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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 541 Review

It's time for us to say goodbye to an ally who may have been lying to us, but he's always been there when we needed him.

The line between friend and foe isn't always as clear as black and white. "Zangetsu" finally has a chance to give his side of the story, and everything Oh-etsu has said is true.

The Good

He's only been using a fraction of his powers?
He's only been using a fraction of his powers?

I was already off balance due to the revelation that Old Man Zangetsu is an imposter in the previous chapter. Well, I fell flat on my rear after reading this week's BLEACH. Imagine my shock to discover thatIchigo has been held back from his complete power this entire journey. What he's been using was just a fragment of his potential that Yhwach couldn't contain. With him stepping down, Ichigo will finally live up to his complete potential.

Zangetsu/Yhwach's farewell was an appropriately touching scene that made me think of a parent who's come to realize their off-spring is no longer a child that needs to be protected. Ichigo's conflicted reaction is well illustrated by Kubo, and it feels as if he's really saying goodbye to someone he's always looked to for help. Now, he can only turn to the Hollow inside that he's always feared. That's a great place for a protagonist to be for a final arc.

The Bad

No matter what form it took, the Zangetsu sword always had a cool design. I remembered that the shikai form was always described as an unfinished blade. In a week or so, Ichigo will hold completed power. I just really hope the Zangatsu's true form doesn't look like that sword made of fire. That's kind of generic.

For as moving as this passing feels. I can't image that this element of Yhwach is truly gone from Ichigo. The Quincy powers were passed down to him by his mother. I can accept his passing on, but I'd hate to see Ichigo lose that incredibly helpful Blut ability.

Verdict 5/5

The chapter felt like it was over in a flash, but that more speaks to just how riveted I was to the events that were passing. We were always well led to believe that Hollow Ichigo was just some side effect of Urahara artificially rebooting Ichigo's powers, but we finally learn that the Hollow actually is his power. Kubo has really earned the twists he's been revealing these past few weeks. If you've dropped off ofBLEACH. Hurry back, now!! You should not be missing this payoff.

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tximinomanon June 19, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

If Zangetsu wasn't Zangetsu... why did he changed when Ichigo was training before beating Aizen? You know, what happen to all that "no, now you see me young and that because I'm the bankai's version of myself"? That doesn't count anymore?

I don't care that sometimes Tite Kubo cames with awful and lazy explanations for crazy power ups, for example when Zaraki beat that Espada just because he hold his sword with two hands, but this is way worse than nothing that has ever happened in Bleach, this is the author trolling the readers.

Lurkeroon June 19, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

Kubo may or may not be making this stuff up after the fact, but I never expected that I would be anticipating what happens next in Bleach at this point.

Kubo has made his case to turn these chapters into a series of OVAs.

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 19, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

@Lurkero:

Ever since I heard that the BLEACH anime was canceled. I never really felt it was going completely off. Why cancel a series just before the final arc? It made more sense that they didn't want to have to invest in lengthy filler arcs. I'm pretty confident that when the series nears the final end that a new series will start up, along the lines of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD.

Hypeathonon June 20, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt said:

@Lurkero:

Why cancel a series just before the final arc?

Ratings. That's really all there was to it. Since after the events with Aizen. From that last mod soul filler arc onward, the ratings were low and stayed low.

The Stegmanon June 20, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.

Ugh..I did drop Bleach, and I really don't feel like getting caught up again.

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