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BLEACH Ch. 586 Review

Come on, Ichigo. Stop being such a drama-shinigami.

The 13 Court Guard hold off the Stern Ritter from following Ichigo, but a more surprising enemy stands between him andYhwach.

The Good

This needs to be made into a poster.
This needs to be made into a poster.

It's pretty rare for BLEACH to start off SHONEN JUMP over the other titles in the Shonen Trilogy. I'm not sure if that's how it's organized in the Japanese publication, but that's the way things have been for the official US edition. For anyone who hasn't noticed, I've always organized my review submissions in that order. It's nice to see this series getting a bit more love.

The kick off of this chapter is pure shonen-action goodness. It's the 13 Court Guard clashing with Stern Ritter of the Vandenreich. The action builds and builds, and I would honestly love a giant poster of that chapter title, double-page panel hanging on my wall. Great art from Kubo throughout. Then things unfortunately come to a grinding halt.

The Bad

It's really not that surprising.
It's really not that surprising.

It was painfully frustrating to turn away from the very climax before an epic clash of forces over to Ichigo turning into a deer in the headlights upon seeing Uryu on the side of Yhwach. I can understand his surprise to a certain degree. This is just way too much given the urgency of the situation. At best, they've only been reluctant allies through the run of the series. So, why does he seem as if his world has fallen apart with this revelation? There's no reason for him to freeze this much.

About the only positive that comes out of this scene is the reappearance of Sado and Orihime -- I almost forgot how to spell her name. Only reason I'm excited about this is the prospect that we'llFINALLY get to know who those shadowy figures were that aided them in Hueco Mundo. Obviously they were Arrancar, but which ones? Their appearance also bodes well for the reappearance of Tier to the plot.

Verdict 3/5

This chapter had such a strong start with some awesome art, but then the story hit a brick wall. This sort of chapter is kind of emblematic of the issues that plague BLEACH as a manga. It's that events can tend to drag at times. That's why it reads better when collected in volumes. I don't hold it against Ichigo for being hesitating. The melodrama is just way too forced in service of dragging the issue out and ending on a farewell.

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Lurkeroon July 1, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

Am I missing something? What did Ichigo think Uryu was doing this whole time? Ichigo has never had that close of a relationship with Uryu and it's not surprising at all to see Uryu with Ywach. As far as I know Uryu still thinks this is a war to save his culture.

Destinyheroknighton July 1, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.

@Lurkero:

He probably was thinking he was at home

I want to point out, that Ichigo know that Yhwach was the one who kill Uryu's mother. I be shock to if my friend was working for the person who was responsible for their mother's death

Any who, this was a nice chapter and FoxxFireArt, Shonen Jump like to move around the order of the series, to try to expose other series to the readers.

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