View Full Version : CNK's thoughts on 296

October 20, 2007, 03:09 PM
Greetings everyone,

I thought I would try writing a brief review (gigantor21 style, sans pictures) about the latest chapter in Bleach. I know I am probably in the minority of people who have enjoyed this arc, but I do, and it is hard to say exactly why. Part of it is I am just an optimist and tend to see the good parts.

So we get to see Neliel's release: a centaur. I think this fits her character perfectly. Remember back a coiuple chapters during the flashback when Neliel told Nnoitra that rational people need a reason to fight, and going from hollow to arrancar, they regained some conciousness. I say this fits because Neliel is a rational, reasoning espada. In mythology, centaurs are always characterized as wise, rational beings who value wisdom. That being said, I think it makes perfect sense why her released form is what it is.

Neliel launches an attack by throwing her "green lance" at Nnoitra. He blocks it with his scythe, but there is such power in the attack that the scythe cracks and Nnoitra is wounded.

We are then taken back to Szayel Aporro and Pesche and Dondo. I enjoyed the humor here with Pesche and his Ultima sword and how it was similar to Uryuu's "thingy."

We then get the evercommon shonen theme of hard work trumping genius with the cero sincretico. My only question here is how do arrancar power up, if like we were told during Grimmjaw's flashback that arrancar have limits. Oh well, I hope this cero ends this fight.

Nel reverts back to her child mode and everyone is stunned. Nnoitra takes advantage of this and it things are once again bleak for Ichigo and friends. Nel's reiatsu must have spiked due to the emotions she felt for Ichigo, but then the reiatsu leaked through the crack in her mask.

All in all, a solid chapter imho, but we are left with numerous questions. Hopefully, Kubo will give us hints next week. I have a feeling Dondo and Pesche will hurry to Nel's side. We'll have to wait and see what the fate of Szayel Aporro is. I am eager to see what awaits us next week.

October 21, 2007, 08:42 AM
Wow another reviewer! thanks for the small review. The turning point of the chapter(and probably the whole arc) is the fact that neil has turned back into a kid. Maybe with this we might see Inoue fight back for once.
Well, hope to hear about other reviews from you.

October 21, 2007, 01:19 PM
I don't know about anybody else but this chapter just made me laugh. I don't know why but for some reason (not spite) I was amused at nell reverting to chibi mode. She now seems to have the same problem as Ichigo: Super power up but only for a short time. I hope she will be ok though...

October 21, 2007, 03:15 PM
Not a bad review at all. Man, I was laughing like an idiot during Pesshe's whole scene.

There is one minor thing, I don't think her release form is really a centaur, i.e. human/horse. If you look at the first panel her released form is shown, Nel has one hoof in the air. As near as I can tell, she has cloven hooves, which horses don't have. That, combined with her horns and the shaggy body make me think she is a human hybrid with either some form of mountain goat or possibly a bighorn sheep

October 21, 2007, 03:26 PM
Thanks guys I can handle these small reviews without pics and it is a nice little distraction from graduate school. It would be nice to see Inoue fight back, but I think that is highly unlikely. Unless she just gets crazy mad, her attacks won't even scratch the espada.

kiddo- The image of Nel going back to chibi nform was funny, but there is nothing funny about the situation. Someone needs to step up to protect Nel.

Kansas- Yeah, her swords name does refer to goat, but for all intensive purposes she looks like a centaur. It doesn't matter if she is part horse or part goat.

Pesshe was hilarious, and it was nice comedy without taking too much space as he has done previously.