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Who knew the creator of the zanpakuto was a former member of the Black Eyed Peas?

Renji and Ichigo continue their quest to repair their zanpakuto, and the first real step is to the Hooden (Phoenix Palace) of the creator of the zanpakuto, Oh-Etsu Nimaiya.

The Good

Oh-Etsu created the zanpakuto.
Oh-Etsu created the zanpakuto.

It's been following a theme recently that BLEACH is a series of jokes and sight gags that eventually ends with a bit of plot development. I honestly want to enjoy these gags, but they feel just so vapid. What does it say when the character that actually gets my interest is a young woman named Mera, who appears in a total of nine panels? What I liked about her is that she ended the chain of absurdity to get the story moving. Ultimately, Oh-Etsu Nimaiya drops Ichigo and Renji into a pit and demands they survive if he wants them to remake their blades.

The Bad

They&squot;re thinking, "How many times is Kubo going to use the same joke?"
They're thinking, "How many times is Kubo going to use the same joke?"

I'm not against fanservice, but that seems to be all Kubo has been doing these past few weeks. It's a series of endless breast jokes. I get that he wants to pad his final arc, but this is getting a tad ridiculous. I know that Kubo really enjoys making his characters outlandish and with a lot of personality. I can't hold that against him or any author. However, are we really meant to believe that the creator of the zanpakuto, which must have been tens of thousands of years ago, has the style and personality of a flamboyant musician? My disbelief doesn't appear to suspend that far.

Verdict 2/5

This mid-point of the final arc hasn't been incredibly impressive. It's had its moments, but I always seem to find myself wanting more. The bits Kubo's been spending much of his time on have been little more than extended gags. Kuba really seems to want to draw this out. I still have faith that things will get better. BLEACH normally does when it gets to the combat. I just hope it's soon.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

Lurkeroon Jan. 17, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.

Perhaps Oh-Etsu kept up with pop-culture on Earth. It wouldn't make a lot of sense, but its possible.

It still confuses me why Soul Society is structured after society as it existed centuries ago. Soul Society could have progressed too.

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 17, 2013 at 3:44 p.m.

Hmm, so the Zero Division get the new iphones, while Gotei 13 get flip phones, that probably don't have cameras on them.

Anyway, I really don't like the Zero Division, they not very interesting. (I really hope they have cool powers)

FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 21, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.

@Lurkero:

It's not that I don't believe that Oh-etsu couldn't keep up with modern culture. I just think about how old a person has to be to have been the one who created the zanpakuto, and we're suppose to believe he bases his entire personality on a trend that started roughly ten years ago?

That's a fair point, but I can't fault the creator on how he wants to style his spirit world. I mean, the European idea of Heaven is everyone walking around wearing robes and halos. Which is more ridiculous?

Though, you also have to think about how many people die every year. There should be plenty there who have knowledge of modern building techniques.

@Destinyheroknight:

Looks more like an Adroid device. This is more a reflection of the times. Remember when BLEACH started is was very early 2000s. The flip style was the latest technology. I remember in an early DETECTIVE CONAN volume there was a character that couldn't be reached by phone because was on the internet. That was back when you couldn't be on the phone and the internet at the same time. Now, everyone has a cellphone in the series. Yet, in story, only a few months have passed.

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 22, 2013 at 6:37 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

But Ichigo was using a flip phone (that Urahara give to him) when he was talking to that one guy, in chapter 500

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