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Bleach 512 – Ichigo, Shame of Soul Society

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It’s about time Ichigo showed up. Predictable, yes, but still midly exciting, and we’ve been waiting many weeks for this. If this was the anime, there would be badass music blasting in the background as he makes his dramatic entrance and destroys some random Sternritter in one shot. We’ve seen this scene many times before, and it’s no coincidence that Ichigo always shows up at the most desperate hour. If you were wondering, the boy wonder is indeed here to save Soul Society yet again, as the dying Byakuya asks him to do. With the transmitter that he had with him in his prison that allowed him to “hear” Soul Society, he seems to be aware of what transpired already, conveniently sparing us from a recap of everything. Ichigo springs right into action against Juha Bach, blocking him from retreating. I think this is first time we’ll get to see his new powers tested in action against a really tough opponent since he received a part of all the captains’ reiatsu at the end of the Fullbringer arc. Also with his anger and willpower are probably at his peak right now, Ichigo will probably blast his powers at the Vandenreich for a bit and possibly land a few good hits, though it’s pretty clear Juha won’t be going down anytime soon. Even if Ichigo has some new abilities, I’m sure he has contingency plans to deal with such wildcards; plus, someone who OHKO-ed the Captain Commander won’t be defeated by just waving a bankai around.

Unfortunately Ichigo’s appearance was literally the only thing that happened this week, and the Zero Squad, Urahara, Isshin and Ryuuken haven’t made an appearance yet either, so that’s all I have to say for this chapter. Even though Bleach has always been like this, I’ll admit I’m getting rather impatient with the pacing of arc.

October 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm
69 comments »
  • October 18, 2012 at 6:37 pmshamaticgrl

    gah how long is this going to take to get some real action -.- pacing…pacing!!!!

    • October 19, 2012 at 5:26 amEamonX

      Good Morning, Ichigo.

    • October 19, 2012 at 4:07 pmKarmafan

      Thats because Kubo is trying to ssstttrrreeetttccchhh it out as much as possible like he usually does. Large panels with very little happening in them.

  • October 18, 2012 at 6:48 pmTOP2NE1

    Ichigo’s your only hope? I’m so sorry SS, R.I.P. We hardly knew ye. (Seriously we know nothing about you.)

    And god damn I wish there was Toriko coverage. If there was ever a chapter that needed a bit of discussion, it’s this one. I audibly gasped.

    • October 18, 2012 at 6:52 pmMasterDragonKnight

      Teppei…

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:09 amDa5id

      Especially when Toriko has essentially taken Bleach’s place in the Big 3, both in Jump Polls and story quality.

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:10 amLaughingMan

      What’s there to cover about Toriko? All it is is just hunt for monster, find it, kill it, eat it, rinse and repeat. There’s nothing really special about Toriko.

      • October 19, 2012 at 1:40 amecho

        but theres still more to cover than bleach IMHO

      • October 19, 2012 at 2:54 amDa5id

        Kind of like how Bleach is just about finding a lost spirit, killing a hollow, putting the spirit to rest, rinse and repeat, right?

        God, those were better days…

      • October 20, 2012 at 1:11 aml3reezer

        Despite having been in print for much less time, it’s already showing an evident build up to something though. Toriko is definitely more exciting of a read at the moment and will probably remain that way as long as you’re comparing it to Bleach.

    • October 19, 2012 at 3:34 amNadester

      I don’t know about you guys, but Ichigo has little to no chance at beating Juha Bach. But then again he has plot armor, so we will see how this goes.

      • October 19, 2012 at 4:12 amDa5id

        Of course not, then where would the plot go after the main antagonist is gone? He’s going to get defeated easily, the villains will leave confident they have won, Zero Squad will show up, Ichigo will train with someone to find a new power and then he’ll kill the Quincies with that, but not before the remaining Shinigami get into more drawn out fights with the remaining baddies, Ichigo fights Juha Bach, end.

      • October 19, 2012 at 5:06 amNadester

        I definitely see that happening. It would be funny though, if somehow Ichigo miraculously defeated Juha. I must say though that these chapters have been definitely drawn out.

  • October 18, 2012 at 6:51 pmMasterDragonKnight

    And in this chapter of Bleach…absolutely NOTHING HAPPENED!

    • October 18, 2012 at 7:45 pmPsychic

      I never expected this………….

    • October 18, 2012 at 10:24 pmrazz

      Kubo[does gendo ikari pose]: Just as planned….

    • October 19, 2012 at 4:41 pmk3

      Ichigo pulled a Goku, arrive on the scene and talked to those too weak to beat the bad guys.

  • October 18, 2012 at 7:00 pmronri

    Chapter wasn’t too bad but I honestly laughed when Byakuya was shown to be still alive.

    Still, I felt like Kubo could have squeezed more out of this chapter. Honestly, all that really happens is that Ichigo arrives…………really that’s it?

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:05 pmtasa

      Not until I see a funeral will I belief that Byakuya is death. I have seen way to many “how the hell did you survive a wound like that” to belief that a character is death even if they have a giant hole blasted into their chest or use their fullbring to self destruct at point blank range.

