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Well what could one say about this chapter?
At the time nothing in Bleach makes sense.
We have so many Shinigami's who being called the strongest. Yama, Unohana,Aizen and now we have Kenpachi.
Why is Kubo using the word strongest on so many people? I mean we clearly know that Yama-jii is the strongest Shinigami. Bach said that the most fearsome one of the assassin group was the demon sword which was yama-jii.
And Kenpachi can't be stronger than Yama-jii cause Yama said it himself in the past 1000 years nobody who was born was stronger than him well with the exception of Ichigo.
It's like Kenpachi is the Broly of Bleach. The legendary Shinigami with a power above all else. For those who don't know who Broly is:
Hopefully Kubo will soon start either the stroy of Isshin or the past of Urahara and Yourichi.
Seems like Kubo and Kishi suck at writing good endings to their story's.
When Kenpachi decides not to kill her, then Shunsui's words will be slightly more meaningless - though still not entirely, as Kenpachi letting Unohana go fine would mean that she would have given it her all - bankai included - and Zaraki being powerful enough to take that and still crush her enough to allow her to survive afterwards (holding back slightly) then that would be unexpected to him I am sure.
This was a very disappointing chapter.
What Kubo did in 18 pages, everyone was theorizing in just one forum post last week.
What a waste.
Meh chapter for me even though it explain pretty well the connection of Kenpachi's strength diminishing because he don't want his enemy to be slaughtered quick so fight after fight he is becoming weaker and weaker... Well still even with a poor execution on how Kenpachi's strength weakens Bleach is by far much greater than Naruto this week I guess only Toriko can match up with One Piece this week ^^
Whoa, whoa. What the hell. Why is everyone so pissed?
Kenpachi restraining himself has ALWAYS been his character since his very first fight with Ichigo. What's so bad with us finally knowing the reason why he does that? What's so wrong with a character growing weaker over time instead of stronger? I personally have never seen anything like that in shonen and it feels very refreshing. This also explains all those inconsistencies in Kenpachi's power people have been complaining about all this time.
Dude simply lowers himself to his enemy's level, and therefore always has a chance to either win or lose. He does this because he, since his fight with Unohana, has been unable to fight at 100% and having fun at the same time.
Kenpachi being all about having fun in battle is his whole character. Think about it for a sec.
I tend to believe no outcome would have satisfied everybody. Personally I find this to be a nice change of pace from the old "get my resolve and fight for my friends" cliché.
This is not an asspull. In Bleach novel, it was already showed that Zaraki is a damn MONSTER, and I always believed it. What's changed is that now we can all see that easily. That's all, imo. No big deal. Despite that, I found this chapter quite boring.
Am I seriously the only one who thought this chapter was brilliant art-wise and pretty memorable on its own right?
So, may be it is time to consider the possibility that Zaraki Kenpachi would end up stronger than Shigekuni Yamamoto...
Honestly, that whole child thing was pretty hard to fathom at first but the more I think about it, the more I realize it is soooo in keeping with Zaraki's character from then on!
The eyepatch, the lack of care for his sword, no care for kido, how he behaved vs Ichigo and Nnoitra.
This explains a heck of a lot. The fact that he almost defeated his nearest competitor affected him so badly that he suppressed himself from then on...
You know what? I can deal with that.
So basically Kenpachi is like Aizen, his power was so great that he didn't want to feel left out.
Imagine being so powerful that no one is a match for you. That would be way too boring for Zaraki.
The question is, can his full power rival Yama and Bach?
It was an average chapter for me.
So, Zaraki isn't strong. He is a demon, who is barely conscious and as a kid, can kill easily the strongest captains out there. Not that it sounds impossible, but I can't say I love it. As long as your genes go, training doesn't matter.
Oh, the good side of the chapter is the revelation. Unohana will die.
So that Kenpachi isn't restraining himself anymore.
I for one am happy to know what kind of face Unohana makes during sex.
I mean, the whole thing reads just like they were bonking. Cue fan fictiongasm
The fact that he was just born/brought up to have that much potential (to essentially be the second strongest shinigami in existence) is, well, okay acceptable. In the end, Unohana did win their battle and did scar Zaraki in the process. So I reckon she was just referring to his potential strength at the time.
The shackles thing fits in very well with his character overall from that time to now. Not to mention, that combined with his in-born ability would explain how he was able to kill the Kenpachi before him in "one blow" without prior training.
There could have been better explanations definitely but I can think of worse explanations too. It's not like this explanation doesn't fit, it does fit with the rest of the story and it goes a long way to explaining why the hell Zaraki even holds himself back so much.
A very interesting thing that came out of this chapter was probably the fact that Minazuki has that ability as shown here.
This was indeed an average chapter but I don't find that much to go batshit insane with rage about here. Then again, the whole Obito=Tobi disaster has desensitised me to these things.
Last edited by StarkPoseidon; January 30, 2013 at 04:26 AM.