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Bleach 521 – A Delicious Cycle

After leaving the hot springs, it’s off to Hikifune Kirio’s palace, and there she prepares her specialty for them – mountains after mountains of glorious food. For some reason, her reiatsu and body weight are positively correlated, and so losing her reiatsu also means that she slims down significantly (much to the jealousy of girls everywhere however, her chest seem unaffected). Of course, just like Kirinji’s hot springs, Hikifune’s food is no normal cuisine, as its purpose is to restore and power up Ichigo and Renji’s reiatsu levels. Her skills extend beyond cooking as well, and she was apparently the one who created the Artificial Souls. That’s not surprising as the former captain of the 12th squad, before Urahara. All of the members of the Zero Squad apparently have had made significant contributions to the history of Soul Society, some of them predating even Yamamoto. For example, Kirinji seems to be older than Unohana, who was the first Kenpachi and was around when Yamamoto founded the Gotei 13, and Nimaiya is credited with having created the zanpakutou themselves, which I’m assuming makes him very, very old. This actually makes Hikifune a relatively new recruit to the Spirit Palace since she joined only about a century ago.

I’m guessing that Ichigo and Renji’s next destination, the “Phoenix Palace”, will also involve its owner’s specialty: zanpakutou’s. From the looks of it, their experience there will not be as relaxing as it was in the previous two palaces.

December 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm
  • December 18, 2012 at 10:49 pmsakuga

    Ichigo, Renji and Kon’s reactions to Kirio’s loss of weight through the usage of her reiatsu truly speaks for the entirey of this chapter I think. It’s kind of nice to see Kubo tying in a bit of comedy with the series again though.

    • December 18, 2012 at 10:55 pmNaavi

      Yep. It was quite refreshing and funny.

      • December 20, 2012 at 12:53 pmReshenKusaga

        These spirit palace chapters have all been quite refreshing in terms of content to be quite honest. It’s a return to form of some of the slapstick in the earlier chapters while still giving us copious amounts of exposition to mull over.

  • December 18, 2012 at 10:58 pmWalaoa

    The next person specialty is zanpakutou? I guess this means ichigo and renji will have their weapon will be fixed or reforge somehow.

    • December 19, 2012 at 2:20 amgigasworm

      I foresee that guy helping Kenpachi achieve his Bankai.

    • December 19, 2012 at 4:53 amMasterDragonKnight

      So this guy created the zanpakuto? Kubo means to tell us that before this guy appeared, there were no zanpakuto in the entire world and Soul Society?

      Wow… I mean…wow…

      I can barely fathom the amount of stupidity that entails. So before this guy, who cannot possibly be older than Yamamoto, there were no such things as zanpakuto? Then what was that thing in Yamamoto’s hand, a toy? And remind me again how Shinigami purify Hollows and send souls to the afterlife? Was it with Kido and their bare hands, I think not! And how does it explain that every soul with the potential to become Shinigami have a zanpakuto buried deep in their soul, even with homeless orphans like Rukia and Renji? Did this guy go around planting zanpakuto in every soul in the world that had, has, and will ever existed?

      This is not just bad writing. This is just illogical.

      • December 19, 2012 at 5:53 amanon

        We have one panel of him and you’re jumping to all these accusations. Shouldn’t you wait at least next week to see if there’s any explaination?

        Why can’t this guy be older than Yama? Was Yama ever stated to be the first shinigami? Just because the RG looks younger? Do appearance even matter to these people who reside in the King’s palace?

        Who says he needed to plant a zanpakutou into every soul? What if the King saw his invention, took a liking to it and transfer it to every soul thereafter? He’s the Soul King after all.

      • December 19, 2012 at 8:28 amMasterDragonKnight

        Fair enough, but I’m not holding any hope for a decent explanation that does not contradict established facts.

        What irks me is the line that one person is responsible for “the birth of zanpakuto“. By definition, a Shinigami is someone with the ability to purify Hollows and deliver souls to the afterlife. This is done through the use of the zanpakuto, something that should be inherent to every Shinigami. The very idea that someone has to invent the zanpakuto is ridiculous, since it would mean that there is no means of saving souls prior to him. Unless this guy is the soul of the first human ever born, then that is a major plot hole.

