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Bleach 414 – Curiosity Will Kill the Cat

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As hinted in last week’s chapter, Gin finally turned against Aizen after killing Matsumoto. Aizen, as the Great Foreseer, had of course already known Gin would turn, which isn’t surprising given his snake/fox-like personality. He is way too curious really, first wanting to see how strong Ichigo can get, and now wanting to see how Ichimaru would try to kill him. Naturally Gin knows the Hougyoku pretty much heals injuries almost instantly so he follows up by dissolving Aizen’s cells from the inside, then blowing a hole through his chest. That immediately raised him by several rankings in my list of favorite characters, but I still have a hard believing time Aizen is actually dead, especially considering we haven’t even seen his bankai yet and Ichigo also hasn’t shown up. Even though he looks extremely shocked right now, for hundreds of chapters he has lived through everything, so I can’t help but see another card up his sleeve. The Hougyoku can pretty much repair anything; poison and holes don’t seem out of scope (doesn’t look like the blast destroyed the stone). If I’m right, then Gin is going to be dead very soon, unless he had planned it out further and has another move to make- he is a genius after all. Matsumoto might not be dead, but Gin at face value seems to be on his own team only. However, seeing him having a change of heart at some point (a bit like Ulquiorra perhaps) would be nice; some character development is always interesting. I’ve always found him a fascinating character, hopefully he won’t just die like Tousen did. Perhaps at least, he’ll let Ichigo know the secret of avoiding total hypnosis.

One thing I know though- if Kubo smashes all my predictions and actually kills off Aizen, Bleach would be so awesome.

July 30, 2010 at 12:04 am
122 comments »
  • July 30, 2010 at 12:09 amquestionmark

    FINALLY! Thank you Ichimaru! You have broken Aizen’s Beyond GODLIKE killing spree.

    • July 30, 2010 at 2:54 amEamon

      PLEASE KUBO! KEEP AIZEN DEAD PLEASE!

    • July 30, 2010 at 5:47 amquigonkenny

      C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!

      • July 30, 2010 at 2:38 pmmainman

        Oh no you didn’t just quote that, LOL

    • July 30, 2010 at 8:47 amArcad

      Yeah but Aizen hasn’t been tapping his iWin button this whole time just to be done in by something like that. There has to be some sort of plan for that.

    • July 30, 2010 at 8:51 amMrRei

      If Gin can lie to Aizen about his ability, Aizen can lie about his weakness too.. Killing Aizen this way is just too easy. I’ll just get disappointed if this turns out as an illusion too.

    • July 30, 2010 at 11:10 pmjustsomeguy

      KILLJOY!

      • July 31, 2010 at 6:52 pmZi Densetsu

        Hey, I don’t mind him not dying. I’m actually enjoying this more because all those Gin X Aizen fangirls just got table topped by this new development.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:10 amarri

    Well Gin doesn’t touch kyoka anymore in the end of the chapter. So the whole hole in the chest thing could be an illusion once again, while Hoygoku fights with poison in Aizen’ chest.

    I actually starting to consider Aizen not so smart as he seemed to be. Master of stelth and treachery – o’kay. But his SS arc plan was being in preparation for a hungred years, and now he demonstates to much waste of time and resources with espada sacrifition, Ichigo groth, Gin’s betrayal, even soul key creation. It is like he can’t master his plans in short term

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:11 amDarklord

    “One thing I know though- if Kubo smashes all my predictions and actually kills off Aizen, Bleach would be so awesome.”

    One can’t help but wish for that :)

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:15 amichigoat

    Aizen planned tha…

    ….oh

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:19 amTakashiD

    arri: but he doesnt need to touch the sword anymore, cause he knows the first hit was not an illusion and the hole is the afttereffect of that hit, so it cant be an illusion either.

