You know, dubs get such undue scorn some times. YU YU HAKUSHO’s got a reputation for having one of the better English dubs (a reputation that’s certainly warranted considering how the actors make a lot of the blander lines work better,) and I have to say that even the instances of “inappropriate” dubbing actually play well. I’m specifically referring to the casting of Suzaku. I’ll bet that the Japanese voice actor probably sounds a lot more menacing, but this one’s dainty voice creates such a fun dynamic, especially when he and Yusuke are having their prolonged exchange of grunts during the fight. The fact that this big bad demon sounds like he’s having a particularly frustrated bout of badminton while we see his epic brawl is just so amusing, I prefer it over any “correct” way of handling the scene.
I’m sure that’s all intentional on the dubbing team’s part. One thing that’s particularly fun about watching dubs is you quite often get the added “meta” layer of the actors delivering lines while being in on a lot of jokes about the material that came up during the recording session. To wit, I’m sure they took one look at Suzaku, figured he was too ridiculous to take seriously and promptly decided to run with it.
I didn’t realize that this particular arc had been going on as long as it had until the recap montage. Maybe that speaks well to me just being hooked into the swashbuckling instead of looking at the clock. We’re what - - eight episodes into this? It’s been fun to just enjoy a series for what it is, just like I would have before I ever got involved in this reviewing nonsense. There might not be a ton to analyze, here, plot wise, but damn if I’m not having a good time.
However, this particular party’s going to have to end eventually, so I’ll just give all you lunatics a proper head’s up. I’m going to be wrapping up this show after the 25 episode (the last part of this particular mega arc.)
Look up this episode, "Seven Ways To Die" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.