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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 542 Review

I defy anyone who tries to claim they saw this reveal coming.

Ichigo Kurosaki finally realizes his potential and draws out what is the true form of Zangetsu. Both of them.

The Good

You aren't seeing double. This really happened.
You aren't seeing double. This really happened.

Okay, it seems I was a touch premature in burying Old Man Zangetsu in last week's review. Hey, he was the one that faded away. Seems he'll be sticking around for a while longer as a part of Ichigo's newly forged Zangetsu blades. You heard that right. Plural. More than one zanpakutō. I knew Zangetsu was going to take on some new appearance, but I never imaged there would be two.

This chapter has had one of the latest title cards I've ever seen in a manga. You don't even learn what the title is until the final few pages of the chapter. I certainly don't want to see this kind of thing become a trend with Kubo, but it was appropriate for this setting.

The Bad

The only thing really bad about this chapter is that I'm concerned that this scene may never get animated, and it surely deserves it. I would also be disappointed if we have to wait till some guide book to learn the name of Oh-Etsu's assistance. Other than that, there isn't much to complain about.

Verdict 5/5

Even though Ichigo now has his new weapon, there are still two more members of the Royal Guard that Ichigo has yet to meet. One has to imagine he's going to have some face time with them all in some way. The first healed Ichigo, the second re-energized him, and the third rearmed him. I wonder what he's going to take away from the following two? It just astounds me that there are BLEACH fans missing out on all of this.

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yllekkramon June 26, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

The new Zangetsu are pretty cool, but I'll be dissapointed (but not surprised) if their special attack is still just Getsuga Tenshō. The blades almost certainly stick together to make a giant bow, so maybe without a doubt Ichigo will get a new attack that draws heavily from his quincy powers.

Also, now that we know that Ichigo's inner hollow is his true power, hopefully the hollow mask makes a return, preferably with the badass horns.

Lurkeroon June 26, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

The Getsuga Tensho powers already seemed like Quincy powers but black instead of light blue or white. I hope Kubo gets creative with Ichigo's new powers this time.

Also, you gotta know that at least one of the remaining Royal Guard will train Ichigo to fight again. I don't think Kubo can continue the manga without another hyperbolic time chamber for Ichigo to train in.

DannyboyZeroon June 27, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.
From Oshō I think Ichigo might learn Kido (something that's been lacking in his Soul Reaper arsenal for a while) because Oshō looks kinda monkish to me, and from Senjumaru Shutara... I don't know to be honest; maybe shealth, speed or senses ?
TheJoker1911on July 2, 2013 at 5:53 a.m.

I HONESTLY DONT GIVE 2 SH**S ABOUT ICHIGO...WHERE THE FREAK IS KENPACHI'S BANKI!!!!!!!!!

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