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 forty 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 forty or so channels. I’m just going to be highlighting my all-time favorites out of the group, as there are a few channels I’m subscribed to that I don’t actually get excited for or go out of my way to watch. But I still subscribe to them for certain personal reasons, and they deserve to get highlighted by me, so I’m going to give quick descriptions of them before I get to fawning over the ones that truly get me excited.
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 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 channels I’m subscribed to, but don’t necessarily love. Also known as the runner-ups section.
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.
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.
Admittedly I don’t watch Lucahjin’s LPs all that often, but whenever I do, 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.
Now I’ll be honest. It’s a little hard to recommend Trisha because she has such terrible production in her videos and I honestly only watch her 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.
This guy 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.
This is my go-to channel whenever I want to see the truth of my childhood favorites like Disney, Funimation, and such exposed for the shitty corporate sell-outs they actually are, because they have the best presentation when it comes to reporting on news whilst using other news articles as sources, as well as how they’re the least biased. Just a fun-loving couple who are disappointed that the mouse is dead. Couldn’t recommend them enough if you want to know how Disney or Crunchyroll or the animation industry as a whole is doing these days. Could do without the constant Star Wars: Episode IX talk though.
Ploopy is a woman who does a lot of K-pop dance covers, and she’s pretty good at it. Blackpink. BTS. Twice. Even Arianna Grande. She really works her butt off to learn those steps. But what I really subscribe to her for is the insight she gives into K-pop as a medium. Like how difficult the training can be. How fucked up the industry actually is. Giving exposure to some of the most unpopular K-pop music videos. Yeah if you want a decent channel to get into one of the newest popular music crazes, Ploopy is a good choice.
ValkyrieAurora is just a delightful girl. She’s known for her Valkyrie Ventures series where she plays anime-esque/Japanese video games on Twitch whilst providing hilarious commentary and more swearing than your average sailor, and she also does some decent deep dives into the lore of some of those games. Some of you have probably seen her Drakengard lore video given how it was getting recommended to everyone who played a Yoko Taro game. If you haven’t, check it out. It’s a great way to get introduced to her content.
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 Youtubers use in order to convey her feelings on nerdy hobbies like anime and K-pop. Basically stuff I’m interested in. Also, she’s sweet.
Yeah I’m subscribed to a Vocaloid channel. What of it?
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…
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.
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.
But yeah, Yahtzee 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.
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.
Probably my favorite of all the animated storytellers on Youtube, Jaiden is a really fun, really relatable personality on the platform. Her 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 Jaiden’s experiences are both really funny and really specific in a good way. If you want a video that exemplifies why I enjoy watching her animated experiences so much, it’d probably be this one.
Just the absurdity and awkwardness regarding how she ended up locking herself out of her house cracks me up. But it’s definitely something I’ve experienced before, even if the details were obviously very different. Sometimes you just end up in these stupid situations that you could solve more easily if you weren’t so awkward, and you just laugh at it after the situation passes.
There’s not a lot I can really say about Jaiden since animated storytellers in general are like comedy in terms of subjectivity. 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 highschool with simple animation tools, but now she has actual animators helping her to make the videos and they look really cool now.
Also, her contribution to the 2018 version of Youtube Rewind was hilarious. Easily the only good part of that video, and it got her a ton of attention as a result. Go to the 6:17 mark of Pewd’s reaction to that travesty and you’ll see what I mean. That’s what you get for shunning him, Youtube.
If you want someone who tells it how it is whilst still being positive and fun, Jaiden is honestly the best I know. Check her out if you haven’t.
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.
What’s cracking, guys? Now I’ve known about this channel for years, but I never bothered to actually watch it until recently. I know a lot of people got into Noble back when he posted visual novel LPs on his channel. I got into him when Vic Mignogna was getting all of those accusations thrown at him. I was kind of curious what Youtube thought of the situation, so I decided to look up some videos highlighting that controversy, and that was when I discovered Noble made a video going through all of the accusations and facts at the time. And his video, as well as his follow-up videos on that controversy, was easily the best explanation of what was going on. Despite being long, every second of his observations were dead-on, including how it was best to stop supporting Vic after he got fired because there was nothing more anyone could do to save his career, regardless of whether he was innocent or not.
