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 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.
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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