It seems like a handy move, especially against Zanpakutou thrusts. It's not like the Shinigami are really overwhelming them offensively.
Thanks. I was thinking about this after the recent fights. We've really seen a lot of Quincy fight at this point, but so far, very limited use of Blut Vene. Hell, just imagine if Gerard uses it against Kenpachi... if he knows the attack is coming, he has time to switch to defense and blut up.
I think the issue is that most of the Quincy have been defeated by gimmick, surprises or single, overwhelming attacks, all of which are good against defeating or bypassing Blut Vene. Vene seems to work best against weaker but more regular/frequent attacks. That, and I think it's just best to assume they are using it, but since its just a bit of passive defense, there's no real reason to draw attention to it
I'm confused not by she being a sword, but I don't get if she was always Zaraki's zanpakutou that materializes an avatar for whatever reason or if she is a random sword hanging around.
He thought he found a little girl, but she was really his zanpakutou spirit manifesting. He's that strong Kenpachi managed to do it without knowing anything about how zanpakutous work.
Little mad, shouldn't they both be using the same shikai and shit?They both use different blades and powers which is kinda fucked considering that she is his zanpakuto spirit.
>why urahara didn't used his bankai against the 400 treats that happened
The Quiny are using is constantly. One of the two is constantly active. It's only the switch that is constantly. We knew Quilge constantly switched, but there were no visual indications that he actually used it. It's probably the same with the other Sternritter. It would imo also waste precious panel time, if Kubo showed us something all the time that we knew is happening. People would probably complain about that then.
398 treats could be defeated without Bankai. 1 treat couldn't be defeated even with Bankai. Technically Urahara's Bankai wasn't able to defeat Askin. If Grimmjow for example wasn't there, Urahara would have lost. Askin has no heart is still breathing and speaking.
Who cares, I only want the jobber fights to wrap themselves as quickly as possible, and here you're complaining that Kubo forgot about something that would make them longer?
That's fine by me.
They have been using it, but that doesn't mean it's going to be brought up in every fight. It's like Hierro for the arrancar; they all use it but it varied in strength, with Nnoitra's being the strongest. Vene is really their only defensive technique and Byakuya was able to cut As Nodts but with his Shikai; the shinigami have put up a lot more offense than you're accounting for.
I'm not sure if I was surprised or not. We had called it a long time, but to actually see it happen was exhilarating as hell.
But now that it's confirmed, it spawns even more questions.
Since materialized swords can be mistaken as real people... Who else could be one?
And taking this further; since the limbs of Soul King are sentient entities as well, could he also have a sentient sword running around?
I could totally see Kenpachi being the Sword of Soul King because of his ability to cut and overpower everything, but since he already has Yachiru it might go too deep.
Aizen stated that Yamamoto would probably be stronger than himself. Aizen didn't even want to fight old man Yama in Shikai, after absolutely wrecking Kyoraku, Toshiro, Shinji, Soi-Fon etc.
Blut vene DOES NOT stop someone from attacking
The only thing it does is amplify there defensive capabilities in exchange for there offensive capabilities
Kirge literally says "attacking without blut arterie is useless against someone in bankai mode"
Therefore attacking is possible while in Blut Vene
Except for you know, literally fucking everything right up until Ichigo one shot him. Not a single one of Aizens plans were ever foiled. He succeeded in everything he did, his only failure was not having plot armor because he became a god and still got one shot
Every Quincy is using projectile weapons. Äs Nödt's spikes are his arrows. Lille's bullets are his arrows and so on. The only exception so far are Gerald, Haschwalth and the few Quincy who had not enough screen time to do much in general. Haschwalth is possibly not able to use bows and Gerard being a Quincy is strange in the first place.
Deadly Darts is a physical technique with a special application of Getsuga. Ichigo did something similar when he swung Zangetsu by the wrapping and stabbed it into Soukyoku while channeling a Getsuga through it.
>Zanpakuto is a manifestation of the owners soul
>Kenpachi secretly wishes he was a little girl
>Since materialized swords can be mistaken as real people... Who else could be one?
Nimaiya has a few hanging about. So it's not that special an occurence. What's special is the fact that he has several. Begs the question of who else aside from Nimaiya and Kyoraku had/have multiple zanpaktou and if they share the same name.
Hint, hint, Yama and Soukyoku.
Most of them. It had been foreshadowed for 600 chapters. This scene comes immediately after Ichigo has his internal monologue about having to improve together with Zangetsu rather than individually.
I stopped reading like just before the start of last year. Has Ichigo ever bothered to use something other than Getsuga Tenshou yet? A Cero? Anything at all? It amazes me how Kubo managed to go 600 chapters with a main character who did the same thing every time.
no, white is his hollow, old man said so
>There was no precedent of zanpakuto spirits living outside the sword as a normal soul by that point
yes and no, all zampa can materialize on the real world (bankai training) but it takes a toll (yoruichi used her reiatsu to keep zangetsu while ichigo trained)
Is there such a thing as "shinigami powers" in Bleach?
Hitsugaya had Hyorinmaru even before becoming a shinigami.
Nimaiya explained that zanpakuto are just a very efficient weapon to channel your natural powers. The zanpakuto spirits exist within every soul, even if that soul don't possess a zanpakuto.
What we call shinigami powers is just a the regular power of every soul. There isn't a single thing that a shinigami can do that a plus soul can't, not even kido is a shinigami exclusive ability.
I stopped reading about 30 chapters ago. I figured waiting for it to finish and just rereading everything would be better. This new arc is just pissing me off. Makes me nostalgic for the Espada even though it dragged on.
I wonder what Kubo's next work will be? I do like his art despite his lack of backgrounds. Or maybe he will just retire, seems like he doesn't even like making manga anymore.
Well only Gerard's left. I have no how Sternritter are actually dead and how many will be revealed to be alive, but after Gerard it should be Yhwach confronting Ichigo. Since they are alone Yhwach could tell Ichigo what's going on. Since he's wearing the mask of the father her shouldn't be as much of a dick.
We were literally just told that Gerard is the heart of the Soul King
Pernida is the Right hand of the Soul King and considers itself to have "Always been a Quincy"
Then you have the Right hand being at odds with the Left hand. In terms of both appearance and abilities
We not have Ishida who was planning to destroy Wahrwelt with pieces of the Senrei glove that for some reason can only be activated by his reiatsu
We also know that Yhwhs next step is to invade the material world
>We were literally just told that Gerard is the heart of the Soul King
That means fuck all when the context of everything is still so dark. Ditto with the right and left hands. The story has very little thrust in it right now.
The entire purpose of the Stern Ritter was to invade Conquer Soul Society a goal they have already achieved
Kubo seems to be focusing more on the stories of the Shinigami while the actually important stuff is mostly untouched. The majority of the fights feel like they try to give closure to the individual Shinigami, while at the same time setting things up for the future.
Oh shit, maybe the reason this guy couldn't take Ichigo's bankai was because it wasn't a bankai.
