Mangaka: Tite Kubo Title: Blind Solitude Rating: 4/10
Synopsis: No, sadly it isn’t. Once again Bleach continues to disappoint with a chapter that simply proves to me Orihime is either on drugs or a psycho in the making. I know these recent offerings have been all about plot advancement, but at 19 to 20 pages per week, I’d prefer to see something more than what’s been published lately.
Anyhow, the story resumes with Ichigo and Ginjo training. Ginjo seems to be pleased with his new apprentice’s progress and notices that when the lad switches into guardian mode he fights harder. Then in comes Riruka with a box of treats, demanding Yukio chairs and a table so she can eat in comfort. After acting snobbish and not wanting to share her donuts, Riruka eventually gives puppy-dog-eyed Inoue one…and then another…as they chat. The conversation, however, doesn’t suit her taste and she takes off while Orihime thanks her as if they had been friends forever, leading Riruka to use the oh so common anime line: “What are you stupid?”. And I believe the answer is yes…yes she is; but that’s another story. Back to Ichigo and Ginjo, things suddenly heat up when the former-shinigami starts to think too much while training. This causes Ginjo to take drastic measures; and I mean REALLY drastic. Have a read to fill in the blanks; I’ve said too much already.
Likes: Ginjo’s actions towards the end really put a little (just a little) spice into the chapter. Kinda like when you spike the punch at an event. That, and the last two panels of the chapter make me hope for something a little more next week.
Dislike: Just about everything else really. The training with Ginjo and Ichigo’s feels like it’s been going on a while now, though it’s only been like three chapters? Orihime is childish and air-headed as usual and while we learn a bit more about her past, she still just…does…nothing. Riruka is a bit of a bitch in my opinion; how she gonna bring a WHOLE BOX of donuts, sit next to Orihime and say she can’t have any? Go somewhere else then dammit! Orihime was in the PSP first; bloody snob (yeah, she kinda pisses me off too). She’s a bit bossy too, making arbitrary demands of game-master Yukio in the world HE ALONE can control. If I was him I’d have put her in a sealed room with a tentacle monster…let’s see you Fullbring your way outta that one Riruka.
More Chapter Ratings:
§eraph: 6/10 “I generally enjoyed this chapter to tell you the truth. However, this chapter is just a repetition of chapters before it with some minor exceptions. I’m a sucker for random cute/adorable stuff so I loved Orihime’s baby/puppy pouts. I was surprised by Ginjo’s move on Ichigo towards the end. Looking forward to seeing where this goes. On a random note, doesn’t anyone else find it hard to believe that Ichigo is only 17 years old??? He looks like he should be at least 25 :|”
mu§e 4/10: “And believe me I’m being nice right now. -_-. More nothingness. I’m just really sick and tired of it. Was that chapter really necessary? Have any of the last 20 or so chapters been necessary? I won’t say another word because it’s a waste of my precious energy and resources. Ah, though, I took special pleasure in seeing Ichigo’s eyes being sliced out.”
Random Mental Impulse: I know there are many out there who despise Ichigo for his constantly getting beat down only to suddenly become greater than God Himself; I get that. BUT, I’m sure everyone will agree the design for him in his Bankai is pretty epic. The whole overcoat thing was the source of much hype when it first appeared in the Soul Society Arc, but seemed to get pretty dull as time passed… Until just before the Final Getsuga. That whole form with the grown-out hair, chain wrapped around the hand and stuff…that was cool; both in terms of appearance and power. Sadly, it didn’t get much stage time… Shortly after he appeared in this form and wowed us by tossing Aizen by the face, he went Final and everyone knows that’s how we got to where we are today. Anyhow, I think the character designers did an awesome job on that form; I hope they’re seriously offended by how little it was actually used, because it’s way cooler than a dude in a white, toothy mask that sounds like he’s got bubbles in his throat…jus’ sayin’.
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