The Tale of Two Gods:
At first I didn’t catch the double meaning of the chapter title; obviously my mind went straight to Aizen, after all throughout the whole series he has thought himself a God and Kubo alluded to that even more in the titles of the chapters that Aizen featured in (does anyone remember Deicide?). The colour page made it pretty clear that it was referring to Aizen, and what a striking colour page it was. But there’s also the Soul King being repaired after Ukitake essentially sacrificed himself. Aizen and the Soul King are back on the scene – in the same chapter no less – so I’d say that’s pretty exciting. These are chapters I think most long-time Bleach fans can enjoy, but probably more so if they’re a fan of Aizen. This chapter and the last have been top-notch in my opinion, but let’s not forget that too much of Aizen isn’t necessarily a good thing. I hope his involvement is relatively minor and doesn’t overshadow everything else that is to come.
Aside from the two Gods of the series returning, we got a few other tidbits. For one, it turns out that Ukitake’s reiatsu is higher than most captain level shinigami due to him having to constantly use it to keep himself from being sick. It makes sense, but Kenpachi is in the room as well, so it’s a little weird to hear that. Then again he’s still bandaged up so I doubt he’s feeling 100% right now. The Vizards also returned with their robes on and Mayuri made a grand appearance, pulling out another plot device just in the nick of time. I love Mayuri – he’s actually my favourite character of the series, mainly because there’s no one else like him – but even I have to admit that Kubo uses him for convenience sake. Does it make sense? Sure. It’s completely plausible that Mayuri would have a reiatsu amplification device along with his other trinkets and medicines and injections, but it’s still Kubo’s easy route.
Overview – What’s Next?:
As I said, I loved this chapter just like I did with last weeks. Bleach has been getting a lot of buzz recently and I can totally understand why – we’re in a pretty exciting place right now. The set-up should be over for now, so I can only imagine (and hope) things are going to stay like this.