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BLEACH Ch. 560 Review -- AV MOD Material

Whatcha gonna do when Mask De Masculine runs wild on you, brother?!

Mask De Masculine is coming to an arena near you this SUNDAY, Sunday, Sunday!!
Mask De Masculine is coming to an arena near you this SUNDAY, Sunday, Sunday!!

Kensei Muguruma shouldn't have underestimated the power the cheering of the crowd can have on the buffoonish Mask De Masculine.

The Good

Does a bankai qualify as a foreign object?
Does a bankai qualify as a foreign object?

Isn't is amazing at how much Western wrestling seems so influence Japanese manga -- shōnen more specifically. They even have a rather flourishing federation of wrestlers in the Land or the Riding Sun. Maybe it's the over the top characters performing for the cheering masses or the crazy masks. Tack up all the names of shōnen series created in the last thirty years to a wall and throw a dart at random. Odds are good that what you hit will have some wrestling influence at some point.

I don't know if I can really pin point why it's so influential, but I'm certainly not complaining. Especially when it gives us great stories, as in the Dressrosa Arc from ONE PIECE; or in this fine chapter ofBLEACH.

For as fun as all the De Masculine business is, I feel that Kensei Muguruma wins my vote for best bad-ass entry and power-strike of the chapter. Not only does he arrive in style, the reveal of his bankai is appropriately awesome. I see some awesome swings coming for this conflict.

The Bad

Nothing really bad comes out of this week's edition. I just have this nagging in the back of my mind thanks to the previous chapter. I'm concerned that any ending will conclude in another down but not out situation.

Verdict 4/5

Much like with watching pro wrestling, this chapter was filled with both spectacular action and dumb fun. My only fear is that, much like with wrestling, any outcome will be as fake as what we'll see on TV. That's pretty much the result left in me after last week's chapter. Oh well, let's just have fun with this while it lasts. Isn't that what pro-wrestling is for?

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Lurkeroon Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

Considering the Spanish influence of many of Bleach's names, I am actually surprised at how long it has taken for Bleach to have a Mexican Wrestler type character or even just a wrestler. Was there one present before that I forgot about?

Besides that, these powers are getting infinitely more goofy. I don't mind goofy powers, but Kubo better start killing characters off. This war is getting ridiculous.

Destinyheroknighton Dec. 13, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.

Hmm, I think Kubo is using both Spanish and Germany wrestling influences for Mask De Masculine, since he is more of a heavy hitter then a high flyer and his power to get more powerful when someone cheer for him come from Lucha libre.

Anyway, I love this chapter.

Destinyheroknighton Dec. 13, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.

Face Palm, I know who Mask De Masculine is base off. It Mr. America (Hulk Hogan) from WWE (Can't believe I didn't realize it)

Lowon Dec. 14, 2013 at 4:59 a.m.

No that guy, just like Hirako Shinji is way too stupid iMO. They both revealed how their Bankais work, and got their ass handed to them, simple as that.

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