While the battle between subbed versus dubbed anime is well documented in online forums, English-dubbed anime are becoming increasingly popular. In the past, anime fans had to wait almost a year (sometimes even longer) to watch the English version of an anime series. Lately though, anime are being dubbed much faster, and thanks to online streaming sites such as FUNimation, fans can watch English-dubbed #anime within a month after the Japanese air date. Here’s a list of the latest broadcast dubs for the summer season.
5. New Game! Season 1 And 2
- Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
- Studio: Doga Kobo
Official synopsis: Aoba is your average otaku. She spends her days playing her favorite video game, Fairies Story, and admiring the characters in the game. After graduating from high school, Aoba gets the opportunity to join the character design team of her favorite video game.
But, Aoba soon comes to the realization that her dream job does have its challenges, especially if you’re a noob.
Why you should watch it: A lot of anime fans consider themselves as otaku (people obsessed with using computers), which is why a show about video game animators and the work that goes into their job is so appealing. Although New Game! may be a comedy, it does shed a very accurate light on the game industry.
4. Restaurant To Another World
- Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life
- Studio: Silver Link
Official synopsis: In a small corner in one of Tokyo’s busiest shopping district lies the most magical restaurant in the world, Youshoku no Nekoya. However, unbeknownst to its regular (human) customers, Youshoku no Nekoya caters to magical creatures who visit the quaint little cafe to enjoy its delicious menu.
Why you should watch it: If you liked Food Wars or miss the girls of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, you’ll enjoy Restaurant To Another World. The series' main draw is the food. Warning: don’t watch Restaurant To Another World if you don’t have an Asian restaurant near you or one that delivers, because the animation will make you seriously crave a delicious minced meat cutlet.
3. Saiyuki Reload Blast
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Josei
- Studio: Platinum Vision
Official synopsis: After three long seasons and several specials, Sanzo, Goku, Gojyo and Hakkai finally arrive in India. However, that doesn’t mean that their long and dangerous journey has come to an end. On the contrary — the bloodshed and slaughter have just begun. Now it’s up to them to stop the reawakening of the Ox Demon King, Gyumao.
Why you should watch it: Saiyuki Reload Blast is an awesome adaptation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West, which takes in the Old American West, with some Asian influences.
2. Classroom Of The Elite
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, School
- Studio: Lerche
Official synopsis: Kodo Ikusei Senior High School is one of the most prestigious private schools in the country, with almost all graduates getting accepted to college or employment. However, the distinguished high school has a very strict hierarchy. Those who achieve excellence are treated well and those who don’t hit the mark are ridiculed.
Why you should watch it: There are not a lot of anime shows that combine two very different themes — dystopian and school — into one series, but Classroom Of The Elite nails it perfectly. On top of that, the characters are so well developed that you cannot help to be sucked into their lives and over-the-top situations.
1. Knight’s & Magic
- Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mecha, School
- Studio: 8-Bit
Official synopsis: The dream of any mecha otaku is to one day pilot a giant robot. As for Kurata Tsubasa — a programmer and mecha otaku — he gets to live out his dream when he’s reincarnated into a fantasy world of mechas as Eru. Still having all his memories and interests, Eru — along with his new friends — aim to become Knight Runners, the pilots of giant robots.
Why you should watch it: Knights & Magic may be a bit predictable, but it's an amusing series that has a different take on the fantasy world genre.
While I have only covered only a few must-watch English-dubbed anime to check out this summer season, there are many others that are worth a watch. Thanks to Western companies focusing on distributing anime — and at a faster rate than before — foreign language fans can now watch popular anime series just a few weeks after they air.
Which anime are you looking forward to watching this season?