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To be honest though, I was less interested in this week’s chapter and more interested in the revealed zanpakutou character designs for the upcoming anime original arc. The fact that so many of them got human forms seems to suggest that the arc will go for quite a while (a year would not shock me), and for now, it looks very promising. If you’re having trouble figuring out who’s who, a poster on ASuki’s forums has already labeled the images to identify each of the characters.

July 25, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  • July 25, 2009 at 3:35 pmGundamaniac

    Oh sweet XD

  • July 25, 2009 at 3:37 pmGuille

    I hope that the new anime original arc will be a lot better than the other two

  • July 25, 2009 at 3:38 pmSilivious

    Sounds like this AOA is going to be quite good. :D

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:04 pmmutio

    Much more interesting was this weeks chapter of One Piece where an epic battle is about to begin :D

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:17 pmbearzerger

    I think it says all that fillers are more interesting than the real manga.

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:21 pmMiken

    The pretense for the filler arc sounds somewhat interesting, at least more so than the last two. I might actually start picking up the anime regularly again rather than just watching the episodes pertaining to certain favorite chapters.

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:27 pmSOSAnimeBoy

    Wait… what the f?

    Didn’t they already show us what Zabimaru looked like when Renji was trying to get his Bankai? How have they changed the look of his materialized zanpakutou? That too, into a pair of women? LOL Renji is so whipped.

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:49 pmssj4jw

    I heard a rumor that the zanpakutou character designs was done by Kubo. Is that true?

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:49 pmjustaway


  • July 25, 2009 at 5:03 pmfuzaco

    Every one of the filler character designs was done by Kubo, this one isn’t expection. I hope it will be good, but it propably won’t.

  • July 25, 2009 at 5:09 pmcid

    Hachigen is going to rape barragan.

    with his epic kidou magics llols

  • July 25, 2009 at 5:10 pmChimasternmay

    that was what i was thinking, about Renji zanpakutou materialized form, i thought it was the bambo monkey, and i would at least think Senbonzakura would be a female, with the you what on, whatever…

    seems like the Zanpakutous will become characters, so will it be something of a master servant relationship, or will it only be about them more, or will they become enemies

  • July 25, 2009 at 5:21 pmSplash

    I might be in the minority here but I liked the 2 anime original arcs.

  • July 25, 2009 at 5:24 pmDarklord

    I think Soi Fong and Omaeda will Also participate in the Hachi vs. Barragan battle. Hachi will probably hold him down with some barrier spell and Soi Fong will deliver the finishing blow…that or Yamamoto will actually get to fight again.

  • July 25, 2009 at 5:50 pmpaul

    i want to see the captain commander’s

  • July 25, 2009 at 6:19 pmDeathdakid

    From looking at the initial character design, they seem to have put a bit more effort. I believe that the most important thing will be the actual storytelling so it keep us intrested.

  • July 25, 2009 at 6:40 pmFluwm

    I stopped reading Bleach back when there stopped being a coherent narrative, or central protagonist.

    From the looks of things, that hasn’t really changed.

  • July 25, 2009 at 7:03 pmarigatou

    Aizen is not around and it’s just his zanpaktou along with Gin and Tousen (that explains why Tousen attacked Shinji “he knew about it” and this proved that Aizen is not around) it seems everyone doesn’t know about it except Urahara Kisuke.

  • July 25, 2009 at 7:12 pmnowhere man

    Well, I really liked this week’s chapter. Komamura has become one of my favourite captains as the story has progressed and I was immensely glad to see him be the first one to step up and allign himself with the Visoreds. Hisagi then joining in to fight Tousen made that moment even more awesome. I really want that hypocrite to be taken down, and I hope Hisagi or Komamura do it.

  • July 25, 2009 at 7:37 pmNEO

    What release group is this from?
    Sleepyfans and AkAtSuKi don’t have those cover thingys and wso far that’s all I can find so far on this manga # …

  • July 25, 2009 at 7:38 pmNEO

    What release group is this from?
    Sleepyfans and AkAtSuKi don’t have those cover thingys and so far that’s all I can find on Bleach 367…

  • July 25, 2009 at 8:04 pmShiroiRyu

    To answer to that :
    Wait… what the f?

