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Maddening

Bleach Manga   359   Original
 

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.

May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am
80 comments »
  • May 29, 2009 at 1:26 amlonghaul

    Think about how long bleach has been running and how many story arcs its gone through.

  • May 29, 2009 at 1:30 ambrianleung8912

    smashed it XD .. :O so she actually uses it :O she shikai is overpowered enuff >:)

  • May 29, 2009 at 1:32 amKimnu04

    ooh O.o

  • May 29, 2009 at 1:39 amredX

    so excited for her BanKai…i’ve been waiting forever XD
    bet it’ll be like a giant stinger or smthin XD

  • May 29, 2009 at 1:51 amBigJerk

    the only solution is to read one piece, of course. it’s like 10 bleach chapters worth of content every week!

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:00 amdszx

    It’s Bleach you’re talking about; it takes about 10 chapters to get 10 minutes past in real-time.

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:02 amNick

    Bleach hasn’t been good since the Soul Society arc, it’s a huge problem when even the story in Naruto progresses faster than Bleach’s does. Everything right now is being stretched so thinly with multiple character fights in a single chapter to anti-climatic cliffhangers (Hitsugaya going “lol never tried this before” being a recent example) is making me ride the internet rage train pretty hard.

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:08 amWho

    @Nick:
    There, there *pats*
    I know how you feel.

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:32 amyanipheonu

    XD For some reason, I keep thinking Giant Demonic Bee with Butterfly wings as her Bankai.

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:42 amxfyux

    lmao yanipheonu….i thought that too

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:53 amMega250

    i have a feeling she’ll regrow her arm back or something like that somehow. chopping her arm off seems way sudden, jus like how that cliffhanger a few chapters ago with hitsugaya getting his arm and then some chopped off was jus an illusion =/

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:56 aml3reezer

    i heard one piece somewhere =D

  • May 29, 2009 at 3:03 ambaka~

    this is probably the first time omni blogged out of frustration ~_~

    isn’t soifon’s zanpakuto from yoruichi? how come she could use it’s bankai?

  • May 29, 2009 at 3:09 amConfusedGirl29

    ohhh I should start reading the manga again (I quit cuz I couldn’t wait for just 1 chapter a week) I guess I’ll start reading when school ends, gonna have anime/manga marathon^^

  • May 29, 2009 at 3:09 amNeil

    I agree, big bee like thinga-ma-bob for soifon’s bankai.

  • May 29, 2009 at 3:16 amMeery

    Totally agree; maddening wait this week. Also, I hope Tosh loses. There, I said it. It’s taking ages to get to Stark as well. /sigh

  • May 29, 2009 at 3:29 amRakuen

    Damn, I can’t wait for Stark. What a slow pace Bleach has with the manga, but I guess I can’t blame Kubo-san for this.

  • May 29, 2009 at 3:56 amShin

    There, there…

  • May 29, 2009 at 4:17 amL…

    Finally we’ll get to see her bankai. <3 (Maybe she’ll get a big sting? hah)

  • May 29, 2009 at 4:28 amkaineng

    haha talking about maddening… no choice wait lor, that’s what’s kubo’s like anyway…

    well hitsugaya was great, and maybe those top 3s should hab ‘segunda etapa’ like ulquiorra… man that would be cool…

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:04 amN97

    Oh man I was pissed as shit about her Bankai. Why on earth Ichigo has to go FULL FUCKING HOLLOW to beat Num-4 but that little kid and this one arm bitch can win against 2nd and 3rd Espadas this easy? I understand they need their shining moments but holy mother of god, this is beyond stupid. Going from ichigo that destroyed vice captains bare-handed and beating one captain after another in soul society to this horse shit is something I can not comprehend.

    Hitsugaya has the power of Fan-girls, I understand that but why is she winning against the Second Espada this easy? Why even have Espadas if all they’re good for is losing? why why WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:10 amzerojad

    Soi Fon didn’t have Bankai, right? Like she took the place that Yoruichi left, Soi Fon took the Captain seat, maybe learnt by that time.

    So it would like be 1 hit kill attack, now? xD But agaisnt… Barragan “death himself”, maybe it stun/paralyze/poisoning to be unable to fight.

