Bleach 539 – Progress
A bunch of random snippets from all around Soul Society are shown this week as most of the shinigami are still recovering from the Vandenreich attack or preparing for the next one. In the 12th Squad headquarters, Mayuri and Nemu are holed up in their lab creating some sort of secret weapon that the rest of their squad knows nothing about. Given Kurotsuchi’s history, I’m extremely curious about what disturbing creature he is coming up with, and even more so as to what it can do (preferably something diabolical that only affects Quincies). As the mad scientist of the Gotei 13, he is best suited for coming up with a counter to the Vandenreich’s abilities and researching their weaknesses.
In the 2nd division, Marechiyo is lounging around doing nothing as usual while Soifon trains. We do get another glimpse of some of the Omaeda family, who all look like Marechiyo with the exception of his sister Mareyo. That segment really didn’t contribute to anything though, and I’m not too sure why it was there. Omaeda is perhaps the most useless vice-captain out there, and his character has neither developed nor done anything worth remembering ever; any panel with him in it is wasted space. More interestingly elsewhere, Komamura Sajin is seeking out his clan’s secret technique from his great grandfather. It seems that the Komamura family has remained hidden from the general affairs of Soul Society for a long time, and intends to keep it that way. There is no indication given as to what abilities these giant, sentient dog-like creatures have, but apparently Sajin wants it enough to fight his elder for it. I can only assume that he will be successful in obtaining the secret, and it should prove useful for battle in the absence of bankai.
Finally, in the Phoenix Palace, Ichigo is getting his new zanpakutou forged, and sadly, Nimaya is saying that he will have to say goodbye to Zangetsu. Nothing further is revealed, and the chapter ends in a wall of water and a cliffhanger. I find it slightly odd that Ichigo’s zanpakutou abilities are going to be changed after he spent the entire series working with Zangetsu and spamming Getsuga Tenshou, but I guess a lot of things are different for him now. Among the important characters we didn’t get to see this time include Kenpachi, Byakuya, Ishida, and especially Urahara. I feel like there are so many sub-stories going on at the same time it’s becoming difficult to keep track of everything, and the gaps between events are getting extremely long. It would be nice if everything can be brought together soon, instead of all the focus on the individual characters.