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Weekly Bleach: Chapter 408

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The fighting has finally stopped in Bleach because Aizen and Gin left for Soul Society, leaving Ichigo and Isshin alone and alive. The father and son team decided to go on the attack, and pursue them into Soul Society. Once in the Precipice World, they soon realize that it’s guardian is gone, which means that this will be the perfect place to train.


The Good

Even though it was hinted during the last chapter, it appears as if the next section in Bleach’s storyline is going to be a training arc, which is a nice change of pace considering all the fighting that went down during the last 50 or so chapters. With the Koutotsu gone, the Precipice World is a wonderful place to train. Much like the Room of Space and Time in Dragon Ball Z, time in the Precipice World travels slower than in real life. Isshin has the ability to stop the dangerous current, but he can only do it for 2,000 hours, which only add up to about an hour in the real world.

Here Ichigo must talk to his sword and be able to call out the final form of the Getsuga Tenshou, which is called jizen. And in order for Ichigo to do this, he must fight Zangetsu, who apparently is going to go hog wild.

The Bad

We are also introduced to Ichigo’s friends from home once again, who only come into play every 100 chapters or so. I’m not upset that we get to see them again, I just wish Kubo would do something more with them, that’s all.

The Verdict 3/5

Overall, this was not a bad chapter, but it felt relatively short. Even though I know this new Getsuga Tenshou is just going to be another air slice type move, deep down inside I hope it is something different, something completely bad ass, like a sword that shoots out a giant, exploding T-Rex. I’m not expecting this training arc to last long, maybe 3 or 4 chapters at the most. Unless a giant battle breaks out in Soul Society to protect the town from Aizen, which could add some more chapters to this section of the manga.
sickVisionz moderator on June 18, 2010 at 11:11 a.m.
How long does Ichigo's dad think it'll take Aizen to do what he wants with K-town?  Aizen and Gin have the destructive force to completely level a city in a few minutes if not seconds.  I'm not sure why Ichi and friends think it's smart to give him a full hour to do whatever he wants.
Rokujoon June 18, 2010 at 11:39 a.m.
Sort of hope it goes back to the group in Hueco Mundo now.
 
Also, what the heck are all the captains doing? I realise the Espada, and Tousen gave them a difficult battle, but they're really taking their time to recover.  I wanted more from the Vizard.
CrazyCanuckon June 18, 2010 at 12:34 p.m.
I'm hoping the final   Getsuga Tenshou is going to turn out to be a mech that shoots bears out of it's mouth but i'm not going to hold my breath.
GodLen staff on June 18, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.
@sickVisionz: you are right, all they need are a few seconds to level the town. I wonder If Isshin knows something that we don't.
Gaseroon June 18, 2010 at 8:36 p.m.
I guess we can call this tactic the "hyperbolic time chamber" technique. Ichigo has to train in the middle of a hectic time (again), and fight Zangetsu (again). He'll receive hours of training, but in the real world much less time has gone by (again).
 
I like Bleach, but I was hoping that it would have avoiding using these hackneyed forms of progression and idling.
kira112on June 19, 2010 at 7:36 a.m.
@Gasero: agree:)
Little_Sparrowon June 19, 2010 at 2:27 p.m.
@CrazyCanuck said:
" I'm hoping the final   Getsuga Tenshou is going to turn out to be a mech that shoots bears out of it's mouth but i'm not going to hold my breath. "
now that would be a bleach issue worth reading XD
LordCravenon June 19, 2010 at 9:40 p.m.
 
 

HeyHeyHey!!! Was I the only one who noticed Aizen killing Gin at the end of the chapter!? 
I was wondering why he would keep a captain or vizard class dude around when he's become so powerful. 
GodLen staff on June 19, 2010 at 9:52 p.m.
@LordCraven: WHAT THE HELL WHY DIDN't I SEE THAT??? 
Naruto79on June 20, 2010 at 5:50 a.m.

This is getting interesting... I wonder who caught it THIS time??? 

Daniel_Newton moderator on June 20, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.
@LordCraven:@GodLen: 
I'm not so sure, that page doesn't have the same translation on it as the one I read, it was less clear. Plus that last panel kind of looks like a close up of Ichigo's shoulder on the next page (not that that makes much sense but hey).
Also, has nobody else thought that maybe instead of someone else appearing to slow Aizen down, that Aizen and Gin might just start fighting instead? Gin is supposed to be really powerful after all, maybe he could give him some trouble for a while.
 
I guess we'll have to wait until the next chapter is out!
 
@HollowRei: I'm deleting that post, linking to scanlation/free manga sites is against the rules, though I know you were probably just trying to show the different translation to page 19 that I just mentioned.
HollowReion June 20, 2010 at 8:56 p.m.
um sorry i guess he was fooling you guys 
sasuke0447on June 20, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
@Newten:
i was thinkin the same thing that it is ichigos shoulder cuz i believe it is cuz why would he kill gin and it makes more sense that he just tested ichigo to see if he would dodge it again to make sure he was fully in
VaizDon June 24, 2010 at 3:28 a.m.
Kubo Tite has done the improbable and interrupted an arc that already seemed to have no momentum by literally stopping time. Good show, sir.
Nerxon June 24, 2010 at 4:34 a.m.
They Jacked it from naruto

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