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    The Underscore’s Bleach Review 339: The Deathbringer Numbers

    The Underscore’s Bleach Review
    339 The Deathbringer Numbers

    So this week we had a very early release of the chapter, and boy what a great chapter this was. We finally got to see the rankings of the top 3 Espada’s (which were just like the ones I predicted in my first review), the story finally sped up a bit (faster than I predicted), and even more! Of course I will be going over these points as I have in my previous reviews. The scans for this week’s review are from Anonymous X instead of the usual M7 scans, but I just couldn’t wait to get started. For those of you who haven’t read the review of chapter 338, you can read it here. But for those of you who already read it (or aren’t interested in it because it’s outdated), the review for chapter 339 starts here.


    Life in Technicolor

    If the gift was a rectangular box, it could have been this chapter

    So as a little extra on the side of this chapter, we get a colored page with Orihime. I’m saying on the side, because this chapter is the one we’ve been waiting for a pretty long time, one with some story progression! Nonetheless it’s a nice picture of her, showing a bit of the holiday spirit. But enough about this, lets get to the story.

    Charging to their doom

    Now I see where Eón got his temper from


    So the chapter starts of with Eón burning while Kira gets advised to keep his barrier up by Genryuusai. No sooner did Genryuusai say this, or the three fractions charge towards him. As Genryuusai complements them on their fighting spirit, for fighting with one arm, he cuts them down with an attack similar to that of last week (Again, I’m guessing it isn’t his Shikai, but you can read about that in my previous review). The difference with this week’s attack however is the fact that Mila Rose, Sun Sun and Apache survived this attack, whilst Eón was burned away. This however was only out of kindness from Genryuusai, and like that, the Fractions fall (literally). The only thing that I’m disappointed about is the fact that Genryuusai himself finished them off instead of Komamura or Ikkaku. But the bright side of this is the fact that we’re finally making some progress in the story department.

    Those left behind

    Does this answer why Hitsugaya was distracted?


    So as her Fractions fall down from the sky after being burned, Halibel seems a bit distracted. I had to show this picture because it reminded me of the chapter where Hinamori suddenly appeared, distracting Hitsugaya. Though this time, it’s Halibel who is distracted. After this we see a bit on how the fight between her and Hitsugaya was going. I’m guessing Hitsugaya had been on the defense most of the time because if he was on the offence, he certainly let a great opportunity slip. After this short break, Halibel resumes the fight with some flashy attacks. Halibel’s attacks seemed to be pretty strong and looked pretty interesting with the waves of Reiatsu following the swings. As Hitsugaya is knocked back by one of her latest swings, Halibel decides to show us what we wanted to see from the time she was introduced…

    Third

    That’s what we wanted to see!... The number I mean…

    So Kubo decided we’ve been waiting long enough and decided to show us Halibel’s… ranking… with a little fan service of course, given that he had to make up for some things from the last few chapters. And just like I predicted, Halibel is the third Espada. Hitsugaya on the other hand is surprised by the fact that someone so powerful is only ranked third.

    You can zip up now
    Can’t say she’s just a pretty face…


    So as Hitsugaya shows his surprise about her power, Halibel tells us she hasn’t even begun to show the extent of her it. The thing I noticed here is the fact that Halibel isn’t just showing her mask here, but also some of her (Hollow) personality (with the brat comment). Before she unzipped she seemed to be more reserved than what we’re seeing now. Maybe it has something to do with her Fractions being defeated, or maybe it’s something that happens when she shows her mask. And what a mask it is. It somehow looks like a mix between Ichigo’s mask and Grimmjow’s resurrection to me. At least that was the first thing that came to my mind. I actually like her design here and it’s making me very curious about her released state. After seeing Halibel like this, Hitsugaya immediately goes to his Bankai. Just as the ice making up Daiguren Hyourinmaru takes shape, Halibel strikes down on Hitsugaya.

    Taking it easy


    You can’t always get what you want Kyouraku


    As Halibel strikes at Hitsugaya, the scene smoothly changes to Kyouraku and Stark in what I find to be one of the best transitions I've seen in most manga's. Stark notes that the Shinigami who are in the fake Karakura town are strong, and let’s Kyouraku know that he was hoping he could just fool around a bit. Kyouraku then starts to make his own ranking of the Espada’s based on his suspicions and desires. In his ranking of the Espada’s he shows his observational skills and his ever laidback attitude. I thought it was pretty funny when he said it would be easier on him if Stark was the second Espada, it’s just so like him. His joking aside, his ranking of the Espada’s is spot on. One thing that was noticeable during the ranking of the Espada’s is the fact that Barragan seemed to have gotten up from his throne, so I’m guessing he’s busy with Soifon and Marechiyo. Anyhow, as Stark shows his true colors as the primera Espada, Kyouraku does the same as one of Soul Society’s strongest captains (with probably the most evil smile in the Bleach universe up ‘till now ). Though this fight is one I would love to see, the chapter shifts to another highly anticipated fight…

    21 weeks

    Long time no see!


