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.
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.
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.