Manga Review: Bleach 283, Naruto 362, One Piece 463

I sleep way too much. First week only, and I’ve already missed 7 hours worth of lectures. Good thing they’re recorded, so hopefully I’ll have the will power to listen to them over the weekend.

Bleach 283


After taking 5 shots – which Grimmjaw demonstrates to be extremely powerful – in the back, Ichigo’s mask cracks, and Grimmjaw begins to dominate the fight. Orihime tells herself that she can’t be afraid, but Vaizard Ichigo reminds her of her brother, and she fears that she has no place in this Ichigo’s heart.

Nell watches as Ichigo gets overpowered by Grimmjaw, and she’s shocked that Vaizard Ichigo could be losing, as he had previously overpowered both Ulqiorra and the Hundred. Nell cheers for Ichigo, and urges Orihime to do the same. Orihime is momentarily taken aback, and Nell asks her “Why are you scared of Ichigo?” The Ichigo who is only human, but takes on the roles of a Shinigami and Vaizard, so that he can protect others. The Ichigo who braves Hueco Mundo to save Orihime, who battles until his body is covered with scars, so that he can protect those dear to him. “Why are you scared of him? How can you not cheer him on?”

Orihime realises that Ichigo is in Hueco Mundo for the same reason that she is – so that they can protect others who can’t protect themselves. Orihime realises that her fear is unfounded, and she cheers for Ichigo. “Don’t die!” She says, “It doesn’t matter if you lose, it doesn’t matter if you don’t try so hard. So please… don’t get hurt anymore.”

Upon hearing this, Ichigo becomes filled with power and strikes back at Grimmjaw.


“No Ichigo you can’t die!” “You heard the lady.” *OMNISLASH BITCH*

What more can I say?

Oh and the brother thing. Completely slipped my mind until now. It must be shocking for her to see two of her most precious persons become hollows. Duly noted.

Naruto 362

Both Sasuke and Deidara are on the verge of collapse, having used up most of their chakra in the battle. They both collapse on the ground, unable to move, but Sasuke’s gaze remains unwavering in the face of possible defeat. Deidara hates that gaze, the unwavering, confident gaze of the sharingan, and how, despite the fierce battle that just took place, Sasuke doesn’t seem to care about anything other than getting information on Itachi. Deidara despises the Sharingan, and how the Uchiha brothers don’t care at all about his “art”. He decides to show off his ultimate art, a true suicide bomb, an explosion that has never been seen, one that will leave a rift in the land, and one that will gain his art unrivaled praise. He silently apologises to someone, and an explosion 10 kilometres in radius blasts up and outwards from where Deidara’s heart used to be.


Talk talk talk *KABOOM*. Deidara’s vendatta against the sharingan is perhaps understandable. As a self-proclaimed artist, it must feel terrible to have his art completely overlooked.

One Piece 463

Luffy fights against Moria, but finds it difficult to get past his indefeatible shadow puppet.

Sanji arrives at the church and rescues Nami, but starts performing manzai with Absalom. Absalom underestimates Sanji, thinking that, as someone who was only given an animal zombie body, he can’t be too strong, but is quickly proven wrong as Sanji sends him flying with a kick. Sanji repeatedly attacks Absalom in his anger over how Absalom treated Nami and Robin on the Thousand Sunny. Additionally, it seems there’s some sort of old grudge between two.

This arc of One Piece, at least as far as I’ve seen, feels a little different from previous arcs. Despite the fact that they’re fighting one of the Shichibukai and his subordinates, the mood is so light and the humour so ubiqutious that there is no tension at all. I’m getting the feeling that this arc is going to really highlight how strong the Straw Hats have become, as they walk all over Moria’s ship.

And damn, is Sanji kicking (literally) ass.

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  1. D.J
    Posted July 24, 2007 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I’m sad he’s gone, but glad he got to go out the way he wanted.

    I like the next chapter more though, because of… (Don’t read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled)

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  2. Posted July 24, 2007 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    I don’t know what it is but Deidara never really appealed to me as a character. Tobi is far cooler. He died too, though I doubt Kishimoto would spend so much time and effort developing a character just to kill him off in such a fashion, without him ever doing anything notable.

    As for the next chapter… well I’d like to leave discussion of that for the next article. The leader isn’t from Mist though, his headband’s symbol is different to Kisame’s.

  3. tylon
    Posted July 24, 2007 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    not on this topic: is that you on TODAY???
    congrates on graduation… ohh, on time huh…

  4. D.J
    Posted July 24, 2007 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    @Lupus, ack I’ll have to track it down again, sorry I saw a crappy scan ^-^

    Hmm are we really sure Tobi is dead though?

  5. D.J
    Posted July 24, 2007 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    @*smacks self on head* Yep you’re right he’s from rain not mist ^-^

  6. YanLan
    Posted July 24, 2007 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    to tylon: its Jan alright on cover. lucky guy…

    ANYWAYS, I am disappointed in the latest Bleach chapter… it speaks so much of IchiOri!!!!! ARGH. I dun like it. Naruto is good! At least we know that Sasuke can get injured rather seriously, heh. I would not be surprised if Sakura appears before Sasuke in the next chapter… she has been following Karin… if I am not wrong.

    As for Deidara, if he is alive after this explosion, I would not be surprised either. Against Kakashi he managed to get away with just his arm lost. I doubt we have seen the last of him yet. I just wanna see him again………

  7. D.J
    Posted July 25, 2007 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure Deidara’s kaput. Tobi I’m not so sure of though.

  8. kira
    Posted July 25, 2007 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    i think kish is just trying to jerk us around cuz he showe dthat the leader and tobi werent secretly obito and yodimae in the same episode.

    thad be freakky if kish was readin this…

  9. D.J
    Posted July 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Lupus methinks I spoke too soon ne?

  10. Posted July 26, 2007 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    D.J.: I haven’t read the latest chapter yet.

    And I ought to get started on last week’s post.

  11. D.J
    Posted July 26, 2007 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    @Lupus, ah my mistake I read kira’s post thinking they were saying the Leader was the Yondaime and that’s what I meant by I spoke too soon.

    I have to start drinking caffeinated beverages again. My brain doesn’t seem to work right without it.

  12. D.J
    Posted July 28, 2007 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    @Lupus have you read 364 yet? Kishimoto rocks ^-^

  13. guy
    Posted July 29, 2007 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    agreed! kishimoto does indeed rule

  14. Posted July 30, 2007 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Yes I’ve read it. I was half expecting it though, what with the leader’s reaction to Tobi’s death and all.

  15. Posted July 31, 2007 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Chapter 285 review.

    Done on behalf of Lupus:

    Grimmjaw VS Ichigo again, This is way too ExcitinZzZzzzZzzzZz….


  16. Posted July 31, 2007 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m still a bit confused over it though. Is Obito saying he’s a Uchiha with the power of Uchiha Madara ie its Tobi who’s gained the power of Uchiha Madara. Or does this mean he is Uchiha Madara?

  17. Posted July 31, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Okay I tried to use spoiler tags in my last post but it looks like it didn’t work. I apologise if I spoiled something for anyone!

  18. Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Obito != Tobi. Nothing that Kishimoto has said or hinted at in the manga suggests that the two are one and the same.

    How I understood it is that Tobi IS Uchiha Madara in disguise.

  19. guy
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    i agree with DJ, im thinkin its obito and not madara cuz he has his left eye covered but frankly, i dont know

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