Introduction of Royal Realm
Explanation of King's Key
Humor during Healing Therapy
Rukia Fan Service
Soul King's Appearance
My guess is that Urahara created the Hogyoku based on his experiences when he visited the Royal Palace.
I mean, the only two people who managed to create a Hogyoku were Urahara and Aizen, who had seen the King before.
Maybe the King is something like a living Hogyoku. Maybe he eats souls for breakfast, after all.
what i fond interesting is what baldy said here about Ichigo not being "a simple shinigami", maybe they know more crucial details about him/isshin
So each of the Royal Guards gets a city. What exactly is in these cities? Funny chapter. Nice to know that we might actually meet the SK, he isn't shaping up to be what I expected.
It's nice to see the readers reasonabily happy for once
And I'm sure they know about the Quincy heritage as well...
Now the following idea could be wishful thinking or fanboy thinking from my part, but the statement that "Aizen is evil" seemed forced to me...Ichigo showed some doubts, perhaps understanding of what Aizen was really like, and he did express those at the end of Regicide...
For the Royal Guard to declare him as evil, really smacks me of an attempt to eradicate Ichigo's doubts and to make him see things from their POV...
Of course Aizen is indeed a bad fellow, but he is not pitch black...he has his moments throughout the manga where shades are gray are let into his personality...of course the most important being the moment where he is sealed and Ichigo's "understanding"...
1. Isshin was a member of Royal Guard 100%. He is just the same type of character, totally focussed when he must, badass, but normally just a moron/idiot. I really like that Hot Spring Demon Guy.
2. Too bad Yama died. I would love to see a flashback of him interacting with Zero Division. He must hate them.
3. I also expected Soul King to be something like a little child, which has to be protected. That guy/thing looks like he could shred apart the whole Zero Division - otherwise it sounds a bit strange that he is introduced to us by waking up.
4. About the plot: So I guess Ichigo will travel around the 5 castles, doing a bit Sightseeing.
He get's healed up where he is right now. Then he'll head up to that creepy woman with 6 arms and gets Tensa Zangetsu fixed, Kirio Hikifune might... feed him. And baldy guy will do the talking and give us some major revelations.
Leaves only one thing left:
What's with the Fifth member of Zero Division?? Again we saw 4 of them this chapter, but not him. Damn you, Kubo! This is also some kind of Cliffhanger to me! He so suddenly introduced the 5 members of Zero Division, now we also get to see Soul King... but that Sunglasses guy just remains a secret. Did he stay behind in Soul Society? Or is he just even more crazy than any of them together?
5. Zero Division seems to be totally aware of everything that happened. I just waited for them to say "Of course we could have beaten Aizen easily, but it was your business"
A child emperor is so overused in recent media, Kubo dodged a bullet by making him creepy/aizen like. He doesn't have to be a child to have the need of protection. By being king, he has the entitlement of being protected, that's how this seemingly works with 'every' other human reign too.
Rukia has really a nice butt.
LOL, loved this chapter and Kirinji is the best in terms of humour.
It was nice to see a reference to Aizen's failed plot; now that we have seen the Rei'o, I'm curious to know why Aizen hated him.
And about the Rei'o, He's surely TRASCENEDENTAL.
i'm glad that bleach 519 was better than naruto and this is epic
why for me the soul king appear to be a vasto lord,with those eyes and that weird appearance..
Why does Bleach suck every week man?!?! ...JUST KIDDING!
I acutally liked this chapter quite a lot. It explained a few things about the past and rose up some mysteries that make me interested again (despite the Fullbringers ... ok let's not go there).
And great humor, toying around with Byakuya and friends like that was pretty funny.
Also Rukia's butt :3
I'm not really satisfied entirely,Kubo managed to show the soul king to tempt us,but it wasn't overwhelming... The healer's power doesn't seem his own power,and the chapter was too slowed down...
wow great chapter-
First off- I love the explanation we got on the key- Bones of the zero division!! wow.
Also- The hot spring action was uber sweet.
RRukia has a great heart shaped bum. lol- that was awesome!!!
Also I like the explanation of the healing spring-
Then totally awesome and unexpected- We SEE THE SOUL KING!!! what is up with the dudes eyes!? Why is he awake!?
By saying he is awake- normally hes asleep?
I am very interested to find out if ichigo will have to go from city to city before entering the high palace. JUST a GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT chapter!!!!
My only complaint is that the chapter is Toooo short. I would have loved a double issue here.
It seems quite obvious now that Urahara was at the Royal Dimension. Doing what? Nobody knows. Seeing the king's appearence it might be related to the Hougyoku (that thing just won't leave the story easily).
About the King - Dude looks really badass. It seems that he can create life, if not create, mold it. The fact that the dude is the "lynchpin" and that he can work on souls in some way leads me to believe that he's the one responsible for keeping the balance of souls and maybe his existence is connected to it.
He Who Creates All Life - To assume that souls are redistributed between Soul Society and Human World, and that this distribution keeps the existence on check, is to assume that there's is a limited number of souls being brought back and forth between the worlds. Human population have been growing like hell in the last 200-300 years, wouldn't that make the human world kinda of 'heavy'? Here: http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/492/9
Not only that, Soul Society doesn't seem to have 6 to 7 billion of souls (but we can't be sure, we don't know how much people each district has), assuming that what matters is the quantity of souls and not that each soul has a "weight" of its own we come to 2 problems. How the hell new souls begin to exist? And what the hell pulls the 'weightless' Soul Society to the point of equilibrium?
"Him" - Yep, I think it is the strange guy we saw today. He creates new souls and adds them to the cycle and somehow makes Soul Society's weight equivalent to that of the Human World. In the beginning of the post I've said that somehow his existence is related to this, the fact that Quincies are destroying souls e disturbing the balance is putting stress on the King, to the point where he will be no longer able to work and everything will collapse "Aizen is evil... but those Quincies are much more".
Finally - Even if Aizen was strong enough to kill the King, he probably wouldn't have the abilities to do his job, there is a reason for Aizen hating that guy so much, it can be some kinda of wicked secret, things we might not even have a clue now, maybe Aizen thought of himself being able to be a better King without knowing it's full role. The fact that the King is the lynchpin doesn't make him a good guy, he might be a necessary evil, he might be rotten to the core, but things won't work out without him.
Last edited by Fomano; December 05, 2012 at 11:28 AM.
Seems like there will be a good while to go befor ethe end of this manga. Soul King looks pretty awesome. He doesn't resemble any race in my opinion. I wonder what he would be considered by everyone else. I also wonder if he has a name. I bet he can probably kick some major ass. However, it's possible that he may not be strong at all. Aizen did plan to kill him and become soul king. Was Soul King something you could ever really become or did you just have to be the person from the beginning? Is it a position that could be passed on by some ritual of killing the current king? Would Aizen really have been strong enough to kill such a being? Shouldn't the soul king be impervious to abilities of beings he likely created somehow?