Bleach 277, Naruto 356 and One Piece 458

Bleach 277

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Grimmjaw sure knows how to treat his woman like a real man.

Grimmjaw takes Orihime to Ichigo, so that she can heal him. Ulqiorra goes back to his room to find Orihime missing, was told that she was kidnapped by Grimmjaw, and goes back to where Ichigo is.

Seriously Kubo? Go fuck yourself. Setting up is one thing, this is another. This whole arc in Bleach reminds me of Captain Tsubasa in its later stages. There was this one chapter, and I’m not kidding here, this one twenty page chapter that had only nineteen frames, covering probably about 15 seconds in a match. How do you have less frames than pages? I don’t fucking know but Captain Tsubasa did it. This is the same thing – trying to cram as little real content into a single chapter as possible. Artistically (in terms of how frames are arranged and how scenes are drawn, as well as how some lines are worded) Bleach is probably the best of the three shounen series I follow weekly, and several pages this week stand out. However in terms of plot progression and actually having something exciting happening, Bleach just utterly fails. I can no longer feel the excitement that I did when I wrote posts like this, and I pretty much just follow Bleach now in the hope that the Hueco Mundo arc would fucking end already and we can get back to some good old fashioned fights, instead of overpowered-in-one-second mismatches.

Naruto 356

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Konoha’s search for Sasuke and Itachi continues. Sakura brushes shoulder with meganekko whose name I can never remember. Naruto’s team has a surprise meeting with Kabuto, who appears to be possess by Orochimaru. Meanwhile the Akatsuki team of Deidara and Tobi finds Sasuke and attacks him.

Yeah Kishimoto you can go fuck yourself too. Orochimaru is alive? How? How the fuck did Orochimaru, who gave up his body in trying to possess Sasuke, and was in turn possessed by Sasuke, still have a will or mind to possess Kabuto? He couldn’t possibly have tried to possess Kabuto beforehand – it’s pretty clear that Orochimaru’s jutsu only allows him occupancy of one body at a time, since it’s a transferal of his own soul. Unless he tried to withdraw his soul and stop his jutsu half-way through possessing Sasuke, his soul should’ve been destroyed by Sasuke. Spin your way out of this one, Kishimoto, and it’d better be satisfactory.

Kabuto’s whole speech is pretty pointless. It serves to show us a little of the reason behind his loyalty to Orochimaru, but I’ve long ago lost any interest in him as a character. I don’t see any purpose for his existence past the chuunin exam. Apart from the fact that he’s Orochimaru’s subordinate, and that there’s no convenient way of getting rid of him, his existence hasn’t made any impact to how the story’s played out. And now it’s like he’s possessed just because he’s there, and because someone, probably the editors at Jump, doesn’t want Orochimaru, as the primary villain for most of Naruto, to be written off so undramatically.

I wonder if we’ll see Sasuke fight the Akatsuki. I don’t want Tobi to die yet, he’s funny!

One Piece 458

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Funniest scene this week – “A hot chick sword master is coming with meat!”

Franky and Robin meets up with Usopp and Chopper, and they proceed to go rescue Sanji, Zoro and Luffy. The 900th zombie refuses to obey Moria, saying that he wants to be the Pirate King, completely inheriting Luffy’s personality. Brook recalls how he originally discovered the weakness of the zombies, and how he was first chased off the island by the zombie possessing his shadow, as he couldn’t match up at all to the power of the body, as he once again faces him.. Back on the boat, Franky and the others find the three kidnapped members safe and sound. They wake them up and prepare to go rescue Nami.

It’s surprising how Oz is able to disobey Moria. I thought part of Moria’s ability is that he can force obedience on the shadows he procures? Whatever happens next, Oz will become a difficult enemy for Luffy to defeat, because of his giant state. It’s similar to Luffy being in his third gear at all time.

A interesting effect concerning the Shadow Shadow Fruit will be glimpsed in the next chapter – as the shadow’s original owner continue to grow in strength and experience, will the zombie that has his shadow grow as well? If the shadow does indeed forget everything that happens while it was with its original owner, there shouldn’t be any reason why it remains connected to the original owner.

Also, it can be seen from Brook’s recollection that a zombie is significantly stronger than the shadow’s owner. Unless Moria under-estimate Zoro like he did with Sanji, it seems a difficult battle awaits Zoro and, in particular, Luffy, who’ll be forced to fight Oz to regain his shadow.

This opens some interesting possibility in my mind. If Luffy cannot beat Oz by himself, I think it would be very fun to see some real co-operative fights or fights with a lot of strategy, instead of one person being simply stronger than another, as is the case in most shounen. Hunter x Hunter style fights in One Piece would be damn amazing.

I continue to love how Oda weaves in jokes throughout each chapter. I was laughing so hard at the final scene in this chapter I was left with a stomach ache.

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17 Comments

  1. alkanphel
    Posted June 5, 2007 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    If you read the Naruto chapter carefully you’ll see that Orochimaru didn’t possess Kabuto at all. Kabuto implanted a piece of Orochimaru onto himself to anchor him to reality. Basically kabuto is turning himself mentally into Orochimaru and he did that to “convince” himself.

    And for the zombies, the shadows have nothing to do with the strength or abilities of the zombies. It is all dependent on the zombie’s original body. So the strong willpower of a shadow + strong physical ability of corpse = doubly strong zombie. Which is what Oz is.

