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Bleach 519 – Badass

I found this to be the funniest Bleach chapter in a long time, and I actually laughed out loud several times while reading. Foremost this week was the healing master of the Zero Division, Kirinji Tenjiirou, whose supreme healing technique apparently takes the form of a hot spring bath. The combination of his gangster appearance and manner of speech make it all the funnier as he pins Byakuya in the water, holds Renji like a carrot, and lets Rukia float face down in the pool. I definitely lost it when Kirinji started chucking their unconscious bodies between the two hot springs to leech out the “bad reaitsu” (repeat process until healed). Readers will probably also note that they are all, literally, butt-naked — and yes we get little peek of both Ichigo and Rukia.

Aside from the funny stuff though, a decent amount of new information was also revealed. For one, the spirit keys are built into Zero division’s bodies; Aizen was trying to make his own to get into the Spirit King Palace. The palace is actually comprised of an enormous complex of floating cities. Each of the five Royal Guards has their own castle in the sky that they rule over, making me curious about who else lives there and what their purpose is. Shinigami are pretty much are not allowed into the place, which brings us to another mysterious tidbit about Urahara: he’s been to the Spirit Palace and knows the Zero Division fairly well. He even copied Kirinji’s technique (one which supposedly surpasses Unohana’s capabilities), proving yet again how damn smart he is. In the past, Aizen has also hinted that he works closely with the Spirit King, and so as always, it may turn out that Urahara is much more involved in the plot than it seems at face value. After getting a first glimpse of the Spirit King and his demon eyes however, I can’t help but wonder (just a little) whether these people are truly the good guys.

December 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm
  • December 5, 2012 at 11:39 pmwoope

    devil eyes….

    could you please write how this Spirit King -sama is called in japanese?

    • December 5, 2012 at 11:46 pmAsteo

      Bleach wiki says 霊王 or Reiō.

      I doubt Urahara outright copied the technique and got the exact same results, he probably tried to mimic it but ended up with a weaker (though still powerful) version.

      • December 6, 2012 at 1:28 aminfo600

        …pretty sure Urahara SIMPLIFIED the process…

    • December 6, 2012 at 12:39 amDa5id

      Wouldn’t Spirit King-Sama be a bit redundant? Then you’d be calling him Lord Spirit King. He probably has a real name, which would be more applicable to -sama.

  • December 5, 2012 at 11:43 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    We got to see Rukia’s butt.

    TBH reading Bleach till now and being trolled by Kubo was worth it just for that moment.

    • December 6, 2012 at 12:53 amL002

      To be honest, we can so predict that, the moment when Rukia wakes up, she will KICK Ichigo big time while saying how “my body has been soiled.” Obviously this is the first time Ichigo saw any of Rukia’s privates.

      Anyway, this was Kirinji Tenjiirou’s method of healing. I can see why Unohana wasn’t using this healing method, she was never the type to let people see her rather well endowed body so I doubt she is the type to use this method with her body is at risk.

      As for the spirit king, much to my disappointment, it is a guy. I wanted a little cute girl. Well I hope that the female zero shinigami would become part of Ichigo’s harem.

      • December 6, 2012 at 10:32 pmL002

        Also, people, please don’t take my harem joke to seriously. When I say Harem I mean just girls who would risk their life for Ichigo and made some sort of “bond” with him. The idea is similar to Nel as she went as far to follow him to the human world instead of going to find some other hollows for help.

        Same goes for the Unohana one, as we know Shunsui is the type of person that would persistently ask Unohana for a “healing treatment” like hot springs. It is likely that Unohana is reluctant to use such a treatment since it gives Shunsui perverted ideas.

      • December 10, 2012 at 3:24 pmCamora

        I think you got downvoted because of the REALLY creepy comments about animated characters in general, not because you made a harem joke

  • December 5, 2012 at 11:48 pmNein

    Dat Rukia’s butt… Yummy

    • December 6, 2012 at 8:01 pmNein

      Also the title should be “Bleach 519 – Datass” :D

  • December 5, 2012 at 11:53 pmdimasok

    Best damn Bleach chapter in a long time! Both funny and informative! I can’t help but see this whole “class division” here as well (where there are “elite” societies living in these floating cities while the “commoners” from Seiritei are not allowed there).

    Also, it seems to me that Urohara was probably part of the Zero squad in the past but his wacky brain got him kicked out. Finally, I wonder if Aizen has somehow found his way into the palace already :)

    • December 6, 2012 at 12:44 amDa5id

      I’m assuming you meant UrAhara, not Urohara, which sounds like a combination of Unohana and Urahara.

      Anyway, Urahara became Squad 12′s Captain after the previous Captain, Kirio Hikifune, took a position in the Royal Guard. After that, he was framed by Aizen for the Hollowfication experiments and stayed in hiding in the world of the living while on the run from the Soul Society. There was no time for him to be a member of the Royal Guard.

