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BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

You see what we're missing by not having more Yoruichi.
You see what we're missing by not having more Yoruichi.

Ichigo and the gang prepare to follow after Yhwach and gain a new party member for the journey. Elsewhere in the Soul Society, Ikkaku and Yumichika struggle against Bambietta destructive power as Giselle pulls her undead puppet's strings.

The Good

Yes, yes, YES!! Thank you, Kubo!
Yes, yes, YES!! Thank you, Kubo!

I've yet to make this vocal, but my most anticipated moment for this finale has been for Yoruichito appear. Sort of similar to a wish you're too afraid to speak out loud in fear that it may not come true. There are just so many unanswered questions revolving around her. Not just her animal transformation ability, but the biggest one is what happened with her zanpakuto. What's its name, and what's her bankai like? Now, we may finally get some answers. I also think she's a great personality that's been grossly underused in this series.

If the humor wasn't to your liking -- and I wouldn't hold that against you --, the chapter takes a drastic turn into some pretty wild action as Ikkaku battles the zombifed Bambietta. I'm genuinely surprised by how much I'm enjoying the back and forth barbs of Yumichika and Giselle. This all takes an incredible twist when Captain Kurotsuchi joins into this brawl. This should make for a really fascinating turn of events. His unique blend of indirect combat is perfectly balanced against Giselle's powers.

The Bad

You know, she's not wrong about that.
You know, she's not wrong about that.

I've always liked that Ichigo sort of defied his punk persona by having a rather adorable sense of modesty. Some of my favorite early series moments revolved around Yoruichi teasing Ichigo. The problem in this chapter is that the Orihime breast gag just comes off as too....in your face....heavy handed. Wow, every descriptor I can think of just comes out sounding like a bad pun.

The only thing that saves the whole bit is Yoruichi stepping in and slapping some sense into Ichigo. Both literally and figuratively. It was about time someone educated him on how to talk to a woman. There really was no need for Ichigo to be so judgmental in his reply. He could have just said it was nice and be done with it.

Verdict 4/5

This chapter has a bit of everything for your average reader. It's good the humor is added at the beginning, because it falls a bit flat -- I told you they all sound like puns. The most entertaining part of it all has more to do with how everyone is reacting after the fact, and bringing in Yoruichi saves the entire bit for me. The action portion of the issue has great intensity and gets surprisingly brutal. Amazing what you can get away with when you have a zombie opponent. We're ultimately left off with another exciting cliffhanger that makes me really look forward to next week.

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Destinyheroknighton July 23, 2014 at 3:28 p.m.

Yoruichi is the best, glad she in the arc now.

Giselle is being really creepy, I feel so uncomfortable

I was so surprise Yumichika use kido, hardly no one use it nowadays

Lurkeroon July 23, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

The juvenile jokes in the first half of this chapter are annoying. Is Orihime wearing those clothes just ot be a running sex joke? Yoruichi's clothes aren't exactly modest either, and the joke about Orihime being "forced" to wear that is stupid. Ochigo was just telling the truth, those clothes are revealing. Whether Orihime wants to wear them or not is up to her.

As for the rest of the chapter. I really hate zombies and people who can regenerate. It leads to overpowered or careless opponents who cannot (kind of) die. That being said, I am very curious to see how Kurotsuchi would "experiment" with a zombie opponent.

Halberdierv2on July 24, 2014 at 5:47 a.m.

I like Yoruichi, but what she was saying in that first half of the chapter was rubbish. Also, Giselle is easily one of the most unsettling bleach enemies i've seen, and fighting Kurotsuchi is probably the best match for (her? him? I don't know...)

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