    Didn’t they already show us what Zabimaru looked like when Renji was trying to get his Bankai? How have they changed the look of his materialized zanpakutou? That too, into a pair of women? LOL Renji is so whipped.

    In Colorful Bleach, we have [url=http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/4049/bktbootleg010.jpg]That[/url] and [url=http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/7892/bktbootleg011.jpg]That[/url]
    To explain for no-french : The zanpakuto of Reiji has been broked but Mayuri repair him… with a choice… And Mayuri can change the sex of a Zanpakuto… :s
    So… The monkey-girl can exist :p

  • July 25, 2009 at 8:11 pmF-Metal Vaizard

    I dont think that the guy who labelled the zanpaktou spirits got them all correct. i had different interpretations of some of them! anyone else?

  • July 25, 2009 at 8:36 pmPhoenix Shinkun

    Wow, looks interesting.. Can’t wait for the Zanpakutou arc to begin.. XDD
    Thank you OMNI for the picture and the information. :3

  • July 25, 2009 at 9:30 pmtman

    Barragan might take damage from healing Kido, like in Final Fantasy where undead enemies took damage from Healing skills

    once again, hope no one dies.

  • July 25, 2009 at 10:01 pmxxxchaosqueen75xx

    The next arc actually seems good to see the realationship between the zampactou(sp?)and shinigami.

  • July 25, 2009 at 11:13 pmjj

    Hachigen vs Barragan, ageing vs anti-time magic… This could be interesting…

  • July 26, 2009 at 12:19 amdega-sama

    i think that girl with the skull ornament is BENIHIME because the skull motif is is like thos old princess heddresses which would describe her HIME part and i think her hair may be red from the off color photo which would be the BENI (crimson)…also, she looks like the kinda girl that kisuke would go for, she seems bad ass…and because benihime uses blood that would be expected that she would be pirate like…look at how kisuke associates with bad ass women that kukaku shiba, and that yuroichi

  • July 26, 2009 at 12:22 amkaineng

    oh man the anime filler looks too interesting to miss… but then why they all look so weird? I don’t think the zanpakutos themselves look THAT bad…

    manga-wise… looking forward to barragan vs… hacchi an tessai?? hmm… KIDO GALORE!!!…|||

  • July 26, 2009 at 12:34 amJoe Stan

    Is Kenpachi’s zanpatou featured?

  • July 26, 2009 at 1:28 amBROOKLYN otaku

    that was an epic chapter. “the one piece was righteous too!!!!” wow theyer unloading another anime original….booo. man Bleach must be making MONEY hand over fist to be milking it to this degree.. i wonder how old i’ll be when it all ends…hell i wonder what will be the next thing to replace it 4-6 years from NOW. still rather get “berserk”

  • July 26, 2009 at 2:01 amRiku

    I’m getting tired of this anime and manga

  • July 26, 2009 at 4:20 amN97

    then don’t fucking read or watch them retard.

  • July 26, 2009 at 9:28 amHighman

    Hot dog, I’m sold for this arc.

  • July 26, 2009 at 3:49 pmKaitune

    I don’t like most of the character design that much (or may be because my expectation of the character design was much higher). However, I am digging Wabisuke’s humanoid version.

  • July 27, 2009 at 11:06 pmKyonSmith

    Hm, Zabimaru’s ape-woman form reminds me of an earlier anime omake (I think it was during the Bount arc) where Kurotsuchi was saying something about changing the appearance and gender of Renji’s zanpakutou…
    I can see most of the (for the most part, weak) references to the swords’ names in their humanoid forms, but I’m not really seeing Byakuya’s. Maybe the reference to the “senkei” form of his bankai, though I was expecting more of a noh or kabuki-themed character.
    Hyorinmaru just looks…wrong… (plus he looks like a cheap knockoff of Scar).
    Totally agree with the above post; out of all the characters, Wabisuke is the best. Kinda explains why Kira looks so emo all the time.

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:28 amxdarkwingsx

    After looking at ASuki’s forum on the various zanpakuto characters. I wonder why Ichigo’s zanpakuto in human form looks extremely normal when compared to the Gotei 13′s?

  • July 28, 2009 at 11:58 amArky

    Remember a shinigami golden cup where Mayuri was offering change of gender for the Zanpaktuo? i guess renji did it…. i mean both the Snake and Babbon of the original Zabimaru are male