The artwork looks really good throughout the whole chapter, and it starts off with what had the potential to be a really tense standoff. Unfortunately, the half time whistle is blown for a peculiar reason. What follows pulls the rug out from under the reader of the previous weeks.
It would seem in this grudge-fueled war of destruction. The only casualties have been from friendly fire. I have to say, this honestly irritates me on a rather profound level. Are you telling me that neither Hitsugayanor Soi Fon actually killed anyone with their bankai attacks? Cang Du was completely encased in ice and seemly didn't suffer a case freezer burn, and BG9 was struck with a missile that was three times his size and only took some superficial damage.
I can only surmise that this entire scene is designed as foreshadowing to some deeper scheme of the Vandenreich. This entire premise of "balance" must be for some purpose other than fair play. I can understand and appreciate that we don't have all the answers yet. I just wish Kubo had found another way of conveying that other than changing Hitsugaya and Soi Fon's victories into TKOs.
Just think about the absurdity of this for a second. In this war that has been going on strong since September, not one named character has died from enemy hands. If the creator was looking to undermine some really awesome battles, he succeeded in that. I suppose I can only take solace in the fact that Cang Du won't be coming back from this fate... I think.
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