Set-up for Matches:
Finally, we’re getting back to the good stuff. It was still a little slow in how it progressed, but at the very least there was enough dialogue and well-drawn panels (and lots of backgrounds!) to keep me from being bored. Kubo has taken his time to gather everyone together (and then separate them again) so in a way it’s good to see that he hasn’t forgotten about any particular character. Now that the different groups have emerged, and the Elite Sternritter are setting out to fight them, I’m interested to see how that plays out. Askin is first, coming across Ichigo’s group. Unless the Royal Guard step in, these fights may end up just being a chance for some group combat and displays of powers – I can’t see any of the Elite Sternritters defeating a bulk of opponents that easily. Grimmjow stepping forward was good to see, as well. Hopefully we’ll just straight into the action next week.
Good Comedy is Funny:
There’s been some moments of comedy inserted here and there in the past few chapters, but this chapter gave me the most laughs in weeks. All of that comes down to Mayuri and Kenpachi, the two captains who despise each other and are the opposites in just about every way possible. I don’t know what exactly Mayuri was planning to do once he was broken off from the group, but that might be put on hold now that the 11th division (and Hanatarou) are tagging along. I’m genuinely excited for the prospect of Mayuri and Kenpachi teaming up to take someone down. It’d have to be a strong opponent, but that would be one battle to look forward to. My prediction would be Gerard, possibly.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Much better than the past few weeks. Kenpachi and Hanatarou taking a leak in the time of need was pretty damn funny, and it seems like we’re finally getting ready for some battles. That may make the chapters quicker to read, but if there’s a good display of new abilities then I think it will be worth it. Also, the Sternritter group have already made it to the Quincy palace, so I expect their efforts will merely serve as a measure to Juha and Haschwalth’s powers.