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BLEACH Ch. 578 Review

Kenpachi is the kind of monster you can imitate but can never duplicate.

In Gremmy's haste to overcome Zaraki Kenpachi, he tries to become that which he is trying to overcome. Be careful what you wish for Gremmy. You might not like what you find there.

The Good

Doesn't his shikai sort of remind you of Zangetsu?
Doesn't his shikai sort of remind you of Zangetsu?

You know, I've been rather astonished at how cerebral this battle has been between Kenpachi and Gremmy. It's not something you'd expect from Kubo. It's easy to get into another person's head. For example, try not to imagine a purple duck. You see, I just got you to think of a purple duck. The real trick is to do the same thing but in a way that's actually to your advantage. In this fight, Kenpachi has wormed his way into Gremmy's head as this insurmountable monster. In his attempt to imitate that strength, he's pushed the limits of his imagination and body.

I don't think this was an intentional move on Kenpachi's part, nor do I really think this is the end of this match-up. Still, I'm impressed with what this battle comes across saying about Kenpachi. Kubo could tell the audience how strong he can be, or take this more obscure route. In trying to become Kenpachi, Gremmy only finds self-destruction. He quite literally became his own worst enemy. I challenge anyone who claims they foresaw that outcome.

The Bad

Much as with NARUTO this week, the art at times is a bit unclear. However, it wasn't nearly as vague. Upon my first read, I wasn't sure how Kenpachi went from space to cutting Gremmy in half. It made more sense in my second time through.

I do find it a bit irritating that Kubo hasn't been explaining the abilities of the more recent zanpakuto. Although, I'm also aware how annoyed I've gotten in the past when he's had characters explain their powers to the enemy. I don't mean to damn him whether he does or not. I'd just like to understand what's going on with Kenpachi's shikai. Just saying that he can cut through anything seems a touch too simplistic.

Verdict 4/5

I'm sure this battle will go on for another round or two, but I can't help but be impressed with the outcome for this week. Gremmy's imagination started as his greatest strength, then switched into his greatest weakness. Much like with Icarus and his wings. he flew to high and was burned. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go from here in the next chapter.

Next week is Golden Week, so that means all the WSJ series are going on break. This is the only series of the Shonen Trilogy that didn't end with a cliffhanger. That should make the wait a bit easier.

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Lurkeroon May 1, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

Gotta admit, I have no idea what Kubo was trying to illustrate with the space part. Kenpachi should have instantly died yet he managed to swipe at Gremmy and escape from space.

I thought there were 2 ways Gremmy could win: 1) taking something away rather than adding something and 2) cloning/becoming Kenpachi. Looks like both happened in the same chapter.

As much as I enjoyed watching Kenpachi fight Gremmy, there were just too many ways Gremmy could have went about this battle without confronting Kenpachi physically. Gremmy could have wished Kenpachi's brain exploded or something. If Kenpachi's brain exploded I doubt he would have enough time to counter. I wish Kubo would have thought of another power that realistically could have been defeated, but still explored Kenpachi's psyche.

NorthGrizzlyon May 6, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.

This fight was terrible.Okay this whole month was given to the Zarkai vs gremmy fight. one of the most boring fights in all of bleach.

Gremmy was and still is a boring character, all he does is state he the strongest, he is better than anyone, and all he does is throw stuff at zarkai and since this zarkai he doesn't even look like he is being pressed hard. the one time gremmy does something interesting kenpachi bullshit his way out cause he can literally cut anything.

The shikai reveal not only took up a whole chapter it was underwhelming for three reasons, one we actually don't see sword make impact with meteor, the meteor just blows up it doesn't feel as epic as it should be. The standard for me in destroying a meteor is One Punch man. two kubo waste panels on nothing what the point of yarchiru's flashback, why couldn't kubo compress some of the reactions to the meteor in the chapter before, and did we need gremmy fourth monologue that did nothing. three kenpichi again doesn't look like he is being pressed hard, kubo have could used a few panels to show kenny with his unreleased sword try and fail to destroy the meteor and then try again with the release. personal note, his shikai looks boring, it looks like ichigo's shikai but, bigger and Meteor was just a blank circle apperent could be bothered to put some details into it.

the ending is a copout I get what he was trying to go for that gremmy killed himself with a paradox but, it was poorly done cause still a month in we don't have rules for gemmy's abilities they go all over the place. okay gremmy has to focus when he is imagining something or it will go away. so, if he has to focus wouldn't killing him destroy the meteor, was it only one gremmy making the pocket dimension if so why couldn't any other gremmy image they are invincible. why could they not just image kenny was armless and legless, why could they not image a super poison, why could they not image they were intangible. and Zarkai despite tank all that was thrown at him it really isn't that impressive cause compare with some of the bullshit in other fights in general what this kid does isn't that impressive.

Also Zarkai was boring. he just did what he always does, slam at his opponent till he dies. gremmy has a intreseting power that wasn't used well, this could have forced him to not just slam at his opponent tip he dies, try some tactics simple ones yea but, tactics. instead we get the same fight we always get zarkai slams into his opponent till they die.

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