Bleach 271 Review By Gigantor21

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271. If You Rise From The Ashes

Ugh…what the fuck, man? This is stupid.

Firstly, it was refreshing to see my prediction of the HollowTenshou’s damage verified. Anyone who frequents the discussion threads knows there was a big spat between me and several other members about it. It started when someone said they were sure that Ulquiorra would take serious damage, and possibly be beaten by Ichigo. Needless to say, that was way off, which doesn’t surprise me in the least.

This was another visually rich chapter, though not as much as last week’s. I especially loved the way that Kubo revealed Ulquiorra’s rank, along with how well he timed it with the dialogue. However, there were times when it felt like Kubo was trying to cram too much onto one page, both due to the pacing and the amount of dialogue. Pages 4, 5 and 11 stood out in particular as feeling too “squished”. Seeing that in Bleach is incredibly rare; if anything, it’s completely backwards.

The chapter's ending sucked, plain and simple. Ichigo has survived so many ass-kickings and fatal stab/slash wounds, that there's next to no suspense in ending the chapter with it. He's been steamrolled in almost every fight he's had since the SS-Arc ended, only able to survive once someone stepped in. It's trite, it's boring, and I want to see something else.

But the main sticking point I had with the chapter was Ulquiorra’s rank, by far.

Why the fuck does he have to be ranked 4th? It doesn’t make any sense. Ichigo had no chance against him to begin with, so there’s no point in having 3 far and away stronger Espada between him and Aizen. That’ll just make Ichigo’s inevitable power-up(s) even less believable, because the benchmark he has to pass is so ridiculously huge.

Not only that, but the remaining Espada have almost no development as characters whatsoever. I don’t want to see Ichigo fight one of them just because they’re stronger, when there’s been so much buildup for his fight with Ulquiorra. Ulquiorra was one of the first Arrancar we were introduced to; his relationship with Ichigo goes back further than Grimmjow’s. If Ichigo was able to clear a path to Aizen by finally beating a 1st Ranked Ulquiorra, it would’ve been awesome. That's what I was looking forward to seeing more than anything else during the War.

Kubo really dropped the ball on this one.

Rating: 3 out of 5 (Decent)
 
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