I don't know if Kubo has been reading my thoughts on what I'd love to see more of for this finale, or is this all just an extraordinary coincidence. Last week, I got to enjoy Hitsugaya and Matsumoto's playful banter. This week, I get to revel Soi Fon kicking ass, without even the threat of bubblegum. -- I really hope someone gets that reference -- Now, if we can only get to see Yoruichi's zanpakutō.
Soi Fon really doesn't get the screen time she deserves, but you could probably say that about half ofBLEACH's cast. I just love that she's this stealthy bad-ass who doesn't fall into the clichés we often see in women in fiction. For me, that makes her even more alluring. I was so thrilled to see her complete her Shunko, and the art in this chapter is really something special.
The enemy hasn't even begun to fight yet. Who didn't see this coming? I just find it hard to believe that the captains are so careless to not press their advantage to finish off the enemy. Soi Fon not so much since she just showed up, but Hitsugaya surprises me. He got a single shot in, and he was all ready to move on. He should have run in through Bazz-B with his sword the moment he was pinned. In a war you shouldn't be spiking the ball at the three yard line.
This is a great chapter with some exciting moments. I'm also an easy sell when Kubo highlights Soi Fon. It's the end that deflates the mood. We're led to believe that the 13 Court Guard stand a fighting chance, after the beating they previously took. However, theVandenreich aren't down yet. It's not that I don't understand the need for misdirection. I just wish Kubo had let us bask in the glory of a false victory for at least a week. Not every chapter needs to be a cliffhanger.
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