  • October 18, 2012 at 7:06 pmrpgman1

    Juha Bach is incredibly powerful and resourceful, taking out the Captain Commander with only a few swords swings in a gruesome way. Only way Ichigo can beat him is if he had a powerful technique. Besides Ichigo always seem to beat his opponents through brute force anyway. I wonder if the Zero Squad will step in unexpected during their battle.

  • October 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm7godeohs

    “the Zero Squad, Urahara, Isshin and Ryuuken haven’t made an appearance yet either”

    Psssh…..the ones I am really waiting for to do some REAL damage are Chad and Orihime. How come Orihime or Chad never get the badass shading treatment like Ichigo gets in this chapter? Forget Byakuya dying, that’s the real tragedy here.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:45 pmThe Past of Bleach

      Yeah… I loved bleach when chad was having his character development and powers progressing…and actually had a point of being their….now hes joined the many useless existences in bleach overshadowed by strawberryboy.

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:43 amecho

      Chad is like Yamcha now, his potential is far too low compare to those monsters that keep would be appearing now. That said, Chad dont even have as many role as Yamcha. At least Orihime still has a role of convenient healer

  • October 18, 2012 at 8:01 pmrandom viewer

    Where’s Orihime when these times are the most crucial!!! Even if Ichigo beats Juha Bach now, I feel it is too late to have save “half” of Soul Society when the top fighters of the Gotei 13 are going down for the count.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:49 pmPsychic

      I forsee the fact that when healers are needed in bleach they’re never around ever.

  • October 18, 2012 at 8:02 pmNine

    Chance of winning for Ichigo? Calculating ..0%…30%….40%…78%…95%…….
    Impossible to conclude the result. Require more input data.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:47 pmPsychic

      Actually its……..190% interruption during fight.

  • October 18, 2012 at 8:07 pmichikaa

    Only thing not predictable about this chapter was the fact that Byakuya is still alive, and I could probably just attribute that to my slowly down spiraling interest in the actual on goings of this war.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:49 pmPsychic

      Actually……We all forsaw Kubo’s save byakuya (just incase these people actually try to kill me) plan

      • October 18, 2012 at 8:58 pmichikaa

        Like I said, I blame my dwindling interest. My surprise is clearly misplaced. Kubo doesn’t kill the heroes. Some way, some how, Yamamoto’s heart continues to beat as well and that gruesome dismembering was all for show. woo sarcasm.

  • October 18, 2012 at 8:12 pmVivace

    “the Zero Squad, Urahara, Isshin and Ryuuken haven’t made an appearance yet either”

    You forgot to mention Aizen.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:55 pmUniversal Truths

      Unfortunately they don’t exist. :(

    • October 19, 2012 at 5:48 amNadester

      Aizen: “Everything is going as planned… Continue to grow Kurosaki Ichigo.”

  • October 18, 2012 at 8:23 pmspikerman87

    Was anyone else lost on the first few pages with Akon and Shaz Domino? I didn’t get that part at all.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:40 pmJello

      Yes. Indeed. No idea what the fuck was happening there.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:42 pmssj4jw

      You were see it from Ichigo’s point of view. Akon freed him and he one shot Shaz as he was introducing himself. Ichigo went Kenpachi on Shaz for talking.

      • October 19, 2012 at 6:38 amspikerman87

        Ok that makes more sense, but still those first few pages were confusing. I didn’t get it because I didn’t know that was Akon at first, I usually identify him with the markings on his head but his head was cropped. Then I didn’t put together that Shaz shot him in the back because it just looked like a random person on the ground. I couldn’t tell where they were because the background wasn’t defined. It looked like HM, but I guess it’s the research center…But how does that make sense because Ichigo emerged from the sky and not the 12th division headquarters. What was the point of Shaz Domino? He literally had 3 panels of screen time.

      • October 20, 2012 at 1:14 aml3reezer

        @spikerman87
        The same question can be brought up to ask the point of any character nowachapters

  • October 18, 2012 at 8:39 pmYanDaMan

    Took an entire chapter just to show Ichigo make an entrance and throw a sword in front of Juha Bach….in the meantime One Piece covers so much info from various PoV.

    Sigh.

    • October 20, 2012 at 1:15 aml3reezer

      The sigh seems kind of misplaced. You should’ve typed it before mentioning One Piece. All deserving glory to One Piece man. :>

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:05 pmRoss

    Bleach is going downhill seriously.

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:09 pmOverMaster

    Ross: Bleach is not going downhill. It already fell all the way down the hill, but now is vigorously digging a tunnel to go even lower.

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:14 amAnanas

      It will soon reach the center of the Earth.
      After that I’m not sure what’s going to happen… We’ll all die?

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:13 pmShinichick39

    I agree, tite kubo said that this arc will be as long as the Aizen arc, so that’s another 10 years he will be working on it!! And honestly, he should have ended it at ichi go losing his powers. Then, he could have like, had his younger sister Karin obtain shinigami powers to end it or something. I’m honestly surprised that recently Bleach and even Naruto has been kicked off their high horses from first place in jump polls!
    I think, even one week, Kuroko no basuke topped the big three animes!! That was exciting!!

