If you wanted action, this chapter has some great action. You wanted monstrous display of power, you're getting some of that, as well. This is a display of some of the best of shōnen-action series. It doesn't even matter to me how many weeks this battle has spanned. It never really dragged on, and it had a great power reveal for the finale. I very much hope that this isn't the last we get to see of So-oh Zabimaru.
As predicted, I figured that the Royal Guard's training would get filled in more through flashbacks. It was so odd that the first three parts were given such intricate detail, but the series completely skipped the final two. So far, Osho's ability doesn't seem all that impressive, but I'm pretty sure we'll learn more with either Rukia or Ichigo's inevitable flashbacks.
My biggest complaint is that it seems to move far too fast. Sort of like sitting down to watch a movie, and it all seems to be over in such a short amount of time. Although, I do wonder if that has less to do with this battle as a whole, and more to do with the fact that I want to see more of this new bankai.
BLEACH really has been on a streak. This week we have a great chapter and reveal all around, and it's well worth the time it takes to read. If only it didn't feel so short, and it's too bad that Renji had to waste such power on this odd masked-fellow. It really would be a shame if this will never be animated, but I get the feeling that I'm going to be having this problem with a lot during this final arc.
Unlike the previous issues, this one gives us no hint as to where the war is heading next. I have a feeling that we still have a while until Ichigo appears. Your guess is as good as mine. Who do you think is up next, or who would you like to see?
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