Bruh, old man was lying to him. Hichigo is really Ichigo's hollowfied Zangetsu. The "Zangetsu" we knew was actual Ywach and a manifestation of his quincy powers and was actively suppressing the real Zangetsu. The bread crumb trail has been there
>Byakuya saying that what Ichigo has isn't a bankai since the first time he saw it
>Hichigo always saying "I'm Zangetsu!" whenever he fought Ichigo, and the only way to beat him was to accept him his blade Zangetsu
>"Zangetsu" suddenly manifesting in this form, which is not unlike Ywach and Haschwalth switching places
>The Final Getsugatensho stripped him of his quincy powers, but not his shinigami powers. The fullbring training actually restored his quincy powers, much like Ishida's training to restore his after losing them
>His new zanpakto was the only white blank slate in a sea of blacks
Things only went his way because he bailed out of whatever conflict he arrogantly got himself in with kyoga suigetsu. Without it he'd be a shitty tactician who's plans would've likely never took off due to not being cautious.
He had the luxury of being bold because of his Zanpaktou and that was only towards the end of his plans. He literally spent hundreds of years in secret working up to that point.
And after spending about a century pretending (which a few of the captains saw through anyway), he immediately lost his ability to think straight and started doing stupid shit, which ultimately cost him. He didn't anticipate or read any of his enemies properly and was easily outsmarted by guys like Gin and Urahara. Doesn't make him a very intelligent or successful person.
That may actually be a plot point. It's possible that becoming closer to god and a transcendent affected his mind, because non-godly being can't handle that. I mean the same shit happened with Lille, when he became close to god.
That's possible but ultimately speculation, we don't know if his lack of intellect came from the hogyoku messing with him or not.
And even before merging with it, him revealing himself as a villain to the SS was unnecessary. He didn't need to do that in order to get the hogyoku from Rukia. Even when he was pretending to be a kind person some people easily saw through it, so it wasn't completely effective.
Well if that's the case, there are other examples of people who smugly rub it into the faces of the heroes while still having very successful plans.
He doesn't seem to have been using it during the current arc and he basically has no real plan or strategy so far. He's just smugly sitting around waiting for something to go his way without planning for it.
Y'all do realize Aizen would've won until he ran into Dues Ex Urahara.
Also, he's just waiting for Ichigo to reach the peak of his power so he can "eat" him and become the new Spirit King
There is one thing Aizen has though; knowledge. He knows about the Soul King and he knows about Yhwach and Ichigo. Based on that he may predict future outcomes. Depending on how he comes free we can probably see how much BS Aizen really talks. If he is set free because of events related to the plot, then him being a good planer could be legit. But if he's set because of the collateral damage of Kira's and Lille's fight for example, then we know that Aizen is a hoax.
It could also be that Aizen planned to become free by shooting down the soul palace and underestimated Mayuri and the Quincy's interference.
>did he know that ichigo was a quincy all along?
Haven't read bleach in years, but is he seriously a half shinigami half hollow half human half qunicy now? Jesus fucking christ
When was the last time this series had a gag? It's been like 300 chapters since there was any humor at all. to think this series started out relentlessly taking the piss out of Ichigo for trying to act like a brooding hero all the time.
Because Blut is actually not all that useful against Captain-class Shinigami. That's why they tried to steal all the Bankai from the start.
Remember, you can't use Blut Vene and Blut Arterie at the same time. You need Blut Arterie to beat a Captain-class Shinigami with Bankai.
Okay, here's my prediction for how Ichigo beats Javalava: He's gonna use Bankai, Hollowfication and Vollständig all at the same time. And he'll probably look really stupid when he does.
Speaking of which, do you think we'll get to see Ishida's Vollständig?
Well here is Kira and Aizen's trademark keikaku moon, and Aizen was quite randomly shown just one page before this one. I bet there is something going on with him
Zaraki and Yachiru are one in the same. They are the same entity split into two. Together they are "the sword of the Spirit King". Kenpachi being the "blade" and Yachiru being the "handle". A blade itself is still capable of devistating power, but with its proper handle its true potential can be released.
>Soul Society arc was centered around Rukia. Was pretty long and is the most popular of Bleach's arcs.
>Hueco Mundo/Aizen arc was strongly associated with Orihime, and again, it was pretty long.
>Fullbring arc was most-associated with Chad and was the shortest arc and least-popular arc of all.
>Thousand Year War arc is associated with Ishida and holy shit how the fuck long as this shit been going on now?
Why did Chad get the short end of the stick?
What exactly would Aizen be capable of planning while still in a chair, unless Kubo pulls some weird flashback or retcon bullshit to suddenly make him a master planner when he never really was to begin with?
Only explanation I can think of is him doing some kind of illusion or time perception thing.
No idea, but even Kira wondered how someone like him survived and how there was something going on.
Why would Kubo even seemingly kill him off and bring him back later if this is all he gets to do? Is he a popular character? Maybe he has some useful power and Aizen planned his revival and power up in advance
Or the moon is Aizen's bankai and it casts illusion upon everyone who sees it
My guess is Aizen will be freed from his confinement and will face off against Jewbach, probably have a fairly decent fight, and then end up losing in order to show how crazy powerful Jewbach is.
Ichigo's not a pureblood. His mom was a Quincy but his dad isn't. He's a half-blood.
Ishida isn't a pureblood either, actually. His mom was only part-Quincy.
Ichigo and Ishida are the only two wild cards among the Quincy, as they're the only ones who aren't pureblooded yet survived Jowbow's cleansing.
Take it from GrandFisher who is a part of the manga.
Reio was too unstable so he split into pieces physically and spiritually. hence the multiple worlds, multiple missing limbs and multiple races (quincy, shinigami, fullbringer, hollow etc).
So let me see if I understand this.
>The son of Shiba Isshin, meaning he is a direct-line descendant of a former Noble House of Soul Society, as well as the son of a former Captain of the Gotei 13. This makes him a Shinigami noble by birth.
>The son of Kurosaki Masaki, a pure-blooded Quincy and is therefore a direct-line descendant of Yhwach. This makes him a Quincy by birth.
>Inherited the power of White, an experimental artificial Hollow created based on a Shinigami's soul. This makes him a Vizard by birth.
>His mother was attacked by a Hollow before he was born, and thus Ichigo is a Fullbringer as well.
>Due to experimentation and extensive planning by Aizen, Ichigo has the potential to become a higher dimensional being, and has displayed that potential when he achieved the Final Getsuga Tensho.
Well shit, is there anything else we're missing? Let me guess, his great grandma was a vanguard of hell so he also has hell powers too, is that it? I mean, why the fuck not?!
>extensive planning by Aizen
You don't really think Aizen is a master manipulator do you anon? That "everything you've done plays into my hand" thing was just bullshit used to mess with people.
So Memories of Nobody was the only decent Bleach movie, right?
I thought Hell Verse would be pretty cool since it would expand on something that was only briefly touched on a long time ago, but it was kinda disappointing.
I liked it.
The new form was kinda bullshit, but the premise, plot, and ending were pretty reminicent of the early Bleach arcs which I loved.
Funnily, this was "foreshadowed" in their respective debut episodes.
Rukia's debut is what started the series and she is the reason Ichigo actually became to get stronger. Soul Society arc was also the first real story arc.
