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.
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.
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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