    • July 30, 2010 at 4:57 pmkentaiyoshimi

      As much as i would like to agree with you, this IS Bleach, where logic does not flow….EVER.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:33 amWill

    Well what can be said about this chapter. Awesome? not good enough maybe methodical? haha I mean what? It took Ichimaru how many DECADES if not over a century to get the drop on aizen? and even then Azien knew he was going to betray him so its not like he didnt plan for it its just that ichimaru is a real good actor. Even just reading it, it took me by sunrise. one panel he is about to use his power-pole blade attack and the next a blade was in azien’s heart, his REAL heart. which is just so full of win. I mean by no means do I think azien’s done for but at least we know what will slow aizen down for the hour ichigo needs to complete his super bankai. And he wont have to see the corpses of his friends hanging in the streets, which was a little… crude for an azien plan to say the least. More like a yami sorta plan there.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:36 amroyceHOLLERED

    haHA i read Aizen say that he knew that Gin was gonna betray him.. and at this point now my reaction is “of course you did Aizen..”*eyeroll*
    but everyone knows that Aizen knew that Gin knew that Aizen knew that he was gonna betray Aizen.. so knowing that Aizen is gonna double-cross Gin’s double-cross and i think that makes it a triple-cross.

    • July 30, 2010 at 8:06 amSora no Kaze

      But I assume that Gin knew that Aizen knew that he was going to double cross.

      So it’s a quadruple cross?

      • July 30, 2010 at 10:00 amShiden

        Infinite recursive cross?

      • July 30, 2010 at 11:59 amSora no Kaze

        I made a semi parody of the infinite cross. I should just draw it down… it’d be much funnier lol.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:38 amarri

    TakashiD: He knows the aftereffect and that the wound is not illusion. But we don’t know hoygoku’s regenerative abilities, may be it can regenerate cells as fast as poison dissolves them. If so, Aizen could just show an illusion to make Gin think that he is dead, while he just weakened

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:43 amYuan-Realta

    Gin trolled everyone in bleach. God damn.

    • July 30, 2010 at 12:56 amTK

      He’s just awesome!!

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:45 amAndy

    What if Gin was the REAL Villian and he has been using aizen

    • July 30, 2010 at 12:57 amTK

      That would be one awesome ass twist to the story!! Tite would get major props if he does that.

    • July 30, 2010 at 4:17 amFeik

      Yeah, Im going for the Aizen is dead and Gin is the real bad guy thing a little…
      But considering how much people seems to love Gin, I doubt it will happen.
      He will probably turn out to be a good guy. He probably knows he can’t defeat
      Aizen so he is buying time for Ichigo to come save the day. Bets on he just poisoned
      Matsumoto so that she appears dead too.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:53 amEliteF22

    Maybe all the waiting around for Ichigo to show up and face him again before going to forge the soul key is because Ichigo might be the soul key? There clearly is something about Ichigo that hasn’t been revealed yet that seems to have some relation to current events. Why else would Ichigo’s dad cut off Aizen and continue to keep Ichigo in the dark and instead having him just trust him for the time being.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:55 amTK

    I called IT! I knew from the start Gin wasn’t a fink..I thought at First he was with Aizen just to steal Aizen power when he was done, Then I thought that he was just doing it for fun..But after Kaname died I had a hunch that Gin wasn’t evil I knew it!! I SO CALLED IT!!!

    • July 30, 2010 at 8:09 amSora no Kaze

      Meh I always figured Gin was fishy. After all, whenever it was to killing one of the Shinigami off, he never did so. He seemed so aloof, yet at the same time, it made me wonder why in god’s name did he do that.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:57 amimerik

    There’s my favorite character finally showing his real bankai. Even if this doesn’t kill Aizen it’s by far the best/most intelligent attack on him so far. I hope he’s not a good guy and just continues to be on his own odd little team.

    Yamato realized that too. That Aizen wouldn’t be able to use an illusion while the sword was stuck through him.

    • July 30, 2010 at 10:02 amShiden

      I think that was different reasoning. If he was being stabbed, he knew that Aizen was on the other end of the blade, not that it negated the ability.

  • July 30, 2010 at 1:13 amOrange

    *Gasp* The boredom trade its place with the suspense! Is this it for Aizen? With Genryuusai falling for cheap tricks, will Aizen follow his lead? Probably not, Ichigo didn’t get to be the hero yet.

  • July 30, 2010 at 1:14 amderp…

    On a random note… Ichimaru’s bankai is a super high speed attack that will instantly kill a person in 1 shot no matter where it hits (thanks to the poison)… Why the hell does Ichimaru have Soi Fon’s real bankai?

    • July 30, 2010 at 7:07 amKit Kat

      LOL good question. Maybe Kubo just hates Soifon and wanted to give her the worst bankai he could think of for her situation.

