Aizen Talks, and Talks, and Talks:
For those who think I’m too positive with Bleach, this is your lucky day! Even I found this chapter was pretty stale. I’m not a massive fan of Aizen, as I’ve said before, but I just knew this chapter was going to happen at some point. Aizen was going to have to show himself again, and the shinigami would be surprised, and he would outsmart them all and prove why he’s so much better than all of them. It could have been worse, but this chapter still did little to excite me. Aizen sitting in a chair and monologuing isn’t the most thrilling thing to read – though it was neat to see Aizen’s favourite Kurohitsuji being used again – so I can’t get behind this chapter as much as I’d like. At least the little eyeball monsters are dealt with, and Aizen is apparently going to shoot them up to the Soul Palace, so that’s good. But what about all those scenes these past few months with the shinigami gathering at the gate? That amounted for nothing in the end; just an excuse to gather all the characters in the same place again.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Something big needs to happen soon. The last top-notch chapter was when Ukitake’s past was revealed, and Shunsui paid Aizen a visit. Since then we’ve been getting these slow teasers which seem to be building up to something, but are taking too long in getting there. Hopefully all the formalities are out of the way now, and Aizen can get the plot moving again. Or he may just talk about how wonderful he is for another chapter. Place your bets!