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Happy Easter (to those who celebrate it, I believe in some ideas of Deism so I don't celebrate holidays for religious purposes, rather for family)! The Easter Bunny came early and delivered the sweet good that is Kenpachi VS Nnoitra. So enough chit chat, on with the review!
I know this episode is a fan-favorite for many, and Studiopolis did a very good just with adapting the script. The dialogue was a little awkward in some places, but you can only change so much when dealing with lip-flaps (If Studiopolis actually had a large budget and more time to record, they could probably retime and create a new audio mix and fit it with their own dialogue, but that actually requires a lot of money and time, which they do not have a lot of). Other than they some shaky lines, they script was very well adapted.
The performance that stood out the most for me in this episode was Nnoitra Gilga himself, Michael Sinterniklaas. I know I have mentioned this before in past blogs, but in my personal opinion Michael gives one of the most surprising performances in Bleach. I know sometimes anime fans aren't aways satisfied with Michael's vocal range, and diversity in characters choices. But now, I can't really imagine anyone else voicing Nnoitra in english. There were times in this episode where he was almost unrecognizable. I will admit I was a little nervous about how he would deliver "Santa Teresa," but he did it beautifully. I could really feel the bloodlust in his voice, and I really can't wait to hear more from Michael.
David Lodge also gave an excellent performance as Kenpachi Zaraki in all of his great insanity. This might be just be me, but it feels like Stevie Bloch somehow makes Yachiru sound cuter in every performance.
Overall this episode was a great preview of the action in the next few episodes.
- Story 7/10
- Art/Animation 8.5/10
- Sound Effects 10/10
- Script adaptation 8.5/10
- Music 9/10
- Acting 8.5/10
My final Score for Bleach episode 201 dubbed is a 8.6 out of 10. Remember to join me on Tuesday when I review Bleach episode 319, and join me next week when I review Bleach 202 dubbed.
Until next time...I will be Defying Gravity, just like Soul Reapers (Wicked is one of the few shows I cried at, plus it is so New York it is obnoxious, I saw it last weekend, I would recommend it to everyone)! --Lemursrule (talk) 05:32, April 24, 2011 (UTC)