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AV MOD MATERIAL: BLEACH Ch. 551 Review

I felt a great disturbance in the spiritual pressure, as if thousands of fan-girls suddenly cried out in terror.

Does this qualify as 'child abuse'?
Does this qualify as 'child abuse'?

The Vandenreich have left the 13 Court Guard with little hope for a victory, but Urahara may just have something to tip the scales back a bit.

The Good

IT'S A TRAP!!
IT'S A TRAP!!

The action of this chapter was good, but I can't resist this feeling of malaise. I think it comes from a sense that the progression we've witnessed is so incremental. I don't mean to sound as if I'm beating up on this chapter, or that I didn't enjoy the events. If you've been missing action in BLEACH, this has plenty. Perhaps I'm just a touch cranky due to the lack of Soi Fon.

Toshiro proves himself to be a very competent combatant in this skirmish against Bazz-B. Fighting shouldn't be about who brings the biggest gun to the battle. It's about knowing how to use the weapons at hand. Fight smart, not hard. That would be a great lesson for the sh┼Źnen audience.

The Bad

Would have been nice to share with the whole class, Nanao.
Would have been nice to share with the whole class, Nanao.

This edition has me a bit concerned for the pacing of this finale. Is this going to become the template for all the battles that follow? Are we just set to watch each of the Captains fight till they're nearly dead? Only to see them pull out a victory from the blue.

Jugram makes a valid point that Nanao should have taught more Soul Reapers to use her barrier technique, but that level of criticisms is a bit unwarranted given the Vandenreich's apparent strategy. Seems they came into this war with the rule that any captain who's lost their bankai can only be finished off by the Quincy who stole their power. That level of hubris will only come back to bite you in the rear.

Verdict 4/5

I can understand a reader enjoying this chapter without reservation, and that would be completely valid. Being a person who writes reviews for this series, I to have to approach it with a certain critical eye. I'm still completely open to where Kubo is taking this arc, and I refuse to behave as some internet-troll, who turns a blind eye to any potential. This action is well thought out. I could only wish for a slightly faster pace.

My heart goes out to all those Hitsugaya fan-girls, but try not to worry too much. Much like how I still have faith for Soi Fon's return, he's surely going to have his revival. We have a hint for that in this closing scene. I can't say I'm surprised with Urahara's discovery. I'm just surprised it's come so soon.

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Lurkeroon Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

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