Playing catch-up with Bleach, Naruto and One Piece

I’ve been lazy lately. I’d like to blame Bleach for its uninspirational chapters and general shitty-ness, but that’s not really a good excuse. I’ve seen people persevere through thick and thin, and I really ought to do the same. But, for now, let’s play catch-up.

Due to popular demand, I have replaced my review of Bleach with Darkshaunz’s incredibly awesome review.

Bleach 284-286
My, what an amazing turn of events, Strawberry Face has defeated The Lion King, and just after he picks up the Dragonboobs to rescue Snow White….Edward Scissorhands joins the game! Not before shearing some of the Lion King’s vitals though!

And ladies and gentlemen, lets not forget Strongsad, who is currently wanking in the Twilight Zone waiting for his turn to swipe at Strawberry Face! Will our endeared fruit survive the chain of baddies wanting to put him on top of a Black Forest slice? Find out next week on another EXCITING installment of ChloroZzzzzzzzZzzzzz

Naruto 363-365
Lots of startling revelations in these last few chapters, especially the introduction of the last two Akatsuki member and Tobi’s real identity. Not to mention Karin’s stalker habits, and the announcement of the latest Naruto movie. I like how Itachi’s reaction is handled, which somehow managed to make him seem much more human, while at the same time retaining his mysterious aura. Despite all the questions answered though, Kishimoto just gives us more questions. Who is Uchiha Madara, really? What does Madara mean when he says “Everything will go back to as they once were… It’ll be so with the power of the sharingan, and it will be so with my, Uchiha Madara’s, power”? Knowing that Sasuke has the potential to become stronger than himself, did Itachi really kill his entire family for the reasons he stated? My personal theory is that Itachi was looking to make Sasuke strong enough to topple Madara, who seems to be the most sinister character in Naruto so far.

One Piece 464-466
Both Absalom’s and Perona’s fights are more humorous than serious, especially the last chapter of the Absalom fight. Sanji just kept going on and on about the invisible fruit, and how he spent years thinking up the various ways to use it. I enjoy watching Usopp fight, because his lack of prowess forces him to fight smartly. The mix of different types of ammunition and shells makes for some very interesting possibilities, and some hilarious moments.

Next up is Zoro vs. Brook’s zombie! It doesn’t seem to me like this fight will be as one-sided as Sanji vs. Absalom or as fun as Usopp vs. Perona, but something more traditional. I wonder what’s that fire/smoke thing surrounding Ryoma?

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9 Comments

  1. Jesus
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    >:(
    I waited so long for your Bleach review and all I got was Bleach-Bashing T________T

    Ichigo’s fight was The Best one in the entire Manga so far, how can you Not like it? Grimmjow’s release was amazing, Ichigo’s determination, his attacks; everything was great in the recent chapters. The level of cruelty in this review is beyond anything a poor/pure innocent soul like me can handle.

    I demand you replace that review with something positive. Like, with mine :)
    Bleach owns

    And about Naruto, I dropped it 4 month ago when the leading character (Naruto) failed to impress me the slightest after a supposedly 2.5 of training and even some more training with kakashi. It brought my piss to a boil when I saw kishi favoring Sasuke in every aspect over Naruto. The Manga has been going downhill since Last year.
    Booo Naruto

  2. Posted August 6, 2007 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m shocked at how little Naruto has improved. I mean, he trained under bloody Jiraiya, the least he could do is show us a few more jutsus, or at least being able to pull off a rasengan without relying on kage-bunshins. Especially since he did it in that fight against Sasuke way back when.

    As for Bleach… well sorry, but that’s what I think. I really can’t muster up much enthusiasm for Bleach now-a-days.

  3. Soulshard
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    I think part of the problem people have with Bleach’s current (manga) progression nowadays is Kubo has it down to a very simple, very plain formula. The very formula for the Ichigo vs Grimmjow bout you can see in the Soifon vs Yoruichi bout during the Soul Society arc. That formula is basically tier 1 fight > tier 2 fight > tier 3 fight > flashback > end of fight. Because of the nature of the Hueco Mundo arc, people have tuned out after about 20-30 issues of straight up, rather formulaic, battles.

    Part of it is also that the story assumes you have some vested interested in the characters that were made to be vested in. For example, Grimmjow was obviously portrayed with a rebellious streak that was supposed to invite some curiosity. But overall, I think its hard for readers in general to “connect” with the Espada in the same way as the Shinigami, let alone Ichigo’s “Team Nakama”.

  4. alkanphel
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I’d have to say that the Sasuke vs Deidara fight was much more interesting than the whole Ichigo vs Grimmjow fight. And the fire surrounding Ryuuma is probably his “aura”.

  5. iaia
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Could anybody tell me how many eps (more or less) the bleach anime series will have? just to have an idea…

  6. guy
    Posted August 7, 2007 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    i bet saskue will consume itachi, since he has orchs powers and all and… he has the sharigan so he wont fall for a gensitu thing, i think, not to sure about that.

  7. Posted August 7, 2007 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    @Jesus, I don’t think you’re the only one who’s been thinking this way. From what my hubby tells me, a lot of people are upset not only at the little progress Naruto has made, but at the lack of the title character. He’s been very irritated to the point where for the last month he’s been calling the manga Sasuke.

    Hopefully the fact Naru has just met up with Itachi will mean we’ll get a little bit more of the title character for a little while.

    Although the younger Uchiha is more than likely going to rear his pretty head (I’d say ugly but I’d be lying) considering Itachi is his target.

    What really irks my hubby, is that just when Naruto gets stronger then Sasuke has to somehow be even better. He also pointed out to me that now Sasuke can heal quickly just like Naruto.

    Although it doesn’t surprise, after all hasn’t Kishimoto said that his favourite character is Sasuke?

    @Lupus, I agree that Madara is a very interesting character. For some reason a lot of people keep thinking that this manga is drawing to a close. And I tend to disagree, considering he’s still introducing mysterious characters like Madara. And even if Sasuke gets rid of Itachi there is still the rest of the Akatsuki to deal with.

    I think what I like better about the fights in Naruto as opposed to Bleach is that the outcome doesn’t necessarily rely on power. In the end it was Sasuke’s quick thinking that saved him. He didn’t power up and take Deidara out with some super cool, mega powerful move.

  8. Posted August 8, 2007 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Its time for my weekly reply to Lupus’s coverage on Chlorox, the manga series.

    My, what an amazing turn of events, Strawberry Face has defeated The Lion King, and just after he picks up the Dragonboobs to rescue Snow White….Edward Scissorhands joins the game! Not before shearing some of the Lion King’s vitals though!

    And ladies and gentlemen, lets not forget Strongsad, who is currently wanking in the Twilight Zone waiting for his turn to swipe at Strawberry Face! Will our endeared fruit survive the chain of baddies wanting to put him on top of a Black Forest slice? Find out next week on another EXCITING installment of ChloroZzzzzzzzZzzzzz

  9. D.J
    Posted August 8, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    @Darkshaunz, I’m too busy laughing to string together a coherent reply. ^-^ Awesome comment.

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