Ok back again, you know the drill, let's begin! The three performances that really stood out to me were Greg Eagles as Zommari Rureaux, Terrence Stone as Mayuri Kurotsuchi, and Hank Matthews as Szayelaporro Grantz. I am doing something slightly different tonight. I am going to break down each performance and give my thoughts and opinions on it. This way, I can give more insightful opinions on the performances. First up to the plate is Greg Eagles!
I have been very impressed with Greg as Zommari, tonight was no exception! First of all, I am SO GLAD that Viz kept Banzai untranslated in both the manga and the anime. With that said, Greg did very well with "Banzai Aizen" (to those who don't know what banzai means, it is translated to "long live." So, Zommari is screaming long live Aizen!). I loved how he got into the whole what I dub the "hollows are people too" speech. I could feel the rage in his voice and it sent chills down my spine! But as I said a few weeks ago, it's really a shame that Zommari did not get more screen time. Greg is really an amazing actor, and it's a shame that his top-notch acting skills cannot be displayed more often. Well, here's hope for future Bleach roles from Greg.
Terrence Stone's Mayuri is like a fine wine, it only gets better with age. Terry really captured Mayuri's sadistic persona and I love how he gives Mayuri a Wicklow dialect. I especially loved his performance tonight. I was astounded by his tortured screams and grunts. They have vastly improved since the Soul Society arc. I laughed at his "oh here come the speech" line. Overall I look forward to his performance in the next few episodes.
Last but not least is Hank Matthews. Hank really brought the "crazy" in this episode! I loved his sadistic laugh, his screams, his yelling, every last bit of it. I am going to be sad when Szayel dies in a few episodes. Hank has been a great addition to the Bleach family, and every episode he has been in has been an absolute delight.
Everyone else gave great performances, and I overall I thought it was a very well performed episode.
- Story 7/10
- Art/Animation 9/10
- Sound Effects 10/10
- Script adaptation 8/10
- Music 9/10
- Acting 9/10
My final Score for Bleach episode 198 dubbed is an 8.7 out of 10. Remember to join me on Tuesday when I review Bleach episode 316 (last one-shot episode yeh!), and join me next week when I review Bleach 199 dubbed. With episode 200 dubbed coming soon, please tell me your favorite Bleach dubbed moments, I will post the favorite moments with my review of episode 200 on April 17th.