In order to reach new audiences around the world, anime shows are frequently dubbed. You can find some of the top English-speaking voice actors in the following list.
Anime is a huge hit all over the world. Anime episodes are sometimes dubbed when they travel to new countries, so that new fans can follow along. The popularity of well-known anime series like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, and others in English-speaking nations has been boosted in part by the work of English dub actors.
Here are a few of the top English-speaking voice actors working in anime today.
10. Sean Schemmel
Funimation’s Goku voice actor is one of the most recognizable individuals in the entire Dragon Ball fanbase. However, in addition to Goku, he has also voiced King Kai, Vegito, Gogeta, and Nail in the series.
His non-Japanese filmography includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and theWinx Club, as well as anime such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh, and One Piece. One of the best actors in the business, Goku has voiced the character in every anime appearance he has ever had.
9. Christopher Sabat
Vegeta, Yamcha, and Piccolo make up the core cast of the series. This list includes some of Christopher Sabat’s most well-known and beloved creations for the Dragon Ball film franchise. My Hero Academia’s All-Might, Izuku Midoriya’s tutor and best friend, has made Sabat a household name in recent years.
Sabat is also the director of OkraTron 5000, an audio production firm that he created, in addition to his voice performances. Funimation’s dubs partner with the company on a number of occasions.
8. Stephanie Nadolny
Stephanie Nadolny is most recognized for her work as the voice of Goku’s son Gohan in the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z franchises, as well as other Dragon Ball-related media. With Nadolny’s voice, both characters’ storylines were enhanced by the naivety and youthful appeal of Nadolny’s voice.
While she had a few cameos in Case Closed and Yu Yu Hakusho during the course of the rest of her anime career, none of them seem to compare to her work as Goku and Gohan.
7. Justin Briner
In the shonen subgenre of anime, Izuku Midoriya, better known as Deku, is one of the most popular characters. Besides Midoriya, Justin Briner also portrayed Kid Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super and Eve Tearm in Fairy Tail.
This is the first time Briner has been involved in an anime dub, and his first appearance was in Yona of the Dawn, which aired in 2015.
6. Maile Flanagan
Emmy-winner As the English voice of Naruto’s titular ninja, Maile Flanagan is well-known in the industry. Flanagan’s voice work in anime is limited to Naruto and its spinoff, Boruto.
500 Days of Summer, Grey’s Anatomy, and countless other films and television shows feature her as a skilled character performer. Among the other non-anime projects in which he has voiced a character are Rango, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and so on.
5. J. Michael Tatum
- Michael Tatum made his anime debut as the peasant warrior Rikichi in Samurai 7, a modernized version of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. He also appeared briefly in Initial D. Tatum became famous as the voice of Erwin Smith, Eneru in One Piece, and Okabe Rintaro in Steins; Gate.
Tenya Iida, a rule-abiding Class 1-A monitor in My Hero Academia, is one of his most recent ongoing roles. Funimation’s dubs also had Tatum as an ADR director and author.
4. Monica Rial
As Bulma’s voice, she is incredibly well-known among Dragon Ball fans. Prior to taking on the role of Bulma, Rial had already worked on numerous Funimation dubs, including those for Blue Seed and Fullmetal Alchemist. Maya, Momiji, and Lyra were all voiced by her in these anime.
Rial has also played Bulma in all of the Dragon Ball games to date, the most recent of which being Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, which will be released in 2020. For her first foray into voice acting, she mentions American animated shows like The Simpsons and Beavis and Butthead as important influences.
3. Johnny Yong Bosch
Even though Johnny Yong Bosch is best known as a voice actor for his roles in animated series such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, he began his career in live-action productions. Akira and Samurai Chimpaloo were two of Bosch’s first anime voice roles, and both are considered cult classics. Noby in Doraemon and Jonathan Joestar in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure are two other notable roles.
In the Dragon Ball series, Bosch also took up the role of Broly’s voice actor.
2. Bryce Papenbrook
Attack on Titan’s Eren Jaeger (seen above). ‘Sword Art Online’ character Kirito. Pokemon Origins’ red color. Bryce Papenbrook has also had a successful video gaming career, which includes anime dubbing credits. Paperbrook has been Silver the Hedgehog’s voice in SEGA’s Sonic The Hedgehog games since 2019 when Paperbrook took over the role.
Papenbrook recently returned to the character of series protagonist Inosuke Hashibira in the 2021 Demon Slayer film Mugen Train.
1. Colleen Clinkenbeard
Case Closed gave Colleen Clinkenbeard her big break as Rachel Moore, an ADR director and voice actress for Funimation (Detective Conan). Her most well-known role as an anime dubber is probably that of Monkey D. Luffy, the titular pirate hero of One Piece.
She provided the voices of both Goku and Gohan in Dragon Ball Z Kai. Ezra Scarlet in Fairy Tail and Momo Yaoyorozu, the superhuman with the ‘Quirk’ of creation, are among her other notable roles.