Bleach 433 – Not Failtastic. Bleach 434 – Actually Pretty Good.
Panel Waste, Lots of Battles, and Aizen’s Face.
These were the ingredients chosen to create the most memetastic series. But Tite Kubo accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction, Chemical Fail.
Thus The Clothes Detergent was born! Using Kubo’s super money-making powers, Detergent got its name changed to Bleach and has dedicated its run to trolling lives and all its customers.
Here’s you’re AMV you grubby little bastar-… I mean my dearest, beloved readers *eyes twitch repeatedly*
Ahem, welcome to Kisu’s first breakdown of the year. Due to unforeseen circumstances (and mostly laziness) its going to be a Double Breakdown. We kick things off with:
First off, let me start by saying 433, while having some faults, was still a good chapter. You see, I’ve been reading some older chapters, the ones I never read because I started Bleach via the anime, and currently all that’s happening feels reminiscent of the initial chapters. Other than seeing a pantyshot of Orihime in the early chapters, they also made me remember a few concepts that were cast out the window and stuff that just doesn’t make sense (like Rukia saying they attack Hollows from behind so as not to see their faces, yet everyone just casually mows them down now, or Rukia at full power having a hard time with an average Hollow just because she’s protecting the Kurosakis when she’s capable of one-shotting an Arrancar), but anyway, my point is ever since the timeskip these chapters have the same feel as the beginning chapters.
This may be a chance to reboot the series. Although Aizen-sama was cooler than Vanilla Ice and more memetastic than Prince Vegeta, he was a blight in the series. Half the stuff the guy did didn’t make sense because of his addiction to overly complex plans, and since he was one of Kubo’s two favorite characters, Kubo made every character look bad just to make Aizen look good. Now that he’s gone, this is Kubo’s chance to return Bleach to the way it was before the Fake Karakua Town Arc. This has convinced me to make a Bleach-related New Year’s Resolution, “I, Kisuzachi, solemnly swear not to make fun of Bleach’s plot until this Arc is over… or until 2012, whichever comes first.” With that being said, let’s move on to the actual chapter.
We learn a few interesting things this chapter, and that’s always a good thing. There’s something I missed last Breakdown, so let me get it out of the way now. Pantheism, is the view that the universe and God are identical. So if I’m understanding this correctly, it means Kubo wasn’t just bullshi**ing us. Souls exist in everything. Anyway, this chapter is called “The Six Fullbringers”, however we don’t know the names of two of them yet (there’s Chad, Ginjou, Riruka, and Kutsuzawa). Ginjou explains that Hollows have holes in them because that’s the place their hearts once were. This automatically raises my eyebrows because; 1. Hollows eat humans, then other Hollows because the void in their hearts becomes too much to bear. 2. What about Hollows in the anime with multiple Hollow Holes (well I suppose this isn’t Kubo’s fault)? 3. Arrancar have holes all over the place, I’m sure Nnoitra’s heart wasn’t originally in his left eye socket, but then again, this random placement of the Hollow Hole could be a direct result of Shinigamification.
He also says the removed heart becomes their mask. This explains why each Hollow has some unique ability, unique masks and why some are simply stronger or weaker than others. When it comes to the Espada, I’m not sure how their masks coincide with their Aspects of Death however. Harribel is a Shark that protects and cares about her Nakama? Sharks are solitary animals that would even kill and eat their young. Wolves are social animals, so I don’t see how wolves coincide with Starrk’s Aspect of Death. Well, unless their Aspects of Death are the opposite of their masks, but then some Espada still wouldn’t fit. But, lets move on.