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:26 amFirseal

    Yeah, well. This is Bleach, and we walked into the cumulation of two large sides fighting each other. Yes, its taking forever and a bloody day. But two page fights wouldn’t exactly amuse me either, and I prefer forever and actually seeing the battle than ‘wham bam who is dead ma’am?’
    To those who don’t like it, there is plenty else to read.
    @redX, Kinmu04, and everyone else who is actually liking this development, I am right there with you.
    @baka~, zerojad: Its been stated that every captain except Zaraki has a bankai (as well as a few associated lieutenants). So we know that everyone wearing a captain insignia has one. We just haven’t seen most of them. (Um, let’s see… of the captains, we’ve seen, what, six? Out of twelve. Meaning half of them are still complete unknowns, and we aren’t completely sure what the lady commanding Squad 4 whose name I cannot properly spell this late at night’s does aside from heals people it ingests. Or something. It only showed in the background. Way back, too, so not using the spoiler tag.)
    @N97…
    You know what? Nevermind. I don’t know where to start.

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:31 amyUkishin

    haha..maddening…well its actually true…that’s one of the reason why i dropped the manga and the series(anime)..-_-’

  • May 29, 2009 at 6:07 amjlyn101

    Soi Fon revealing her Bankai: Hallelujah!
    Hitsugaya and special move: honestly, like I care. But if he ended up dead (which I couldn’t be bothered either), fans in Japan will scream at Kubo-sensei like hell.

  • May 29, 2009 at 6:08 amtwilighthack

    No one but Ukitake, Shunsui, Urahara, Isshin, and the Vaizards interest me atm in Bleach. With the exception of Shunsui, everyone else is… well, missing.

    Well I’ll give Soi Fon the benefit of the doubt, a new Bankai is always a pleasing experience.

  • May 29, 2009 at 6:27 amwhitey-chan

    i wonder if there will be a 3rd release of their zanpaktou..

  • May 29, 2009 at 6:40 amCannonBeast

    Kubo Tite has an annoying habit of making his chapters so short its almost not worth it to read it every week. I’ve personally stopped reading it many times because I got tired of the broken up fights and I actually enjoyed it more when I read story arcs in one go. I personally think Claymore is a good example of how to do chapters. Dialogues are usually finished in one chapter or just split into half like their fights. I know that there is a difference in the schedules but Bleach might actually benefit from having larger chapters every month.

  • May 29, 2009 at 7:18 amScrew you

    @N97 if u think u can do a better manga than tite kubo and your manga can get into the top few , then be my guest , if not then Shut the FUCK up

  • May 29, 2009 at 8:23 amArabesque

    Reading too much shonen manga will drive any one insane :P
    Her Bankai better be damn impressive though after all of this wait.

  • May 29, 2009 at 9:29 amAhnlay

    I keep getting images of some Macy’s Day parade balloon shaped like a giant bumble bee. I mean, she tied herself to that building. She must be worried about floating away. =D

  • May 29, 2009 at 9:39 amEri

    that’s why i rarely read the manga. i story is sooooo slow. i’ll probably pick it up again when something really exciting comes up.

  • May 29, 2009 at 9:49 amXgen

    *Still realing from the death of Ulquiorra*
    How could you kubo How could you!

    anywho, yeh this is annoying, all this i bet to build up to the climax of,
    soifon:-you know that breath attackk which kills us?
    Espada:- yehhh, you mean …
    Sofion:- ah ah ah ah, BANKIA
    *POOF* tiny bee appears and proceeds to sting espada
    Espada:- ~_~’ that it?
    Sofion:- Yep, of by the way forsome reason all hollow/arrancar/espada are allegic to bees
    espada :- -_-’ i hate you
    *Poof* espada dissapears
    *poof* soifon arm reapears* -_-

  • May 29, 2009 at 10:51 amNomura

    “…it’s a huge problem when even the story in Naruto progresses faster than Bleach’s does.”

    @Nick: So true, man. So true.

  • May 29, 2009 at 12:02 pmPanther

    Hitsugaya, win? Lolwut? Divide by zero.

    Anyway yea, though it is to be expected they would end it like that. A friend of mine also mentioned that the last Ban Kai to be revealed was really quite a long while ago, so I guess they wanted you to really anticipate this new one, especially from someone whose Shi Kai is a “hit-you-in-same-spot-twice-lol-j00-die” thing.