    • July 30, 2010 at 5:02 pmkentaiyoshimi

      Not just Soi Fon’s “should have been” Bankai, but also Matsumoto’s shikai.
      I mean, turning into dust? thats a cool idea it has already been used.
      I think it is a testament that Kubo is really running out of ideas.

  • July 30, 2010 at 1:49 amZaku Fan

    What Aizen will say next
    “Gin, you surprised me there. Now i have to add you along with Urahara. I hope you understand what sort of honor that is. Now you can die.”

    So Gin “killed” Mastsumoto to hide her reiatsu. Makes sense. If Aizen could track her, he would use her. Probably she is in a sort of stasis state where she could her but not see and Gin explained everything to her prior to taking on Aizen

    • July 30, 2010 at 1:59 amZaku Fan

      Oh and why Aizen doesn’t die would be probably be explained by Aizen “Too bad, if you did that just a few hours ago i would be dead. Now destroying my physical heart does nothing as having meged with the Hougyoku, its my heart now.”

  • July 30, 2010 at 1:58 amEvi Angela

    If he wanted to kill aizen..why should he killed Rangiku? I thought he fell in love with Rangiku…

  • July 30, 2010 at 2:10 amAkiRan

    so only poison can kill him.
    Interesting

  • July 30, 2010 at 2:24 amAzuma

    I seriously doubt any of the “good guys” are actually dead. I fear they will all magically come back somehow… and do some sort of team strike or at least a little combo on Aizen that will weaken him enough for Ichigo to finish him off.

  • July 30, 2010 at 2:36 amnoririn

    “One thing I know though- if Kubo smashes all my predictions and actually kills off Aizen, Bleach would be so awesome.”

    Exactly. But I seriously doubt that will happen. Kubo, you fag.

    Most likely, Aizen has either evolved beyond that of a physical being with the help of the hougyoku and no longer needs his physical body to survive. Or kyouka suigetsu was already activated before Gin ever touched his sword.

    • July 30, 2010 at 4:42 amGekokujou

      I was thinking the exact same thing with Suigetsu activated before Gin touched the sword. This chapter is sounding a little too good to be true. Guess Aizen will do another ass-pull to screw us all over next week.

    • July 30, 2010 at 6:05 amquigonkenny

      My speculation is this. Aizen and Matsumoto are both dead. Next chapter starts with Gin plucking the hougyoku out of midair and implanting it in himself for two reasons. 1) to resurrect Matsumoto, and 2) having done that, to amp himself up in order to have a chance at defeating the inevitably more powerful Ichigo. Things go awry, of course, in the middle of the fight against Ichigo, when Aizen reveals that the merge with the hougyoku was two-way, and comes out of the hougyoku, using Gin’s body to build himself a new, even stronger one. Shang Tsung Fatality FTW!

      • July 30, 2010 at 7:16 amKit Kat

        oh shit… you know what, that sounds so badass, now I reallly want that to happen.

      • July 30, 2010 at 8:01 amderp…

        Omg wow, I love the idea of Aizen actual being one with the orb now. His body is just a shell to hold his consciousness, and it can be discarded without a problem. That would go with the talk of Ishin not sensing anything at all before, wouldn’t it?

      • July 30, 2010 at 8:14 amSora no Kaze

        You know, I was thinking about that too. The fact he might have merged… I wouldn’t mind that either.

  • July 30, 2010 at 2:44 ambullrogg

    i like how one of the pages was just a zoom in of the previous.

    but bleach got interesting this week so bravo.

  • July 30, 2010 at 3:13 amSkins Thunderbomb

    Finally some excitement!

  • July 30, 2010 at 4:31 amEspada

    aizen wont die >;D

  • July 30, 2010 at 4:37 amhahahaha!

    “Perhaps at least, he’ll let Ichigo know the secret of avoiding total hypnosis.”

    easy. keep your eyes closed at all times!

    • July 30, 2010 at 4:56 amGermanguy

      Don’t work. Hynosis, work with Sound too. You have other Ways to Fool someone. Smell, Touch, Hear and so on

      • July 30, 2010 at 5:04 amGekokujou

        Let’s not forget that Tousen was immune to Suigetsu because he was blind here.

        Well, maybe his Bankai will have more powerful hypnosis techniques.

