Even though love is a universal language, subtitles can take away from the magic for certain viewers. However, as anime has grown in popularity worldwide, so has the quality of dubs – at least for English dubs; we can’t speak to other localization’s scenario! – which has led to a change in public perception of dubbed anime.
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To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best dubbed romantic anime you can watch today, with both the story and dub quality sufficient for a Valentine’s Day binge.
10. Citrus (12 Episodes)
As much as BL (Boys’ Love) gets the most attention, there is a strong yuri (girls’ love) culture in the media as well. So, if you’re like female romance, don’t miss Citrus, which is somewhat raunchy.
The mother of Yuzu Aihara, a stylish and fun-loving metropolitan girl, remarries. Her new school is considerably more traditional, and she can’t express herself in the same manner she used to be able to. However, it turns out that she has a crush on the school’s student council’s blonde wild child. Her strict father would not be happy about it.
There is a genuine and conflicted relationship explored in Citrus, despite the fact that it is marketed as a “hot under the collar” type of love story. That’s not all; the two girls are actually stepsisters, and thus share a room. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a spoiler. Even before we said anything, you probably guessed what it was.
9. Kiss Him, Not Me! (12 Episodes)
This is a romantic comedy with a wacky premise. When it comes to Boys’ love manga, the heroine of this story is a huge fan. When she’s depressed and loses weight, she attracts a slew of attractive men who previously had no interest in her.
The problem is that she doesn’t want to be the object of boys’ attention. As a result, what she really craves is to watch these two men fall in love. Reverse-harem humor is prevalent in this episode, and it’s used to great effect to contradict typical expectations about what may happen in such a situation. This shojo romantic comedy is perfect if you’re not in the mood for anything profound. As for the dub itself, we think it does a good job of conveying the humor.
8. My Bride Is a Mermaid (26 Episodes)
This show’s set-up is a little out of the ordinary. His grandmother, who lives in a more rural part of the country, has invited him to come and visit her there. In an inland sea, he nearly drowns until he is saved by a mermaid. Is everything going well so far?
That’s because it turns out she’s the Yakuza (Japanese organized crime) boss’ daughter. Yakuza in this show can also be mermaids, as we’ve seen. In accordance with mermaid law, the girl must be executed because she revealed her mermaid form to a person outside of her family. His mother, on the other hand, sees a way around the problem: if the two children marry, the family issue is resolved. It’s not going over well with Yakuza fish-dad, so he begins plotting the demise of our protagonist. A series of misadventures ensue.
7. Snow White With the Red Hair (24 Episodes)
Unlike most fantasy romance anime, this one doesn’t take place in a parallel universe. Instead, the story’s heroine is a full-fledged Tanbaruni national, born and raised. Herbalist Shirayuki stands out from the crowd thanks to his eye-catching red hair.
After seeing her hair one day, the prince of the kingdom becomes enamored. Cut her hair and run to the adjacent kingdom when he tells her to be his royal concubine, she obeys. She finally meets their prince, but he’s a lot more kind than she expected.
Despite her best efforts, the royal suitor she fled doesn’t give up and is willing to do anything to achieve what he wants. She attempts to settle down in her new kingdom, where she and the new prince develop a true affection.
6. ReLIFE (13 Episodes)
ReLIFE offers an intriguing theory, but it also has some potentially disturbing ramifications. What if you could go back in time and relive your youth with the wisdom and experience of an adult? ReLIFE has the technology to make a person appear as though they should be in high school, but those who take the drug are still the same age on the inside, which is a sad reality for the community. That means you can no longer run the 100-meter dash with your middle-aged lungs when you’re 35 years old.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for Arata, the protagonist in ReLIFE. The 27-year-old is currently unemployed. On top of that, he’s also a NEET (non-employer-eligible). Arate is offered a job by Ryo, a man who shows up one day. Because he must participate in an experiment, the deal is scuppered. The only way he can repair his psychological problems is to return to high school and take a medicine that will make him appear younger on the outside.
Being an adult trapped in the body of a child has certain challenges, as you might expect. For example, Arata isn’t supposed to date high school girls. How he does in that particular obstacle course will have to be shown on the show.
5. The Ancient Magus’ Bride (24 Episodes)
Too many romantic anime fans have overlooked this show, and that needs to change. The dub cast features American accents, despite the fact that the show is set in England. In general, the dub is fine except for this glaring omission from the original.
