Bleach 267 Review by Gigantor21

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267. Legions of the Regrets

Well, to be perfectly honest…I’m not too happy with this one, for several reasons.

First off, A’Roniro’s ability. It may have been how the translation was worded, but I couldn’t tell whether A’Roniro got his ability from eating Kaien and Metastacia, or if he had the ability and got all of Kaien and Metastacia’s powers when he ate them. Reading other translations would probably clear it up, which I should’ve done beforehand…

More importantly, the fact that A’Roniro is using Kaien’s body, and Rukia’s reaction to that, went directly in the face of my bold proposition that this would be a huge turning point for Rukia. I was right, but it turned out to be regression instead of growth, which pissed me off. I hate how Kubo is constantly using Rukia as a venue for Ichigo to find his next major opponent—as if he hasn’t done that a million times (Fish-Bone D, All of his opponents in Soul Society, Grimmjow, etc.).

The way Kubo played it out only made it worse. As I’ve said before, there was no way in hell that Rukia could fight A’Roniro after he released—that was as likely as her getting Bankai during the fight. But the fact that he released after breaking her will put her back into the "damsel in distress" role we've seen her in countless times. I don’t see how she’ll possibly conjure up the will to even fight him again, let alone become strong enough to win.

The way I see it, he’ll become scraps for Byakuya, who isn’t a Vaizard and can’t fight the stronger Espada, or Ichigo, who’s already got the power to hand A’Roniro’s ass to him. In either case, it seems rather anticlimactic—and probably will until I see what happens, since both cases seem like an excuse to give an ever-popular character more face time (as if Ichigo needs anymore).

I knew Rukia was going to lose—but now it seems like she might never get over Kaien’s death because it’s more convenient for the story. It feels as though Kubo squandered A’Roniro’s potential to help Rukia develop, just to set up a fight between fan-favorites. I really hope Kubo will pull more out of this than that, and proves me wrong again.

Rating – 3/5

I can’t deny the importance of this chapter to the story as a whole, since it will probably involve several of my favorite characters. But I really don’t like this.
 
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