In one of the captions of last week's review. I made the joke that Rukia's blood must have been replaced with ice water. So, imagine my shock to discover I was technically right. Rukia just blows me away with how awesome she is in this chapter. This new ability she has is just terrifying. She could slice up an enemy and freeze the blood so fast that they'd never bleed. At those temperatures, I doubt you'd even feel the cut.
For as much as characters standing around explaining their powers tends to irritate me, I didn't mind it so much here. At least, as far as Rukia is concerned. Maybe that's because she was pulling the moves off as she's attacking, and this gave him no time to react. Mark this as yet another chapter that I'd be very disappointed if it never gets animated.
The biggest disappointment I have out of this chapter is that I'm a bit concerned that this fight may be over already. Not that I really mind that too much. I was just hoping for a surprise bankai, but not every character can be pulling that off at this point. There's also a chance that old Äs Nödt isn't a complete Fear-cicle.
I never would have imagined that in this weather I'd find something this cold so appealing. So much of this issue was action based. It makes it a bit hard to review without it turning into a summary. Safe to say, this is an excellent chapter of shonen-badassery. It would be kind of a shame if this isn't expanded upon, but I did ask for a solid victory for Rukia. I can hardly complain.
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