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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 550 Review

Show them no mercy, for you shall receive none.

This is why you don't explain your powers to the enemy.
This is why you don't explain your powers to the enemy.

The 13 Court Guard Squad Captain's arrogance has come back to bite them as the Vandenreich show that they're not to be trifled with.

The Good

Fight, fight, fight!!
Fight, fight, fight!!

I often hear BLEACH suffer under the criticism that creator Tite Kubo drags out his story. There was even a time that I would agree, but not after the way Kishimoto has dragged out the Fourth Shinobi World War arc. I normally don't like drawing comparisons between the series as I review, but NARUTO has one chapter of combat then two of exposition leading to another short fight. Now that BLEACH has really started this final war, this has been two straight chapters of some really intense battle.

Hitsugaya and Soi Fon are on fire as they battle their Stern Ritter opponents. -- Probably a poor choice of words given the chapter's closing. -- Yes, I'm a bit disappointed that the captains didn't have at least one solid victory to start this off, but a little back and forth can be entertaining.

The Bad

If Bazz-B asks you to pull his finger, don't!!
If Bazz-B asks you to pull his finger, don't!!

I understand that it's a shōnen cliché, but I still can't overlook how foolish it is to explain your powers and techniques to your enemy that can still fight back. The characters have been through these sort of events enough times to understand that could come back to bite them.

Even if you need to explain the abilities to the audience, you could accomplish that by using a flashback or allies talking amongst themselves. Maybe only tell the enemy after you've put a giant hole through their chest. Though, knowing this series even that might not stop someone.

I also find it a touch too hard to believe that Bazz-B has a fire equal or stronger to Captain Yamamoto. His fire was so devastating that he threatened the entire Soul Society just by using it. If Bazz-B was really that powerful, why not drop him in alone and let him go wild?

Verdict 4/5

As I read BLEACH, I want some thrilling action from some of my favorite characters. While I have some issues with the chapter, I still got what I was looking for. The art from this chapter looks great, and I'm excited to see more. You're also unlikely to ever see me complain when it comes to Soi Fon.

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Toxin45on Oct. 4, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

It's Ten-Tails revival Arc dude

Destinyheroknighton Oct. 4, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

@Toxin45:

Wrong review

Anyway, I feel the Shinigami are being super stupid in this arc, everything they do make me face palm (Mayuri should be the leader)

Lurkeroon Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.

I was really hoping that Kubo would go all out with the final arc of Bleach. With the series knowingly(?) coming to an end he is free to experiment with unconventional things.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.

@Toxin45:

I know that, but the line between where the war arc ends and the revival arc begins is so thin that it may as well not even exists. It's still taking part as a stage of the war.

@Lurkero:

Have some patience. This stage of the war is only about three chapters in.

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