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September 26, 2009 at 3:04 am
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  • September 26, 2009 at 3:12 amkira1229

    Harribel and Starrk is dead???impossible!!!

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:13 amH-drzizle

    I honestly hope hes not Dead DEAD. Maybe him and grimmjaw will start a lonely hearts club and not be so lonely any more :)

    I was hoping to see some more bankais in the primera fight :(

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:14 ampierce

    Wow, the idea of it being an illusion created by Aizen didn’t cross my mind, but it’s possible. However, I just hope it isn’t true coz I want to see Aizen and Gin finally in action.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:22 amAtobe

    I hope this is the end to this god awful arc.

    Seriously this arc has taken over a YEAR to do and NOTHING happened in the entirety of it, other than the entire Espada team getting obliterated in ultimately pathetic fashion. Basically the manga equivalent to the Bount arc, only with an even shittier finish. Hopefully the story actually manages to pick up now that it looks like Aizen and crew will head back to HM. Maybe Aizen will have a group of not-so-pathetic lackeys up his sleeve this time.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:40 amFreya

    If it isn’t an illusion….then wow. Kubo Tite is one lazy mofo. Seriously…give the battle a better ending.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:42 ampanda monium

    i started to get serious “it’s all an illusion” vibes about halfway through this chapter. i still haven’t ruled it out, but it would be an incredible dick move from Kubo.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:50 amChimasternmay

    the problem is just too many characters, so it gets long, and fans of a particular character never get to see their guy/girl long enough. – answer to hating the arc

    anyway if this is and illusion then i wanna see whats on the real surface already. and if not, Hal better not be dead, use that instant regeneration crap. now

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:52 amRaithos

    I KNOW? he was so weak it was pathetic

  • September 26, 2009 at 4:04 amR

    I like to think it isn’t that Starrk was weak, but just Kyouraku must be insanely more powerful than we were first led to assume.

    The bit with Harribel was just huge assholery and made me want to slap Aizen. I was looking forward to boobs vs. boobs!

  • September 26, 2009 at 4:09 amjagger

    boobs vs boobs?? where? :S?

    hiyori???
    lisa maybe xD

  • September 26, 2009 at 4:16 amm

    There seems to be some runaway ability inflation in Bleach. Soi Fon has that two-hit-kill shikai, so Barragan received an ability to neutralize it that basically left me completely at a loss as to how to explain how anything could have sparred with him to determine ranking. Just the idea that Starrk shot wolves at Barragan at some point in time in order to be at the top of the food chain makes my head hurt. To compensate for that ability, Hachi, of all people, pulls out an ability that could kill any other character by simply teleporting Aizen’s ego into his target’s body. To rein that whole enterprise in, instead of Starrk getting an even more ridiculously-powerful ability he smacks around Shunsui, Ukitake, Love, and Rose with ceros and spirit wolves, to make it seem like he’s powerful even though his abilities seem lame by comparison to Barragan’s morning breathe. However, if I really understood it, Shunsui’s ability was overpowered. It seems that he could have just walked over to Aizen, played reality-distortion tag with him, and that would have been the end of Bleach. Unless Orihime suddenly returns from Hueco Mundo, changes her name to Haruhi, and uncreates everyone that annoys her, I’m not sure how things are supposed to escalate on the power treadmill. Are we headed toward the end of Bleach, or is Aizen going to pull out another few years worth of new characters with a secret new scheme to start us back at zero?

  • September 26, 2009 at 4:40 amdeathdakid

    lol, there are two espadas who are dead and we forget that lisa and hyori both shikais have been revealed.
    Well im assuming that KT has more important arcs to write and it looks like we are near the ending of the fkt. What really surprises me is that kyouraku can beat stark with shikai, and ichigo had defeated urqurrila with some ssj3 power. I think we can understand the problem.

  • September 26, 2009 at 5:13 amichigoat

    i was waiting for starrk to do a 2nd transformation of some sort just like Ulquiorra’s..

  • September 26, 2009 at 5:34 amTOP2NE1

    Exactly why people should just forego Naruto/Bleach and read OP.

    Anyway… yeah? He was #1 why? Harribel hasn’t gotten her flashback, so she’ll probably stick around for another chapter or two. Yep, I hope someone on the “good” side loses now or that the story starts going somewhere.

  • September 26, 2009 at 5:36 amChan-Chan

    TK is killing off all the Espada.. and leaving all the weak (main) characters in the series.. WTH!! Seriously, I hope Bleach will end soon… it’s becoming a drag. Actually, I stopped reading the manga after Ulquiorra died. (v.v) Why must such a cool character die?

