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BLEACH Ch. 579 & 580 Review

I never imagined the fight would end like this.

BLEACH Ch. 579 Review

I never imagined the fight would end like this.

All the mysteries behind Gremmy are finally revealed, but Yachiru has gone missing in and new enemies have appeared before Kenpachi.

The Good

I have to say that I really didn't see this end coming...on several levels. In this final arc, these battles have gone on to end on an epic scale. That would have been hard to manage with Kenpachi vs. Gremmy. This fight has been crazy from the very start. It was shocking that this match pretty much ended as Gremmy defeated himself by trying to mirror his opponent. If you needed proof to show what a bad-ass Kenpachi is, you don't have to look any further.

Just as the tension begins to rise with Yachiru missing, Kenpachi has now been approached by Bambietta's girl squad. Did they abduct her, or was this something that Gremmy did before his final moments? That's what I want to know.

The Bad

The outcome is a bit of a toss up for me. On one side, it feels a bit like the enemy tripping over his shoelaces and falling on his own sword. However, I can't hold it against the creator for having an outcome that I couldn't have predicted. So far, this arc has had hard earned wins, a double KO, and very few one-sided slaughters. Having an enemy self sabotage seems reasonable enough. I just hope Kubo has gotten that out of his system here, and we don't see a repeat performance.

Verdict 3/5

I would normally find this sort of conclusion incredibly frustrating, but let's be honest. Where was Kubo going to go after the insanity of this brawl and pulling the giant meteor card? The scale couldn't have been increased without Kenpachi using bankai, and that wouldn't have been even remotely appropriate so soon after using shikai.

BLEACH Ch. 580 Review

An example of machismo gets his ass kicked by a bunch of girls.

War isn't a boy's club. It's about survival of the fittest, and these ladies plan to make sure Kepnachi doesn't survive by striking while he's weakened.

The Good

Kubo doesn't hesitate in selling these lady Quincy has absolute evil in their tactics. They're the types that will kick an opponent when they're down. It sounds nasty, but it's a fair enough strategy. This is a war and not some tournament. You can just see that Kubo doesn't want the reader to feel any sympathy for these characters.

Looking at all these powers, it starts to make me wonder when the Quincy stopped using light arrows. There are probably some who thought this would have all been a war of swords versus arrows, but that could have gotten very dull, very fast. I'm much more satisfied with how things have been going. If I had to choose between these girls, I think it's Giselle's ability that grabs my interest the most. She doesn't need to fight. If you attack and get touched by her blood, she then controls you, ala Lelouch in CODE GEASS.

The Bad

If you weren't interested in these characters to begin with, you're not getting much out of this chapter. They are the primary focus throughout with little room for much else.

What I find most frustrating is the absence of the Yachiru sub-plot from last week's issue. The specter has been raised that something has happened to her, and this chapter doesn't touch on that in any way. I don't imagine that Kubo has forgotten it. I'm just now confused where he's going with that.

Verdict 3/5

This chapter pretty much exists for the primary purpose to formally introduce these Vandenreich ladies and their abilities. It's a frustrating but necessary step, and I'm much happier to get this out of the way from the start. It's a mark against the chapter, but Kubo has earned enough trust from me over these past weeks that I have faith in seeing where this goes next.

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Destinyheroknighton May 22, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

I getting the feeling Yachiru was part of Kenpachi's zanpakuto spirit. First reason, is because Yachiru have a flashback when Kenpachi release. Second reason, Kenpachi got his zanpakuto and meet Yachiru at the same time. That what I think happen

Anyway, I enjoy the chapter and like the Quincy have brains (unlike Gremmy). I like all their powers, hope they retreat before that person comes

FoxxFireArt moderator on May 22, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.
@Destinyheroknight Kenpachi got his zanpakuto when he was a young boy and killed a Soul Reaper and took his asauchi, long before he even met Unohana the first time. Yachiru didn't appear until Kenpachi was a grown man.
Lurkeroon May 22, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.

Once you pull the meteor card there is no turning back. I was satisfied with the way Kenpachi won the battle. It was sort of like the Battle Between Ichigo and Aizen. That battle wasn't going to end without them either destroying the world or losing their powers.

Quincy? Arrows? That's as ridiculous as Shinigami actually using their swords as swords. The powers in Bleach have gotten so crazy that traditional weapons are useless.

I wish more shonen anime would ignore the trope of one-on-one battles of honor. That is not how villains would fight and heroes are silly for constantly doing it too.

Halberdierv2on May 23, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

I will admit I do find it a bit surprising for Kubo to send out an enemy squadron of beautiful girls and not one of them looking like they would switch sides, as what seems to happen in every arc. then again, this has just begun, so we will see.

zaldaron May 23, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

@Lurkero: You have to remember this is Japan though where honor even in war has an even deeper tradition than in the West (where chivalry did exist it was just never followed) historically wars in Japan were actually fought with much more of a sense of honor than any war in the west. Is that noble or simply silly *shrug* I can argue both sides.

Oh man Kenpachi's bankai - that would have to be crazy crazy epic at a level that might be even to ridiculous for bleach at this point...

Glad bleach is showing strong female characters....just wish they were not evil...

Destinyheroknighton May 23, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

Oh, ok I forgot the details. But I still like my theory, and hope I right (I don't want her to be kidnap)

@zaldar:

Glad bleach is showing strong female characters....just wish they were not evil...

Well, I have a feeling they going to get their butts handed to them by the person who is coming. So sadly, they won't last for long (I was hoping they would give someone a run for their money)

@Lurkero:

It about honor and also it a boost to their ego

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