Uhhhh… so…. yeah…. Bleach 680 is out. Go….uh… yeah….
I guess it’s always darkest before the dawn but it’s surprising to me how literally depressed I get after a chapter like this one. I tend to sit around staring morosely at things for several minutes and then slowly build into a kind of mild pissed-off state. I’m not ANGRY, but more… grouchy.
So, the things that made me mildly angry in this chapter, in order are:
Gerard “Miracle” Thor being one-shotted by Yhwach. As I wrote on Tumblr:
I mean, I can even with Yhwach’s speech about giving everyone glorious deaths and just walking off into the sunset-WTF– but beyond that I’m mad that, apparently, all the Sternritter’s powers are sucked back into Yhwach…
And… it feels… like a cheat.
I really, really wanted Yumichika to get a chance to use his real shikai to absorb Gerard’s power. He was on the scene. He was perfectly poised to have a big character moment, where he finally came clean about his Kidou zanpakuto in front of his captain, etc. He was literally the best opponent to fight Gerard, since any time Gerard got hit, he got stronger, and I thought, “Oh you clever bastard Kubo, you’re going to let the ONE GUY who has the ability to take away power face off against the guy who turns power into power…”
So much nope.
Second, this whole f*cking speech from Haschwaldt:
As anyone who has followed me here on MangaKast knows, I had been really holding out hope for Haschwaldt to be an insider traitor, ala Shindler. I really, really thought Kubo had been setting this up carefully all along leaving us these subtle hints and….
So much nope.
This further irritates me because now, if Haschwaldt does turn traitor, it’s hollow. He will turn against Yhwach because his power is gone, not because he actually has brain in his head or actual feelings about anything–nope, it will only be because Yhwach took away his “Balance” toy.
That makes Hachwaldt’s character petty and uninteresting to the extreme.
So much nope.
The third thing that pissed me off was this:
Ywach is going to take himself off somewhere for… reasons. I am fairly certain those reason are called PLOT COUPONS. This is the single dumbest move any villain has ever done. I mean, okay, Aizen left the Seireitei and technically gave his opponents time to re-group and prepare for the upcoming battle, but he had a fairly decent reason, which was that he also needed to regroup and build an army.
But Yhwach is saying, “Hey, I’m just going to step over here for awhile and let you guys figure out how to come at me. You’re not going to win anyway, so I’ll give you a glorious death, okay?”
So much nope.
The next thing that made me kind of grouchy (but much less so than the above) was this:
Okay, you guys KNOW how much I love Renji. I am happy that he and Rukia are going to be with Ichigo at the end, but I will admit that I was kind leaning towards wanting to see the dads come to the rescue. I mean, maybe they still will.
But I entirely blame owl-by-daylight for this disappointment, because she posted this beautiful nugget:
Awww maaaaaaan, I was re-reading Bleach 679 and in the comment section someone went: “But what if Ryuuken goes to help Ichigo and Isshin goes to help Ishida?” and now I will be FOREVER DISAPPOINTED because it won’t happen but it would be so unexpected and hilarious if it did.
“I see you are as useless as your father, Kurosaki.”
“NEVER FEAR, URYUU, ICHIGO’S DADDY IS HERE!!!”
So… that didn’t happen.
Feeling the Nope here.
The last thing that pissed me off was that bullish*t color page that blacked out the number of chapters left in Bleach.
It made me mad not because I’m shocked to discover Bleach is ending. We all knew this was coming–or should have–for almost a year now. It’s more that, because it was highlighted on the very first page, it gave the events of this chapter that much more weight. It made me think that maybe Kubo is just going to drop the ball, have Yhwach destroy his own army, and in the next several chapters we’ll get some final stupid battle, the END.
This focus made me… doubt Kubo-sensei. It made me worry that he just had Yhwach rip the rug out from his Sternritter so we can hurry up and rush to an end.
I mean, I was okay with Bleach ending. I mean, not really OKAY, but I figured that Kubo-sensei would do right by us.
If this goes the way of Naruto I may…
I may have to live in a blanket fort for the rest of my life.