  • September 26, 2009 at 5:43 amOrange

    Yep, Srarrk’s charisma really was limited to a tatoo on the back of his hand, Yammy was ranked higher yet people simply assume it was another of Aizen’s illusions, Ulquiorra did possess an unrated powerup (and performance wise he was way beyond Harribel -Luppi treatment?) that probably make him stronger than Starrk (with this new chapter no more doubts to me and Yammy hasn’t fight yet), finally Barragan had some of the most terrifying powers (before and after release) that definitively make Starrk’s Brokeback Mountain theme look pathetic.

    Espada ranking was:
    1- made while Aizen was drunk.
    2- left up to Gin because Aizen wanted to troll everyone (and since Gin is so good at this).

    THE DEATHBRINGER NUMBERS is THE BAD JOKE

  • September 26, 2009 at 6:55 amPax

    the conclusion of the espada vs shinigami was even worse than i expecting…such disappointment,i do hope Kubo Tite has something up his sleeve because this arc has been bad,very bad,nothing has really happened,only battles after battles…at one point one does get tired of only seeing fights and no development.
    even if i say i hope Kubo Tite has something up his sleeve i actually doubt he has,i see nothing good in the future on Bleach.

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:15 ammads

    but with kubo, you never know…..

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:29 amakatsukisan

    Yeah, kind of a disappointment. Leaves me wondering how Aizen can still win at this point – though the captains are all worn out from the fighting, Shunsui and Yamamoto still haven’t gone bankai, and there are still another four former captains that haven’t used theirs either. SS have effectively doubled their forces – could Aizen just retreat and regroup?

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:44 amMeow

    @orange

    Espada ranking was:
    1- made while Aizen was drunk.
    2- left up to Gin because Aizen wanted to troll everyone (and since Gin is so good at this).
    ROFL!! xD I laughed so hard at this one!!

    u made my day

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:51 amdeathdakid

    This then leads to a new question. Where the top 3 espadas vastrolords? And another question that no one has pointed out is wonderwiss. He is still allive. Aizen her not killed him off so what will happen to him. We will only find out next week i guess.

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:57 amblank-o

    I think Starrk is a vasto lordes because in his flashback he was in a more human form,which makes me think that he’s no dead.

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:59 amLauren

    Starrk fails as an espada.

  • September 26, 2009 at 8:22 aml3reezer

    You summed up my exact thoughts on the chapter with that entry.
    When did that devastating slash to Harribel, he just started to seem like the generic evil antagonist. I thought he was a pretty cool villain at first too…

    @TOP2NE1
    I agree wholeheartedly about OP, lolol.

  • September 26, 2009 at 8:46 ampaul

    there is still #0

  • September 26, 2009 at 9:33 amAnwyn S.

    When will we see Ichigo again!!!??? I know the focus on the others is great, but this battle has been entirely too long. I wanna know how Ichigo and co. are doing!

  • September 26, 2009 at 9:42 amxxraihaxx

    Harribel died easily but she maybe still alive since aizen always slashed someone near to dead and let their alive like Sajin & Ichigo.
    I hope that it will change to Huenco Mundo and show yammy fight and all at there arrives at Karakura town.

  • September 26, 2009 at 9:53 amcmon

    I have respect for you TK

    Don’t let me down

  • September 26, 2009 at 10:01 amSplash

    Maybe Halibel will be saved by a shinigami and flip sides. Killing someone with such a huge fan base in such a cheap manner is a real slap in the face to Bleach fans.

  • September 26, 2009 at 10:04 amvalentine

    its so weird that the 4th espada seeems much stronger then primera….. i think is totaly a illusion

  • September 26, 2009 at 10:22 amBlackieChan

    what if…
    the entire battle that took over a year to publish was all just an illusion?

  • September 26, 2009 at 10:28 amdamian

    So glad Halibel is dead; she was so overhyped by fanboys for no apparent reason other than she was practically naked.

    Sucks about Stark, but seriously, who didnt see it coming.

  • September 26, 2009 at 10:37 amKozue

    1 is the loneliest number~ But yeah, it really just made me go ‘ Wow.. how retarded.’ I liked Harribel’s character, and for her not to get to finish her fight, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Unless of course, doing that to her would invoke something awesome, but I highly doubt it. I’m anxious to see Gin fight for real, though.

