My Favorite Youtubers of All-Time

Wonder how many people can guess what this list contains before reading it?

Holy hell was this a time-consuming project. You guys remember back when I wrote my Anituber post (which is now privated due to all of them being on here now, making that previous list redundant) how I was planning to make a top fifteen list of my all-time favorite Youtubers and that they would all be gaming-related? Well during the initial write-up of that post, I looked back at how my Anituber post turned out and after some thinking, I decided “fuck it. Let’s get more ambitious with this project and give attention to ALL of my Youtube subscriptions”. And it seemed feasible to do because I’m not one of those people who subscribe to a lot of channels. Like only around fifty or so.

So I went and did it. Now I’ve got this monster of a post as a result, and I’m dead tired.

But honestly, I’m glad I did this. While I’m not a big fan of Youtube itself, I love certain content creators on there, and I feel like I’d be shortchanging them if I just limited myself to talking about fifteen of them. This is far from an unusual thing as many people go to Youtube for entertainment, but something I hardly ever see on the Internet or in real life is people talking about their favorite Youtubers. The only place I ever really see that discussed is in the Anituber sphere, mostly when that tier list thing was going on. And while you’ll see people praise Explanation Point or Super Eyepatch Wolf for various reasons, actual discussion on that topic is rather limited, and that’s not even counting how there are many good Youtubers out there besides Anitube. Although given some recent events, I’m not sure how many are still going to be around in the foreseeable future.

So I want to be one of the few members of the anime community to actually do this sort of involved project highlighting the popular and unpopular Youtube channels that I watch – although slight spoilers: I mostly watch popular channels. However, I’m not going to do detailed descriptions for all fifty or so channels. I’m just going to be going in-depth on the anime/gaming channels because that’s what this blog is mostly about. But I’ll still give small highlights to the other channels I’m subscribed to before I get into “the main dish” of this article. Also, if I don’t actually watch much of a channel I’m subscribed to (most of the LP channels I’m subscribed to for example) or I just don’t have much to say, they’re also just going to get a quick highlight.

A lot of you are probably going to recognize most of these channels because like I said, most of them are pretty big. If you don’t like them, you’re free to say why, but please don’t act like a dick about my choices like saying “omg I hate this Anituber. He is so obnoxious” or anything like that. I get enough of that shit from other places and don’t need to see that here. And if you like these Youtubers I’m going to highlight, feel free to share in the love. Because it’s nice to enjoy certain creators with others.

Also, feel free to talk about your own Youtube subscriptions and such in the comments section below, including controversial figures like Contrapoints or Dan Olson or such (although I will roll my eyes if you say you like Dan Olson). Or do your own post/video/whatever highlighting your favorite Youtubers. Just don’t act like MAL every time someone breathes there.

Final note: this list will be subjected to edits over time, as I subscribe or unsubscribe from various channels for certain reasons. After thinking about it, this kind of list deserves to be the kind of continually updated project not too dissimilar from my favorite anime list. In fact, this paragraph didn’t exist in the initial posting of this list and several descriptions have been altered, along with some channels being added/removed. So yeah, feel free to come back to this list after some time to see if my opinion has changed.

Alright, let’s start things off by going through these quick descriptions of all the non-anime/gaming channels I’m subscribed to, along with the anime/gaming channels that I haven’t actually seen much of or who I just don’t have much to say about.

Phillip DeFranco

Like many people, I consider Phillip DeFranco to be my go-to guy for daily news. I’m aware of all the controversies he’s gotten into over time, but he’s still the least biased news guy I know, and he’s just a charismatic person who tries his best to play to both sides in general, even when it’s clear he leans left. I don’t find his videos to be the least bit rewatchable or relevant after a day has passed, but I guess that’s just the nature of news in general, isn’t it? But seriously, if you want a good news source that’s mostly free of all the shit that CNN, NYT, and so on and so forth put in their articles, then I couldn’t recommend DeFranco enough.

Memeology

This guy is basically someone who calls out fake news and Internet bullshit, especially when Youtube or DSP is involved, through generally short videos consisting of text, images, and video clips, not too dissimilar from Crowbcat. As someone who likes to keep up with when the big guys are lying to me (and this includes DeFranco, who Memeology is really not a fan of), this channel is really important for me to follow. Now like DeFranco, his videos get quickly dated as well, but the short length makes them a little more rewatchable. He’s also explicitly anti-woke, so if that bothers you, I can’t really recommend him. Personally, I find his viewpoints fascinating, and he does his best to not be too biased when tackling a subject matter, even if like DeFranco, he doesn’t always succeed.

The Needle Drop

My go-to music review channel. I don’t free up as much time to listen to music as I should, but Anthony Fantano has got me covered when it comes to recommendations regarding what I should listen to and what I should avoid, although I generally check out the album he talks about anyways regardless of his opinion. He’s one of those chill reviewers who talks about music intelligently, but also in a manner that’s very approachable. There isn’t really much presentation or production in his videos outside of the occasional skit. He just tells it how it is and I really like listening to him describe why Ed Sheeran’s new album sucks or what the best EPs of the year are. Also, I’m aware of the existence of his second channel where he does other projects. Haven’t really taken a glance at it, but maybe I’ll do that one day.

iDubbbzTV

Idubbbz is an absolute legend, no question. I love his Content Cop series where he spotlights a famous Youtuber and breaks apart everything wrong with them from Keemstar to Ricegum. The Tana Mongeau saga in particular cracks me up. His bad unboxing videos are funny as well. And what I’ve seen of his Kickstarter Crap series is just hilarious. Like how the hell did any of those products get funding on that platform? I’m also subscribed to his second channel where he’s “saving squirrels” and it’s something that really only works because it’s Idubbbz to tell you the truth. And even then, I think it’s a little weird, but that just goes to show how great a content creator Idubbbz is.

That said, I do think some of his more recent stuff hasn’t been that great, but it’s still fun to watch and he stills pulls out some great gems when he wants to. Love his attitude. Love how “untouchable” he is. What more needs to be said about this legend?

Lucahjin

Whenever I get to watching Lucahjin’s stuff, they’re usually pretty entertaining. She mostly plays anime games that aren’t too high in difficulty because she’s not exactly a great gamer, and she has a hilarious sense of dirty humor that enlivens her play throughs. Like I have no idea how she’s so good at poop jokes and other forms of lowbrow humor, but I do know that I laugh every time I open up a Pokemon video and read the nicknames she gives to each creature she captures. If you want funny LPs in your life, she’s definitely worth watching.

Corridor Digital

Basically the successor to RocketJump now that Freddie Wong has stopped making his silly videos, and their effects-driven humor is top-notch. Nerf gun fights. Robot abuse. Pop-culture parodies. The works. Just really funny skits that make me laugh a lot. I will say that they have been focusing a lot more on their second channel where they discuss behind-the-scenes stuff these days. Haven’t really bothered to check it out because I’m not really a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, honestly. But regardless, I respect the craft that these guys put into their work and hope they continue to exist for many more years to come.

Jaiden Animations 

Probably my favorite of all the animated storytellers on Youtube. Jaiden’s subject matter isn’t too much different from other storytime animators on the surface since they all gain an audience by catering to the common man’s insecurities, but her experiences are both really funny and really specific in a good way. I just enjoy when she talks about her family. When she talks about her vacations. When she talks about relationships, which I very much agree with given how I’ve been involved with a few people who I’ve had to cut my involvement with because of reasons. I will also say that I think her animations have definitely gotten better over time. She started off in high school with simple animation tools, but now she has actual animators helping her to make the videos and they look really cool now.

KYDB

Holy crap is this channel a hidden gem. It goes through these really obscure anime or live-action Japanese series and dissects them heavily with various observations, jokes, and skits like a Channel Awesome/YMS video. And KYDB is surprisingly good at it given how he actually dedicates time to talking about the production of whatever horrible thing he talks about and he has some great editing/effects to go with his presentation. Also he’s got a really funny accent, which really helps to sell his “secretly genius” status.

Dannphan29

Now I’ll be honest. I only watch Trisha when she’s giving her two cents on the woke crowd or a particular anime, because she has pretty rational as well as sweet takes on them (with a sweet voice to boot). It’s true I’m not much for comics, but I’d listen more if she presented herself better. That said, her takes are welcome compared to most people’s, and she has the occasional hilarious video. Her video on Twitter for example? Totally accurate representation of what’s wrong with that platform.

Ru’s Piano

Ruru’s channel is pretty self-explanatory. She does piano covers of songs from various anime or Japanese video games, sometimes wearing cosplay of characters from the series she’s doing a cover of, and sometimes she’ll even perform in public to great reception. If you’re into piano and Japanese cartoons like I am, you’ll really enjoy her channel.

Long Beach Griffy

One of those former Viners that went on to become popular on Youtube and other social media. I will say, he’s not as good as his colleagues within the black anime fan/comedian community and I could take or leave his anti-woke leanings, but nevertheless, his short videos are hilarious. I especially loved that skit when he attacked manga fans for being spoiler-heavy. He might as well have been attacking all of Anitwitter given how much of a cesspool that is.

