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BLEACH Ch. 584 Review

Okay, now this finally looks like a fair fight.

Ichigo's threat to the Vandenreich plot has made him the war's most valuable target. He now finds himself surrounded on all sides by an enemy who wishes to find glory in his defeat.

The Good

I've been incredibly confused why Kubo opened up Ichigo's reintroduction by having him facing off with some obviously weaker female characters. It sort of contradicts his heroic image. Having Bazz-B and a cast of other Stern Ritters stepping in feels a little more appropriate. We've seen Bazz-B cause some serious damage in previous fights. He's been built up, and the increasing numbers feels more like a threat.

However, I also don't see Kubo wasting so many of these Vandenreich characters in this one brawl. I just know something will happen to free Ichigo from being the central target of the hunt. The climax of the chapter gives a glimpse of that.

The Bad

I know Ichigo is the hero of this series, but this is a touch ridiculous. This chapter opens right where the previous one left off. He's pulled out what I suspect is a powerful new attack. So then why is he warning his target to dodge it? Why waste so much energy in a war on an attack that you never intended to hit its target? Is he really trying to end this fight by scaring them off?

Who knows? Maybe he was just using this fight as an excuse to test out a new move. This all more seems like Kubo's way of keeping the hero sympathetic since he's currently fighting a bunch of girls. Admittedly, that could make a character look bad, but is him taking them so lightly any better? It's kind of condescending. I thought the point of the previous chapters was to show them as evil, so we wouldn't feel so bad about their defeat.

Verdict 3/5

This was kind of a so-so chapter that has some nice artwork in it. Yet nothing is moving forward. Ichigo is only at a standstill because he's letting this fight drag on. Isn't is so strange that things have taken sort of a downward trajectory with the protagonist's return? I'm seriously hoping that things will pick up in next week's chapter.

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Lurkeroon June 20, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

I am not a fan of this, Kubo. No excuse to drag this war out when we know it it THE war that will determine the future of Soul Society. Ichigo is supposed to be more mature going into this finale but he is playing around again. And why is nobody else helping him? Bleach doesn't need more chapters of overpowered main character.

Destinyheroknight is online on June 20, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

@Lurkero:

Bleach feel like it going lightning fast next to Naruto right now LOL! Anyway, this Kubo style, he like to make his chapters quick to read. I feel Bleach and most Shonen are better read in Volumes then week by week, they don't get that dragging if you read a lot of chapters

I guess they either far away or busy fighting the small fry or helping there men. Remember the Vandenreich have an army and the shinigami loss a lot of men. Also, they might be going after the King, stop him you stop the war

Any who, I do like these villains. They been entertaining to read them, I really like GiGi. This arc have been entertaining and that the only I need really LOL!

Wondering what Yhwach, have planing. Maybe Ichigo don't have to fight eight people, it sound like Yhwach want his powers back from the Stern Ritters. I probably be a little sad if that happens

Anyway, a great chapter

zaldaron June 21, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

I think the battle here has to be taken in context of the recent events in Japan womenomics and the female mp who got heckled and cried. He may have softened this fight and Ichigo's actions a little bit in response. Japan has an interesting relationship with women kind of pedestal but sexist.

Destinyheroknight is online on June 21, 2014 at 9:54 p.m.

@zaldar:

I don't think so, this is in character for Ichigo. He don't like to out right murder his opponents, if it can be avoided. Ichigo is holding back because he don't want to kill Candice, it is not because she is a woman.

Remember, he let Grimmjow live, the only time Ichigo will kill if his friends or family is in direct danger

I believe Kubo was just showing how fast is Candice and showing off GiGi's powers

zaldaron June 22, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

@Destinyheroknight: possible I had forgotten about grimjaw man that was a looong time ago and was some of the few episodes of the show I actually watched.

katmicon June 23, 2014 at 12:18 a.m.

It is because of chapters like this that i can't stand bleach on a week by week basis; Kubo wastes way too much time. Just look at this chapter. What really happened? These should have been 3 pages. And saying that Ichigo was holding back so as not to murder his enemies isn't an excuse. These are the same enemies that tore soul society apart and murdered shiningami in the thousands mere weeks ago, enemies he should be seeking to destroy or at the very least expel immediately. He knows the danger they possess, if not to him then the rest of soul society.

It feels like Ichigo hasn't grown since the first chapter. This war hasn't been the same since the first assault ended. Now it feels like its lost that new life Kubo pumped into it when the war begun and returned to typical bleach; this is what made the Aizen arc so annoying and why so many people dropped the manga at that time.

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