  • September 26, 2009 at 11:15 amlewin

    I hope there was an illusion or that Aizens Plan somehow requires that the espada die(as some sort of sacrifice). Otherwise it just seems like Aizen ist stupid. He just lost several strong underlings (yes they lost but they are still captain level) and gained nothing. Maybe he just sucks at judging strength but you don’t send your man against a stronger opponent if there is no benefit…

  • September 26, 2009 at 11:25 amkagebutsu

    Stark’s extremely fast death was so disappointing. There is no reason why it should haven’t ended like that.

  • September 26, 2009 at 11:39 amSomeKindaNick

    Im thinking Aizen is going to disapear to Hueco Mundo or whatever again.
    I don’t think Kubo is ready yet to wrap things up and he seems to like recycling the whole “villans run into an other world and establish a new minion squads while the heroes hunt them down”.
    That would be a major disappointment for me though.

  • September 26, 2009 at 12:06 pmAtobe

    Can you really still call the Espadas captain level? It’s almost like they were ranked backwards because the ones that were supposed to be strongest ended up jobbing to both captains and non-captains alike.

    I wouldn’t blame Aizen for tossing away Harribel after watching his number one guy lose in a way that would make Chad blush.

  • September 26, 2009 at 12:37 pmMatroid

    Well, Wolf Boy(or the Wolf Duo?) could make horo’s die just by being around with them. His ability should be more lethal than Old Man’s “kiss of death”. As for Shark Girl, I hope I haven’t seen the last of her– I was hoping that she could get some kind of re-union with Nel (still remember her?).

  • September 26, 2009 at 12:53 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    all i know is that this is pretty good! i mean look, its got US all guessing what the heck is going on. isnt that a good thing in shounen…and if you dont like it well, one piece is on FIRE!! right now

  • September 26, 2009 at 12:59 pmEclipse

    So much hate on Kubo, holy crap. Starrk did not “suck”. He trashed two vaizards in a 2 on 1 battle, shot a hole through kyouraku’s back while fending off Kyouraku and ukitake at the same time… he did better than any other espada, I’d say.

    Also consider this: When did Starrk EVER, since his introduction to the story, give you the impression that he WANTED to be fighting? Guys, his heart was NEVER in it. Kubo was trying to show us that he really wasn’t trying. His aspect of death, loneliness, is what sapped his willpower to the point where he really didn’t have the will to persevere. His internal monologue in last week’s chapter only solidifies that fact.

    I also thought it was an effective storytelling decision, one that took all of us for a loop, for Kubo to have Aizen kill off Halibel. So often I see people on Bleach forums complain that things are dragged out too much, and the pacing is slow. Now, we see something that none of us predicted, and at a fast pace, nonetheless, and there’s gripes about how quickly they died rather than looking at the context in which they died. After the #1 and #2 guys died, of COURSE Aizen would kill #3 himself rather than wait for the inevitable.

    Flame me all you want, but I liked this chapter and honestly think there is nothing to complain about here.

  • September 26, 2009 at 1:24 pmkakot

    There is no point in having halibel around if she can’t even take that icy kid down. She was the most useless of the spadas so far. Aizen gave her an opportunity and she blew it thus he was forced to look into this matter himself. i don’t understand why so many people have problem with Aizen taking her down. she was an absolute waste of fucking space.

  • September 26, 2009 at 1:55 pmrai

    I think hes number one because he looks most human when he releases his sword, then theres that number 0 who grows bigger.

  • September 26, 2009 at 1:57 pmgg

    @kakot

    [everything on bleach is] ‘an absolute waste of fucking space’ chapter 360, page 01-02.

  • September 26, 2009 at 2:05 pmkakot

    @gg

    XD I actually really, really liked those two pages but that’s just me. This espada massacre that started almost 2 years ago could have ended a long time ago. There has not been a SINGLE espada who was able to win against his/her opponent. What a royal fucking waste of talent, ink, paper, money and eyesight these chapters were.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:20 pmssj4jw

    I think this arc is not ending until Shinji and Mashiro release their zanpakuto. Since Hachi already fought I’m not sure about him. If Aizen’s gang do fight the vizards at least have to use shikai.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:27 pmCain is a Scar’s fanboy

    Yeah, that reeks of cheap story telling, not only were the espadas outnumbered, but being the underdog in a fight is usually a ‘hero’s’ thing, and hence didn’t really feel like that much entertaining to watch the Vizoreds and Shinigamis fighting the Espadas.

    And I really hope that Aizen isn’t just going to retreat and find stronger specimen to replace the ‘Hollow’s Shinigamis’ or Espadas. And I really wonder if we will ever see Squad 0 in action anytime soon, the Royal Guard.