OneyPlays

Ah, Oney. His channel is what I wished Arin “Egoraptor” Hansen was in terms of podcast-like Let’s Plays and online animation. He and his friends are just hilarious to listen to whenever I get around to putting one of his videos on, mostly because of his politically incorrect attitude and how he incorporates that in today’s modern climate. And while I do wish he would reign in Shadman when it comes to the horrendous art that dude draws, Oney is overall a great guy. If you want a Game Grumps alternative, I couldn’t recommend him more.

ManlyBadassHero

So this is a Let’s Player who mainly spotlights horror games on his channel in a pretty informative yet entertaining way. I’m a big fan of horror games, and seeing a guy go through them relying on wit and logic rather than screaming reaction faces is pretty damn refreshing.

Internet Historian

Name pretty much says it all. This is a Youtube channel dedicated to really well-researched and surprisingly funny documentaries on some of the biggest events on the Internet. Kony2012. Fallout 76. Failed conventions. I find it fascinating to see this stuff summed up so eloquently and I also appreciate how these videos are only as long as they need to be. After all, why would you need more than two minutes to explain that hashtag movement when people thought Justin Bieber had cancer?

Smooth McGroove

This guy does really well-done acapella versions of various video game music from Final Fantasy VII’s One Winged Angel to Undertale’s Hope and Dreams to a lot of Zelda tracks. That’s pretty much all of his content and the only reason people watch him, and it’s just amazing every time. If you’re into acapella like I am, you’ll really love his one-man covers. I will also say that he doesn’t upload all that often these days because he’s pursuing other stuff at the moment. But otherwise, he’s one of my all-time favorites on this platform.

Todd in the Shadows

When it comes to dissecting individual pop songs, Todd is easily the best. I love how much research and humor he puts into discussing why a song is bad or good from a big picture point of view, and there’s a nice variety on his channel when it comes to the type of songs he covers. His upload schedule is a bit sporadic, but they’re generally worth the wait if you want some really well-done dissections on what songs are big in the U.S.

Michael Reeves

It’s funny how I had never heard of this guy for the longest time until just before the end of the last decade, and now that I’m aware of his existence, I’m starting to see a lot more of him. Hanging out with idubbbz. Hanging out with the Offline TV crew, which he’s now a part of. Seeing Noble of Lost Pause recommend him. And I can definitely see why, because it is pretty hilarious to see this computer science whiz come up with the most bonker of inventions for the craziest of stunts. Trigger Me Elmo in particular is definitely worth a recommendation from me.

Emirichu

Not really accurate to say that Emirichu is an animated storyteller consider how her stuff is mostly conveyed through still drawings, but basically she uses a similar format that Domics, Jaiden, and all of those other popular animated Youtubers use in order to convey her feelings on nerdy hobbies like anime and K-pop. What she lacks in actual animation, she more than makes up for by being really fucking funny. I could listen to this woman laugh about her life for hours.

Ploopy678

One of the few K-pop lovers online who is actually sane. I love her dance covers of course. It’s really interesting to see Ploopy learn all those really complicated steps. But what makes her stand out to me are her other videos where she talks about things regarding K-pop culture that not many other people talk about. Like North Korean pop. Highlight commercially unsuccessful music videos. Interviewing Koreaboos with a bad reputation. And of course, giving some insight into how bad that industry actually is. If there’s a better channel out there to highlight this culture, I don’t know it.

Rustage

Rustage is a guy who makes rap songs about various popular shonen anime from My Hero Academia to Sword Art Online. I’ve listened to a few of them, and while they’re not exactly on the level of Eminem at his prime, it’s pretty decent work, even if a lot of the rap beats sound the same. And his guest rappers are generally fun too. Definitely worth your time if you like anime and rap music.

Sadworld

How the fuck Noah Munck went from iCarly to one of the most sad yet surreal Youtube channels I’ve seen, I don’t know, but he’s doing a fantastic job of it. As you can probably guess by the name of his channel, the videos are mostly depressing, but they’re also visually insane and incredibly hilarious. The lengths he will go through to exaggerate abusive fathers, incels, and suicide is honestly impressive. If you want some of the strangest self-deprecating humor you’ll ever see, Sadworld is a place to make you feel glad.

The Odd1sOut

Another king of the animated storytelling world, although he has been showing his real self a lot lately. Robert is different from Jaiden in that he’s more sarcastic and more universal/opinionated with what he talks about. Also, I’ve heard he has a really thin skin which doesn’t surprise me in the least honestly. But his videos are still incredibly relatable and I just love his sense of humor. Never worked at Subway, but I can imagine how that must have been. He’s also got a book out now in Target that’s a pretty interesting read. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a relatable piece of fiction that’s actually good.

CalebCity

Another former Viner turned big Youtuber who’s part of the black anime comedian community. His stuff can be a bit too long for the punchlines he’s trying to tell, but overall he’s really funny too. If you want a less controversial and generally better version of what LongBeachGriffy has to offer, then yeah check this guy out.

And finally…

EmpLemon

Yeah I know. I’m subscribed to a Youtube Pooper? Well he doesn’t really do YTP anymore. These days he’s doing meme reviews and criticizing Youtube as a platform whilst still maintaining his YTP style. And it’s honestly pretty engaging. YTP is a very subjective thing obviously, but I think it works surprisingly well when you apply that style to things I care about. Also, who can forget his classic video where he breaks down everything wrong with Behind the Meme? Thank god that channel doesn’t exist anymore, right?

Alright, that’s all of the honorable mentions. Quite a lot of them wasn’t it? Well there’s even more on the way. Now it’s time to get into the true meat and potatoes of this project: my favorite Youtube channels of all-time. The ones that bring me so much joy whenever I see that they’ve got a new video uploaded (for the most part).

Let’s start with a big one, or rather the big one…

Pewdiepie

Okay I don’t think I need to tell you guys who Pewdiepie is considering he’s the most famous Youtuber around. And goddamn he’s done so much on his channel since he first arrived on the scene. Let’s Plays. Cringy skits. Meme reviews. His latest Minecraft obsession. Pews News. And he’s professed to be a big anime and BTS fan. Honestly, no matter what this guy does, it’s just so engaging to watch him.

And it’s funny I say that, because I’m mostly a recent subscriber to Felix. I’d obviously heard of him prior, but despite being a big inspiration for a lot of channels I enjoy, I just never bothered to check the guy out. However, when I finally did decide to sit down and watch him, he quickly became one of all-time favorites even amongst the other favorites on this list, because he’s a really funny, really charismatic guy that not only can I see the origins of my other subscriptions within him, but he still manages to stay fresh after all these years, which isn’t really something I can say about other old-school Youtube pioneers like Angry Video Game Nerd and Ryan Higa. Not all of his phases throughout his career are great, but he strikes that balance between switching up his content and realizing why people watch him enough so I rarely stop keeping track of him. And the fact that he can do so many things on his channel whilst still maintaining a huge audience is an achievement in of itself, which I owe all to Felix’s one-of-a-kind charm.

And not only is he a fun personality. I think Felix is just a fun guy in general based on his attitude not just in his videos, but his streams, his social media accounts, and whenever the media tries to slander him. Yes I really wish he realized a long time ago that racial slurs are almost never funny, but more often than not, he seems to be one of the few rational people out there in a world that’s getting more emotionally-driven with each passing day. I remember when the whole ProJared situation broke out and he reviewed the ProJared memes, he was one of the few who thought that not everything made sense and we needed to hear Jared’s side of the story before fully dunking on him. God, no wonder Marzia fell for him. I’m not gay, but if I was, I’d try to get with Felix as well.

He’s also a really good singer too for the record. His recent Minecraft music video was just solid gold and deserved to trend on Youtube.

What else can I say about the dude? He’s just so fun, so unpredictable, and so good at creating content people want to watch even when he deviates hard from his origins. Even if I’m not necessarily interested in the subject, I always check out his new video just to see if it can draw me in, and I’m honestly kinda sad it took me so long to check this dude out. I obviously don’t think he’s the greatest Youtuber, but I can see why other people say that about him. Like…it’s Pewdiepie okay? You’re either subscribed to him or you’re not.

Yahtzee Croshaw

I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised that this guy is on here, even if calling him a Youtuber is a bit of a stretch. And to be honest, unlike everyone else on here, I’m not actually subscribed to him because doing that would require me to subscribe to The Escapist and all of their non-Yahtzee content, which really doesn’t interest me or anyone else subscribed to that channel. Plus, I watch a lot of his stuff on the main site for the most part since the crappy video player seems to work for me there. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure he counts, especially since he got his start on the Youtube platform.

Yahtzee has been a big influence on a lot of current Youtubers in the same vein as the Angry Video Game Nerd, and he’s the one who helped shape a lot of my personal philosophies in regards to reviewing things as well. Like how most things suck. The dangers of trusting in big publishers. Why you should never get hyped for sequels. Being the sane voice of reason in a world full of biased journalism and fanboy hype. Oh, and he’s just really funny. Still is after all these years.

