I almost regret using up my Living Dead Girl reference a few months back for that Rukia chapter. How could I have imagined Kubo would reveal such a wicked character with such a vile ability? Thankfully, Rob Zombie has no shortage of songs about undead ladies.
It's nice to have a villains in fiction who aren't just bland, mustache-twirling baddies. Sometimes it's nice to actually understand their motivations, even if you don't agree with their methodology. However, there's also a different sort of joy to be had in a villain that doesn't just enjoy their own wickedness but revels in it. Seeing Giselle's absolutely disturbing grin just screams sadistic maniac, and I'm not ashamed to admit that she(?) gives me literal chills.
I know I've mentioned this before, but I'm really starting to feel bad for Bambietta. Which is an honest surprise for me. Seeing how when she was alive she was so violent and aggressive. This is a person who worked out her frustrations by slicing her compatriots in half. Now, she's on a level of a broken animal that looks for tenderness from the very one who beats her down.
I was loving pretty much everything about his chapter until the reveal of the Arrancar. I'm not going to spoil the identity of these unlikely allies, but I personally found them somewhat lacking. It just felt as if a bubble burst. Maybe it was because I was hoping to see some other characters, or perhaps it more has to do with with this C team line up and their overly dramatic introduction.
Never let it be said that Tite Kubo can't make an interesting and unnerving antagonist. He's really surprised me with the character he's given these Vandenreich girls. Watching the way Giselle manipulates her enemies and allies alike genuinely creeps me out no matter how many times I read this chapter. Within this one issue I'm going from one emotional extreme to the next. From repulsion to sorrow, and I love that reading experience. I wish the climax had been a better, but this is overall a fantastic chapter. I can't wait for next week.
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