10 Anime Series With Way Too Much Dialogue


Dialogue is one of the most important yet unsung aspects of anime, as it’s often overshadowed by energetic animation and bombastic soundtracks. Without good dialogue, anime simply wouldn’t be as entertaining and impactful as it is. After all, dialogue is what literally tells the story and defines the characters.



RELATED: “Believe In The Me That Believes In You” & 9 Other Inspirational Quotes From Anime

That said, there are times when there can be too much dialogue. While some anime do have a bad habit of making their characters talk too much, an excess of conversation isn’t always a bad thing. In some specific cases, the abundance of arguments, debates, soliloquies, and more are exactly what make an anime series great.

10 Log Horizon Has A Ton Of Explaining To Do

Isekai anime, especially those of the gaming kind, may be known for their exciting action, but they understandably need to slow down at times to explain the world’s rules and cultures to the characters and audiences. that being said, Log Horizon took this necessity to the extreme since it’s really more about nation-building than fantasy adventures.

Log Horizon follows the genius Shiroe and his guild, and they use their combined intellect and skills to transform the fantastical in-game version of Akihabara into a formidable city-state. while Log Horizon has fun action, it arguably spends most of its time giving economic and political lectures, all the while explaining magic and power scales in great detail.

9 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Turned Battle Dialogue Into An Art & Meme

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is more of a celebration of shonen anime’s most over-the-top tropes than anything else, and nowhere is this more pronounced than in the dialogue. Like other battle anime, the Joestars, their allies, and opponents banter and monologue before, during, and after fights, but this is pushed to the manliest of extremes.

For an anime that seemingly only cares for cool fights, JoJo’s dialogue is incredibly wordy and detailed, which is necessary when explaining power systems and Stand abilities. This isn’t a bug but a feature of the JoJo’s experience, so much so that quoting long-winded reactions, catchphrases, and internalized speeches is now a fandom tradition.

8 Katanagatari’s Words Are More Powerful Than Its Swords

conceptually, Katanagataria sounds like a straightforward, action-packed period adventure. Martial artist Shichika Yasuri is chosen by the shogunate to collect twelve mythical swords of ancient power. Instead of the typical escapades and swordplay, Katanagataria indulges in overly poetic dialogue and monologues that seem to go on forever.

Katanagataria‘s action is just an afterthought, as well-written but often long-winded speeches and conversations get the spotlight. What’s more, each episode’s 50-minute runtime can make watching this anime a bit of a chore to some. unsurprisingly, Katanagataria was written by Nisio Isin, the author of the famously verbose monogatari.

7 .hack//SIGN Preferred To Talk About Isekai Rather Than Indulge In Escapism

.hack//SIGN is unique among its gamified isekai contemporaries since it’s really more of a character drama set in a video game than a gamer’s power fantasy. As such, Tsukasa and his companions are more content to sit around and talk about the MMORPG “The World” and their feelings. In fact, some episodes are nothing but heartfelt discussions.

RELATED: The Top 10 Saddest Isekai Of All Time, Ranked

Upon release in 2002, .hack//SIGNs prioritization of dialogue split viewers. In hindsight, however, this creative choice aged surprisingly well. Though some episodes suffered from pacing issues due to the volume of conversations, some viewers saw this as a nice interpretation of how gamers would use chat rooms and forums to communicate.

6 Legend Of Galactic Heroes Is More Interested In The Dialogue Of War Than Actual Warfare

The classic space opera Legend Of The Galactic Heroes is highly regarded as one of the best, if not the best, and most realistic anime descriptions of war, and this is mostly thanks to its intricate dialogue. Despite the anime’s fame as a space opera, the spectacle of epic space combat takes a backseat to characters discussing and arguing about logistics, tactics, and policy.

Dialogue-heavy anime about mind games like Death Note aren’t uncommon, but they live in the shadow of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. This cerebral and methodical approach to war plus a gargantuan episode count are what make the war between the Galactic Empire and Free Planets Allianceintimidating, yet alluring, to fans and newcomers.

5 Odd Taxi Loves Its Seemingly Inconsequential Tangents

when it premiered, Odd Taxi was seen as a breath of fresh air for many reasons, especially its dialogue. Unlike other anime, Odd Taxi wasn’t afraid to casually change the topic and just let Odokawa and the other animals’ trains of thought go off the rails. One minute they’re talking about a missing girl, the next they’re talking about Bruce Springsteen.

Besides humanizing the characters, these oddball conversations actually serve a narrative purpose. Seemingly pointless rants about social media clout, mobile games, and self-defense classes come back in big ways, and everything is tied up nicely by the finale. There may be a lot to keep track of in Odd Taxi, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

4 Joshiraku Pushed Rakugo’s Verbosity To The Comedic Breaking Point

The oratory tradition of rakugo is such an important part of Japanese culture that it’s no surprise that it was depicted in various anime, most notably in the critically praised period drama Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. However, the amount of dialogue in Descending Stories pales in comparison to its parodic foil, Joshiraku.

Joshiraku multiplies rakugo’s love of unabridged monologues and one-man performances by five, specifically through its five main characters. All five are rakugoka who never take a break from launching into sardonic rants and spiels. This excessive verbosity is only the first of many linguistic gags Joshiraku has to offer for those willing to give it a shot.

3 Lucky Star Is Probably The Most Talkative Moe Anime Ever Made

The last thing anyone expects from a school-life sitcom is long-winded conversations about everyday mundanities, yet that’s what Lucky Star cool viewers. Though Konata and friends engaged in the usual cutesy shenanigans, they spent most of their time bickering about the most ordinary things, like chocolate cornets and dentist appointments.

RELATED: 10 Slice Of Life Anime Guaranteed To Make You Smile

While this style of conversation made Lucky Star an acquired taste, it also turned it into one of the most iconic moe anime of all time. Few anime can boast about having sharp dialogue filled with otaku references and witty zingers that remind Westerners of Seinfeld the way Lucky Star does, making it stand out for all the right reasons.

2 The Tatami Galaxy Is One Of The Fastest-Talking Anime Of All Time

The Tatami Galaxy is (in)famously difficult to localize and almost impossible to dub not because it tells an incomprehensible time loop story but because the characters talk ridiculously fast. In fact, it’s not uncommon for viewers to find it difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing subtitles and the unnamed protagonist’s incessant ramblings.

while The Tatami Galaxy can be difficult to follow, it benefits from its overlong dialogue. Besides the fact that it’s very in character for everyone to speak exclusively in pretentious but fun overlong tirades, the dialogue is filled with the kinds of jokes and insights that only work with The Tatami Galaxy‘s distinct visuals or on multiple viewings.

1 Monogatari Is The Closest Anime There Is To Animated Literature

When it comes to anime dialogue, no anime does it like the monogamy franchise does. Whether it’s the pilot season or later parts like Owarimonogatari, every chapter of Araragi and Senjougahara’s romance is swamped with innuendos, subtext, and wordplay that are so specifically Japanese that the anime is seen as impossible to dub.

that said, monogamy is really known for its visualized dialogue, which randomly flashes on screen to emphasize a mood. monogatari’s literary approach to dialogue was a watershed, and it inspired spiritual successors and equally ambitious clones.

Next: 10 Isekai Anime That Are So Bad They’re Good

Leave a Comment