Every time he comes out with a new review, I get excited to find out what recently released game he’s thrashing next and why the AAA market is consistently failing to meet expectations. And while I don’t agree with all of his opinions, what I enjoy the most about them is that whatever he complains about is usually spot on whilst also sometimes being complaints you rarely see in most reviews. Like how tedious the school sections in Fire Emblem: Three Houses can be. Or how un-fun the gameplay in NiER: Automata is compared to other Platinum Games entries. Or how cover-based shooting is just a boring gameplay mechanic in general. This is a guy who really understands game design in unique yet interesting ways, and I think the only criticism I have towards him is that his ZP-schtick hasn’t evolved much over the years.

He does come up with other projects from time-to-time like the Rhymedown Spectacular with Jim Sterling, the Judging By the Cover series where he talks about box art, and currently he’s doing a Dev Diary series where he talks about creating games, as well as streaming the games he reviews on Twitch. I don’t keep up with those videos as much as his main ZP stuff, but they’re usually fun whenever I get around to watching them. And above all, I respect how much he work he takes on and that he finishes what he starts. Sure his books and his games and such may not be international best-sellers, but they’re all of unique quality, and the fact that he’s accomplished so much throughout his life is a testament to how much I respect the man as a creator.

He was a legend to me back when my brother first introduced me to him in 2007 and he’s still someone I enjoy to this very day. He’s pretty much the only honest reviewer left who keeps up with all the big releases at this point and I’ll usually trust his word over both the mainstream game reviewers and the general fandom, because he makes it clear that he’s in his own world when playing games. I think anyone who can do that in an intelligent way deserves to stand out amongst the crowd, and I hope he continues to stand out for as long as he can.

NicoB

Another non-surprise if you keep up with me regularly. This guy had such a huge impact on me when I discovered him about three years ago. I came across Nico around the time the Danganronpa 3 anime was airing and a lot of people in various forums recommended that anybody wanting to get into the series watch his Let’s Plays of them. So I watched his LP of the first Danganronpa and have been subscribed to him ever since.

Nico is basically known for doing Let’s Plays of anime-style games whilst adding funny voices, hilarious edits, and sarcastic observations to what actually goes on in said games, often giving them more life than when you play the game yourself. And man, seeing this guy having so much fun with what he does brought back the fun-loving side of me that kind of got buried after being cynical about anime on the blog for years. Oftentimes I love when he reimagines the characters to act completely different from how they’re actually supposed to be. Like when he reimagined Maya from Ace Attorney as a yaoi-loving maniac. Or when he interpreted Link from Ocarina of Time as Kokichi from Danganronpa V3. And of course, who can forget his creation of the infamous Danganronpa meme where he reimagined Nagito Komaeda as a bagel-loving maniac.

But jokes aside, Nico is really good at games, and has exposed a lot of secrets and tricks to them that I didn’t know when I played them. He has to use the comments section to help him out a bit, but when he gets a handle on things, he can easily ace some tough challenges. He did a Let’s Play of Catherine once and despite not really enjoying the game, he managed to get gold trophies on every level. And then there was the time he completed every sidequest in Xenoblade Chronicles. I’m not exaggerating by the way. He completed every single sidequest in that gargantuan game.

Of course, there are times when even when he knows what to do, he still has a hard time actually beating a certain challenge. Just watch his Kingdom Hearts videos if you want to see him get wrecked on the optional bosses. It is rage-filled and hilarious.

Yeah, Nico tends to scream a lot in his videos. I’m aware a lot of people don’t like that style of humor, but I think it’s pretty funny when done well, and I think he does it well. And on top of his LPs, he’s done other projects too. Like his Twitch streams of mostly non-anime/story-heavy games. Or his Council of Voices series, where he makes an epic story out of all the characters he’s voiced over the years. Or unboxing videos. Or his reactions to certain anime, which I think got him in trouble after he reacted to Hunter x Hunter. Or that Hero Academia video regarding why it’s great, which incidentally I found to be kind of a crap video because it had the usual Anituber problem of just stating the obvious as well as being kind of uninformed about shonen in general.

But of course my favorite one-off video of his is about his own favorite Youtubers. That video was actually the main reason I got inspired to make my own list in the first place. The only problem is though that if you’ve seen that video, you’re probably going to get a lot of deja vu with my own list, as a lot of his favorite Youtubers happen to be a lot of my favorite Youtubers as well. Not all of them of course. He likes Game Theory for example, and I’ve never really cared for MatPat, especially given how his quality has dramatically decreased in the last few years. But goddammit Nico. Why are you so awesome as to like the same people I do?

All in all though, Nico is great. He’s the main reason why I loosened up over time on this blog as well as just with anime in general. I owe it to his videos that I got out of that elitist prick habit that sums up the majority of MAL commentators/reviewers, and I still look forward to his LPs even now. The only real problem I have with Nico, and this is true for all Let’s Players by the way, is if you’re not interested in the game or you haven’t played the game before, you’re not going to really get absorbed in his videos. He can enhance the experience, but he can’t make a game you find boring very fun, even when he’s having fun. And of course, if he isn’t enjoying the game, the LP is not all that fun either. Either way though, he’s a great guy who’s helped me through a lot, and I can’t recommend him enough if you’re looking for a Let’s Play channel to get into.

SomeCallMeJohnny

Johnny is someone I’ve been watching for years, ever since I first discovered his versus series whilst slogging through a job that I really didn’t like. I really loved his reviews of games that I’ve either played before or was interested in playing in the future, both for how well-written his analyses are as well as the sense of humor he brings to his content, which led to me eventually subscribing. Some of you are probably aware of his incredibly long deep dive into Sonic 2006, which was actually one of the first reviews of his I ever watched. I know it’s a bit of a dead horse now, but it was just so satisfying seeing a long-time Sonic fan like him address everything wrong with that game.

I stopped keeping up with Sonic’s games long ago, but seeing someone like Johnny talk about his mixed history throughout the decades is just really fascinating. And he’s been remarkably consistent throughout the years in regards to making entertaining reviews discussing the story as well as the game mechanics. From Mario to Pokemon to Mega Man to Kingdom Hearts, the guy really gets into why some entries are good and some are bad whilst maintaining an overall positive attitude. Plus, some of the short skits he throws in are hilarious. It’s not nearly as funny as when Angry Joe reviewed the game, but his experience with Sonic’s debut on the Kinect made me bust a gut.

Johnny presents himself as such a chill guy in both his reviews and his streams and that’s honestly what I love the most about his presentation. Feels like you’re talking about games with an intelligent buddy who isn’t trying too hard to be entertaining rather than, well, the majority of today’s game jouranlists, and that’s what kept me coming back to him for so long. Even after all these years, he hasn’t succumbed to the cynicism or outrage that has been infecting a lot of Youtubers these days. He’s still doing what he loves, and he’s doing it well.

One important thing I should note though is that if you watch one of his reviews, make sure they’re for games you don’t mind getting spoiled on or have already finished, because he does not hold back when talking about a game, and that includes everything that happens in the story. I made that mistake when I watched his entire versus series on the Mother trilogy and while it didn’t bother me too much, especially since I’m never going to play Earthbound Beginnings, I can see how that can be annoying for a lot of people. Especially with Mother 3 since that’s the one with the most character.

Not much else to say other than watch Johnny if you want some quality game reviews.

LilyPichu

For those of you who have never heard of LilyPichu, she’s a member of that Offline TV group consisting of Internet celebrities like Pokimane and more recently, Michael Reeves. In fact, that’s how I came to learn of her channel to begin with. After I got into Michael Reeves, I discovered LilyPichu’s existence through their constant videos together and found out she’s the anime-lover amongst her friends. So I started watching some of her videos and quickly became a massive fan of her work. I think of all the anime Youtubers out there, Lily and whatever team she works with are the most talented of the bunch that I’ve seen. The production. The editing. And the variety of content on her channel. It’s really hard to imagine that I’d get tired of her the way I do most Anitubers because Lily never sticks to one type of video, and she does them all so well.

Piano covers. Video game streams, mostly consisting of League of Legends because of course. Funny vlogs. Her art stuff. That Filler Arc podcast where she actually talks about anime, but her opinions are hard to take seriously because she loves to read the Wikipedia summary or read the manga before watching the show. It’s all really delightful, funny, and very well-done stuff to watch, especially considering the friends she tends to have on her videos are fun as well. Although I will admit, watching old videos of her with Albert is a little awkward now considering how they broke up. But hey, she still collaborates with Destiny as well, who I’d like to remind people, is a huge asshole.

I don’t even play League of Legends and yet I really enjoy her livestreams of the game. If that doesn’t speak of LilyPichu’s charismatic presence as a content creator, I don’t know what does.

If I had to say one bad thing about LilyPichu, it’s that she can sometimes feel artificial as this real-life moe girl a lot of the fanbase love her for. I’m not talking about her high-pitched voice and such, as it’s been debated before how real she actually is to the point that it got really annoying for everyone involved. I’m talking about how she always seems to put on this persona of a nice person to the point that I wouldn’t be surprised that in private, she secretly vents out her frustrations on a training dummy or even her own friends at times. LilyPichu is very open about how she went through a lot of bad things in her life and while it’s really heart-warming to see her being mature about certain things when chatting with her audience or other content creators, I’m more trusting of people who get angry and lash out when they’re frustrated because it shows that they’re just as human as us. I mean she’s friends with Destiny for Christ’s sake. How can you do that and not be a little fucked in the head?