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:45 amecho

      Be prepared for Bleach II few years later

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:34 pmYogo

    Haters gonna hate.

    Getsuga Tensho!

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pmArakan7

    Geez, couldn’t Ichigo have done something worthwhile in HM… like, y’know, save Halibel or SOMETHING? That way he’d get at least Arancarr/Espada-lvl help on this – which I think, would have been really badassed. His own army of Hollow vs the Quincy.

    Okay, okay, I really wanted Neliel to be backing up Ichigo on this. I want my green-hair moe again!

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:25 amshadowblack

      Haribel is not in Hueco Mundo, she’s being held in the HQ of the Vandenreich, so there was no way Ichigo could save her.

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pmCamora

    I would have less issues with Ichigo if it came out that both his parents were infact zero squad members and he just has their badassery. But so far the cliche is killing me

    • October 18, 2012 at 9:41 pmCamora

      Ichigo finally arrives and the first thing he does is disarm himself…we’re in for a ride folks

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:52 pmElroy

    Meanwhile in Hueco Mundo…

    Urahara: Got any sixes?
    Unknown Swordsman: Nope, go fish.

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:59 pmSyaoran Li

    Still reading that crap of manga? The anime got ended for a reason…

  • October 18, 2012 at 10:02 pmSyaoran Li

    Sorry if my last comment sounded harsh, but that’s what I think after following the series for almost four and a half years (216 episodes), and then felt tired of it, just like that. I’ll respect your opinion, yet it pains me to see people still following this manga.

  • October 18, 2012 at 10:06 pmKentaiyoshimi

    At this point, even if some interesting development did happen, I don’t think I would even get excited for it. It’s difficult to name even one good quality about Bleach at this point. Pacing, art, plot, and characters are rather stagnated and uninspired.

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:19 amAnanas

      I’m sure Kubo’s is putting too much effort thinking about the next chapter title and designing its title page that he ends up losing focus on things like writing a story.

  • October 19, 2012 at 12:25 amCelecia01

    Ichigo’s gone all Xanxus on us with the face thing. (Katekyo Hitman Reborn joke.)

    Seriously though, yes he looks great and it’s a tense confrontation, however I can’t forsee Ichigo doing anything against Juha asides from being defeated. Let’s be realistic, this arc isn’t nearly enough of the ways in for the final boss battle to happen just yet. We haven’t even see Uryu or Ryuken do anything! And in an arc about Quincies that’s just weird.

  • October 19, 2012 at 2:10 amL002

    (sigh) what can Ichigo do against the Bankai of the head captain. Unlike Aizen, I am hoping that Ichigo would put more of a promising fight.

  • October 19, 2012 at 2:37 amTarage

    At least he’s still drawing backgrounds… for now…

  • October 19, 2012 at 4:44 amK C M

    I can’t wait for the anime to return.

  • October 19, 2012 at 8:41 amspikerman87

    I really like that Juha Bach kills Yamamoto without blinking an eye, but when Ichigo arrives he’s all “Huh?! What’s that?!”

  • October 19, 2012 at 2:48 pmSuperPattyCke

    YYYAAAAYYY!!! 1 week worth of waiting for an epic nothing.(T-T)

    • October 20, 2012 at 7:53 amEamonX

      Business as usual.

  • October 19, 2012 at 3:54 pmleesigh3

    My favorite thing about reading naruto, one piece, and bleach one after the other is realizing how much faster reading bleach is. Naruto and one piece each take a couple of minutes but bleach is over in 30 seconds. No story, only fight scenes.

  • October 19, 2012 at 4:48 pmk3

    Juha Bach seemed scared when Ichigo exploded into soul society. I wonder if Ichigo is stronger than the Captain Commmander was. We don’t have to worry because if Ichigo is severely wounded his inner hollow will take over and decimate all quincies except for the leader. I can also see Aizen returning once the Zero Squad arrives since it’s the Soul King or whoever the Zero Squad is protecting who Aizen wants to kill.

    • October 21, 2012 at 5:39 amCelecia01

      I like this prediction and can see it happening. I think it would be interest to see some dialogue between Juha and Aizen, although technically Juha is now the stronger of the two (with the Head Captain’s Bankai anyway).

  • October 19, 2012 at 9:05 pmLK

    OMG Bleach! Nothing Happens! Nothing to see here folks…

  • October 20, 2012 at 8:17 amstarss

    That’s a lot for reminding me of the anime. :(

  • October 20, 2012 at 10:51 amAnimas

    One of the Quincys said that Ichigo’s reiatsu suddenly “disappeared”.
    Think it’s similar to the case at the final battle with Aizen, or maybe it was just Ichigo moving at high speed?

  • October 23, 2012 at 7:06 amLogan

    The guy that released Ichigo looked to me a lot like Aizen in his formar appereance when he was a captain. excluding the glasses. I know it’s apparently Akon but who know… tomorrow we’ll know. And Shaz Domino, did he get one hitted? some of these panels are soo confusing, there’s one panel where it looks like its a foot? Idk