Orihime's debut revealed that Hollows were humans and that many of them are tragic. The Arrancar Saga was all about Hollows. It introduced the Arrancar and showed how shitty their live is. It also featured Ichigo becoming a Hollow.
Chad's debut introduced hell. And like hell Chad is of equal importance and quickly forgotten. It's only current use is that we know it exists. The Fullbring arc was more about Ginjou than Chad.
Uryuu's debut expanded the world of Bleach a lot and it was what kickstarted the actual plot. Since Uryuu's game led to the Soul Society arc. The final arc is also the arc that expands the word the most. It is also the most important arc and the one with the most complex plot.
>Is a Shinigami, a Quincy, a Hollow and a Fullbringer
>Among his friends are Shinigami, a Quincy, Arrancar and at least two Fullbringers (Chad's a Fullbringer, right?)
So Berry is Bleach Jesus?
Kira didn't survive. Bazz-B killed him. Mayuri revived him as a zombie. Kira is the same as Bambietta. An undead zombie with a conscious and a free will. If the novel is canon then it has been implied that he used Szayel's studies for that. Because Kira is now basically the Shinigami version of a Menos.
Memories of Nobody is also the only movie that could be canon and possibly actually is.
Maybe because Karin got the Shinigami powers and Yuzu the Quincy powers. Shinigami powers seem to be more naturally learnable or passive while Quincy power seem to need active usage, which is if you have no clue. Maybe Yhwach's invasion to the world of the living or the epilogue will give us more on that. Ichigo will probably not be able to physically protect Karakura town in the future.
Aizen didn't totally grasp the nature of a true transcendental being. He thought all that was necessary to become one was to break the barriers between Hollow and Shinigami. He knew of Ichigo's Quincy ancestry but marked it as unimportant, which is why he lost because he was missing a major piece of the puzzle.
Man, remember all those Bleach fillers?
Who could forget the Bount arc, where something something something. I don't actually remember the details, but I do recall that there was a bird doll who wanted Ichigo's D.
And there was the, uh. The one with the loli princess who also wanted Ichigo's D. And a new captain whose sword was basically Wonderweiss.
And after that there was, shit, what was it? Something about all the swords becoming dudes and shit? Had a pretty baller opening sequence.
And finally, the one where a dude split himself into two things and one of them was a girl and actually had a pretty cool final fight. I actually kinda liked the girl.
Bount arc gave us Uryuu's mom and some foreshadowing/parallels for the final arc. Zanpakto Rebellion was actually a good arc. At least better than FKT. It gave us all these Zanpakto spirits, some that are even canon and some foreshadowing for future reveals.
Kubo was the one who designed all the the Zanpakuto spirits in the first place. Yes, even Zabimaru, despite it completely contradicting his original design.
It was cool and all, but that what's-his-face adopted Kuchiki was a shit villain.
Zanpaktou Rebellion arc was actually shit. The story was awful, the main villain was shit, the resolution to the arc was boring ambiguous bullshit, and as with most filler the episodes were filled to the brim with drawn out scenes and pointless developments.
The only decent part of the arc was after Muramasa was dealt with and all the shinigami were fucking around with their spirits.
Zambimaru's design is based on a omake, where Mayuri offered a sex-change for Zanpakto for Hisagi and Renji. Renji seemed quite interested and the alluded design looked like the monkey half. I think there was also some off-hand comment in the begining that mentioned all non-human Zanpakto regained a human form thanks to Muramasa.
Yeah but it's mainly Ichiruki/Ichihime faggots shitting up the threads as if anyone cares about their bullshit. If you want to trigger them just insist on the idea that RenjixRukia and IshidaxOrihime are canon.
Bleach is still one of the most popular manga and the majority genuiely still enjoys it. There is even a new musical coming out this summer. But shippers used to be a vocal minority here.
It's a worthless ability. It never does anything.
>used to be a vocal minority
Back in the day Bleach threads on /a/ were literally filled with Ichirukifags.
Kageroza was kind of a cool villain. He wasn't some kind of all-powerful hyper-talented monster like Byakuya, Aizen or Ywhabch. In terms of talent and skill, he was actually even inferior to Ichigo, and had to make up for his shortcomings with convoluted plans and science. He was just a man who desperately wanted to prove himself, to prove his strength. That's probably why the final fight in that filler arc was so neat.
Ichigo was born with crazy amounts of talent and spiritual power. After all, it only took him three months to defeat a Gillian, achieve Shikai, defeat multiple Captains and Lieutenants and achieve Bankai. To top it all off, his ideology completely clashes with Kageroza's. To Kageroza, Ichigo's existence was probably the ultimate insult.
I saw parts of this on Japanese marathon livestream since I wouldn't watch any of this on my own accord
I liked the interactions Shunsui and Ukitake had with their Zanpakutos though I wasn't a fan of the raw design Shunsui's two had.
Urahara never banged Yoruichi. Yoruichi spent the last 100 years in cat form. And she only showed affection when she is in cat form. Since Urahara needed to drug or date rape her for that...yeah they probably banged. Gin left Rangiku when they were children and kept this distance since then. While they were in love, there was never a relationship. There may have been if Aizen didn't interfere. Now Rangiku only has admirers in Hisagi and Tatsuki.
I like Ichiruki but it has a substantial following on Tumblr as well. Pretty much anything that has to do with shipping in any series is going to have a substantial tumblr following.
>Bleach is still one of the most popular manga
Even people in Japan don't seem to care for it anymore. From what I can tell it's seen as an afterthought over there and in the U.S. as well. The other two parts of the shonen trinity retained their popularity.
Final Getsuga only got rid of his Shinigami powers as his Quincy powers were tied to his blood and not his spirit.
But even then Ichigo still had a Hollow living inside of him, so he would never really be devoid of power.
And spent her life completely as a cat and never talked to Urahara. When she first appeared in the manga was also the first time she and Urahara talked to each other in a very long time.
His Shikai was powerful, but he had little knack for fighting. Furthermore, he never achieved Bankai and his spiritual power was comparatively low. His swordsmanship skill is just plain inferior.
Compare to Ichigo, whose fighting skill grows exponentially the more he fights. He was never formally trained in swordsmanship, but his skill surpasses several Captains and he can even outfight Byakuya.
The moment Ichigo managed to counter Kageroza's Shikai, he completely dominated the fight. It was barely even a fight by that point, just Kageroza flailing bitterly while Ichigo easily countered everything that was thrown at him.
Bleach still sells well and has good volume sales. It's not really as popular as it was in the height of the Arrancar arc but it still has a decent following. I mean it regularly ranks above Gintama for sales which got a new anime, so with any hope Bleach will as well.
Do it. You might catch little things one forgets over the time and other things that serve as explaination or foreshadowing. But just keep in mind that the translation varies greatly in quality.
> but he had little knack for fighting
He one shotted Kenpachi using Kenpachi.
That ability was broken
It made him immune to any projectiles and visible attacks
But Kageroza was a sloppy swordsman
Also im still angry they never explain how he was easily able to use Bakudou 99 with 0 effort
The anime ended at a good point
A new anime would have years of drudging through this long, long Quincy arc with interest likely drying up. The anime had plenty of filler to help alleviate fatigue but that would only stretch it out more.