But honestly, the fact that this is the only bad thing I can find about this woman should speak of how great she is. And when she does actually reveal her inner emotions to the world, the heartwarmingly sad nature of the act is all the more powerful for it. There’s this stream she did with Dr. K discussing her recent breakup with Albert Chang, and despite trying her best to act like an adult during that whole fiasco, especially since she had to cut her Japan trip short because of it, she actually cries during that discussion and it’s really hard to watch in the best of ways.

Just seeing that raw emotion from someone who’s had so many bad things happen to them makes me feel happy inside. I know they can get a lot of shit for it online, but I like when people we idolize reveal that they’re just as human as we are (provided they’re not breaking the law of course), because it helps to sell them on being relatable and inspirational. And LilyPichu has definitely helped a lot of people through her work. It’s honestly amazing that a person like her can even exist and still be so good after more than ten years of doing this Youtube thing. Because yeah, she’s been around for a while. Like 2009 or something.

If I were to sum up the perfect ideal of what a Youtuber should be, LilyPichu would definitely be one of my go-to examples. I don’t care if her actual anime opinions and habits are strange. She knows how to be entertaining, and one thing you’ll discover quickly regarding this list is that I’m subscribed to quite a few people who use their talents to provide great entertainment without pigeon-holing themselves into a tired formula. People who can tackle different types of videos and succeed at them.

Just like this next Youtuber…

Video Game Dunkey

Yeah, you all know this guy, right? Dunkey the memester. Dunkey the troll. Dunkey the guy who you watch when you want to have a laugh. Dunkey, the only person who praises Knack 2 as an undisputed masterpiece.

This guy is mainly known for his video game parodies and the way he manipulates gameplay into the most comedic of situations combined with his cartoonish voice and overconfident attitude. A lot of the times, he’ll act like one of the worst games ever is actually really great or how one of the greatest games ever kicks his ass too much. It’s the kind of humor you can only produce through an interactive medium like video games, and I just love how the guy comes up with these hilariously brilliant strategies provided by whatever he plays to make progress in the most unorthodox manner possible. Particularly with Mario games. Those Mario Maker videos he does crack me up all the time.

But underneath the trolling behavior, he’s also a reasonably smart guy who will occasionally do some deep dives into individual games or gaming culture as a whole. Granted, I don’t think most of his deep dives into actual video games are very good. In fact, I think they suck monkey balls. Occasionally he gets a decent smart take of a game in like when talks about what makes Ocarina of Time so great or the history of Tetris, but more often than not, he does not mesh the humor and the serious well when it comes to giving an actual opinion of a game, coming off more like a MAL reviewer trying to write for IGN.

Whenever he criticizes things surrounding video games like critics, bad graphics, and such, he’s a lot better at being serious. And honestly, what I appreciate the most about Dunkey is that he never restricts himself to one particular style when talking about games. He chooses how to talk about something based on what he’s played, and while not all of those styles are equal in quality, his great editing and witty humor is almost always present to keep the viewer engaged. Seriously though, those Dunkviews really need to go.

If you’re not subscribed to this guy yet, I really do recommend at least trying him out. Most Youtube comedians tend to run dry on material after doing the schtick for as long as he has, but Dunkey still manages to deliver laugh-out-loud content on a consistent basis for me to this very day. Quality comedy channel. Can’t recommend him enough.

Maximilian Dood

If you’re a fighting game fan, chances are you know who Maximillian Dood is. Personally, I’m not really into that genre, so I didn’t get introduced to him until I started looking up Jump Force videos and found he did one where he and his (awesome) friends rated all of the characters’ specials. Said video got a lot of hate from anime fans, but I really liked it because it’s true that technically speaking a lot of the super moves don’t look great, and I’ve slowly but surely became a big fan of his.

Max is someone you mostly watch for both his charismatic friendly personality, his sheer excitement when it comes to things he loves, and his in-depth knowledge of game mechanics. He’s not as competitive as he used to be, but give him a fighting game and he’ll get a good handle on it in an instant. Of course, he has great content to go with his seemingly healthy work-life balance. His boss rush videos where he fights a bunch of notable boss characters at the highest difficulty. His “rate the super” videos where he assigns arbitrary scores to super moves in fighting games. His reaction streams where he reacts to various news like Smash-related Nintendo directs.

He’s recently made some really long videos going over the lore in Bloodborne, one of his favorite games of all-time, as well as mine. And then there are videos where he takes fan feedback he gets from his comments section and social media before conveying said feedback into videos directed towards the people who make the games he plays asking for changes to be made in order to create a more positive experience. This guy has got amazing presentation for liking games, especially ones he considers his all-time favorites. And I appreciate how he never sticks to one game for too long so that his audience doesn’t get bored with the lack of variety, even when he would prefer to play the same game over and over.

He’s also a giant fan of Final Fantasy VII as well. I love his excitement for the remake, and he’s been streaming the original game as well with some mods to make it more challenging. I’ve heard he’s even had contact with some of the people behind the remake, although I’ve yet to actually see that video. Max is a very emotional guy though, so if he’s talking about something he loves, chances are he’s going to get heartfelt and you’re going to feel some emotions as well. That’s how engaging of a Youtube personality he is, or at least to me.

Even if you’re not into fighting games, watching Max will most likely ignite something within you because of how passionate an Internet personality he is. I cannot stress enough how much this guy can make you happy and ignite passions just through his own happiness and passions. Of all the Youtubers on here, he’s probably the one I’d recommend the most because of how universal his appeal is despite his content catering to specific niches. I love the man and he loves his fans.

Heavenly Controller

Ah yes. The man of heavenly taste is here, as he should be.

Heavenly Controller is a very fascinating hodgepodge of various things within the gaming/anime world. He got his start by doing a lot of top ten lists regarding various mods in the anime fighting game community like Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm and Dragon Ball Xenoverse. I’m not sure when he started streaming on Twitch, but his Youtube channel then shifted to uploading edited videos of his Twitch streams where he played these fighting games. Then he started doing anime reaction videos to various memes (mostly perverted) and action series (because that’s his preferred genre) like Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer. Afterwards, he started going through an erotic cosplay phase where he films videos with various cosplayers like Elizabeth Rage and more recently, Lenox Knight. And all of this has led him to having a reputation as the man who’s all about that “plot”. Which is very true by the way. This guy is perverted as fuck.

I don’t really watch his Twitch streams much but his edited videos are really fun because Heavenly is just so fucking funny. And he’s really smart too. He’s one of the few anime Youtubers who’s actually good at deep dives into various series. His Kakegurui review for example? It’s so fun to see him embrace the perverted craziness of that show and be open about how he’s just looking towards certain anime for fun and doesn’t worry about deep stories because they’re so hard to find. Truly a man of culture.

I actually started watching him around the time Demon Slayer was airing because I liked that first episode and was trying to see if anyone was talking about it, but he was the only big Youtuber who was giving it attention at the time. And what caused me to eventually stay and subscribe to him is that he’s just like this near perfect mix of chill, funny, and smart. There are several African American anime fans out there who mix anime humor with black people humor pretty well, but Heavenly almost has it to a science. Even when he gets blitzed or drunk due to hanging out with his homies, he still manages to be charismatic. He’s also just a really funny Youtube commenter. He’ll leave various funny comments on other Anituber’s videos and they’re usually always highly upvoted (thus highly visible) and always either reasonable or funny. There’s this one he left on Noble’s video regarding Sunnycon’s banning of ahegao jackets that I had to upvote instantly upon reading it.

Is it really a wonder why I follow this guy on social media? Like why? Why is this guy so funny?

But yeah, this guy is just…I’m not sure if I’d go so far to say that he’s a role model, but he’s very comfortable with what he does and he’s good at creating an environment where you can be comfortable around him too. Check him out if you’ve never seen his stuff. I notice despite his big subscriber count and general clout, he’s not actually recognized as a prolific member of the Anitube community and hardly anyone recommends him when talking about Anitubers. Not sure why, but he’s one of my favorites and I guess that’s all that matters.

Arlo

In all my years of watching this guy, I love how that puppet he uses to host his show never gets brought up all that much by him. It’s just there and we have to accept that. But once you get past the gimmick, Arlo is just a really good content creator in general. When it comes to Nintendo Youtubers, he’s who I consider to be the most informative and interesting.

He started off doing reviews of tech, amiibos, certain video games, and puppet shows like Fraggle Rock and The Muppets, but gradually became more focused on Nintendo games after a year or so. I think he became more popular after working with Lockstin and Gnoggin, who I’m honestly not familiar with at all. And the funny thing is that he doesn’t like a lot of what makes Nintendo franchises special (specifically how anime some of them can be since he’s not an anime fan), but he’s still very fair and optimistic when it comes to their new releases, and he’s been getting into some franchises that he didn’t think much of first as a result like Fire Emblem thanks to how good Three Houses turned out.

