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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 528 Review

How many hero origin stories begin with "How I met your mother?"

You see, Ichigo. When a Soul Reaper and a Quincy really love each other.
You see, Ichigo. When a Soul Reaper and a Quincy really love each other.

Ichigo has been cast out to the rain. Too ashamed to return home. He finds a warm place and some comforting words with big sister type.

The Good

Ikumi really knows how to drop the logic.
Ikumi really knows how to drop the logic.

Previously, I had discussed how I believed that Kubo had designed Unohana to always be the womanKenpachi admired. This week, I wondered just when he designed the character of Ikumi Unagiya. She didn't appear until the post time skip era, but I have to imagine that Kubo would have wanted her earlier in the story if he had thought her up way back when. (I can't believe I just referred to the early 2000s as 'way back when'.)

Ikumi really is the perfect role for a surrogate mother for Ichigo. She has an aggressive personality, but she also has a maturity and tenderness to her that honestly makes you warm up to her. You really believe that she cares for his well being. It's just too bad that in BLEACH it can take forever to see the characters you like. Think about the last time Tatsuki appeared.

The Bad

Kubo seriously dropped the ball in this arc by literally spoiling what could have been a shocking reveal in this chapter. No one would have ever guessed that Ichigo's mother had been a Quincy if that Vandenreich leader, Juha Bach, hadn't said something before he disappeared. The creator seriously undercut himself there. I also hope that Isshin has a good reason why this fact has been hidden from the protagonist for so long.

Verdict 4/5

This score may seen generous, but I love that we're getting to see Ikumi play more of a role. Also, in BLEACH you need to really appreciate when a character you likes appears. You really never know if you'll see them again. The pace was laxed, but you can't really say much of anything was really wrong with this chapter. Now, one has to wonder how long and detailed the literal origin of Ichigo will become.

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

Username_Undefinedon March 8, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.

I was legitimately surprised when I saw Ikumi again. I thought she would have been a throw-away character that Ichigo worked for while he didn't have his powers. I agree with appreciating when your favorite character's appear; I'm still waiting for Tatsuki to show up.

Daniel_Newton moderator on March 8, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

Wait, they're finally digging into Isshin's past/Ichigo's origin? Damn, guess I'll have to start catching up. Haven't read any Bleach in a good long while now.

Destinyheroknighton March 8, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

I really surprise their still no Uryu, where is he? This story should be about him (this will bug me, until he show up)

FoxxFireArt moderator on March 8, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

@Daniel_Newton:

That really is the best way to read BLEACH. Wait a few chapters then catch up. I've always felt that way about this series. Things move so much better.

@Username_Undefined:

Agreed. Tatsuki has never been able to live up to her potential. I remember when she was jealous after seeing Matsumoto for the first time.

Username_Undefinedon March 8, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I remember her fighting Numb Chandelier even though she couldn't really see it (and resisting it's mind control until she was shot with several seeds), watching Grimmjow pound Ichigo into the ground, surviving Yammy's soul suck thing, and standing up to Aizen. Why doesn't she have powers again? She could probably take out a few of the Vanderreich herself.

Jinbeifan1on March 11, 2013 at 7:31 a.m.

you know what would have been a sav ending arc to Bleach? (going off topic i know lol) and it wouldnt be very long BUT what if instead of falling for Orihime, Ichigo and Tatsuki decided to date, making Orihime go crazy, unlocking some god like powers (because if you think about it, her power is already really different) and killing everybody, forcing ichigo to kill her... that would be a cool ending. besides everyone dying BUT STILL... it'd be more believable.

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