      • December 19, 2012 at 10:28 amvirox

        The Zanpakuto as a sword is merely a manifestation of it’s power. I think he just invented the way to put their spirits in sword form, so Shinigami and Zanpakuto can make use of each other in a better way. Maybe they only fought using summonings and such before.

      • December 19, 2012 at 11:01 amsakuga

        I was thinking along the same lines as virox. The Zanpakuto are first and foremost the reflection of a Shinigami’s soul and power. They’re sentient in a sense and the names of each Zanpakuto are what empower the sword and gives strength to the Shinigami. With that in mind, I don’t think it all that crazy that Nimaiya could have created the Zanpakuto with the intention of acting as a vessel or bridge to releasing the full potential of a Shinigami.

      • December 19, 2012 at 2:29 pmShaman

        You are F’KING RETARDED…

      • December 19, 2012 at 3:02 pmZero Hour 17

        Remember the Zanpakuto is an extension of a SHinigami’s soul, He was probably the first to harness that and give it a physical form. We also don’t know for a fact that Soul Society, and it’s Shinigami, purified souls since the beginning, they could of just reaped all wandering souls, normal and hollow alike.

  • December 18, 2012 at 11:12 pmdimasok

    Finally this is getting interesting :)

  • December 18, 2012 at 11:34 pmNadester

    Hikifune Kirio: Eat, gain weight. Cook, lose weight. Drastically……

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:35 amVivace

      Once again, we got trolled by Kubo.

      • December 20, 2012 at 1:40 pmKob264

        Actually being trolled for the comedy wasn´t bad at all.
        As long as it stays in that realm, Kubo can troll us all he wants.

  • December 18, 2012 at 11:37 pmUngas123

    This is the figure Shinji knew.

  • December 18, 2012 at 11:42 pmDestiny-

    when they reach the king of soul, the first question that will be asked is…

    /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ : Contract?

    Mahou Shoujo Ichijo & Renji vs the whole quincy, stay tune

  • December 18, 2012 at 11:44 pmPsithief

    >For some reason
    Yeah because she’s hijacked the spirit particles that made up the food to act as her own surplus supply of spirit energy, instead of what food normally does in SS (lets you regenerate spirit energy). They still take up space though!

  • December 18, 2012 at 11:48 pmNanashi

    I didn’t find this chapter as insulting as the other chapters.

    Sort of interesting each member of the squad is there because of a significant discovery/feat.

    Unfortunately it is about 100 chapters too late, should have happened at the peak of bleach popularity, or at least right after aizen battle.

    • December 19, 2012 at 8:09 amTez

      How could you possible be insulted by a chapter of a manga?

    • December 22, 2012 at 7:22 amKarma

      How would it been better to happen at the peak of Bleach’s popularity? I mean, currently THIS is exactly what is saving Bleach- the story and the whole plot is starting to get better and better, back to what used to be a long time ago.

      You need to leave.

  • December 19, 2012 at 12:54 amgawrshness

    if there’s one thing I’m liking with this ‘training’ arc is that Renji is also included~! That means he might actually grow to a captain level shinigami and not be a pushover in the next battle!

    • December 19, 2012 at 2:10 amSortedevaras

      We all know Renji is just there for comic relief or to say something inspiring to Ichigo (believe in the heart of the cards or whatever), he has been irrelevant since he fought Byakuya in chapter 140 . . . 381 chapters ago. Every band needs its Ringo and ever Shonen needs a Yamcha.

  • December 19, 2012 at 12:58 ammakky

    I think Kirio’s major contribution to the history of Soul Society are those bosoms.

  • December 19, 2012 at 1:07 amMarkBadong

    Well well, this was definitely not expected. Did anyone ever anticipate from her first appearance that Hikifune would actually be one hot, well endowed babe whose overall appearance is similar to Rangiku?

    • December 19, 2012 at 3:51 amJello

      More like did anyone expect to get trolled so hard when Kubo makes the character design look like Rangiku’s mom.

