This week’s chapter of Bleach is maddening. I could have cared less about Hitsugaya’s new special move since I’m pretty sure Harribel will find a way to break free, but I was very happy to see that Soifon is finally getting ready to show off her bankai. The part that really drives me crazy is that she doesn’t utter the words “bankai” until the very last panel of the last page, meaning that it might be next chapter or later that we see what it actually is. This is nothing new of course since Bleach has had its share of cliffhangers and plot twists, but for some reason this part with Soifon really bothered me. Maybe it’s because the recent anime episode highlighted for me how slowly the story goes from that point to now (30 chapters, over half a year ago), and I want the really big things to happen at a faster pace. Anyway, chapters like this are the reason I love Bleach, but they’re maddening all the same.