It would be a significant undertaking to commit to continuing the anime and it may not be worth it in the eyes of the publisher
So Chad's a Fullbringer, right? Was it confirmed that his mom was attacked by a Hollow before his birth?
What about Inoue? Does she count as a Fullbringer? Her hairpins seem to function more like a Zanpakuto, though.
>Power is said to be similar to Hachigen's, a Vizard
>Limited time/space manipulation. Her power is basically rejection of certain actions or events.
>Her hairpin functions similarly to a Zanpakuto in the way that it has its own spirits born from Inoue's powers.
>Yet at the same time it functions similarly to a Fullbringer's weapon, as it's an item that Inoue's in constant contact with and has thus become the catalyst for her powers.
The fuck is this bitch?
yachiru could have been the soul kings zanpakuto
I thought most of the quincy weren't human. Or at least were sort of dead spirits, some of their backstories place them into the hundreds of years old territory, whilst others look like kids but could be any fucking age.
Common theory for years but there's also a few questions I had.
>suddenly appears to him
>her own sword didn't have a verbal release
>he now operates on 'lol didn't call the name correctly, so you don't get full access' (yamichika) instead of 'so juiced up you can't seal it'.
So that bit about ichigo being like ken might be wrong, because we've NEVER seen someone who can't seal a sword, as per Isshin's statement all those years ago about there being no such thing as an unsealable sword.
>she's visible to everyone, no one notes about her relatively slow aging (ken's got to have been around for 50~ years)
>no one notes that her reiatsu is 'weird' in the 'she's not a shinigami way'
In particular, it's strange that Ichigo can't seal his sword even though Kenpachi can. I dunno if Ichigo has way more spiritual power than Kenpachi does, but anyone can tell that Ichigo's control is better than Kenpachi's, even if they're both shit at it. If Kenpachi can seal his sword, then there's no reason that Ichigo can't.
So maybe Ichigo's current Zangetsu are actually in their sealed states. I mean, all Getsuga Tensho is is just focusing one's spiritual power into the tip of the sword, compressing it and releasing it. In theory, as long as Ichigo knows how to do it, he shouldn't necessarily need his sword. It's practically just a Cero.
Well he managed to seal it after releasing it.
Come to think of it, Ichigo never had an Asauchi to begin with. His sword just kind of popped outta nowhere. His current swords are different, though. They're legitimate Zanpakuto created using a legitimate Asauchi.
Yeh, But ichigo is like God status now anyway. instead of sealing his Zanpakto at lv 5 like everyone else he's at lv 9001 now. would be alot harder from someone who has specifically had bad controll over his power to begin with.
Few questions though. Why did Zangetsu/Juha give Ichigo compressed speed buff as a powerup? it seems to be kinda shit if the only thing your 'Bankai' does it make you faster when everyone else can keep up anway
Yoruichi's cat form (and ass)
Ichigo's journey in the Soul King palace, (before he learned about his past)
Ichigo's knock-out with Orihime's head because of Kon
Hitsugaya's jokes and fixiation of heights
and some more
It was never a proper Bankai. It's the result of Black Zangetsu letting out a bit of Ichigo's power will still holding the bulk of it back. It's probably more similar to Renji's Hihiou Zabimaru.
And Ichigo's Bankai has a number of benefits beyond just superspeed. He's also stronger, more durable and the sword itself is very solid. It also lasts way longer than normal Bankai, to the point where he can stay in Bankai form for months without getting tired. It's an extremely economical and efficient Bankai, well-suited for extended combat.
It's not very flashy, but it turned out to be pretty good for Ichigo. It's small and compact, allowing Ichigo to move as he pleases and it's usable in just about any situation. Compare to other Bankai, which are either too large, bulky, excessively energy-consuming (though that may not necessarily be a problem for Ichigo), double-edged swords, brittle, or just extremely inconvenient when there are allies around. Tensa Zangetsu was one of the few Bankai that had no drawbacks whatsoever. He had a hard time keeping up with it at first due to inexperience with it (he'd literally only had it for a few hours at most when he fought Byakuya), but by by the time he mastered his Vizard powers, it wasn't really an issue anymore.
One interesting thing about Ichigo's Bankai is that it never reverts unless Ichigo wills it to revert. Even if he's on the verge of death, even if he's unconscious, Tensa Zangetsu stays as Tensa Zangetsu until he deliberately turns it back. Compare to Renji's fight with Byakuya, where his Bankai forcibly turned back when he took too much damage. Also, some Bankai are too stressful to the user's body, so they can't use it if they're too injured. Ichigo can use his Bankai regardless of the condition he's in.
It's probably the most efficient Bankai in existence.
doesn't actually releasing a getsuga drain ichigos (unlimted tm) power?
wow, since the beggining everybody wonders about her powers (not Chad's, but still Captain Kyoraku said he was very powerful)
Thinking about it there was another tell that it wasn't a proper bankai. Bankai take permadamage in most cases. I've got no idea if Kubo's actually been drawing the damage to Zabimaru and Ikkaku's bankai but that's what Ouetsu said. Unohana must have known something was up when Ichigo told her that his bankai repairs itself overtime. You can only have something so exceptional before it has to be categorized as something else entirely.
So is he dead or not?
Do I have to pour out a coffee in memory?
Tensa Zangetsu never actually took any damage prior to Jabba breaking it. His Bankai doesn't repair itself over time, just his coat. The coat is a part of the Bankai, but it's really just a meter that shows how much power he has left. It has no real effect on the power or effectiveness of the Bankai.
Unohana's reaction was due to the fact that despite having less than half of the coat left, his spiritual pressure was still comparable to that of a Captain's.
Damn, I miss this
Will Isshin come back?
Will Kon be able to have serious moments again?
Will Ryuken appear and will Kubo explain why is he so strong and and why Uryuu survived?
>Will Isshin come back?
Probably. Now that the living world is starting to feel side effects he'll probably hop on over to see what's going on and unveil his bankai.
>Will Kon be able to have serious moments again?
>Will Ryuken appear and will Kubo explain why is he so strong and and why Uryuu survived?
Maybe? It's probably something super simple, like he's from a branch of the royal family and something in Masaki would've made their child ideal, and now that's been passed to ichigo instead.
So Ichigo was using Chinese knockoffs of real Zanpakuto and no one ever noticed? I swear, for a society of people that have lived hundreds of years doing their jobs Shinigami absolutely suck balls at it
Oh yeah, him. Nice, we're getting an Uryuu fight for the first tie in what...six or seven years? Damn, it'd better be good
jk, its going to end with Uryuu having some ancient Quincy relic that'll allow him to defeat or at least cripple hashbrown
On its own, it's fine, but it can get torn in battle. How much it recovers itself is dependent on his remaining spiritual pressure.
Presumably, it exists because Ichigo would have a hard to gauging his own remaining spiritual power otherwise. Ichigo has a rough idea of how much spiritual power he has, but without an external meter, he'd probably completely forget about it. Like, he has so much spiritual power that under normal circumstances, he probably wouldn't pay it any mind.
