Just a heads up, I will not be as energetic as I usually am because I am really tired from work. So with my messaging slippers on, a cup of tea, and keyboard in hand, let's begin!
I really liked this episode, I thought it was good the first time I watched it, but with the dub, I like it just a bit more. I don't really think that the dub was better than the sub, but with the dub it's almost like a new show, so I fall in love with it more. I thought the entire cast did a very good job on the episode. However, the two actors who stood out the most for me were Dave Mallow and Laura Bailey. I will be honest, when I first heard Dave as Kensei, I was a little unsure. However as time went on, he got better and better at the role of Kensei, tonight was no exception. I am totally fangirling right here, but I thought the way he said Tachikaze was sexy. I really like how he realized Tōsen's betrayal, it sounded a bit more convincing than the Japanese adaptation. In the Japanese version, all Kensei says is "Damn You" while gasping for breath. In my opinion, it was a little over dramatic. In the dub, it sounded more natural both in terms of the acting and scripting. I think that had a lot to do with the english script writers (Kudos for them), but Dave was the one that pulled it off. I have to give huge props to Laura Bailey for making both Mashiro and Hiyori sound like two completely different people, without changing Mashiro's voice really at all. Laura always pulls the comedy bits off nicely (one of her trademarks is her good comedic timing in her acting).
I was a little so-so on Steve with Hisagi. While I still think that Steve did a wonderful job with young Hisagi (also commend him for not making him sound too much like Tōshiro), I still think Studiopolis should have hired a female voice actress or a kid. The one thing I loved in the Japanese version of this episode is that Hisagi, although he was voiced by a woman, it sounded like he was voiced by a 12-year old kid, not a woman trying to sound like a 12-year old kid. But, nonetheless Steve should not be penalized, and I think he did a good job.
This was a great episode, we reach the climax of the Turn Back The Pendulum Mini Arc.
- Story 10/10
- Art/Animation 10/10
- Sound Effects 10/10
- Script adaptation 10/10
- Music 10/10
- Acting 10/10
I give Bleach 209 a 10 out of 10. Remember to join me on Tuesday when I review Bleach episode 327, and join me next week when I review Bleach 210 dubbed.