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Bleach chapter 241 – “Silverflame” September 7, 2006

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Instead of TJ’s “Become Kyouya” program, I’m going to start my own “Become Ishida in 365 days” program. It’s much easier because 1) I don’t need to be re-born into a rich and powerful family and 2) it’s much easier to acquire a bad taste in fashion than extreme intelligence and cunning.

Silver Flame

Summary

As Ichigo, Ishida and Sado runs through Hueco Mundo, Sado mentions Ishida’s promise with his father to never associate with Shinigami again. Ichigo asks why Ishida is there with them, so Ishida explains why he joined them.

Urahara broke into Ishida’s home, and told Ishida about Orihime’s kidnapping, and about how Ichigo plans to go save Orihime by himself, since the Soul Society has abandoned Orihime. Ishida said that he will go save Orihime alone, but after realising that Ichigo is going by himself, he asked Urahara to get him out so that he might join Ichigo.

Ishida explains that he was able to join them because Ichigo is a “Temporary Shinigami” and that he has been abandoned by Soul Society, so he is neither a Shinigami nor associated with Shinigamis. Back at Ishida’s house, Kurosaki (father) and Ishida (father) chat with each other about their children and what horrible fathers they are.

At Hueco Mundo, Orihime frets about getting hungry. She thinks about what she had done up to this point, and wonders whether it was really a good idea to come here and heal Grimmjaw. A strong presence was felt throughout Hueco Mundo when Ichigo and co. enters. Ichigo wonders at the solidity of the place, but before they could plan their next move a giant shadow looms over them threateningly.

Thoughts

Not much going on here, mostly a transition chapter explaining the presence of Ishida and giving a few more hints about the adults. It seems that Ishida’s father (whose name I forgot) knows Isshin, and at some point in time Isshin lost his powers. He’s regained it, which causes us to wonder how – the same way that Ichigo did? That would also make him a Vaizard.

Aizen expects Ichigo; that’s probably part of the reason why he kidnapped Orihime.

Really, other than that I can’t find much to talk about this chapter. I can speculate on Ishida’s (father) and Kurosaki’s (father) past, but there’s simply not enough we know right now. What does Aizen want with Ichigo? He seems interested in Ichigo for some very strange reason… maybe it has something to do with the Hollow inside him. Can a Vaizard be turned into a hollow? Ichigo’s hollow warned him to be careful about being taken over, and he mentioned that Zangetsu, the representation of his Shinigami power, and the hollow power are two sides of the same thing; so I think that’s a possibility that a Arankaru can be turned into a Vaizard and a Vaizard into an Arankaru.

A point that is sorta related to the above point of Vaizard vs Arankaru – All hollows seems to be evil, but not all Shinigami are good. The same apply to the Vaizard and Arankaru – all Arankaru seems to be evil, though that remains to be seen with the Vaizard. But Vaizards are more akin to Shinigami than Hollows, so if there can be evil shinigamis, it’s likely that there are evil Vaizards. The balance of good vs. evil in the Bleach world seems a bit tipped, dontcha think?

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Bleach Chapter 240 – “regeneration” August 31, 2006

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Finally, Kubo explains Orihime’s power. Not far from what I had guessed.

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Bleach Chapter 239 – “Winged Eagles” August 23, 2006

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I love Kubo Tite’s coloured pages. They show his characters in a variety of out-of-character attires and situations, but never-the-less manages to keep them cool. I’d like to see some of the less popular characters though – can’t argue against Ichigo, since he’s the protagonist, but Renji and Urahara appears too often. Where’s my Soi Fong, Uruu-chan, or Isshin?

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Contrary to popular believes, Pigeon Blood is actually not alcoholic. Pigeon haters and bums worldwide mourn the day when their dream was shattered by cruel reality

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Bleach Chapter 238 – “Eagle Without Wings” August 23, 2006

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Reprecussions.

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Bleach Chapter 237 – “Goodbye, Halcyon Days” August 1, 2006

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First thing first: Orihime would make the best wife/girlfriend.

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Bleach Chapter 236 – “The Sun Already Gone Down” July 23, 2006

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Shinji to the rescue!

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Bleach Chapter 235 – “The Frozen Clutch” July 16, 2006

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*These entries are based on JoJo’s Chinese scanlation of Bleach. M7’s scanlations sometimes feel a bit dodgy, so even though they’re released equally fast, I’ll rely on the Chinese scanlations.

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Summary
You should know the drill. If you don’t go read my older Bleach entries.

My Thoughts
As expected, Urahara didn’t die. But even if he was the captain of the 12th, and founder of the research facility in Soul Society, his analysis seems ridiculous. Still, I like how he manages to be funny and light-hearted even if he’s standing in front of an Arankaru Espada.

