Bleach 446 – Look at My Giant Sword
Initially, I was rather annoyed at Ichigo in this chapter. I know he’s a strong-willed, hotheaded type who cares a lot about his friends, but what he’s doing now borders on stupidity and bravado. He knows he’s in no position to fight and will probably end up hurting himself more. Adding the fact that Ginjou is already fighting him, his behavior really just runs down to wanting personal vengeance. In every situation he wants to be the one doing the fighting, as if he’s always thinking “step back I’ll handle this” even when he isn’t up to par. It’s nice that Chad tried to reason with him and hold him back, but Ichigo really needs to cool off before he makes things worse for both himself and his friends.
He tries to attack Tsukishima anyway, who easily stops him again. Luckily for Ichigo he manages to power up on the spot (as he always does), with the same intense cloud of black reiatsu surrounding him somewhat like his bankai. Interestingly, Ichigo’s constant upgrades is reminding me of Aizen and his hougyoku. Clearly though, the fullbringers don’t want anyone messing with Ichigo before his evolution is complete and they seem to be delaying Tsukishima for as long as possible. Unlike what I had thought last time, Tsukishima and Ginjou didn’t talk much at all and attack each other right away, though no interesting abilities are really shown until the end when Yukio the video game kid with the archaic clothing steps up and takes Ichigo out of the picture (into a save file?). Even with the new developments however this chapter felt too short, especially with all the crap in the beginning with Shigawara that seems completely irrelevant.