Nyaa nyaa nyaaaaaa.

Yoruichi’s New Form, Urahara’s Tricks:

When I read the spoilers for this chapter, and then the chapter itself, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was purely focused on the battle at hand and didn’t advance the plot forward or reveal any crucial details (like last week’s did), but it was still a fun, easy read. Yet when I looked at the reactions and the discussions of the chapter I was surprised to find how mixed the response was. There was good and bad – as there always is – but I felt the good outweighed the bad, so I’ll start positive.

First off, Yoruichi’s form is cool and seriously powerful. The “Flash God Black Cat Warrior Princess” name is a tongue twister – and feels like six random words strung together – but I got exactly what I expected. There wasn’t as many gags as last week, but the dynamic between Urahara and Yoruichi is still entertaining. Now we see the reason why she didn’t willingly go into this form is because she essentially loses her personality and becomes a feral cat monster that doesn’t understand language and instead licks Urahara’s cheek as if she were his housepet. Doujin material aside, that was an amusing moment, especially because I can just imagine when Yoruichi returns to her former self she will get up and dropkick Urahara for subjecting her to that embarrassment. He kind of deserves it, but we did get some awesome action panels out of it.

By the end of the chapter we see Askin use his largest giftball and also release his futuristic-looking volstandig (which I rather like). He’s showing off his slender frame and washboard abs, and I’m keen to see if his abilities have changed. But I’m more interested in where this fight will go from here, as Yoruichi’s five minutes are up and now Urahara has to fight him solo. The prospect of him having to seriously battle someone and potentially use his bankai has me very hyped for what’s to follow.

The perfect counter to an overpowered ability.

The Bleach Battle Routine:

Funnily enough, all the bad parts of this chapter are the same parts that made it good; it all just depends on your liking for Bleach and accepting the established battle routine. Anyone could have guessed we’d get half a dozen massive spreads of Yoruichi fighting before being taken out the battle, only for the chapter to end with Askin releasing his final form. It’s predictable – which some may find disappointing. Some Bleach fights go against the formula; the Mayuri vs Pernida fight, for example – don’t tell me for a second that you could have predicted what was going to happen every chapter and how the fight would eventually end, because no one could have. But most fights do follow a routine, and this one is sticking with it. At the end of the day, your enjoyment likely comes down to how much you enjoy Urahara, Yoruichi, and Askin.

The other part that people are focusing on is the reiatsu in Yoruichi’s form changing 48 times every second. Since Urahara is involved, and his “unknown means” were brought up last chapter, it’s not remotely surprising that he has the perfect counter to Askin’s overpowered abilities. I’d say Urahara and Mayuri are the only two characters in the series where the asspulls are somewhat believable, because it fits with their character (Mayuri especially). But again, those who are reading Bleach out of necessity and not for enjoyment are bound to be aggravated by that connivence rather than accepting the many tricks that Urahara always has up his sleeves… because it’s Urahara!

Askin “The Abtastic” Nakk Le Varr.

Overview – What’s Next?:

Another enjoyable battle chapter. Yoruichi got her time to show her strength before Urahara steps forward and finishes off the fight. I’m glad that Yoruichi wasn’t taken out, but rather her limited time got the better of her. Her back and forth with Urahara with week was certainly… interesting, but now I’m eager to see where the fight goes from here. Askin is likely to show off a ridiculous power, and Urahara will get serious and release his shikai. It may be predictable, but that doesn’t make it bad. If you’re a Bleach fan or just want to see Urahara finally fight for real, there there’s a lot to enjoy with this current battle.

21 Comments

  1. My biggest regret about this arc is how they “killed” off the 4th squad Captain Retsu Unohana. I wanted to see more of her character and see her Bankai. I don’t even remember her getting a backstory before they killed her off.

    Karmafan
    1. Everyone saw it coming because the readers know about the Vollstandig transformation that they have. Most of the in-verse characters should all know about it as well, but apparently they don’t since even Urahara seemed to just assume that Askin was dead :P.

      Yogo
      1. Yeah, but show us an Vollständig when we assume he is Dead (he said he is one of the weak?), feels like cheating. Like this Giant one, all assumed he is Dead, and “Zoing!” Vollständig. Is this only activated when their hearts stop to beat? an Fail save?, then our King will surly haven an Vollständig v2.. Like the Final Boss of Final Fantasy 7… So many Lifes, so many rounds to kill him over an over..

        Worldwidedepp
      2. Just do the Vollständig Transformation not offscreen anymore. Let it be when the Quincy is nearly beaten, but still breathing and then transform into Vollständig in front of Our Eyes or his Enemy… This “surprise! Vollständig!” is begin to get boring and annoying while it happen Offscreen

        Worldwidedepp
    1. Yeah, she probably would. But as Yogo says, we (and Ichigo) have already seen Yoruichi in the nude when she first came out of her cat form. Kubo has his moments like this from time to time, but they’re rare enough that when they do pop up then people get shocked by it.

      Samu
    2. Well, thats nothing new. You remember her in her black Cat form, with Ichigo in to Anime?. She uses in her early times her Black Cat form, and yes. when she turned back to Human form, she was naked… remember the “Onsen” joke…

      Worldwidedepp
  2. The constant reitsu changes is actually a very creative use of Yoruichi’s cat theme.
    I got the feeling controversy was more about the entire transformation being non-consensual at Urahara enjyoing the personality change a little too much. If Pepe is stripping someone’s free will, it’s called disgusting. If Urahara is doing it, it’s called awesome. Though Giselle’s antics with Bambietta didn’t hurt her popularity either and is what what made her popular in the first place. Conclusion: Nobody likes Pepe.

    Anyway, it feels like it’s a little bit too early for Urahara’s Bankai. If God of Thunder follows the formula of the previous two Schutzstaffel fights, then it means we’ve only three chapter for Urahara’s shikai, him being pushed into Bankai, him using his Bankai, Askin trying to evade loosing and the fight finishing. This is also first chapter of the voulume. It just feels too early. I think, something will either interrupt this fight or we will switch to either Gerard or Ichigo, preferably the later.

    dean
  3. Why doesn’t Urahara just create another of those things that injects Hollow genes into the Quincy? He clearly mentioned that the Quincy have a sort of lethal reaction to anything Hollow related is planted in them.

    ion42
  4. Wow… so a good character just happened to have the exact ability needed to counter an otherwise invincible enemy. How fortunate…
    But said enemy wasn’t using his full power, so now he’s even stronger the enver. How unfortunate…
    And a chapter that ends with a character who was losing using a power-up. How original…

    Seriously, Kubo, are you even trying?

    DmonHiro

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