Mangaka: Tite Kubo Title: Death & Strawberry 2 Rating: 8/10
Synopsis: Death & Strawberry 2… Death & Strawberry… That sounds really familiar for some reason… Anyhow, after last week’s mind-bender (or attempted mind-bender if you find that more appropriate) we have Ishida reflecting on his assault. The revealed tag-team between Tsukishima and Ginjo clarifies the oddity of the Quincy’s wound; a good brainwasher never leaves a trace and Ishida was badly damaged. After this, Ginjo sucks out Ichigo’s Fullbring for purposes unknown and attempts to leave. Now we see our protagonist reduced to a crying, powerless boy who eventually gets all shanked up for making too much noise. Who stabs him though? Let’s find out…in the actual chapter. I ain’t sayin’ no more, but you already knew that, didn’t you.
Likes: Another nice twist. Someone’s come back into the picture, and they’ve gotten a promotion it seems. The balance of power seems to be back where it belongs and the best part is, NO MORE POWER RANGERS!!!!! Yeah, Ichigo looks cool again. 460 is a nice number to have an epic chapter; do it good Mr. Kubo.
Dislikes: Still a lot of talking… This many-on-one violence is just constantly popping up in recent chapters and it leaves me craving some one-on-one warfare to echo the madness of the Ichigo vs Byakuya/Grimmjow/Ulquiorra, or Yamamoto vs…well, anyone battles. Otherwise nothing much I can mention… Maybe this chapter was better than the rest; maybe it just feels that way after a string of stuff from the proverbial toilet… Whichever the case, nice chapter.
More Chapter Ratings:
mu§e: 7/10 – Yeah, Imma say it…I wasn’t that impressed personally. Been there, done that. I mean, Ichigo can throw the epic stance around all he wants with his extra cutlass-y looking zangetsu…it was just dulled by everything that came before it. And quite frankly I was sick of the whole “lose shinigami powers”->”fight to find shinigami powers”->get back shinigami powers! vibe. This is what? The THIRD time that this has happened? No. Just No. Stop it Kubo.
§eraph: 7.5/10 – If you consider all the chapters before it, this one was pretty good. Something major has finally happened. Yay! Hopefully Ichigo won’t lose any more powers after this. Time to press on. At least this chapter was better than this week’s One Piece, Naruto and Noblesse.
Random Mental Impulse: Well there’s a typhoon coming… Sounds wonderful right? For those of you living either on the Atlantic/Pacific rim, or anywhere that’s had a hurricane/typhoon, you know what I’m talking about. The buying of provisions, the packing of one’s stuff… Had to pack all my things in my bathroom today since the structural soundness of my dormitory building worries me, and that’ll be the driest place should anything happen. How ironic, right? What bothers me is a lack of concern or even attempts to prepare by the masses here in Shanghai.
Even if there seems to be no cause for concern, one should still prepare! While it doesn’t look like it’ll be a direct hit, you never know… Once went through a hurricane that passed my homeland…and came back down for us (Georges, for those who remember). Let’s hope the time it takes for the government/companies to fix things in China is shorter than in Antigua and Barbuda… Life in the city without internet… 😐 *commits seppuku* Oh, and the image below? I thought it was pretty well-made and it made me chuckle; hope you feel the same.
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