  • July 30, 2010 at 4:54 amGermanguy

    Guys, Gin explained his “trick”. His Sword turn into Dust… We well known now what vice-Captain, has the same “Base”?

    Mastsumoto

    Don’t tell me, in the end they are “Siblings”

    • July 30, 2010 at 4:59 amGermanguy

      Well, at last Gin separated the hougyoku from Azien’s Body for a short time. Perhaps the Key sequence, to bring down from Godlike Status?

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:07 amLonewolf

    I wonder what is Gin’s motive for killing Aizen

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:13 amAecen

    Sadly, Aizen will say he planned this all along, be unharmed and go into some long speech no one cares about.

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:32 amFalZar

    It would have been better if Aizen didn’t say he knew Gin was going to take his life…

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:36 amtheburntshadow

    I have already given this theory several times, but I’m gonna do it for the heck of it. What if Unohana was the actual villain of this story? Gin is actually in league with her and was quietly acting as a spy for her and was also ordered to eliminate him when the time comes. Seeing how things were, she began to doubt Ichimaru’s capability and told Ichigo about how to escape the hypnosis. Once Ichigo kills Aizen, Unohana would get rid of him herself. As soon as they arrived to the real world, Unohana actually killed Hiyori and Hacchi and is waiting for the right moment to rise. It’s a kind of stupid theory, but the story’s already screwed up a bit.

    • July 30, 2010 at 6:53 amsixnine

      I wondered that myself when Unohana was with Ichigo in the Garganta, though not as much as you apparently have… jk

      I’ve always thought it was odd the way she always gives those ‘scary’ looks of hers, and the fact that she is way too mysterious.

      • July 31, 2010 at 5:09 amGermanguy

        Well, she is one of the 3 oldest Captains, together with General-sama… They can be First Generation and know the Secret of the “King-Bodyguards”

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:41 amkaineng

    interesting chapter, and I also guess Aizen would get saved, so Gin may just have wasted his efforts, unless he tried that long ago…

    and what makes gin think that aizen told him EVERYTHING that he was gonna do? cumon, aizen just needs a lone journey to success…

    also, this betrayal and genius-like competition is gonna take some time, which could get ichigo done… like WHEN??

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:44 ammegalith

    Ok.. I got spoiled.. Aizen is currently dead right now… Time to read again..

  • July 30, 2010 at 6:03 amEcho

    my guess is this chapter is fake and the hypnosis activated before Gin touches Aizen’s sword. Seeing how Aizen haven’t really used anything massive yet, he can’t just die so early and I’m sure he will be back smiling again. Ishida’s father has yet to be appearing in this arc yet too. I guessing him and Gin are going to be pawns used by the author to reveal 2 of Aizen’s card

  • July 30, 2010 at 6:04 amShinjiro

    Gin…I love you, dude, just for that chapter. Was about time someone actually “killed” Aizen!
    To be honest, I’m sure Aizen is not dead since he’d foreseen pretty much everything…That is unless Gin has never been hypnotized to begin with, formed a freaking amazing plan and it got to be one heck of a card up his sleeve to go on.
    Then again, if Gin followed Aizen, why “kill” him now?

  • July 30, 2010 at 6:20 amTruewind

    Since Aizen knew 1 million years ago that ichimaru would betray him before they met(mind my sarcasm), my guess is that the Aizen that got stabbed is an illusion all along!! Imagine that

  • July 30, 2010 at 6:36 amAizen

    Just as I have planned…

    • July 30, 2010 at 7:15 amIchigo

      Good, because you can’t die, i haven’t killed you yet

  • July 30, 2010 at 6:37 amsixnine

    Am I honestly the only person who likes Aizen! He’s my favorite, he can’t be dead…

    • July 30, 2010 at 8:04 pmGekokujou

      Well at the very least I don’t hate him. It’s just that there’s a limit to how many cheat codes you can use…

  • July 30, 2010 at 7:04 amSora no Kaze

    GIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I swear, please don’t pull an Illusion act or false information where Masumoto is here instead.

    The only thing that makes me believe it’s not an illusion is Aizen sense of calm is totally out of whack. There definitely a good chance that it’s not an illusion. The only thing now is that it needs to be a leathal enough blow to kill or at least take out the Hygouku.

