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BLEACH Ch. 565 Review -- AV MOD MATERIAL

That which kills you shall only make him stronger.

Can you also see all the obstacles in your way?
Can you also see all the obstacles in your way?

The story of Yhwach is an ancient legend of a man who was named after the gods and believes himself to truly be one.

The Good

I certainly hope that was Uryu's motive.
I certainly hope that was Uryu's motive.

I really had to let this chapter sit before putting my thoughts to words. It's certainly informative, and it actually caught me of guard. As I was reading the preamble, I was certain it was describing the origin of the Spirit King. It all seemed to make sense, then the big reveal that this was the story of Yhwach. That messiah complex he's got going makes a hell of a lot more sense now.

This ability does certainly ratchet up the threat. Now with each passing battle, no matter who wins, we'll know that it's only making Yhwach ever stronger. Yet no one on the outside realizes this. Although, I'm still left with new questions. If Yhwach is such an extraordinary being, what role did he previously play in the Soul Society, and what is the Spirit King?

The Bad

After a series of really entertaining battles, everything comes to a stop for a ton of exposition and the villain's nap time. That pretty much sums up this issue within a single sentence.

Don't think I didn't notice that Yhwach mentions James' death but nothing about Mask De Masculine.

Verdict 2/5

To say this chapter was uneventful would be an understatement. There's a touch of political drama with Uryu, but he's merely the vessel for this information to be fed to the audience. With all the back story going on, this still doesn't quite explain why there is this need for balance. That concept has been repeated, and I can only guess that will be broken down for us later on.

It's not a terrible chapter, and these events will add layers of all the battles we now read following it. It's good that we get this out of the way while we're between the action. I'm looking forward to what we get next week.

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Lurkeroon Jan. 30, 2014 at 3:14 p.m.

I dunno, it sounds kinda cool, but Yhwach might be approaching Aizen levels of ridiculous power.

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

FoxxFireArt, Yhwach was implying James was really Mask De Masculine, since Mask did said "You and I are one!! As long as I'm alive, you will come back to life!!" I feel Mask was James before meeting Yhwach

Now, I digging Yhwach as a villain. His powers are awesome and I like his motive. Also like he don't like bloodshed, but that the only thing keeping him alive, he is way better then Aizen. I can see why people are blinding following him now

Man, I hope Bleach keep this up

taichokageon Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
I agree. I'm liking what Kubo is doing. The only thing I don't like is that some fights IMO end too quickly. But because there are many actual deaths I think it's ok. Kubo isn't as good IMO as Kishimoto and especially Oda at telling a story, but when it comes to fights and parting with characters (killing them off) Kubo is the best by a fair margin. Also Yhwach will be rediculously OP before the end. This is why I say that Bleach is the most powerful of the big 3.

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