  • May 29, 2009 at 12:08 pmOz

    Is it me or is the showing off of both Hitsu and Soi Fon’s power a little late. The way I see it is that they still have to die or be seriously crippled in order for the other characters to intervene.

    It’s probably because the odds are stacked against Aizen, and we still haven’t seen his Bankai. I get the feeling that he will either have to pull new espada out of no where, or that the current ones are just that strong that the Captains have little chance to win.

  • May 29, 2009 at 12:31 pmLump

    you wanna know stupid? try reading this weeks naruto. OH HAI GAIZ, LETS RESET ALL THE DEATHS!!! God…. such awful writing.

  • May 29, 2009 at 12:31 pmjoe

    Bleach is sooo slow. I finish reading bleach under 2-5minutes. its like stare, stare, talk, fight, stare, stare. lol. I prefer One piece now since its soo much more interesting.

  • May 29, 2009 at 1:13 pmSilivious

    Well, finally, lol. Just read it myself. Hopefully it’s not super drawn out and boring.

  • May 29, 2009 at 1:53 pmBeatslars

    I wonder when the Vizards will show up.

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:02 pmN97

    @Screw you

    Why don’t you eat my shit and fuck off? I stated my opinion, don’t like eat? don’t read it. fucking shithead.

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:27 pmTissu3.Tim3

    Hahaha, maybe when the anime eventually catches up to the manga (in a couple of decades), they’ll play “flight of the bumblebees” as Soifon releases here bankai. XD

    But, personally, I think she cannot control her bankai yet. Since shes the captain of the squad famous for assassination, her bankai might be something that just kills everything in its path. That’s why she tied herself to the pillar — doesnt want the damage to go out of the control perhaps. (After all, any property damages caused by her would come out of her pay-cheque next payday)

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:42 pmkyr

    I don’t agree about ichigo get’s a beaten up by grimjow (n6), noitora (n5) and ulquiorra(n4) with so MUCH difference in power and then, the super ichigo with no train or whatsoever kills them “all”…
    Honestly I would like some credibility to espadas, because they just release their form too soon and get beat up pretty “easily”. I think they could explore more the power of espadas, seriously.

    And what space in this arc are going to be left to the vaizards? What about wonderwice too? :)

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:47 pmGivenupUlquiorra

    I think the move that yoruichi did in the soul society arc x 3 times stronger is what soifon’s bankai is

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:49 pmGivenupUlquiorra

    ++ to add i bet vizards will come save the day after Hitsu and Soifon gets messed up
    and Stark Release will be AWESOME i think

    sorry for double post o_o

  • May 29, 2009 at 2:53 pmkyr

    also would be cool a battle between espadas and royal guard… hoping for that also :D.
    With maybe a team of espadas made from the hougyouku! :)

  • May 29, 2009 at 4:08 pmDuran

    Welcome to Shounen; this should be no big surprise….

  • May 29, 2009 at 4:23 pmmutio

    Bleach is just boring – honestly it goes on and on and on..
    Nothing compared to One Piece :P

  • May 29, 2009 at 4:48 pmnowhere man

    One Piece’s pacing right now is bothering me even more (seriously, they barely moved up a flight of stairs). I think I’m just annoyed in general with the current arc. Bleach I expect these things in so I’ve been pretty entertained, though I really wish Kubo would condense all these fights into fewer chapters. But generally, I find I enjoy the manga even more in the graphic novel formats as opposed to weekly chapters.

  • May 29, 2009 at 4:58 pmkarasu

    stop reading shit like bleach

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:38 pmKaMen

    The question that bothers me more is how she got that long piece of cloth to wrap up the building… >.<

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:46 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    @Duran.. exactly. thats what it comes down to. just the fact that everybody who posted here is going left, right and the other way say’s that the mangaka has achieved a “Mission accomplished”. what are the most popular shounen?? naruto? bleach ? onepiece? hunterx? d.gray? etc… they all do the same gimmicks, it come’s down to who executes it better and which STYLE you like more. i cant give NARUTO props because the ART IS HIDEOUS!! and the story is sooo EMO and sloooow. HUNTER-X is also at time’s UGLY and extremely TUTORIAL, and slooow. D.GRAY is exquisitely drawn and awesome but is straying from main plot,maybe? BLEACH is well DRAWN and dispite what people are saying its not paced that bad..
    but ONE PIECE is the clear winner. “to me” in HUMOR,IMAGINATION,Characters and pacing because its always interesting.
    @Nowhere man p.s= there probably setting up to make a D.S game or something with the whole IMPEL DOWN thang. think about it.. six large levels & lots of characters from the past. Hmmmm?

