YES! YES! YES! Episode 192 literally just finished airing(at the time I am writing this), so with thoughts fresh in my mind (and being on hyper-overdrive), I shall continue. Nel's voice was PERFECT!!! I will get more into what I loved about Nel's voice in just a bit, but before I begin, please remember to vote for March's Featured Article, Featured Picture and Featured Quote! Plus here is my own person sketch of Nel.
So without any delay, here we go.
Well, as most of you already know, and if you don't, I am a "Bats^%t crazy Nel fan-girl." Episode 192 also happens to be one of my favorite episodes. So of course Nel is going to be the epicenter of this review so with that said...HORAY THEY DIDN"T F^%K UP HER VOICE!!! (stars and strips forever play)...ok regaining my composure. I liked how her adult voice sounded distinctly different from her child voice, yet you still felt that connection that made you (well me) fall in love with her. I also have to give kudos to Colleen for trying to make Nel sound different from what she usually does (the Jazz Fenton, Ino type voices), it sounded very sweet and quiet, and sounded very age appropriate for Nel (who for me anyway looks about 18 or 19). I don't think Nel should have the deep-stereotypical "magical transforming girl" voice, Nel is one of a kind, therefore her voice should sound unique. I also appreciate and say THANK YOU to the script writers for changing Nel's lines and have her say things other than "Ichigo, Ichigo, Ichigo!" After the first five times, it gets kinda annoying. So, whoever wrote the script for 192 THANK YOU! I also have to give Colleen credit for her little Nel voice. Her Nel voice just broke my heart, and I like the fact it did not get too "pitchy." The voice sounded high-pitched and cute, but stayed away from being ear-grating.
I also loved the rest of the performances in the episode. This has been one of the better acting episodes dub wise lately, it felt like everyone could hold up their own performances and it sounds like they recorded all together(which you don't do normally in ADR) and it comes together as a happy union. I especially like Johnny Yong Bosch and Michael Sinterniklaas's performances. They were really getting into it, especially Michael. Michael sounded INSANE! He sounded sadistic, and nasty piece of work, especially talking about how he cracked Nel's head open, it gave me chills and I wanted to kill the SOB! Plus, Johnny is the best screamer, he does it so effortlessly! He can do the macho battle scream, the pain scream, and the anger scream! The script was a little meh in a few places, but there are limitations with what you can do with lip-flaps. Plus let's face it in terms of dialogue, Bleach is no Titanic or Gone with the Wind.
Overall the episode was a well-paced, fun-filled,emotional, and action-packed episode that left me wanting more. So here is the final rundown.
- Story 8/10
- Art/Animation 8.5/10
- Sound Effects 9/10
- Script adaptation 9/10
- Music 9/10
- Acting 9.5/10