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274. The Monster

So, yeah. Basically, this was just as transitional as last week.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Ishida has a plan, even though his powers have been suppressed. But Kubo should've given us time to let it sink in—it felt rushed, as if out of fear that we’d be bored with seeing Ishida struggle the same way Renji did. Personally, I think it was called for, since I wasn’t expecting Ishida to come up with something that quickly. Those capsules didn’t do shit to the lowly Arrancar from before, after all.

Maybe we'll see something brand new? I certainly hope so.

On Orihime’s powers, I’ve already said her ability to revive doesn’t sit well with me, regardless of the implications that it was possible. After all, it’s possible that Ichigo could be stronger than Aizen now, but that would make for terrible writing on Kubo’s part. I really want to see how he’s going to keep this from becoming a DBZ-type deal. Here’s my idea:

In 226 (The Right of The Heart), Hacchi said it was amazing that Orihime could still be human and pass through his barrier, even though they have similar powers. So my guess is that, like Chad, Orihime's powers are Hollow based, since every soul has the potential to become a Hollow and it'd be ridiculous if she had Quincy or Shinigami powers.

My idea for the restriction would be that using her powers makes her increasingly Hollow-ish, and that the bigger the event she rejects, the faster that Hollowfication process occurs. But without a Shinigami or Quincy side to repress it, she'd be much more susceptible to becoming a full Hollow instead of a Hybrid (like a Vaizard or something). That would force her to restrict the use of her powers more after every usage, so using it as a way to bring back casualties during the War would be out of the question.

I could see her giving up her humanity and letting Ichigo kill her to revive him, though.
But, to be frank, there wasn’t much to speak of in this chapter. We still haven’t gotten any info on who Noritora went after, what happened to Ichigo, what the other Espada are doing or what Grimmjow is after. I would’ve much rather seen progress on one of those fronts than the ones Kubo decided to address, which made the chapter seem pretty boring. Hopefully, we'll see something different next week.

Rating – 3 out of 5 (Decent)
 
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