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BLEACH #2 -- Retro Review

Is old BLEACH really better than new BLEACH?

I figure five episodes is an adequate sampling size, yes? Since I’m about to wrap up my taster bite of NARUTO, I might as well take a few more nibbles out of BLEACH to complete my HST experience, no?

My first major interaction with this franchise was with the two movies that CN broadcast a couple years back. Both of this flicks had more shinigami running in them around then I could hope to keep track of. Bearing that in mind - - along with the warning so many of you lunatics having given about early BLEACH being incomparable to later BLEACH - - I can guess that the show changes significantly once Ichigo starts meeting other members of the Soul Society aside from Rukia.

As is, there’s something kind-of… pure to this set-up of some other-wordly asskicker slumming it with a high school student. When Rukia intrudes on Ichigo’s day-to-day, it seems like a more authentic premise than the countless alien-girls-crashlanding-into-regular-Joe’s-worlds. Maybe it’s just because she’s actually got a concrete mission for him instead of being there just to ostensibly “turn his world upside down?” The lessons Ichigo gets about impartiality and the cruel nature of the Hollow’s are quite surprisingly substantial.

(I do question why the notion of the new girl at school being a shinigami would be so out of the realm of understanding for these students, though? Hasn’t everybody already accepted that Ichigo can see ghosts?)

Might as well say it, too: whenever I’ve checked out the BLEACH manga, the… minimalist quality of Tite Kubo’s has never sit right with me. It carries over to the show itself, honestly. Particularly with the Hollows introduced in this episode. They just don’t’ seem especially well-designed.Anyway, since my first major interaction with this franchise was with the two majorWatch "The Shinigami's Work" and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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Kino88on April 1, 2014 at 9:10 a.m.
I loved Rukia, I thought she was the best character in the show,

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