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Bleach 503 – Wrath as a Lightning

Prooof is currently on a trip so I’ll cover Bleach in his place while he is away for a couple of weeks. I will stick with the regular manga format for these posts (I use a different one for my FAIRY TAIL entries), but I will include larger versions of the images as usual, so feel free to click on them!

Two weeks ago I was really shocked to see Byakuya lose a battle in such a brutal way (I’ll believe he’s alive until he’s confirmed to be dead), so I expected Zaraki to face some kind of difficulty in his battles similar to those Byakuya faced. To me, Zaraki and Byakuya have always been rivals, equal in every aspect – until now.

While being on par with Byakuya, Zaraki’s mindset, battle attitude, and the fact that he doesn’t have a Bankai clearly gives him an advantage against the current villains which was very impressive in today’s chapter, in fact, a bit too impressive. I would’ve preferred to see Zaraki having a hard time fighting his imitation created by Loyd Lloyd rather than just reading about his victories against the three Stern Ritters we saw laying dead. But I’m not too upset as Zaraki is now engaged in a battle against the Vandenreich leader which hopefully will be very impressive.

Watching Zaraki’s triumphant progress so far is making me wonder why there are no Shinigamis who follow in his footsteps. Everyone is dependent on their Zanpakutous’ abilities. As captains and vice-captains, they should have more physical strength than what has been shown so far. I’m not disappointed in the characters who have lost their battles, but I’m questioning Soul Society’s values when it comes to teaching people what’s important as everyone but Zaraki are completely incompetent in this war. With the captain commander on the battlefield, Soul Society are now using their last resort, but he is a tough old man and I don’t expect him to go down without a fight. In fact, I expect him to win!

We’ll see how it goes for him next time, and also for Ichigo who is miserably stuck in his cage. I’m not sure if Weekly Shounen Jump comes out next week, but whenever next chapter comes out, I hope it’ll be worth the wait!

August 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm
  • August 12, 2012 at 7:08 pmNadester

    What can I say? Kenpachi is a beast. Let’s see how he fares with the Vandenreich leader in the chapters to come. As for everyone else…….just try not to die.

    • August 13, 2012 at 4:56 pmArri-att

      Kubo spilled somewhere in the interviews that Kenpachi’s zanpakotou ability to assume the strength of his enemy, that’s the reason he lost to ichigo in the beginning of manga and also been pwning ever since. So yeah, beast he is.

    • August 15, 2012 at 2:12 amMixed Milkshake

      Introducing Zaraki Kenpachi: The walking, talking Bankai in human form.

  • August 12, 2012 at 7:09 pmWW

    Does the last line of this chapter imply that Hisagi got bankai?

    • August 12, 2012 at 7:24 pmMasterDragonKnight

      Not necessarily, the Quincy could be using another bankai he stole.

      Considering the fight is against Yamamoto, it would be logical in a shounen manga sense that he bankai he holds belonged to Vice Captain Sasakibe. It would serve to provoke Yamamoto, and allow for him to take revenge for his fallen vice captain.

      Now let’s see if Kubo is wise enough to do so.

    • August 12, 2012 at 7:25 pmReader

      @WW, I think the last line should be referring to Sasakibe Chōjirō’s bankai who should had been stolen way back.

    • August 12, 2012 at 8:48 pmWW

      That makes more sense.

  • August 12, 2012 at 7:10 pmPtolemaios00

    I expect old man to win too, but without some cost. He’ll definitely avenge his vice captain against that Overkill person and maybe one more fodder. However, I expect him to bite the dust soon after that; maybe to the Leader or some other fodder.

    The old man is a trump card and trump cards are made to be defeated for The Worf Effect (trope).

    • August 12, 2012 at 7:32 pmMasterDragonKnight

      The old man is a trump card and trump cards are made to be defeated for The Worf Effect (trope).

      You can pretty much bet on that. We have already seen the exact same thing happen to Yamamoto back with Aizen, and Kubo is known for recycling his own plotlines.

    • August 12, 2012 at 10:22 pminfo600

      I’d be more surprised if Kenpachi instead of Yamamoto that got the worf effect (face it, we all know someone’s gonna be gone again in 2 weeks or less)

      • August 13, 2012 at 5:44 amJello

        If Kenpachi dies, Bleach is over. I hope Kubo knows this.

      • August 13, 2012 at 9:27 amGermanguy

        Well, Kenpachi is on his Full Battleforce. He unhooked his Eye Patch. So he is 100% Beast…

        Let’s see. If there is some room for improvement. Perhaps her Vice Captain, will play a important Role. Is She the Key to Tame his “Beast Instincts”? Is She the reason, while he is not Slaughtering everyone that seems worthy to Battle? Like he always do, with Ichigo :) “Ichigo, fight me!!”

        And the Captain commander. He dont have this “Rang” for Show. He Battle Experience must compensate the “Force” he is laking. And his Scars are no tattoos…

  • August 12, 2012 at 7:34 pmKarmafan

    Does anyone know whats up with Kubo Tite? Is he still sick? What was wrong with him that forced him to not be able to write the manga?

  • August 12, 2012 at 7:35 pmTOP2NE1

    Yamamoto vs Sasakibe’s bankai!? Prepare to be schooled by the almighty power of Sasakibe.

    And that’s not true about Kenpachi being the only one not dependent on his zanpakutou. Mayuri doesn’t need his either. SS’s failures are usually a result of pure incompetence rather than a lack of ability. (Everyone supposedly knows Kido and we were given strength ratings in that databook) If you think about it, sending one or two captains to voluntarily sacrifice their bankai in order to gauge the enemy isn’t a bad idea. But that wasn’t their plan at all. Instead four separate captains give it up out of sheer stupidity. Not even a feeble attempt a kido/etc. Not to mention it didn’t make sense for Soifon to use her bankai at all. She’s probably better without it and she’s also characterized to avoid using it.

