Bleach 504 – Before the Shadows
I’m finding it rather difficult to come up with things to write about this chapter as it centered on a character whom I hardly know anything about, but we’ll see how much I can come up with for this post.
Alright, this chapter was one of Bleach’s more plain ones, in my opinion that is. The battle part itself seemed to hint some sort of emotionality and sadness, but unfortunately, none of that reached me. I think this battle would’ve made a lot more impact on me as a reader if I’d been given a chance to get to know Sasakibe Choujirou as a character. While he was present in most arcs, he has always been an enigma to me. The flashback felt slightly forced to me, as if it was trying to make us feel sympathy for the captain commander near the end.
I was quite surprised to see the captain share such a strong bond with Sasakibe. I’ve always judged him to be a cold man who does what’s best for the majority of Soul Society, but in this chapter, he seemed quite like a teacher, slightly fatherly. As for Sasakibe himself, this was probably the first time his personality stood out to me. I don’t understand why he wanted to be the captain commander’s right hand at that time (there was no explanation given for that), but I liked his way of reasoning. I wish he would’ve been as hot-headed during the main arcs as he was in today’s flashback, or at least, he should’ve been given more screen time considering how much he probably meant to Yamamoto. I mean, Yamamoto raging over Driscoll not being able to make use of Sasakibe’s Bankai’s full potential indicates the strong bond between him and his right arm.
Speaking of Sasakibe’s Bankai… I think last week’s chapter’s title would’ve been better for this chapter as Sasakibe’s Bankai holds the power to control weather – mainly thunder. Too bad we never got to the chance to see its full potential, and I doubt we’ll do that in the future because Driscoll is toast! So, I guess we can say that luck is returning to Soul Society now? Although, if they lose Yamamoto, I might have to take that back. Having that said, I hope to see Zaraki’s battle next week!