So anyway, Ginjou says Fullbringers are born when a pregnant lady gets attacked by a Hollow and survives. I’d say the residual Reiatsu from the attack probably causes this. He goes on to say how they intend to return his powers. A Shinigami-Human Hybrid, the opposite of a Hollow-Human Hybrid, can absorb the powers of Fullbringers and make them become normal humans again. Ginjou intends to restore Ichigo’s powers, then pass on the members of Xcutions’ powers to Ichigo. He says that some of their members already passed on their power to a Human-Shinigami already, which means Ginjou probably got that Substitute badge from that Hybrid. I’m going to go out on a limb and say its that guy that attacked Uryu.
This raises a question about Orihime. Is she a Fullbringer? I’m going to have to say no. Earlier, it was revealed that 1 in 10000 humans possess Reiatsu, so her abilities were probably fully-realized by the Hogyouku. Here’s why I don’t think Orihime is a Fullbringer:
1. She isn’t super fast or super strong. Full Bringers can manipulate the spirits in the environment to boost their speed and strength.
2. Her power seems more akin to a Shinigami’s zanpakuto. Just like a Zanpakuto, her powers are spirits with personalities born from her own soul and they have a sealed state. Ginjou never said that the Fullbringers’ familiars, if you will, were born from their soul, he said they bond with them, which means they were pre-existing before they met their Fullbringer partners.
We then get to the funniest thing in Bleach in a long while.
Riruka blathers and blathers until she sees Ichigo. Apparently he’s a hottie. O_O
Now, onward to Chapter 434.
*goes to mangastream*
Yeah, after 2 weeks Bleach 434 is out. Two weeks…this chapter has to be good! There won’t be any blank backgrounds either. Yes, I know I’m going to be disappointed, but you gotta be optimistic when tackling something you’re losing faith in ;). Yosh (I’m borrowing this Superdude).
The chapter starts with Karin and Yuzu. Yuzu is watching Don Kanonji’s show, “Journey to bust Ghosts on Hallowed Ground”, then Karin tells her its her bedtime (I always thought Yuzu was the “mom” of the Kurosaki household), but Yuzu says it would be her bedtime as well, then Karin says she has stuff to do. Basically, they’re both up because they want to see Ichigo return home before taking a snooze. Ichigo shows up while they’re arguing and then tells them to go to bed.
The next day Ginjou calls Ichigo to Xcution’s hideout. They have a little exchange, and once again Ginjou wins. So Ichigo gets to the point and says he came because he thought the were going to put him through training of some sort. Riruka kicks in the door and walks in with a dollhouse, shouts at Ichigo (I guess she can’t see his face right now ;)), and then the funniest thin in a Bleach chapter in a long while happens. One of Xcution’s members, Yukio, tells her to stop kicking doors open because he’s tired of seeing (how does he see anything with his hair like that?) her panties (somewhere Jiraiya smiles in approval). Riruka tries (and fails) at making a comeback with a long rant, but gets pwned again because Yukio was too busy playing a video game to even hear a word she says (I like this kid already). Then just as Riruka is about to fail again, another of Xcution’s members, Jackie, covers her mouth and tells her to explain the dollhouse to Ichigo. Riruka yells at Ichigo to come, but tells him to stop halfway (that would sound so wrong if taken out of context) for fear of getting another eyegasm.
She tells him he’ll be training inside the dollhouse. Her Fullbring ability is to send people to or remove people from her dollhouse as long as she thinks its cute or awesome… so basically its useless in a battle. She then flicks a heart at him and the dollhouse pulls him inside. Ichigo wakes up horrified at what he sees before him…
… no it wasn’t pedobear, but wouldn’t that have been such a dark turn? He wonders aloud what is that giant teddy bear thing. Riruka says he has to defeat it, but it’ll be easy because it’s weak… well if he had Fullbring powers it would.Well basically, this training is for Ichigo to force out his Fullbring powers.
Ichigo’s mother was not attacked while Ichigo was in her womb, so I’m going to assume that he can access Fullbring because he was once a Hollow-Human hybrid as well. The other Vizards can’t use Fullbring because they have no human in them, so there goes that idea.
433 and 434 were good chapters. I thoroughly enjoyed them from start to finish.