Also it really doesnt help that the main character ichigo only has 1 MOVE. Please for the love of god Kubo give ichigo some new moves!!!
Well, At least it seems 473 a bit better, though it left some loose ends.....
I've always looked at them this way:
One Piece: Fun
When the manga loses it's initial appeal which drew most of it's fans to it for whatever reason, you get Bleach. Bleach was just no longer COOL, Kubo wanted to try something different and it failed. Now, after reading the last few chapters I think he's finally trying to make an effort to bring back that lost appeal to us.
Bleach went downhill after the SS Arc. I think Kubo never put enough thought into the story after the SS arc and simply resorted to making things up as required. His story didn't 'flow' well after the SS arc and the Karakura arc was one of the worst ones I read IMO.