So I subscribed to him shortly afterwards mostly for the purpose of keeping up with the Vic situation for as long as he was covering it because he was the only one who was actually good at presenting the facts without bias. But what caused me to stay with Noble after said controversy became too retarded to bother keeping up with is his sheer joy at being an anime fan, combined with how he embraces the fun and very hilariously perverted side of this hobby through his reaction videos rather than the faux-elitist side that I’m finding to be more annoying with each passing day. Also, when it comes to discovering what memes are relevant within the anime community at the moment, Noble has you covered because he jumps on a new meme trend almost instantly and actually does some decent deep dives into why these memes exist before reacting to them.
I love his meme videos even more than Pewdiepie’s, let alone any other reaction channel. I love how he picks out the best anime-related ones from various Reddit forums, 4chan, and even Twitter, and laughs incredibly hard at them before injecting real-world logic into the meme that can sometimes be annoying given his unusual voice, but a lot of the times it’s pretty funny. There was this one time where he was rating the smugness of various anime girls and gave Pansy from Oresuki a 9/10 before throwing in this zinger at how she’d be a 10/10 if the show didn’t suck donkey balls after Episode 4 (it’s at the 8:39 mark in the video below).
I’m sorry to all of the Oresuki fans, but I felt the same way okay? In fact, I thought the show sucked after Episode 1. And Noble sharing my opinion of the series out of nowhere just got me. I know it’s not particularly funny in abstract, but it got me okay?
His other content from various skits to torturing his girlfriend, I find to be kind of a mixed bag, similar to how I think Pewdiepie’s Filthy Frank phase was a mixed bag. Some of his skits are good like the Pokemon Rule 34 one or the one where he plays a harem protagonist getting counseling. Some of them like his Kirito one, I don’t really get. I know a lot of people, including my friends, hate him for embracing cringe as humor and I do think he tends to overact too much. But even when I don’t like the video, I still end up liking Noble after the video is over because of his love for life. And also because I know that when he gets serious, he can be pretty scary but also really engaging and well-spoken.
In addition to the Vic stuff, Noble has made quite a few serious videos on his channel from his personal depression to various stupidity within the anime fandom, and said videos are without a doubt some of my favorite of his because we get to see there’s more to the man than laughing at memes and they’re always really well-researched and really well-spoken. I especially love when he makes videos on the toxic parts of the community and calls them out for their hypocrisy like with that overblown Darling in the Franxx reaction or how the Pokemon fanbase was acting retarded. But my favorite of his has definitely got to be the one where he addressed all of the recent woke attacks on Twitter to the point that his friends were getting attacked.
Like holy crap, this video is so good. Watching it reminded me of what made me love Noble’s Vic videos and why he can cover this sort of drama whereas other Youtubers who do so end up looking retarded. He nails down everything wrong with the anime Twitter community in one video without padding for time, without calling out anyone in particular, and adding in some pretty funny jokes that aren’t out of place even when he’s not his usual cheerful self throughout the entire video. There’s this one joke that starts around the 7:25 mark and I laughed my ass off at it.
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 faux-elitism that is the majority of Anitube and just embrace the fun. I don’t free up time to watch his Twitch streams all that much, which is where he plays video games now, but whenever he’s doing a Sellout Sunday stream where he watches Youtube videos with his girlfriend, I’m usually there. I think those streams are some of the most chill fun on that platform. On a final note, he has the best friends ever within the anime community, especially after his friendship with Joey The Anime Man ended. Merryweather. AfroSenjuXL. Heavenly Controller. Bunny Ayumi. Swimsuit Succubus. His own girlfriend, Ashley. This friend group trounces the mainstream Anituber community easily, although there is some intersection between Noble’s friends and that group.
And speaking of friends of Noble who also hangs out with the more public Anituber crowd…
Nux “Motherfucking” Taku
Also known as Noble’s third channel. Also known as the eternal worshipper of Fairy Tail and Lord Twigo-sama.
