Wait, wait. I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's take a trip down memory lane:
September of 2007, after the incredible magazine Anime Insider had featured Bleach a few times, I decided to give it a chance. What could go wrong? So i started borrowing volumes from the library one at a time. I mean it was so cool. A series that combined horror and action? With a good splash of comedy? Sign me up. Watching Ichigo and Rukia tackle hollows, seeing the chemistry between the characters. Man that first arc was great. I think it was because Kubo kept the cast to a minimum and the lore of the world simple.
|Does anyone even remember these characters anymore?|
|Hey, Ichigo? I have a secret. But we'll both won't know what it is for another five hundred chapters. Tee hee|
Yep, the menacing "Shirosaki". This was actually a cool concept on Kubo's part. Due to the unorthodox method Urahara had Ichigo go through to become a shinigami again created this pesky monster. As such, Ichigo now had to keep its murderous will at bay while fighting. It's a pity Kubo just fucked this up so much.
As all the fights are going on we get a look at Rukia's past, and the guilt she has felt for killing Kaien Shiba. Now here's where things start to become problematic. Ichigo and Kaien supposedly look alike.
Maybe it's because of Kubo's "Only Six Character Faces" style of drawing, but I honestly did not see it. I still don't know of Kubo did this intentionally or it worked out that way. And then the whole reveal that Isshin is Kukaku's, Ganju's, and Kaien's uncle much later? Sorry, that's a later rant.
So we get to the point when Aizen betrays Soul Society, and I'll admit it, it blew my mind.
Anyway, I'm still with Bleach during the Arrancar Arc, the LOOONG Hueco Mundo Arc, and the Las Noches Arc. We learned about the "true" nature of Ichigo's hollow, get introduced to the Visored and the Espada. And we get more fights. YAY! Pitting the forces of good against the forces of evil. Then Aizen reveals his bait and switch, and Orihime becomes useless.
And then we get to the part where I want to bash my face in:
|God I hated this so much|
Good night everyone. I'll be doing analysis in the future. Stay tuned.