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BLEACH Ch. 590 Review

Dead Girl, Dead Girl. Dead Girl, Dead Girl....SUPERSTAR!!

Bring out your dead!
Bring out your dead!

Giselle Gewelle, the Stern Ritter Z, is the grand puppet master of the undead. You'll find no rest in death from her. Only absolute servitude and damnation.

The Good

I see her there with blood in her hair, and a flesh killing brat to beat, yeah.
I see her there with blood in her hair, and a flesh killing brat to beat, yeah.

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.

The Bad

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.

Verdict 5/5

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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Destinyheroknighton July 30, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

I feel very uncomfortable reading this chapter, I really hoping Bambietta was talking about Giselle's blood (but I doubt it)

I found it crazy that Mayuri was able to catch all those Voltorbs to counter Bambietta's attacks

That Arrancar, shouldn't be alive. If I remembering correcting, he/her got obliterated by someone. Well, I guess no one really death in Bleach (it seem One Piece is the only who stunk to their deaths)

DrifterInGreenon July 30, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

and @Destinyheroknight:

You both seem to have missed the part where the Arrancar aren't "unlikely allies" they're (at least part of) the "spoils" Mayuri took from Szayelaporro's lab, they're corpses Szayelaporro collected and experimented on before his own death.

@Destinyheroknight said:

I feel very uncomfortable reading this chapter, I really hoping Bambietta was talking about Giselle's blood (but I doubt it)

Nothing has been stated outright but considering Giselle's blood is used to reanimate the dead and Giselle mentioned that Quincy required more effort Bambi is probably using up the blood at at a faster rate then a normal zombie.

Destinyheroknighton July 30, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

@DrifterInGreen:

I wasn't talking about "unlikely allies", I was talking about how was Luppi still alive, after what happen to him/her (Luppi got his upper half obliterated by Grimmjow, he should be super death)

Yeah, you probably right. But Giselle did said "You should've seen her face, it got my juices flowing." and also Yumichika said that Giselle smell of man (in the Japanese version, he said semen). So yeah, I really hope you are right

Lurkeroon July 30, 2014 at 7:19 p.m.

Zombie vs zombie. This could be interesting. I should have expected no less from Kurotsuchi.

I was turned off by his blatant explanation of his devices. Why do manga writers have such trouble with believable exposition? Stop blatantly explaining things to your enemies!

@Destinyheroknight said:

@DrifterInGreen:

I wasn't talking about "unlikely allies", I was talking about how was Luppi still alive, after what happen to him/her (Luppi got his upper half obliterated by Grimmjow, he should be super death)

Obliterated or cut up? Seemed to be stitched up to me.

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