    I doubt Aizen is dead… but if there one thing I hope and that is everyone starts pulling out masks would be awesome. Afterall Tousen did it. I do agree though, if Aizen is dead, Bleach is so awesome! Who’s the main antagonist now then… Gin lol?

  • July 30, 2010 at 7:06 amLinkark

    Who doesn’t love Gin? The man finally did the impossible, damage and possibly kill him.

  • July 30, 2010 at 7:12 amKit Kat

    FINALLY! FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gin is now my favorite character. I don’t know who it as before–on second thought, it might have been Shirou-chan–but Gin is now up there at #1.

    Okay, predictions: Gin and Aizen fight, Matusmoto finds Tatsuki and co. and gives them spiritual powers (considering Kubo actually did a print where Tatsuki’s a shinigami, it’s not such a long shot), Ichigo masters Tensa Zangetsu, goes out and kicks Aizen’s butt just as he’s about to kill Gin/right after he kills Gin, asks the all-important “why-would-you-do-this” question, they fight, and what the hell happened to the captains stuck in Hueco Mundo?

  • July 30, 2010 at 7:37 amRockmanshii

    Aizen will just grin like always next chapter and say something like I planned that you planned that I planned this.

    • July 30, 2010 at 7:44 amSora no Kaze

      You know I would honestly believe you, if and only if he was as calm as all the previous attempt to kill him. He doesn’t and I doubt he’ll grin, rather he’ll be like GINNNNNNNN!! KISAMA! or something like that after damaging the Hygouku.

      • July 30, 2010 at 10:14 amRockmanshii

        He also seemed surprised many others times too some of thoses times where illusion like when they stabbed Inamori instead but for example when he fought Yamamoto kanjou he was really surprised but then still said just as keiaku

      • July 30, 2010 at 11:56 amSora no Kaze

        I dunno how to explain it though, it was less compose with this one. With Yamamoto, even then it was a surprise, but it wasn’t to the point like this where This is much different. Aizen doesn’t go to the point where he says, what, and then curses the person, which is in this case Gin. None of these chapters has ever shown Aizen lose his composure, but here is one point where he’s extremely annoyed that one thing might have fallen out of his calculations.

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:01 amkuanagi

    knowing aizen he most likely made gin think that his weakness is touching the sword.

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:02 amarky

    he will go into Resurreccion to heal his wounds, and his resurreccion will be a giant troll face

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:05 amjsmith1a2000

    it’s weird but i kinda have the feeling of haruhi’s endless eight nightmare.
    except this time, it’s an endless loop of ”i knew that you know”
    the next chapters will show both characters showing different moves, with
    each one being counteracted:
    - i planned this
    - oh but i counterplan this
    - yeah ? i’m counterplanning your counterplan
    - etc…

    • July 30, 2010 at 8:13 amSora no Kaze

      Aizen: I knew you were going to do this
      Gin: I knew you were going to do that, so I have a counter
      Aizen: I knew that you knew that and planned a counter for that counter
      Gin: Ah, but I have a counter to counter the counter for the counter
      Aizen: But alas, I have a counter for that counter.
      Gin: Well I have a counter for that counter.

      ……….
      Hours later:

      Aizen: and I planed this counter for that counter
      Gin: Well I have a counter for that counter.
      Aizen: Wow… can you just stop.
      Gin: BUT YOU DO THAT ALL THE TIME!

      • July 30, 2010 at 9:31 amTroller

        Don’t forget the inevitable intervention/random from a completely random character! Swear to God, Matsumoto’s gonna jump in again claiming she was in on Gin’s plan to fake her death…but Aizen’s planned on Gin making such a plan…but Gin accounted for Aizen suspecting his plan…

      • July 30, 2010 at 12:31 pmSora no Kaze

        Masumoto: I was in with Gin the whole time
        Aizen: I knew you kept her alive Gin
        Gin: I knew you knew that… so I made a counter plan.
        Aizen: Could… you stop this already.
        Gin: But Aizen, you out of all people should know it’s too hard to stop doing this. After all, you do this as a past time.
        Aizen: Damn snake.
        Gin: What you give to others, you shall receive many times more, by me.

        So, who’s going to outlast who is the question.

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:12 amhellostranger!

    KILL THAT BITCH!!!

