Anime that I love but have subpar dubs.

It’s no secret that I love to watch my anime dubbed. I wanted to give the English Voice Actors a chance and while I liked a lot of dubs there that some shows that I love that have disappointing to subpar dubs which some of them are flat out awful and they completely butchered the show themes, character to even the story.

With that further a do let’s begin with this list.

Digimon Adventure Season 1. 

Episodes 54

Studio Toei Animation.

My score 9/10

Dub score 3/10 

Reason. Horrible script, soundtrack and butchered story and characters.

Digimon is honestly one of my favourite anime series of all time and out of all the Kodomo shows that I watched this is one of the few animes that still holds up to this day. It the show that has a great story along with amazing character arcs that have a theme or a social topic along with the great soundtrack and characters.

The dub not so much firstly the show became more American with immediately butchered a lot of themes and characterization of the show. Also it’s was censored to death with a shitty script.

The only good thing about the dub is the voice acting with was well done.

I could say the same thing for Tamers, Frontier and Tri but I have to admit they are actually have pretty decent dubs but season 1 was the worst offender of the bunch.

Full Moon Wo Sagatashite 

Episodes 52

Studio Studio Deen

My score 10/10

Dub score 2/10

Reason: shitty acting for everyone plus it’s incomplete.

Full moon wo Sagatashite is one of best animes that I seen in recent memory. It is a great coming of age story that deals with the themes of making your life worthwhile before you pass on, enjoying your set dream to the fullest etc. Great characters along with a beautiful soundtrack. Eternal Snow is one of the best songs I have in fiction.

However the dub didn’t do the show any justice as it was plagued with awful and forced acting for everyone. Plus they made Mitsuki more like a bitch in the dub compare to her soft nice and inconstant little girl who just wanted to achieve her dream in the sub.

Am glad they pulled the dub in the second half because that dub was dreadful.

Gatchaman Crowds.

Episodes: 25

Studio: Tatsunoko Production.

My score 8/10

Dub score 2.5/10

Reason Miscast for Hajime and Rui, Subpar and forced acting 

I personally liked Gatchaman Crowds despite its flaws mainly Insight but if there’s one thing I cannot stand about Gatchaman Crowds is the dub.

Hajime may be kinda of a Mary Sue but the dub made it her even more of a Mary Sue as she preachs a lot more in the dub not to mention her engeric noise really got in my nerves very quickly.

As for Rui he sounds more like a bitchy girl in the dub who seriously has health issues. Even tho Rui was my favourite gatchaman crowds characters the voice actor for Rui made him a lot weaker compare to his sub counterpart.

As for the others they are just so forced as hell and they really got annoying really fast.

So if your planning to watch Gatchaman Crowds just watch the sub instead.

Gundam Build Fighters.

Episodes 50 + 1 OVA

Studio Sunrise 

My score 

Gundam Build Fighters Season 1 9/10.

Gundam Build Fighters Try 4.5/10

Dub score GBF S1 4/10, GBFT 1/10

Reason: Lots of miscasts along with poor audio quality especially in Try and super acting especially in Try.

I personally loved Gundam Build Fighters mainly season 1 it had loveable characters good themes along with great visuals that has no stock footage and a amazing soundtrack.

Try on the other wasn’t that good compare to season 1 in fact is one of the weaker Gundam shows that I watch. It’s not awful like the 00 Movie, Seed Destiny or Victory Gundam but it was just a average Gundam show that disappointed me with less 2d characters along with asspulls, plot armor, Wing level of stock footage and soundtrack that gets reused.

Also the Build Fighters Try Island Wars is awful and I consider it to worse than Seed Destiny.

The dub for Build Fighters S1 is Mediocre at best and while it had some characters with good voice acting many for them just felt flat. Sei voice was the worst one of the bunch as he sounds more like a baby in the dub compare to the more mature and determined counterpart in the dub. Reiji voice sounded too old and out of place for a young man. However this is tamed compare to the dub for Build Fighters Try. 

The dub for Gundam Build Fighters Try is downright fucking horrendous. It features a lot of shitty voice acting along with a awful audio quality.

Everyone in the dub either sound like a dumbass or a wooden edgylord.

Sekai voice is just disgusting to listen as it was so forced. Not saying that Sekai was a good character or anything in fact his is the worst character in the build fighters universe and the dub manages to make him even more insufferable with his Gary Sue bullshit that rivals Kira Yamato not to mention he’s a idiot who has no interest of the sport or hobby of Gunpla whatsoever. All he wants to do its just smash things with is Build Burning Gundam without giving a second thought about his health and condition of his Gunpla. Even Shin Asuka is better written than this Reiji hack.

Back to topic.

