HxH 55: Better in bulk

Hunter x Hunter episode 55 review

HxH 55

This week’s episode of HxH is better in context. When I first watched it – and I’m sure you’ve heard this by now – I was watching five episodes per day. So this was just part of a 2-hour window of watching. Thus this comes off as exciting, even while by itself, it comes off as not so much.

It’s still probably the best show of the week on Toonami, pending the results of the Lupin III test. Kurapika is still my favorite character, even though in this episode something seemed off about him. Let’s just say that I prefer the sub to the dub, and that’s so unlike me. I’m a diehard dub guy. 3 out of the 4 main characters sound better subbed than dubbed, though, and believe me when I tell you that I love the dub voice actresses (enough to put up with their left-wing propaganda on Twitter).

I just think they were miscast in this series. The original voices of these characters didn’t sound so feminine, especially not Killua’s. Next time, give an up-and-coming voice actor the job, instead of a veteran voice actress who’s got to strain her voice to try to make it match the original. Sometimes you need to let a rookie have a shot. There are so many of the voice actors and actresses who got their shot, and then became stars. That’s what needed to be done here in HxH, instead of the way they cast them.

Please understand, though, I don’t know anything about the world of voice acting. I’m just saying what I think, and what I hear from watching the original sub. I know this is fuel for a classic sub vs. dub debate, but keep in mind that I’m on the dub side here. I’m just pointing out something that needs to be said: the main characters who were given voice actresses were miscast. They did a solid job, they did their best, but they still don’t sound right, and that’s because they needed to be given more of a deeper voice actor. Kurapika’s is probably the best of the three; sometimes Kurapika sounds great, but not so much in this particular episode. But the fight between Gon and Killua had me hearing Ryuko Matoi fighting with Sailor Mars. That just doesn’t cut it for me. Lots of times voice actresses fill boys’ roles perfectly. Sadly, not so much here in HxH.

The episode itself was okay, but not great either. If Lupin III doesn’t turn out good, then this week of Toonami will end up being a total wash. To quote Naruto on two occasions this week, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

Character of the episode: Leorio

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

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