This turned out to be a decent chapter. We’re finally past the build-up now and focusing on a particular fight, in this case the Barragan one. Barragan is a little boring to listen to/read, but it was nice seeing Hachi set up a trap and let Soifon try to finish him off a second time. I think my main complaint is that on paper, I found it a little hard to figure out what exactly Hachi was constructing, and I suspect the anime version, whenever that comes around, will make it a bit clearer. In any case, I’m split about whether this will actually finish Barragan off or not. I want to think that this is the end of him, but I fear that he’s got some other special ability and that this fight will get extended for several more chapters. After the long Ulquiorra battle, I keep expecting there to be a second stage to all of the Espada’s Resurreccións.
Okay, so that’s not exactly true.
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On a related note, I’m having fun reading Hatsukoi Limited/Ichigo 100% mangaka Kawashita Mizuki‘s newest series in Weekly Jump, Ane Doki. The first two chapters haven’t exactly been breaking any ground story-wise – it follows a junior high school boy who finds himself being taken care of by a busty high school girl – but it’s good mindless romance comedy fun with art that only Kawashita Mizuki can deliver (main girl Natsuki is drawn a lot like Misaki from HL). I can definitely see this getting an anime adaptation next year or in 2011. You can read the first chapter here.