Yeah the first season dub is kinda mediocre that can be enjoyed but the one for try is one of the worst dubs I have experience in anime.

K-On!

Episodes: 40 + 1 Movie

Studio: Kyoani 

My score 8.5/10

Dub score 3/10

Reason: Miscasts and shitty acting.

K-On may get a lot of hate of the anime community but I thought is one of best music anime that I seen.

The show may start off slow but slowly becomes one of the most enjoyable animes that I seen that is paced with great themes and characters. Not to mention the music is just wonderful to listen.

However the dub of K-On butchered the shows quality big time as there a lot of miscasts and bad acting.

It was so bad that I stopped watching K-On after the first disc.

Kodocha.

Episodes 102 (Only the first 51 episodes have been dubbed)

Studio: Studio Gallop.

My score 10/10

Dub score 4.5/10

Reason: Subpar acting with a quite a lot of miscasts along with butchered script in the dub.

There’s no secret Kodocha is my favourite anime of all time.

It has a great coming of age story of Sana slowly trying to understand the world through growing and learning important stuff such as human emotion, relationships and love. All of the characters were great and enjoyable including Fuka. People may hate Fuka but I personally loved her as she made Sana a stronger character by messing around the relationship with Sana and Akito and Sana learning what is like to have your boyfriend being taken away from your good friend. Not to mention she has a more purpose than the likes for Shirley from Code Geass where she mostly exists to lick on Lelouch dick without any reason. 

The soundtrack and the Japanese voicing of Kodocha is just beautiful and well acting.

This hurts me but I thought the dub kinda sucks

Firstly many of the English voice acting just got tiring after a while with many of the characters sounded stuff. Also the script is a major downgrade compare to the Japanese version as it likes to censor a lot of themes and social topics.

As much I hate to this but Laura Bailey as Sana is worst lead role. Laura Bailey as Maka and Tooru may be bad but my god Laura Bailey as Sana was just disappointingly bad. Her Sana just sounds so forced and uncomfortable. I know many people like Laura as Sana but I was just disappointing with her performance compare to Shizue Oda as Sana who does much better job as Sana hyperactive personally.

As for the others were are decent at best.

If there the show needed to be Redub it would Kodocha done by Blue water studio or even better Viz Media or BangZoom.

The only reason why am even buying the DVDS for this even tho are out of print is because I a big fan of series and I personally like buying out of print anime.

Say if you want to watch Kodocha watch it sub or wait for a re-dub sometime in the future.


Little Busters.

Episodes 39 + 1 OVA

Studio J.C Staff

My rating 9.5/10

Dub 2/10

In my opinion Little Busters is the best thing from Key.

It has great character arcs filled with great themes exploration. The characters were a very likeable and a great improvement over Clannad and Kanon. The visuals and soundtrack to the acting was just great.

Sadly like Kodocha it suffered from a very weak dub but it’s nowhere nears a bad as the Gatchaman Crowds dub.

Many of the English voices just sounded forced and at times they butchered the character arc due to lacklustre acting and emotion. Not to mention it has lot of miscasts. 

Like with Kodocha I was really disappointed with the dub and now on I will just stick with sub if am planning to re-watch this series.


Madoka Magica.

Episodes 12 + 3 Movies

Studio Shaft

My rating 8/10

Dub 4/10

I personally liked Madoka Magica despite its flaws. Good character along with a great soundtrack and themes exploration. However like with Kodocha and Little Busters it’s suffered from a weak dub that is filled with miscasts.

The only good character in the dub is Sakura everyone else sounded so forced and wodden.

Madoka Magica should only be watched in subbed.


Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Episodes 26 + Movie 

Studio Gainax 

My rating 9.5/10

Dub 2/10

Reason. Horrendous script along with pissed poor voice acting and butchered themes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most important animes that I seen in my life as it has great social topics along with great use of symbolism and theme exploration for every character. The visuals while dated it’s impressive and good looking. Also the soundtrack is just amazing fits the tone of the series perfectly along wit great voice acting sub version.

However the dub is horrendous that is plagued with butchered themes, abysmal dub script, cringeworthy voice acting and audio quality.

Everyone sounded awful.

If your planning to watch Evangelion just stick with the sub and avoid the dub like a fucking plague.


Slayers
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Episodes 104

Studio. J.C Staff

My rating 9/10 minus Revolution and Evolution R

Dub rating 3.5/10.

Reason. Forced acting along with no emotion.

Am going to say this right now Slayers I one of the best fanasty animes I seen. The story was good and enjoyable along with great and funny characters. The sub is just great and well acted especially Lina. 

