Bleach 627: The Creation Chapter Assessment

This chapter was somewhat lite, but it did make my heart beat faster. After getting into the Valley of Screams and moving in closer to the Soul King Palace, Ichigo and his group are now about to get out there and face the Quincies once more. At the same time, the Shinigami in Seireitei have completed a gate to the city of the Soul King Palace and are also about to get out there.

Apparently, both parties will arrive within the perimeter of the Soul King Palace. I’m guessing they will attack at the same time? But, I was actually anxious because what if the Quincies would also attack immediately after both parties would arrive within the Soul King Palace’s city? It’s like seeing a tactical strategy game!

Once Ichigo and his party arrived, they noticed that the surroundings look very different. They actually thought that they were in the wrong place but actually, it really is the Soul King Palace’s city. Apparently, Yhwach has reshaped the entire place to reflect Quincy architecture and landscape, which obviously irritates Yoruichi Shihōin.

This development made me wonder what has happened to Ichibē Hyōsube. Has he truly given up, believing that there is no way they could defeat Yhwach?

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Bleach 626: The Holy Newborn Chapter Assessment

Again, this chapter of Bleach is despairing.

As if I was not used to it. I really should stop expecting Bleach to be comedic now. However, we do see a small dose of funny, chibi moments, but that is all.

Yhwach has completed “absorbing” the Soul King and has now turned into… HOLY CRAP!! A seven-eyed being? No, a multi-eyed being! A monster? I do not know, but he does look frightening. Really frightening that even his subordinates, except for Jugram Haschwalth, look surprised at what has become of Yhwach. Jugram also states that “this world would not exist” without Yhwach. So technically, Yhwach has become the new “Soul King”.

That part made me depressed again because how then, will Ichigo Kurosaki and all the other Shinigami would be able to defeat Yhwach? I said it before, I will say it again: you might as well end Bleach now because everything looks hopeless. I doubt Ichigo has enough power to wipe out Yhwach and his henchmen. Sōsuke Aizen? I do not think so.

Even so I said the aforementioned, I still like to read Bleach to find out what happens. This has gone on so long that it would be a shame to miss this last arc (if I am not mistaken, it is the last arc).

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Bleach 625: Living Jaguar Chapter Assessment

Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez is back and he is looking to be in top form! The panther has truly returned!

Not just him, actually. We also see Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, who still has an obvious crush on Ichigo. And, she is in her adult form! All thanks to the genius that is Kisuke Uraha, we are going to see Nel Tu mostly in her adult form. Sweet! And with Nel Tu around, we see Orihime Inoue innocently blushing jealously. Typical love triangle that will never see the light of day as Bleach will NEVER focus on the protagonists’ romantic relationships. Oh well.

Not only do we get appearances from former Espada Arrancar, we also get a couple of former Xcution Fullbringers: Riruka Dokugamine and Yukio Hans Vorarlberna. I actually did not bother to comprehend their roles and abilities, The Valley of Screams, and whatnot. All I know is that Riruka and Yukio have abilities that can be used to move through The Valley of Screams in order to get to the Soul King Palace and launch a surprise attack.

How they are going to attack and best Yhwach and his constituents, I do not know. If we are to compare Yhwach and Ichigo’s teams based on strength and power, Yhwach is still in the win. 😦

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Bleach 624: The Fang Chapter Assessment

This has been a much-wanted breather chapter for me. In here, we see what is going on in Seireitei from an owl’s eye view: Shinigami and Quincy working together. We also see Sōsuke Aizen recovering from the earlier Quincy attack with more references to how powerful he is.

On the other hand, we finally get a glimpse on what is happening to Ichigo Kurosaki and his group. And finally, we get some comic relief. It feels like a long time since we last laughed on a Bleach chapter; thank goodness for Yoruichi Shihōin and the way she treats Ichigo. Ha! Ha! Thankfully too, her arm has been regenerated with the help of Orihime Inoue powers.

We also got to see what happened when they fell from the Soul King’s palace and were shot down by Ishida. It is a good thing Orihime is given significant roles, and is not just a background player in this arc.

And… Kon! Oh my goodness! I almost forgot the character that is Kon! He is actually a favorite of mine, though mostly an underdog in this series. But man! Thank goodness he was allowed to tag along to Soul Society and actually try to save Ichigo and company (which he actually did :P)

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Bleach 623: Against the Judgment Chapter Assessment

This is another chapter which I felt was used to display the immensity of Sōsuke Aizen’s power. Also, it was also used to portray magnificence of Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s mind and technological inventions. Aizen’s statement,

…turn it to the max and we’ll see which is better: your technology or my power…

…gave it away. Apparently, there exists an immense Reiatsu and impressive technologies among the shinigami that could be used against Yhwach, yet here they are, still in Seireitei with no idea of what is going on in the Soul King’s Palace. Oh well.

Then, here come the Quincies/Sternritters with NaNaNa Najahkoop attacking Aizen. I wonder what happened to Aizen? That is one thing I do not like with Bleach: it is not clear what happens to a character after being hit. Countless shinigami were attacked/hit in this war, and we do not know if they survived or not.

Anyway, I was getting pumped up to see Shunsui Kyōraku getting ready to attack the Quincies/Sternritters. I thought he was going to do it alone and I thought that this is going to be awesome and that finally, we would see Kyōraku in action. BUT NO! NaNaNa Najahkoop gets backstabbed (more accurately: shot from the back) by Bazz-B! And apparently, they want to help the shinigami get into the Soul King’s Palace!

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