      Seems more like a fan/editor feedback change than a planned one.

      • December 19, 2012 at 5:10 amanon

        Unlikely as Shinji commented on Hikifune’s drastic change (fat one) on her first appearance.

      • December 19, 2012 at 5:59 amdamrod

        Would be interesting if she turns out to actually be matsumoto’s mother.

      • December 19, 2012 at 6:59 amHorus

        Rangiku’s mom…has got it goin on?

  • December 19, 2012 at 2:24 amEliteF22

    You can always tell it’s a training arc by how much the characters are screaming at each other.

  • December 19, 2012 at 3:41 amryuuzaki

    since nothing good to talk about this manga, when is the next season anime preview will be out?

  • December 19, 2012 at 4:01 amNine

    The creator of zanpakutou?? wow…

  • December 19, 2012 at 5:08 amAngryKoala

    I like how Kubo tries to implement all his shitty humor with Kon etc AFTER something really serious happened in Soul Society.

    He has no sense for timing.

  • December 19, 2012 at 5:48 amstarss

    *SPIT TAKE!!!*

  • December 19, 2012 at 6:20 amno lollygagging pariston

    I believe Kirio can help the 13 squads get stronger by setting up her own cafeteria in Soul Society.

    • December 19, 2012 at 8:51 amspikey

      Only issue with that is bodies who can’t handle immense reiatsu die or blow up or whatever it was that happened to Ichigo when he faced his first Menos.

  • December 19, 2012 at 6:47 amCelecia01

    Maybe this guy simply invented a way to turn the Zanpakto spirit into a sword form? Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see, my guess would be that Ichigo’s sword is repaired here, and if there is any way for them to safely use Bankai in battle, they’ll learn it here.

    On a side note, I like how this arc feels like it’s trying to return to what the first arc was like, but what I feel really lets Bleach down and has done since the Aizen battle is the pacing. I like fast-paced stories but because Kubo rushes everything (a palace a chapter) there is no time for spreading out the story/ developing the characters, which then leads to everything being thrown in at once and moved past too quickly to really make sense to the readers. This Zanpakto invention thing is one and the relationship/past between Yama and Juha is another. Kubo just needs to slow down and enjoy telling the story….just my thoughts though.

  • December 19, 2012 at 7:20 amTOP2NE1

    Looks like Kubo couldn’t go through with having a fat chick after all. Really awful excuse about it too. “I used up all of my reiatsu, kyun <3!" Yeah, that's totally how we've seen reiatsu work thus far… Lol spirit king's pace my ass. I can't even remember a time when any shinigami has eaten period.

    If this is how things work then just give us fat versions of every character ever. Yep I'd like to see a fat Aizen or Yoruichi etc in their fledgling, reiatsu-training phases. What, is the spirit king just actively making it harder for every person to do their jobs?

    Good thing Kubo's throwing in comedy again. Really contrived way of doing it though.

    • December 19, 2012 at 7:55 amstarss

      A lot of people predicted her form would change, because Kubo’s done thing before. He made Yoruichi turn from a black cat into a pretty woman, and Nel into one too! I think he has a transformation thing going.

    • December 19, 2012 at 2:16 pmDrift

      I’m a bit dissapointed too despite Hikfune looking awesome.

      I mean yes, I did expect her transformation, because Kubo seems to like his characters “pretty” (such shallow man…) but for once it would have been great to have a female character that is fat but not used in a comedic way.

      • December 19, 2012 at 6:45 pmrandom

        I’d like to posit the following (btw i’m not arguing or disagreeing with you about anything): everything else being equal, isn’t ‘pretty’ always better than ‘not pretty’. Why would you want anything ugly if it can be pretty?

      • December 20, 2012 at 1:26 amDrift

        @random Yes random, being pretty is always better than being ugly if one can chose.
        But you are missing the point of my previous comment.

        My point was, I thought it was nice Hikifune was fat because not many fat characters are portrayed in manga like this where they are strong (she is in the Royal Guard after all). I mean, you don’t see much FAT ladies that have a high ranked position like her in mangas. It breaks the stereotype of a typical manga. And because she turned skinny and beautiful, once again, it went back to the typical manga stereotype.