So after the Quincy are beat will SS have any more real enemies? Think about it, their jobs are fucking done. Aizens gonna either die or get locked away after this arc, so no more arrancar and espada. And after the Quincy king is dead, the remainig Quincy'll be left with regular bows and arrows again, they'll never be as OP as they've been in this arc.
I'm actually sad that the captains who've trained so hard in the last few years will never have foes strong enough to test their shiny new Bankai and Shikai on
Why hasn't ichigo gone bankai. He used to use it so much he probably used it to do homework and chores. Now he doesn't use it.
Is it because the dual wield + old man "zangetsu" being gone means he's going to end up looking more like the real zangetsu? (sword limbed hollow that fought his dad)
>Not Master Planner
Since when were you under the impression that you could pick more than 1?
Ichigo used to try to conserve his Bankai, but then he realized that his enemies were just too strong for that to work. All of the Arrancar Ichigo fought were Espada (or in Don Panini's case, former Espada). He probably could have beaten Don Panini without Bankai, but he couldn't protect Nel at the same time, so that's why he used Bankai. After that, he had to fight Grimmjow, then Ulquiorra, then Ichimaru, then Aizen, and none of them were opponents he could beat without Bankai. So that's why he spent pretty much the entirety of the Hueco Mundo arc in Bankai.
He's way stronger now than he was back then, and hasn't run into anyone he needed to use Bankai to beat yet. There was that lethal dose guy, but presumably Ichigo was disabled before he had a chance to fight back due to the way the guy's ability worked.
y'know complete non-existence is a pretty steep price to pay for something you have no real control over, does Ichigo ever confront Uryu about that, or do they jsut kind of ignore it? What happens to hollows killed by Chad?
Well, Ishida doesn't really hunts Hollows that much anymore. He went overboard in his initial appearance, but these days, he only directly fights the ones that are deemed especially problematic by Urahara. Ishida understands the implications of a non-Shinigami killing a Hollow, so he probably only does it when necessary. During the period when Ichigo lost his powers, Imoyama was the local Shinigami on standby there, so I guess Ishida could have just incapacitated any Hollows he came across and waited for Imoyama to come and finish the job.
>haters"Gremmy is proof that Kubo is creatively retarded and has no idea how to plan anything"
>fans"That fight made perfect sense and is well thought out if you just think about it. Gremmy's powers can only affect those with lower reiatsu than himself so he could not imagine Kenpachi was a cookie. Yachiru who is Kenpachi's sword obviously had lower reiatsu than Kenpachi and Gremmy so he turned her into cookie. Kenpachi then used his sword made of cookie to smash boulders."
It makes the past ever more beautiful.
aw man! I'd love to see how Rangiku and Hitsugaya's reaction when Isshhin appears!
though I bet that they already know that he's Ichigo's father
Dunno. I think Seireitei is supposed to be roughly the size of a small city, though. They both seem to be composed primarily of desert, which begs the question of where Soul Society's food even comes from.
I've wondered that myself, how they're going to handle that.
When they stayed at Ichigo's house for that short time after the SS arc, they had to have run into him right? Maybe we'll get some flashbacks of that?
I don't watch the anime, but in the filler shit, did they fuck it up and have Isshin meet them face to face during this time?
I really want to see Isshin back, too. I'd love to see him go all out. Even against Aizen he didn't use his bankai.
The Seireitei is probably around the size of new York or Tokyo, since Ichigo could make it to the center more or less in a day, but it was large enough for him to effectively hide for a night or two. Las Noches is probably much smaller, maybe the size of Manhattan. Soul Society and Hueco Mundo themselves likely stretch on forever or at least as wide as the living world and small communities pop up across them
And it was still inconsequential, it may increase his speed but nothing like during the Byakuya fight. Never again after that. He was always on par with or slower than his enemies.
Moving that fast was very bad for him, since it put tremendous stress on his body.
Also, look closely at Ichigo's battles since then. A lot of the time, it's Ichigo zipping around all over the goddamn place while his enemies stand still and counter him. Grimmjow and Ulquiorra in particular fought this way at first. They didn't start keeping up with his speed until after they used their Resurreccions. Grimmjow's Resurreccion explicitly increases his speed as well, which would allow him to move on par with Ichigo's Bankai. Ulquiorra's Resurreccions sent him above and beyond Ichigo's then-level, which would also increase the speed of his Sonido. Aizen's just a monster. Ichigo's Bankai increases his physical strength as well, but Aizen was able to easily stop his blade with a finger the first time.
To be fair Byakuya was severely underestimating Ichigo in that fight and his heart wasn't in it since he was defending an act of the Seireitei he didn't agree with. By the time he starts really fighting Ichigo's speed isn't a huge factor and just let's him keep up rather than overwhelm. There's no one genuinely faster than Ichigo until maybe Ulquierra but for the most part Ichigo's issue is not being able to hit hard enough
This could easily just mean that his enemies got faster and instead of drawing blur lines everywhere Kubo just drew them normally clashing. Grimmjow and Ulquiorra were definitely super fast.
I mean it's hard to gauge in that fight because Byakuya was standing still for most of it. So anything is going to look insanely fast by comparison.
Byakuya was able to keep up because Ichigo's bones started breaking from the pressure, not because he was as fast.
Either way, his overwhelming speed being his main strength became way less of a factor after the Byakuya fight.
>we'll never see these qts again
Blut is just a passive offense/defense buff they can switch between. They HAVE been using it all this time. Did you think they weren't just because they didn't say "Wow, thanks to my Blut Vene, I was able to survive that attack that otherwise would've been lethal, I'm so glad that I have and appropriately use this convenient ability of mine"
Shinigami offense and defense is based on their reiatsu, but Quincy have no reiatsu (they have reishi manipulation instead, which Blut is a form of) as well as bodies with human limits (Askin is a special case since his Schrift is all about lethality) so they need some excuse to not fall apart like wet paper when up against a captain-level opponent - Blut is just that.
Did you guys even read the manga?
>they're not purebloods
Yes, they are. Bach killed off all the non-purebloods in the Auswahlen other than Ishida - a fairly big deal was made about Ishida surviving despite his mixed blood status.
Of course, there are certain exceptions like Pernida who as a limb of the soul king isn't a pureblood quincy, but that's besides the point.
>ichigo however is
As the son of a hollow-infected quincy and a shinigami in a gigai, Ichigo is decidedly not a pureblood. An ambiguous one-off line from Grand Fisher doesn't contradict the firmly-established major plot point of Ichigo's parentage.
Mugetsu was akin to Letzt Stil in that it was unstable and made Ichigo lose his powers
His next powerup could very well be be akin to Vollstandig, the "new and improved" Nazi-style version of Letzt Stil
I'm guessing Black Getsuga wings, a swastika halo, and dual-wielding Tensa Zangetsu-esque blades
he's just going to become Ulquiorra
Hachigen was a kido vc in soul society.
Tessai was a kido captain in soul society and also has been shown to be able to use space time manipulation suchas stopping time and teleportation.
