Bleach 262 Review By Gigantor21

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262. Unbendable

Well, I bet no one saw THAT coming.

We started out with Chad getting the shaft from Kubo again, with the very first page showing Noritora’s scythe slashing through him and the Right Arm rather effortlessly (so much for “the power to defend”, eh, Kubo?). But when you look at Chad’s fight record, it’s not really that surprising. If he were a boxer with that many losses, I don’t see why he wouldn’t have retired yet.

Next, Ulquiorra reminded us how heartless of a bastard he is, basically saying that he doesn’t get why Orihime would worry about such weak friends if they obviously had no chance. I highly doubt that Orihime expected him to give her any sympathy, as he claimed, but he (and Kubo) probably just wanted to make sure.

I’m glad that Orihime smacked him; he was asking for it. She can only be so nice.

But of course, the star of the chapter was A’Roniro—or should I say “Kaien”?

Obviously, the most important question right now is “Is he or isn’t he?” Because if he is, then I’ll bet money that he isn’t going to be beaten in this arc, especially by Rukia. That’d be as random as making Isshin a Shinigami or giving Ikkaku Bankai—awesome but completely random plot twists that were probably first revealed only to buy time and rally the fans. If not, then he’s probably a mind-reading shape-shifter, as many in the spoilers thread suggested. But then that begs the question—how could someone with such a potent ability and obvious strength (he does Shunpo like Byakuya) only be ranked 9th?

Personally, I don’t think his colloquial way of speaking to Rukia was any indication for either side. It would still make sense either way. In any event, that makes him the most interesting Arrancar we’ve seen yet (and yes, that includes Ulquiorra, Grimmjow, Luppi, HAG, et al.).

It’s certainly made the arc much more interesting.

Rating – 4.5/5

Ulquiorra getting bitch slapped by Orihime and “Kaien” being an Espada? Yes, please.
 
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