  • July 30, 2010 at 9:14 amGodKnows

    Obviously Gin is going to lose.How else will ichigo show off his crazy bankai moves?

    • July 30, 2010 at 12:32 pmnoririn

      No one said yet that Gin is a good guy just because he’s trying to kill Aizen. He may want to take the hougyoku or create the royal key for himself (or some other unforeseen plan).

      • July 31, 2010 at 5:12 amGermanguy

        Perhaps, Gin and Matsomoto has the same Dream, to change the Shinigami World… You can see a glimpse on some Gin and Matsomoto flashbacks… Why back…

  • July 30, 2010 at 9:27 amTroller

    Ok, wtf. Bleach is completely out of control already. I mean really, having Gin reveal he lied about his Bankai to Ichigo AND knows Aizen’s only “weakness” is just outrageously unrealistic. If Aizen knew Gin would betray him eventually, why the hell would he tell Gin his weakness? I suppose the answer now is that Aizen’s so omnipotent that it doesn’t matter what Gin tries…but seriously, why DIDN’T Gin do this like 200+ chapters ago?! I’ve lost so much respect for Tite as a mangaka already – this chapter makes me want to drop the series entirely.

  • July 30, 2010 at 9:28 amDavid

    It does not make sense for Aizen to tell Gin about how to avoid “total hypnosis”, especially knowing his snake nature, waiting for the right opportunity to strike.

    The only fitting follow up is Aizen strikes again, this time a battle between Aizen and Gin, a fight that will be backed up by Ichigo later on.

  • July 30, 2010 at 9:41 amAlex4life

    Unfortunately Gin, Aizen’s sword was an illusion, for Aizen had already anticipated this outcome knowing his own weakness.

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:08 amda5id

    Well, THAT was unexpected. And yet, totally expected. And yet…

    Also, would it kill you to post titles with a hint of originality? The hell does curiosity killed the cat have to with THIS chapter, anyway?

    • July 30, 2010 at 12:21 pmZaku Fan

      Aizen let Gin live because he was curious. Now he gets stabbed. How difficult was that to reason out? And weren’t you complaining about spoilers some chapters back?

      • July 30, 2010 at 2:53 pmDa5id

        I complain about lots of things. And I guess compared to my complaints about the spoilers (or perhaps, INCLUDING them), it just looks like I’m grasping at straws, but these are just things that generally irk me.

        I’ll try to keep to a minimum.

    • July 30, 2010 at 12:41 pmMonklife

      I like the title for this post; it really depicts well of Aizen’s pseudo/actual demise.

    • July 30, 2010 at 12:46 pmSora no Kaze

      Cause it does in all honesty? The fact that Aizen knew, but still let it happen which might completely knock him off his winning pedestal, at least for the time being makes this title perfect.

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:11 amyanipheonu

    WE all knew he was goign to betray him (even Aizen) but I wasn’t expecting it NOW! 0_o

    Y’know what would be crazy? If Aizen’s body is really killed, and Gin himself tries to fuse with the Hogokyo. At that point one of three things could happen:

    1. Gin simply wins and becomes the “final boss”.
    2. Aizen’s soul is in the Hogokyo, and takes over Gin.
    3. (my personal hope) Aizen’s Soul is in the Hogokyo, but instead of taking over Gin, they MERGE. Then you’d have an Aizen/Gin Hybrid, I’d pretty just mess my pants :0 Won’t happen, but I can hope.

    Also, it’s really hard to tell, but did Gin take Rangiku’s neclace?

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:22 amShad_Phoenix

    I knew Gin was lying about his bankai. Guys always lie about their bankai’s size. 13 KM, right. He just said that so he could stick it in his captain and aquirt his poison.

    • July 30, 2010 at 11:23 amjsmith1a2000

      LMAO!!

    • July 30, 2010 at 11:55 amBROOKLYN otaku

      hahahahahahahhahahahaha!!!!! SKEET! SKEET!!!!

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:31 amhaitechan

    Aizen of course planned this. I knew it since the beginning: Gin is the final boss. Now can we please switch to Ichigo getting owned? I’m sick of Aizen and his “just as planned” face. Of course I was happy because he finally changed his arrogant face but just let him die already.

