they aren't hilarious (as long as you're willing to go in with the right mindset). The worst anime dubs of all time are actually a ton of fun. Just make sure you don't mind your original favorites being messed with.
Get ready for the bad line reads. The horrible and garbled translations. The baffling video edits. The questionable music. These are the anime dubs you’ll want to watch with a group of friends, so you can all riff on just how horrifically hilarious they are.
While 4Kids gets a bad rap most of the time, their dub of One Piece deserves all the hate in the world. Everyone sounds insane (which is saying something, considering the One Piece cast). The once chipper and excitable characters – especially Luffy who now sounds like a fish being gutted – have become depressing caricatures of themselves. They also inserted tons of bizarre, expository lines to tone down every instance of violence and drug use. Then, of course, there's the rap opening. Totally hip for the kids, yo (according to strenuous market research).
There are a lot of DBZ dubs out there, but this one takes the cake as the funniest. Goku sounds bored in every scene, Piccolo is referred to as "Big Green," and half the actors sound out of breath. And look, obviously screaming is hard, but is it that hard?
Dubbed by a team of three people, the operative logic here was just speak as fast as you can. The script were written in days and performed in less, so you can partially forgive this early attempt at dubbing. Still, you better have that rewind button ready to catch things you missed.
#27 on The Very Best Anime for Kids
This dub is your standard '70s fare (read: pretty awful) except for one massive problem. In some copies (specifically from Malibu), the audio is actually de-synced in many places, so the lip movements are almost always off. Sometimes a little girl's voice comes out of the "rough-and-tumble" Captain Harlock's mouth! Throw in a dated disco soundtrack, and you’ve got a lesser known "classic".