Hey, do you like anime? You don’t have to answer that, I already know you do. At this point it’s in your blood. What’s not to love. Live any fantasy through the medium of 2D Japanese goodness.
But sometimes its hard to take it all in. Sometimes you find yourself burdened by the weight of words. English words — that you are being forced to read by the institution of big anime. You desperately try to escape them by attempting to learn Japanese but it’s just too much. You just don’t know how much longer you can take it.
But what if I told you there was another way? What price would you be willing to pay? Would you give up the burden of your “true weeabo” status for a chance to watch the damn show instead of only reading? Well then, come this way, let me introduce you to the dark underbelly of anime society, dubs.
Don’t be shy, take a seat, allow me to introduce you to those whose names you shall soon learn. I’ll tell you of the best of our ranks so you may see the reason in our actions.
5. Cherami Leigh
Something I realize is that this is a dude heavy list with Cherami Leigh being the only woman on here. Which sucks. It’s more a sign that I need to diversify my anime portfolio, or at the very least pay attention to more voice actors. I won’t philosophize on my personal bias, instead I’m gonna talk about how cool Cherami Leigh is!
Honestly, I didn’t know too much about her until I did some research. I was familiar with her from Sailor Moon, because come on who doesn’t like Sailor Moon? Turns out though, she’s in a bunch of shows I love: Soul Eater, Gundam, My Hero Academia, Evangelion!? She was a penguin in Evangelion, but still! She was in one of my favorite shows!
She’s also been in quite a few video games, such as Persona 5, Nier: Automata, and Borderlands 2. If you’re into the sort of thing she’s going to be in Cyberpunk 2077 as the voice of V (female), who, to quote my girlfriend, is pretty hot.
4. Scott McNeil
Scott McNeil is awesome. While not technically “American” he is from Canada, which is close enough. North American at least. Also he dubs in English and last I checked there wasn’t a separate Australian dub for anime. Anywho, I am more familiar with him through his work in video games, specifically his work in the Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War series, in which he played, uhh, everyone. Seriously, in Dawn of War: Soulstorm he played pretty much every single character. A lot of good memes have spawned from this man’s lovely voice. But yeah he does lots of good anime.
Notable in his repertoire is Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, and Gundam again. I’m not too familiar with Gundam so I can’t say if he played a major character, but he was some major characters in Dragon Ball and Fullmetal Alchemist. All around a pretty cool guy.
3. Samuel L Jackson
He’s been in anime! I promise! He was in Afro Samurai! Which is dope as hell. Also it’s my article so piss off, he’s in here. I remember watching Afro Samurai as a kid (by the way, not a kids show, do not recommend that) and being blown away. The animation is fantastic, the voice acting is wonderful (as to be expected from Samuel L Jackson) and the soundtrack is by one RZA of Wu-tang Clan. It’s definitely a show that not everyone will love, but personally, I think it’s godly. It’s good enough that I’m willing to put Samuel L Jackson on this list even though it’s his only anime. And honestly, this is kind of my way of saying that I want to see him more in anime. He’s one of my favorite actors, I just want more content featuring him.
2. Chris Sabat
Oh hell yeah, we’re on to the two big boys. Chris Sabat is naturally on this list. He has done so much stuff. He’s been in OG Dragon Ball, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Lupin the Third, Fullmetal Alchemist, Space Dandy, and more. Reading about him I think my favorite thing he is credited in is a bizarre direct to video Chuck E. Cheese movie, titled Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000.
He plays a few rolls in this movie and- I just have no words for this, it is the most bizarre thing I have stumbled across. You can actually find the full movie online with a quick search, but if I’m being honest, just don’t. The overwhelming amount of dread that plagued me while I watched this was unbearable. I just felt anxious. As much as I love to torture people with weird obscure and terrible movies, I dont know you personally so I won’t wish that pain upon you.
1. Steve Blum
Ya know it’s gotta be Steve Blum. This list isn’t ranked except for number one baby. And I gotta put Spike Spiegel at number one. This man has been in so many shows that I can’t even list them all. If you have consumed any media which features voice actors in it, you have more than likely heard his voice. The man is prolific. Half the reason he is at the number one position is just due to the volume of work he has been in.
Once again, the main reason I know his name is because he was in a Warhammer game, but hey, video games often speak to me. But really, that kinda shows how much stuff he’s been in. He’s been in thirty other things I’ve seen and enjoyed and I only recognized him out of a Warhammer game. Who knows what I’ll find out he’s been in next.
Houston based Sequential Art student who is stuck in the past. Has a habit of going off topic. Loves Berserk, Video Games, and literally nothing else.