What else is there to say about this chapter? Rukia’s appearance is expected, and so is the fact that she wouldn’t be able to stand up to Grimmjaw, even if she caught him by surprise. Afterall, she isn’t captain level, and she doesn’t have Ban Kai. Even Ichigo bearly managed to stand up to Grimmjaw in his Ban Kai.

I really don’t know what else to say for this chapter, so I’m going to be lazy and conclude it here. Hopefully there’s more to talk about next chapter.

Manga Review: Ichigo Mashimaro made me a lolicon July 13, 2006

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Ichigo Mashimaro is just too

CUTE.
more loliyuri rape

It is my dream to grow up to be like Nobue, to have my own harem of loliyuris.

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Bleach Chapter 234 – “Not Negotiation” July 8, 2006

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*These entries are based on JoJo’s Chinese scanlation of Bleach. M7’s scanlations sometimes feel a bit dodgy, so even though they’re released equally fast, I’ll rely on the Chinese scanlations.

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Summary
This is just here so that people who search for “Bleach Summary” would hit my site.

Thoughts
Not much this chapter, Ulqiorra killing people with a flick of his finger is pretty cool. It seems those gates that the Arankaru use also doubles as TVs, which Ulqi uses to threaten Orihime. I’m interested in seeing how Orihime would react to this situation. If Ulqi simply tried to take her, there is no way she would back down – that’s just how she is. But she folds easily when other people’s safety is involved, so how would she react to Ulqi’s threats? Also, Ulqi shows her Ichigo, Toushiro and Matsumoto – the ones that she would care about the most, since she doesn’t really know Madarame and the other guy. How do the Arankaru know to show these three? Spy? Or just convinience for Kubo?

I really like Ulqiorra’s lines: “The only thing you hold in your hands, is the rope to the guillotines hanging over your friends. Understand this, woman, this is not negotiaiton. It’s an order.”

IT IS AN ORDER, BITCH!

Urahara fell pretty easily, but I didn’t see any blood, so I wonder if he really lost that easily. It would be extremely disappointing if he didn’t do anything and just lost like that. How long have we waited for some Urahara action? The new “Hollow Bomb” (literal translation) attack seems like a cheap crop-out.

I think it’s silly how Lupii never noticed that four of his tentacles got frozen. I thought the Arakaru releases are an extension of their bodies? Toushiro’s final attack is pretty cool, drawing all the water particle out of the air to form giant pillars of ice to crush his enemy. Lupii is Espada no. 6… so not including Aizen, Tousen and Ichimaru, he’s the sixth strongest member in the Arankaru camp. Would he die so easily? I understand that Toushiro’s attack is something like the Solarbeam (lol pokemon reference lol), so it should be strong, but I sometimes find it hard to scale the comparative strengths of Bleach characters.

The petals for Toushiro’s Ban Kai seems to have disappear; does that mean he has perfected it?

Lately there’s been too much “ROOFLES I’M NOT DEAD – REVERSAL ONE HIT K.O. LOL OWNED!” going on in Bleach.

Bleach Chapter 233 – “El Violader” July 2, 2006

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*These entries are based on JoJo’s Chinese scanlation of Bleach. M7’s scanlations sometimes feel a bit dodgy, so even though they’re released equally fast, I’ll rely on the Chinese scanlations.

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Summary
It’s out in English, so go and download the damn thing yourself.

My thoughts
Ichigo, as expected, gets owned after losing his mask. Three pages of what is something that we already know from what happened last chapter, and absolutely no new developement on this front. Surprising? This is a Shounen Jump title after all, so why should it be? So, we’ll all wait patiently for next week’s release to see 3 more pages of bullshit that will tell us nothing more. Rejoice all ye masses, for Bleach is here and tis moving slowly as ever.

Lupii (I’ll use the official names, regardless of how silly some of them sounds) takes on the other 3 shinigami all by him/herself, and takes them out quite easily. Really, why are the Shinigami so weak? What happened to stuff like the captains knocking aside Chad’s attacks with one bare hand? Right now all we ever see are the shinigami taking a beating and not being able to do anything about it. Chapter after chapter we watch them get pummeled on, with nary a chance to flex their muscle. If they are really that weak, how much difference will the shinigami presence make when Aizen launchs his final attack? Would it even make a lick of a difference, if a single Espada can so easily kill 2 shinigami who have Ban kai and two who are at least vice-captain level?

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So, so pathetically weak. But I’ll forgive you because of cleavage.

Ulqiorra’s presence in Soul Society is quite disturbing. It seems that the Arankaru can go wherever whenever they want. Even disregarding what is going to happen to Orihime, the ramafications of such an appearance could spell doom for the remaining shinigamis, and the other residents of Soul Society.

Let’s hope we can see Urahara get serious next chapter. The new Arankaru seems pretty insane, and I do love me some insane characters!