Wow, this chapter was, how should I describe it? – A let down, maybe? I don’t think the chapter itself was disappointing; it’s just that I was looking forward to Zaraki’s battle, so this definitely failed to satisfy me. I’m not sad because Zaraki lost or anything; I didn’t have any special expectations concerning the battle’s result, but I’m very sad that we weren’t given a chance to see Zaraki fight. I don’t think he ended up like this simply from the single attack we saw a few chapters ago. He must’ve struggled, and I would’ve loved to read more about that.

Aside from the disappointment, it was nice to see the captain commander encouraging everyone (not the villains) on the battlefield with his presence and participation on the field. It’s fascinating how something simple as one’s presence can be so significant. With some of the morale restored in Soul Society, I expect to see some Vandenreich members having some disadvantages during their fights. Also, I’m assuming that this new “strength” will give Unohana’s squad some time to heal the fallen members – true to the Bleach style!

Now that the captain commander is up against the Vandenreich leader, Juha Bach (I’m not sure if this name is correct), I hope we’ll get an impressive battle in the upcoming chapter(s). Both men are strong leaders who are on par so hopefully, it won’t be as one-sided as the previous battles have been. I’m just wondering how Ichigo will make his entry in this… Also, Ishida should be involved in this arc; we’ve had too many chapters without him, so I think it’s time for him to show his face! Anyway, next week we’re probably up for a death match – looking forward to that!

53 Comments

  1. LOL this comment on Tumblr:

    “Uhm. Hello, Tite Kubo? Ya forgot about me in 505. I’ll just, ya know…hang around with this sword at my face. No big deal”.
    – Urahara Kiisuke

    XD.

    Jenanime4eva
  2. It was also interesting that the Captain Commander knows Jura Bach from a millennium ago… guess well see what’s going on. I’m personally hoping for some exposition these chapters have felt like thin gruel lately.

    Moridin
  3. I dont think, that Ishida should appear soon. Looks like thee Sternenritter, know him very well. And they sure have some tricks in their sleeves, to “Abuse” him, or direct Control his Powers.

    Ichigo… well, i think he will made his “appear” when Captain Commander get in Pinch, and he storms in to save the “Day”. But first, i hope to see an Awesome Fight, that make an Captain Commander proud.

    And Heal Squad. They need a “Save surrounding” to do their Magic. And this is still Battlefield…

    Germanguy
  4. Soul reaper: “Yay! Kenpachi, the only strong person without bankai, is here, we’re saved!”
    Another soul reaper: “Hey, look over there, is that the head captain?”
    (both look away)
    “We’re bound to win now”
    (looks back)
    “WTF!? How did this happen?”

    celeci01
    1. Kenpachi’s Reiatsu get’s absorbed by the Leader Guy, but Ken doesn’t die since half of his reiatsu is in the eye patch… This would lead to chibi kenpachi =3

      Silliness aside I think a loss would give Mr Ken a chance to connect with his sword.

      Random_Ram
  5. How the Hell you gonna end a chapter at the beginning of a fight for the conclusion of the battle to happen off Panel in the next chapter!? What the hell has happened to this manga? Seriously!? Has it always been this flaky or has the quality seriously dipped after The Hueco Mundo Arc? I think I’m done with bleach.

    Zyphren
    1. Quality? What quality? I thought people are content with still panels of un-memorable characters looking serious and more still full profile panels of somewhat memorable characters also looking serious and melancholy.

      Action? What action? I thought stop motion, distant explosion and dramatic poses are everything people need!

      Plot? What plot? You just got trolled!

      LK
    2. They by all means, please do so. If you think you’re done, then stop. Don’t take back your words.

      It’s really annoying when people say stuff like that. Also in Naruto.

      It’s ok to make predictions or opinions to who Tobi really is. What annoys me is that along some people’s so called opinion, you will see a line that states.. “If Tobi is Obito, then I would give up naruto”. or “If Tobi is Kagami, then I will stop watching Naruto”. or something like that.

      It’s just plain annoying. I hope they do take their words seriously. Because they are not fans and only watch naruto to find out who Tobi is.

      SinTei
  6. Do you think the Quincy king is simply on par with Yama-ji in strength, or do you think he’ll have some ace up his sleeve like Aizen did with Wonderweizz’s ability? Btw, I’ll betcha we’re switching back to hecho mundo next week. These pseudo-cliffhangers are the only way Kubo’s drawing back readers.

    WW
    1. He’ll have some ace up his sleeve.

      2 reasons:

      1. Plot. Ichigo has to save the day. If soul society could manage with just the Captain Commander, it wouldn’t be Bleach. And he doesn’t need to save the day if the Captain Commander wins this fight.
      2. The guy knows what the Captain Commander can do. If he showed up 1,000 years after their last battle without some plan to deal with him, he’s simply an idiot. Which, while possible, I point you to point 1. If they didn’t need Ichigo & crew to win for them this arc wouldn’t even occur.

      SAScans
  7. So….besides kenpachi getting his butt whooped hardcore, and the commander flying toward juha, did anything really significant happen in this chapter? No? Really? I think kubo just trolls for the sake of trolling now.

    Alcren
  8. Kenpachi lost like I wanted! Good for you villains. You’re not complete jokes.

    The fight was offscreened, removing half of the grounding that this fight should have established. So meh, standard Kubo fare. Interesting ideas, wonky execution. Now all we need is some Mayuri and Unohana action. I’d like to see some smart people tackle unexpected situations like they’re supposed to.

