Bleach 423 – Smug Snake Steals the Show Again
*reads One Piece*
*sigh* Now its time to be disappointed once again. Time for my manga high to be forcefully pulled down and ran through the ground. Yes, I have learned not to expect anything from the next manga but disappointment.
*reluctantly reads Bleach*
OMFG!? That wasn’t horrible at all. I wouldn’t even say it was bad. Could this be? This is impossible?
TWO GOOD CHAPTERS IN A ROW!?
No, I said 2. Memes, can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em ~_~. Now if You’ll excuse me, Im going to take a potato chip…..AND EAT IT!
Hello one and all. Welcome to this week’s Bleach Breakdown. Sadly, there isn’t much to talk about so this Breakdown’ll be shorter than they usually are.
We start the chapter at the Central 46’s building. We get there just in time to see Aizen’s sentencing. 18,800 years of solitude. But Aizen, being the Smug Snake that he is, talks down to the screaming old men and gets an additional 1200 years slapped on. But really, who’s the winner here? Aizen is immortal, so 20,000 years really is only time for him to become insane, get bored with insanity, and then plot his revenge. So, Aizen is more than likely to outlive everyone. Silly, silly Central 46.
Anyway, I’m thinking he’ll do a Sir Crocodile eventually. For those that have yet to begin One Piece, Sir Crocodile was a bastard perhaps even more magnificent than Aizen, but he was defeated by the protagonist and sent to the World’s greatest jail’s most terrifying cell block, and later freed so he could lend the protagonist a hand, but in his own Magnificent Bastard way. Perhaps Aizen will be freed on parole to help out against whatever future threat arises. Who knows?
Anyhoo, unto the further pages. Yamamoto has a “little” talk with Captains Zaraki, Kuchiki and Kyoraku about losing their Haoris lol. This was the crowning moment of funny this chapter. He asks them if they know what their Haoris are and gets the responses “A pain in the ass”, “Cheap” and “Stylish”, which brings a tear to the old man’s eye lol. Perhaps the Haoris will be donned by a Hallow and transform it into a super Arrancar, yeah right. On a serious note, I think the Haori’s importance is purely symbolic. If its use was anything dangerous or if it had any special abilities, the Captains would have been told so…then again, this IS Soul Society, the same people that literally create their own enemies lol.
We then see Ukitake and his two 3rd seats having a little conversation. Apparently Ittou Kasso only costs an arm instead of a life. Ukitake then says its a good thing the Commander’s there because no Shinigami could replace him- agreed. Because no Shinigami can make rash, ill-informed decisions as cool as Genryusai Yamamoto can :P. Then we cut to a random Shinigami talking with one of the Research and Development’s heads. We’re told that Mayuri is in Hueco Mundo, perhaps stealing Szayel’s research :P. One semi-important piece of info is that Momo is getting her organs regenerated. What’s the point? When she finds out Aizen-sama is going to outlive her and she’ll never see him again she’ll just kill herself >_>
We go to a cave where Hitsuguya is training with his Bankai, Daiguren Hyorinmaru. He has the strongest Ice-type zanpakuto (like Ryujin Jakka is the strongest Fire-type) and has the potential to become more powerful than Kyouraku in the next century, so let’s kick back and see how that goes. Then we cut to Rangiku stalkin-err…watching Toshiro train. She thinks to herself that Gin left without leaving anything behind and that she hated that about him, but she loved that he can see into her core. This raises a question, did Gin die or did he run away? The last time we saw him, he said he could die in peace, but here Rangiku says “he disappeared”, in a manner that made it seem like he escaped to somewhere. Well, let’s leave it to some future chapter to clear that up.
Last, but not least, we come to Ichigo. It turned out that him falling over in pain last chapter was due to his Reiatsu going away. He was out-cold for a month before waking up. Rukia says that passing through the Dangai reverted the changes to his body, namely, his hair. Then she says the second stage is when the Spirit stabilizes and you wake up. As Ichigo’s Reiatsu disappears, so does his spiritual awareness. He can no longer sense spirits, well, not until he dies at least. But before his power completely disappears, Rukia gives him a creepy final message:
He tells her to give everyone his best wishes as she disappears for the last time.
1. There’s that tricky little detail of filling the empty spaces left by Aizen, Gin and Tosen’s defection. Now who could replace these guys? According to Kubo in the new Bleach databook, MASKED, he says no Vice Captain will become a Captain because they don’t have exactly what it takes. So I have one person in mind that could become a Captain, Ashido Kano. He was supposed to be in the manga, but had to be cut due to time constraints, though he was featured in the anime. He is a Shinigami that has been trapped in the forest of the most powerful Hollows in Hueco Mundo for centuries. In the episodes he was in he was killing Adjuchas-level Menos without even releasing his zanpakuto. Imagine just how powerful this guy is. But the question is, will he even be featured in the manga?
2. I recall a Kubo interview where he said the things in Szayel’s lab will come into play later on, could this be triggered by Mayuri accidentally? Who knows but Kubo?
Note: Bleach will be on break next week.