Yeah, the heroes have finally arrived. A touch bit late, but not so much that they can't effect the aftermath of Yhwach's rampage. You know what this means? This could only lead to the inevitable finale that's been stretching forward for over a year now. That's certainly worth getting excited over.
The highlight of the chapter is the art. Everything looks really great. It's also slightly unnerving to watch the dismembered Ichibe in pieces. Kubo does love a sense of gore. You have to wonder how he gets away with so much in a magazine targeted to young kids.
That really didn't take long at all, now did it? We couldn't even go a chapter under the illusion that at leastIchibe was gone for good. Sure, I'm vaguely annoyed by this outcome, but the lines between life and death have always been ill defined in BLEACH. They are characters who live in the "after life". Technically, isn't everyone dead -- minus Ichigo and friends?
I know it's sort of diverting from the point, but this reminds me of playing video games. Hear me out. Ever play a co-op game where you share lives? Ichibe strikes me as the sort who would take from your pool to keep playing on without asking.
He pretty much pulls that on Ichigo, taking some of his power to revive himself. Granted, he likely has some valuable information they'll need, but would it have killed him to ask? Ichigo is up against a really heavy hitter. He's likely to need every bit of power he's got. Although, seems sort of harsh to ask for pleasantries from a guy sprawled across the floor in pieces.
This has not been a great start to the new year for the remaining members of the Shonen Trilogy -- not sure if Shonen Duo works. I'm being pretty harsh on what is a good chapter, and I'm thrilled to see everyone finally arrive. This just seems to serve more as a spacer between events, but I do like the sense of failure this issue closes out with. Are the heroes already too late? Likely not, but it certainly makes for a nice conclusion for the week.
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