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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 531 Review

A good rule of thumb. Never trust any group that uses terms such as "pure blood" and "mixed breed" when they aren't talking about doggies.

Isshin Shiba is caught off balance by the strength of this black Hollow, and Ryuken tries to convince the headstrong Masaki from getting involved.

The Good

Well, I'm a bit uncomfortable now.
Well, I'm a bit uncomfortable now.

I always got a sense of personal pride for Quincy heritage from Uryu, but I never imaged how creepy it could actually get. I would say that it does help paint the Vandenreich as appropriately evil for the series' final villains. I still have a hard time imagining that this was Kubo's intention to begin with, and this isn't something he put together after reading HARRY POTTER. Using the German term "gemischt" feels so heavy handed that I can't help think "mud-blood".

The thing I actually like about this whole scene between Misaki and Ryuken isn't just Masaki standing up for what she believes in. We could all see that coming a mile away. There's something about Ryuken that grabs my attention. For all the wretched bile he's spouting off about pure bloods and such. I don't get the feeling he really believes in it. I wonder if we're going to understand why he cast away his identity for so long and wanted to keep Uryu away from it.

The Bad

And your shoelace is untied, as well.
And your shoelace is untied, as well.

Are we honestly meant to believe that suddenly the Soul Society has strictly-enforced jurisdictional boundaries? Isshin is in the middle of a heated battle with some Hollow who diced up two soul reapers, and he's worried about crossing over some invisible line now?

It never ceases to surprise me how Aizen's appearance can ruin my mood. It's bad enough he cuts Isshin down before we get to see his shikai in action. Leave it to Aizen to take the action out of a shonen action series. Does he really have to be involved in everything?

Verdict 3/5

As unimpressed as I've been with these two flashback arcs of the Shonen Trilogy. Something is starting to grab me about this one. Maybe becasue it still feels there's something to learn out of this. A revelation to something we didn't understand before. When it comes to this BLEACH flashback, I'm more interested in seeing where it goes, and less wondering when it will be over.

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

Lurkeroon April 5, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

Calling people mixed breeds is just asking for trouble. I would question how many Quincy/Soul Reaper mixes are actually in Soul Society. It hasn't been a conflict until now.

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The story follows a fifteen year old high-schooler who is forced into an adventure as a Shinigami. He starts off as a weak warrior of honor but progresses to be more than a match for most captains. Now he will face the Soul Society's greatest threat, Sousuke Aizen,Xcution, and Vandereich.

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