Bleach 470, 471 – Game Plan
Finally we get around to Ginjou, Ichigo, and Ishida’s fight, starting with a action shot of Ginjou that was too good to pass up for use in the excerpt. Ishida and Ichigo never got along too well during battles though, so I doubt they’ll be able to implement an effective strategy cooperatively. However, Ishida does guess that Ginjou has stolen all of Ichigo’s abilities, and Ginjou confirms this by firing off a Getsuga Tenshou. The mimicking of powers reminds me of the reigai arc in the anime, and seeing Ichigo fight against his own attacks (maybe bankai or even hollow powers) will definitely be cool stuff. Of course it’ll also be interesting to see whether Ichigo’s abilities have changed at all in his new form, or the difference is just cosmetic.
After being trapped inside a doll, Rukia seems to have reached a dead end against Riruka, who suddenly goes off on a philosophical monologue about life (complete with sad eyes looking off into the distance). As expected, we finally get to see some of the full-bringers’ past as they figure out their powers, but to me things just felt forced. It was awkward seeing Riruka on the verge of victory and just suddenly switch to rambling about her feelings on survival of the fittest and about how Ginjou saved them.
I thought this part was poorly executed and I don’t know how much readers cared for it (you may disagree), but what I got was that all the fullbringers had problems (for lack of a better word) when they were younger; for example Riruka trapped a crush with her powers and Jackie saw her family murdered. Their immaturity and inexperience with their abilities brought them together once they were older, and they decide to take their revenge against a perceived injustice of majority tyranny. As with many villains, their anger seems to be misdirected, and there hasn’t been any evidence of other people trying to hunt them down. Overall, the Xcution’s motives and goals are still very murky, and the fact that scenes are constantly shifting from one to the next doesn’t help with clarity. There’s not too much progression in either battle even with two chapters together, and it looks like we’ll be jumping back to Byakuya’s battle again next time.