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:50 amKinny Riddle

    “One thing I know though- if Kubo smashes all my predictions and actually kills off Aizen, Bleach would be so awesome.”

    I don’t know about “awesome”, but it’ll at least redeem Bleach in my eyes, which has nosedived a lot ever since the neverending fights since entering Hueco Mundo. Aizen is too overpowered it’s no longer funny, in fact, everytime he gets hit, the norm now is to expect him to counter-pwn while looking smug and completely unscratched, as is usual.

    The series would probably have been more entertaining if Aizen were the protagonist instead of Ichigo. At least we know we’ll be rooting for the Evil Mastermind and having fun seeing his evil machinations slowly come to fruition while his opponents write and die in complete pwnage shock, much like Light in Death Note and Lelouche in Code Geass.

    • July 30, 2010 at 11:41 amjsmith1a2000

      you are absolutely right but bleach’s author is clearly not smart enough to write main characters on the level of light and lelouch. the character aizen appears smart because the author makes him say that he knew/planned everything after the events are presented.

  • July 30, 2010 at 11:14 amAizen

    Well, maybe that’s why Gin’s Bankai is called Kamishini no Yari/ God-killing spear.

    • July 30, 2010 at 11:19 amda5id

      Just as planned?

  • July 30, 2010 at 1:08 pmshadowblack

    My guess:
    The Hougyoku is able to keep the poison from killing Aizen, but doing so takes ALL of its power. As a result Aizen is left with a nasty wound and without regeneration, making it possible to kill him. And the best part is that even Gin’s death does not cancel the effect of his bankai.

    Then Gin flees from Aizen and watches the clash between Aizern and Ichigo. The latter wins, but it turns out that Aizen’s death is the sacrifice needed to create the Key (and Aizen was actually planning to use Ichigo’s life to create the Key). Gin reappears and takes the newly-created Key (and maybe the Hougyoku) before leaving. On to the next arc.

  • July 30, 2010 at 4:51 pmSecsuey

    you people never learn.
    it is Aizen Fucking Sousuke we are talking about
    how many times has he trick you people?

  • July 30, 2010 at 5:07 pmkentaiyoshimi

    This chapter had some excitement, but the ideas were all unoriginal.
    Gins bankai = matsumoto’s shikai + soifons shikai

    However, compared the rest of the sh*tty chapters we’ve gotten so far, it is a good change to see Aizen’s WTF face, even though it is only temporary (remeber, he already planned this to happen)

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:11 pmRaithos

    LOL aizens not dead, and matsumoto aint dead either, gin kicked her through a senkai gate to hide her reiatsu, and aizen will pull something out of his ass and kill gin then ichigo will come in

    this is too predictable

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:15 pmcorlynnclaw

    I haven’t read through the rest of the comments, so excuse me if someone else said this already.

    I think I see where Kubo is going with this. He’ll “kill” Aizen now and let it look like he’s gone for good. Gin will take the hogyoku and attack Ichigo’s friends, only to be stopped by Ichigo, who has finished his training.

    Gin will tell him about killing Aizen and they’ll fight. Ichigo eventually beats him and takes hogyoku from him, but Then Aizen reforms from the hogyoku, revealing that, as long as it exists, he can regenerate from it even if his entire body is destroyed.

    He beats Ichigo there, and the story marches on….

  • July 30, 2010 at 8:35 pmFat cat

    As awesome as that was, you must all remember that we’ve haven’t seen Aizen’s Ban Kai yet. So there’s a possibility of Aizen counter-trollin’. But what we know for certain is that the king’s key will most likely be made.

  • July 30, 2010 at 9:17 pmKaitune

    If Gin somehow really manages to kill Aizen, and things turn out that Aizen ISN’T actually the last boss, I would pick Bleach up again. Now that would be something that I don’t see coming.

    It isn’t that I dislike Aizen though but his Godlike scheme is getting a bit old. It would be interesting to see that Gin actually has a hell load of things under his sleeves and could take over Aizen’s plan or something.

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:00 pmNecromas

    Next chapter Aizen will reveal he had Gin under his illusion the entire time and Gin was not manhandling Aizens sword but actually his enormous cock.