  • May 29, 2009 at 5:50 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    OHH yeah sorry….but how bout BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER, and BERSERK??? are these SHOUNEN as well?? theY come out soooooo sloooooow BUT THE ART, ACTION AND STORY is pure FILTERED CRACK ROCK!!!! check it

  • May 29, 2009 at 6:22 pmtautau

    Hmm…personal taste thrown aside Bleach IS going even slower than Naruto as a few of you pointed out which is in no way a good thing – this arc is probably the most tedious too. I shudder at the thought of how many chapters we have to go through to see another glimpse of the Vizards or the “fathers” (Ryuken)…

    Which is a shame, really, because out of the manga currently serialized in Shounen Jump, Bleach easily has my vote in terms of style and art.

  • May 29, 2009 at 6:24 pmFinalnight

    been a VERY long time since we have seen a new captain bankai.

  • May 29, 2009 at 7:54 pmDeadMonkeys

    I can sort of live with the captains and vice-captains having some success over the Espadas not because they’re more powerful, but because they’re more experienced. Ichigo is basically pretty brainless in a fight. He just charges at people and he has one and only one attack. In that sense, also, there’s a slim believability in Ichigo’s victory over Zaraki way back in the Soul Society arc, as Zaraki is basically more or less a “brawler” of sorts, and he’s otherwise similar to Ichigo in terms of battle. For the most part, other captain-level battles were between other captains, or basically the beat-down of characters like Chad and Ishida. Given that, though, what doesn’t make sense is how he was able to lift a finger against the likes of Byakuya back then, who has a great deal more variety in a fight than Ichigo ever could, and never actually made use of it.

    I was only slightly bothered by the fact that back in the Soul Society arc, you never saw people fly at all, except maybe Hitsugaya *after* he’d sprouted wings. Ichigo needed to use tools to do so, but it’s understandable that he might have to as he had no knowledge of such a technique. Now, it’s like everybody “walks” on platforms of thin air like it was second nature, which is utterly confusing.

    I think the anime kind of tried to fill that gap a little bit in the lead-up to the Bount arc where Ichigo somehow or other lost his ability to use Bankai, and linked his lack of power to his emotional state. They also vaguely hinted that Ichigo’s power is greater inside Soul Society, whereas this isn’t true for “genuine” Shinigami after they’ve removed their limiters and they’re not in a gigai. The other thing that seems to be plainly obvious is simply that they all seemed to be paired up with people to whom they are suited to fight. Crazy brawler fights crazy multi-limbed brawler. Mad scientist fights metrosexual scientist. Ice lad fights water hottie.

    Well, if nothing else, it can’t be anywhere as maddening as Naruto was this week. Friggin’ reset button. And that’s aside from the fact that Nagato turned over his new leaf way too easily. And then he gets to say “Oh, yeah, you know those people I killed? I was just kidding! You’ve been punk’d!” Not since reading religious folklore have I seen anything that nonsensical.

  • May 29, 2009 at 8:57 pmbrianleung8912

    @Mega250

    remember grimmjow lost his arm too? what happened after that?? :)

  • May 29, 2009 at 9:10 pmdsoup

    we all know her bankai will be just her released sword 2X!! so it one shots u now muhahahahhahaahah

  • May 29, 2009 at 9:21 pmGundamaniac

    lol, one hit ko bankai?

  • May 29, 2009 at 9:28 pmGundamaniac

    @ N97 calm down bud…………..
    I think that ulquiorra might be stronger than 3 and 2 cuz he has a second stage while the other espadas do not. He kept this a secret from everyone even Aizen, so if Aizen knew what he was capable of ulquiorra might have been a number 2 or even 1

  • May 29, 2009 at 10:10 pmv1cious

    lol you’re mad at Bleach. be lucky you didn’t read this week’s chapter of Naruto.

  • May 29, 2009 at 10:47 pmjellayrei

    her arm, she’s missing an arm!!! I’m surprised that Hitsugaya didn’t turn out to be as useless as I initially thought him to be though.