The dub on the other other hand didn’t age well for me. G Gundam and Outlaw Star may be cheesy for some people but least those shows had a excuse and they gotten better as those shows progressed while Slayers didn’t because most of the voice acing in the dub got really stale after since there was no real range of emotion.

The Japanese Seiyuu who voiced Lina did a wonderful job portraying her character well that is filled with emotion and range while the in the dub she always sounded the same in every scene completely butchering her character emotions.

As for the others they just so flat and annoying especially Amelia in the dub.

It’s best to watch Slayers subbed.


Soul Eater
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Episodes 51

Studio Bones

My rating 7.5/10

Dub score 4/10

Reason. Lots of Miscasts and forced acting in the dub.

I personally liked Soul Eater it has a good character cast along with great fights and a good soundtrack.

The only other thing I don’t like about Soul Eater minis that bullshit ending is the dub.

Like the dub of Kodocha and Little Busters I was really disappointed with it due to mediocre acting that somehow made some of the characters more annoying than they sub counterparts.

Maka is more annoying and more  hypocritical in the dub while Black Star is more annoying in the dub even tho his my favourite character in Soul Eater and I really liked him a lot in the sub. However his charm has been thrown out of the window in the dub.

So yeah its best to watch Soul Eater subbed for the better experience.

So that’s my list of animes that I loved but have weak dubs.

What animes do you love but have subpar dubs?

Please leave a comment below because I want to see what anime that you loved but have bad dubs.

Anyway this has been Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I see you guys next time. 

Anime Review 2.0 Kodocha (Kodomo no Omocha) Updated.

Ever wanted a great romcom series, a romcom series that don’t have an inferior second half, a romcom series that a good ending, a romcom series that has amazing character development and theme exploration well you came too, the right place because Kodocha no Omocha (Kodocha) is not only one of the best romcom shoujo series I have ever seen but this series contains everything that I love about romcom anime

Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome too, my review of Kodocha no Omocha or (Kodocha for short)and with that out-of-the-way let’s begin.

Story.

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The story of Kodocha centers around Sana Kurata who is a star of a popular TV show called child’s toy while being in 5th grade. One originally day at school as she goes into class the boys in her class are raising hell. They ringleader of the group Akio has counted they teacher into silence in some sort of blackmail. So, the boys are free too, reach havoc as they please. Very determined too, lead a normal school life Sana targets the ring leader Akio with all of her energy and the relationship and daily lifes of Sana and Akio begin.

Now, what do I think of the story of Kodocha. The story of Kodocha is executed perfectly. The story starts off as a very simple boy’s vs girl’s rivalry but as the series progresses it story become surprisingly complex and it becomes a great coming of age story.

One thing that I really like about Kodocha are ability too, synergies its comedy and romance elements. You see most anime romcoms that I personally saw don’t synergies its comedy and romance elements correctly because shows like Nisekoi and Golden Time don’t have any substance on the romcom elements and instead those shows fall at writing and character building.

Kodocha doesn’t suffer from any those problems because the show knows how to, use each genre element in an appropriate manner. Speaking of the comedy the comedy in Kodocha is just amazing because not only they are funny and original but the execution and the timing for the jokes are flawless. Kodocha might be one of the funniest anime I have ever seen period.

The pacing of Kodocha is great for the most part. It knows hows to pace itself for certain arcs and scenes and too, be honest you will never get bored when watching this show.

 

If I have any complaints about the pacing I would say one of the arcs in the second half of the show was kinda draggy. I personally liked that arc in the term of character development of a certain character and heavy theme but some of the content that happens in that arc drags on way too, long for its own good. If you guys want to know what arc am talking about it’s the New York arc of season 2 and this was the weakest arc in the terms of pacing, length and at times content of not being that great for some viewers. At the end of the day, I consider those flaws to be minor nitpicks of mine.

Surprisingly Kodocha explores really hard-hitting themes and topics as child abuse, divorced parents, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, and adoption and those themes are explored in a very mature way too, the point they’re the viewer can sympathize with the characters. Also, when those themes are explored the show goes into a different tone that is suitable for those themes and this show knows too, use its tone correctly.

Story wise Kodocha is almost flawless.

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Kodocha is an anime that will make you laugh, cry, happy and it will keep your edge too, your seats from to finish with great plot twists great and interesting arcs and good pacing.

Overall the story of Kodocha are wonderful and its one of the best coming of age stories I have ever seen.

9.5/10

Characters..

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Like with the story the characters of Kodocha are really great. Even better than the story at times.

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Sana Kurata is an 11-year-old cute redheaded TV film star girl with an uncontrollably hyper and active personality.