Her powers are most likely related to a kido
well meme'd my friend
I still want more information on Komamura's tribe and their relationship with the SK
What? Lethal Dose guy had to be softened up by Yoruichi before Urahara and Grimmjow managed to take him down with a bit of tactical thinking. And they'd have died anyway except Nel was around to save them. Chicken dude was softened up by the Captain Commander's Bankai before being defeated by a Liutenant's asspull sword that just happened to be perfectly ideal for the situation. And that didn't even finish him off, he just fell down to Soul Society and started wreaking havoc. Giant guy took down a bunch of dudes on his own and is overwhelming fucking Kenpachi and Byakuya (and also Hitsugaya, but you don't need to be special to overwhelm him). Hand almost managed to beat Kenpachi, Kurotsuchi and Nemu before he got imploded by Nemu's asspull super-regen after eating her.
Incidentally, of the Royal Guard, only one is listed as one of the five Special War Potentials, and Ichigo and Kenpachi are ranked higher than Ichibei. Ichibei didn't even fight the elites, and was instead defeated directly by Yabbadabba himself. All five Special War Potentials (Ichigo, Kenpachi, Ichibei, Aizen and Urahara) considered to be more dangerous than even Yamamoto, or the entire rest of the 0 Squad.
I've argued this a ton of times here about how once Byakuya started trying Ichigo's speed was worthless.
Anons are so exhausting to argue with but it's nice to see someone who agrees for once.
He's really not though, and tons of other shonen villains are better at planning. He just pulled a nice guy gambit and then kyoga suigetsu'd his at through any other time he was outplayed by his enemies.
The "master manipulator" thing is probably just a meme parodying how invincible and lucky Aizen is.
Ok, so, after years upon years upon years of discussion (essentially 6 to 7 years) on /a/, I've finally decided to give bleach a try. I've pretty much avoided all spoilers by avoiding any and all bleach threads or discussions about bleach.
I've been on /a/ since 2008, and have been here for pretty much every season, and still never managed to watch bleach.
Reason being, One Piece / Naruto "big 3" labels are kind of offputting.
Please, please tell me byakuya isn't gonna turn into a bad guy.
Byakuya is so fucking cool. And also, how the fuck in any way does bleach qualify as a member of the big 3?
Holy shit, this anime is fucking amazing...the music...the music is so goddamn good..
Please tell me byakuya gets some spotlight, Im on the episode where ichigo and byakuya are fighting on that cliff thingy.
Oh and also, do Chad and the quincy and that one girl with the hairpins get any upgrades to their powers?
Please, don't spoil shit TOO heavily. I just wanna know so I stop fucking worrying about whether they're gonna fucking die around the next corner.
It seems like everyone is on the verge of death in this anime. It's leaving me fucking anxious and frustrated. Is this REALLY normal shonen writing? I just pre-judged it based on past opinions about how horrible the big 3 were, and I just assumed that this was another one of "those" shows.
It's not bait, I'm dead serious.
For instance, I haven't seen K-on. I know there's instruments. That's it. I've avoided every thread. Same with bleach.
Although you could ask me anything about Slayers or Haruhi or Black lagoon and I'd be able to answer promptly.
Bleach simply isn't one of them. I literally started marathoning it, two days ago.
I did my homework.
33 49-50 64-109 128-137 147-149 168-189 204-205 213-214 227-265 230-265 287 298-299 303-305 311-342 355
Is that correct? Naruto and One piece are notorious for having fillers, so I assumed bleach had some and it does. I can't torrent that many episodes anyway, so skipping them is essentially unavoidable.
What did I do? You're acting surprised for what reason? I could react the same way if you admitted you'd not seen YKK or Pani Poni Dash, or some other recognized anime. Is it really THAT surprising? Or is it the fact that someone has the balls to admit it and ask questions that's really the surprising part?
Byakuya becomes a protagonist at the end of the arc and gets a handful of fights from that point on.
Chad/Ishida/Orihime get minor upgrades to their powers in the next arc with brief windows to shine. But Orihime becomes a big character in the next arc.
There consider me baited.
It's just stupid. If you're already watching it just shut the fuck up and watch it. All your questions will be answered in time. But asking things and then going DON'T SPOIL ME is asking for trouble.
Like what if I said the only character that realy ends up dying is Ichimaru Gin and the Aizen is revealed as a villain in a few episodes.
That'd fucking suck right? Better stay out of the thread my good friend.
Also get better taste. We're only still here because we've invested stupid amounts of our life into this shit show. If we could leave we would.
Actually wow, that's pretty much all I wanted to know.
Also, >>139634599 I'll read the manga where the anime leaves off. Based on a lot of the images ITT, it seems as though the manga will be pretty sick. Admittedly, this is my first bleach thread, but I've seen images in other threads, as I'm sure we all have.
Oh and, >>139634652 I purposefully hid any bleach related imagery. Also, if it's so hard to believe, ask yourselves this.
Has there ever been a regular thread on /a/ that YOU'VE avoided? If so, why's it difficult to imagine others may do the same?
Lots of people ignore waifu threads, drawthreads, Daily Japan threads, etc etc. It shouldn't be that hard to imagine.
kek, this guy
Having a "make everybody see whatever I want" power is complex and nuanced writing. Just because Kubo didn't even originally plan on making Aizen the villain doesn't mean he didn't originally plan out everything.
>I'll read the manga where the anime leaves off
No. Better read it from the start. It has more character development, the art is better tnan the anime and lots of scenes are much more gory.
Well, Gin is a fucking traitor, right? He was trying to use the executor spear phoenix thing to destroy soul society.
And about spoilers, I just risked it anyway. How can you NOT be desensitized to being spoilered on /a/?
It's never about the destination, it's about the journey to get there, faggot. Nobody is safe from wanting to know small details though. I'll admit that even I'm guilty of that much.
I figure if I asked for a few small things, the risk would be low.
Ok, back to the anime.
A true master planner must also be able to think on his feet and adapt to any situation so as to maximize his opportunities, lest his long-laid plans never come to fruition.
Whether or not he is a better planner than any other shounen character is largely irrelevant, it only matters the level of his scheming in his own world.
Also, to further this, realistically, once your plan has been laid, once it has come to the point when it comes to pass, you are no longer planning but enacting said plan, executing it. If you merely plan, but never actually execute the actual fruition of the plan you are relying on fate to play in your favor.
Also Aizen may work in the shadows, but only for as long as he needs to. Aizen is not very lucky, otherwise Ichigo wouldn't have Mugetsu'd him and Urahara wouldn't have hit him with the Kido set to trigger when he was weakened.
I still reason that him getting hit with Mugetsu was part of the plan, if not exact then in broad strokes, that a confrontation with Ichigo and summarily losing was a calculated action.
At the very least, there is a contingency in place (which may or may not have been the Hyougoku making him immortal) or he is simply so strong that he realizes that it doesn't matter anymore. I'm willing to bet he knew the Quincy were going to invade if he failed.
Either way: like the man said, there was no need to dodge, etc, and he could have avoided Mugetsu but he took it head on. There is no substitute for strength, at least if we believe Sun Tzu.
Oh, and there is no "if". There is only do, and do not.
It's a fucking anime, plus I already have shit taste, admittedly. It's not like I'm losing out on anything being that I'm a huge faggot.
I like shit like Higurashi or Mushi-shi two completely opposite ends of the spectrum. There's nowhere left to go but up.
