Bleach 264 Review by Gigantor21

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264. Don’t Say That Name Again

It looks like 260 has a much more legitimate successor for “the best chapter I’ve ever reviewed.”

When I first read the chapter, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the confirmation that A’Roniro isn’t actually Kaien. But now I think that it’s probably for the best, since it allowed her to face her guilt about killing Kaien more directly. That ended up making this one of the most powerful chapters in the entire series.

We got a very stark view of just how deep Rukia’s guilt over Kaien’s death was when she said rather bluntly that she’d willingly die if it meant Kaien would forgive her, even if only a little. We’ve known for years now that Rukia has always blamed herself for Kaien’s death, but I had no clue it was that bad. She didn’t look particularly relieved when A’Roniro said she didnÂt have to do that, either, which said to me that she couldn’t think of any other way to make it up to him.

But her reaction to A’Roniro’s alternative was what really got to me.

After all the shit that Rukia’s been through since the beginning of the series, it was vindicating to finally see her snap, and take matters into her own hands. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Rukia get so pissed off before. I think that this will be an important part of the healing process for her, because if a fake Kaien tried to manipulate her through her guilt then she might find it less likely that the real Kaien would hold it against her. It was an accident, after all—and even if it wasn’t, Kaien would know why.

I feel that Kubo made us suspicious of A’Roniro so quickly in order to showcase how torn up Rukia was about killing him—unlike us, she wouldn’t find anything wrong with him saying he’d kill her if he had the chance, or that he smiled about it like it was no big deal. As to whether or not she can win, that’s doubtful—even if Sode no Shirayuki’s Shikai is strong enough to beat him as he his, it won’t do a damn thing when he releases (based on all the Arrancar fights we’ve seen).

But one thing’s for sure—I’ll be cheering for Rukia regardless.

Rating: 5/5

This chapter is going to be a huge turning point for Rukia. I can feel it.
 
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