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BLEACH Ch. 610 Review

Ichibe's fate is just about as brutal and obvious as Samuel Jackson's in DEEP BLUE SEA.

Ichibe has had it with these mothereffin' Vandenreich on this mothereffin' plane (of existence).
Ichibe has had it with these mothereffin' Vandenreich on this mothereffin' plane (of existence).

Ichibe is not one to falter in the face of overwhelming odds. He'll face Yhwach, The Almighty, at the cost of his own life to stop this villain's incursion of the Reiokyu.

The Good

He knows when you'll be sleeping. He knows when you'll be awake.
He knows when you'll be sleeping. He knows when you'll be awake.

Back when I first saw DEEP BLUE SEA in a theatrical preview screening, I saw the sudden and brutal death of Samuel L. Jackson coming a mile away. His speech as just so dramatic and meaningful. Don't get me wrong. I loved his speech, but I knew he was a dead man half way through. Maybe I'm a cynic, but I knew that nothing builds this much without a twist on the horizon. While everyone else around me jumped in their seats screaming, it didn't surprise me for a second when the shark burst through then tore him in half - SPOILERS.

That's why I can't find this chapter's closing at all surprising. Once Yhwach's full power was revealed, every beautifully crafted panel of Ichibe's oncoming attack just seemed to become one more nail in his inevitable coffin. It did make for a great spectacle and a very brutal finisher. Ichigo is now up against an enemy that can see all attacks coming. I'm actually excited to see how he accomplishes what Ichibe failed at.

The Bad

I asked for a better explanation for that sudden turn last week, but did I actually get one? The answer is a bit unclear, and I think it all falls down to the terminology used. It's the concept of Yhwach's eyes being "open" as opposed to "shut". Is this a translation issue, or does this more fall on Kubo's choice of words? I honestly can't say one way or another.

I will say that part of this does make some sense. Yhwach likely didn't wait a few more hours, because part of his plan required Ichigo to come rushing back in all haste. He needed that for his path to the Reiokyu to be open. Although, that implies that he knew both if and when Ichigo would undergo and complete training in the Reiokyu. Fiction sure does love their omniscient villains, huh?

I fully understand the concept that Yhwach's powers evolving in increments of nines. However, why was he pressing forward so far, so fast once he arrived at his destination? Look at just how close he came to defeat in last week's edition. A smart commander should have stalled for time. It makes me unsure of Yhwach is a brilliant or reckless leader.

Verdict 3/5

For as drawn out as this explanation appears in this chapter, it still has a lot of appeal to it with the visuals. The past few weeks of BLEACHhave done their job. Yhwach is an enemy to be taken very seriously. I will be incredibly disappointed if Ichigo spends more time fighting Uryu-- a battle that I don't care in the least for -- than this guy. The NARUTO ending has had the effect of making me cautious when it comes to grand finale battles. I'm going to try and remain optimistic, because there is still potential to be had here.

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Lurkeroon Dec. 23, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

Looks like Ywach will be even more boring that Aizen. This power seems stupid. Again, leaving it open for explanation, but right now it looks uninteresting.

Destinyheroknighton Dec. 23, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.

@Lurkero:

I dislike agree, Yhwach is a little more interest then Aizen. Yhwach have a back story and haven't out stay his welcome yet and I don't see Kubo using Final Getsuga Tenshou again (I really hope he doesn't).

Anyway, this was a pretty chapter

jj_jacksonon Dec. 23, 2014 at 5:28 p.m.

Honestly...Yhwach power is way to OP....but i guess that makes this the ultimate challenge i suppose

yesplson Dec. 23, 2014 at 6:21 p.m.
still waiting for Aizen Vs Yhwach 
 
and that SSJG Grimmjow
tximinomanon Dec. 27, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

pointless fight with a pointless ending.

People ranted about how bad Naruto was, this is even worse.

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