Dominus Atheos wrote:Did you binge-watch it in a day?
I actually started it Saturday before your recommendation as a "blow off" because, due to multiple factors, my projects for the weekend got put on hold. Finished up Sunday night. Yea, yea, I get it's hypocritical to complain about having nothing to watch when I pound through what I do watch, but I honestly didn't think I'd like this show as much as I did. I generally don't binge watch anymore. Bleach would have lasted me a long time if my wife didn't snore so damned loud.
Q99 wrote:Oh, not a bad place to stop. Though the anime does have some bonus fun bits of Soul Society characters that the manga lacks...
I spoiled myself and watched the Aizon fight. Or whoever: the dude with the glasses you KNOW is evil from the first 3 seconds you see him during the Soul Arc.
I don't know when, but this show seems to at some point go full DBZ. I know it's about Ichigo, but I feel DBZ being all about Goku (among other things) was a huge minus to the series. Relegating good characters to the background to only show up and support the hero when they're needed doesn't really do much for me these days. The whole "buddy cop" vibe between Ichi and Rukia in season 1 was a big part of why I liked the show. Sure, she's teaching him things, but it's apparent from the very beginning she is not some kind of badass and seems to mostly fail her way through things by just going with the flow.
More importantly, she was a big part of the story in multiple ways even if she wasn't able to accomplish much physically due to plot contrivance. The Manga release bullshit aside, that's REALLY what killed DBZ for me. When everyone shows up just to get their ass kicked then give exposition... lame.
This is why I loved DBZ abgridged: "Yea... I'm just going to wait for Goku."
General Zod wrote:Kenpachi gets better treatment in the later arcs. I highly recommend tracking down fansubs if you don't feel like waiting for Netflix to put up the rest of it. Also if you want more stuff like Bleach, I'd highly recommend tracking down Yu Yu Hakusho.
Aw man, but his English VA is so much of why I like him. Swapping to Japanese kills a lot of it for me.
And it works in reverse. I like Ichigo's English VA, but there's parts where I find the gravity (I guess) is lost due to poor translation leading to a dialog dump. Ok, here's an example: when he reaches his limit and Byakuya is about to kill him. He's panicked but also... introspective? "I can't move my X. Am I really about to die? Did I come this far <more cliched dialog delivered at gunpoint>."
The Japanese VA is like: "move.... MOVE.... MOVEMOVEMOVEMOVEMOVEMOVE MOVE!
Much like this adds to the desperation of Ichigo, Lodge brings a level of menace and arrogance to Kenpachi I find lacking in Japanese. Not to say Ichigo's VA is bad, he's actually really good. It's just easy to find faults in the translation since he gets the lion's share of dialog. I do think his arrogance is much better portrayed in English, but that could be because I don't know Japanese.
Lodge really is amazing though. He's literally the only person IMO who can scream "FOR THE HORDE!" and not sound like a total d-bag doing so. That's some next-level shit.
K. A. Pital wrote:Parasyte.
It is so good that even the cliches (schoolguy gets super-abilities) get completely turned on their head.
I'll keep an eye out.