  • May 29, 2009 at 11:19 pmZetsuboushita

    ohmahgawd i just wish there would be something along the lines of some yoruichi flashbacks or ANYTHINGG WITH HER D:

  • May 29, 2009 at 11:19 pmd

    people who read GANTZ have it worse. it’s pretty much the length of a WSJ title, but bi-weekly.

  • May 30, 2009 at 12:38 amTJ

    I have a feeling that Soifon’s bankai will be less impressive than expected, especially since Kubo seems to be dragging his feet these days.

  • May 30, 2009 at 1:38 amn3rf

    Halibel will be back…There’s noway she’d get owned that easily.

    As for Naruto, they had to freaking use a “mai-hime reset button” >.>

  • May 30, 2009 at 2:49 amHighman

    @n3rf:

    Okay man, now you gone too far with Mai HiME, in a lot of anime’s they are alot anime with this reset button stuff and anyway I’m still wishing for an Mai HiME sequel for it to make up anyway. But again I would like to see Soi-Fong Bankai, hope it would turn like in a formation into like Grimmjow’s release was. Anyway it should be well.

  • May 30, 2009 at 6:57 amxheavenx

    It would be great, if you do more manga chapters reviews like this!

  • May 30, 2009 at 7:21 amOrange

    Yeah, Soi Fon will bring forth the wind with her Bankai Dragon style (One Piece) and Respira will be blow away like Ganishka in his mist form(Berserk) and Barragan will go all WTF when Soi Fon will do her Destroy Skill (Guilty Gear) like Hitsugaya did to Harribel. Azu-Nyan!!!

  • May 30, 2009 at 9:55 amblinx01

    In regards to what a few are saying, even though Ulquiorra was number 4 or whatever, the faith placed in him by Aizen clearly showed he deserved to be much higher up in the order.
    Having Yammy as the top Espada is a joke and for me shows that they’re all going to get killed off, and by the point we reach the next arc, which will probably The King’s Domain or whatever it’s called, introducing the Royal Guards (meaning we see the Captain that was promoted from the Vizard past arc), Aizen will probably have other troops under his control, most likley Vasto Lords.
    That’s the only way I can see the story progressing since Aizen and his left and right hand will hardly be able to infiltrate the King Domain alone and duke it out.

  • May 30, 2009 at 11:10 amYoruhime

    I was hoping that Soi Fon would show her Bankai in this chapter but grrr, they had to show it next chapter. XD

    I wonder what it will be.. Can’t wait for next week to come, dammit! ><

  • May 30, 2009 at 1:50 pmquincyezra

    Man oh man.. I really can’t wait for it! Having sleepless nights lately anxiously waiting for its grand reveal ahaha

  • May 30, 2009 at 6:54 pmcruz

    one kit KO instead of two lol

  • May 31, 2009 at 1:19 amEspada

    one hit k.o. bankai ready to be seen O_O

  • May 31, 2009 at 4:26 amXero

    and you know of course that Soifong’s Ban Kai is going to be something totally f’ing ridiculous.. all the while Barragan stupidly chases her Vice Captain while knowing she’s preparing a secret plan of doom..

  • May 31, 2009 at 10:36 pmn3rf

    @ Highman
    I didn’t mean to take it That far… It just the first thing that came to thought is all. :\

  • June 1, 2009 at 12:29 amGP

    There are 2 reasons bleach has this sorta slow moving cliffhanger to cliffhanger chapter bit, the first one is simple enough to understand, it sells and wsj wants it to keep going as long as they can make money, so kubo drags it.

    Second is something everyone who follows bleach alot or even just a bit should have also understood, Kubo drags it out even more because he’s got no idea what to do next! Yes, that’s right, he’s pulling this stuff outta his rear as he’s going along. Sure he probably has the basic plot figured out, but all these little bits like ones bankai, or ones other powers, and so on, he’s making it all up week after week.

    If you want a shounen action manga that is weekly yet moves at a way better speed compared to bleach or naruto you should check out psyren.

  • June 1, 2009 at 9:38 amdQ

    bleach is always filled with stupid cliffhangers and theres always a few twists in every battle….

    thats exactly why i started to hate bleach…
    the pacing is so damn annoying

  • June 2, 2009 at 9:30 pmMeery

    Pew Pew Pew.

  • June 5, 2009 at 9:01 amRaptor6

    Dont know if anyone’s still following this thread or not, but…
    http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/360/14
    http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/360/18-19