  • July 30, 2010 at 11:04 pmRawrster

    Lol, so this is the not so shocking, shocking turn of events for this arc. Seems like Kubo tries so hard to shock us yet it turns out to be not so shocking. What shocks me the most is how many times what he thought he made us believe actually turns out to be an ILLUSION/double cross! The only real shock I had in the series was Aizen being the one behind everything.

    Word of the day: Shock~

  • July 31, 2010 at 12:18 amzack

    GIN THE TRUE GOD…

    • July 31, 2010 at 11:07 pmBROOKLYN otaku

      hehehe we’ll see, for my money, it’s still kenpachi

  • July 31, 2010 at 12:53 amrin

    I think i preferred the Izaya troll more…

  • July 31, 2010 at 7:57 amanimeE

    Umm.. I still don’t understand his Bankai. The description is a bunch of BS. “Turns to dust”, blah blah. “poison” blah blah. That’s a bunch of BS. I hate the fact all of sudden, when it’s convenient, Gin’s abilities are totally different than what’s been depicted up to this point.
    Other than that, I loved how he stabbed him. That awesome and clever.

    • July 31, 2010 at 1:34 pmJin

      Previously the bankai was supposed to stretch his sword out much longer and at a faster speed. Now he reveals that was actually a lie and that his sword actually turns to dust momentarily and materialize once it reaches its destination. Almost like teleportation so thats why it seems like his blade stretches so much faster. Also he reveals the true power of his bankai is that it releases poison into whatever his blade comes in contact with when its in dust mode. Kinda confusing but kinda fitting since Gin claims hes a snake and snakes are poisonous right?

  • July 31, 2010 at 1:30 pmSo Very Odd

    Gin has always been my favorite; it was unfortunate that he always got so little screen-time. I hope he survives Aizen’s counter-pwn.

    Gin is a true genius after-all, he and Kisuke are the only two that could potentially beat Aizen in a match of plan/counter-plan.

  • July 31, 2010 at 7:29 pmhellknight

    Aizen even haven’t use his bankai ultimate form and aizen is master of kidou!!!

  • July 31, 2010 at 9:49 pmLectro Volpi

    Hahahahha reminds me of this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1nyd_o3IYo&feature=related

    Gin’s fate will be decided next chapter.

  • August 1, 2010 at 12:19 amAlanter

    Gin will most probably die within next few chapters.

    but as we know many people love Gin and somebody might rape Kubo if he intends to kill that silver-haired character.

    so my assumption : Aizen is going to use another cheat code and Gin will somehow lost the battle against him. Ichigo will come back with new power and kick Aizen’s ass but then Aizen will use his bankai form and the last battle begin. Oh sorry I forgot we’re talking about Bleach here, so there’ll always be another new story even after “the last battle”.

  • August 1, 2010 at 2:37 amMeowV6

    I think people put too much faith in the theory that “you have to use your bankai to be complete in the plot” thing. Lets phase it… how many captains were effectively pwned without ever showing their Bankai’s for different reasons? Its even shown with characters like Soifon that your bankai sometimes is worse than your Shiki. Not going to put it past kubo to kill off Aizen without ever giving him a Bankai display.

    That said, don’t think Aizen is dead though… Gin’s good, but I think he’s good enough to have a plan B. Also like how his actions explain two things… 1, why he didn’t just use his bankai to cut all the pillars. 2, why Aizen never bothered asking him to.

    Anyway, think next chapter is the start of a serious Aizen vs Gin fight since Aizen already hinted that there was at least one person he didn’t think he’d win against with his Shiki alone (Mr. Old and WAYYYY too Buffy). If Gin gets defeated without a serious fight, going to feel cheated… which was felt after Aizen pwned most of the captains without Ichigo saying anything about them fighting an illusion until the very end.

  • August 2, 2010 at 1:43 pmzuvun

    New theory:
    1.Aizen really does intend to kill the SS king but can’t.
    2.He’s planning on using Ichigo to kill the SS king thus all the trials
    3.Gin is Actually the SS king’s bodyguard
    4.Kurosaki Isshin (not sure how it’s spelled) is actually a direct relative of SS king

    ok it’s too long so basically something like this

  • August 4, 2010 at 6:16 amunknown

    Gin is da best, as always :D So epic.

    Now let’s see the flashback in today’s spoilers. Maybe he loves Rangiku in the end.
    So Love vs God :D

    This and the following Kisame vs Gai is f***ing awesome :)