Well, I sort of regret the subtitle I used in my last review about the pen being mightier than the sword. That would have been far better served on this article. Seeing how the focus is more on Ichibe's zanpakuto, and how it seems to shift from sword to brush at the blink of an eye. For whatever reason, I just don't seem to really tire of watching Ichibe humble the proud Quincy emperor. Maybe because of how different a method this is for Kubo.
There does seem to be an inherent flaw with Ichibe's ability. I think it was an interview that I read with one of the Hildebrandt brothers a few years back. In this interview, he was answering some questions about painting. He made mention that he and his brother never use solid black in their paintings. That's because actual pure-black doesn't truly exist in reality. There are just deep shades of various other colors.
I wonder if this sort of loophole will be the Zero Squad leader's undoing. However, I'm probably putting too fine a point on this aspect. It is a black and white manga series after all.
The fight between these two has been going on for a strangely long time. I'm not entirely complaining about that, because this very likely is the most interesting thing that is currently happening.
With the ground war in the Soul Society all but finished with the Vandenreich power and life stripped away, isn't this portion of the action one of the more entertaining options? What would you rather be reading, Ichigo and the gang waxing on about how much they want to save Uryu?
When Ichigo had faced Aizen, you knew where they stood, because Aizen had been appearing for years. Yhwach more dropped in at the last second. While everyone and their dog knows that Yhwach will eventually come out on top, we now have a better understanding of this main antagonist through watching him actually fight such a strong opponent as Ichibe. If Yhwach can overcome someone this powerful, what chance does Ichigo have?
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