And while Nintendo has some great games, they also have some really bad business practices that he really digs into the company for. Like their terrible online service. Or their Mario Kart mobile game. Or that Pikmin game on the 3DS that nobody really remembers. Arlo is far from a blind fanboy, and he articulates that really well whilst making it clear that he’s not looking to stir controversy. He’s not that much of a funny reviewer, although he can be funny; but his writing is just impeccable, especially for guys like me who are into Nintendo products.

I’ll admit his impressions videos can be too long for me to sit through, and it doesn’t help that the Muppet is generally not on screen when he does those. At this point in his career, that thing is inseparable from his identity, and I cannot imagine Arlo without it. Sure he’d still be good if he made videos where he showed his face, but the Muppet man. The Muppet.

He’s just a great positive force for the video game landscape and it really shows, because I don’t see a lot of people who actually hate him. Every Youtuber has their obsessive haters of course, but you really have to go out of your way to find people who dislike this guy. And there’s a good reason for that.

Antdude

Also known as the biggest Kirby fan around. Antdude is someone I discovered around the same time as SomeCallMeJohnny and I subscribed to him for pretty much the same reason. His early stuff wasn’t the greatest admittedly, but he’s gotten progressively better since then in terms of reviews that are both informative as well as funny. A lot of what I like about Anthony is mostly stuff that I can say about Johnny, since their style is mostly the same, but there are a lot of key differences.

For example, Johnny is more analytical and chill whilst Anthony is more sarcastic and…okay he’s chill too, but not as chill as Johnny. Also, I just love his dry humor. How he’ll just pivot from the expected to the unexpected like when you think he’s going to talk about Waluigi but instead he talks about Blue Mario, or how he sarcastically praises terrible design choices. I dunno. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it just cracks me up.

Anthony also covers series of video games like Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Spyro, and of course, Kirby. However, the subjects he covers isn’t quite as varied as Johnny’s. He mostly sticks to platformers and Nintendo games, which is fine by me since I grew up on that stuff, but if you didn’t, you probably won’t have much of a reason to watch him. But he also highlights hacked games as well, and it’s really fascinating to watch him analyze the mechanics of said games whilst trying to wrap his mind around the insanity of what you can do with hacks. He’s usually a pretty positive guy in his reviews, but he can be negative to when a game is too flawed for him to enjoy. I mean we all know how divisive Kingdom Hearts 3 ended up being and let’s just say he was saying it was rough in the title of his review for a reason. Oh and just like Johnny, his reviews will contain spoilers, so don’t watch them unless you don’t mind.

The only other thing I can say about Anthony is that I notice he’s not as big as some other video gaming channels out there. He doesn’t seem to have as big of a fanbase and outside of his reviews, he doesn’t have a lot that’s particularly noteworthy about him. I literally have no idea what the guy does in his free time other than play games he has no interest in making videos for like NiER: Automata, and he hasn’t streamed anything in a while either.

But hey, the reviews are still entertaining after all these years, and that’s good enough for me to like him. Besides, getting big on Youtube has its downsides. It can get your audience to turn on you just because you dared to defend a friend who was caught in a bad situation. For example…

Peanut Butter Gamer

Another Nintendo reviewer as well as a Normal Boots alumni like Jontron and Projared, and yes that’s the only reference to his involvement with those controversies that I’m going to make. Peanut Butter Gamer is someone I discovered when Breath of the Wild was big and I went on and off with him for a while before finally subscribing. And the main reason for that is due to his humor as well as his singing, which he’s really good at.

A lot of his comedy is basically high-speed spastic humor and presentation with lots of yelling, which I’ve said before that I don’t mind if it’s done right, and I think Austin does. But I also really love when he hacks into a video game and does some really stupid shit or plays a Humungous Entertainment game like Putt-Putt or Pajama Sam because, well, I played those games a lot growing up. They were practically my childhood when I wasn’t on a Nintendo system. He’s like this great mix of childlike wonder and hilarious talent whilst still making informative reviews, and I can see why he has so many more subscribers than most of his colleagues.

I guess you could say he’s what I wish Doug Walker had become, because in theory, they’re not that different when it comes to reviewing stuff aside from Doug reviewing movies and Austin reviewing games. Singing. Skits. Yelling. They both do it, but when Austin does it, he’s great. When Doug does it, he makes his review of The Wall. And I guess the same is true for James Rolfe as well when you get down to it. Like James’ fall isn’t nearly as bad, but you can tell by his latest episodes that he doesn’t have the passion anymore when it comes to making entertaining deep dives.

But I’m getting off-topic. Austin is just one of the most talented comedy reviewers I’ve seen on the site and I cannot recommend him enough. I will say though he doesn’t upload all that often. I don’t know if it’s because of his Twitch streams or his real life or music production or what, but we only get like one or two videos a month from him. His videos are generally worth the wait though, so it doesn’t bother me too much. And speaking of Youtubers who don’t upload all that often…

Super Eyepatch Wolf

Considered one of the best Anitubers, as well as gaming Youtubers, in the unfavorable business, Super Eyepatch Wolf is known for his documentary-style presentation towards subjects he’s passionate about, whether it be something he likes or something he dislikes. I think anyone who knows this guy understands why his videos are so good. He only puts out like one video a month due to all of the research and planning he has to do, but I’ve always been more of a quality over quantity kind of guy, and it helps that SEW’s videos are generally worth the wait.

When he talks about something, it’s always something he’s passionate about, and he goes into a crazy amount of detail about it in a way that doesn’t waste a single second (although my god he talks way too slow). Apparently he started his Youtube career by trying to convince a friend of his to watch Hunter x Hunter, and the result was his first video ever being a fifty minute dissection of why the series is so beloved. And then there was like another video sometime later.

One of my favorite videos from him, as well as a video that defines his video style to me, definitely has to be the Shenmue one. I’m aware of the basic history of Shenmue, but SEW goes into a lot of things about that game’s production and impact that you can’t just easily read up with a simple Google search. And this applies even to videos where he ended up not liking the game. His analysis on why Final Fantasy 15 was a flawed game that could not be fixed no matter how many patches it receives was pretty on-point.

And when it comes to showcasing why I love his anime content over most other Anituber’s, his Akira video is what I would personally show others. Something I hate to see when looking at anime discussions is when people argue that Akira was a shit movie that condensed the manga too much, completely ignoring everything else that made Akira great and why it was such a landmark title. I’m not going to pretend Akira’s narrative wasn’t truncated or anything (incidentally, the video does mention how the film felt like a compromise as well), but there’s more to the animation than just looking good. Akira’s visuals were also good because it was conveying emotions that could not be done in live-action, or even the manga itself for that matter. And as a guy who watches animation because he likes visual storytelling, that’s something you can’t just downplay when you say how much better the manga is. Not to mention, you can’t deny that it was because of Akira that anime got so big in the West in the first place.

The other videos he makes like when he describes his favorite things and such, I honestly do not care for. Sure it can help you learn about something you may not have heard of, but my tastes don’t exactly align with his, and top of that, I have almost always heard of something he’s liked due to certain sources I use, so I don’t need Eyepatch for that. I’m mainly watching him for his ability to analyze things in a big picture-sort of way whilst making sure to insert interesting details as a way to flesh out his viewpoints in a way that doesn’t just incorporate his opinions, but the majority’s as well. He manages to strike a good balance between the impact of a work and what said impact actually means in the broad scope of things thanks to his documentary-like presentation, and it adds a unique flavor to the Anituber scene that’s both accessible and interesting.

More importantly though, the guy does take criticism to heart. When his first video detailing the history of Shonen Jump got criticized for getting a lot of facts wrong, he made sure to address them in a later video talking about the same subject matter whilst also applying said advice to other videos as well. This is a guy who found a great niche for himself and works hard to improve himself within said niche, and that’s something to be admired. Even though not everything SEW talks about is going to be interesting, he’s an overall interesting guy. As long as you’re not allergic to the documentary style of video or something, give him a watch.

Scott the Woz

Hey all. Scott here. And I’m always trending on Youtube because I’m so awesome.

This guy is pretty much what I wish Gigguk was, because broadly speaking, Scott isn’t that much different from Garnt in terms of presentation and deep dives into certain subjects. But Scott’s humor isn’t just good because he stays away from meme humor, because let’s face it, I can do that too and I’m not a funny bloke at all. It’s good because it’s so unique in a way that only he can really do. If there’s one video that sums up everything great about Scott, it’s the one about Tinder.

It’s not even video-game related, and yet I love how fucking positive he is throughout the entire video whilst clearly doing things you shouldn’t be doing on Tinder or dating apps or just any part of real life in general, and that it keeps escalating to that final punchline. Whenever one of my friends goes through a bad breakup, I always recommend that video just to cheer them up.

But as for his video game content, he occasionally does reviews of games he’s never played before, but what stands out about him is that he talks about things related to video games that most people don’t talk about. Like gaming mysteries. Or “the best games of the year”. Or desert island gaming. Or the box art of games. Why do we not have someone like him in the Anituber sphere? There’s a gold mine of topics about anime culture you can make videos on over there like Funimation blu-ray boxes throughout history or six-digit numbers or anime/manga collections or the various ways to watch anime or even the history of anime movies coming to the West. And yet all I see are repetitive shonen videos and stupid hot takes as well as the occasional convention video that actually is informative.