I'm so out of touch with the new /a/ crowds it's laughable.
Almost every opportunity that came his way was because he made sure it happened that way. That is exactly what planning is.
You may not care for Aizen, but you cannot deny the fact that he made things happen the way he wanted. Things didn't just fall into his lap, he planned to overthrow soul society from the start.
But, i'm not going to convince you one way or the other, nor can force you to actually back your argument up. None of this changes the fact that you're objectively wrong.
I'm not sure if that still makes him that cunning though. When you have an ability that powerful and that far reaching its not necessary to plan extensively or improvise and consider the unpredictability of your opponents.
>you cannot deny the fact that he made things happen the way he wanted.
Lots of hack Mary Sue self insertion wish fulfillment OCs make things happen the way they want. You cannot deny that they made things happen the way they wanted. That mean they good talent write scheme well so cool best.
Did you know that when you write a story, you can make any character declare "I was expecting that to happen!" while everybody ele gasps about how smart they are? That is the easy part anybody can do. And sometimes it makes all the "smart" characters retarded.
Whatever it is is underwritten. Badly.
Ever wonder why the current chapters are progressing so slowly, sometimes introducing more characters that don't go anywhere? It's the Kubo Gambit. Take long enough and fans will start seeing patterns and, in their desperation, rationalize any answer.
That way when he finally reveals the Soul King, only half the posts will say, "That's the dumbest thing I've heard, no wonder you drew it out for so long." Just as many, maybe more, will say, "I knew it! it was always clearly foreshadowed in one of the 800 chapters of meandering nonsense." And that is good business.
Nel said she sensed four people in the Giftball. But Yuushiro wasn't in the Giftball. He was far away from it at the foot of the castle and the of the ast. The Giftball on the other hand is in the middle of the road. So Askin is the fourth person Nel sensed and still alive, albeit dying.
Not by me, but someone else. Those that are unknown could potentially come back. Some are more likely than others. But in the end it depends what Kubo has in store for the Quincy future. We should remember that at the end of the Arrancar saga it turned out that more Arrancar were alive than we initailly thought.
A - Yhwach : sleeping; has the B; unknown if trading the Almighty changed him like Haschwalth
A - Uryuu: fighting; defected
B - Haschwalth: fighting; has the A; changed by the Almighty
C - Pernida: unknown; was last seen regenerating; two pieces of flesh seemed to have successfully adapted to the cancer; unknown what death would mean for a part of the Soul King, if dead
D - Askin: dying but not dead; unknown if he will be safed or not
E - Bambietta: zombified; last seen being hugged and talked to by Giselle after the Auswahlen; status depends on Giselle's; alligance unknown but presumbly lies with Giselle
F - Äs Nödt: dead; frozen and shattered into pieces
G - Liltotto: unknown; wounds didn't look severe and Yhwach was more concerned about his sleep than doing a proper job; could be healed by Orihime; defected
H - Bazz-B: unknown; could be healed by Orihime; defected
I - Cang Du: unknown; severity of the wound is unknown; we don't know what happened after the slash
J - Quilge: dead; bifractured by Grimmjow; due him being killed by a Hollow, his soul has been completely erased from existence with no chance of reincarnation
K - BG9: unknown; unknown if he was excecuted or not; unknown what a potential death would mean for a robot; could potentially have been rebuild, if excecuted
L - Pepe: dead; eaten alive by Liltotto
M - Gerard: fighting; the Gerard we are seeing might be a Reishi construct generated by the heart of the Soul King, similiar to Gremmy's body
N - Robert: dead; killed by the Auswahlen
O - Driscoll: dead; incinerated by Yamamoto; is a zombie of Zanka no Tachi
P - Meninas: dead; killed by the Auswahlen; small chance either she or Candice is alive
Q - Bernice: dead; corpse was paraded by Kenpachi
R - Jerome: dead; corpse was paraded by Kenpachi
S - Mask de Masculine; dead; bifracturared and incinerated by Renji; absorbed by Yhwach; real Sternritter might have been James
T - Candice: dead; killed by the Auswahlen; small chance either she or Meninas is alive
U - NaNaNa: dead; shot through the heart by Bazz-B but has not the ability to evade death;
V - Gremmy: unknown; is a brain in the jar; unknown if the brain is biologically dead; might potentially be restored by Mayuri alongside Nemu; might be related to the Soul King; unknown what dead would mean, if related to Soul King and if dead
W - Nianzol: dead; was impaled multiple times by Shuutara
X - Lile: fighting; is a Flamingo; unknown what the exact effects of the power dispersing are
Y - Loyd/Royd: dead; killed by Kenpachi/Yhwach
Z - Giselle: unknown; Zombie could keep her alive; could be healed by Orihime; defected
>A true master planner must also be able to think on his feet and adapt to any situation
But Aizen doesn't do much of that, though. I don't recall him improvising and using wits to adapt to his situations without the hogyoku or having kyoga suigetsu save him from a situation where he was outdone or outsmarted.
>Whether or not he is a better planner than any other shounen character is largely irrelevant, it only matters the level of his scheming in his own world.
Why not? Comparing other planners from shonen work can be a way of seeing how villains adapted and moved their pawns around for maximum results, since many shonen cliches and character types show up in various manga. Characters like Madara, Black Zetsu, Medusa Gorgon, and Super Buu all did much more with what they had to deal with.
>If you merely plan, but never actually execute the actual fruition of the plan you are relying on fate to play in your favor.
In many cases he really didn't need to reveal himself as a traitor to the soul society. Continuing to work from the shadows as a captain to try and sacrifice souls and create a ouken to get the the Spirit King may have been a more cautious option as opposed to building an army and actually fighting all of the SS with said army.
>Also Aizen may work in the shadows, but only for as long as he needs to. Aizen is not very lucky, otherwise Ichigo wouldn't have Mugetsu'd him
>I still reason that him getting hit with Mugetsu was part of the plan, if not exact then in broad strokes, that a confrontation with Ichigo and summarily losing was a calculated action.
If it is then I'll take back the notion that Aizen isn't actually that cunning because that'd be pretty impressive.
>At the very least, there is a contingency in place
He seemed pretty thrown off guard and genuinely furious when he couldn't beat Ichigo and Urahara sealed him. Taking Mugestu head on strikes me as arrogance and not him subtly planning or foreseeing anything.
Aizen probably just wanted to speed things up. Once he got his hands on the Hougyoku, he didn't really need Soul Society anymore. Rather than stay in Soul Society and keep up appearances as a Captain, he probably found it more convenient to leave and do his own thing. Also, Aizen never misses an opportunity to fuck with people. There was no reason to go out of his way to abuse Hinamori as much as he did other than just plain sadism.
And, if you get right down to it, Aizen nearly succeeded. He completely demolished the Gotei 13 and nearly achieved his goal. The one and only thing he didn't count on was Ichigo actually surpassing him.
Not saying he's a great planner, but everything else pretty much went exactly as he wanted it.
>In many cases he really didn't need to reveal himself as a traitor to the soul society
Even if he managed to get the Hogyoku out of Rukia without anyone noticing, the Vizards and Urahara still know he's a traitor and would likely blow his cover when they realize he's got it. Either way, to get to the Soul King means going through the Gotei 13, better to fuck off and prepare for that battle then hiding in their midst and worrying about both getting discovered and finding a way to beat 10 other Captains.