  • December 5, 2012 at 11:54 pmComM3

    Bleach power level vs appeareance . Through multiple studies that I have done with Nobel winning scientist,we have concluded that this formula can be apply to most bleach characters. Power level is proportional to eccentricity and as the Troll variable tends to infinity a quantum hole (now know as “The Wtf hole”) rips a hole in the fabric of time in which new ideas for bleach are found . Thus it is a constant cycle. QED

  • December 6, 2012 at 12:25 amMixed Milkshake

    Peach… ’nuff said

  • December 6, 2012 at 1:02 amDrift

    LOL peach XD always knew your bottom was juicy and smooth Rukia XD

  • December 6, 2012 at 1:22 amSilentrax

    Aizen – Took over 100 chapters to TRY and get to soul palace AND failed
    Ichigo – Took less than 10 chapters

    Aizen probably rolling in his grave right now

    • December 6, 2012 at 1:46 amProoof

      You mean rolling in his prison.
      Though chances are he’s not there anymore.

      • December 6, 2012 at 2:54 amjunglepenguin

        Maybe he secretly hitched a ride, and is rolling around in the hot springs.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:43 amastraq

      maybe this all part of his plan too

      • December 7, 2012 at 4:07 amSortedevaras

        Of course! He obviously used Kyōka Suigetsu and that ass was only an illusion.

      • December 13, 2012 at 2:10 amblah

        or maybe ichigo is aizen

  • December 6, 2012 at 1:30 amKenQ

    wow the spirit king looks hella gay

  • December 6, 2012 at 1:34 amgawrshness

    well after that kind of humiliating healing I’m sure we can never look at Byakuya and Renji the same again. BTW don’t you think the Spirit King looks like the butterfly Aizen without the mullet? Suspicious…

    • December 6, 2012 at 2:01 amDualash

      You’ve gotta love Kirinji’s healing technique: drown them then chuck them into a lava pool, all done!

    • December 6, 2012 at 8:52 amwoope

      agree on that – the spirit king-sama looks like Aizen in his the baddess ass mode

  • December 6, 2012 at 1:57 amAnanas

    So… Shikamaru was the Spirit King?

  • December 6, 2012 at 2:27 amP Ko

    Well that was kinda… underwhelming.

  • December 6, 2012 at 2:32 amRaisin


  • December 6, 2012 at 2:56 amjunglepenguin

    FORESHADOWING. Little bits of redeeming qualities being inserted here and there in Bleach.

    Still waiting for Gin’s grand re-entrance.

  • December 6, 2012 at 3:30 amMisk

    I hoped Don Kanonji would be the spirit king… ah well.

    • December 6, 2012 at 4:18 amKarmafan

      He probably is… at least in his own mind.

  • December 6, 2012 at 5:26 amdanpmss

    Bleach being Bleach YEY :D
    Now i think that will be every week more and more epic(again!!)

  • December 6, 2012 at 5:38 amZero Hour 17

    I’m guessing each week he’s going to spend time in each of their cities, inching closer and closer to repairing and evolving his Zanpakuto

  • December 6, 2012 at 6:09 amStereoman

    That’s a rather… uh, odd, healing method. I hope it works!
    And it felt good to be able to truly enjoy a Bleach chapter after so many months, if not years.

  • December 6, 2012 at 6:09 amNadester

    So the Spirit King basically is to Soul Society as Odin is to Asgard? Taking into consideration he wakes from a slumber.

  • December 6, 2012 at 6:53 amdefunkt_bots

    welcome to the matrix…

  • December 6, 2012 at 8:55 amNine

    That eyes…. got me thinking that the eyes design are very important for every Japanese anime or manga.

  • December 6, 2012 at 9:04 amcaramel_cod

    Bleach really is better at comedy than action and drama, it’s why those early chapters of every arc are always infinitely better than the ones bogged down with fighting and nonsensical plot twists.

    Let’s hope Kubo’s next manga embraces comedy ala Fairy Tail and One Piece, it even makes the fillers better.

    • December 6, 2012 at 8:30 pmCorey

      THIS. IF Kubo comes back to do another manga, he should a shonen comedy ala Medaka Box/School Rumble. Comedy is much BETTER for him then Action Drama. Even better let him collaborate with another mangaka and let him do the art, and have a better writer (Nobuhiro Watsuki)

      • December 6, 2012 at 10:26 pmSuppa Tenko

        Kubo should just move to America and design clothes.

  • December 6, 2012 at 4:05 pmurahara2013

    urahara probably copied the healing technique when Kirinji Tenjiirou was still in the 13 Gotei.

  • December 6, 2012 at 4:33 pmploon

    I hope he had a good nap

  • December 6, 2012 at 8:26 pmLyn

    I don’t remember Aizen hinting about working with the Spirit King. Thanks for the reminder!

    (By the way, just wanted to let you know that the phrase is actually “buck naked” not “butt naked.”)

    • December 7, 2012 at 5:38 amRandom

      Its both.

  • December 6, 2012 at 8:45 pmspikerman87

    So the King’s Key is people?
    …So what is this thing again?

    • December 6, 2012 at 10:16 pmSortedevaras

      A dropped plot device everyone forgot about.

  • December 6, 2012 at 9:15 pmYanDaMan

    Rukia’s ass floating in the water in a bend over position, check.

    Shikamaru with bug eyes as the Spirit King, check.

  • December 6, 2012 at 9:50 pmHOURAISAN

    … what if the Spirit King’s eyes have multiple pupils?

  • December 7, 2012 at 8:41 amarky

    i was hoping the spirit king to not be humanoid, something like the real form of Xellos in Slayers, the cone thing