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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 533 Review

There are some flowers in the attic of the Quincy.

Masaki's sacrifice may be having side effects that no one could have predicted, and Aizen is looking forward to observing the outcome of his experiments.

The Good

Love is in the air.
Love is in the air.

I do have to admit that Masaki was rather brave to so boldly announce to a Soul Reaper she never met about being a Quincy. Though, there is a fine line between being brave or being reckless. It would seemIchigo inherited his mother's dedication to protecting people. I've always enjoyed the dynamic that Kubohas created with Ichigo and his family. I just wish he had used it more often. Especially with how Karinhas been in on Ichigo's secret for a long time. Much like with Tatsuki, that's a development that's never gone anywhere.

The Bad

Wait, they're related and suppose to marry?
Wait, they're related and suppose to marry?

Lets just skip over the whole uncomfortable issue of how Isshin is probably hundreds of years older than Masaki, who is a high school girl at this stage. You're walking a strange line when characters look younger than they are. Then there was the bizarre issue of "purity" of the Quincy blood. I had no idea just how far that idea of inbreeding went until this chapter. Masaki was expected to marry her cousin --Ryuken? If Kubo is trying to make readers feel uncomfortable about that whole arrangement.... Job well done, sir. I sometimes wonder why the concept of the sibling-complex is so prevalent in manga. Is this intended to be awkward, or is it reflecting the standards of society?

Verdict 2/5

This certainly wasn't a bad chapter of BLEACH, but nothing really came out of it until the very end. That just seems to follow the regular pattern of Kubo's series. I will say that I'm still enjoying this flashback far more than I did with NARUTO's recently concluded flashback. That one seemed to go back and forth, and here we have forward progression. Something I did take out of this chapter. If Masaki and Ryuken are cousins, doesn't that make Ichigo and Uryu cousins. The family tree of BLEACH is getting complicated.

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Lurkeroon April 18, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

I still don't understand the animosity between Quincy and Shinigami. It seems like they dislike each other just because Kubo told use they do.

Is it really just because Quincy powers kill Hollows instead of purifies them?

Destinyheroknighton April 18, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.

@Lurkero:

I still don't understand the animosity between Quincy and Shinigami. It seems like they dislike each other just because Kubo told use they do.

Ok, think of the Quincy as an agent of chaos and think of the Shinigami as an agent of order. It the Shinigami job to have order by balancing souls by purifying Hollows and sending them to the Soul Society or Hell. The Quincy mess up the order by killing the Hollows (they erasing them from existence). That throw their universe off balance, since they recycle souls (they really Eco Friendly LOL!) So in order to keep the balance the Shinigami have to kill the Quincy and the Quincy don't want to die

That why they don't like each other

Anyway, this chapter was meh

Lurkeroon April 18, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight:

My confusion isn't so much about the balance of power so much as it is why Quincy feel the need to attack Hollows. Shinigami seem to be doing a decent enough job so there is no need for Quincy to throw themselves in the mix.

As far as I understand it, the Quincy exist solely to get between shinigami and hollows. Maybe I wasn't paying attention when Kubo explained this.

Destinyheroknighton April 18, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

@Lurkero:

They are defending their self and others. Hollows attack the people with high spiritual energy, Quincy are a big target for them. They have no other way to defend there homes or family. The Shinigami don't really do a good job (if they did, there be less Hollows), they only send one Shinigami per town and send their weakest soldier.

Lurkeroon April 18, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight:

I completely forgot about the spiritual energy thing. It's one of those plot points that comes up at one point but it completely glossed over later because the series changes a lot.

It makes a lot more sense looking at the Quincy dilemma now, and the Shinigami look even more pathetic.

CapeBarneson April 18, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

"flowers in the attic"

Nice reference, it goes great with how you described the details of this chapter.

FoxxFireArt moderator on April 18, 2013 at 10:54 p.m.

@Lurkero:

At this point, there really is no need for Kubo to have to repeat what the audience should know. Hollows are attracted to high spiritual pressure. It's not realistic for Soul Reapers to stop all Hollows. More are born on Earth, and then there are the ones from Hueco Mundo who cross over. Both sides are equally arrogant.

There is a plot hole. We see there are several Soul Reapers stationed in Karakura Town in the past, but none are seen when Ichigo has grown up. He would have seen them before.

@CapeBarnes:

I'm glad someone caught that reference. It's easily one of my more obscure. I tend to like making song, novel, or movie references in my reviews. The whole situation does line up in a weird way with FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. Even how Misaki is taken in.

zaldaron April 19, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.

I think the Qunicy's as well disliked the idea of the hollows continuing to exist, that the "destroying" of souls they do when they attack humans (which I assume those souls are purified and recycled when the hollows are not sure the cosmology of bleach has always been rather fluid it seems) makes them unworthy of continued existence.

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