His videos for the most part are just the perfect mix of informative whilst being funny. Like the main issue I have with Gigguk is that he focuses too much on being relatable/entertaining to the point that he doesn’t actually inform his audience of the subjects he talks about even though he clearly knows what he’s talking about. Scott occasionally just lists things without saying what they are too, but for the most part, he makes sure to elaborate on his subject matter and what they mean to gaming history without breaking the flow of his videos. I just love how rapid-fire his jokes can be and the effort he goes to do quick sight gags. Like when he put all of video game cases in the washing machine in his Dead or Alive Xtreme video. I won’t spoil the context, but you can check it out for yourself.

He is mainly Nintendo-focused, but not to the same degree as Arlo or Antdude. He does a lot of stuff that’s universal and he also does some of these weird videos where he gets to show off his film-making skills. Like that Madden ’08 video, which focuses on a running joke of him loving that game. Or that big video about Dick Vitale’s “It’s Awesome Baby” he did with other gaming Youtubers where he gave it a lot of lore. It’s just so good. I love how Scott’s mind works.

And I love how popular he’s been getting as of late. He trends a lot on Youtube’s gaming channels and he’s been getting so many subscribers as of late. I’ve talked before regarding how I think Nux deserves his growth. Scott deserves it even more. He’s just an amazing content creator and chances are you know him because he shows up in recommended feeds for gaming channels a lot. That’s how I discovered him at any rate. It’s like how Mother’s Basement always gets recommended to me except without the groan of disgust I get when I see he’s complaining about Sword Art Online again.

The Sphere Hunter

The Sphere Hunter, or Sue Kelly as I’ve been told is her real name, is someone I never even heard of until last October. However, after sitting through her videos, I became an instant fan. She’s kind of like Super Eyepatch Wolf in that she speaks with a really soothing voice and her videos have a ton of time and research put into them, except Sue primarily covers horror video games and certain Japanese properties like the Devil May Cry series or Final Fantasy. And it’s really cool how she’s gotten pretty big over the years since she quit trying to make it into porn. Yeah, apparently she’s actually a former trans porn star who ended up breaking down to the pressures of that industry, and this Youtube career is basically what she wanted to escape to. Apparently she’s better at being a Youtuber than a pornstar, so good on her.

I stumbled upon Sue when I was looking up Resident Evil videos because I was playing the remake of the first one for this year’s Spooktober, and I really loved the amount of detail she went into explaining why that remake was her favorite game ever. I never realized until watching said video just how many changes were made from the original game, like how you didn’t actually have to burn the corpses in the PS1 version. It’s a really great video overall and I like how much she goes into the history of its origins on the Gamecube as well as the significance of Lisa Trevor. And yes, her other videos are of a similar quality as well. She recently released a video on the first Dead Rising game and it was amazing. I never knew just how much Dead Rising meant for the zombie genre at the time of its release.

As a fan of horror games and the documentary style of review when done right, I subscribed to her pretty much instantly. Honestly, as much as I like her videos, I’m surprised she managed to get a relatively successful Youtube channel at all given her history and the amount of videos she still has on said channel, which is kind of low. I think most of her old stuff got deleted because they were low-effort trash that most inexperienced Youtubers make, which is a shame to see gone, but it’s understandable that she doesn’t want them publicly available anymore. Just goes to show that sometimes hard work and the right connections gets you noticed. I mean she’s already good enough to get noticed by Reuben Langdon. That’s pretty high praise in my book.

Apparently she does some personal stuff on her Patreon as well, but I don’t really use that platform, so I don’t know a thing about that content. Not really why I subscribe to her anyways. She also does some videos on other games as filler between her big projects like Astral Chain and Plague: An Innocence Tale, which are fun as well. But mainly, I watch her for the documentaries on horror video games, and Sue really goes above and beyond when it comes to that niche, again not too dissimilar from Super Eyepatch Wolf. She really deserves whatever growth she gets. Can’t wait to see what she tackles next.

Nitro Rad

This is someone I discovered whilst looking up good reviews for Mario games, and while I had issues with how long his videos could be, James eventually became a favorite when I discovered the kinds of video games he talks about. Platformers. Horror games. RPG Maker stuff. And not only does he talk about the mainstream games in incredible detail from Mario to Silent Hill, but he also talks about obscure stuff that not a lot of people talk about from Yume Nikki to Tonic Trouble. He’s so incredibly detailed when it comes to discussing a game to the point that he will spoil it if you never played it before, and while that can work against him at times since he doesn’t go for humor like his colleagues, for the most part he makes sure not to waste those long minutes by just being very well-written.

His channel has been getting really popular ever since he became verified, and he’s slowly but surely catching up with guys like Antdude in terms of subscriber count. Also, if you read my old Anituber post, yes this is the guy who made that April Fools’ Day video where he parodied The Eric Andre Show, Malcolm in the Middle, HBomberguy, and Drake and Josh that I used as reference to why video gaming Youtubers are better than anime ones. Most of his videos are chill reviews, but James actually studied in film and occasionally puts some really good production in his videos that are really hilarious to watch. I laugh at the beginning of that Drake and Josh game review every time.

It’s too bad that for the most part, his reviews don’t really have anything special to them besides chat, cut to camera, and editing that isn’t particularly good. I guess it’s just not possible to translate film school techniques into Youtube reviews easily, because like I said, James’ big productions are actually really good on a visual level. He’s really a guy who gets by on the strength of his writing, and I can understand that that’s not for everyone. Like a lot of people, I also prefer when he has his best friend Brady in the video because the two have such wonderful chemistry, plus Brady himself is hilarious.

That said, those videos where he puts some actual production into them are definitely worth a watch. Specifically the April Fools’ Day video. Seriously watch it if you haven’t and then cry that none of your favorite media reviewers made something like that.

Kenny Lauderdale

The Boomer King of Anitube, and a huge breath of fresh air compared to the usual seasonal reviewer. For those who don’t know, he’s known for doing deep dives into obscure anime that almost no one has ever heard of before from California Crisis to that weird Cipher anime music video with Phil Collins in it. But it’s not just subject matter that makes Kenny great. His presentation is really good from how he edits the clips along with natural-sounding voice that’s both chill whilst being entertaining. He also has a variety of stuff on his channel besides what he’s known for like obscure live-action stuff and joke videos that only run a few seconds long. And of course the joke stuff gets millions of views. Kind of reminds me of Demolition D’s content in that sense.

It’s really hard to talk much about him besides that because he doesn’t have too many videos and the only other thing that really stands out about him is the amount of detail he’ll go into regarding this obscure product and how it was big at the time or is incredibly hard to find now. He’s not a particularly funny reviewer, although he’s got great presentation and some of the things he says with that tone of voice do bring a smile to my face. And he’s been getting more steadily popular over time, especially for a guy who reviews this kind of anime.

I don’t see him becoming that big unless he becomes much more active in the future, but he gets more views than a lot of the big Anitubers just reviewing obscure shit, so I think he’s set. I really like watching the Boomer King. And hopefully anyone who knows him does too.

Caddicarus

We’ve gone through a lot of Nintendo Youtubers. Now let’s have a Playstation Youtuber, although he does review Nintendo games too. Caddicarus is someone I found around the same time as Johnny and Antdude, and while I do love Nintendo, I also grew up a bit with Playstation back when they were good, and he’s my go-to guy when it comes to highlighting those classics like Crash and Resident Evil as well as some obscure games like Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone and Toy Story 2, which I did actually play when I was a kid. I like him for pretty much the same reason as the other two, although I’ll admit his humor can be a little more annoying, and I blame that on his high-energy edits that kind of annoy me about Joey the Anime Man.

Nevertheless, the guy is amazing and he has grown so much over the years, and unfortunately I also mean that in negative ways. Seriously, he’s gotten so fat lately. Are his kids just cutting into exercise time? But personal life aside, his videos have gotten a lot more engaging compared to when he was fresh in terms of humor and being informative. He’s changed his style quite a bit over the years to the point that he doesn’t do that catchphrase of his anymore where he introduces people to the Caddicarus Show. And he’s made it work for the most part.

I’ll be honest, I watched him more on and off compared to Johnny and Antdude for reasons I can’t really remember, but I never actually subscribed to the guy and there was a point when I wasn’t watching him for two years. I finally subscribed to him this year because I started watching him again out of curiosity and he’s just been so consistently entertaining to me. Why did I drop off from watching him?

Anyways, aside from being more of a Playstation man who sometimes does Nintendo reviews, Caddy doesn’t have a lot to differ him from Johnny or Antdude. I watch him because he’s a funny, yet informative reviewer of games I’m interested in learning about, and that’s all there is to it. Oh yeah, I should probably mention that he also writes movie reviews on Letterboxd, but I haven’t actually read more than like one so I can’t judge that. Subscribe to him if you’re interested. Next channel.

