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.
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
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.