Nux is a very interesting guy in spite the constant sarcasm that comes from his mouth. I think he got his start ripping off ScreenJunkie’s format with honest trailers and descriptions, then he moved on to a lot of analyses and fact videos mostly focused on shonen. And that’s mainly what his channel is now, but he’s also recently gotten into other things like hentai, memes, and some other things that you’d mostly associate with Noble’s channel. The two of them are best friends and have frequently collaborated with each other in order to help their channels grow, and let me tell you right now, Nux is exploding in popularity at the moment. He reached like 100,000 subscribers in early 2018 and he’s almost to a million subscribers as of me writing this entry, as you can see by the current image of him I’ve got above. He’s been getting like 1000 to 2000 subs a day for the last few months. I think he’s really favoring the Youtube algorithm with his frankly click-baity thumbnails, the way he encourages his audience to like his videos, and his subject matter appealing to a broad audience of anime fans.
I’ll admit I don’t watch the majority of Nux’s content because I don’t like shonen videos or when he covers something really popular in general because I’ve already seen most of what he highlights and know everything about it, so I don’t need him to tell me why Code Geass is the biggest flex in anime history. Also, his videos are well-edited thanks to his talented editors, but he talks way too much in his videos. Some of his introductions go on for like 3-5 minutes talking about himself before he gets into the actual subject matter. But what makes him a favorite of mine despite me skipping a lot of his videos is his unique presentation and how when he tackles a subject I am interested in, he is so fucking eloquent and so fucking funny.
Unlike Noble, who alternates between silly and serious depending on the video, Nux is always doing things in a playfully trollish tone, even when he highlights serious subject matter like the recent COPPA situation or the toxic Demon Slayer fandom. He’s sort of built up this persona that is fun to be around whilst also being untouchable. I remember one time when a few people were trying to “cancel” him for seemingly insulting the idea of diversity in his video regarding badass women in anime in the title of his video. So you know what the guy did? He changed the title to an even more insulting one like he’s fucking JonTron.
I don’t even like that video because he just states a bunch of obvious things about badass anime women that people actually like, and yet it’s still awesome all the same.
Whenever he covers something I am interested in (and hopefully the video is short) like when he explained that meme he started regarding how Bakugo dies in the Hero Academia manga or when he’s just trolling the point of a tier list by ranking Anitubers by their taste rather than their content or when he covers a serious subject matter like how insane the woke side of anime Twitter can be, the video is usually god-like. I’ve loved almost every time he did an anime video that wasn’t specifically about anime. If he leaned more towards Noble’s usual subject matter rather than the constant fucking shonen, you’d easily have one of the best Youtube channels in existence. Although I wouldn’t mind if the Flex videos stayed. Nux’s whole entire purpose on the Internet is to flex on people, and taking that away from him would be like taking his soul.
He’s also a very hilarious commentator. I’ve seen him leave comments on a few Youtuber’s videos that I watch like Digibro’s and even Jaiden’s, and they always make me laugh in how he always praises someone for the strangest things. Same goes for his Twitter feed. If you follow the dude on Twitter, you’ll see his hilarious flexes on his friends and even big celebrities like Pewdiepie, threatening to beat him one day. Which is never going to happen, but it’s Nux, so you want to believe it’ll happen.
Overall, Nux is just a really friendly, really hilarious person with great videos that might be trying too hard at times, but the positives easily outweigh the negatives. I love how he’s constantly evolving over time, and I’m hoping that within the coming years, we’ll get to see more consistent variety in his channel. A lot of people already consider him to be one of the best Anitubers around. Hopefully he reaches that level for me, but he’s doing a decent job so far in terms of presentation, which honestly is the main factor that makes a great Youtuber in my opinion. If you haven’t noticed by now, my favorite Youtube subscriptions tend to be channels with great presentation that exudes in confidence and hilarity. When you’ve got that, all you need is a subject matter to interest me and I’m hooked.
Or you can just be really funny in general like…
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.