Sana is just an amazing character. She starts off a simply uncontrollably hyper character with a lot of passion but as the series progresses she becomes an amazing multi-dimensional character with lots of emotion and depth. Sana is a perfect example of flawed charterer. She’s a character are who are not used too, emotions and tragic and every time when facing the reality of life, she will just sing a song so she can keep her positive outlook on life and upbeat attitude in intact. This obviously, later on, backfires on her because people will eventually exploit her flaw and Sana eventually has to face reality and understand people feelings.

This is why I love Sana much because are a very well written female lead that has substance and overall she is very enjoyable too, watch.

Overall Sana Kurata is an amazing character and she became one of my favorite female characters of all time.

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Next up we have Akito. I personally really like this character Like Sana he is a multi-dimensional character who are realistically flawed in his own right. Not too, mention I really adored his character development from start to, finish. I honestly wish I can talk more about Akito but if I did it will be lead too, heavy spoilers and too, be honest with you all this are one of those anime you don’t want spoiled.
Overall Akito is an awesome character and he’s easily one of the best Shoujo main leads in anime

The rest of the characters are also really great and well fleshed out.

We got the level-headed Tsuyoushi, the charming, Naozumi the bizarre Misako too, the loyal Rei.

This character cast is now personally my favorite anime cast in a romcom anime. They are all really fun and likable too, watch and seeing them grow as people, interact with each other and dealing with romance issues are just great.

The only character I wasn’t a fan is Babbit. I will admit Babbitt are funny mascot character but sometimes he breaks the fourth wall a bit too, much for my liking.

Besides that, very minor nitpick I really adore this character cast and it now one of my favorite cast in any anime.

11/10
Visuals.

Visually Kodocha has surprisingly has aged well. Studio Gallop really did a great job on the charterers designs, character moment, and the backgrounds. It totally has aged well and for a 102 episode series that’s really impressive. One of the best-looking anime from the 90s in my opinion.

Oh, yeah I have no complaints with the visuals.

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9.5/10

Sound.

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Like with the visuals the soundtrack is honestly great and well executed because for some reason there wasn’t a dull track whatsoever and all of the tracks fit the tone of the series perfectly. My favorite track from this Always is with you because I feel it adds the emotion and impact of the certain scenes. One of the best inserts songs I ever heard in my opinion

Both openings of Kodocha are really good catchy and they really fit the mood and the tone of the show. I personally prefer opening 2 over opening 1.

The ending themes, on the other hand, are kinda of a mixed bag. The first ending theme is very good and it gives that satisfying feel you finish a Kodocha Episode. Not too, mention it’s very catchy too, the eye.

The second ending, on the other hand, are honestly dull as hell and in my opinion, it kinda feels out-of-place. I honestly wished they keep using the first ending theme.
The third ending theme is good and it an improvement over second ending theme

Now for dub or sub.

Both are honestly amazing. All of the actors in both dub and sub really did a great performance in they roles.

If I have too, say what version is better. I would say the sub is better because one the voice quality is great and I really adored Shizue Oda as Sana more than Laura Bailey as Sana in English. Not to mention the dub cuts off after episode 51 due to poor DVD sales in America, as well as Funimation, dropping the license for the series in 2012

Overall the soundtrack is great, the openings were nice the ending themes were fine and both sub and dub are really good.

8/10

Final Thoughts.

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I absolutely adored this anime.

It has everything that I love about romcom. The story is amazing, has great pacing, wonderful theme exploration and its handled in the very mature way. great and well-developed characters that are relatable too, the viewer. Visuals that have aged well, a great soundtrack besides the second ending theme and great performances for both language.

I hardly have anything bad to say about Kodocha to be honest besides from the minor nitpicks that I have with the character mascot called babbitt and the New York arc being kinda weak in the terms of pacing and length. Even tho I personally enjoyed that arc in the terms of theme exploration and character development

Kodocha is a romcom anime done right and it’s not the best romcom anime I was seen but it’s now one of the best animes I have ever seen.
If you want too, a good romcom series with amazing characterisation, well-done romance and great theme exploration that are handled maturely. Go watch Kodocha. You won’t regret it.

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I give Kodocha No Omocha (Kodocha) an 11/10. (Romcom anime done right)
This is one of this anime that goes break my scale beyond a 10 along with Cowboy Bebop, FMA 2003, Haikyuu Season Two and Wolf Children

Sadly, Kodocha hasn’t been licensed in the UK by any UK DVD studio but it was once available by Funmation in USA before going out of print.

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I hope Kodocha gets re-licensed someday a new anime DVD distributor like MVM Entertainment or Anime Limited in the UK because this series really needs more attention as well as a Blu-Ray treatment along with Outlaw Star, Nadesico, and Bebop

 

Anyway, this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.