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:29 pmVelius

    I believe (hope) that the point of this chapter was to show the true upper tier of some captains, i.e. Kyouraku, Ukitake, Aizen, Gin and Yama-jii. Yes, it’s a shame that all the espada have lost, but I believe they will be redeemed somewhat. Until we (I) see Stark and Halibel disappear, they aren’t completely dead.

  • September 26, 2009 at 5:01 pmSol Fury

    I am pretty convinced that there’s a twist involving Squad 0 stepping in because the Shinigami have made such a mess of the Aizen thing right around the corner.

    I’m also anticipating that “Superchunky” or whatever its name is might actually turn up again. For something foreshadowed so significantly, it went down way too easy.

    Well, I’m looking forward to seeing Wunderweiss in battle, and hopefully seeing a full powered fight using Aizen / Gin / Tousen.

  • September 26, 2009 at 6:01 pmXero

    This chapter was what I’ve been waiting for for a long time coming. A reason to say ‘fuck bleach.’ I’m done with Kubo the world’s largest forum troll dicking around because he has a big boner for the shinigami.

  • September 26, 2009 at 6:21 pmChakra

    @Omni
    Yammi is still alive, its disappointing that two strong espadas were killed off immediately maybe kubo is tired of aizen been a lazy villian or maybe they are not dead yet

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:09 pmRQ

    If it takes 100,000 human souls to make the royal key, potentially Aizen is planning to use the death of some of his high-ranking espada instead. That’s assuming that the royal key recipe allows substitutes, and that the key can be created using the fake karakura town as the spiritual ground (since it’s technically sort of in the same location).

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:20 pmSeinime

    So disappointed. Wonder what will happen to Yami then…

  • September 26, 2009 at 7:20 pmSplash

    I was thinking the same thing. What if the Espada he brought with him had (as a group over time)eaten more then 100,000 souls and he put them up against the Soul society and let SS kill his Espada thus freeing up the 100,000 souls he needs?

  • September 26, 2009 at 9:32 pmlacryia

    i hope aizen killed harribel as an act of sacrifice or something since if i remember correctly harribel is the aspect of sacrifice? Maybe that’ll resurrect starrk and turn him into something much more powerful? lol

  • September 26, 2009 at 11:12 pmkWest

    Maybe…just maybe, he FINALLY thought up a plot for after all of this. So there’s no need to drag it out.

  • September 26, 2009 at 11:22 pmkaineng

    hehe good twist anyway, and omni-san’s right, like it maybe all to fast until who knows? later the anime team would be in trouble to set the episodes in order…

    by the way, anybody guessed where aizen’s intending to “go” with gin and tosen? like soul society? must they continue to fight in the real world? hmm…

  • September 27, 2009 at 5:28 amAdam

    Don’t you all realize that the Espada was nothing more than fodder? After No.1 went down, Aizen saw no reason to wait any longer, since it’s been clear from before that Aizen’s lost his patience already. He’s sacrificing her for the plan to progress faster. And now, he’s moving to the next phase.

    I don’t think that the VL’s are going to be introduced until the King’s Realm arc, since that would be kind of overkill, but one thing is for certain:

    He’s getting that key.

  • September 27, 2009 at 11:14 amRagnarok25

    umm isn’t harribels thingy sacrifice?…did everyone forget this? I think something “big” is gonna happen now that she’s dead and been sacrificed. Who knows maybe because stark is the only one left he will gain extreme power. Or maybe because one of his comrades was killed like that he will use his full power?

  • September 27, 2009 at 12:50 pmXianda

    I know this is wishful thinking to the extreme, but listen to my theory;

    In Bleach (and most other anime/manga these days), you can survive having your most vital organs obliterated just as long as you’re supposed to live, otherwise a papercut will end your part in the series instantly.

    Now, the old fart did actually allow Harribel’s underlings to live for “being brave enough to attack while missing an arm.” What would happen if they lived on without their leader? Hopefully, the fact she has some of her spine left, and the ginger god on the side of the shinigami, will mean that she can get back into fighting shape and maybe join the shinigami side, or at least Ichigo’s.

    Stark though, I’m not so filled with hope for. While he only joined to have friends, and didn’t even want to fight in the first place, he had his flashback and was probably killed of. Although, what happened to Lilynette? Was she killed too thanks to the fusion? If she lived, then chances are he did too. In fact, if Harribel and Stark survived they might’ve buggered off somewhere by the end anyway.

    In closing, bandages will only save you if the author randomly wills it, in which case they’re made of magical duct tape and will not need replacing when the wearer inevitably reopens their wounds by trying to get up. Moron.

