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If you needed a reason to hate this guy. Ethnic cleansing is a pretty good one.

The Good

You killed Katagiri. I hate you.
You killed Katagiri. I hate you.
Now, that was a surprise.
Now, that was a surprise.

How do you build up a villain to be appropriately wicked for the finale of BLEACH after Aizen? You make him partly responsible for one of the most important watershed moments of the protagonist's life, and the cause of thousands of deaths based on 'racial purity'. I knew the German theme was strong among theQuincy and the Vandenreich, but I never thought Kubo would be taking them down the ethnic cleansing direction. It's cliche but effectively evil. It was this act that led to the death of Ichigo's mother, and that's sure to have an effect on his resolve.

It must have been difficult for Isshin to have to admit that he chose not to go to Masaki's aid the day she died. Ichigo has been guilt ridden about this moment his whole life. I can't say I blame Isshin. He knew she easily outclassed Grand Fisher. Would you run to the side of your loved one becasue an angry miniature-chihuahua was nearby?

The Bad

I have to admit that I'm a bit pissed off to learn that Katagiri has passed away. Yet another interesting woman Kubo kills off. I really became drawn to her, and I wanted to see more. I had hopes of Ryuken and Katagiri leaping in dramatically to join the fight against the Vandenreich. Having Yhwach being responsible for her death makes me hate him all the more.

I'm unsure how I feel about Uryu siding with the Vandenreich. I know he's always put his pride as a Qunicy above all else, but does he truly hate Soul Reapers more than he loved his own mother? This just raises a bunch of convoluted questions that can be saved for later.

Verdict 4/5

NARUTO has really been falling apart as it's been concluding the two plus year long world war arc. The villain we've been led to fear turned out to be a child in a man's body. In contrast, BLEACH has just been getting better as the story has been moving, and the antagonist has a much more villainous air about him. Now, Ichigo has a purpose to his fight. It's not just out of a duty to help his friends. It's personal.

A criticism that is still nagging at me about this conclusion. It never explained one important detail. Why is it that Isshin never told Ichigo about any of this sooner?

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

Username_Undefinedon May 24, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.

Given how much interaction Uryu has had with Ichigo and the others, I find it doubtful that he's sided with Vandenreich. What seems more likely to me is that he's acting as a mole, or if he has jumped ships, he'll come back at some point.

Halberdierv2on May 24, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.

@Username_Undefined: well, his seiyuu is the same person who voices Sasuke. co-incidence? probably....

FoxxFireArt moderator on May 24, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.

@Halberdierv2: @Username_Undefined:

And the same actor who voices the English Sasuke voices English Suzaku Kururugi.

Jinbeifan1on May 24, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.

i think that uryu is only trying to gain a good rank in the vandereich, unleash his full potential and then when he fights ichigo or someone, juha bach will order him to kill them and turn, his real reason for joining was so he could get close and kill bach. Reason? It's juha bachs fault his mother is dead

Username_Undefinedon May 24, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: And Uryu's English VA voiced Ken Ichijoji from Digimon Adventure.


Lurkeroon May 24, 2013 at 7:45 p.m.

Okay, I will admit that the backstory of the Quincy is turning out to be interesting, but I will still call Kubo out on the bad placement of the ark and the inconsistency of character abilities/power.

And yeah, his dad might have wanted to tell his children about being the children of a former ghost and human with magic powers.

tximinomanon May 26, 2013 at 1:35 a.m.

Ichigo's sisters are like him? And by "like him" I mean half human, half shinigami, half hollow and half quincy.

sickVisionz moderator on May 26, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.

Ethnic cleansing is bad but it's important to remember that the Gotei 13 has executed genocide twice. They have to be up there for the most evil good guys ever in manga.

zaldaron May 30, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

He didn't tell him about it earlier because kobo didn't decide that was the backstory until earlier...I mean it isn't like he is working from a previous plan here...or if he is the plot and world holes that make bleach a sieve are even more unforgivable...

And yes I agree this is something he should have told him about earlier...

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