    TOP2NE1
  9. I must say, I enjoyed this chapter for once. It’s been a very good while since I felt emotionally attached to Bleach characters, and seeing Yamamoto rampage in flames and lift everyone’s spirit was actually very, very cool.

    And to the people wondering if Kenpachi is being dead…He is not. Kubo wouldn’t kill him off without making him go out with a bang. Hell, I still have my doubts Rukia’s brother is actually dead – though the death flags have been pretty much set for that possible (but very unlikely) outcome.

  10. sigh… for the pass chapters all my comment have been the same. what the hell kubo???? no Ichigo/no Urahara/no fighting/NOT EVEN HOW KENPACHI LOST.

    all the build up Kenpachi 2 CHAPTERS end up with nothing! (last panel holding 3 bodies, another chapter describing how he PWN the 3 of them, this chapter lost.) Great manga, great last arc, 3 chapters, 0 progress.

    Dio Brando
  11. I felt the heat and rage of the captain commander. I thought he used Bankai back then. I saw a dragon like flame when he jumped. I’m not that disappointed with Kenpachi’s fight, though I would love to read it. The only thing I’m upset about is that I won’t be able to watch it happen. Damn, because of those fillers the anime had to suffer. I want to watch bleach again! This arc is definitely more brutal and a lot of blood and gore than the previous arc. I would love to watch it. The anime should have went on a haitus instead of having those fillers.

    SinTei
    1. Or, you know, just to emphasize that the bad guys don’t need to seal Bankais to own.

      Though, my personal favorite explanation is that when conceptualizing the Vandenreich, Kubo forgot that he still has yet to give Zaraki a Bankai. Cue quickfix: pit Zaraki against boss man and have him get owned off-panel so nobody sees what boss man can really do. With Zaraki down, Kubo does not have to think of any other lame power up for him- he already used the bs Kendo card.

      Sarge
  12. I think the next chapter will mostly be about Yamamoto and Bach having a discussion (where some interesting information could be ditched), and then either the chapter ends with them just beginning their fight, or Kubo jumps to another scene.

    Magnus
  13. Inspired choice to have the only thing in the last several months that could have been exciting (Kenpachi fighting something) happen off screen. Bravo! Now we can have boring flashbacks for a few weeks, just what the fans wanted.

    Sortedevaras
  14. Honestly, Kenpachi’s defeat doesn’t surprise me. He was fighting the main antagonist of this arc after all. It looks like Kubo is trying to save Juha’s abilities for his fight against Yamamoto. Both look like they’re gonna go all out, so these next chapters should definitely be worth looking forward to. Of course, I have a HUGE feeling that Yamamoto is gonna die…

    LaughingMan
  15. I don’t particularly mind that Kenpachi lost; if he defeated the Final Boss before our orange-headed protagonist showed up, that’d be a pretty bizarre ending, but I’m disappointed we didn’t get to see any of his fights so far with the Vandenreich. In fact, it feels like a lot of the characters on both sides are getting skipped over. They end up dead or knocked out with only a single page or two that handwaves what happened to them.

  16. What I’m disappointed about is that Yamamoto went straight for the leader, I would’ve loved to just see him pwn a bunch of random quincy captains first, since he’s clearly got hax power levels and is mad pissed.

    And we all know he probably WONT win in his fight, this is Bleach. All the glory always somehow gets given to Ichigo in the end. Of course I really hope I’m wrong. In the case that Yamamoto do win, it’ll probably be from a retreat due to the Valdenheich leader being pushed back. Cause I doubt this final arc will end this early. Probably gona retreat back to their Quincy base and use Harribel to make more baby quincies or something, lol.

    YanDaMan
    1. exactly….lets begin to PREP ourselves for what is to come….an annoying show of power from the opposition that cant be stopped by all the hidden bankai’s and whatever. until the heroes arrive….how convenient…SURPRISE ME KUBO!!! I FU#KING DARE YOU!!!!

      BROOKLYN otaku
  17. This final arc is already feeling pretty rushed. Once again there is a group battle where the battles are meaningless and the outcomes are careless. The explanation and build up is cheap and i have no investment in the characters lives. So far this is a sad way of ending a manga. Hope the pace slows down and background info and suspense can be developed.

    Jounouchi
  18. STILL BORING!! come on cut the FORMULA ALREADY!!!! I know its stupid to compare SHOUNEN Jump material , but this is why i like one piece, WE ALL KNOW how it will end “more or less” but i swear every time i crack open a new chap, I never know whats gonna happen next. BUT THIS……? gimme a break. and kenpachi is still holding his sword, and he never went bankai….WHATEVER..i wonder what will happen, NOT!!..*snicker* I’m talking alot of SHIT ain’t I?? that’s cool, its the internet baby!!!!ho hum…lets hash this back story out for a couple of boring chaps while ICHIGO is trapped in a poorly designed plot device, well I guess it coulda been worse, ichigo coulda been fighting his EMOTIONS AGAIN in some ILLUSION… somebody wake me when ABARIA gets his head chopped off. or something to that effect.

    BROOKLYN otaku
  19. Hmm… everyone getting up, feeling stronger, tide turning in their favour….

    Yup, we’re totally not approaching that point in the story where the Captain Commander loses his fight and everyone falls. Honest.

    Dave

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