There will be no One Piece chapter this week.
Well it was supposed to be a one-on-one, but the Quincy seems to have slipped into Ichigo’s battle against Ginjou. Ishida does bring up one important thing: If there was another Substitute Shinigami, he should either be alive or dead. If he were alive, Soul Society should have notified Ichigo about him. If he were dead, Soul Society should have alerted Ichigo as to how or why, but since they never said anything, Ishida assumed they just didn’t know. But seeing as how Yamamoto sent backup so urgently, it seems that isn’t the case. They did know. So what was so frightening, what disaster happened, that they had to keep it all a secret?
The gist of this chapter is that Ichigo learns that Ginjou was the first, and only other substitute shinigami before him. The badge and the rules were all created because of him. It is very likely that Rukia was given the death sentence for giving her powers to Ichigo, and in turn creating another possible substitute shinigami, because of what happened with Ginjou. They were afraid of having another threat like him running around.
I’m curious though, if Ginjou was the first substitute shinigami, why is he…
“Death and Strawberry” was the name of the first chapter of Bleach. It was when Ichigo first gained his shinigami powers. Last week’s “Death and Strawberry 2” was when Ichigo regained those shinigami powers. “Deathberry Returns” was chapter 151, when Ichigo’s determination finally returned after Byakuya beat his ass, and he unleashed hell on Soul Society. In this week’s “Deathberry Returns 2” Ichigo’s determination finally returns after Tsukishima and Ginjou shattered his psyche, and he’s abou to unleash hell on their ass.
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Your unholy ruler is a tad busy this week, so just bear with me while I cover for him. This week’s chapter was rather controversial judging by the comments on the release page. I have had mixed feelings about this war from the get-go, but you guys have to realize how many different things are going on right now. All the characters from the series are coming together, and with that, a lot of different expectations from the fans. Kishi isn’t going to please everyone with how he handles things – that would be impossible, but I have no doubt in my mind we will all be pleased with the end result.
Now back to Gaara’s closure. It was a little sentimental for my taste, but I’m okay with it. Gaara is a brand new character now; he isn’t the same psychotic little shit most of you loved from part one. You’re going to have to get used to the change in delivery of his character, he is one of the first truly successful redemption stories in the manga, so I think it’s alright if he gets his happy ending. Though I completely agree that the tears were a little much for the battlefield.
From the beginning Gaara’s powers were strongly based off of emotion, originally hatred, so it’s not very surprising that such a powerful emotion as love allowed for him to have such a huge surge in power. It may not be the most scientifically explainable power, but you’re reading a shonen – get over it.
With that Gaara attempts to seal the kages. His father is happily restrained, but the Third Raikage and the Second Mizukage easily escape. The Mizukage seemed to harden the sand around him into a clay, and then shattered it; I wonder if this is another kekkei genkai. Later he reveals himself to be a Yin element user – one who specializes in genjutsu.
There were a couple parts of this chapter that made me roll my eyes. While the Raikage and Mizukage battled hundreds of shinobi, Temari actually tried to have a conversation with them. Really? They are forcefully annihilating dozens of your comrades, and you want to know if they have a minute to chat? Also, a giant clam? I could understand if it sat below ground to swallow unsuspecting enemies, but now that it’s above ground what is it going to do? All it has done thus far is give them the higher ground, though that is a pretty serious advantage.
Oonoki is on the losing end of his dust battle against Mu. I’ve gotta admit, this is one fearsome jutsu. They are literally erasing giant pieces of landscape from the faces of the earth. It is more accurate to say they are compressing them to a sub-atomic level, but it is virtually the same thing. I wonder how any other shinobi would be able to counter this jutsu.
And onto the title of this chapter: Naruto vs. Itachi!!… not really. All we see is Naruto and Bee encounter Nagato and Itachi. To be honest, I would rather the next chapter be filled with dialogue between the two before they engage in combat. Will Itachi reveal what power he gave Naruto? Probably not, I think that will be triggered once Naruto finally sees Sasuke’s sharingan. So what will happen? Your guess is as good as mine.
This week the lackluster battle continues in “End of Bond 3.” I’m curious, who’s bond is ending? Ichigo’s with all of his friends, Ichigo’s with Ginjou (because of, well, what happens in this chapter), or is it the end of another bond altogether? I will say that the end of this chapter made me a little sad, so props to Tite for achieving this, but we’ll get to that later.
Ichigo’s battle with Tsukishima is progressing slowly. It appears that Ichigo is actually Tsukishima’s superior when it comes to strength, speed, and raw power, but is so overwhelmed with rage that his mind is clouded, and his veteran battle tactics are nowhere to be seen. I must say, I was pretty surprised to see Ichigo fire off a Getsuga Tenshou at Tsukishima. According to Tsukishima, Ichigo has succeeded in melding his shinigami and fullbring powers. But if that were actually true, I feel like Ichigo would be even stronger than he is now. I mean he is strong now, but he isn’t what he was when he fought Aizen. He is still missing something, and I think Tsukishima would shiver in despair if he saw how strong Ichigo once was…