  • September 27, 2009 at 3:16 pmRoger

    I would have kill Harribel too for not killing weak ass whitey fast enough.He had to use his Bankai with fraccion and No.6 even Yammy laughed at him and hit him with his bare hands. So I guess Yammy is the top Espada because in Hueco Mundo the only threat to him is the 4 captains and Ichigo. If Rukia and CO. kick Yammy ass by themselves I probably will stop reading Bleach for a while. I mean Rukia almost died taking out No. 9 Chad was down with one hit from no. 5 and Renji even with Ishida both got knocked out by no. 8 I just hope they don’t let Unohana finally get off her ass and one hit kill Yammy like they did with stark. Or for a really crappy fight have Inoue grow a backbone and fight yammy for killing her two Annicar “girlfriends”, crushing her fly and pimp slapping her in the park.

  • September 27, 2009 at 3:40 pmRoger

    I meant bare sword not hand. Also by Hits still standing does this setup a fanboy heaven fight of Hitsuaga vs. Gin with I hope Gin just shank him and grin with his eyes still closed. But sadly by whitey having a bigger fanbase Kubo probably will have him power up with a new super Bankai technique and kill Gin with is good for selling manga but bad for story quality which have been dropping for a while.

  • September 27, 2009 at 4:22 pmzade123

    it would be so cool to see wonderweiss release form. i’m really looking forward to seeing it.

  • September 27, 2009 at 7:16 pmBlue

    I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this, but Starrk seemed like the only one who removed his mask on his own, without help from Aizen. Would that have made him a, whassis, Vasto Lorde? How powerful could he have been if Aizen used the Hougyoku on him?

    Which may lead to what Aizen’s next move is, Arrancar made from Vasto Lordes.

  • September 27, 2009 at 11:28 pmjho

    i hate bleach but i keep on reading it, hoping that it will get back to pre-gay levels.

    naruto is so much better than this, it’s not even close

  • September 28, 2009 at 2:43 amJubbz

    Stark got off’d pretty easily.

    For a number 1, he should’ve lasted longer.

    thanks to his fall, Halibel’s been taken out! :(

  • September 28, 2009 at 4:37 amAnon

    “she was so overhyped by fanboys for no apparent reason other than she was practically naked”
    You act as though there was any reason to like any other espada either. you go on to say “sucks about Stark” yet what did Stark ever bring to the table at that rate? Him whining about not really wanting to be there?
    he probably did the LEAST of any espada to date before seemingly dying. and thats not saying much because NONE OF THEM did much.

  • September 28, 2009 at 9:50 amlolz

    I’m glad the Espada are dead (save Yammy). Now can we FINALLY move on with the plot?

  • September 29, 2009 at 12:39 amSepiraph

    Looks like TK is going to have the whole Espada as some sort of fodder that Aizen planned in order to buy time to get the King’s key (or perhaps something else, maybe they will go to Hell?)

  • September 29, 2009 at 8:58 amHahaha

    What if it was all an act to draw out the top hollows and vizords and destroy them. Aizen never acually was a ‘turned coat’. but instead its a very drawn out plain by SS. But at the same time Aizen has his own plans.

  • September 29, 2009 at 12:06 pmHotarubi

    @jho

    while bleach is not as awesome as it used to be, naruto went down the drain long time ago, and i don’t think it’s coming back.
    i prefer dying espadas and asshole villains over emo retards and desperate idiots.

  • September 30, 2009 at 8:28 amAsh

    I wonder when we’ll get Aizen’s ‘Just as planned’ face and he mean to have the Espada die the whole time but was hoping they would amuse him a little longer and kill more vizards and soul reaper but I am thinking that in the end it really didn’t matter because he was going to get his key one way or another. By killing 100,000 people or having the Espada die and release an equal amount of souls by their deaths. Either way the bastard wins!

  • October 1, 2009 at 2:46 amJin asaukra

    you know I think this would be going like reborn..you know the “WE ARE THE REAL ESPADAS”
    ooooohhh~ crrreeeeeepppppyyyy….

  • October 3, 2009 at 12:15 amkayne001

    They aren’t dead yet, I think they will join Urahara.

  • October 24, 2009 at 10:57 pmmohshinobi

    very disappointing from number 1 espada -_-’ not funny lame death scenario especially the death of ulquiorra he can regenerate but pff he died. and when ichigo heart was blown away by my beloved ulqui* he regen quickly with no pb omg f***ed up scenario

  • October 31, 2009 at 12:27 pmMagnus

    Maybe. Maybe Starrk’s not dead. His death scene in this chapter isn’t as obvious as, let’s say, Zommari’s or Szayel’s.
    I give some 3% that he’s still alive.