This is a fantastic dark fantasy story about a Japanese girl who agrees to be auctioned off at a supernatural auction to the highest bidder. A creature is interested in learning more about what it means to be a human, so he buys her. Sleigh beggy is another term for the girl. To put it another way, her life expectancy is drastically reduced due to the frequent infusion of magic into her body. As a betrothed and apprentice to the ancient magus, he takes her in. He aims to lengthen her life expectancy by giving her magical items and teaching her how to wield them.
One of the most hauntingly beautiful shows on television, The Ancient Magus’ Bride is also one of the most eerie and ominous. In case you’re a fan of British folklore and dark, romantic fantasy, this show’s dubbed version should appeal to you.
4. Inuyasha (167 Episodes)
When Kagome Higurashi falls down a magic well and enters another world, she discovers that she’s not alone. A strong magical jewel is discovered by her, and she learns that she is the reincarnation of a mighty priestess. Inuyasha, a half-demon youngster impaled on a tree by an arrow fired by Kagome’s former incarnation, is another encounter she has to deal with. A demon tries to steal her diamond, and Inuyasha frees him to help combat it. However, he soon turns on her and takes it for himself.
She subdues Inuyasha with the use of a cursed necklace, albeit against his wishes. The jewel is stolen by a bird, but an arrow destroys it, distributing the fragments among many adversaries. There’s no shortage of reasons to set off on an adventure with these two, but the show’s real draw is its slow-burning romance, which eventually blossoms into one of anime’s most beloved pairings.
3. Spice and Wolf (24 Episodes)
The adventures of a traveling merchant and a wolf goddess longing to return to her hometown and family are the focus of Spice and Wolf, a lighthearted magical romance. When the merchant’s wagon passes through her town, Holo, as she is known, hops on board and flees.
Traveling with each other is a great way to get to know each other better. Man and deity, on the other hand, are polar opposites. One of the most fascinating aspects of this drama is the relationship between an immortal supernatural creature and a short-lived human.
With its laid-back pace, clever dialogue, and high-stakes climaxes, this show is a treat to watch. In general, Spice and Wolf is for adults, but if you’re more used to watching shojo or shonen, you’ll enjoy it. It’s not a long show, but it tells a terrific tale in the short time it has.
2. Chobits (27 Episodes)
Another one of our all-time favorite shows has been dubbed into English, and it’s now accessible for your enjoyment. It’s not nearly as delightful as the Japanese original, but we still like the English dub! CLAMP!, the studio behind such notable games as Angelic Layer, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Cardcaptor Sakura, developed Chobits. As a result, it carries the Clamp’s distinctive visual style and tale.
If you’re like Hideki Motosuwa and you failed your university entrance exams, you might consider moving to Tokyo to attend a “cram” school where you can improve your chances of getting into a university. Personal computers have taken on a human form in this universe. Personal assistant robots are what they’re really called.
The “pasokon” Hideki finds is broken and abandoned, so he brings her home with him. Hideki doesn’t know anything about computers, so he doesn’t realize that this isn’t a normal computer when he activates it. The humanoid computer he has feelings for has been given the name “Chii,” and he has enlisted the help of some new pals to try to figure out who she is and where she came from.
1. Toradora! (25 Episodes)
There are few anime that can hold a candle to Toradora! when it comes to quality in both the dubbed and original versions. We’ve already included it in other top lists, but it’s deserving of a spot here because of its excellent dub and status as one of the best shows in its genre.
With the help of two high school students, Toradora chronicles the lives of two outcasts. Ryuji is a young man with an evil demeanor and a kind soul. In the end, he’s judged by his appearance and assumed to be unfriendly. Due to her diminutive stature, Taiga is known as the “palm-top tiger” at school because of her violent inclinations. Taiga and Ryuji, who have a thing for each other’s besties, devise a scheme to make their feelings for each other come true. However, as they become closer, they’ll have to make some difficult decisions and deal with some conflicting emotions.
As difficult as it may be to hear the English dub voices for characters we first encountered in the subbed version, it is nonetheless an excellent and well-produced adaptation. Toradora, by virtue of being a dubbed romantic anime, makes this one of the finest.
As You Like It (That’s Shakespeare)
Even if you’re not a fan of romantic comedies or tragedies, there’s likely an anime out there for you. Not all of the best romantic anime have been dubbed into English or any other language other than Japanese. It’s still possible to enjoy decent shows without subtitles, and the English casts are generally excellent.