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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 540 Review

After twelve years of BLEACH, Tite Kubo has just blown my freakin' mind.

Buckle in, Ichigo. This is going to get crazy.
Buckle in, Ichigo. This is going to get crazy.

As Oh-etsu begins to forge the new Zangetsu, he has a bomb to drop on Ichigo that will shatter his perceptions.

The Good

Say it ain't so, Zangetsu!!
Say it ain't so, Zangetsu!!

There are a lot of people who pretty rightly complained that BLEACH should have ended before the Fullbring arc, but I personally like where that took Ichigo as a character. Not that I can't understand the complaints people had with it. If Kubo had done that, we would have never seen many of the great reveals we've been seeing these past few weeks.

The realization that's dropped on our heads in this issue is world shattering. The man we thought wasZangetsu is a fake. There are going to be people who'll roll their eyes, but I have faith that this was part of the design all along. The pieces just fit too perfectly.

The Bad

The thing that frustrates me in this chapter is that we have so many characters thrown at us, but we still aren't even sure what their names are. I would like some proper introductions for this band of beauties that aid Oh-etsu in forging a zanpakuto. We've met Meraearlier, but is that her real name or just some nickname. It really makes me appreciate how Oda will give a title card when a new character appears.

The only part that I don't feel that was well explained is how the Hollow that infected Masaki came to become a part of Ichigo's powers. Was it when he was born, or was it transferred to him after her death.

Verdict 5/5

And the award for most improved shonen series goes to Tite Kubo's BLEACH. I was becoming so down on BLEACH, but it's truly had aFREAKY FRIDAY- esque switch with NARUTO. Chapters such as this one are one of the reasons why I enjoy reading manga over most mainstream comics. We get twists in the plot that actually feel earned. I can't wait to read next week's chapter to learn more about how things are going to change for Ichigo.

Here's a conundrum that I'm left with. Since he's not Old Man Zangetsu, do we now call him Young Man Yhwach??

About the Author

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

The Stegmanon June 13, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.

I stopped reading Bleach at the Fullbringer Arc, and I don't feel like catching up, it'll end soon and I'll move on.

Lurkeroon June 13, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

I think the reason why Bleach is better now is because Kubo is actually trying to end it. I don't think the fullbring arc should have ever occurred, but this arc that finally explains the origin of Ichigo was desired before the series ended.

Not sure I will like the twist with Zangetsu tho. Kubo better bring his best writing for this.

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