    Also like I mentioned last chapter, I hope Kenpachi either loses or gets beaten up. His concept is fun, but it saps the credibility of the villains if they just get roflstomped. There’d be no tension.

    Maybe Ichigo should try some of his other moves to break out… Oh wait… (But speaking of new moves, Kubo should showcase some of new/old cpatains that never got much spotlight. Seriously, 500 chapters in we’ve yet to see Unohana rape a bitch)

    • August 12, 2012 at 7:53 pmMikkye

      “Seriously, 500 chapters in we’ve yet to see Unohana rape a bitch” lmao Made my day

    • August 13, 2012 at 4:21 pmMasterDragonKnight

      I will call it now.

      Sasakibe’s bankai will be a perfect counter to Yamamoto’s zanpakuto. When Yamamoto tries to incinerate the Quincy, he will use it to put out the flames…by flooding the area with ENGLISH TEA!!!

  • August 12, 2012 at 8:28 pmeuler271

    death flag on kenpachi

  • August 12, 2012 at 8:33 pmP Ko

    Where’s that post I made months ago about them being able to steal and use bankai’s so I can say how predictable everything is?
    Typical Kubo too. Teasing something everybody wants only to veer off to something else.

  • August 12, 2012 at 8:41 pmDa5id

    They’re introducing mooks AFTER THEY’VE DIED now?

    • August 12, 2012 at 9:01 pmJustinnnnnn

      Kenpachi is evil.

  • August 12, 2012 at 10:28 pmrandom viewer

    Yeah, unless the enemy is Aizen, the captain commander should win.
    Kenpachi is there to delay the time of Soul Society’s destruction until Ichigo can get out that spirit cage. Where is Squad 4 when the victim count is rising?

    • August 13, 2012 at 9:31 amGermanguy

      I think Kubo, use the excuse of Ichigo being in the Cage, that long, Until we get to see Zero Squad. There must be a Rang upper “Captain Commander”.. Let’s have Patience, and in the meantime enjoy the Show. Or Ichigo’s inner Hallow take over and Crush the Cage… But how will get him back onto his Senses this Time?

      • August 13, 2012 at 1:22 pmrandom viewer

        Doesn’t Ichigo turn into his Hollow 3 form when he loses his consciousness? If that’s true, I don’t think it’s possible unless there’s trauma or something. Someone will probably come to set Ichigo free or that Quincy guy who trapped him is killed.

  • August 13, 2012 at 12:14 amBROOKLYN otaku

    And I quote *from some unknown like myself that I’ve seen on the web, commenting on HITMAN REBORN*….

    • August 13, 2012 at 12:16 amBROOKLYN otaku


      although I am curious what will be his next BIG work…will it make me laugh???
      well im sure the weapon play will be decent.

  • August 13, 2012 at 12:15 amZim

    I want Kenpachi to do what the Hulk did to Loki in the Avengers movie :P

    • August 13, 2012 at 12:17 amBROOKLYN otaku

      HAHA! that was pretty damn funny! and the wheeeeeeze that he produced hehehe

  • August 13, 2012 at 1:09 amBakaMochi

    Everyone in Bleach should fight like Kenpachi does: “This guys sucks, so I killed him.”

    Rock on, Kenpachi. Rock on. May you be safe from plot-induced stupidity.

  • August 13, 2012 at 1:34 amAnanas

    Unresolved cliffhangers keep piling up.

  • August 13, 2012 at 1:44 amClick

    That was some incredibly cringe-worthy stuff in Ichigo’s cage. But hey, maybe Kenpachi doing cool things will hopefully balance this thing out.

  • August 13, 2012 at 1:45 amWill

    Leave it to Kenpachi to waste 3 scrubs with one hand and his eye patch on off screen, then go find their leader all in two pages.

    • August 13, 2012 at 1:00 pmKarma

      Half a year ago everybody whined about Kubo not moving on with the plot fast enough. Now we whine about plot going too fast.
      Wtf man

  • August 13, 2012 at 4:01 amDude

    Kenpachi is badass, because he ignored the shounen rule of talking while fighting and just fucking ended that talkative bitch.

  • August 13, 2012 at 5:46 amJello

    The wait for “Kenpachi was supposed to do something awesome” chapter had too much Ichigo-wall-slashing…again. At least it looks like something is finally happening in that cage though!

  • August 13, 2012 at 11:36 amZer0zUNLTD.

    Considering how Kubo likes to troll his readers… There is a possibility that Kenpachi will lose considering this is the big big Boss dude. Kubo might create a ‘hopeless’ atmosphere (as he has in the past) where we have to watch Ichigo–chapter by chapter rise above and protect his dear friends.

    The Vanderich Boss may deem Kenpachi unworthy to fight him, so he might leave it to the white hair dude to fight Kenpachi.

  • August 13, 2012 at 9:31 pmryuuzaki

    considering its from kubo, im quite surprised that i actually enjoyed this so-called last arc of bleach.

    ..and also kenpachi being awesome than the main character! kenpachi ftw!

  • August 14, 2012 at 4:38 amVivace

    I am really want to see the ‘Overkill’ Quincy been Overkill-ed by Yamamoto.

  • August 15, 2012 at 10:09 pmAnon

    500 chapters in, and Ichigo is still crying over not being able to protect his friends.