        I never said it was a bad thing for her to be pretty. Just a little disspointed that a character that could have broken the stereotyped went to a typical stereotyped character. She had the potential to become a character where looks didn’t define her but her personality and power did. Now everyone’s just like “Wow look at Hikifune! She’s hot!”

  • December 19, 2012 at 7:38 amrazz

    lol even i did a spit take when I saw her weight loss.
    And since people with major contributions are placed in squad zero wouldn’t Kisuke’s invention of the Gigai or the Hogyoku guarantee him a spot with them.

    • December 19, 2012 at 11:46 amanon

      Pretty sure the whole being exiled from Soul Society thing would’ve taken away any shot he had.

      Plus, Kisuke didn’t invent Gigai or the Hogyoku. He only experimented with Gigai and Aizen created the first Hogyoku.

  • December 19, 2012 at 8:37 amstarss

    Heavier people will detect massive unfortunate implications from this character.

    • December 19, 2012 at 11:48 amanon

      They’ll eat some cake and get over it.

  • December 19, 2012 at 8:52 amCamora

    I was wondering why Disco Stu hadn’t said 1 word since zero division appeared. Now it makes sense

  • December 19, 2012 at 8:58 amNierTevra

    a bath, and a meal…let me guess, they are gonna watch some tv next…and then perhaps a good night’s sleep…yeahh…real interesting

    • December 19, 2012 at 9:09 amstarss

      Kumin-senpei from Chuuriyou makes sleep interesting! :)

  • December 19, 2012 at 12:24 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    This arc has not failed so far. It’s just added another babe to the harem!

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pmDa5id

      What harem? She’s a female captain that cooks, that doesn’t mean she’s part of a harem.

      • December 19, 2012 at 2:15 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

        Sure sure.. Kubo has just introduced this character to fade of into the background after a brief moment of slight importance.

        O wait that actually sounds probable.

        Kubo ‘Trollgetsu’ Tite

      • December 20, 2012 at 1:15 pmDa5id

        So you’re saying the only way for female characters to be important is to be part of a harem?

      • December 20, 2012 at 9:03 pmDualash

        Plus, there is no indication that she’s part of the harem, or any harem to exist in the first place.

  • December 19, 2012 at 3:18 pmgundamfan

    whos the chick??

  • December 19, 2012 at 7:42 pmrandom viewer

    Huh I thought the zanpakutou (at least the shikai/bankai) are born from the soul. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    • December 20, 2012 at 5:32 amKeranu

      A zanpaktou is just the vessel where a zanpaktou spirit lives and can manifest itself to aid its shinigami partner. If you guys paid attention to small details from the anime, manga,etc. A zanpaktou spirit does not necessarily need a zanpaktou to live in or survive through. it needs its shinigami’s partner soul to do that. Im guessing that this guy invented the zanpaktou to make it easier to manifest powers. It’s kinda like having a bullet but no gun, you can throw a bullet, but it does nowhere near the damage shooting it can cause

    • December 20, 2012 at 7:39 pmrandom viewer

      Oh yeah, that filler about the zanpaktous manifesting themselves and fighting along side their wielders. I guess I was confused thinking that once the shinigami dies then their zanpaktou goes with them (because it’s part of their soul) and vice versa. Thus, you can’t make the zanpaktou when you can’t make the soul or something. Ok nevermind, your explanation clarified my thoughts. -Thanks Keranu!

  • December 19, 2012 at 8:27 pmtitslover

    ichigo and renji could have gain more reiatsu if they sucked her titties dry.

    • December 21, 2012 at 9:52 pmSOSAnimeBoy

      Your ID and your comment together had be ROFLMAO

  • December 22, 2012 at 8:22 pmCorey

    Ichigo’s Harem grows bigger. Lol. The only thing that made this chapter tolerable was Ichigo and Renji’s Reactions. There reations were the same ones I had when I read the Amazing Spider-Man # 700 Spoilers. If You know what I mean. Hikifune…….sigh Kubo you really are a trolling pervert. I think you should do more comedy. I’ll be glad when Bleach ends.