Chaos and Revelations:
Straight up, this is the best Bleach chapter in a long time – not that I think it has been bad for any length of time, but this chapter was packed with fascinating information, showed the continuing destruction of the various realms, and ended with the promised return of the Troll King. There were lots of details that I appreciated this week, like seeing Keigo and Mizuiro reacting to the tremors in the Human World, whilst Hueco Mundo and Soul Society continuing to crumble, with even the Soldats wondering if Juha plans to leave hem behind (of course he does). Bazz-B made a quick appearance, so I’m still predicting that he and the other surviving Sternritter will group together and try and take vengeance against Juha, or at least get involved in what’s going on right now.
But the main meat of the chapter lies in Ukitake – a character who has always been there, always been ill, and never given much of a fight despite being a senior captain with credits to his name. Finally we get the explanation behind his illness, and it was a fantastic one. Having Rukangai folklore being wrapped up in this makes it all so much more interesting, especially when it’s revealed that Mimihagi-sama was in fact the Soul King’s right arm. That leads to the question: are there three more all-powerful gods who have descended from the heavens similar to Mimihagi? The Soul King is limbless after all, so it would make sense. All of this makes for a brilliant backstory and helps Ukitake replace the Soul King (as I predicted last week). I don’t know if he’s dead quite yet, but I think we can count Ukitake out of the fight and probably unable to continue his captain duties by the end of the series. Does that mean Rukia will get promoted? She has bankai, after all.
Overview – What’s Next?:
How could I not talk about the last two pages? Aizen’s back. We didn’t even have to see him, but his presence is made aware and I think most Bleach fans will be thrilled to have him reappear. Sure, he may have been a ridiculous villain at times and served to provide an abundance of quotable memes, but Aizen is Bleach. Even if he’s only going to play a minor role in this final arc – which is what I’d prefer – seeing him return is only a positive in my opinion. Unless this was all according to his plan all along… Even still, this was a fantastic chapter and I hope we get more like this from now on.