    So we finally get to see Ichigo again since his last appearance 21 chapters ago. The blast we saw during the change from the fake Karakura town to Hueco Mundo was apparently caused by Ulquiorra who deflected one of Ichigo’s attacks. Though at first glance one might think we haven’t missed much in this battle as of yet because Ichigo hasn’t got his mask on, a cut on Ichigo’s right shoulder can tell us a different story. But in spite of this cut Ichigo seems to be ready to take on the fourth Espada…

    So we had an early release this week, and with it you get an early review. This chapter really got me exited about Bleach again (in comparison to the last few weeks), and I’m guessing I’m not the only one. I hope I didn’t forget anything in my excitement, I may have rushed this review a bit because of it . But if you guys saw something I didn’t, or you have something to add to this, feel free to post it here. As for my prediction on the next chapter, I’m guessing Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra. I’m afraid I can’t say it will be definite seeming as how almost all of my predictions about the chapters have been wrong. But I guess it’s save to say that the fight between them is finally going to start.
    So that’s it for this week’s review, I hope you guys enjoyed it.
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    Re: The Underscore’s Bleach Review 339: The Deathbringer Numbers

    Nice review Underscore. I guess my friend's was right, since Stark was so much like Shikamaru from Naruto, he turned out to be #1. R.I.Pieces, lesbian trio. Was Genryusai really showing honor? Or was he just being cruelly sarcastic? Seeing Halibel unmasked reminds me of the characters Baraka and Mileena from Mortal Kombat. She's like the Eve of Hueco Mundo, does that make Sosuke Adam? We only have one fracción left, Lilinette. She'll wish that she had a ball to play with now>v<.

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    Wow, we're finally back to ichigo's fight, but now we're into the top three's fights. That sort of sucks. I'm still tired of ichigo's drawn-out fights. *sigh* oh well, we learned who the top3 are anyway. Nice review!

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    Thanks so much for the review, The Underscore! I do hope you will continue ^^

    I'm totally with you on this being the most exciting chapter in a long while. Wow, I didn't realize that it has been 21 weeks since we last saw Ichigo. That's pretty ridiculous >.> I hope that the next chapter will pick up where this one left off (at Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra) and we can see more of him. I've missed the little guy!

    Ooooh, also want to say that I like your take on Halibel "opening up" when she unzipped her top. Interesting observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAX_COLA_POWER! View Post
    Nice review Underscore. I guess my friend's was right, since Stark was so much like Shikamaru from Naruto, he turned out to be #1. R.I.Pieces, lesbian trio. Was Genryusai really showing honor? Or was he just being cruelly sarcastic? Seeing Halibel unmasked reminds me of the characters Baraka and Mileena from Mortal Kombat. She's like the Eve of Hueco Mundo, does that make Sosuke Adam? We only have one fracción left, Lilinette. She'll wish that she had a ball to play with now>v<.
    So much happened in this chapter didn’t it? With the ranking I was glad I actually got it right, seeming as how most of my other predictions were wrong… I didn’t make the link with Naruto though, I was kind of keeping it in the Bleach universe where Kyouraku is the strongest captain in Soul Society as far as we know (Ukitake being sick weakens him too much I guess, and Unohana’s powers are still unknown while they are being hinted at a lot…), so based on that and the points I made in my first review I placed him number 1. Though I guess youre friend was right as well . And Genryuusai being honorable or cruelly sarcastic… I’d have to go with cruelly honorable I guess. He did keep his word on not killing them, though burning all three of them in one swing can be considered being pretty cruel. Especially if you consider the damage this will do to their egos. And as for the poor Lilinette, I’d say she’ll be fine playing with uncle Ukitake as long as he doesn’t have to go to work .

    Quote Originally Posted by Sportgal1 View Post
    Wow, we're finally back to ichigo's fight, but now we're into the top three's fights. That sort of sucks. I'm still tired of ichigo's drawn-out fights. *sigh* oh well, we learned who the top3 are anyway. Nice review!
    I agree with you on being into the top three’s fights (I REALLY wan't to see Kyouraku go all out). But I guess that seeing the battle of the fourth Espada after any of the top three would be kind of dull. And as for Ichigo’s fights being drawn-out, it comes with being the protagonist I suppose. But I don’t want to miss anything in this fight between Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra seeming as how I’ve been waiting for this encounter ever since Ulquiorra beat Ichigo up after revealing his number. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one on this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by igotthegoods View Post
    Thanks so much for the review, The Underscore! I do hope you will continue ^^

    I'm totally with you on this being the most exciting chapter in a long while. Wow, I didn't realize that it has been 21 weeks since we last saw Ichigo. That's pretty ridiculous >.> I hope that the next chapter will pick up where this one left off (at Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra) and we can see more of him. I've missed the little guy!

    Ooooh, also want to say that I like your take on Halibel "opening up" when she unzipped her top. Interesting observation.
    I know! As soon as I had read this (awesome) chapter I thought back on when we last saw him, and then it came to me that it had already been 21 weeks! I’m glad we’re going back to him at least for a little while, that way we’ll see more of the main character than in those little bubbles at the end of each chapter.
    And Hallibel opening up because of her unzipping isn’t for sure, as I pointed out. But it is my favorite option for her to make that comment at Hitsugaya . The other option of her reacting that way out of concern for her Fraccións is more humane. But it doesn’t really go with her newly revealed look right ?
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