Top 10 Anime Moments Where the Dub Outdid the Subbed Versions

10 Iconic Anime Dub Moments That are Preferred More Than the Subbed Version.

Top 10 Anime Moments Where the Dub Outdid the Subbed Versions

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  • Worldwide fans of anime tend to favor subbed versions of shows because they extract the maximum amount of emotion and introspection from the characters.
  • Still, some anime enthusiasts would rather watch their favorite shows in dub rather than subbed because of some iconic dub moments.
  • Because of these dub moments a lot of anime enthusiasts are now preferring the series' dubbed version.
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Fans from all over the world majorly prefer the subbed version of any anime series, as it brings out the most amount of emotions and reflection from the characters. The subbed version has a certain element that makes it much better than the dubbed version as many would argue. However, there are still some fans who prefer the dub version over the subbed version of their favorite anime series.

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Although the majority of anime series and movies fall towards the subbed version, the dubbed versions also have some moments that become iconic and are even sometimes considered to be better than the dub version. For example, Madara Uchiha’s iconic speech. This has resulted in many anime fans shifting towards the dubbed version of the series.

Madara Uchiha from Naruto
Madara Uchiha from Naruto

The moments when the dubbed version outdid the subbed versions in the anime became legendary and are often seen on social media getting viral. These moments also reflect some of the best work of the dubbed artists.

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1. Gojo Satoru’s Fight Against Toji Fushiguro

satoru gojo revives himself after toji fushiguro kills him
Gojo Satoru

Gojo Satoru and Toji Fushiguro, both are some of the favorite characters of the Jujutsu Kaisen series. Both of these characters clashed during an epic battle in season 2 that became one of the most iconic moments of the season. During this fight, Gojo’s speech declaring himself as the Honored one among all heaven and earth became the defining moment of the character.

This moment also became iconic during the dubbed version. Gojo’s Voice actor Kaiji Tang performed exceptionally well in this scene and added another star to his work. Fans loved his performance during this scene and his speech got him a lot of appreciation from fans.

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2. Vegeta During Majin Buu Saga

Majin Vegeta
Majin Vegeta

The Buu saga during Dragon Ball Z was one of the most popular and notable arcs in the entire Dragon Ball series. It had some iconic battles, character developments, and most importantly, the respect that fans built for Vegeta when he became Majin Vegeta. His iconic “meaningless” speech had fans shivering in both the sub and dubbed versions.

Christopher Robin Sabat, the English voice actor of Vegeta put his heart and soul into this iconic speech and made it one of the most prominent moments in dub history. Vegeta’s reflection on the Saiyan pride and his urge to surpass Goku was felt by every Dragon Ball fan.

3. Goku’s Fight With Jiren in Dragon Ball Super

Goku vs Jiren
Goku vs Jiren

Goku mastering Ultra Instinct is probably the biggest moment in Dragon Ball Super. His fight with Jiren is also one of the best fight scenes in the history of the Dragon Ball series. However, the iconic moment from the series may not be a movie or a fight scene. It is when Goku loses his cool against Jiren and starts bashing him.

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This moment was masterfully enacted by Sean Schemmel in the English dubbed version and made the list of the most iconic moments of the dubbed version. This made fans fall in love with the Dragon Ball dubbed version as it showed that Goku is prominent in both dubbed and subbed versions.

4. Erwin’s Iconic Speech in Attack on Titan

Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan
Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan’s fans can never forget Erwin Smith, the 13th Commander of the Scout Regiment in the series. He is one of the most famous characters in the entire series and his bravery and valor were reflected in his one notable speech when he charged towards the Titans with his soldiers. 

“My Soldiers, Rage! My Soldiers, Scream! My Soldiers, Fight!” speech became the defining moment in the history of Attack on Titan as it filled the scared soldiers with confidence to charge head-on toward the Titans and fight till the last breath left their bodies.

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5. Light Yagami’s Speech After L’s Funeral

Light Yagami
Light Yagami

Death Note is probably the first anime series that fans liked more in the dubbed version than the subbed one. The English voice actors of Death Note did an outstanding job in the dub and brought out many iconic moments from the series. One of those was Light’s iconic speech after L’s funeral.

Light was able to outmatch L and kill him with his intelligence which made him believe that he is the smartest person and he can achieve anything. His popular “I win” speech went viral on social media and brought fame to Light English voice actor Brad Swaile.

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6. Madara Uchiha’s Wake Up to Reality Speech

Madara Uchiha
Madara Uchiha from Naruto

Neil Kaplan, the English voice actor of Madara Uchiha has risen to fame for his role in Naruto. His portrayal of Madara was loved a lot by fans. The moment that gave goosebumps to the fans was Madara’s “Wake-Up to Reality” speech. Kaplan’s voice which is filled with base only made the speech better.

Madara’s reflection on the reality of life and how planning everything never works was loved by fans so much that it not only became a meme but also a character trait for Madara Uchiha.

7. Naruto’s Fight With Sasuke When He was Leaving to Train With Orochimaru

Sasuke Retrieval Arc
Sasuke vs Naruto

Naruto and Sasuke are the most important characters in the Naruto anime series. In the anime, they butted heads a lot of time which eventually developed into a friendship. But this friendship went through a lot of trouble and fights that became some of the iconic moments of the anime. One such fight was when Sasuke decided to leave Konoha and go to Orochimaru to develop and learn. 

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However, while leaving Sasuke was stopped by Naruto who guaranteed Sasuke that he would stop him at any cost and would take him back. This speech became a prominent moment in the English dubbed version of the anime series as Maile Flanagan, the English voice actor of Naruto did an outstanding job.

8. Nico Robin’s “I Want to Live”

Nico Robin
Nico Robin

Nico Robin, a member of the Straw Hat Pirates also has an English dubbed moment that brought tears to the eyes of One Piece fans. When Nico Robin was caught she decided that she won’t survive after this and accepted her death. However, Luffy and the other Straw Hats decided to even fight the world government to save their “Nakama”.

While saving her, Luffy asks Nico Robin to say that she wants to live and that her friends will save her at any cost. Seeing her friends fight for her life made Robin emotional and finally when she shouts “I Want to Live”, fans cried with her too. Her English voice actor Stephanie Young did such an outstanding job that it became an iconic dub moment. 

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9. Pain’s Almighty Push

Pain from Naruto
Pain from Naruto

Troy Baker rose to fame after his iconic portrayal of Pain in Naruto: Shippuden. His performance as Pain became one of the most prominent moments in the history of English Dub which not only helped in the series’s growth but also made the character extremely popular despite being one of the most ruthless villains in the anime. 

Pain’s speeches during his attack on Konoha and the deviousness in his voice even made the fans fear his presence in the anime series. Thanks to Baker’s deep voice, Pain’s presence was felt in the dubbed version of the anime too.

10. Beerus’ Announcement of Goku Mastering Ultra Instinct

Beerus - Universe 7's God of Destruction
Beerus – Universe 7’s God of Destruction

In Dragon Ball Super, during Goku’s fight with Jiren, he was finally able to master Ultra Instinct and shock every God, angel, and contender present in the arena. But the thing that added a stronger feel to his achievement was Beerus, the God of Destruction himself announcing the moment to the others.

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He not only praised Goku but also talked about how he may have already surpassed the Gods. Jason Douglas, the English Voice actor of Beerus’s performance only added more charisma to his speech and became one of the most popular dub moments in anime history.

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