Bleach 684 is out. I don’t know whether to tell you to go read it or not. I kind of don’t know if there’s a point any more, but I suppose we should follow this manga to its bitter, bitter end.
Okay, Kubo-sensei, I know you’re panicking because… well, because maybe the rumors are true and you’ve been fired and your series is ending in one more chapter. That’s cool. I understand you might be freaking out a little, feeling the pressure, feeling the rush. I sympathize, I really do. I’ve been there, man; I really have.
BUT WHAT THE F*CK IS THIS SH*T???!!!
First of all, it’s boring. How many times now have we seen this pattern repeat. “We’ve done thing! No, they enemy has a secret power-up! Oh, but so do we! Oh, no wait, the bad guy has yet another thing!”
I can’t believe your editor look at you, Kubo-sensei, and your storyboard, and said, “Yeah, yeah, dude, that’s good, go with that one. THEY’LL NEVER SEE THAT COMING. It was super-effective and surprising the SIXTEEN OTHER TIMES YOU PULLED THAT TRICK.”
Maybe you can’t sense sarcasm there, Kubo-sensei?
I really don’t know.
In other news, Aizen has EXCELLENT hair.
That is some very fine hair.
Okay, so what can I say of substance? Well, I think, for the record, I’d like to point out the very conspicuous absence of our red-haired baboon. We have Aizen walking around like he didn’t have a hole in his chest five minutes ago and as though blood dripping from his severed arm doesn’t bother him in the slightest.
It’s kind of weird.
I mean, I realize that mortal wounds really have never meant sh*t in Bleach, but, wow, Aizen way to have kintama of steel.
The monologuing about how Kyoka Suigetsu and Zangetsu are clearly having an affair in the spirit world and can communicate with each other across time and space is pure Aizen, but where the hell is Renji?
Like, he’s not even standing there looking on.
Did he get lost in the precipice world?
Considering how much he was central to the “action” last time, it’s super strange not to see him at all. I’ll admit there’s a tiny part of me that’s still holding out hope that Aizen is NOT STUPID enough to have let down his guard and that Renji is standing there going, “Ichigo, the hell? It’s me! Why do you keep calling me Aizen??” all the while Ichigo is hearing the monologuing about how Ichigo comes to Kyoka’s beckoning (sexual innuendo intended.)
Because the other thing that bothers me is that I don’t believe Ichigo is immune to Kyoka Suigestu. How is it then that Aizen managed to make it look like Kyoka Suigetsu shattered at the final battle, when clearly that didn’t happen.
Also WHEN is this, in that first panel? Is this the Battle of Fake Karakura Town? What is Aizen wearing? Whose head it that in the foreground? Momo? Rukia?
There’s something off about all this to me, too, and not just a lot of OMFGWTF (which, admittedly, I am also feeling.)
So I don’t know what to make of any of this.
I think the most damaging thing to happen to this fandom is these rumors about Bleach ending. I have a set of friends with whom I analyze each chapter with. We tend to reread a lot, looking for past clues, buried way back in the Rescue Arc and sh*t like that. We lie awake at night imagining EXACTLY HOW IS IT that Yhwach self-inserted into Zangetsu. And now, with the rumors that these last two chapters are the end, no one can even work up the energy to wonder at things like the panels above.
If somehow, it turns out that Bleach still has life in it, it won’t matter. Its fandom will have died. Those of us who have held the torch, had faith in Kubo’s storytelling, will have all exhausted our hope and given up.
The worst rumor of all, though? That Yhwach isn’t even dead at the end of this.
If Yhwach pops up again and wastes more panel space….