The Door/Garganta Finally Open:
I usually don’t subscribe to the notion that nothing ever happens in a Bleach chapter. For the most part, I think it’s just a lazy excuse used by those who don’t care for the series and are reading it just for completion sake. Chapter 627, however, was the closest to ‘nothing happens’ that I’ve ever read. At least with last week’s chapter we saw Juha’s new form, this week we just had some rather dull conversations between the characters, followed by the world continuing to crumble, along with an abundance of reaction shots. One thing I did like was the interaction between Ichigo and Riruka. There has been a focus with Ichigo and one particular girl in the past few chapters, and this time it was Ichigo’s time to appreciate Riruka’s love for all things cute. It was sweet, and much like Nel in the previous weeks, it casts her aside as the final love interest (not that either of them had a chance). It’s going to be Orihime, or Rukia, or nobody in the end. This arc seems to point to Orihime, and I have a bias towards that pairing, so time will tell.
Another good thing was that the travelling is over, and the door down below is finally complete. It took far, far too long, but we got there in the end. This reiatsu-door has been one of my least favourite parts of this entire arc, and I still think it could have been done in two-three chapters instead of however many it ended up taking. Other than that, this chapter didn’t accomplish much. The Soul Palace has been changed to Vandenreich architecture, so that may spell some changes going forward.
Overview – What’s Next?:
A disappointing chapter, but hopefully this means that now that the two sides of the battle are arriving at the final battlefield, this could be the beginning of the end. The build up to this epic climax has been so long that I can’t predict how long the action is going to last. Hopefully we get a good amount of fights with characters that are still to reveal their abilities before Ichigo has his showdown with Juha Bach. This chapter got the characters where they needed to be, let’s just hope the wait was worth it.