Dunkey 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. I’ve never really been engaged whenever he talks about how Super Mario 64 was revolutionary for its time or when he bashes on a JRPG because it’s stuff we’ve heard before, and 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. It’s not quite what I watch Dunkey for, but I do really appreciate his insights into those sorts of things all the same. Those kinds of aspects in gaming culture aren’t really talked about much and they really should, even if the guy who’s talking about them sounds like he’s high off his ass all the time.
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. Although like I said, I’d recommend skipping most of his serious videos, because he’s not really the best authority on that. Unlike this next Youtuber…
Thank god for Jim Sterling, one of the best motherfuckers to ever grace the Internet. But seriously, this guy is great. Definitely the only good person besides Yahtzee to ever be featured on The Escapist, and he’s done pretty well for himself since leaving.
I’ll admit right away, I really only subscribe to Jim for his Jimquisitions, where he goes into video essays regarding corruption within the video game industry from the crunch times to the predatory practices and less of his actual opinions on individual video games. I used to really love his written stuff back in the day. I didn’t even mind that controversial Breath of the Wild review he did. But ever since he transferred that format to video, his thoughts on actual games have gotten a lot more disorganized, and I can’t watch them.
While Jim is far from the only Youtuber around to report on terrible video game company practices or gaming culture in general, I find he’s easily the most engaging of the lot. He’s got such a magnetic presence when he’s the one reporting on this stuff that puts him above people like Yong Yea from his editing style to his sarcastic sense of humor. As long as it involves companies rather than actual gamers, Jim can’t be beat in terms of being eloquently informative.
Unfortunately, when it comes talking about actual gamers, Jim can be a huge hypocrite at times. He will only fight against censorship and bad business practices if it’s ruining something he personally likes, and if he doesn’t care about it, he’ll either ignore it or side against the fans. Which wouldn’t be so much of a problem if it wasn’t for how he suddenly loses all of his brain cells whenever he decides to attack his audience. Some of you are probably aware of his unfunny jab at one of the Dead or Alive Xtreme games not getting localized from years ago, but I think the best example of Jim fucking things up is his initial defense of the Epic Store, where he gets so tunnel-visioned regarding Steam’s issues that he failed to point out that Epic is much worse in all of the important ways.
I could point out what’s wrong with this video, but I don’t have to because Appabend can do it for me.
Also some of his side content and lesser videos can be just plain weird. I get adding to the charm of his personality, especially when he puts on cosplay for his videos, but explain to me why he thought the best way to express how bad the new WWE game was to consistently stutter over easy to explain points. Also, the clown making fun of bad comments gag was funny the first time Jim, but definitely not the next ten times.
Despite all of my issues though, he’s on his A-game enough that I can still recommend him, and he can be really funny at times. So overall I still think he’s the best person to go to when you want some seething critiques of the gaming industry, even if he is woke as shit. Oh, and one last thing about him is that he criticizes capitalism constantly in his videos. I don’t really care one way or another, but I know a lot of other people are iffy on that. And honestly, I don’t need anyone other than Jim to talk my ear off regarding that subject matter, so please don’t bring it up to me on this blog or anywhere else.
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.
Not going to spend too much time with this channel because there’s not really a lot to say. They’re basically the successor to RocketJump now that Freddie Wong has stopped making 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’ve also heard their second channel covering behind-the-scenes stuff is good. Not subscribed to it though. For now, I’m just happy seeing these guys have so much fun. That’s all I’ve got to say about Corridor Digital. Next one please.
Ah yes. The man of heavenly taste is here, as he should be. He’s like the final member of the big perverted Anituber trio consisting of him, Noble, and Nux, and whenever the three are interacting with each other on social media, it’s comedy gold.
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. And similar to Nux, he’s also 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. And also like Noble and Nux, he’s very critical of the woke community whenever it starts trying to attack anime. As you can probably tell, I like when the big anime guys occasionally (and I can’t stress that enough, because the anti-woke community is mostly a shit storm of retarded) puts their hands into that ring in order to tell people to enjoy anime for what it is. When you’re getting lectured by a guy as charismatically perverted as Heavenly, I say you listen to him.
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.
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.
