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gigantor21
December 22, 2006, 08:58 PM
(Inana, a relatively new member on the forum, has stated that he wants to do some reviews for Bleach, too. Personally, I think it’s a great idea, since I haven’t been all that reliable about it.)

255. Don’t Breathe In The Bush

Finally, after weeks of complaining about it, Kubo has given me what I wanted—updates on what the others have been doing while Ichigo and Co. have invaded the place. Just based on that alone, this chapter was much better than the last few, but it went even further still, giving us a bit more insight into the dynamics between the three at the top—Gin, Aizen and Tousen—and hinting at plotting being done behind the scenes by the Espada. Granted, Aizen knew all about it, but still…

On the dynamic between the three ex-captains running Las Noches, reading this chapter changed my view of the way Aizen views Tousen and Gin. I figured that he just saw them both as tools, but his conversation with Gin suggested that he respects Gin more than Tousen—most likely because he’s the only subordinate he has now that isn’t being intimidated or manipulated by him. And unlike Hinamori, Gin isn’t madly in love with him, which would also help to explain his more colloquial relationship with Aizen.

It was interesting to see that there are some Espada doing their own thing behind Aizen’s back. It adds another layer to the arc as a whole—though it may just be another SS-Arc throwback, since Aizen’s conspiracy was used as a subplot that eventually tied everything together. Hopefully, it won’t end up being like that, and there will be more to it than Aizen is aware of.

We also finally got a good look at another Privaron, who’s just as eccentric in design and personality as Doldooni was. Chirucchi reminded me of those 12 identical sisters from Kubo’s first series, Zombie Powder, which was a pleasant surprise. Her yo-yo zanpakuto, Gondolina, looked kind of dinky, though, and her release in the next chapter didn’t really make up for it. However, as someone on the forum pointed out, the fact that the Privaron’s aren’t going to last long lets Kubo do whatever he wants with them, so it won’t matter in the long run.

Rating – 4/5

All in all, it was a really good chapter. In fact, I felt like I got as much out of this chapter as in 250 through 254 altogether. I didn’t feel like I had to stretch what happened in the chapter to make it seem significant, and it was damn refreshing.

mugen
December 22, 2006, 09:57 PM
yeah it was
but anyways I just hope that we find out their rank before they were ranked of the espada

Luckas
December 23, 2006, 09:28 AM
Here I am as promised. :eyeroll
The chapter was interesting, but different translation confused me a little about the converstaion between Aizen and his "subordinates".
The problem is that this arc is too similar to the Soul Society, it seems to me Tito isn't capable to proceed as it wasn't him who wrote the plot. From the return of Ichigo in the real world Kubo managed only to get an interesting chapter just before the quality would dropped too much and so on. He really doesn't seem the same author, who devolopped so marvelous characters.

gigantor21
December 23, 2006, 06:26 PM
Here I am as promised. :eyeroll
The chapter was interesting, but different translation confused me a little about the converstaion between Aizen and his "subordinates".
The problem is that this arc is too similar to the Soul Society, it seems to me Tito isn't capable to proceed as it wasn't him who wrote the plot. From the return of Ichigo in the real world Kubo managed only to get an interesting chapter just before the quality would dropped too much and so on. He really doesn't seem the same author, who devolopped so marvelous characters.


Wait, wait--since when has Kubo not been writing the manga? Or do you mean that his editors are wrestling his creative license from him? And where'd you hear about this?

Personally, I agree that the arc as a whole has been too similar to the SS-Arc. But I feel that the last few chapters have shown some promise, in the fact that they've been interesting enough to make up for that.

Luckas
December 24, 2006, 06:43 AM
Wait, wait--since when has Kubo not been writing the manga? Or do you mean that his editors are wrestling his creative license from him? And where'd you hear about this?I tried to be ironic :eyeroll because until the end of Soul Society Arc Bleach was marvelous, almost the best manga I ever read but then it dropped so quickly as if it was written by someone else.

gigantor21
December 24, 2006, 10:45 AM
I tried to be ironic :eyeroll because until the end of Soul Society Arc Bleach was marvelous, almost the best manga I ever read but then it dropped so quickly as if it was written by someone else.


Haha, sorry about that. The joke went completely over my head...

And while I do think that Bleach isn't nearly as good as it was during the SS Arc, I think that the decline has been more gradual, and puncuated. I really liked the part where Ichigo fought Hollow Ichigo, and most of the Arrancar fights on Earth have been pretty good, albeit completely random (Ikkaku's Bankai, anyone?).

Luckas
December 24, 2006, 11:10 AM
And while I do think that Bleach isn't nearly as good as it was during the SS Arc, I think that the decline has been more gradual, and puncuated. I really liked the part where Ichigo fought Hollow Ichigo, and most of the Arrancar fights on Earth have been pretty good, albeit completely random (Ikkaku's Bankai, anyone?).
The training with vaizards was ruined for me when Shinji Hirako told Ichigo he knew everything about hōgyoku but we were never told what he knew, neither any of the too many secrets Tite is piling up was revealed. That really made me mad.

gigantor21
December 24, 2006, 06:08 PM
The training with vaizards was ruined for me when Shinji Hirako told Ichigo he knew everything about hōgyoku but we were never told what he knew, neither any of the too many secrets Tite is piling up was revealed. That really made me mad.


Just give it some time. He can't keep dodging the details forever. If it really bothers you that much, then you could just try and take a break from reading it for a while and then read everything you missed in one shot.

Luckas
December 25, 2006, 01:38 PM
Just give it some time. He can't keep dodging the details forever. If it really bothers you that much, then you could just try and take a break from reading it for a while and then read everything you missed in one shot.
I hope the manga just get better as it was before.