AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 553 Review

Topic started by AV_Staff on Oct. 22, 2013. Last post by FoxxFireArt 1 year, 1 month ago.
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Uh, Hitsugaya, I think you got a little Hollow on your face.
Uh, Hitsugaya, I think you got a little Hollow on your face.

The Vandenreich strategy has been turned against them as the 13 Court Guard reclaims their bankai with a twist of poisonous Hollow.

The Good

Soi Fon's gun is bigger than BG9's.
Soi Fon's gun is bigger than BG9's.

When we read action-based fiction, is it more exciting to witness our heroes steamrolling over the villain, or to watch them struggle and pull out a win? It's ultimately a power trip fantasy, but if things are too easy all the time it can get boring fast. Seeing the hero do something amazing that was thought to be impossible. Isn't that the real reason we read these sort of series?

These past few weeks, we've seen Hitsugaya and Soi Fon struggle against the enemy, then in cameUrahara with just the thing they required to bring balance to the spiritual pressure. Leave it up the the shōnen equivalent of Reed Richards to pull out just the invention needed to turn the tide on the Vandenreich. In that sense, he's almost as broken a character as Aizen.

Still, I'm hardly one to complain when the outcome of this plan is the return of the bankai, and they come with a little bit of Hollow design. The action is top notch in this chapter. One of my favorite parts has to be when Cang Du's attack deflects itself before it can hit Hitsugaya.

The Bad

The only thing that I'm disappointed with is that the Captains are now going to return to depending on their bankai to win these fights. In the case of Soi Fon, I was interested in seeing her fight more with the Shunko she had mastered.

Verdict 5/5

This week's issue of BLEACH has plenty of exciting action, and Kubo really put some major effort into this one. While I'm a bit hesitant to be calling these fights over. This does feel like a closing. However, we know this isn't over for Hitsugaya. I'm quite certain that Bazz-Bis still lurking around. Fire and Ice will certainly be clashing again sometime soon.

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Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7

Okay, I might need to go back and read about this, but didn't hollow energy permanently corrupt Ichigo's mom? That's one reason why I am confused about them receiving hollow energy and it not being permanently detrimental to their health. Admittedly I do not pay the closest attention to the plot in Bleach so please excuse my ignorance.

Also, it would be really sad if the pills are the last trump card. I don't really see how the Quincy can overcome the very thing that can easily kill/corrupt them.

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,648 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Lurkero
You seem to be forgetting that Masaki was a pure-blood Quincy, as are the Vandenreich. Hollows are poisonous to Quincy not to soul reapers.
Post by zaldar (1,295 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Man Hitsuguya's hollow is almost as awesome as Ichigo...I think I actually might want to see this animated now...

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,379 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Really disappointed with the chapters and how the captains didn't even try using Kido, it seem like Hitsugaya forgot he can use Kido. (and why is a Lieutenant is the only one using Kido in this arc?) Soi Fon should have been able to fight with little to no problem without her Bankai, since she didn't like to use it to begin with (but the scene when she use it was awesome).

I still wondering how Kirge Opie is able to absorb a full Hollow with no ill effect, while the others just reject it right away. Really hoping Kubo explain that

I love the Soi Fon scene, but I really disappointed with the captains

Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7

@FoxxFireArt said:

@Lurkero You seem to be forgetting that Masaki was a pure-blood Quincy, as are the Vandenreich. Hollows are poisonous to Quincy not to soul reapers.

I have no idea how I forgot about that (duh!).

I would still question the "temporary" hollow powers though. When Aizen and Urahara experimented with this before didn't they create the Vizoreds? The Visoreds don't have temporary hollow powers for what I can remember.

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,648 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Lurkero
The Visored were the result of Aizen's experiment. That was the result of a Hollow attack, then being attacked by other infected. Urahara was just blamed for it because of Aizen's manipulation, and Urahara saved them after being infected.

He then had 16+ years to research Hollowfication. Plenty of time to research ways to use it, and the pill was developed in Hueco Mundo. Probably with the help of those Arrancar allies.
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