NakeyJakey

Now I said before regarding my entry on NicoB that we share a lot of favorite gaming Youtubers by complete coincidence. However, NakeyJakey is the one person on here I actually never heard of until I saw Nico’s own list, and to be fair, he didn’t know about him until recently either. I’ve seen his videos recommended to me at times, but I never actually got to watching him until Nico’s recommendation, and I’ve become a big fan of him as well. Also recently discovered that he’s a friend of Oney as well. Jesus Christ Oney, who don’t you know?

Anyways, I subscribed to Jakey because, say it with me, he’s relatable, hilarious, has great writing, and is just a great personality in general. His content is pretty varied too. Sometimes he’ll talk about parts of video game culture that not many people talk about like Scott the Woz like the bad voice acting or water levels. Sometimes he’ll talk about things in reality like downloading illegal music, dating, the Disney Channel, and the freaking Scholastic Book Fair. Seriously, I’ve forgotten all about those and now the memories are coming back thanks to his video on the subject.

He’s also a big music guy and recently produced his own music video. I’m guessing the fact that he’s working on that so much is the reason he doesn’t upload very often. His recent video on horror games came out like two months after his last video, and there are some pretty big gaps between his overall video history if you look at his channel. I don’t really blame him though because almost every video he churns out is really big and generally worth the wait, especially when I’ve got all of these other Youtubers to keep track of.

Anyways, I’m sure some of you guys were recommended his Red Dead Redemption 2 video when that game was in its prime (and it’s actually relevant again now that it’s coming to PC). Seriously, this video was getting recommended to me constantly whenever I was on Youtube and for good reason. On top of being his most popular video, it really summarizes everything that characterizes Jakey as a whole from his humor to his writing. If you want to know if he’s someone you’ll enjoy, watch that video. Even if you still love RDR2, it’s just such a great funny video. Perfect for a great funny channel.

Lost Pause

Talk about a channel that’s gone through so much over the years. He used to be known for visual novel Let’s Plays, cringy skits, reacting to other people’s videos, and making generic statements about things like anime elitists and what shows make him cry. And while he’ll still do those occasionally, Noble is now known for various types of meme videos mostly related to Reddit or Twitter, reviewing various products related to otaku culture, and covering various anime controversies when he feels they warrant a rational outlook. In fact, that’s how I got into him initially.

When the whole Vic Mignogna kerfuffle happened in early 2019, I saw his video on it and found it to be incredibly well-researched and only saying what needed to be said with no hidden agenda behind it like so many other Youtubers who covered that mess. I subscribed to him shortly afterwards when he continued to cover it for a little while longer in order to keep up with what was going on. And then when he stopped doing that, I slowly got into his regular videos and ended up seeing him as one of the coolest guys I’ve ever known.

Noble I find is someone who gets a bad rap amongst anime Youtubers, even for someone who’s as big as he is, because he barely interacts with the bigger Anitube community that Gigguk, Geoff, and all of those other people belong to. He’s not as hated as Geoff, but he tends to get ignored when people mention big Anitubers. Also, he doesn’t actually talk about anime and to be fair, I don’t like a lot of his old stuff. I’ve actually known of this channel for a while but I wasn’t impressed by what I saw when I initially found it (and to be fair, I’ve seen his reactions to his old stuff, and even he agrees they haven’t aged well). So it’s honestly surprising how he improved so much around to the point that he’s become one of my favorite Youtubers of all-time, and he’s still improving to this day.

This guy is honestly one of the most genuine anime fans I’ve seen. He just loves indulging in the fun parts of the community that r/Animemes worships, but he’s also really smart and knows how to distinguish real life from fiction. I love his meme videos of course. The way he highlights some of the few good things on Reddit and injects real-world logic into the scenario with his own reactions as well as his honestly great editing is hilarious. But I also love how just like a bunch of my other favorite Youtubers, he’s willing to branch out and try new things to keep his audience entertained. One of my favorites is when he got to try out the Megumin Isekai app that both Gigguk and The Anime Man had highlighted as “waifus are real”, only to discover that the app was full of microtransactions and bad voice recognition to the point that his attempts to get the app to work just led to hilarious failure.

By the way, I think a large part of what I like about Noble’s humor is that it’s all unscripted. He obviously only keeps in the jokes he thinks works, but the fact that he actually got the Megumin app to display “xporn” when he said “Explosion” by complete accident is just beautiful. And there’s no way that was edited either, because it’s impossible to edit live-footage like that without it being noticeable.

It’s honestly inspiring how Noble is always making sure to not stray from what people like about him now whilst fighting Youtube’s terrible practices and giving us new ways to enjoy him. That’s why he got a new sound board. That’s why he’s started a podcast and did those videos with the virtual idols. That’s why he’s on Twitch a lot these days. I love how he basically makes it clear that he has no intention of joining in stale “information hunts” like his colleagues and understands that Youtubers need to be entertaining first and foremost, even if you don’t personally find him entertaining. It’s inspiring in the same way LilyPichu is inspiring, but Noble is clearly more genuine and less talented than her.

And I say more genuine, because Noble has acted like an ass in the past, and has gone through a lot of crap in his life. His family’s bankruptcy. The ending of his friendship with Akidearest and The Anime Man. His breakup with Ruiriupanda. And more recently, the death of his father due to cancer. He hasn’t always dealt with those events in the best of ways and had it leak in his videos at times, but the fact that he’s open about those moments and how they’ve helped him grown is just really inspiring. Everyone makes mistakes and I love Noble’s video where he discusses this, along with how being hated is a part of being a Youtube entertainer and that there are multiple ways you can deal with it.

When the “funny man” of the community is being serious with some actually reasonable advice drawn from his own harsh experiences, you listen to him. It’s really heartwarming and inspiring to see this sad side of the dude, revealing that he’s human while also being reasonable.

Also, when it comes to highlighting the toxic parts of the community like with that overblown Darling in the Franxx reaction or how the Pokemon fanbase was acting unreasonable or all of the recent woke attacks on Twitter to the point that his friends were getting attacked, I love how he does his research and provides reasonable conclusions based on what he’s seen and shows to us. He never picks a side other than his own, and that’s really respectable.

He’s not what many people may look for in an Anituber, but I think he’s great for guys like me who want to get away from the repetitive faux-elitism that is the majority of Anitube and just embrace the fun. And Noble is just so fun, so funny, and just has something to him that makes him easy to watch compared to everyone else on here. I watch practically all of his almost-daily videos the instant they’re uploaded. I’m not much of a livestream kind of guy and I watch a lot of his Twitch livestreams. I love keeping up with him on social media, particularly when Heavenly Controller and Nux Taku are interacting with him. What else can I say other than in a short span of time, he’s turned me from one of his haters into one of his biggest fans.

Super Bunnyhop

Now I’ve known about George’s channel for years, but I very rarely actually watched him due to other things taking priority. It was only around the end of the 2010s that I watched his stuff more regularly, and I ended up finally subscribing to him when I discovered he was a big Hideo Kojima fan and has dissected all of his games in some of the best detail I’ve ever seen. He recently put out a great video on Death Stranding, comparing it to his real-life biking experiences. And I usually don’t like when people relate their real-life experiences to fiction, but George really does a good job of explaining how his biking adventures cause him to appreciate the gameplay in that game.

I’m honestly surprised that Super Bunnyhop’s subscriber count is relatively low for a well-known gaming channel, because he is honestly the best games journalist I’ve ever seen. Unlike Jim Sterling, he never repeats himself, and he does some really good work for a guy that hangs out with the Kotaku/Polygon/”other trash outlets” crowd. Also unlike Jim, his actual reviews are pretty good; but like Jim, he shines the most when he’s covering different aspects of gaming culture. Like gaming news. How Telltale went under. The motion sickness in VR. What makes Bloodborne’s DLC actually good.

His stuff is really well-written. Always talking about things in a manner that not a lot of people would approach from whilst avoiding all of the classic pitfalls of biased writing that usually accompanies games journalism, and I just can’t recommend him enough. If there’s another games journalist out there on his level, I’d love to learn about them. I’m honestly kind of sad it took me so long to really get into his stuff. The only real problem I have with George is that he doesn’t upload as often as he used to. We only get like one or two videos a month from him these days. But like I said previously, quality over quantity. And this guy’s stuff is definitely quality.

RDCworld1

Hoo boy, RDCWorld. I’ve never actually heard of these guys until really recently when their Anime House 3 video was trending on Youtube. And now that I have, I’m kicking myself for not knowing them sooner, because these guys are just so funny.

If you don’t know who they are, RDCworld is basically a bunch of black people who make hilarious low-budget skits mostly parodying anime culture by combining anime humor with black people humor. And it’s always funny but also really varied. Like their skit on how kids are depicted in anime. How old anime opening themes compare to new anime opening themes. How side characters are depicted in anime. And there’s their recent magnum opus, Anime House, which is this concept of these guys dressed up as various shonen characters in hilariously low-budget cosplay and acting like exaggerated versions of said characters living in the same house, mockumentary-style.