  2. Posted June 5, 2007 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    No, the shadow gets the SKILL of the original body, which is why Moria needs them in the first place. I’m interested to see if Brook’s shadow got any strong, since Brook himself said he’s now much strong, and I imagine that’s because of an improvement in skills, since his body, made entirely of a skeleton, can’t possibly get stronger (technically a body made entirely of skeleton can’t move at all, but it’s manga…).

    I read the Naruto chapter in Chinese, so there might’ve been something lost in translation. I’ll go read it again carefully to see what’s up with Orochi.

    :edit:

    Kabuto’s line, in Chinese, says “I have to surpass Orochimaru-sama, who is possessed within this body, to discover a newer, stronger self.”, and the line at the end says “The great snake, still alive… still biding his time!”

    I took that to mean Orochimaru is still alive. Probably something lost in translation…

  3. sharpie
    Posted June 5, 2007 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Grimjaw’s motives in bringing Orihime to Ichigo were absolutely lame. I mean WTF.

    I feel as if kubo is pulling shit out of his ass and dragging it for the sake of creating some surprising plot twists. Creating plot twists is good and all, but when the surprises are lame and comes out of nowhere makes me believe that kubo was stalling to come up with ideas to reach the deadlines.

    Ever since the end of the Soul society arc, Bleach has been getting incredibly convoluted in terms of plot execution.
    I’m only reading to find out if Orihime will get rescued or not. If she gets rescued, it will be too much like the the soul society arc with Rukia. That’s when bleach is done for me.

  4. Posted June 5, 2007 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    First poster is right – Kabuto only impregnated himself with Orochimaru’s…um…thingies…in order to carry on Oro’s legacy. Icky, but true.

  5. Pony Mark
    Posted June 5, 2007 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    JOJO manga……well, it’s superised that LUPUS also read this team’s translated edition…….

  6. aldrum
    Posted June 6, 2007 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    How about writing your own manga and then go fucking yourself?

  7. ZeusIrae
    Posted June 7, 2007 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Personnally,I try to convince myself that Bleach is finished since the soul society arc.

    It’s hard,Ulqiora is really cool but the rest is bad(well it’s bad since we discovered that Ichigo’s father was a shinigami).

  8. Posted June 7, 2007 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Aldrum: Is that what you do, taking your opinions and shoving it so hard and far up your ass that it comes out of your mouth?

    If I ever write my own manga, I’ll make sure to write something so hideously bad that it’ll make the current arc of Bleach look good.

  9. Posted June 7, 2007 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    You are funny man

  10. Posted June 9, 2007 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I feel bad for Kabuto! I thought there’d be more to his character coz he seems kind of dark and twisty to me. (D&T guess where that came from >_

  11. Posted June 9, 2007 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    sorry had to repost coz it was cut off….

    He’s a very manipulative character and it’s always fun to watch him whenever he makes people do stuff. He’s kinda like Ichimaru Gin in Bleach.

  12. Posted June 9, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I agree.

    I liked him more when Kabuto and his motives were a bit more mysterious.

    Like back in the beginning when Kishimoto made it ambiguous as to whether or not he was really on Orochimaru’s side. That made him more interesting.

    Its kind of disappointing that he’s turned into a loon because he was orphaned. But I guess its just Kishimoto’s way of pointing out how great Naruto is since he didn’t lose his mind like Kabuto despite how he used to be treated.

    As for Bleach, I’m not that far ahead. Its probably one of the few mangas/animes where I haven’t watched ahead and spoiled myself. Not that I particularly care if I get spoiled on it.

    But oh dear it doesn’t seem like its future is looking very bright from the comments I’m seeing. And Hubby-sama made me laugh the other day when he started to liken it to InuYasha what with all the damn power upgrades.

    I swear though, if Tetsusaiga gets yet another damn upgrade I’m going to scream!

  13. guy
    Posted June 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    naruto-

    the girls name is karin
    i think that the kabuto story is a good one, i mean a guy without a purpose or country being taken in by orch then orch goes a gets killed…now that guy is lost yet again
    i think loneliness is one of kish’s best points in the story.

    bleach-
    you know, when the arrancar loses their masks, then the become weaker and almost noble and stuff. I bet thats what is going to happen to grimjaw

    and as for ichigo, hes gonna somehow go to the hou…somthing(you know what was in rukia, that stone thats the key to god’s place)
    and hes gonna transform into a “vizzard/arrancar” hybrid thing

  14. YanLan
    Posted June 15, 2007 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Kabuto’s motive is still unclear imho. He hasn’t stated why he needs to get stronger, we dunnoe from what background he came from (like where he came from actually)! Implanting Orochi’s dna in his body is quite horrible since the latter is now taking over Kabuto’s body.

    I will think that Kishi is indeed keeping Orochimaru as the final villian… what do we know? Perhaps its Al vs. Oro for a villian battle!!!

  15. Nobody
    Posted June 21, 2007 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    although it´s a cliché, I think that Ichigo will kick Grimmjow´s ass all the way to the moon, then rescue Inoue and escape, leaving the fight against Aizen for later, since there still are a lot of things that haven´t been explained yet. Although this is just a theory. You can tell me to go fuck myself or whatever. This is my guess.
    //Nobody

  16. Daniil
    Posted September 28, 2007 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    FUCK YOU KUBO TITE IS THE BEST

  17. Moo
    Posted December 20, 2007 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    This is exactly why I stopped watching/reading Naruto and Bleach.

    @D.J: That’s the whole point of shounen mangas: upgrades and ‘overpowered-in-one-second’ matches.

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