Mad Scientist vs God’s Arm:
This was a thoroughly entertaining chapter. Mayuri going full throttle against Pernida makes for pure bliss. He’s pulling all sorts of tricks and techniques in typical Mayuri fashion, and even if it’s plot connivence, it’s still incredibly fun to read. Kubo has always admitted Mayuri is his favourite character to draw, and that’s obvious with this chapter (and this fight in general). His expressions, abilities, and monologuing are pure fun – you can tell that Kubo enjoyed drawing this chapter; the action was swift when it needed to be, and packed with dialogue at just the right moments. As an avid Mayuri fan, this chapter was a dream. I’m sure Kubo feels the same.
It’s also worth noting that in the new Bleach databook released this week, various Shueisha authors drew Bleach characters in celebration for the series’s 13th anniversary, and about half of them drew Mayuri. That’s right – more drew the mad scientist of the 12th division than the actual main character of the series. I’m loving the buzz surrounding him right now, as well as how he’s possibly played the most pivotal role of all the captains in this second quincy invasion. Mayuri is truly a force to be reckoned with. He’s now mastered a quincy technique, and re-arranged his own muscles and nerves to combat Pernida’s powers. It’s ridiculous, but it’s Mayuri, so there’s not much point questioning it. Just embrace the madness and have fun with it!
Overview – What’s Next?:
This was a great fight chapter, even if we didn’t learn much more about Pernida. Mayuri is still amusing in his own way, and Pernida does seem to have its own conscience, differing good from evil. Maybe next week we’ll find out more about its origins and how it ended up in Juha Bach’s army, or maybe Mayuri will continue to steamroll this fight like he usually does. Either way, I’m bound to be a happy fan.