>He seemed pretty thrown off guard and genuinely furious when he couldn't beat Ichigo and Urahara sealed him. Taking Mugestu head on strikes me as arrogance and not him subtly planning or foreseeing anything.
Such a pleb who cannot tell that's what he wanted you to think. For you are the arrogant one for seeing him as arrogant when you were dancing as his puppet all along. Just because there is evidence to the contrary does not mean it was not part of the plan.
After Soul Society blew them off for a hundred years ignoring all evidence that they were not evil boogiemen, as soon as they pointed out Aizen owned a tiny trinket of unknown value, they would take it as proof Aizen was the bad guy all along?
What made Ginjo so confident that he could beat both Ichigo and Ishida? All he did was steal Ichigo's powers. At most, he'd only be as strong as Ichigo. Seeing as he was outnumbered two-to-one, you'd think he'd realize that he was at a disadvantage.
I don't think Kubo thought that far. Like time guy having no time powers. Ginjo aped Sensui but then his posse became fodder to be effortlessly beaten while popular Shinigami struck poses.
To be fair, I think he was being rushed to wrap up that arc because it was unpopular. He might have had bigger plans in mind overall. At the very least, knowing him, he probably wanted to keep that arc going for at least a year or two, given how much he loves dragging shit out.
Come to think of it, why didn't memory guy mess with Ishida's memories too?
Because that part was aping a story from Ushio & Tora. Badly. Hero's friends get memory-fucked, drives him to tears, he finds the one rival-ish guy who's still sane and together they have to fight off friends. That whole thing.
Most story ideas in Bleach are from YYH or U&T, usually made worse. There was only one time Kubo added foreshadowing to a deus ex machina he borrowed to make it better. He does not have a lot of original ideas or self control.
Why does Ichigo act like Chad's the strongest guy he knows when he's basically the weakest of their little group? Ishida's way stronger, Inoue's a god-tier healer and has a nigh impenetrable defense. Chad just jobs constantly.
It's not exactly a rip-off, it's just... When an homage goes out of control. So the villain with the same hairdo and former job makes the same speech to recruit a child prodigy with video game powers.
But without anything to make the video game kid or villain's powers lead to interesting and require anything beyond Shinigami posing. And somehow, more full of empty space despite being cut short.
Because that is how a team of shounen heroes would act and trust each other. Only with better balanced development, spotlights, and power-ups.
So when you copy the dynamic but skip the work to make it work, you get Chad.
I will say this, though: Kubo's better at despair faces. Really, the best (and possibly the only good) part about that arc was the expressions Ichigo made every time he got pushed into a corner.
Kubo definitely draws better than U&T and YYH. In a way, that caused his problem. He draws better and more attractive faces but he's become so reliant on it, he does not put much behind them.
It might also be what is keeping Bleach moderately popular in Japan. Nobody ever took it that seriously and it was always made fun of for being pandering doujin-bait. This was the series where Ichigo and Ishida became friends because being near Ichigo made Ishida's bow huge and he had to shoot off Ichigo's painful, backed up energy coursing through his sword.
Everybody knew what they were in for.
You know, I feel like I shouldn't like Byakuya as much as I do. But for some reason, he's one of my favorite characters. Particularly after he lost to Ichigo and stopped being such a tightass.
That's what he's designed for. Remember when Renji went from a evil muttonchopman who sneers while slicing Rukia's face and her friends to the most caring guy in the world? Bleach characters are multi-faceted in their very, very calculated appeal.
He remarked on Ichigo being special from birth because he was the son of a quincy and a shinigami, so yes it was relevant. Problem is that you can't just suddenly become quincy. But the hougyoku might've given him some quincy juice to stabilize the hollowfication.
Yhwach is the son of the soul king, meaning that each every one of his descendants is a descendant of god. And every 200 years or so a single quincy is born with his power too.
Nah, you can. Direct descendents of Yhwach (everyone in the Wandenreich) are born with some natural Quincy powers. Old Man Zangetsu is the proof of Ichigo's heritage. The reason Ichigo can use Blut is because Old Man Zangetsu activated that ability to save his life.
Of course, it's not like Ichigo can use learned techniques. Blut just happens to be an innate technique present in all Quincies. It's also a convenient explanation for why Ishida's able to take so much more damage than an actual human should be able to.
Huh, funny that. Yachiru's name is written in kana.
While Unohana's "Yachiru" was more of a title and used kanji. So he didn't know how to write her name. Nifty little detail.
Yhwach is not the direct son of the Soul King. He's just the first special Quincy, who didn't get culled. All special Quincy are most likely the son of the Soul King. So Haschwalth and possibly Ichigo and Ginjou too. Haschwalth even wears the mask of the father for the majority of the day.
I was saying that Aizen might've gotten some hougyoku juice.
At the very least he's from the king's linage. Whether he's the biological father or not has little relevance. Quincies are in practice demigods.
Byakuya and Hitsugaya make a surprisingly good duo, don't they?
Maybe he just gets along well with ice people? Come to think of it, Hitsugaya also has a bit of a flower motif going on as well.
During the first invasion, Quincies were shrugging off most attacks (shikai and weaker) with Blut Vene, but now they can be hurt by Shinigami even in base at any given moment. Face it, Kubo dropped BV.
Byakuya already did that
3 days before the second invasion you had 4 people damage Quincys without bankai
Shikai Byakuya, Shunsui, and Yamamto, as well as Patched Kenpachi
3 days later you had
Renji who damaged Mask de Masculine SHOWING that his damage capability FAR EXCEEDS that of Bankai Kensei
Shutara and Nimaiya who are Royal guards
Kenpachi a War potential
Yoruichi, Yuushirou and Nemu. 1. who damaged Aizen 2. Acquired power that far exceeded Kenpachi
If you cant tell that the damage potential of the Shinigami FAR EXCEEDS that of Shikai Byakuya. Then you by definition are an idiot
We also had Ikkaku and Yumichika chopping Zombietta into pieces (Ikkaku was in shikai, Yumichika wasn't), and Kensei impaled Gigi in base after beating Pepe up with his bare hands. So tell me again how they are still using BV.
Bambietta and Giselle were both taken by surprise. And Bambietta was about to attack. There is no reason for her to be in defence mode. Bambietta is also a zombie, while Giselle has a weak defense in general.
Holy shit, the first person I quoted LITERALLY SAYS
>they cant use their offensive powers when they use it
See that shit! "They CANT use offensive powers" as in CANNOT attack
How the fuck am i wrong in saying that there offensive powers are diminished while using blut vene
I mean shit. Royd claims that he wouldn't be able to stand in front of Yamamoto without using blut vene, AND YET he used multiple offensive techniques during that fight
If only this manga were about her then it would be perfect
Are you dense? If you're implying that the Quincy can't be damaged in blut vene, then go back to the start of this arc because I can think of at least two notable counterexamples.
Ive always assumed that it was hollowing out parts of his chakra network
You open your closet and see this
What do you do?