Similar to Pewdiepie and Maximilian Dood, idubbbz is one of those guys that you mostly subscribe to for the sheer force of his personality. His content is great of course with tons of hilarious variety. I love his Content Cop series where he spotlights a famous Youtuber and breaks apart everything wrong with them from Keemstar to Ricegum. Most Youtubers when they make call-out videos end up looking like entitled manchildren who don’t know what they’re talking about or obnoxious cherry-pickers who miss the full context of things, but idubbbz is one of the few who can do that sort of shit well. He also produces some good diss tracks on some of his tickets, which are worth listening to. His bad unboxing videos are funny. And what I’ve seen of his Kickstarter Crap series is just hilarious. Like how the hell did any of these products get funding on that platform?
Again, similar to Pewdiepie, I actually haven’t been watching idubbbz for that long. He sort of passed me by until I discovered his Content Cop series a few months ago (yes, I’m bad at keeping up with popular shit on the platform. I didn’t even know who the Paul Brothers were until after the suicide forest thing). I’ve started digesting his stuff since discovering him and dear lord, idubbbz is just so funny. His stuff is so weird, but it’s also incredibly hilarious. He’s like the purest form of a human troll and I cannot stop laughing no matter what he makes a video about. I’m also subscribed to his second channel (not his third channel where he apparently does food videos though) 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.
I guess you could say he’s who I wish Nux Taku was more like. But honestly, there’s only one idubbbz out there, and that’s all we need. The guy is very unpredictable in a good way and the fact that he can make things that could easily go bad into some of the best entertainment on the platform is a sign of his talent. And I look forward to seeing whatever series he does next. Maybe he’ll do videos on the most hilarious deaths in history or something.
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.
Shortest description on this list. He 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. That’s pretty much all of his content and the only reason people watch him. If you’re into acapella like I am, you’ll really love his covers.
I will also say that he doesn’t upload all that often. Sometimes it takes months before he creates a new acapella cover. But otherwise, if you’re into this kind of content, then Smooth McGroove comes highly recommended.
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. He also has a second channel that I’m subscribed to where he puts his film-related projects on. I’ll admit though, I haven’t actually watched any of the videos on it.
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.
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. See the above header displaying almost 56,000 subs? He’s actually grown to over 60,000 subscribers since I took that picture.
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 listening to the Boomer King. And hopefully anyone who knows him does too.
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.
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.
I haven’t been watching him for as long as Jaiden so I can’t tell you too much about why he’s great beyond his sheer force of personality that allowed him to get his own card game or whatever in retail stores, and I can’t really point to any specific videos that make him great aside from maybe his Soubway Saga. He’s just really comforting to watch, and I mean that in a way that doesn’t put you to sleep. It’s a little hard to say why I like him and Jaiden compared to say, Domics or Tabbes, especially since animated storytelling is about as subjective as comedy, I find. I just really like his videos and I think his animation style is great, regardless of all the complaints that it’s not great animation. Need I say more?
Also, I’m getting a little tired of these descriptions at this point. Thankfully, there aren’t many Youtubers left, although I can tell you I do have a lot to say about these guys. For starters…
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. Seriously Nico, why do you have such good taste in Youtubers?
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.
Again, similar to NakeyJakey, 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.
So if you don’t know who this guy 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.
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 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.
Quick list of Youtubers I occasionally watch, but don’t subscribe to:
The Anime Man
+ Has very interesting knowledge of Japan and some of the videos he does with fans are fun.
– Something about his attitude prevents me from actually subscribing to him. Also has some really shit videos, but to be fair, I think they’ve lessened recently.
+ An influential figure in the Youtube landscape for anime fans.
– …by creating a video format I have zero interest in.
Super Butter Buns
+ Very energetic reviewer of Japanese video games.
– Unfortunately none of her jokes make me laugh.
+ Very good observations of the games he plays with some funny reactions.
– Has a lot of dumb moments that either work out for him or don’t.
+ One of the original animated storytellers with some relatable moments.
– Subject matter is too broad to really be appealing to me.
+ There are times when he’s really interesting…
– …and times where his ego is too far up his own ass.
+ Man this guy’s Youtube originals as of late are really good.
– Haven’t cared enough to check out his other stuff.