Like it’s obviously cheap on the production side of things, but it’s also really well-written and really funny. I just can’t stop laughing at these guys’ depiction of anime culture and how seriously they take it in their skits. It’s honestly amazing how far these guys have grown over the years because they used to be more of a general parody channel, talking about things like porn or college or relationships in general. They even have a lot of videos on LeBron James for some reason. And they still do some other non-anime skits parodying other stuff like Fast and the Furious. Or Chick Fil-A when the Popeyes sandwich was created.

I will say, a lot of their humor is based around constant arguments where you can’t really hear one side because they’re talking at the same time. And I dunno. Maybe it’s because I grew up on black sitcoms, but I find that style to be hilarious. It’s just so funny to see people arguing over nothing.

Ever since I discovered this channel, I have constantly laughed at almost everything they’ve made. They’re just really good comedians and really talented writers. If you’re looking for some of the funniest shit to ever come from anime culture, as well as pop culture in general, RDCWorld1 is definitely an easy recommendation from me.

Crowbcat

So if you don’t know who Crowbcat is, he’s well-known for his critiques of the hype behind games and how often they fail to deliver on their promises like Gears 5 or No Man’s Sky. Most of his videos are basically just edited footage of other people’s videos done in a way to criticize the video game industry with the occasional text added in. He’s never actually spoken in video. Instead he just lets the evidence speak for itself and it’s pretty interesting stuff, even if it tends to follow the same formula of “this thing hyped up by E3 and other promotional events looks nowhere near as good as the final product” more often than not. But given how the industry never seems to learn, I don’t think it hurts too much that he’s basically saying the same thing over and over, just with a different game.

Plus, and I can’t stress this enough, his editing is phenomenal. Some of the best you’ll ever see on Youtube. In fact, it’s pretty much the main reason why people are drawn to this guy despite the fact that he doesn’t upload a lot or give much of his own input into the scenes he showcases. Anyone can splice clips together and make a video out of it, but Crowbcat has even more talent than whoever edited the skits in The Chappelle Show when it comes to making his entertainment flow, and in case you aren’t aware, The Chappelle Show had some of the best editing in humor for its time that still holds up to this very day.

Now like Memeology or even something more mainstream like Adam Ruins Everything, Crowbcat can be a little biased or have tunnel vision regarding what he’s criticizing. Whenever he says something sucks and uses something else as an example of how not to suck, he has a tendency to forget that the thing he thinks is “good” also had some pretty bad flaws or bugs. And then there was his infamous Nintendo Switch video, where the problems only affected a few people. It certainly didn’t affect the majority of the people who purchased that machine, me included.

But every now and then, Crowbcat will throw out an experimental project like his Real Mario Odyssey video or something else to show that he’s more than just a drama queen. And I’m sure a lot of you saw this video given how big it was when Mario Odyssey was at his peak. It’s still hilarious to this very day and I honestly have no idea how he made this, but I do know I want more like this. Make it happen Crowbcat.

King Vader

I honestly find it really hard to describe King Vader as anything more than pure awesome contained in one man and his crew. He’s known for making high-budget parodies of anime, superhero movies, and other various parts of pop culture that, similar to RDCWorld1 and CalebCity, satirize geek culture through a black person’s lens. His stuff is a little more repetitive than Mark Phillips and friends, as they always seem to involve conflicts that resolved with dance-offs. But for some reason, that joke never gets old. I always laugh every time I see the dance-off in his videos.

As various members of the black anime community have pointed out, King Vader has some of the best production you’ll ever see on Youtube, especially for the kind of content he creates. I don’t know what he does behind the scenes to produce his videos the way he does, but they always look great and I laugh almost every time at the absurdity of his skits. Even his early videos hold up really well, which is something I find you can’t say about a lot of content creators. Watch that video where he gives his ex a present for Valentine’s Day and try telling me with a straight face you saw that punchline coming.

Honestly, I think what makes the dancing jokes work so well in these videos without feeling stale is how they’re always accompanying the most absurd shit that you just don’t see coming. I don’t know if it’s just a style that the dude likes or if he legitimately thinks it’s funny, but it really does add to the charm of someone running so fast that he goes back in time to prevent a pregnancy from happening or basically everything that happens in Hood Naruto: The Movie. Speaking of which, watch Hood Naruto: The Movie. I didn’t even watch the other Hood Naruto videos before seeing the 30-minute long epic evolution of that series and it’s just full of so much funny shit and super well-produced parts satirizing Naruto as a whole. If there was any video that sums up King Vader’s appeal as a whole, it’s definitely his Hood Naruto film.

But yeah, I love this guy’s rise from Vine into what he is now. It’s honestly amazing how we’ve got so many talented black anime fans who’ve come from that platform to deliver quality content while standing out in their own way. If you haven’t watched any of King Vader’s stuff, I really do recommend it. Hood Naruto: The Movie is obviously my go-to recommendation, but honestly, just watch all of his videos. He doesn’t have that many and they’re mostly short, so it’s easy to get caught up on what makes him a legend on this platform.

Anyways, we’re almost done with the Youtubers and wow I wrote a lot about them. Fittingly, I saved one of the very best Youtubers out there to spotlight last…

JonTron

JonTron is just so amazing with so many 10/10 videos that I’m convinced at this point the man was born under a really lucky star, minus that political kerfuffle that caused a bunch of people to try cancelling him. He started off as a funny video gamer reviewer like James Rolfe and Caddicarus, as well as a Let’s Player for Game Grumps with Egoraptor, but has since split off into doing other things like covering terrible movies that Doug Walker reviewed in the past like Cool as Ice or the animated Titanic film, reviewing weird products, and doing tier lists on architecture which apparently he’s a big fan of. He’s also doing some animated stuff, although I haven’t gotten to actually checking that out yet.

Like most of my favorite Youtubers, I think JonTron is hilarious. No matter what subject he covers, it’s worth watching just for his humor. He can make even the most boring of things seem interesting and it helps that he has a big crew to help him with his videos these days. It’s so satisfying to see him pivot so much from what used to make him great into other material that’s still great to this very day, and I can definitely why he has so many more subs than his Normal Boots colleagues. As well as why he has so many reaction gifs on the Internet. I think I was using his reactions for quick jokes on the blog long before I actually subscribed to him, although obviously I knew him way back then because of how famous he was, plus I have seen his Game Grumps LP of Sonic 2006 back when he was one of the hosts there.

As seems to be the case with these last few Youtubers, JonTron is more of a quality over quantity channel. Despite SEO demanding that Youtubers upload constantly in order to get recommended, JonTron gets tons of views and likes for each video he uploads no matter how long he’s away for. He’s been uploading more consistently at the moment, but not too long ago, he was absent for almost a year and then just came back on trending like he was never gone. And he’s gone on several hiatuses before then as well. Obviously, the fact that he started before Youtube became so strict is a huge factor, but I’m pretty sure the reason JonTron continues to thrive whilst Game Grumps is continuing to fall is because he’s just that good.

Amazing channel. Amazing man. And amazing content. I look forward to whatever he highlights next and I’m hopeful that he’ll continue this amazing streak going for a while.

Yay, we’re finally done with this incredibly long list. Over ten thousand words jizzing all over my favorite content creators alone, and then there’s the intro and this very conclusion. But honestly I feel like these guys deserve all the time I put into this post for all the hard work and the hours of delightful content they’ve produced throughout the years.

Really glad regarding how this came out, and if any of the Youtubers I highlighted happen to be reading this post for whatever reason, I just want to say thank you. Hope you all to have great futures and not end up like Mumkey Jones did this year. As for everyone else reading this, feel free to throw in your own two cents and look forward to whenever I can be assed to write something on here again. Also, apologies for some of the shades towards Youtubers you probably like on here. Except for Dan Olson. Because he’s a douche.

Header caption by CoryxKenshin.

One response to “My Favorite Youtubers of All-Time

  1. You weren’t lying at all when you say it’s gonna be long lol. Anyway, i do liked a good chunks of people you mentioned. I only heard of nicob when i saw your fave youtubers list and ends up liking the dude enough to join his servers which have been pretty cool. Also liked yahtzee, although i need full concentration to watch the dude since he makes like 10 jokes per second everytime. Wished i could insult things as good as him.

    Anyway, here’s some that youtuber that i liked too:
    SootHouse – Bunch of friends reading about ridiculous shit on the internet, my type of content.
    DanPlan – It’s about these 3 dudes messing around about some “What-if” scenario, Almost like D&D campaign.
    oddheader – List channels that talks about more obscure gamings and probably other mystery stuff, Very chill.
    Design Doc – Talks about design in gamings with some smooth as editing to the boot

    Also while i liked k-pop the youtube channel involved with it…..is all either list channel or dance cover or reaction video where you are forced to be positive about everything or you’ll get cancelled by stan twitter around the globes. The one i liked i guess is “wassup man” which is about a g.o.d member visiting all the hot places in south korea, it’s something that you either loved or hated depending on how much you like dude’s personality. I do can recommend blog tho, “TheBiasList” is a good k-pop and j-pop song review blog that you could check out. He always puts what he liked or disliked about something eloquently exclusively about songs.

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