Bleach 478 – Am I Supposed To Cry?
This chapter made things a little confusing as to what Kubo is trying to get across. All the fights are over, and all the fullbringers are scattered or dead. Although I see an attempt to make things a little dramatic, there’s absolutely no emotional impact here unfortunately as development tends to be more puzzling than hard-hitting.. Tsukishima (who managed to survive) shows a side of himself that completely breaks with his character as he wails in anguish over the death of Ginjou, and as a result I really don’t know what to make of his character now. For one, the effects of his abilities have been completely reversed for some reason. Whether he’ll continue plotting his next move against Ichigo and his friends or fade off into the background is up in the air. As his ever loyal minion Shishigawara carries him off into the sunrise, Tsukishima gives a little philosophical monologue that suggests that he has seen the “light” and may try to redeem himself, but we’ll have to see if he continues to be relevant to the story.
Surprisingly there were no protracted flashbacks that I had been expecting, instead showing the remaining survivors of the Xcution accepting their defeat and slinking off to unknown places, with the exception of Riruka who is undergoing recuperation in the Urahara shop and busting out her usual tsundere-ness. I guess this puts her firmly on the “good guy” side, as was expected from early, but other than that it’s not clear where Kubo wants to take the story from here on, especially involving the fullbringers. This arc is coming to an end (rather abruptly) and Ichigo’s powers have been restored, so things are probably going back to Soul Society again. Whatever it is though, hopefully it is able to generate some more excitement than this very mediocre fullbringer business has been able to.