BLEACH Ch. 561 Review -- AV MOD Material

Topic started by AV_Staff on Dec. 19, 2013. Last post by Kurohige 1 year, 3 months ago.
Post by AV_Staff (0 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Not since SHOWGIRLS have I seen something so disturbing and soul crushing.
Not since SHOWGIRLS have I seen something so disturbing and soul crushing.

The rumble against Mask De Masculine has proven to be far more challenging for Kensei and Rojuro thanks to the sideline support ofJames. Victory will be claimed by the villain of this match, but who are the villains here?

The Good

Would you want to be saved by a dude wearing a furry shawl?
Would you want to be saved by a dude wearing a furry shawl?

We have another chapter of some rather thrilling action. Criticize Kubo all you wish, but you can't deny his flare for unique powers when it comes to bankai. It's not exactly in Oda's league, but Kubo tends to lean more toward brutality and disturbing imagery. He taps into your nightmares.

I did find the twist in perspective between these forces rather interesting. I once heard a theory that no one, no matter how cruel or vicious, sees them self as a villain. We are all the hero of our own story. That will then make everyone, from our own perspective, either supporting characters or antagonists. Remember that it wasn't that long ago that the 13 Court Guard were once the villains of the series back when Ichigo and the gang were out to save Rukia.

Looking from the Vandenreich's perspective, I can see how Mask De Masculine sees the Soul Reapers as villains. Though, people will often point fingers and treat those they disagree with as evil. It's all in the name of justifying their own actions no matter how deplorable. It is the Quincy that classify their own by their level "racial purity".

I think that's almost the point in this battle. I'm starting to suspect that James isn't so much a person but an extension of De Masculine's power. He purposely creates James to be meek and vulnerable. This is to make someone hesitate in attacking him. That in itself is truly evil, because it takes advantage of someone with a good heart.

The Bad

You just had to say something, didn't you?
You just had to say something, didn't you?

For probably the third time in this arc, someone has completely ruined their chance at victory because they couldn't stay silent about the systems behind their attack. Grasping defeat from the jaws of victory. Just because it's a shonen cliché doesn't change how silly it can be to see a hero lose what was a sure victory.

I understand that I've often advocated that our heroes should falter, but there's a difference between fate working against you and tripping over your own feet. Then again, how often does the same thing happen with the villain, and we never seem to complain then?

Verdict 4/5

Not only is this an entertaining chapter with some great illustration work and a well choreographed brawling. Every strike feels vicious and intense. I also took a certain level of uncomfortable pleasure in Rojuro's brutality in dispatching lil' James. This is probably why shonen-action can be even more entertaining than professional wrestling. You get the character drama, and you understand that no one is pulling their punches.

I also appreciate the character study this provides in the sense of good versus evil, but that may just be me reading into things. Either way, next week looks to be an entertaining issue.

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Post by Lurkero (431 posts) See mini bio Level 7

The best villains are the ones that think they are doing the right thing. The moment I see a villain mention how evil they are is the moment I tune out.

Also...everyone must explain their power to the opponent...EVERYONE!

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,512 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I have a feeling, James might be the brains behind Mask De Masculine and he just putting up an act

Really wish they stop explaining there powers in detail, it just make them look like fools. Like how all the smart people in Bleach don't explain there powers

I love Mask De Masculine, I wish he was the hero of the story

Also, I think it was Soul Society fault that the Quincies are acting like this. Soul Society almost genocide them, because they didn't want to help them with Hollows (but I have a feeling this arc going be black and white)

Anyway, love this chapter for Mask De Masculine

Post by dtolson (18 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Kubo should take a page from some other shonen mangas and let the fighters figure out their opponents weakness. it would make for an more engaging fight

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,654 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I think it's alright to have a villain who revels in his own destruction from time to time, but needs to be rare and never your main antagonist.

It's still ridiculous that they keep doing it over and over. I know you need to explain the powers to the audience, but there are other ways to accomplish that.


For as much as I don't like Sasuke, I did like how he discovered the weakness to Deidara's powers in their battle. Deidara didn't announce it. Sasuke just figured it out.


James is the actual enemy of this fight? Huh. I hadn't considered that. sounds interesting, but didn't James just get bisected?

Post by Kurohige (3,857 posts) See mini bio Level 19

Terrible chapter IMO.

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