Ouch. That dub could have been a LOT better. Dammit Funimation, you hit it out of the park with War on Geminar and now it sounds like you're striking out with this.
Funimation has a history of not being able to properly do comedy. They can't really do pervy either, so when it came to a pervy comedy they should have just left this one for Sentai to pick up. I mean, Goldenboy. Need I say more?
Was that Cherami Leigh in there? Whomever she was, actress wise, she sounded inappropriate for the character (Koneko Toujou), as the character is rather emotionless and this actress was emoting like a bad Shatner. Not to mention that they seemingly changed the character by having her use asinine & rather archaic English phrases like "That was dope."
Jamie Marchi has made her mark in anime playing irreverent, happy-go-lucky characters who may or may not be vacuous but who are always overtly sexual 100% of the time. This character, Rias, is not exactly that.
Rias is half Hime, the cold, calculating and conniving borderline dominatrix woman from Princess Resurrection and half Belldandy from Oh My Goddess!.
Rias acts like Issei's mom at times, going from badass to demure at the drop of a hat, which is hilariously creepy, but outside of the normal fare for Marchi. Marchi plays a similar character in War on Geminar but her character has an "older woman, younger guy" quasi-Mrs. Robinson thing going on, which is completely different than Rias' trend of becoming motherly as Marchi's character in War on Geminar doesn't turn off the sexuality, ever, while Rias does.
SYNOPSIS: After being killed by a fallen angel, Issei Hyodo is brought back to life by the gorgeous president of his high school's Occult Research Club, Rias Gremory, who turns out to be a high-ranking demon. With devilish new powers, Issei is bound to serve Rias.
As much as I enjoyed this show, think I'm gonna pass on the BD, for now at least. This show was just so 'ugly' and grainy on DVD, think how more so it'll be on BD.
Maybe I'll give it another run thru to help me decide on BD or not.
While I don't think that this show is going to become a title to showcase HD anime when it is on blu-ray, after watching some of it again a few weeks ago I have to suspect that the limitations of the DVD are bringing the show down.
No matter what upscaler I use, whether it be PowerDVD, a hardware stand-alnone player or the vaunted PS3 DVD versions of shows look like crap on even a lower-end 1080 monitor by themselves and worse compared to their blu-ray counterparts. I don't know how I watched DVD quality video for so long as my first ever smartphone has a higher resolution than does DVD video.
If properly done ( ), and the 2008 Golgo 13 show was originally done in HD, the bluray will only be brought down by the cheap animation and illustration used in the show and not the limitations of the format and I'm willing to pay to see the show in such a way. Bring it on Sentai.
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